We Need To Get Preaching – The Three Messages of Revelation

This posting may seem to be presumptuous to some of you, but I ask you, hear me out, and if you’re a pastor, you should definitely heed what God is saying here.

I’ve said all along, that my posts are inspired by God. Most of the time, He wakes me up at odd hours of the night to write, and the words just flow. I have to try and keep up sometimes, and with these Parkinson’s fingers, that’s a tall order sometimes, but He helps me get the words down.

Tonight’s posting is one of these too – He woke me up with a dream of the Messages of the Three Angels, found in Revelation 14 – starting in verse 6.

There are three messages being given – Pre-Tribulation messages – for the masses. Pastors, we’re to be giving these messages to the people, preparing them for what’s to come, and getting people saved.

We’re not to be preaching “feel good” messages – we’re to be preaching sound, gospel teaching. We’re to be preaching that salvation message of a literal heaven, and eternal life – and a literal hell, and eternal torment. We’re to show the way of repentance of sin, and eternal life, the way to that narrow path that leads to heaven.

Let’s look at the three messages… here’s the first one.

Then I saw another angel flying directly overhead, with an eternal gospel to proclaim to those who dwell on earth, to every nation and tribe and language and people. And he said with a loud voice, “Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come, and worship him who made heaven and earth, the sea and the springs of water.” (Revelation 14:6-7)

What have I been saying all along? What should we be telling our congregations and neighbors? This world is ripe for judgement because of our sin, and we had better be fearing God, repenting of our sin, and start worshiping Him.

The Gospel Basics, Right?

But what are you preaching? Many of you are staying away from subjects that could make people uncomfortable, like abortion, homosexuality, and subjects that could make people leave your seats, and taking their checkbooks with them.

If that’s your motivation, you need to seriously question your calling – because that’s not why we preach! We don’t do it for the money, OK? There are far too many pastors out there, especially on television and radio, hawking their wares and exhorting people to send in $100, and watch their “seed gift” magically multiply because they said that God will do it.

Well, guess what – God is NOT a genie! Yes, we’re to have faith but these snake oil salesmen are just doing a lottery, in the name of God. Just like state lotteries here in the US, you plunk your money down, get your ticket with numbers on it, hoping for that big payout – and instant millionaire status.

It doesn’t work this way people – that’s gambling, and a lousy way to be a good steward of the resources that God has entrusted to you.

copeland-jetAnd no, the pastor doesn’t need a new jet airplane, Kenneth Copeland, Creflo Dollar and Jesse Duplantis. I won’t even call these men “pastor” – as they preach the “prosperity gospel” – not the True Gospel of Salvation.

(By the way, this is Kenneth Copeland, taking delivery of a new Citation X jet – thanks to his being able to get his viewers to make their gifts to help him get it. Nice, but it’s not of God)

If the motivation of these, and other so-called preachers, was the salvation of the people, then they would be preaching that, not money-related subjects, enriching themselves in the process – I mean, have you seen how these so-called preachers live? Mansions, big cars, the lap of luxury.

They will be taking commercial flights if necessary – flying “coach” instead of “first class” – and not in a private jet.

You see gentlemen, we’re not to be prideful, and you, gentlemen, are the epitome of pride. And pride always precedes a fall. Personally, I’ve been there, done that – never want to be there again.

Get back to basics, pastor – Salvation, Repentance, Sin, Heaven and Hell!

Now the second message.

Another angel, a second, followed, saying, “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great, she who made all nations drink the wine of the passion of her sexual immorality.” (Revelation 14:8)

What do we see in America today?

gay marriageHomosexuality is celebrated with rainbows and of all things – civil rights!

Marriage, as God planned it, has been replaced with man’s version – that men can marry and sleep with men, and women with women.

That if you’re a man – or a woman, but “identify” as a woman – or a man, you can dress up as the opposite gender, use the  bathroom and shower facilities, and so froth of the other gender – and it’s all perfectly legal – thanks to our former President, Barack Hussein Obama and his  Justice Department.

People think that this is all natural, that we’re born this way. It’s not natural – that’s perversion! Men who go into women’s bathrooms and showers – and women who go into men’s bathrooms and showers – are perverts.

We see this in European countries too.

aborted_fetusAnd …

How many preborn children have we killed – murdered – in the United States since 1973, when the Roe v. Wade decision made abortion legal here? Almost 60 million – 60,000,000 – that’s a lot of babies – most (not all) of these babies were murdered in the name of “whoops – I shouldn’t have slept with that guy”. Sexual immorality!

I’d hate to see the number of babies murdered worldwide

Why aren’t all preachers railing against sexual immorality? I know that some are, but it’s the minority.

Let me call out the liberal church here – and this includes some of the black, so-called “baptist” and “independent” churches – who think that their Pentecostal ways will save their people – you’re flat-out wrong!

You trotted out your liberal candidate for President, Hillary Clinton, who supported this kind of garbage – and you call yourselves Christians? How dare you!

You espouse liberal leanings like giving free stuff to the poor – help them get back to work instead! Get the able-bodied off Welfare and Medicaid, and get back to earning a living and paying toward their medical care! That’s called being self-sufficient and giving a person a sense of self-worth. If they’re able-bodied, and they don’t work, they shouldn’t receive benefits either!

I’m all for helping those less fortunate – help them up. We, as a church, should be looking after widows, orphans and the disabled – those people who really need it. Those who can help themselves, need to do so.

And, we are a nation of laws! If you come into this country in violation of our laws, jumping the line ahead of those immigrants waiting in line legally – you should be deported. You wait in line like everyone else.

And if you emigrate here, you want to learn and speak English, uphold our constitution, and assimilate to our ways – we don’t assimilate to yours. You came here willingly, you have no right to emigrate here – and as such, you should be accepting of our laws and customs. If you don’t, then don’t emigrate here.

If you commit a crime, any crime, while here illegally – you go back to where you came from, after serving serious prison time here – hard labor is my suggestion.

We are a nation of immigrants – legal immigrants, This goes for those from Muslim countries too – you too, can wait your turn, and be vetted like everyone else. Maybe you’ll find Christ, and see that Allah is not the real God, and be saved!

If you’re a terrorist – we keep your carcass out. If you want to see your 72 virgins, you won’t be doing that stuff on our soil! In fact, you’ll never see 72 virgins, that’s a myth perpetuated by your false religion. You need Jesus Christ, and to turn from your terrorist ways.

Any candidate – in any party – for high office who supports sexual immorality or the murder of the unborn, or the obliteration of the rule of law, is unfit for the high office he or she seeks – and you, as pastor and leader of your flock – should declare this to your people.

It’s high-time for us to tell the federal government to shove the “Johnson Amendment” where the sun don’t shine – and preach from the pulpit, that virtues of candidates who support and will uphold Judeo-Christian values, on which our constitution was created, while in office.

We should not worry about losing our 501(c)3 [non-profit] status because we preach our values from the pulpit. That’s the Johnson Amendment, folks – the federal government and the Internal Revenue Service holding our non-profit status, over our heads – hostage – and you as a donor, losing your ability to write-off your tithes and offerings from your taxes.

Again, if that’s your motivation for giving – to get a tax write-off, you’re being a lousy steward of God’s money. Yes – it’s His money, He supplied it, and you’re to be giving a portion back. You shouldn’t be expecting a “return on your investment” – it’s not an investment.

And the third message – for the near future:

And another angel, a third, followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and its image and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand, he also will drink the wine of God’s wrath, poured full strength into the cup of his anger, and he will be tormented with fire and sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever, and they have no rest, day or night, these worshipers of the beast and its image, and whoever receives the mark of its name.” (Revelation 14:9-11)

mark beastThe time of the Antichrist – the Beast – is near. The signs are all around us – and we, as believers in Yeshua, Jesus, will be taken up in the Rapture, so we won’t have to worry about this – but those who are left behind, will have to worry about this.

You see, we need to be telling people, that there will be people during the tribulation, who will be saved, but those who take the mark of the beast, will never be saved. The third message is that warning – so when someone stands before Christ during that final judgement, and says, “I didn’t know” – they knew – and we’re supposed to be telling them!

And pastor, if you’re not, then you’re being negligent in your duties. There is a literal Heaven, and if we’re saved, we’ll spend eternity there, with a new and glorified body. No sickness, no death.

I think of a good friend who just passed away – he was 94, and quite ill. I know he’s in Heaven, I just know it – and he’s kicking around, whoopin’ and hollerin’ – probably dancing around with my mother playing the sax up there in God’s Praise and Worship Team.

There’s also a literal Hell, and eternal torment if you’re not saved. I think of child molesters, who are being eternally tormented in this way, or thieves and swindlers being eternally tormented by thoughts of how evil they were, and how now, they can’t repent, because they had their chance in life.

The Parable of the Rich Man in Luke 19, illustrates this so well, but the operative verses show it brilliantly:

But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that you in your lifetime received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner bad things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in anguish. And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, in order that those who would pass from here to you may not be able, and none may cross from there to us.’  (Luke 16:25-26)

If you’re in Hell, you can’t get to Heaven – so we need to be preaching – and you people need to be accepting – that gift of salvation.

Wrapping the messages up, is some encouragement from the Lord, through John.

Here is a call for the endurance of the saints, those who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus.

And I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Blessed indeed,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them!” (Revelation 14:12-13)

We are to endure for the Lord – to preach the Gospel, not the feel-good garbage that is spewed out in many churches today. If we hurt some feelings in he process – that’s tough, we shouldn’t care, because that’s the Lord, convicting them of their sin!

And if we’re persecuted for it, as we will – when we endure, we’ll get our rewards in Heaven. The government can try to censor us, even shut us down, God will not be silenced by any man – or woman.

So let’s go, and fulfill the Great Commission:

And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in[b] the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20)

Quoted Scipture from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Permanent Text Edition® (2016). Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

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