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January 20, 2013

Dear Friends,

I appreciate being able to be in church. Every Sunday is precious and I believe that in the future we wonít be able to hold church on Sundayís. At that time we will look back with sadness and wish we had put more effort into it. This week we sent out a briefing paper called, ďThe Future Is Here,Ē and the rejections started to come in as people angrily demanded to be taken off the mailing list.

 

There is going to be a falling away as we approach the last days of freedom on earth before the Antichrist system takes over. When the apostle Paul came to the end of his life, most of his friends had left him. When he stood in the Roman court facing the charges brought on by the Jewish leadership, no one stood with him.

ďFor Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia. Only Luke is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with thee: for he is profitable to me for the ministry. And Tychicus have I sent to Ephesus. The cloke that I left at Troas with Carpus, when thou comest, bring with thee, and the books, but especially the parchments. Alexander the coppersmith did me much evil: the Lord reward him according to his works: Of whom be thou ware also; for he hath greatly withstood our words. At my first answer no man stood with me, but all men forsook me: I pray God that it may not be laid to their charge. Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion. And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.Ē (2 Timothy 4:10-18)

When Paul came to the end of his life, one would think that having been such a great apostle, having showed such great compassion on so many people, healed the sick and started many churches, you would think that the seven churches in Asia that he had a hand in founding, would have sent a delegation to stand with Paul. But there was persecution and everyone abandoned him as a result. They were fond of him but they werenít willing to stand with him.

Many of you have been watching the webcast and archived videos, read our material, and youíre beginning to feel the heat and that makes you unsure if you want to be affiliated with us anymore because they might come and take you away. I called several people this morning and repeatedly was asked if I had received a visit from the FBI or Homeland Security? Praise God, I havenít received such a phone call or visit yet. The tendency is that God is great when the sun is shining and there is plenty of food but there was a time in Jesusí life when He began to talk about drinking His blood, eating His flesh, and people said, ďWho can stand to hear this?Ē and they began to leave him. Jesus had about 30,000 people following Him around Galilee, but by the time He arrived in Jerusalem, that number had melted down to 120. On the night prior to the crucifixion at the Garden of Gethsemane, all the disciples fled when He was arrested, no one stayed with Him. When Jesus hung on the cross, only the women stood close, while the men stood afar off.

There is going to be persecution, we donít look for it, but it will certainly come to us as many Christians will be martyred. In these last days, are you willing to stand up for truth? When the discussion was going on in the 1760ís and early 1770ís here in America about a revolution, about throwing off the yoke of the British, we donít hear much about it, but did you know that a large percentage of the colonists sided with the British? They even fought against the forces of George Washington to put a stop to the revolution.

There is a tendency in human beings to say, ďI donít want any trouble. I have my family, a job and a future. I donít want to take any chances and jeopardize what I have.Ē Jesus said that he who tries to save his life will lose it but he who loses his life for Jesusí sake will find it. (Luke 9:24) I have said it before that there are many cowards in Sweden; I havenít found many pastors who are willing to stand up for truth. But there are also many cowards in America that will melt away when itís crunch time because they care only about themselves. I challenge you, when everything is said and done, and we all appear before the Judgment Seat of Christ, will you stand there in shame when it is announced that you didnít want to make any waves and refused to stand up for Jesus? Or will Jesus call you a blessed and faithful servant who stood strong while His name was blasphemed, the church was destroyed and people were scattered? The decision has to be made in your heart because once you die and pass over to the other side, you canít protest that your heart was in the right place and you wanted to take a stand, but did nothing. Jesus will simply tell you to be quiet and you will know that you failed Him. Jesus said if you will deny me before me, I will deny you before my Father. But if you confess me before men, I will confess you before my Father. (Matthew 10:32-33)

I have shared this because we are living on borrowed time. January 21, 2013 is a day of mourning in America. This is the day that Barack Obama is going to be sworn in for a second term. The mourning is not over the man but over the policy changes that he is determined to make in his second term.  Let know one fool you, there is going to be festivities with dancing and drinking that actually started a few days ago. These people are rejoicing because they want to destroy our Constitution and change America, but for those of us who walk with the Lord Jesus Christ and believe in the authority of the Constitution, tomorrow is a day of mourning.

I got an email to boycott all television programming in protest, I can tell you that I wonít be watching anything coming out of Washington D.C. tomorrow; I will be praying and feeling sad. As thousands of Christians around the United States pray and fast for our nation this month, we need to join them and ask that God would once again pour out his Holy Spirit upon this nation. It doesnít matter how dark and late it is, there is nothing that God canít reverse, but if we do not pray and repent of our sins, there will be no move from God. A couple in our church has a daughter who is a pray warrior, and she has been heading up a prayer network to bring prayer back to America. I want us to be much in prayer for our nation.

 


From the Desk of John S. Torell