All praises, honor and glory be to the God of my salvation; the God who saved a wretch like me and granted that I with all others saved should be reconciled to Him and become an ambassador of Christ in the Gospel! In this amazing message of love, grace, forgiveness and reconciliation we proclaim to the world, our God speaks through us now and we to all with the utmost of urgency: “be reconciled to God,” (2 Corinthians 5:18-21, NKJV)! Time is of the essence as spiritual conditions and events foretold by the Lord through His prophets in Bible prophecies dormant for millennia begin to awaken to fulfillment.
The Lord’s plea to be reconciled to Him in this and every generation since the first century includes those that profess to have done so already as the Christians the apostle Paul writes to. He exhorts them “not to receive the grace of God in vain,” (2 Corinthians 6:1, NKJV). Their assumed past salvation and reconciliation to God was possible because in Christ, the proper time had come (2 Corinthians 6:2a). By way of forceful reminder to them and so many sinning professed Christians today, he also declares: “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation,” (2 Corinthians 6:2b, NKJV)!
As the larger context makes clear, the Corinthians were in need of repentance from sin which to Paul’s delight he was convinced by their behavior they had experienced (2 Corinthians 6:3-7:16). I am praying and laboring for the same outcome of repentance from sin leading to revival for those professing to be Christians throughout our nation as the Lord gives leadership since the alternatives are not at all pleasant. Thus, it is imperative that professing Christians receive the instruction the Holy Spirit is giving us for this time in all soberness and with Bibles and hearts open.
Do not be lulled into complacency in the aftermath of the recent national election that because of political philosophy would seem to hold out hope for a long-term halt to the slow decline of our nation. Not so! In the grace of our God, only a temporary door of opportunity with lessened government hostility and hindrances for the proclamation of the Gospel and practice of the Christian faith will open (1 Corinthians 16:8-9; 2 Corinthians 2:12-17). However, this door will quickly close and without needed repentance among professing Christians leading to Holy Spirit fired revival and a renewed vigor to obediently fulfill our Lord’s “Great Commission,” be squandered. For the foretold times leading up to and the “appointed time of the end shall be,” (Daniel 8:19, NKJV).
Therefore, the God and only Savior of mankind reiterates again with great urgency to all alive today in our nation: repent and believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ; that He died on the cross for our sins, was buried and on the third day rose again. Do this, so you will be forgiven of your sins, reconciled to God, receive the Holy Spirit, eternal life and deliverance from His wrath that will destroy this present evil world as we have known it. This is urgent now because the time God has allotted for the world to respond to His gracious offer grows short as prophetic fulfillment shows. Too, all anyone has is now since no one knows the day of his death when God’s offer of reconciliation also ends.
Finally, there is the present danger and foretold latter day reality of one developing a hardened heart toward God and His offer. A hardened heart is one that obstinately resists God even after severe judgments for the sake of holding onto a sinful mindset and lifestyle (Exodus 7:14-9:7; John 3:16-21). In the case of professing Christians deceived by sin, without repentance they continue in faithless, willful rebellion against God’s clearly known will, way and Word until their hearts harden solid in resistance as we have been warned not to allow because of the painful temporal and eternal consequences (Proverbs 28:13-14; Hebrews 3:7-19, 6:4-8, 10:26-31). Indeed, as I have repeatedly warned, the Lord has already begun judging in His house (1 Peter 4:17-18).
For this reason, understanding this day of salvation aspiring strong men of God in the image of Christ purposely put Him on and accept the Father’s loving discipline so we can please Him and do His will (Romans 13:11-14; Hebrews 12:3-11). This is all the more essential as we see in the persistent and growing hostility to biblical Christianity and rebellion against God as well as legalization of immorality and drug use, the trend toward hardening hearts is underway. Prophetically, we are shown this trend continues through God’s pre-wrath warning judgments that soon begin (Luke 21:11b; Revelation 8:1-11:14) and becomes irreversible in the time of the Antichrist (Revelation 13, 14:6-13) as proven when God targets his unrepentant worshippers in His wrath (Revelation 16:1-11).
Thank God, then, that in His continuing grace and mercy we still have a little bit of time left to freely preach the Gospel and witness Christ to an unsaved American citizenry that is not yet all hardened into sin. The Spirit empowered fruitful labor of this Ministry among boys and incarcerated men here in the Northwest--the most unchurched part of our nation--is evidentiary to me in this. So, now, I exhort every needful professing Christian to repent and be revived by the Holy Spirit so you may take your place among the revived saints in our nation and move with zeal to complete our Lord’s “Great Commission” here to the saving of many souls at this opportune time. The risen, living Christ continues His cry among American churches, "Who is on the Lord's side?"
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