Pastor John S. Torell from his home church
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TO MOVE WITH GOD WHEN HE IS GOING!
I believe today may be one of the most important messages that I have ever given in my 35 years of ministry. I pray today that God will touch you deeply. That you will have an understanding of what may take place in 17 months. Our life as we know it today may not be the same. I've waited a long time to deliver this message to you. I started it on my radio ministry yesterday. I pray to God that today's message will shake you, change you and fill you with the love of God and the love for others.
EVENTS TO REMEMBER
Something to remember. Masses of people do not change the world. A large group consisting of millions of people will not change the world. A few people change the world. These people are dedicated to their cause. The masses have no idea what is happening.
Turn to Matthew, chapter 26 verse 3. [It was a small but powerful elite group that forced the murder of Jesus.] "Then assembled together the chief priests, and the scribes, and elders of the people, unto the place of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas, And consulted that they might take Jesus by subtilty, and kill him. But they said, Not on the feast day, lest there be an uproar among the people."
At the time of Christ there were about one and a half-million people living in the land of Israel. You may have heard this said by some preachers, "The Jews rejected Christ." No, they did not. It was the leadership that did. I would venture to say that there were not more than 500 people that rejected Christ. These were leaders. They took the whole nation with them to destruction.
How many people run the United States? There are probably no more than 500 people that run this country. We do know that the group of people that are leading the world consists of 33 men.
These 33 men are leading the entire globe at this time in history. Instructing these 33 men is a counsel of over 13. There is a chairman over the counsel 13. He will be known to us one day as the anti-Christ and to the world as the beast.
Turn to Matthew, chapter 27 verse 1. "When the morning was come, all the chief priests and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death: and when they had bound him, they lead him away, and delivered him to Pontius Pilate the governor."
Verse 15. "Now at that feast the governor was wont to release unto the people a prisoner, whom they would. And they had then a notable prisoner, called Barabbas. Therefore when they were gathered together, Pilate said unto them, whom will ye that I release unto you? Barabbas, or Jesus which is called Christ? For he knew that for envy they had delivered him. When he was set down on the judgment seat, his wife sent unto him, saying, Have thou nothing to do with that just man: for I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of Him. But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitude that they should ask for Barabbas, and destroy Jesus. The governor answered instead unto them, Whether of the twain will ye that I release unto you? They said, Barabbas. Pilate said unto them, What shall I do with Jesus which is called Christ? They all said unto him, Let him be crucified. And the governor said, Why, what evil hath he done? But they cried out the more, saying, Let him be crucified. When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it. Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children. Then released he Barabbas, unto them: and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified."
When these events took place in Jerusalem 98 percent of the Jewish population had no idea that this meeting was taking place. They did not know that the leadership of Judaism had arrested Jesus and had brought him to Pilate. They didn't know that there was political pressure being put on Pilate. Pilate broke under the pressure showing his true character. He was not a man and more of a chicken. He would not stand up for what was right. What the majority of the population did not know was, that a handful of people made the decision in Jerusalem that would cause the entire Jewish people to reject the Messiah for the last 2,000 years. It has filled hell with all these Jews. Their generations lived in hell because these men had said, "Crucify Him." Some Jews have been saved. Ninety eight percent of the Jews living from the time of Jesus until now, lived and died without Christ.
Please hear me with your spirit. There have been decisions made that will affect your life and mine. There are great changes coming because of these decisions. For some reason we have been stupefied. We walk around unknown to the changes that are taking place. These changes are taking place rapidly.
Last week, South America went down the tube. It was barely mentioned in our news media. The stock markets in all the South America major countries had a downfall. Their stock market lost from 10 to 25 percent of its value. They also had a tremendous crash in their finances. They're struggling to keep their currency value up. This includes Mexico. What are we doing in America? We're keeping the party going.
In Russia, (the old Soviet Union,) their currency in the last seven days has been devalued 50 percent. There is now not a question as to what luxury we will buy, but will we have enough money to buy food for today. In the meantime our president conveniently started a little war this week to keep everyone busy in this country.
On May 1st 1776, Satan openly began his quest for a World Government. He had chosen three men JACOB FRANK, Cabalistic rabbi in charge of a World Religion, MAYER AMCHEL ROTHSCHILD, the Cabalistic rabbi in charge of World Finances and ADAM WEISHAUPT in charge of World Policies(head of the Illuminati).
I get so discussed over the lack of education in this country and in the Western world. These people have doctorate degrees in engineering, financing and all other kinds of different fields. I'm finding out that most people graduating from the universities are ignorant of their heritage and the history of this world. What they know does not amount to much of anything and what they should know, they have not learned.
These three men working together met in Europe knowing that in their lifetime they would not be able to accomplish their goals. Frank, Rothschild and Weishauupt founded an unholy alliance. With this alliance they said, "We will cause the world to go into chaos. It will be so bad that our offspring will take control." If you will take the time and research this you'll find that it is exactly as I'm telling. The people of Europe did not understand these men and their agenda. It was not understood at the time these men lived what their plans were for the world.
72 years later the Cabalilstic Jews Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels wrote the Communist Manifesto, followed by Das Kapital, written in 1867.
Karl Marx did not look like an intelligent man. He was not groomed. He was so unclean that he had boils on his body and he was sick most of the time. He did not even brush his teeth. He was like a walking garbage can. He was a wild man. This wild man produced the Communist Manifesto. The people at this time said, "So what." A few years later, Das Kapital was written. It was about the same time that the American Civil War was ending.
There are a number of Russian Ukrainian's in our service today. Ask these people about the damage that was done by Karl Marx and Frederick Engels. For 73 years the Soviet Union was raped, pillaged, destroyed and murdered. The numbers are more than 50 million Ukrainian's and Russians were murdered during that time. These people were slaughtered. Ask if they had pain. Yes, they did. This happened because someone in London wrote a manifesto of destruction. It was financed and bank rolled, then politically carried out. Have you ever asked yourself, what have you and I done, as a nation, in China in the last twenty years? We have done to China what we have done to Russia and Nazi Germany years ago. The United States has transferred our finest technology to China. We have built China into a powerful war machine. It will someday come back and strike us. Why did this happen? Because a group of men have said that we want a war and we are going to do it. You and I are not smart enough to understand this.
Adolf Hitler, and a small group, took over Germany in 1933, and built a massive war machine in less than 6 years, and plunged the world into World War II.
Germany was built by General Motors and the Ford Motor Corp. together with the American oil companies Standard Oil and a few others. The American corporations built the Nazis war machine then we went back and destroyed it. Who paid for this? The American taxpayers.
On January 1, 2000 the world will most likely be thrown into a chaos, that has never been experienced before in this world!
Turn to second Thessalonians, chapter 2 versus 1. [Someday God will release the forces of the anti-Christ. You and I do not know when that day will be. It could happen in the beginning of the new century.] "Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, That ye be not shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? And now you know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,"
Paul wrote and said; someday this will take place. There will be a man who will oppose God and will exult himself above God. We will demand worship.
Did you see the arrogance of Mr. Clinton last week? This is a man who was elected to be the president of the United States. He got himself involved with a 21-year-old young woman in the White House. He used the very office, which is a centerpiece of America, to perform his mischief. For seven months he told the American people that he did not have a relationship with this woman. He even brought in his staff and told them that he did not have a relationship with this woman. Finally when he was backed into a corner he broke and told the American people that he had misled them. He did not say that he repented. He did not even say that he had lied. He stated he had regretted his actions. Did you notice his arrogance in demanding that we move on and forget about what he has done? Stating we had bigger issues to address. Rally around me and forget that I lied.
Have you ever made anyone upset in your family? Have you ever stated to your spouse that you have had a long-term affair and yes, you regret it, but let's move on? Let's act like nothing ever happened. How will these statements go over in your household? Your spouse would say forget it.
If someone commits adultery they have to show remorse. We have to humble ourselves and say, "Can you forgive me? Will you please forgive me? Will you work with me as I try to change my life?" You never tell someone to forget and move on. This is the spirit of the anti-Christ. It is total arrogance!
This release of the anti-Christ is a judgment upon all the people that have rejected the love of God.
Versus 10. "And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness."
The release of the anti-Christ is a judgment upon the world. God said, because they did not receive my love, I will send them a strong delusion. God says, I will release a spirit of lies. These spirits will go out and deceive. The people will eat it up and say how great it is.
There is an American preacher who is known nationally. He came up with an idea for some brothers who were running his church. They had about 15,000 members. He was in his '60s and his wife was getting older. He and his brothers decided that they needed some younger women in their lives. So they came up with the theology that it is a sacred honor for the younger women to service the older ministers in the church. After all our wives are getting a little bit too old. He was running a house of prostitution. There were about 15 to 20 women involved. On Sunday mornings he would come down to his church and sing praises unto God with his hands raised. But his hands were filled with blood. He was caught. He went to court. Half of his church left him. You would think that he would be repentant. No! He is still on television every Sunday morning. He is saying this, "Is there anyone out there who is perfect? If you are I'm going to throw you out of my church. We are all sinners. We feel good together because we all sin. Let's move on."
People are buying into this. They send him money. They go to this church. They have a minister like that lay hands on them and pray for them. It is an abomination unto God. God said, "I will send a spirit of deception."
Turn to Revelation, Chapter 11 versus 16. "And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God, Saying, We give the thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned. And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth. And the temple of God was opened in heaven and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail."
God is ready for judgment. You may think that this is kind of depressing. You may want a message that is easy on your ears. How do you think Noah felt when God told him there was going to be a flood? It had never rained on the earth before. God told them to build an Ark. It was a ship that weighed over 45,000 tons. That is the size of a World War II aircraft carrier. He built it in the middle of the field. How do think Noah felt for 120 years. Every day there was sunshine, nice weather. Everything was perfect. Noah must have been the Disney attraction for that time. Everyone would go down and see the crazy Noah. They would look at this big ship he was building. He was probably the joke of the town. It must have been hard for Noah. One hundred and twenty years later the Holy Spirit knocked on Noah's heart and said, "Get into the Ark. This is it." Suddenly, supernatural angels must have been guiding the animals to come to him. They walked into the ark. Can you see the crowd standing there watching this take place? They might have been saying, "This is strange. How is Noah doing this?" Then they saw Noah and his family walk in, they must have laughed at him. Then the Bible says, "The door was picked up by God and God shut the door." Noah didn't close the door, God did. Then God shut the door and nailed it shut. Then suddenly without warning there was a downpour of rain. The rain came down for 40 days and 40 nights. I can imagine as the water began to rise the people said, "Noah was right!" I can see them pounding on the ship saying, "Noah, let us in." The Bible says that Noah said, "I cannot open the door because God has shut it."
This message that I am preaching is one that God has burned into my heart, not to scare you, but to say, we are down to the end. We have about 14 months left to go, as we know it now. There'll be huge changes. It is not going to help you to runaway to some cave or high mountain retreat. It is time to say, "God, what are you doing? I want to move with you."
Turn to second Thessalonians, chapter 2 versus 13. [The believers in Christ should be rejoicing that we are finally moving into this period of history. We should be rejoicing. Most people are scared. We say, "We like it that Jesus is going back, but couldn't it be in another generation? I like the way my life is going. I just got my business going. I just got married. We are just getting started in life." When Jesus comes He is not going to ask, "Can I come now?" He is going to show up.
A true story. For many years my wife and I have travel as evangelists. At one of our crusade's we arrived early. The crusade started at 6 p.m. We arrived at 2 p.m. in the afternoon. The pastor greeted us but he was not ready to receive guests. He said as he shook my hand, "You are just like Jesus." I said, "What do you mean?" He said, "You can show up at anytime." I said, "I guess so." Jesus can show up at anytime.] "But we're bound to give thanks always to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you for salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:" Let us begin to rejoice because God is going to move. "Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, brethren, stand fast, in the traditions which you have been taught, whether by word, or by our epistle. Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation in good hope through grace, Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work."
Praise the Lord! We are finally coming down to the end of time. We are most likely the people to wrap it up.
The people of Israel lived in Egypt for 430 years. That is a long time. They became accustomed to and rooted in the things of Egypt.
Turn to Exodus, chapter 12 versus 40. "Now the sojourning of the children of Israel, who dwelt in Egypt, was four hundred and thirty years. And it came to pass at the end of the four hundred and thirty years, even the selfsame day it came to pass, that all the hosts of the Lord went out from the land of Egypt." [Four hundred thirty years, that is longer than this nation has been in existence.]
Turn to Exodus, chapter 12 versus 29. "And it came to pass, that at midnight the Lord smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sat on his throne unto the firstborn of the captive that was in the dungeon; and all the firstborn of cattle. And Pharaoh rose up in the night, he, and all his servants, and all the Egyptians; and there was a great cry in Egypt; for there was not a house where there was not one dead. And he called for Moses and Aaron by night, and said, Rise up, and get you forth from among my people, both you and the children of Israel; and go, serve the Lord, as you have said. Also take your flocks and your herds, as you have said, and be gone; and bless me also. And the Egyptians were urgent upon the people, that they might send them out of the land in haste; for they said, We be all dead men."
When that hour came, it came very fast.
Turn to Exodus, chapter 12 versus 7. "And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it. And they shall eat the flash in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread; and with bitter herbs they shall eat it. Eat not of it raw, nor sodden it with water, but roast with fire; his head with his legs, and with the purtenance thereof. And you shall let nothing of it remain until the morning; and that which remaineth of it until the morning you shall burn with fire. And thus shall you eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and you shall eat in haste: it is the Lord's Passover." When God moves He will move very, very fast.
I have read many reports and have spoken to people. I want to say for the record that for the last fifty years every major city in the United States, are being prepared with underground facilities with tunnel networking. These facilities are equipped with all the necessities, living and sleeping quarters, electricity, water, food, and sewage disposal and air ventilation. This city, that we are in now, is a hub, from downtown Sacramento to McCullough Air Force Base to Roseville there is a tunnel system. This area is a regional center as we approach the year 2000.
Over the past we have talked about the financial difficulties that may come on this country. The monetary system will not be our biggest problem, it will be the electrical grid. After reading many different reports and hearing testimony from people that worked in high government places I've come to the conclusion that the electric grid system will breakdown.
Many of you may not understand how the electrical system works. For example at a hydroelectric plant there are alternates. The alternates do not have magnets that are static, instead they have Electro-magnets. It takes electricity to make electricity. This means that a certain percentage of electricity produced by the alternate is reused by the alternate itself. The problem with this is that if a huge part of the electrical grid system in our country goes down it will create a tremendous drain on the system to restart the system. Once a certain portion of the system goes down it may cause the entire system to go down. If the electrical system breaks down in this country it could be down for a day, a week, or many months. An example of this is, in Sydney, Australia. Four main cables supplying electricity to this country were severed or damaged this year. There were millions of people affected. As the system became overloaded it finally shutdown. The city was without electricity for four months. It took four months to get one city back online. Ask the people in Sydney, Australia if they know what it is like to be without electricity.
If we are without electricity here in the United States you'll have no water, food, heat or gasoline for your automobiles. We will be on an extended camping trip. It will happen that quickly. This happening in itself is not bad. The problem is, there is a group of men that have been waiting for something like this to happen. They want chaos to set in so that they can move with their world government plans. The questions are, will they move? Has God allowed them to move? What can we do in prayer?
The anti-Christ system will be a GLOBAL SYSTEM, which will dominate all nations.
Turn to Revelation, chapter 13 versus 5. [POLITICAL CONTROL] "And there was given unto him a mouth space speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. And it was given unto him to make war with the Saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations." This is talking about political global control, also religious control.
Revelation, chapter 13 versus 1. "And I stood up upon this sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet whereas the feet of a bear, and his mouth as a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast. And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? Who is able to make war with him?" This is total religious control.
Total financial control.
Turn to Revelation, chapter 13 versus 16. "And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, say he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six." This will be total financial control.
Turn to Revelation, chapter 18 versus 23. [This is the description of Babylon.] "And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great name of the earth; for by thy sorceries [drug] were all nations deceived."
Think about this. Political control, religious control, financial control and chemical control. The control of the people will happen swiftly.
Turn to Daniel, Chapter 11 verse 32. "And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits. And they that understand among the people shall instruct many: and by flame, by captivity, and by spoil, many days. Now when they shall fall, they shall be holpen with a little help: but many shall cleave to them with flatteries." We are going to have a tremendous spiritual struggle at the beginning of the reign of the anti-Christ. We are in a struggle now. This past week we had five people attending deliverance classes. We started the first person this week. Immediately upon starting these deliverances the whole church has been in a turmoil. The reason for this is that the devil is furious that people are been set free from the world system. There's going to be a struggle. The question is this. What do we do? The tempting thing for myself with the knowledge that I have is to say, "I have been in Sacramento for over twenty years. We have preached enough. People have not listened to what we have to say. This is what my wife and I are going to do. We're going to quietly sell our home and resources. We will find a nice quiet place in the wilderness and take up living there. We'll go into hiding. We'll sit and read the Bible praising the Lord. You'll just wait for things to happen." I would do that I would be a deserter.
You and I can say, "If all these things are going to happen Im going to leave this city. I'm going to move someplace where I can live in tranquility and I do not have to worry about all the things coming upon this world."
There will not be a safe place for anyone to run to and hide in, except in Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is not tolerating deserters. Do you know what happens to deserters? Read the book of Jonah. Do you remember Jonah? He said this; "I do not want to go preach in Nineveh." God said, "Go preach to them." Jonah said, "I do not want to go there. I want to go to Tarshish." God had a fish. That fish ate Jonah. Jonah was in the belly of the fish for three days and three nights. He repented in the belly of the fish. When he came out he was not a pretty sight. He was hairless and his skin was probably whiter than snow. This was probably caused by the acid in the fishs belly. When he came out he was serious. He went straight to Nineveh. He did not look to the left or the right.
God has a fish for every deserter. You know why you were born? You are born for this moment, to shine. You and I were born for this moment to be filled with the Holy Ghost, to stand up and give the good news of the gospel. To preach salvation, healing and to minister to the masses that are running around in confusion. I feel for the sugar preachers that have been sugar coating the gospel for their congregation. When all these things come to happen around the year 2000 there are going to be some angry people. They are going to go to their pastors and say, "You never told us about these things that are happening. Where do we find food to eat." That pastor is going to say, "I don't know! I don't know! I have no idea what to do. I better go play golf." People are going to be upset. This is when people need to hear that Jesus still saves and Jesus heals.
The anti-Christ is going to be powerful dictator. He will be a pervert. He will be a practicing homosexual.
Turn to Daniel, chapter 11 verse 36. "And the King shall do according to his will; and he shall exult himself, and magnify himself about every god, and shall speak marvelous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper until the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done. Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself about all. But in his estate shall he honour the God of forces: and a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honour with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things. Thus shall he do in the most strong holds with a strange god, whom he shall acknowledge and increase with glory: and he shall cause them to rule over many, and shall divide the land for gain."
Why do you think homosexuality is on the rise? It is because it is the spirit of anti-Christ. It is attacking our children, from schools to television programming. It is going to be a nasty time but it is going to be a time of opportunity.
What the believers in Christ do not known at this time is, WILL GOD AT THIS TIME ALLOW THE FORCES OF SATAN TO STRIKE AND TAKEOVER? I don't know! I do know this. We will have disturbances. We may be without electricity for a period of time. We need to have some kind of plan. What is God telling us to do and how should we do it? The problem is that most of us are busy. We're doing things that will not amount to anything.
Have you ever known anyone that has a three-story home? The third story is on fire and they are on the first floor hanging wallpaper. They are more concerned about hanging their wallpaper than the home burning. What they need to do is to get some water and put the fire out. Most of us waste most of our time with things that are not truly important. When the year 2000 rolls around either you are going to be prepared or you will not be. Although things that we thought were so important today will not be important then. When the electricity goes off all our gadgets will be useless. You can have the finest computer that is on the market and it will be as dumb as a rock.
How did Jesus prepare his followers?
Turn to John, chapter 17 verse 1. [First of all He prayed for them.] "These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee: As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou givest me to do. And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was. I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou givest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou givest them me; and they have kept thy word. Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee. For I have given unto them the words which thou givest me; and they have received them, and known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me. I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast giving me; for they are thine. And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them."
Verse 15. "I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldst keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them through the truth: thy word is truth. As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth. Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;" [praise God Jesus has prayed for us.]
He prayed for you and I. We are not an accident. We're here for a purpose. Jesus has prayed for us. In the gospel of John chapter 13 verse 13, Jesus tells us to stay together. "Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet. For I am giving ye an example, that you should do as I have done to you. Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his Lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him."
We need to stay together and help one another. There is an event in history that made a great impression upon me. In 1940 at the city of Dunkirk near the Belgian Coast, the Germans had overrun the British army. There were about a half-million men, British and French. They were in disarray. They had lost their armor, their artillery, they had lost everything. The Germans were over-taking them and within a few days they would no longer be. Prime Minister Churchill went on the radio in England and asked every boat owner, whether it be large or small, to go to Dunkirk and pick up the soldiers. The military and civilians were there helping, working together to pick up the soldiers and bring them home. To make this happen 5,000 soldiers gave up their lives to protect these people and all were evacuated. These men knew that they would be giving up their lives to protect their fellow soldiers. These men said they would give up their lives so that the majority of the British army could be saved.
You and I have been called by God not to be cowards, not to be deserters but to be one of those that will be part of the parameter. One who will stand at the last moment as long as we can to preach the word. To lead people to Christ. To get them saved? To make sure their name is written in the book of life. We are called for this. We're not to be deserters running retreat every time there is a crisis. We are to stick together.
When you make plans do not tell a lot of people. There will be traitors. People will turn on you. Tell only those that the Holy Ghost prompts you to tell. These must be people that you can trust.
Jesus told them to abide in him.
Turn to John, chapter 15 verse 1. "I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. Now you are clean through the word, which I have spoken unto you. Abide in me, and I in you. As a branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine you are the branches: He that abide in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing."
Most Christians today waste their time. They do not read their Bible. They do not have a regular prayer time. They are not witnesses. They do not do the works that Jesus said Christians should do. They are not doing very much for Christ. If you think that when January 1st 2,000 arrives you're going to become very spiritual, you will not have an awful lot of power. There are about 14 months to prepare our spirits. We have 14 months to pray, fast, to know the word, to go out and do the work of God. We need to get serious. God is looking for people that are willing to abide.
Verse 9. "As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. If you keep my commandment, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love. These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you."
I have seen this many times when we do deliverance. People are starved for love. Most of us have very low self-esteem. Jesus said, if you cannot love yourself, you can not love others.
We were working with a person some time ago when the Holy Ghost spoke to us and said, lead this person into forgiving himself. I lead this person in a prayer to forgive himself. I said to this person put your arms around yourself and give yourself a big hug. Ask God to help you love yourself. The love of God flowed in that person and he was healed. The world needs love. It doesn't need erotic love, not phony love but genuine love. Are you concerned? Some of us may say we're concerned. We will love as long as it does not cost us our comfort.
There was a widow that had a little flour and oil. She was going to bake it for herself and her son, eat it and then die. A man of God came and said to this widow, "Bake me a cake first." The woman said, "There will not be enough." He said, "You bake me a cake first and then watch what God will do." She did this and for the next three years she had flour and oil. She never ran out. Give to God first. If you do not love yourself you cannot love anyone else. If you're not contended with yourself and in Christ, you cannot handle anyone else. You'll go to pieces. Jesus says this to us, love one another but begin with yourself.
As a church we must now prepare for the worst possible scenario, WE MIGHT ENTER THE BEGINNING OF THE TRIBULATION PERIOD IN LESS THAN 16 MONTHS! ARE YOU PREPARING YOURSELF?
We have read how Jesus prepared his followers. God is looking for men and women that are serious. Someone who is serious and says that they love God, themselves and others. Those of you that are reading this after the year 2,000 know what has happened. If you're reading this before the year 2,000 prepare yourself. What can you do? Jesus is with you. Drop to your knees and say, "Jesus I do not have the material and I do not know what is going on but I have You." I believe Jesus will supernaturally guide you through the troubled times.
Many years ago while on the road as an evangelist we were in Southern California. I lost my map with the directions on how to get my destination. It was getting late and we had no idea on how to get to the place where I was to speak. My wife started praying and suddenly she said, "John, listen to me I can hear the voice of Holy Ghost. Turn left, go two blocks, turn right." I did this and we turned right into the church parking lot. We had never been to this place before. We were late and we needed guidance. Did the Holy Ghost do it? YES! This is the supernatural living that we must move into. The Holy Ghost will direct you to what you are to do in your life. Whether it to be to turn a corner or walk across the street. He will be there to guide you. You will not be able to walk in the flesh as we enter these end times. We must walk in the Spirit. Practice now so that when the real hard times come upon us, we are able to stand.
Let us pray. Heavenly Father we thank you for these moments that we have with you today. The words have been spoken. Now I stand back and it is up to the Holy Spirit to touch the people.
If you are not saved, say to the Father, "Forgive me of my sins. Jesus save me. Jesus come into my life right now. Jesus wash me with your blood. Save me. I want to go to heaven. In Jesus name. Jesus help me to walk with You forever. I pray this in Jesus name. Amen!
May God richly bless you is my prayer.