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Pastor's Message

Last Days Stand

March 2009

Dear Friends,

How many of you know that we are living in the last days? I know that you have probably heard this for a long time. The fact of the matter is, as time is passing by, the end of days are getting closer all the time. Second Peter Chapter 3 says. "The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance." The extension of time is for the benefit of all, yet the time will come when this age will come to an end.

After this age, the church age, the time clock turns back to Israel. At this time will be the appearing of the antichrist. The book of Daniel talks about these days, and yet the start of these days have already begun, and are increasing all the more. First John Chapter 4 tells us that this spirit of antichrist is already in the world.

Daniel 11:32 "By smooth words he will turn to godlessness those who act wickedly toward the covenant, but the people who know their God will display strength and take action." Daniel talks of those that will be turned to godlessness, or who apostatize. Those that are willing to turn to the religions and gods of the world. They forsake the law of God and commit evil in the land. This will happen because people will give themselves to smooth words, or words that flatter.
These smooth words are promises of his favor because of the high office he holds. These are promises of national prosperity. People will profane, pollute, and defile themselves for the purpose of material increase. They will be reduced and seduced to impiety and apostasy. They will live according to their conveniences rather than by their convictions. They will even cast their vote based on promises of prosperity, even if it means abandoning their principles.
Yet, those who know their God, and are intimately acquainted with Him, will display strength and take action. These are those that adhere to the Word of God. They are the worshipers, and those who serve the True God. They will give evidence of strength and valor. They will show great vigor in opposing this antichrist spirit by holding to and declaring truth!

Daniel 11:33 "Those who have insight among the people will give understanding to the many; yet they will fall by sword and by flame, by captivity and by plunder for many days." Those that are intimately acquainted with their God will preach the Gospel everywhere and convert multitudes to Christ. Many will, not all, but many will die for their faith.

Daniel 11:34 "Now when they fall they will be granted a little help, and many will join with them in hypocrisy." This little help given to those that are being persecuted is called little, as in comparison to the total deliverance and victory given with the return of Messiah. With this help, the forces were able to contend successfully against the evil king of that day.
When the apostates saw that it could be beneficial to join this successful contention, they would come with flattering speech and smooth words, but they were full of hypocrisy. Even today, many want to be involved in a church because they feel it could bring advantage into their lives, but their heart is in the world, and when things don't go their way, they are quick to criticize and cut and run in their hypocrisy.

Daniel 11:35 "Some of those who have insight will fall, in order to refine, purge and make them pure until the end time; because it is still to come at the appointed time." Daniel had been speaking in terms of Israel's history, and looking to the days leading up to the end, now leaps over centuries to link to the final days of this age under the rule of antichrist.
He is talking of those who have understanding, wisdom, insight; those who are pious and upright. He says they shall fall. But it is not by sword or flame this time. To fall is to stagger, faint, to be seduced, and to be led astray. Many are falling victim to the erroneous doctrines professed by the state. Others are being persecuted, even by the "church" because they would not embrace these erroneous doctrines being presented by the state. It is the drawing of the battle lines. As in the days of Moses when he descended from Sinai and declared, "Whoever is for the Lord, come to me!"
Daniel knew that his people would endure great suffering for their faith, that some would apostatize and join the enemy, and that others would trust the Lord and "do exploits". No matter how difficult the times, God has always had His faithful remnant, and He will keep His covenant with His people to the very end

These are the days we live in, the last days. It is all around us, but we are not fearful. The Name of the Lord is a strong tower, the righteous run into it and are safe. We have a special dwelling place in the presence of our Father. These are the days of the Holy Spirit. These are the days to flow in the river that flows from the throne of God.
Do not worry about what is gong on around you. It has been prophesied since the beginning of days. Let's keep worshiping and serving the True God with a heart of passion and flowing in the Holy Spirit. We have been called by a mighty God, an all powerful God, and we can stand together being abundantly able to meet every challenge.

Do you remember what the Holy Spirit said through Isaiah the prophet in speaking of the people of God, and their position when darkness covers the earth? "Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. For behold, darkness will cover the earth and deep darkness the peoples; but the Lord will rise upon you and His glory will appear upon you. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising." (Isaiah 60:1-3)
We can stand together and drive the darkness back as we proclaim the light of the Gospel. Jesus will be lifted up, and His magnificent glory and transforming power will be displayed to this generation as never before. We were born for this end time harvest of souls upon the earth! We are able to meet the challenge! We have harvest time ability!!! We will not slow down! We refuse to relax our stand of faith! We are destined to fill Charlotte County with the knowledge of God's glory!!

Luke 21:28 "But when these things begin to take place, straighten up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near."(New American Standard) The Message: "When all this starts to happen, up on your feet. Stand tall with your heads high. Help is on the way!"
New Century Version: "When these things begin to happen, look up and hold your heads high, because the time when God will free you is near!"

It is coming closer and coming faster than we may think!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Glory to God!!!!!!!

Pastor Bob