I had been reading Daniel and the Lord really illuminated some things that we need to see that are for us these latter days.
But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king's meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.
Lately I have been sensing more and more of what is coming and I have a great sense of such concern for the body of Christ. I believe it is a watchman's calling when we see something coming to warn the body.
There are many with this same calling, but it seems the warnings are falling on deaf ears.
We are still in training, for the days ahead, and he is teaching us in many things, but if we do not hearken to them we will not be prepared to go through the times ahead of us.
We must obey Him at all cost. And to trust Him in the most difficult circumstances.
We must know our God, that we are in the palm of His hand, if we know Him and His word, and we obey Him, he will keep us hid and he will be in our midst.
When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.
Daniel and Meschach, Shadrach and Abednego purposed it in their heart not to eat the Kings meat or his wine because it went against their beliefs, they even went on what is often called the Daniel fast which consisted of pulse which are vegetables, and water. To show they would be as healthy or healthier then those who ate the meat and drank the wine.
When everyone was required to worship the golden idol that was made. Meshach, Shadrach, and Abednego refused to do so and were thrown into a fiery furnace heated seven times hoter, and when the King looked there was a fourth man in the midst of the fire, looking like the Son of God and the men had no hurt. And when they were called to come out of the midst of the fire they all saw them come outwoth no harm to them the fire had no power upon their bodies, nor was their coats burned and not a hair on their heads singed.
These men refused to compromise.
Dan 3:17 If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.
Dan 3:18 But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.
Daniel would go three times a day to pray and thank the Lord, and the other presidents and princes wanted to find some fault in Daniel and they plotted to have him killed, because they found absolutely no fault in him to report to the King.
They made a degree that they were only to petition the king and no one else, even though it meant Daniel would be thrown to the lions, because he would not obey their law.
Daniel went right to his room and prayed and thanked the Lord as was his daily custom.
I believe that most Christians today are not prepared for the judgments that are coming, because they are entrenched in pretrib rapture teachings. they are totally unprepared, and they have not been warned by their Pastors.
Many Pastors instead of feeding the sheep green grass, are feeding deadly weeds that are poisonous to their spiritual health.
Their faith focus is on greed, on getting. They are using kingdom principles for their own greed, and God will begin too clean his house first.
I can't even call it the house of the Lord, because He does not dwell in a house made with human hands.
There is no hated of sin, repentance or the fear of God. Christians have become careless.
There is so much of the world in them that they can't let go of it, and take the word of God seriously.
And when the judgments begin that have been prophesied they will be ill prepared, they have been taught God wants them to be rich. They didn't read all of the scriptures that talks about being rich and the harm it brings.
They didn't hear God say "Come out of her", come out of Babylon. It is representative of the world system that is so corrupt with greed, power and pride.
So suddenly when we find our blessings are gone, and jobs are not found and the financial institutions will begin a slowly collapse as this country comes under judgment.
This is the beginning of sorrows.
We shall then see famine and pestilence increase.
Even now there is a California man battling a rare and usually fatal parasite caused by a brain-eating amoeba found in soil, and many diseases are abundant today that was un heard of previously.
The tornadoes have more then doubled this year as well as the earthquakes tsunamis, fires, floods, and every other kind of natural disaster.
Everything in the grocery store has jumped up in price, and this will not stop here, there is much more to come.
The only way you will survive will be to do as Daniel did, not allow compromise in your life.
If the Lord comes before all of His judgment to America, praise God, I will be prepared.
Most believers will be in a state of a shock that have only been taught the pretrib rapture doctrine, as they are too caught up in the world to be looking for the coming of the Lord, even if they think they will be raptured before anything occurs.
There were many in other countries that were taught the same thing, and when severe persecution came, they thought God had abandoned them.
We must be ready for the Lord to come at any time, because this day is not promised to us, so we need to live as if it is our last day on earth.
The martyrs in third world countries die daily for the name of Christ, and they have yet to be raptured.
But they have the Daniel kind of faith, they do not compromise to suit those who persecute them and that is why this is a picture the Lord is showing us for the end times.
It is a prophetic word. And we need to open our eyes and see what is coming and to purpose in our hearts to be obedient to the Lord.
I do believe if we have the kind of Daniel faith, the Lord will take us through the flames and through the floods, hand in hand.
Even those who are martyred for Christ often see the Lord, just as James, and they were given supernatural strength to endure.
I believe He will walk with us through the fires and waters, if we have the Daniel faith, and our focus is on Him and the truth of the word.
Daniel had that kind of faith in the Lord he knew He would deliver him, but if for some reason God should allow him to perish, he would not bow down to any other God, or go against what the Lord wanted him to do.
I feel a grief for much of the body of Christ, because in many congregations they are not taught to be true disciples, they are not being taught from the bible but watered down gospel, Much is man made doctrines that benefits the Pastor and the leaders, and not the people.
A Shepherds job is to watch over his flock, to make sure they are feeding on good grass, on truth and are growing and walking in the spirit and healthy.
And instead many Christians are yet babies, they do not grow because they have not been taught how to grow in Christ so they are not yet ready for strong meat.
Many have not been taught how to live victoriously by walking in the spirit, and so we see a fragmented body.
It is stunted and it is wounded, and it is not fit for the king.
You can spend millions of dollars a year on books and tapes and seminars, but if you are not taught that which helps you to really grow, you may as well throw it all into the commode.
It is frightening to me to see so many teachings that are drawing Christians away from the truth of the gospel.
Many Pastors are hearing from a different spirit that isn't from God, in fact in some cases it is the spirit of antichrist.
I know that is a strong statement but in many pulpits today we do not see the bible taught, often it is something taken out of context.
in fact some do not even use a bible. In some congregations the members do not even bring a bible to church with them. This is shocking.
Now there is a change in the gospel, now they are saying that there is no hell, and God wants everyone to go to heaven it doesn't matter what you have done and that everyone is going to heaven.
Now that teaching comes out of the Essenes, which is something the New Age supports, and I see this coming little by little in to the church.
That is certainly not the only issue, it is one of many.
What is taught is often subtle so one doesn't know that is what is being taught them, they do not do their homework.
Because the teachings can be very subtle they will be taken for truth, just like all the books and tapes that are purchased by Christians.
Because the teachers are big names everyone reads their books and listens to their tapes and they take this for the word of God because some well known name is speaking or selling them.
They do not have enough discernment to tell truth from error.
I do not have some vendetta against Pastors, nor have I have been offended or wounded, I grieve over them as well, because they face a greater judgment, and I know what the Lord expects from them.
But today it is all about numbers who has the most members, who has the biggest church, who has the most prestige, who has the biggest name.
I see it everywhere, I see what is being taught from many pulpits and on TV, and it is not food, and it comes across powerful because it is what itching ears want to hear.
I grieve for the body for the sins of the church for the sins of this country and for even my own lack of fire at times, my own neglect.
Because what I am seeing, I know the church will not be ready for.
The Lord gave me two messages more then a year ago, one was called "Who are you Following" and the other, "Would You Die For Me? These were to teach us how to prepare during perilous times.
I will repost those again, because we need to look at our life, we need to look at who we are following. Jesus Christ, Yeshua? Or are we following after other gods.
Will we be ready if we are faced with a situation like Daniel? Would we be willing to die for the name of Christ?
Church it is time to examine your life, it is time to examine who and what you are listening to. It is not to late to turn back to the truth of the word of God.
It doesn't matter that we are in the 20th century, Jesus is the same today, yesterday and forever. he does not change nor does God change His mind about His word to suit our fancy.
What we are seeing in the earth today is an increase of natural disasters the housing crunch, the prices going up, sickness and disease, are all a part of the Horsemen that are coming.
God is not mocked church, get your house in order!
Those who have prepared will be a part of a great move of God, during and through the tribulations that come.
Wake up church, examine your life, see if your faith is like Daniels, see if you are purposing in your heart to obey the word of God, rather then making excuses for your sins.
Repent before it is too late.
Pray like Daniel did.
(Read Daniel 9:3-19)
Are you ready? time is short, look to Him, he is the author and finisher of your faith.
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