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A Prophetic Warning

A Prophetic Warning to the Church (March 4, 2003 1:56 pm)

In my opinion every true follower of Jesus Christ needs to be completely aware of the time that we are living in. If we are not in the last-days, then it is a trial run that is so close that the dangers are nearly identical. Therefore, we need to take heed of the many warnings in God’s Word concerning the great time of deception.

First, we need to recognize how powerful that the deception will be. It will be so powerful that the only means of surviving it will be the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
(Mat 24:24 NKJV) “For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.

Satan will pull out all the stops, hold back nothing, pour out everything in his bag of dirty tricks, and the spiritual atmosphere will be too strong for people who have not spiritually prepared themselves to resist it.
(2 Th 2:9-12 NKJV) The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, {10} and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. {11} And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, {12} that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

The spiritual atmosphere will be diametrically opposed to the atmosphere of a great revival. During times of great revival even lost people feel the effects of the renewal of passion for God. During great revivals, sin is driven back into the darkness. Evil workers are exposed for the charlatans that they are. False doctrine is denounced. Prayer meetings and church services take precedence over secular activities. Even the laws of the nation are reflective of the revival.

Today, there are deep doldrums in Christianity. Liars and other phonies are honored while at the same time people who speak the truth are dishonored and persecuted. Homosexuals are ordained as Christian ministers and professing Christians are accepting their ministry. There is little passion for God or His Word manifested publicly. Sodomites not only are pouring out of the darkness to stand proudly in public view, but they have infected our government, public education, and almost every other area of society. False doctrines pour from pulpits, out of religious television, lining the bookshelves of religious bookstores, and inundate the entire religious realm. Practically no one will attend a prayer meeting. Even a school event can replace a church meeting. Our nation’s laws are becoming increasingly reflective of the satanic activity in our government.

I personally know pastors who have given up trying to pastor in this atmosphere. I know other pastors who appear to be just barely hanging on. Many professing Christians are simply flowing with the degradation of the great apostasy; marching to the cadence of Satan. Other Christians are feeling the overwhelming effects of it all. They cannot find an honest assembly of true followers of Christ. Every day they fight feelings of discouragement and depression. The joy of the Lord is very difficult to express and they battle daily with feelings of hopelessness, emptiness, and isolation.

This is the time that we have been warned about. We should understand that every godly act and characteristic is going to be more difficult to perform and maintain. Prayer is a battle. Temptation to loosen ones grip on eternal life is constant and pressing. Urges to relax and roll with the flow, follow the herd, do what everyone else is doing, never ceases the attempt to infiltrate our spirits. Evil workers of unrighteousness appear as workers of righteousness. In fact, it is difficult in some cases to tell the difference on the surface. They appear as ministers and people of righteousness. One should remember to listen to the Holy Spirit warning signals in their spirit. Consider their fruit. What have they ever done for Christ? Ignore how they make you feel or their flattering words and comforting ways. Reject the sensationalism of lying signs and wonders. Remember that few people are driven to hell. Most of them are led there by deceptive spirits.
(2 Cor 11:12-15 NKJV) But what I do, I will also continue to do, that I may cut off the opportunity from those who desire an opportunity to be regarded just as we are in the things of which they boast. {13} For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. {14} And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. {15} Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works.

God’s Word declares that the one act that will doom people to deception and delusion is rejecting love for the truth. The very thing that could save those who are deceived is the thing that they reject. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of truth. If He is in us, we will not be deceived. We can walk through barrenness and never thirst or hunger. We will be filled with righteousness. We can master the deceptive time and rise above the clouds of evil lying signs and wonders.

When people reject love for the truth, the Holy Spirit will depart. They will be left to their own devices to defend themselves against the great deception of the last-days. God will not permit them to be shocked into returning to the truth. If they will not receive His love, His Word, His Son, and His Spirit, they do not deserve heaven. Neither do they deserve to be driven into heaven by specter of fearful calamities. Instead, they will be sent a strong delusion so that they will believe the lie and be damned.

In times past, when catastrophic events occurred, people flocked to church services in fear for their souls. Oklahoma City churches reported huge increases in attendance after the Murrah building was bombed. In a few months, the attendance was back to normal. Evidently, those people went back to their old ways of living under the cloud of deception. The very striking fact about the aftermath of 9-11-01 was that many people did not look to Christian leaders for comfort and answers. Instead, they flocked to events where an evil ecumenical mixture of wizards, witches, and other evil workers of darkness joined with professing Christians to pray for the nation. We saw no increase in attendance in our Fellowship.

This may indicate that the great delusion has been delivered to the earth and the package may be opened. If so, people who stand in the shadows, who are trying to live on the fringes of true Christianity, who play on both sides of the fence, who fail to develop passion and intimacy with God, are in deep, serious, trouble. We were warned by God’s Word and His prophets that this time would come. In my opinion, it is here. I encourage everyone not to settle for a casual relationship with God. Don’t settle for a passionless, nonchalant, church meeting where you are not inspired or challenged to stay fresh in your relationship with God. Don’t let your guard down. The hour is late and the time is short. Stand your ground and keep your armor on.

It is going to get very difficult in the last of the last-days, but the most dangerous time is during this initial wave of deception. The reason is because we have gotten used to the blessings of Christianity in a democratic nation. We can get in our vehicles on Sunday morning and there are many church buildings within a short drive from our homes. Someone else preaches to us, teaches us, and does almost every other thing for us. All we have to do is show up. What kind of Christians has this type of “Churchanity” produced? I do not mean to be offensive here, but for the sake of clarity I must be blunt with my answer. In most cases it has produced people that cannot take care of themselves spiritually. Instead, they depend on the three-per-week (or less) church services to keep them spiritual and inspired, and most of them only attend occasionally. They are weak, pampered, religious at the best, and at the worst they are lost, malformed and mutated by years of lack of growth and a viable experience with God. As such, they are no threat to the kingdom of darkness and no benefit to the kingdom of light.

Now, we are going to have to adapt steadfastness of faith to the harshness of the time that we are in. Christians should have been building themselves spiritually during the times of peace. If we had been actually assimilating and applying the Word of God that we have been inundated with, then we would have more than been prepared for this evil time.

We’ve been taught to be weak, to live weak, to need church meetings to a degree that God never intended. Certainly we find strength in fellowship and it is a tremendous blessing to hear the Word of God taught or preached by someone who is anointed. But if we have not developed the practice of feeding ourselves, what are we going to do in the tough times? Paralyzed people and babies have to be fed, but healthy and mature people feed themselves.

Men need to become and remain strong in the Lord and begin taking responsibility for their spiritual duties. The time is coming when men will have to teach their own families. We need to get tough, knowledgeable, and spiritually strong. All of us need to become prayer intercessors. I believe that it is time to consider what is eating up our time and make some serious choices about our activities. If it comes to the point that we cannot find a church building to meet in where God is present and people are sincere, then the only option is to meet in our homes. However, there were times when the Church was even denied that privilege. They had to meet in catacombs and other places that do not even remotely resemble a church building.

I believe we are nearing the time of persecution in our nation. When the only public voices for Christianity are apostate religious church leaders and organizations, I believe that the net of persecution will then fall on the American Church very swiftly. The true Church is being scattered—slowly and systematically. Right now I do not know of one medium or even small Church of true believers that is standing against the current apostasy. I also do not know of any highly visible professing Christian that is doing so.

I could say a lot more, but let me conclude with one more point. The key to understanding that this current apostasy is not going to be resisted by most professing Christians is in the way most of them perceive Christianity. The only way that so many hirelings could be in pastorates is if most of the people want it to be this way. I heard one of the deadest sermons I have ever heard one Sunday morning while visiting a church meeting. A toxic religious mixture oozed from the pulpit and entered the hearts of people who loved to be poisoned so. The sad thing about that church is that it is growing steadily in number. I thought the man might be sick, but I was informed that he was in good health. In other words, he preached that way on purpose. This is the standard for most church meetings today. It does not resemble biblical Christianity. What it is I cannot tell. What it is not is a meeting of true Christians who are aware of the time and striving for intimacy with God. May God help us to understand what is happening!
The prophets prophesy falsely, And the priests rule by their own power; And My people love to have it so. But what will you do in the end? (Jer 5:31 NKJV)


  1. John

    Very Powerful and very True my Brother! I have reblogged this article. God is speaking through you! Keep it up

  2. Escape Churchianity

    Very astute and accurate…Thank you and be blessed in Him…

  3. chris

    Great Article. Thank you. Will definitely share!

  4. Eliza

    In 2007, while trying to minister to a family member who was in rebellion and sin, I went to Grace Community Church for some encouragement from John MacArthur, and instead experienced condemnation from his message. However, on the way home the Lord used His Word in Galatians 6:1-5 to minister His grace and encouragement to me to continue to pray for and minister to this family member. The Lord has worked and is working in this situation, praise His name!
    In 2008, the Lord Jesus Christ revealed to me the tip of the iceberg of apostasy in the visible church when, by the Holy Spirit, He showed me that C. S. Lewis was a false teacher. Of course, that was shocking when he is almost universally acclaimed as an apologist for the Christian faith. Funny that in his book Mere Christianity he never quoted the Bible when defending his take on the “Christian faith”. When trying to sincerely warn others at the church we attended, we finally had to leave because of the animosity that was directed against us by the attenders and leadership.
    I had recognized and refuted false teachers/false teaching in the past but I had no idea of the extent of the heresy that has engulfed the visible church. It is impossible to find a body that is faithful to our Lord in our area and recently I read about in roads that more heresy is making in the greater area.
    What you are saying is the truth. Sadly, so many are unaware or just don’t care. Love of the Lord Jesus Christ and receiving the love of the truth from Him should be our ultimate motivation for standing faithful and true in these last days. We must rely upon Him and know His Word for our safekeeping in these dark and treacherous times. God bless you:)

  5. Don

    I want to thank you for helping me understand why, as a pastor, I have these thoughts and feelings; “Every day they fight feelings of discouragement and depression. The joy of the Lord is very difficult to express and they battle daily with feelings of hopelessness, emptiness, and isolation”.Refreshing to hear that it’s not just me. Nevertheless, I “press on” and kept preaching Christ, Crucified, Arose!

  6. Twinsister

    Thank you for this article. I have shared.

  7. Kathleen

    Thank you … this brought tears to my eyes. I have felt for years that I was in exile due to my inability to find a church that was not compromised in some way – but gradually my eyes opened and I realized it was because the Church has been infiltrated. I thought at first it was just the area I was living in.. eventually I realized this is widespread. The Word the Lord gave me years ago has come to pass.

    It is difficult to not feel isolated these days, but thank God for this technology and our access to it.. it helps. Though it still breaks my heart, I don’t feel ‘as’ alone reading posts from brothers and sisters who see what is happening and call it out for what it is.

    I will be sharing this post on my Facebook https://www.facebook.com/EzekielsCall, Youtube https://www.youtube.com/user/Heavendreamer2 and Google+ pages. I use those pages to call the nation to repentance as well as to try to expose these things for what they are.

    God is judging our nation, and the reason why will probably not surprise any of you. Judgment begins in the House of God.

    in late 1986 to early 1987, the Lord spoke to me. First it was a dream, but I reasoned in my own mind that He was saying the U.S. was blessed. That same morning He spoke to me so loud in my spirit that it literally stopped me in my tracks. Again, I reasoned that He was saying we were blessed. It never occurred to me to ASK Him what He meant. 0\ SMH

    A couple months later, as I was reading the Word (about Israel’s backslidings in the Land of Canaan) suddenly it was like there was a transparent layer of air that literally pulled apart in front of my face. A bunch of “information” rushed into me from that “hole”.. I really don’t know of any other way to describe it. Suddenly I heard the Lord speaking. This is what He said:

    “Just as I gave Israel the Land of Canaan, so also I gave you the United States. Just as Israel forgot My words, intermarried with pagans, and adopted their customs, practices and gods, so also have you done. And just as I judged Israel, so also I am judging you unless you repent as a Nation”

    God IS judging our nation, but it’s not because of unbelievers.. it’s because of CHRISTIANS forsaking HIM to run after seducing spirits and the doctrines of demons. It’s because of Christians adopting pagan customs, practices, and yes, even gods. Judgment DOES begin in the House of God before it hits the world. We have already seen the OKC Bombing, the horrific tornados in Oklahoma City (I was living 30 miles away when it happened) that completely devastated OKC., the 9-11 tragedy, Hurricane Katrina, and droughts so bad that cattle have had to be killed for lack of grazing ground. I saw a link for a Baptist church the other day, that was singing about the “Christ-Sophia” … Christianity Today promoted a New Age/Occult author in 1978 and again in 2007. There is SO much of this garbage flooding every area in Christianity and our society that it is almost impossible anymore to not see it. Paganism has exploded in our country, and many Christians are running after it one way or another. God help us.

    I know things are going to get tough. I truly do believe we are living in the last hours of the last days. I have never experienced such an attack on my faith by satan attacking my thoughts. I have had to literally fight to hang on to what I KNOW to be the Truth. But God will be with us if we are with Him.
    This apostasy started in the Catholic Church, before it was ever called “Catholic” (Universal) as Clement of Alexandria brought these SAME practices into the churches. He acknowledged that they were ancient Egyptian and Greek practices that the pagans used to communicate with and “Become one” with their gods/goddesses/angels… which the Bible calls demons. Of course he never mentioned that fact. But he advocated understanding the scriptures in the “light” of the pagan teachings and practices. And advocated using the pagan practices to “become one” with “God”… spiritual darkness overtook that church and it resulted in them killing Christians simply for wanting the Scriptures in their own language., or for holding to the true teachings of the scriptures. Now that same evil is flooding into the churches in our nation and around the world. I don’t see how it could be any other but the tail end of that great apostasy, and the harbinger of the Lord’s return.

    My heart breaks over what I see taking over our nation and the church.. I pray that God will save all those who He has foreknown, and come get us.

  8. Jessica

    Amen, brother!

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