Thursday, October 27, 2011

The Glorious Gospel Message - Setting In The West and Rising In The East

Most American "Christians" think in a Western mindset when it comes to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is true that the West has been the place for the spreading of the Gospel for over 1700 years. In his ministry, Paul the apostle moved westward from the land of Israel as he proclaimed the Glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ/Messiah. From there it spread westward into Africa and Europe, to the Americas, then unto China and India “full circle.” Although there are many “false gospels,” the True Gospel message (as preached by Paul) is contained in the following scriptures:

Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:1-4).

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast (Ephesians 2:8-9).

Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved (Acts 16:31).

The Philadelphia Church Age

The United States was founded in the Philadelphia church age – the Church with the open door (Rev 3: 7-13). The United States has done more than any Nation in history in spreading the True Gospel of Jesus Christ. No nation has ever sent more missionaries, spent more money, sent more Bibles, translated more languages into Scripture or sown more “heavenly seed” to influence the world. Our Godly heritage has been a catalyst for sending the Blessed Gospel world-wide. While it is certainly true that not everyone in the U.S. is a Bible-believing Christian - especially in this post-modern (i.e., post-Christian) age we live in - no nation like ours was ever used by Almighty God for sharing the “Old, Old Story.” The USA is also unique in that we are made up of whosoevers gathered from all nations of the earth.

"We are now living in the sunset years of post-Christian America. We have become self-sufficient and God-rejecting, just as predicted in the Bible for the Laodicean Church Age"

We are now living in the sunset years of post-Christian America. We have become self-sufficient and God-rejecting, just as predicted in the Bible for the Laodicean Church Age (Rev. 3:14-22). The next event to take place in God's prophetic timetable is the Rapture of the Church, at which time Christ shall take home to be with Him all true Receivers and Believers of the Glorious Gospel. This will usher in the Tribulation and a seven-year period of God's Wrath upon the whole earth. Just after the Rapture takes place (which the scoffers and haters of the Grace of God totally reject), there will be a massive void of light and truth here on earth, i.e., there will not be one true Believer left on earth at this time. There will be billions of unregenerate (unbelieving) human beings in great darkness with a godless form of Christianity. This final form of apostate Christianity is referred to as the “Mustard Tree” and “Leavened Loaf” (Matthew 13:31-33). When the Body of Christ is caught up to meet Christ in the air (see 1 Thess. 4:13-18; 1 Cor. 15:51-53; 1 John 3:2-3), God will send down his Two Witnesses from Heaven, His Two Mighty Candlesticks. These Two Candlesticks will burn brilliantly in this post Church/ post Age of Grace darkened world, sharing the Glorious Gospel of Jesus Messiah (Rev. 11:3-12).
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Almighty God is never without a witness upon His earth. There has been much debate of who these two witnesses might be. The Bible elsewhere indicates that they will be Elijah (see Malachi 4:5-6; Matthew 17:10-13) and Moses (see Malachi 4:2; Luke 9:29-30; Matthew 17:1-3), two great patriarchs and torches of light from Israel’s past sent to a presently unbelieving Israel. Under their leadership and powerful preaching, 144,000 Jewish men will be saved (see Rev. 7:3-8). These 144,000 saved Jews shall then be sent into all the world during this time of Great Tribulation, preaching the True Gospel of Jesus Christ the Messiah before His soon-to-be Second Coming. Multitudes will come to a saving knowledge of the Messiah of Israel through their ministry (see Rev. 7:9-17). At the climax of His return (Rev. 19:11-16), Christ-Messiah will establish His Millennial Kingdom in Israel (Rev.20:6).

God has not forgotten about His promises and the covenants which He made with Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and David (Romans 9:4-5)! Almighty God has a great and glorious future planned for His Chosen people, Israel. Rejoice, O Israel, for the wonderful and beautiful things which are in store for thee (Is. 2:3-4, 11:10-17, Zech. 2:10, 8:3, 14: 1-9, 16-17, Amos 9:11, Rom 11:25-27)!!!
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"The Gospel message of Jesus Messiah and His deliverance (salvation) of the Righteous will be proclaimed like never before from the land of its origin"

In conclusion, the Gospel message will sunset in the West, i.e., America, at the end of the Church Age. It will begin to rise in the East in Israel during the beginning of the seven-year period of tribulation, and will fully rise in the Kingdom Age (Malachi 4:2). The Gospel message will have then come “full circle.” The Gospel message of Jesus Messiah and His deliverance (salvation) of the Righteous will be proclaimed like never before from the land of its origin. Multitudes of Gentiles (non-Jews) will come to know and worship the God of Israel in Israel (Habakkuk 2:14; Zechariah 8:22-23, Matt 25:34, Rev 7:9,10). Beloved, nothing is more beautiful and lovely as a believing Jew Preaching the Gospel Message of the Messiah (e.g., the Apostle Paul).
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The Apostle Paul stated: I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy. Now if the fall of them be the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fullness? (Romans 11:11-12)

As America exits the world stage - which must be - there is great hope for those who know Jesus Messiah as their Savior. The Sun of Righteousness will indeed rise in the East with healing in His wings (Mal. 4:2). May you be sure to know the Messiah of Israel and of the nations - The Lord Jesus Christ - as God's Holy Word teaches. You will never be the same!
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The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand! Are you ready?

DJP I.F

Edited by BEL I.F.

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