Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Letter to our Friends - July 22, 2024

P.O. Box 6458

Leonard V. Johnson
Pastor and Co-Founder

Beloved Friends in Christ Jesus:


We hope and pray that you have had a spiritually growing and uplifting month.

We are continuing to work on additional translations of our English online booklet, What Is the Kingdom of God? We are currently working on an audio-video voice-over translation in Spanish with text ─ and it’s taking longer than usual because we’ve had to rework large sections of it. After every Scripture it was saying, “por la mañana.” Then, after fixing that, it began to say, “por la tarde.” So, I guess one could read these Scriptures either in the morning or in the afternoon! 😂

We currently have this online booklet in English and Spanish. In audio, we have this booklet in English, Swahili, and Spanish on our Soundcloud channel. Unfortunately, these translations are not perfect ── We are doing the best we can at this present time. Truly, the following dual prophecy can apply to our effort to bring the message of the gospel to the world –

“’ Whom will he teach knowledge? And whom will he make to understand the message? Those just weaned from milk? Those just drawn from the breasts? 10) For precept [rules; moral rules] must be upon precept, precept upon precept, Line [think of biblical Scriptures] upon line, line upon line, Here a little, there a little.’

11) For with stammering lips and another [language] He will speak to this people, 12) To whom He said, ‘This is the rest with which You may cause the weary to rest.’ And, ‘THIS IS THE REFRESHING’; Yet they would not hear. – Isaiah 28:9-12.

Sadly, we’re not getting much traction. We’ve invested a substantial amount in our Soundcloud channel – including upgrading to “Next Pro” back in 2019 at a cost of approximately $1,072. As of July 22, 2024, we’ve had nearly 2,000 plays! Now, friends, we’re not complaining ─ I myself would walk across the Atacama Desert of South America to recover one lost sheep ─ but the definition of insanity according to Albert Einstein is, “doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results.” So, I guess ─ for the time being our Soundcloud channel could be likened to a third-party data-sharing vendor.

Now, in 2019 ─ with the glorious inspiration of God’s Spirit ─ we began translating many of our online articles, booklets, and books into audio voice-overs using AI. However, with many worldly ministers proclaiming that AI is of the devil ─ it’s been an uphill battle. Yet, with and through our Lord Jesus who strengthens us, we can do all things! – cf. Philippians 4:13. But, notice: that even doing this appears to have been prophesied.

And that still, many would not hear.

We are commissioned to ‘go therefore and make disciples [to teach the nations, the tribes, the people, and languages] of all the nations, …’ and to witness and testify of Jesus Christ ─ despite the fact that most would not hear. And we know that there are many difficulties in translating articles, booklets, and books into multiple languages. If there is anyone who would like to help us, and you fluently speak another language ── and would like to volunteer ── please contact us @ sjohnson0387127@tt.net.

Also, notice that the Apostle Paul speaks of this –

“In the law it is written:

With men of other [languages] and other lips I will speak to this people; And yet, for all that, they will not hear Me.’

says the Lord.” – 1 Corinthians 14:21.

So, God’s living word in the New Testament also clearly prophesies that other languages would be used to proclaim the gospel message unto the world ─ and we here at the Church of Jesus Christ Online Ministries are utilizing AI technology to do just this.

Taarifa ya Imani ya Kanisa la Yesu Kristo Online Ministries

We also have a Swahili language version of our English-language Statement of Beliefs booklet available. Here is a link: Taarifa ya Imani ya Kanisa la Yesu Kristo Online Ministries.

Again, we would like to thank Brother Erick Odhiambo in Nyanza, Kenya for help with the translation.

Suggested Sabbath Day Service

Here is our suggested Sabbath day service for our scattered brethren and friends around the world:

• TWO songs of praise. (our songbook, The Bible Hymnal, is suggested, there are some Instrumental Accompaniment to the Bible Hymnal available on our website).
• Opening prayer.
• Announcements – from the deacon or pastor.
• Sermon – from the pastor or guest speaker. The one suggested for this week is “Firstfruits From the Earth” delivered by Minister Leonard V. Johnson.
• Closing song.
• Closing prayer.

What is so significant about 'THREE DAYS' JOURNEY'!? Minister Leonard V. Johnson takes you through ─ step by step ─ the THREE DAYS AND THREE NIGHTS that our Lord Jesus was in the 'heart of the earth' - and just what day our Lord Jesus was resurrected, to become the FIRSTFRUITS from the earth!

Some World News In Relation To Biblical Prophecy

Our Lord Jesus Christ has warned us –

’ Take heed that no one deceives you. 5) For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. 6) And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.’

As I just wrote in Inches Away From Destruction, the first century A.D. saw several significant wars and conflicts. And, throughout these nearly two thousand years we've seen a great many wars and heard of a great many rumors of wars!

Our Lord Jesus continued –

“’ For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. …’”

We believe this to be a reference to a final Catholic United States of Europe (a final king of the North) against a final Federation of Islamic States (a final king of the South) – ref. Daniel 11:40.

“ … ‘And there will be famines, pestilences [‘troubles’ – as the Apostle Mark writes], and earthquakes in various places. 8) All these are the beginning of sorrows.’ – Matthew 24:4-8.

With great sadness, we’ve had throughout the world since 2016 about six major famines! Famine in Yemen, famine in South Sudan, famine in Tigray, Ethiopia, Madagascar, and in the Gaza Strip of Palestine. And, according to a 2022 BBC report, China causing Covid-19 continues to spread worldwide – with an estimated 550 million dead! 1 Truly – one only needs to trust in the living words of our Lord Jesus to know that earthquakes are increasing in intensity globally! Three major earthquakes have struck since 2016!

2023 – Turkey-Syria (7.8). 59,488–62,013 deaths, 121,704 injured, 140 missing.
2023 – Al Haouz (Morocco) (6.9). 2,960 killed, 5,674 injured.
2024 – Noto (Japan). 299 fatalities, 1,209 injuries, 3 missing.

But, no worries mate – lying children tell us “scientists analyzed the historical record and found that the global frequency of large earthquakes is no higher today than it has been in the past.” 2 In which the damnable Microsoft Bing “Coplot” continues to propagate. (See: Isaiah 30:9-11).

The many are being deceived. But we take heed of our Lord Jesus’ warning!

In the United States of America ─ we now know of an attempted assassination of the 45th and future President Donald Trump! (See: FoxNews - Assassination attempt on Trump at Pennsylvania rally leaves 2 hurt, 2 dead, including shooter).

After coming to his feet, with a bloody ear and blood on his right cheek, he raised his fist in defiance and yelled, “Fight! Fight! Fight!”, with a cheering crowd lovingly yelling, “USA! USA! USA!” Watching it all happen live on television was a very moving experience! With tears streaming down my cheeks I put pen to paper and wrote –

The United States of America is no longer UNITED! And, I'm not just speaking politically. But more so morally and ethically. This nation (as a whole) has been worshiping politics. And, as it was during the Roman Empire, with the emperors insisting that they be worshiped as gods ── many of our great presidential leaders are being “worshiped.” You may very well disagree with me - as is your God-given right - but I saw the faces, the reactions, to Barack Obama in 2007 - 2008 ── the hysteria, the crying, the overwhelming adoration. Even some then called him “Savior.” (Note: Jamie Foxx calls Barack Obama 'Our Lord and Savior'). Oprah Winfrey referred to him as “the One.” And as I saw President Trump walk out onto the stage of the 2024 RNC ── and as proud as I am of Conservative Americans, and overwhelmingly thankful to the LORD God for his safety ── I witnessed several with that same hysteria and adoration ── looking upon him as a “Messiah-like.”

I do believe, however, that the hand of the LORD Almighty saved President Donald Trump!!

We, as true Christians, are to ‘SEEK FIRST AND FOREMOST THE KINGDOM OF GOD AND HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS!’ – Matthew 6:33. And, we are also taught by God’s living word – to be subject to the governing authorities. “For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist ARE APPOINTED BY GOD.” – Romans 13:1. So, whether you like or disagree with Resident Joe Biden – we are to respect his authority. Because the Apostle Paul went on to write – under divine inspiration –

“Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment to themselves. 3) For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil.” – Romans 13:2, 3.

Sadly, God’s holy kingdom has not come yet – men’s hearts have not been changed, and men have not received a new spirit (cf. Ezekiel 36:26), therefore we have to continue to elect men that have “the lesser of two evils.” In my Retrospective post that I posted both on Facebook and MeWe, I asked, “Would our Lord Jesus Christ ever support the Democratic Party of today!?

The Democrats of the Jacksonian democracy of the 19th century, and up through the end of Grover Cleveland of 1897, were, as the online Brittanica summarized, “basically conservative and agrarian-oriented, opposing the interests of big business,” and they were skeptical of big government. However, by the time of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s re-election in 1936, the Democrats were vastly different and had “forged a broad coalition – including small farmers, northern city dwellers, organized labor, European immigrants, liberals, intellectuals and reformers.” 3

Also, according to the online Brittanica, the Republican Party of the 19th century “stood against the extension of slavery,” and eventually to slavery’s complete abolition. During the 20th and into the 21st centuries the party came to be “associated with laissez-faire capitalism [minimum governmental interference in the economic affairs of individuals and society], low taxes, and conservative social policies.” 4

Today's Democratic Party is enacting laws and agendas that are DESTROYING AMERICA!

Concluding Comments

I was asked – “Were humans ever commissioned to lead?”

Human leaders (such as those who fear the LORD God) were to be the LORD God's vice-regents ruling under His leadership. For example, we have the children of Israel who initially said they would have the LORD God as their King, but then they reneged and wanted Saul - 1 Samuel 7:3-4; 8:1-5. We also have the example of Exodus 18:13-26. Where the prophet, leader, and teacher Moses became overwhelmed in leading and advising the children of Israel. His father-in-law came to him and advised appointing rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, and rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens. And let them judge the people at all times. Surely, Moses - a man of God - took this advice before the LORD God. As long as there are human beings, they will have human leaders - even in the Millennium. But, the difference is, that they will be leaders that fully keep and obey the LORD God's commandments, statutes, ordinances, and judgments.

The LORD God’s glorious government will soon replace all the governments on earth – ref. Revelation 11:15.

Our Lord and Savior will reign in His kingdom! And, God’s living word reveals two of His great titles –

“And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written:


                                                            ─ Revelation 19:16.

But, is our Lord Jesus Christ the only one who will reign? Notice –

“And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. Then I saw the [lives] of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ FOR A THOUSAND YEARS. 6) Blessed and holy is he who has part in the FIRST RESURRECTION. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God [God the Father] and of Christ [Jesus Christ], and shall reign with Him A THOUSAND YEARS.” – Revelation 20:4, 6.

Brethren and Friends ─ all those who truly belong to our Lord Jesus will be resurrected in the FIRST RESURRECTION (see: 1st Corinthians 15:20-24, 50-55). Throughout these nearly six thousand years, the LORD God has called multiple billions upon billions – and we are told that ‘because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, there are few who find it.’ – cf. Matthew 7:14. How many are a few!?

As I wrote, as long as there are human beings there will be human leaders, but in the LORD God’s kingdom, all human leaders will keep and obey the LORD God's commandments, statutes, ordinances, and judgments. And, as we’ve spoken of before ─ without human beings, the LORD God stops reproducing Themselves! – cf. Genesis 1:26. How many Spirit-born sons and daughters does God the Father desire? How many Spirit-born brothers and sisters does our Lord Jesus desire? Millions, billions, trillions, quadrillions?

We do know that our LORD God is “planting the heavens” – Isaiah 51:16. And it’s a large universe! Q: Why create billions upon billions of physical planets if there is no future for human beings to continue?

There will come a time, however ─ as we are told in God’s living word ─ when, and the Apostle Paul explains it, that the entire universe – that is held under the curse – will be set free from its physical bondage of death and decay – cf. Romans 8:21 –

“because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.”

The new Earth will become the center of the LORD God’s universe! Notice –

“And he showed me a pure river of water of LIFE, clear and crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. … 3) And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him. 5) … And they shall reign [from ages to ages].” – Revelation 22:1, 3, 6.

So, there will be a long physical phase, and then a fully spiritual phase.

Let us always pray – ’ Your kingdom come [soon]. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven.’

In deep gratitude and love, in Jesus' name,

2 Conners, D., EarthSky.org. Are large earthquakes increasing in frequency?, 4 March 2012.
Trump Photo: 
Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump is surrounded by Secret Service agents at a campaign rally on Saturday, July 13, in Butler, Pennsylvania. Evan Vucci/AP

Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Inches Away From Destruction

This chilling graphic illustrates how close we came. 100% divine intervention. (End Wokeness/X)

I saw Minister Guy LaMar's share of this graphic illustration. And it should remind all of us of just HOW CLOSE WE ALL CAME TO THE DESTRUCTION OF OUR NATION! 

Let us consider this from the Deccan Harold ─

'One inch from a potential civil war' ─ near miss in Trump shooting is also a close call for American Democracy

Also, let us notice this from the OTHER SIDE of the political aisle last year ─

The Threat of Civil Breakdown Is Real 

(The Threat of Civil Breakdown Is Real - POLITICO)

To "the dangers of Trump"!? It's that type of DANGEROUS rhetoric that aided such a MONSTEROUS psychopath (and I'm sorry Mr. and Mrs. Crooks, but your son was a possessed psychopath!) to commit what he believed in his mind to be "justice." What about the Demoncrats spouting that Trump is an "existential threat"!? Or, this one straight from the horse's mouth, "It's time to put Trump in a Bull's-Eye"!! Truly, the worst I have heard President Donald Trump say that was negative about O'Biden is "He's the worst president in American history!"

I don't know how the Demoncrats define "Bull's-Eye," but any reputable dictionary has it as "the center of a target. A shot that hits the center of a target"! 

So, both the Leftists (with their Communist and Marxist ideologies) and the Conservative Right (who, by the way, I watched parts of the 2024 RNC, and I heard a lot of talk about God, Peace, and Unity!) are concerned about a soon-coming civil war within the United States of America!

Our Lord and Savior says ─ and let me add here, and let us NEVER FORGET that our Lord Jesus is a Savior! Let us all give the honor and credit that our Lord Jesus Christ deserves and say and write His glorious, powerful, and holy name ─ Jesus the Christ! JESUS IS SAVIOR! It greatly saddens me when so-called professing Christians only say or write "Jesus." There is a great difference ─ the original disciples never addressed Him directly by the name "Jesus" alone. Even the disciple who was closest to Him, the Apostle John did not just call Him "Jesus." See: John 13:25 ─ "Then, leaning back on Jesus' breast, he said to Him, 'Lord [which means Master], who is it?'" The Apostle Peter also addressed Him as "Lord" ─ John 21:15-17. Many people may think this is insignificant and has no meaning. But I believe it has great significance in proper respect for our Lord Jesus Christ - our Savior!

Beginning with verse 3 of the Book of Matthew 24 ─

"Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, 'Tell us, when will these things be? ..."

Our Lord Jesus had just been walking with them around the Temple and its adjacent buildings there in Jerusalem, and had said to them, "'Do you not see all these things? Assuredly, I say to you, not one stone shall be left here upon another, that shall not be thrown down.'" Speaking of the utter destruction of the Temple and the surrounding buildings ─ which did occur in A.D. 70! And, think of this ─ it was only 9 years before the utter destruction of the city of Pompeii.

And then, another question from the disciples - surely because they initially thought that the utter destruction of the Temple would bring His return!

" ... And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?"

"And Jesus answered and said to them: 'Take heed that no one deceives you. 5) For many will come in My name, saying, 'I am the Christ,' ...'" - in other words, many would come throughout this present evil age proclaiming rightly that Jesus is the Christ ─ the Messiah. But, these many will...

" ... 'deceive many.'"

Sadly, even the deception of masking Right-Wing political rantings with Christianity!

And continuing, our Lord Jesus says ─

" 6) 'And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.'"

The first century A.D. saw several significant wars and conflicts. Here are a few notable ones:

● 58 AD - 63 AD - the Roman-Parthian War
● 66 AD - 73 AD - the First Jewish-Roman War
● 69 AD - 70 AD - the Revolt of the Batavi

And, throughout these nearly two thousand years we've seen a great many wars and heard of a great many rumors of wars! And, just in my lifetime - here are a few notable ones:

● 1969 AD - ongoing - the Communist rebellion in the Philippines
● 1972 AD - 1972 AD - the Invasion of Uganda
● 1973 AD - 1973 AD - the Yom Kippur War
● 1974 AD - 1991 AD - the Ethiopian Civil War
● 1980 AD - 1988 AD - the Iran-Iraq War
● 1990 AD - 1991 AD - the Gulf War
● 1991 AD - ongoing - the Somali Civil War
● 1992 AD - 1996 AD - the Afghan Civil War
● 2001 AD - 2021 AD - the War on Terror (ongoing)
● 2003 AD - 2011 AD - the Iraq War
● 2023 AD - ongoing - the Israel-Hamas War
● 2024 AD - ongoing - the Iran-Pakistan Border Skirmishes

And continuing, our Lord Jesus says ─

" 7) 'For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. ...'

We believe this to be a reference to the prophesied end-time final king of the North and the final king of the South spoken of by the Prophet Daniel - cf. Daniel 11:40. A final United States of Europe and a final Islamic Confederation of States. (Be sure to read our free online booklet Prophecy Series - The Last Crusade).

" ... 'And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. 8) All these are the beginning of sorrows.'"

And then our Lord Jesus pivots in verse 9.

We do believe that this generation this present evil age ─ is in the 'beginning of sorrows,' and we are witnessing throughout the world the love of a great many becoming colder because of lawlessness abounding!

The United States of America is no longer UNITED! And, I'm not just speaking politically. But more so morally and ethically. This nation (as a whole) has been worshiping politics. And, as it was during the Roman Empire, with the emperors insisting that they be worshiped as gods ── many of our great presidential leaders are being "worshiped." You may very well disagree with me - as is your God-given right - but I saw the faces, the reactions, to Barack Obama in 2007 - 2008 ── the hysteria, the crying, the overwhelming adoration. Even some called him "Savior." (Note: Jamie Foxx calls Barack Obama 'Our Lord and Savior'). Oprah Winfery refered to him as "the One." And as I saw President Trump walk out onto the stage of the 2024 RNC ── and as proud as I am of Conservative Americans, and overwhelmingly thankful to the LORD God for his safety ── I witnessed several with that same hysteria and adoration ── looking upon him as a "Messiah-like."

He is far from our Lord and Savior! Of course, those who are loudly screaming this are Leftists. Such as NPR - (A Video making the rounds online depicts Trump as a Messiah-like figure). I do believe, however, that the hand of the LORD Almighty saved President Donald Trump!!

Now had President Donald Trump actually been killed, and as the photo at the top of the page indicates - it was very close, a great many Conservative Americans would certainly be convinced that this was an international move of the 'deep state' to eliminate President Donald Trump. However, President Donald Trump did survive  ── thank Almighty God ── and those concerns are still there!

Again, our Lord Jesus has WARNED us ─

" ... 'Every kingdom divided against itself is bought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand.'" - Matthew 12:25; see also Mark 3:24-25; Luke 11:17.

Notice that our Lord Jesus Christ inspired this phrase to be written THREE TIMES! He speaks it multiple times for great emphasis! DIVISION is a very big deal.

Sadly, the utter destruction of the United States of America, the United Kingdom, and her Commonwealth Nations ─ the original and therefore earliest members, Australia, Canada, the Irish Free State, Newfoundland, New Zealand, and South Africa respectfully ─ is coming as the LORD God's two-fold prophecy indicates ─

"Thus he [a final European Catholic leader of a United States of Europe, a figure type of Antiochus IV Epiphanes] shall act against the strongest fortresses with a foreign god [the worship of militaristic advancements], which he shall acknowledge, and advance its glory; and he shall cause them to rule many, and divide the land for gain." - Daniel 11:39.

Instead of division ─ national repentance is what is needed!

Again, our Lord and Savior Jesus ─

" ... 'You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.' 38) This is the FIRST AND GREAT Commandment [the first FOUR of the Ten Commandments]. 39) And the second is like it: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' [the last SIX of the Ten Commandments] 40) On these two commandments hand all the Law and the Prophets.'" - Matthew 22:37-40.

"' But I say to you WHO HEAR: Love your enemies, ...'"

And, nowhere has our Lord Jesus said that we should allow our enemies to run over us and abuse us! No! As President Donald Trump so boldly and bravely stated as he raised his fist in defiance - we are to "FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT!" Fight with spiritual strength, fight with moral and ethical strength, and even if need be as a last resort, fight with military strength! Loving our enemies is more akin to maintaining compassion and empathy even in difficult circumstances.

" ... 'do good to those who hate you, 28) bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you.'" - Luke 6:27 - 36. 

Sadly, instead of our nation (as a whole) having true godly love, there is growing a coldness ─ a hatred, a contempt for the LORD God and anyone who keeps the commandments of God and has the testimony of Jesus Christ.

Friends, terrible tribulations ── terrible troubles ── are prophesied to soon come to an unsuspecting nation. And yes, I saw a great many people praying at the beginning of  the 2024 RNC led by Connecticut businesswoman and former U.S. Senate candidate Leora Levy. Truly what I saw of religion so far at the 2024 RNC is religious pluralism ── as in an opening Sikh prayer. I don't know who she was praying to - but it wasn't to the LORD God (the family of God; which at this present time consists of God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ)! And it was inspiring and wonderful that she spoke of Corey Comperatore, she refrenced the Holy Bible, citing Deuteronomy 31:6, "Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you." She prayed for Jerusalem and for "all the children of Abraham." Which are all honorable and commendable, but ── the core beliefs and practices of Sikhism, articulated by it's founder, and Guru Granth Sahib ─ Sikh scripture, is that the god they worship is Ik Onkar - meaning Oneness. Though they of the religion of Sikh has a concept of God, they do NOT know the LORD God - God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ.

As an example alone ── in their Mul Mantar (literally translated as Prime Utterance) their first passage in the Guru Granth Sahib says ──
There is only one God, and It is called the truth. It exists in all creation, and It has no fear, It does not hate, and It is timeless, universal and self-existent! You will come to know it through the grace of the Guru.

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Like the god of Islam, this is not the Creator of all things! And this is no god that we are to worship!

Friends, the 'time of Jacob's trouble' is soon coming! - cf. Jeremiah 30:7. It is a time also known as 'great tribulation' spoken of by our Lord Jesus Christ - the Son of God!

National repentance to the LORD God - and if you want to be extremely closed minded and call the LORD God ── "the Hebrew God" ── so be it. But national repentance to the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the very Creator of all things, will be the only way to prevent this soon-coming destruction.

Very personal repentance, however, is also needed! Your personal future can still be much brighter with the light of Christ than those of your countrymen that refuse to repent and change. Not only is our Lord Jesus Christ the only One who is the source of eternal salvation. Our Lord Jesus also offers us physical protection in the here and now to those who love Him and are faithful to Him!

God Bless.

Monday, July 15, 2024

Enter By The Narrow Gate (Sermon)

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Greetings Everyone! Welcome our dear brethren and friends around the world - and here in the United States. I'm Leonard V. Johnson, and you're watching the Church of Jesus Christ Online Ministries weekly taping of our sermons. Also, welcome our brethren and friends in Forest City, North Carolina; Troy, Michigan; Fortworth, Texas; and Prineville, Oregon. Also, across the pond there in Brussels, Belgium; Clonee and Dublin, Ireland; and Lisbon, Portugal.

Welcome. Thank you for joining us today on this glorious holy Sabbath day!

And, before we begin this Sabbath, I do want to remind you to like and subscribe if you want to see more content - just like this.

Surely, all these worldly churches can't be wrong! After all, they all claim to be the churches of Jesus Christ! Yet, they are wrong! One church believes one thing and another another thing. One church believes this doctrine, another a completely different doctrine. Does it truly make any difference? After all, these are all Christian churches - don't they call themselves Christian? Are they not all Christian churches?

Brethren and friends, how come these worldly churches don't teach and preach the same gospel that our Lord Jesus Christ preached? Why do they - in fact - believe contrary to that which our Lord Jesus preached? Why is it that they think that it is wrong to place our Lord Jesus Christ as the living HEAD of their church organization? Can the true 'little flock' of the Body of Christ - the Church of Jesus Christ - of which our Lord Jesus IS NOW (and always has been) the Head believe that our Lord Jesus is wrong? Absolutely, of course not!

And as I spoke of in the article - ARE YOU BUT A TRADITIONALIST? Why is it that the overwhelming majority of these churches follow customs and practices that are opposite to those of which our Lord Jesus has built and set as an example, under the glorious inspiration of the Spirit of God - and built upon the foundation of the prophets and apostles? Our Lord Jesus being the Chief Cornerstone? Why?

As you go along and study the New Testament - as in the Books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John - you see just what our Lord Jesus Christ did preach and announce. You see what example He set for us. You see just what it was that He taught the apostles - who were disciples during His ministry. Our Lord Jesus spoke of a government. But do you hear anything about a government in these worldly so-called Christian churches? Our Lord Jesus spoke of a government - a kingdom. The Kingdom of God. His whole message revolved around the gospel (the good news) of the Kingdom of God. Our Lord Jesus went about doing two things:

1) preaching and teaching concerning the Kingdom of God.
2) healing the sick and casting out demons.

And, sometimes healing the sick and casting out demons are the same thing.

And, this is exactly what He commissioned His true servants to do. And, that is exactly what He commissioned them to do once they became apostles. After they, on the Day of Pentecost, had received the Power and had been empowered with the very Spirit of God to go and do the work for which they had been trained and to which they had been called.

Getting to and studying His sermon - what they call the Sermon on the Mount - that our Lord Jesus, seeing the multitude, had gone up into the mountain. And He was praying all night long to Father God - all night.

His disciples had come to Him and He opened His mouth and taught them - His disciples saying. And, let's go ahead and turn there in our Bibles. The Book of Luke chapter 6.

At this time, as it says in verse 17 - "He came down with them (the disciples) and stood on a level place and a great crowd of His disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea and Jerusalem."

Verse 20.

But always He spoke to the crowds or the multitude of people in parables as He did so that they could not understand and to hide the meaning because it was not given to them to understand. But to His disciples, He said, "It is given to you to understand." And He was teaching them to prepare them to become His apostles and so He was teaching them and they - for the most part - still didn't understand. They hadn't been converted yet. But, it was given to them to understand.

Let's turn back to the Book of Matthew the 7th chapter -

Verse 13.

Now, this was the Way that He was teaching His own disciples. Was He wrong? Do we hear this being taught today in these so-called Christian Churches? Now, I've heard Oprah Winfrey say quite boldly and self-assuredly, "There are many ways to salvation." Now, that atrocious Co-Pilot on Microsoft Bing - when you look that question up, their answers, at the very top of the page - 

"Different denominations and churches may have various interpretations and emphases, but the core message remains significant in Christian teachings." 

Various interpretations? Brethren, the only interpretation we should have is our Lord Jesus Christ's! And His alone! No one else's interpretation. So, it's obvious the people in these worldly churches hear this in so many various ways.

Continue with verse 13.

That leads to destruction.

So, wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to heaven. No! Not heaven... destruction! He never said that it leads to heaven. He said that gate, that way that is the easiest, that is the most popular, the very way that the multitude of our peoples in these so-called Christian churches are going - the way of multiple millions of religious people and professing Christians are going - that wide gate, that broad way, leads to destruction.

Also, notice, and I surely could have pointed this out in one of our latest sermons - WHAT IS HELL? Our Lord Jesus Christ also didn't say that this destruction would burn forever and ever either. He never said that, brethren, friends. And He never said it at any time. Contrary to what you have been hearing - probably since childbirth. And yes, He spoke about a gehenna fire. We've spoken of this many times. It's translated into English as hellfire - an absolutely terrible translation. Yes, He talked about a kind of fire that destroyed physical bodies - such as those of animals and criminals, and garbage, and other junk, that was thrown into a huge garbage pit in the Valley of Hinnom in Jerusalem in that day. It destroyed and it burned up all that was thrown into the pit.

So, here our Lord Jesus says to us - we must enter by the narrow gate. Because wide is the gate and broad is its way that leads to destruction. And again, He never said that it leads to a hellfire burning with screaming souls writhing in pain and torture for all eternity! He said it leads to destruction. Because, continuing, "there are MANY who go in by it."

Our Lord Jesus did not say that His 'little flock' - in this end-time; towards the end of this age - is going the wrong way. He says "the many" - the millions upon millions - are going the WRONG WAY! And brethren and friends - throughout God's living word we see that it is always the many - the majority - that are being deceived. And you find that the majority in this world of its ministers and its preachers and its false prophets are indeed the majority and they are going the WRONG WAY!

But truly, do you find that the many are being saved - that the many are teaching and preaching the actual word of God, the Truth of God, and the true Plan of God? And that the majority are true servants of our Lord Jesus Christ? As I mentioned to Minister Guy LaMar the other day - we had nearly a two-hour-long phone conversation! Truly those conversations strengthen our common Spirit within us - the common Spirit being the glorious Spirit of God! But, I was mentioning to him, within a radius of 50 miles - nay I say 100 miles - from our office here in Spring Hill - how many true servants of our Lord Jesus are there? Because I haven't seen too many. Yet, doesn't the majority in these worldly churches believe that on every street - nearly every street having a so-called Christian church building - that in every town and city, there are true servants of Jesus Christ? Multiple billions of people! After all, they say, they're the real and true churches of Christ and that all these ministers are the true ministers of our Lord Jesus Christ. Now, they claim to be.

Let's turn over to the Book of 2nd Corinthians. The 11th chapter.

Here we read something - but do you believe the LORD God - do you believe the living word of God? When we read God's prophecies, His warnings, His truth - do we believe them? Or do you think, "Surely that can't be the way?" The Apostle Paul says here in verse 3.

And the Apostle Paul - inspired by the Spirit of God - is talking to the Body of Christ - the Church of Jesus Christ. The Church at this time was in Corinth.

Continue verses 3 to 4

Another Jesus. In other words, if a man or a woman comes preaching to you - if the preacher that comes to you preaches a different Jesus.

Well. Do they preach another Jesus today? Have you heard anyone preach a different Jesus to you that you did not agree with? Have you heard anyone come to you preaching another Jesus that teaches that Jesus did away with His Father's Law - and they tell you, "You're not under the law. The law is a terrible thing - therefore the law was done away with! You don't have to obey the law." Have you heard another Jesus being preached throughout the world? And, of course, they can take some of these Scriptures, written under the inspiration, of the Apostle Paul whose writing the Apostle Peter said is at times hard to understand, and twist them, distort them, mangle them, as they do the majority of Scripture - to their own destruction. Have you heard any preacher preach to you that our Lord Jesus nailed His Father's Commandments to the Cross - and that He fulfilled the Law so that we don't have to keep them? Of course, as I've mentioned before - my own oldest brother has said to me before, "Just be the best person you can be, and you'll make it." I'm certain he was thinking about "making it to heaven." Just be the best person you can be. Have you ever heard a preacher preach, "God's Law was not good. But Jesus, being merciful and loving, did away with His Father's Law - His Ten Commandments." Have you ever heard that?

Look, brethren and friends - I say with all the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ - that is another Jesus! It's a different Jesus that we read about in His living word - the Holy Bible! Do you know that what you've been listening to is "another Jesus"? You've been listening to the many - what our LORD God's living word calls false prophets. And by twisting God's word here and there, they can make it say whatever they want it to say - and what you've been listening to and what you've been believing and swallowing - the overall majority of you - swallowing it hook, line, and sinker. And I want to tell you that it's time to awaken from sleep - to WAKE UP! Certainly, anyone can make the Bible say anything they want. If you take a little here and a little there, and piece it together, it will say want you want. Oh, it can be done - and it is being done by the majority of this world's preachers.

It's like a false minister I came across a few years ago. And Brother Roderick Meredith - a servant of the LORD our God that I've known for some 45 years (plus or minus) - wrote a letter to him denouncing this false minister. A minister who insists on being called a doctor and calls himself a prophet and apostle. Well, I read this letter, and it is truly moving. It is saturated with the Spirit of God. This false minister can certainly quote to you Scripture. But, he doesn't have love in his heart. And yes, I have spoken with this false minister - I won't mention his name. Many of you might know of whom I speak.

Now, one can call a person - like a false minister, or a false prophet - all kinds of names. You can turn to a place in God's living word, where our Lord Jesus called the Pharisees white sepulchers, liars, and hypocrites.

Brethren, friends - my beloved - I have to tell you God's living truth because I am serving you. And because I'm serving our Lord Jesus Christ! Because, truthfully, I believe we all want the result of good. And we don't want the way to destruction.

So, here was another Jesus - and another Jesus, sadly, is continuing to be preached today.

Continuing, verse 4.

So, there would be - and there is today in this 21st-century world - false preachers preaching a DIFFERENT JESUS other than the One in His living word.

As we've said before - we know the real Jesus. The real Jesus kept His Father's Commandments. The real Jesus set us an example that we should follow His steps. The real Jesus had spoken nothing of Himself; the Father sent Him and gave Him a commandment of what to say and what to speak. He very plainly says, if you want to enter into life, if you want to be saved, if you want eternal life, KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS!

Now, writing up the notes for this sermon, I asked Microsoft Bing on the computer - Do we need to keep the commandments? And what I discovered is that this world - the internet is a reflection of this world, its teachings, and its way - I discovered that this world whitewashes the answer with - and I quote -
"Obeying Christ’s commands means copying the example of Jesus." 
Also saying, and again I quote - 
"Only those who believe and receive the truth of who Jesus is are set free and thus “hold to His teachings” 
Absolute terrible answer!! Surely most people would gravitate to those words, "set free." They are actually telling you - even if it's subconsciously - that you DON'T have to keep the Ten Commandments - that you are 'set free.' They turn God's living word upside down!!

I tell you, dear Brethren and Fiends, it's time for you to awaken from sleep and come to understand with the help of Almighty God just what you have come to accept - it is false.

In verse 13 it says -

Now, what was it that Lucifer transformed himself into? No. Not a serpent. And, not a devil. But an angel of light. So, he pretends to have light. And, as we've spoken of before, he came to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden as an angel of light.

God - Elohim; the family of God - which at this time consists of God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ - who was the Word or the Spokesman at that time - God had commanded the man, "You must obey Me." It's in the second chapter of the Book of Genesis that you see this command of obedience - Genesis 2:16. God gave the man a command of what he was to do.

And surely we know the story. Lucifer came around - the enchanting whisperer - now called Satan the devil, came around and said, "Look now, God isn't fair. God's Law is going to make you mighty unhappy. God is not your friend. Surely you can see with your own eyes that this tree is good for food and is pleasant to the eyes, it's desirable to make you wise beyond your wildest dreams! If you partake of this tree, you'll be like God. And God knows that. So, God is deceiving you. Well... all I've got to say is - use your mind, your reasoning. You have got a mind - haven't you!?"

Satan the Devil surely said to Adam - and certainly, everything that was said to Adam and Eve hasn't been written down. He surely said, "Look about you. Look at all these creatures. Are you able to think? Reason? Can they reason amongst themselves? Can they worship? Do they have ideas, and can design, and plan things? Are they able to do whatever they want? No. But, why do you have powers like God?" Reading what Satan the Devil had said to our Lord Jesus Christ to try and tempt Him, we can surely conclude that he must have said this to Adam and Eve - "Why don't you be like God and use your own reasoning and mind and do the thing that you can see right here in front of you? You have the ability to know right from wrong. Do you need to listen to God for that?"

And TODAY - you are continuing to hear this same old siren song! And a lot of these false ministers use the very words of Satan the Devil - "Now look, use your own reasoning. God's Law is not fair. It will keep you from doing what is fun. It's against you, it's contrary to you - it's certainly contrary to the lifestyle you want to live." And then, they take a little out of the Book of Galatians, and a little out of the Book of Romans, and they say just the opposite. Well, most times they just leave those Books out - they don't understand them thoroughly anyway. As an example - let's turn to the Book of Romans the 2nd chapter -

Verse 13.

Right here in black and white - read again.

So then, why do these false ministers and false prophets continue to tell you all the time that God's holy and immutable Law is a bad thing for you and that it's only trying to lead you into unhappiness, misery, even poverty - instead of keeping them that will lead you into the Way that would relieve you from all of that into the Way of the LORD God!? They continue to tell you that if you are a doer of the Law, you can't be saved - and they will actually quote a passage referring to something else altogether - it's in the Book of Galatians - but they will actually tell you that if you keep the Ten Commandments you're under a curse. Have you ever heard that?

Well, what about what we just read? Let's read it again -

Verse 13.

Friends, can you just take God's living word - the Holy Bible - and contradict it, take passages out of context, say whatever you want them to say, and just ignore others? Do you think you can do this and get away with it? Do you know that this verse right here will be shown to you in the Judgement? Just as much as all the other Scriptures? And Books were opened. You are going to be judged by these words.

Let's turn a page back here to the 1st chapter of the Book of Romans.

Notice verse 28.

Speaking of these Gentiles.

Notice what the LORD God gave Gentiles to do -

Verse 29.

In the Book of Psalms chapter 119, and verse 172, the definition of righteousness - is "For all Your - speaking of the LORD God - all Your commandments are righteousness."

So they were - as they are today - breaking God's Commandments. Filled with all unrighteousness is breaking all of God's Commandments. He goes on to say -

Continue verse 29.

Sexual immorality - some versions say, fornication - breaking physically, mentally, and spiritually the Law against adultery - and even adultery of going after and worshiping false gods and goddesses.

Continue verse 29.

Verse 32.

Sin, my friends, "is the transgression of the Law."

And the ultimate penalty of sin is death. Not eternal life and not eternal hellfire. It's eternal death! When will we wake up and come to realize we've been taught exactly the opposite of what God's living word says and begin to believe our Lord Jesus Christ?

Again, real quickly, let's turn a page to chapter 3 -

Verse 31. Of the Book of Romans.

We're justified by faith - aren't we? Does being justified by faith make void the Law? Notice -

Continue verse 31.

Again, out of curiosity, I went and looked at what this world's preachers teach on this. What do they say this means - they say, and I quote - 

"The Old Testament law was never intended by God to be the universal law for all people for all of time."

So, you will never hear these false prophets, teachers, and ministers, quote to you Romans 3:31 as we do. And often, they won't quote it at all. And if they do quote it - they won't teach on it - they won't tell you what it truly means, because they certainly don't know.

Again, the 4th chapter -

Verse 15.

And, as Minister Michael C. Garrett has pointed out - the Apostle Paul here often switches from talking about the Mosaic law to the Law of God. One of the grave mistakes of these worldly churches is that they include the Ten Commandments as part of the Mosaic law - and they are not included in the Mosaic law! The Ten Commandments was instituted long before the Old Covenant - the Mosaic law came about. Here in verse 15, the Apostle Paul is speaking of the Law of God - the Ten Commandments.

So, let's read this again. Verse 15, the last part.

If there is no Law, there is no transgression. And where there is no transgression, there is no sin. Because, again, the transgression of the Law - and if there is no transgression, there is no sin. If there is no Law, then you don't need a Savior. You understand it's the Law that took our Lord Jesus' life. He didn't take the Law. The Law did away with Him! He didn't do away with it. He took upon Himself our sins - our transgressions against the Law - and the Law took His life in exchange for ours. Because it's this Law of God that will take our life if we do not accept what He did for us and repent of our transgressions and begin keeping and obeying the LORD God! - the Law of God!

In another Scripture - the seventh chapter, of the Book of Romans, the Apostle Paul says, -

Verse 7.

Sadly, the greater majority of our peoples in this world think so!

Do you really believe that the Law of God is sin?

Continue verse 7.

He goes on to say, "I would not have known covetousness unless the Law - meaning the Ten Commandments - had said, 'You shall not covet.'

Getting back to the subject at hand - Enter By the Narrow Gate. Turning once again to the Book of Matthew, chapter 7 -

Verse 13.

So, is this the popular way? Is this the way multiple millions who go to church every Sunday truly think? "Now I've done my duty, I've spent an hour in church." The majority of the time listening to beautiful music and a nice ceremony - the people with their important robes and all their beautiful pageantry, with their long beginning and ending prayers. And, now after church, you can go another whole week and just basically do as you please. And they think - isn't everything going to be just fine! Is this the way you look at things? Well, friends, isn't it about time to awaken from slumber - to wake up!? It's about time to look at this as God says!

"'Because narrow is the gate ... '" Let's read it from the Authorized Version, the King James Version -

""Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat.'"

The strait gate. Meaning it's rudy, it's often difficult, it's not easy. For the gate is wide and broad is the way, and it leads to LIFE, and there are few who find it.

So, are there a great many being saved, or are there more not being saved at this time? Again, the many are going the broad way - the very way that you are continuing to hear it today.

And, what was the very next thing our Lord Jesus Christ says?

Verse 15.

Well, how do these false prophets, false teachers, and preachers look? Do they look like a devil? Do they put on a red cape and carry a three-pointed pitchfork? No.

Continue verse 15.

They come before you pretending to be the ministers of Jesus Christ.

Continue verses 15 to 20

So, if you find yourself in a corrupt group, they don't have God's living truth! God's living word says, "Don’t invite that person into your home or give any kind of encouragement. Anyone who encourages such people becomes a partner in their evil work." My friends, you need to begin to live by every word of God if you ever want to get into God's holy kingdom and have the gift of eternal life! That's what you need to begin doing.

Continue with verse 21 to verse 27.

And now finally my Brethren and Friends, let me remind you if you truly want to understand God's living word, and if you are willing to devote yourself to maybe a half hour each day to God's living word - the Holy Bible - you can certainly log onto our website - www.owensborocojc.com, and you can study right in your own home. The Church of Jesus Christ Online Ministries. We charge you nothing. It's all free - trusting always in the LORD God for all things in faith.

So, until next time. I bid you fair well. May God continue to bless you and help open your heart and mind to His amazing word, Truth, and Plan for the redemption of all mankind. We love you and we thank you always for your love, prayers, and support on our behalf. God bless and Godspeed.

Thursday, July 11, 2024

Our Governments Are In Crisis!

This world is in a crisis! Albeit democracies, communism, dictatorships, autocracies, monarchies, or majority rule─ whatever human government, a crisis is looming; threatening, and governments will topple! Never in mankind’s history have so many governments been in so much difficulty. And overriding EVERY governmental crisis throughout history there was a vital and important WORLDWIDE importance that was missing─ an Authority that would bring this world ‘peace and justice.’ And it’s the LORD God!

A Missing Dimension In Government

Literally, thousands upon thousands of books have been written through our violent and bloody history probing mankind’s nature. And, whether the likes of Sir James George Frazer are right in his assessment, that ancient “man, progressing from a belief in magic as a means of controlling his environment” morphed into a “religious belief, which then propagated gods and spirits.” Or only evolution itself is emphasized, throughout the world, there is no clear understanding of just what man is.

If we are mere animals─ and as Joseph Merrick so famously cries in the movie, “I am not an animal! I am a human being!” ─which admittedly has advanced to a level unheard of compared to ants, monkeys, gorillas, or even orangutans (“Right Turn Clyde”); then it goes back to a question I ask in a recent sermon, “If we all end up dying, then what is the purpose of living?”

If we are NOT mere animals but are in fact one of the greatest of creations from a Creator God ─endowed with a mind (it is argued quite extensively that a mind is quite different than a mere brain) with much greater difference between an animal and a human being─ then any understanding of mankind’s nature certainly should include a full understanding of just how we came to be here on this beautiful blue planet, as well as just what we are.

As I spoke of in our booklet, “Does God Exist” you can prove the existence of a Creator God through various scientific laws! (Read our free online booklet Does God Exist?). And, there is proof that our Creator God has not left mankind without an “instruction manual” on how to properly operate this physical body – and it’s the Holy Bible. Explaining to us who we are, what we are, why we are─ and certainly where we are going!

Rulers of the Universe!

The LORD God (the family of God─ which at this present time consists of God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ) are RULERS! And not only is our Lord Jesus Christ Creator, but He is the Creator of all things, and “all things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.” – John 1:3. And God the Father is the One who continually governs and oversees the whole of the universe and the fulfillment of Their purpose being worked out here below.

As Supreme Ruler over all the universe, Father God─ and for absolute clarity let’s again go over John 1 – “In the beginning was the Word [the Logos; the Spokesman; the One who would become Jesus Christ our Lord], and the Word was with God [the very One that would become the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ as well as Father God to all of us], and the Word was God [meaning, He is the second member of the God family].” ─ has set over the universe certain irrevocable laws – the laws of science are certainly spiritual in nature. And I love thinking that every single tiny atom throughout the known universe has at its core the Spirit of God. While science can seek to understand these laws─ and it's interesting to note: that the James Webb telescope is aiding in studying the recently found massive groups of rogue planets without a star – some are binary planets. European Space Agency scientist Samuel Pearson commented on this, “The main thing that we learn from this is that there is something fundamentally wrong with either our understanding of planet formation, star formation, or both.” So, much of what scientists thought was true concerning the universe and its irrevocable laws, may not be so true at all. And, even though mankind can study and conclude that the universe has certain physical properties – such as energy, heat, light, motion, inertia, and the four types of radiation─ alpha, beta, neutrons, and electromagnetic waves such as gamma rays ─science did not bring these laws into existence. And astrophysicists are powerless to change these laws. The laws of physics are beyond real human understanding, no matter how technically sounding they come up with an answer. Such as the famous Stephen Hawking who self-righteously hawked, “Because there is a law such as gravity, the universe can and will create itself from nothing.”

The LORD God’s living word reveals divine authority of all creation─ and not only through the continual operation of a gravitational attraction of a sun keeping planets in their orbits (which apparently as the James Webb telescope is discovering – this is not necessarily a set law), but also divine authority over mankind’s laws ─and as RULERS (recall Genesis 1:26, “Then God said, ‘Let Us …’”), who created mankind, who had selected Their own people, who had selected a kingdom on this earth to represent and be an example to all other nations, and who is working out a Master Plan… From the Beginning─ a glorious plan that will eventually bring about a world-ruling government over all mankind.

A Book About One Man and His Family

Much of the Bible is a narrative about one man’s family – that is Abraham. But, the Bible is also about GOVERNMENT. A book about life and death, obedience or disobedience, blessings or curses – cf. Deuteronomy 30:19. When the LORD God originally called Their chosen people out of the captivity of Egypt, They initially established a human leader (Moses) over them and gave him a complete set of laws for the children of Israel to keep and obey. Eventually, leadership became too overwhelming for Moses─ he would come to “select from all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them to be rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, and rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens. And let them judge the people at all times. …” – Exodus 18:21. So, this false ideology that there is a one-man hierarchical rule is just that─ false. And the LORD God knew that the original agreement (Covenant) was missing a vital element in that original earthly kingdom─ the kingdom of Israel ─ the Spirit of God.

The LORD God’s law was not imperfect. In fact, “the law is holy, and the commandment holy and just and good.” – Romans 7:12. But there was a vital ingredient that would help make mankind be able to keep and obey those laws─ again, the Spirit of God. God’s living word reveals to us what was that missing ingredient – “’ Oh, that they had such a heart in them that they would fear Me and always keep all My commandments, that it might be well with them and with their children forever!’” – Deuteronomy 5:29.

The Works of the Flesh

The children of Israel─ the kingdom of Israel ─didn’t have the Spirit of God to help them obey. “The carnal mind [absent of God’s Spirit] is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be.” – Romans 8:7.

The Ten Commandments that the LORD God gave to the children of Israel was a perfect law. Had the LORD God’s commandments, statutes, ordinances, and judgments been kept and obeyed, as the LORD says, “’ If you walk in My statutes and keep My commandments, and perform them, then I will …’” – Leviticus 26:3. And the LORD continues with a long list of great blessings that the LORD would do for the children of Israel. Had they obeyed the LORD, the kingdom of Israel would have become “a special treasure” to the LORD God “above all people.” A kingdom “of priests and a holy nation.” – cf. Exodus 19:6.

Unfortunately, the works of the flesh are the complete opposite of the fruits of God’s Spirit. God’s living word reveals to us that there is another “law,” or principle at work in our flesh and in our mind, like the tractor beam of the Death Star it tugs on our flesh and mind─ of adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like─ indicating there are many more he could have named!

The Apostle Paul adds, “For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice. 20) Now if I do what I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. 21) I find then a law [or a principle], that evil is present with me, the one who wills to do good. 22) For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man [the law of God that is within him]. 23) But I see another law [or principle] in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. 24) O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death [the works of the flesh]? 25) I thank God─ through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.” – Romans 7:21-25.

Why the Kingdom of Israel Failed

The LORD God’s physical kingdom failed. Not because the kingdom or the laws by which it was to be ruled were inferior, but as spoken earlier─ there was a missing dimension in the kingdom.

So, speaking of the FIRST (the physical) government over the nation of Israel, the Apostle Paul wrote concerning the SECOND (the spiritual) government ─ under the terms and conditions of “a new covenant” ─ a better promise.

“But NOW He [our Lord Jesus Christ] has obtained a more excellent ministry [compared with the Old Covenant with Moses and Aaron], inasmuch as He is also Mediator of a better covenant, which was established on better promises [which is eternal life, compared to only physical and temporal]. 7) For if that first covenant had been faultless, then no place would have been sought for a second. 8) Because finding fault with them, He says: ‘Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel [the kingdom of Israel] and with the house of Judah [the kingdom of Judah] ─ 9) not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they DID NOT continue in My covenant, and I disregarded them, says the LORD. … I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.’ – Hebrews 8:6-10.

Pay attention to “if that first covenant had been faultless” ─ that physical government in the wilderness was not with the LORD God, did not have the Spirit of God. They lacked the Spirit of God and could not keep or obey the LORD God. The Prophet Jeremiah says concerning the nature of man, “The heart [the human psyche] is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it?” – Jeremiah 17:9.

Now, while there is a spiritual essence in man ─ “a spirit in man” Job 32:8; Hebrews 12:23; 1 John 4:1 ─ which causes mankind’s mind to have a much higher intellect superior to animals Mankind’s mind is still carnal in the sense that it is physical and created from matter ─ “sensual persons, who cause divisions, not having the Spirit.” – Jude 19.

The missing dimension in all governments─ past and present ─is JESUS CHRIST! And since the Lord [Jesus Christ] is the Spirit─ the governments of the world are missing the Holy Spirit! – cf. 2 Corinthians 3:17. The very mind of Jesus Christ! It is only through proper repentance, the laying on of hands, and the receiving of the Spirit of God that the nations of the world will ever have lasting ‘peace and justice.’

There is no wonder why this world’s governments – completely cut off from the LORD God, and displaying for all the world to witness the works of the flesh – are doomed for destruction!

God’s Spirit – both within the governed and those doing the governing would help in keeping and obeying God’s law, adding the LORD God’s spiritual qualities─ godly love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

In truth─ the LORD God does have a representative form of government on this earth today! It is the Church of Jesus Christ! It is a government of the LORD God─ through JESUS CHRIST! He is the head of the Church. And this representative form of government─ led by Jesus Christ is commissioned to do great works on this earth – doing the very work of God.

Our Lord Jesus Christ established it, saying, “ …’on this Rock I will build My Church, and the gates of Hades [the grave] shall not prevail against it.’ – Matthew 16:18. God the Father has called─ through Jesus Christ ─throughout the generations, millions (John 6:44). And He has personally trained them to be His true servants. And He has never stopped ruling over them (the Church of Jesus Christ) down through history!

Our Lord Jesus Christ has absolutely promised that His Church – the Body of Christ (Ephesians 1:22, 23) ─ would continue throughout this present evil age. However, He also WARNED His Church, ’ Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come quickly and REMOVE YOUR LAMPSTAND FROM ITS PLACE─ unless you repent.’ – Revelation 2:4-5; 1:20). “ … ‘Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison [not just a physical prison, but a psychological prison as well], that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten [years]. … you [also] have there those who hold the doctrine of Balaam [those who are greedy for power and prestige], … you also have those who hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate. Repent, or else I will come quickly and will fight against them with the sword of My mouth [with the very living word of God!].’ Then there are some in the Church of Jesus Christ that’ allow that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, to teach and seduce My servants to commit sexual immoralities [the worship of false gods and goddesses] and eat things sacrificed to idols. … Indeed I will cast her into a sickbed, and those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent …’ Still yet, there are those in His Church that continue to ’ have a name that you are alive, but you are dead. … I have not found your works perfect before God. Remember therefore HOW you have received and heard; hold fast and repent. … If you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you.’ Then there are some in His Church that are but ’ lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. … I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see.’ – Revelation 2:1-29; 3:1-22.

Our Lord and Savior has promised His true servants, “ … ‘and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.’ Amen.” – Matthew 28:20. And our beloved Apostle Paul would go on─ some 25± years later ─to remind not only his Hebrew audience but all of us as well, of our Lord Jesus’ glorious promise –

“ … For He Himself has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’ – Hebrews 13:5.

The Body of Christ’s Commission

Our Lord Jesus entrusted His ‘little flock’ with an important commission─ especially here in the latter part of this present evil age.

It is the same commission given to the original 1st-century A.D. true Christians –

Our Mission:

This great Work undertaken by Jesus Christ is yet to be finished. And, perhaps more than ever should be shouted to Jesus Christ's spiritual ‘lost sheep’! We are small in number, however, our desire to feed the sheep of Jesus Christ is huge and ambitious. We strive to teach the Word of God, the Truth of God, and the ultimate Plan of God.

The glorious Gospel Message is the gospel message preached by Jesus Christ of Nazareth and His Church concerning the history of Jesus Christ and the future coming of the Kingdom of God established by our soon-coming King of kings and Lord of lords. The establishment of God's government on earth. It includes the message of what Jesus Christ has done in the past, is doing right now, and what He shall do. It is the Message of the New Covenant. The primary purpose and commission of God's Church is to feed the physical and spiritual sheep of our Lord Jesus Christ! – John 10:27-29. □

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Harris L. R., Archer, L. Gleason, Jr., and Waltke K. Bruce. Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament, 1980, #1191a, pages 503-504.