The Coming Storm

So, the Supreme Court has ruled in favor of same sex marriage. People are burning and trampling on the American flag. The government is run by mostly wicked men and woman. Not surprising. God show me that this was coming. This comes from my book entitled, The Wrong Skirt (p.78-80) Published 2011 from The Mad Preacher

The Coming Storm

See, the storm of the LORD will burst out in wrath, a whirlwind swirling down on the heads of the wicked. The anger of the LORD will not turn back until he fully accomplishes the purposes of his heart. In days to come you will understand it clearly. (Jeremiah 23:19-20)

“God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are a gift from God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, and that His justice cannot sleep forever.” (These words are inscribed on the walls of the Jefferson Memorial in our nation’s capital)[i]

I believe that God is about to transform the marred image of the American church. The wheels of judgment are beginning to turn. Purging is on its way. Like the rumble of distant thunder announces a coming storm, current events in Washington D.C. and across this nation are proclaiming the depth of our national sin sickness and the judgment it is bringing on us. I sense that we have finally forced God’s hand. I fear that America has gone too far! God must now act!

Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people. (Proverbs14:34)Trumpets

What has happened to this country who once proclaimed our self to be “One nation under God?” In 1776 we declared our independence from Great Britain. We were a people who honored God. He reciprocated by making America strong and blessing us over-abundantly. In time we became the greatest nation on Earth. The Lord continued to bless us as long as acknowledged ourselves to be a nation whose dependence was on him.

Then in 1962 we made another declaration of independence when we declared our independence from God. And since that terrible day when the Supreme Court announced that God is not welcome in our public schools anymore,[ii] America has slipped deeper and deeper into rebellion and moral decay. And the trend continues today as many of our nation’s leaders have persistently snubbed their noses at God and his commands.

“I will take vengeance in anger and wrath upon the nations that have not obeyed me.” (Micah 5:15)

“If God doesn’t judge America he will have to resurrect Sodom and Gomorrah and apologize to them!” [iii]

 For we know him who said, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” and again, “The Lord will judge his people.” It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”  (Hebrews 10:30-31)

Again I say I feel that we have crossed over a line that leaves God with no other alternative but to release his judgment. God is preparing the crucible, the anvil, and the hammer. I believe that a purifying fire of intense heat, such as we have never seen, is about to sweep across this nation.

A Purpose behind the Purging

However, don’t lose hope as you see these things unfolding, my friend. Look up for that which is coming is not all doom and gloom. There is a purpose behind the purging. I believe that what is about to come is necessary in order to prepare us to receive an unparalleled end time harvest.

 “And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the new wine will burst the skins, the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, new wine must be poured into new wineskins.” – Jesus (Luke 5:37-38)

The American church in its present condition cannot contain what God is about to pour out on her. She has too many old wineskins. In other words, she is so heavy laden with dead, old, stale religious attitudes that she can’t possibly hold a fresh move of God. The American church cannot at present stand under an outpouring so powerful that it will shake this nation to its very foundation. She must first, once for all, repent and renounce skirt grabbing. In other words, she must cast aside those old religious wineskins. Manmade institutions and worn out, antiquated attitudes can’t possibly hold a tumult of this magnitude.

“But he knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold.” (Job 23:10)

Yes, God is once again about to pour out his Spirit on all flesh, but first he must prepare us to receive it. Therefore, it is essential that we repent and be ready to empty ourselves of any and all hindrances that would block that which God desires to do! God cannot fill a vessel that is already full of other things, such as fixations that are alien to his purposes. Nor will he pour his anointing into a container that is filthy.

Would you pour milk into a dirty glass that you just picked up out of a city dumpster and then offer it to your child? Of course not! Neither will God. He refuses to place the milk of his Word into filthy vessels and then offer it to a hungry world! We’ve got to clean up our act! We must first repent and rid ourselves of nasty attitudes or any sinful behavior that would block the outpouring that is to come. We must be willing to make room for what God wants to do in us. If not, he will find someone who is willing.  It’s just that simple.

Gold in poetic scripture, such as Job, is symbolic of the righteousness of God. The word “testing”, Job speaks of here, comes from a root Hebrew word that refers to the purification of metals. God will purify the attitudes and conduct of his church. The world will again see an outward expression of the righteousness of God in the Church. They will see Jesus! That is once the old wineskins and wrong skirt grabbing are done away with. God desires for you to be a part of what he’s about to do. Please pay heed my words, my friend, lest you miss it!

The Sound of the Trumpet

 Oh, my anguish, my anguish! I writhe in pain. Oh, the agony of my heart! My heart pounds within me, I cannot keep silent. For I have heard the sound of the trumpet; I have heard the battle cry. (Jeremiah 4:19)

The days of punishment are coming, the days of reckoning are at hand. Let [the U.S.A] know this. Because your sins are so many and your hostility so great, the prophet is considered a fool, the inspired man a maniac. (Hosea 9:7)

I know that what I’m saying may sound foolish to some and perhaps to others the ravings of a maniac bent on frightening people. However, if I am labeled so then at least I find myself in very good company. I have consulted several who are tuned in to what the Spirit is saying to the churches. I have talked with Pastors and other great men and women of God. Many are declaring the same warning. God’s watchmen are sounding the alarm. They are blowing trumpets of warning all over this nation. Indeed, the Churches in our nation had better wake up and smell the proverbial coffee!

Please believe me when I say that my intentions are honorable before God. He will judge my heart and call me to account if my motives are amiss. You don’t know how much I want to be wrong about the impending fire that I see coming. Please join me as I pray for our nation that God will extend his mercy to her. Repent with me as I repent for the sins of the American church. We have lost our saltiness, our influence, in the land. Let us pray that it is not too late to regain that which we have lost. Perhaps if we do, God will stay his hand of judgment.

I fear, however, that it may be too late for that. The horse is already out of the barn. It’s too late to shut the door. The trumpet of judgment is sounding a clear warning. When I watch the news I hear its blast echoing from sea to shining sea, and I suspect that it is on its way. Indeed it may already have arrived. I pray it has not.

However, take heart my friend. God is about to do an awesome work, but he needs us to be ready for it. I want to be prepared for the glory that will follow. Don’t you? Don’t you want to partake in possibly the greatest revival this nation has ever seen? First comes the purging as the Holy Spirit beckons us to repent of all our skirt grabbing, then comes revival! It’s always been that way. Are you ready to board that bus my friend? Be assured that it’s on its way. If you listen very closely you will hear the roar of its mighty engine just over the horizon.

[i] Source: Merrill D. Peterson, ed., Jefferson Writings, (New York: Literary Classics of the United States, Inc., 1984), Vol. IV, p. 289. From Jefferson’s Notes on the State of Virginia, Query XVIII, 1781.

[ii] “America’s moral decline rapidly accelerated following one event — the U.S. Supreme Court’s removal of prayer from our nation’s schools. On June 25, l962, 39 million students were forbidden to do what they and their predecessors had been doing since the founding of our nation – publicly calling upon the name of the Lord at the beginning of each school day.” Taken from Banning Prayer in Public Schools Has Led to America’s Demise by Gary Bergel. Published May 1988. Retrieved on October, 2, 2010

To read the entire article go to ttp://www.forerunner.com/forerunner/X0098_Ban_on_school_prayer.html

[iii] Ruth Graham, wife of Evangelist Billy Graham, was credited with saying this.

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Fear

By The Mad Preacher

The LORD is my light and my salvation―whom shall I fear? The LORD is the no-fearstronghold of my life―of whom shall I be afraid? (Psalm 27:1 NIV)

What a wonderful declaration! I don’t have to be afraid because God is my stronghold! He’s the Light that illuminates my way and shatters the darkness. He’s my deliverer, my healer and my Savior. God is the one who has taken me to his bosom to love and protect.  No wondered David said, “Who have I got to fear!”

For I am the LORD, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. (Isaiah 41:13 NIV)

It has been correctly said that the Bible is full of “Fear-nots”? [1] Yet the church seems to be full of fear. Why is that? After all, doesn’t the Bible tell us to “be anxious for nothing?”[2] Yet still, many of us are down right…fearful. In fact, I’ve talked with many who seem to be scared out of their wits! It’s most alarming to see believers give in to fear. Should we be fearful? Obviously not, when you considering God’s Word admonished us to be fear-free.

“But Rod,” you may be thinking, “these are anxious times. The economy is going up and down. Gas prices are through the roof. We’re under the constant threat of terrorism and America is waging a war that’s happening on a global scale. Some people are cleaning out grocery stores and stocking up for fear of the worst. Things are pretty scary right now.” I’m inclined to agree. Things are very scary right now. Indeed, “These are times that try men’s soul.”[3] However, the pressures of life, including those brought on by terrorist’s threats, should not overwhelm us with dread but, rather, drive us to our knees.

The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. (Deuteronomy 31:8 NIV)

The Apostle Paul faced anxiety and often battled fear. He openly admitted it.  He said that he had been “harassed at every turn―conflicts on the outside, fears within.” [4] At one point, he confessed that he had been under such great pressure that he “despaired even of life.” [5] Have you ever felt like that? Have you ever despaired of living?! The great Apostle Paul experienced those emotions. Certainly, we all feel that way from time to time.

“Men will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken.” – Jesus (Luke 21:26 NIV)

Yet Paul went on to say, “But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God.” [6] He knew that God was his light and his salvation. He had learned a valuable lesson over the years while facing fear and the enemies who were seeking to take his life. He could gladly echo the words of David, “The LORD is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?”

Yes, we all face fears from time to time. That’s part of life. We can’t always control all that befalls us. However, we can choose, with God’s help, how to respond to fearful things. So, it’s your choice. Fear… it can drive you to despair or lead you to the Prince of Peace.

When I am afraid, I will trust in you. (Psalm 56:3 NIV)

“Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.” – Jesus (Luke 12:32 NIV)

Is there lack of true assurance,                                                                                     Like a broad unguarded hole?                                                                                        Do you need real love to heal you                                                                                 And your suffering soul?

Have you heard enough excuses?                                                                                    Do you want to know the truth?                                                                                       My child, I am with you                                                                                                  And I will never leave. [7]

[1] There are a total of 82 in the NIV                                                                               [2] Read Philippians 4:6-7                                                                                               [3]The American Crisis by Thomas Paine                                                                         [4] 2 Corinthians 7:5                                                                                                        [5] 2 Corinthians 1:8                                                                                                      [6] 2 Corinthians 1:9                                                                                                        [7] Trust in Me by Geoff Thurman as recorded by Charles Billingsley

Gossip

gossip_2804169bBy The Mad Preacher

Rod Davis

 “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” — Jesus (John 8:31-32)

When I was the chaplain for J103 radio in Chattanooga, TN, I would often receive a frantic email from some well-meaning saint concerning something they say to be true but in reality is really a hoax. Here’s a good example of this sort of email. “Atheists are petitioning the FCC to get religious broadcasting banned from American airwaves. An organization has been granted a Federal Hearing on the same subject by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in Washington, DC. Their petition, Number 2493, would ultimately pave the way to stop the reading of the gospel of our Lord and Savior, on the airwaves of America. They got 287,000 signatures to back their stand!”[1] “If this attempt is successful, all Sunday Worship services being broadcast on the radio or by television will be stopped. This group is also campaigning to remove all Christmas programs and Christmas carols from public schools!!”

This sort of story gets forwarded all over Christendom and, more often than not, it’s just not true.

For I am afraid that when I come I may not find you as I want you to be, and you may not find me as you want me to be. I fear that there may be quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, factions, slander, gossip, arrogance and disorder. (2Corinthians 12:20)

 I believe that Christians should be messengers of truth. Yet all too often Christians are forwarding anything but the truth. We forward lies based on internet gossip. We forward emails based on Urban Legends to our friends and acquaintances and don’t even check it out first to see if it’s true or not. And in many cases we cause undue alarm among the Christian community. I’m sure that you’ll agree with me when I say that this is something that can be harmful to our brothers and sisters and thus displeasing to the Lord.

There are several resources on the internet for Christians that expose these emails for what they are—lies. Here is a good one for checking out the validity of the current gossip. It’s my go to site to check out web gossip to see if it’s true.

www.snopes.com

Whoever of you loves life and desires to see many good days, keep your tongue from evil and your lips [or your emails] from speaking lies. (Psalms 34:12-13)

We do need to make one another aware of any threats to the Church that may exist, but, please, don’t be a gossip. Don’t have a knee jerk reaction to every forwarded email you receive. We honor the Lord when we check the information contained in it to see if it is actually true before we passed it on to our friends.

“Besides, they get into the habit of being idle and going about from house to house. And not only do they become idlers, but also gossips and busybodies, saying things they ought not to.” (1Timothy 5:13)


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