Matthew 24:9-12 KJV “Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and SHALL KILL YOU: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.  And then shall MANY BE OFFENDED, and shall BETRAY ONE ANOTHER, and shall HATE ONE ANOTHER.  And MANY FALSE PROPHETS shall rise, and shall DECEIVE MANY.  And because iniquity shall abound, THE LOVE OF MANY SHALL WAX COLD.”
Above is part of the sign Jesus said would signal when He’s about to return. I find this part of the sign is something not many Christians want to talk about as it predicts severe sufferings for believers. But we must discuss and teach this just as we do all the scriptures. (2 Timothy 3:16-17) Imagine being arrested for your faith, and killed? Jesus said this will happen to some. Now imagine right before that happens you are betrayed by a spouse, a Christian friend, a child, a father, or a mother, etcetera? Jesus said that too would happen to some. Now imagine while incarcerated for your faith thinking; how could your friend, your mother, your father, your child, your pastor even, betray you.😪 While this pain pierces your heart your mind tells you (or the Holy Spirit says), “You must snap out of it, shake it off,” and instead fix your eyes (your mind) on Jesus Christ, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, scorning it’s shame. (Hebrews 12:2) What a test!🤔
MANY have went through and will go through what was just described. Jesus Himself went through it. He was betrayed by a very close companion named Judas. “A slave is not greater than his master,” right? (Matthew 10:24) One thing I can say brothers and sisters regarding our sufferings: we know that we will one day reign with our Lord forever if we are willing to suffer and even die for Him.😊 (2 Timothy 2:12 Revelation 12:10-11)
Matthew 5:10-12 ESV “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”😊
There’s an old saying, “If you are not being persecuted for your faith you need to really check and see whether you are in the faith.” (2 Corinthians 13:5)
WILL I BETRAY MY BRETHREN? JESUS SAID MANY WOULD
Webster’s Dictionary definition of “betray:” 1 : to lead astray
especially : SEDUCE 2 : to deliver to an enemy by treachery
3 : to fail or desert especially in time of need
Do you gossip about people in your church? Is that loving? Is that unifying? What I’m asking is do you practice telling other Christians how much another Christian annoys you? Again, is this your practice? PRACTICE is the key word here.
Matthew 5:22-24 NIV “But I tell you that ANYONE who is angry with a brother or sister, will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell. 23 “Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, 24 leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.”
The passage above is chilling.😬 Because it says ANYONE who remains angry with any brethren can find themselves in a hot hell.🔥 In light of this can we justify speaking ill of, name calling, or remaining angry with another brother or sister? Isn’t the best option for us to obey the Lord and forgive them, or just let it go?
Matthew 18:21 NIV “Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.”
WHY DO SOME STRUGGLE WITH GOSSIP? EVIL SPIRITS 👽👹👺
Did you know that gossiping is an evil spirit?😳 It comes through the tongue; through the mouth, and words are spirits. (John 6:63 Revelation 16:13-14) It doesn’t mean necessarily that we are possessed by an evil spirit if we are gossiping, but we are definitely being influenced by at least one. With gossip comes malice, slander, hatred, pride, rebellion, etcetera. Demons operate in gangs to gain control over someone. (Luke 11:24-26 Mark 5:1-9) Did you know you can cast this evil spirit and others OFF from yourself in the name of Jesus? (Matthew 4:10-11 Matthew 16:23) Notice I said, “OFF from yourself,” not OUT of yourself. We’ll explain more on that later. If you recognize you have a problem with gossiping and have made the choice to repent, and do see that this is indeed an evil spirit you are battling with, and you believe in the power and authority of the name of Jesus Christ, when tempted to gossip say with authority, “Oh wicked gossiping spirit in the name of Jesus get away from me!😠 And watch what happens.
Matthew 6:14-15 “For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”😳
Dear brother/sister if we don’t forgive others God plainly says He won’t forgive our many sins. We must repent in order to restore our relationships not only with our brothers/sisters but also with our Heavenly Father:
1 John 4:20 “Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen.”
1 John 3:16 NIV) 16 “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.”
Can we honestly say we are ready and willing to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters if we are angry with them?🤔 Be careful. Be careful. And repent.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7 HCSB “Love is patient, love is kind. Love does not envy, is not boastful, is not conceited, does not act improperly, is not selfish, IS NOT PROVOKED, and DOES NOT KEEP A RECORD OF WRONGS. Love finds no joy in unrighteousness but rejoices in the truth. IT BEARS ALL THINGS, believes all things, hopes all things, ENDURES ALL THINGS.”
WAKE UP CALL
What’s going on worldwide right now is not a wake up call just for the world like some think. It’s a wake up call for you and me: God’s elect! The time is short! Some of us act like all we care about is life returning back to normal. What if it never does? Have you ever thought about that? Or what if going back to normal has a price tag, a cost? Have you thought about that? (Revelation 13:15-17 Matthew 16:24-26) Whether things go back to what some call, “normal,” or not it’s time to wake up and not just get ready but BE READY!
This is not the time to be falling away, betraying, and hating one another. This is the time to love one another more strongly than ever before! Yes, Jesus did say many would become offended, betray, and hate each other. But that doesn’t have to be me or you.
GOD WILL FORGIVE
God tells us to care about and to care for one another. We should be on fire 🔥 in our love for one another! Don’t you know we are being tested on all of that right now? Don’t you know that the Father is watching how we react during this crisis? It saddens God’s heart❤️ when we don’t love like He tells us to. This grieves the Holy Spirit:
Ephesians 4:30-32 ESV “And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let ALL BITTERNESS and WRATH and ANGER and clamor and SLANDER BE PUT AWAY FROM YOU, along WITH ALL MALICE. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, FORGIVING ONE ANOTHER, as God in Christ forgave you.”
I beg you and me to fall on our knees, even on our faces while there is still time, and cry out (literally) to God and repent! Beg Him to change our hearts! Ask Him like David to, ‘Create in us a new heart and a new spirit oh God:’
Psalm 51:9-11 ESV “Hide your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me.”
Tell Him the truth; confess that we have gossiped, we have been angry, even hated our brothers/sisters at times perhaps without even knowing it. Confess to God that we have not really cared about what happens to our fellow believers at times like we should. That we have not been willing to feel their pain, like Jesus was willing to feel all of our pain on the cross. That we have told them, “Keep warm and well fed,” when we knew they were in need and did nothing to help them:
James 2:15-16 NET “If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacks daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, keep warm and eat well,” but you do not give them what the body needs, what good is it?”
1 John 3:17 NET “But whoever has the world’s possessions and sees his fellow Christian in need and shuts off his compassion against him, how can the love of God reside in such a person?”
We’ve all been guilty of this at one time or another. WE ALL MUST REPENT! ALL OF US!!! If you think this is talking only to you please don’t take it personal, you are not alone. Messages like this are going out across THE WHOLE WORLD to the entire church! You may be one of the blessed ones who see the need to repent:😊
Psalm 32:1-5 NIV “BLESSED is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.  BLESSED is the one whose sin the Lord does not count against them and in whose spirit is no deceit.  When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long.  For day and night your hand was heavy on me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer.  Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I SAID, “I WILL CONFESS MY TRANSGRESSIONS TO THE LORD.” And YOU FORGAVE THE GUILT OF MY SIN.”😂
If you know that the Holy Spirit is speaking directly to you regarding matters such as this it means HE LOVES YOU! Please do not listen to your flesh and resist the counsel. Go to God in prayer, confess your sins to Him, ask Him for His forgiveness, and ask him to change your heart. HE WILL FORGIVE YOU AND ME. He will do it if we are truly repentant. He is a merciful and good God.😊 Don’t put it off. The time is TOO short.
THESE THINGS ARE EVIL SPIRITS Y’ALL👽
Ephesians 6:12 KJV “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
I have another confession: there are times I get very nasty, lustful, unholy sexual thoughts that don’t wonna go away no matter how hard I try to think about something else. It happens when I pray sometimes and even when I study the Bible. Sounds familiar? I’ve learned that when this happens I am under demonic attack; demonic oppression that is. But as soon as I say with authority, “Oh wicked, lustful, fornication spirit, in the name of Jesus go away!”😠 I suddenly can think clearly. No lie! Those wicked thoughts IMMEDIATELY go away. This really works y’all.😊 And this means that what we think about sometimes are not just our own thoughts and feelings. They are in fact wicked spirits attacking our minds.👽 I’ve done the same thing in the past when I felt very angry and it worked: “In the name of Jesus wicked angry spirit leave me!” And I suddenly felt peace.😃 I was no longer angry. No lie! I remember talking to a new Christian who had a serious problem with anger. I explained to her the authority and power we have been given in the name of Jesus. (Luke 10:17-20) I then told her to believe God gave us this authority. Then I told her to speak out and tell that angry spirit in the name of Jesus to go away with authority. She did it, and was amazed at how clearheaded and joyful she felt right afterward. I witnessed this with my own eyes. She went from an angry lion to a smiling, joyful, pussycat in seconds.😊
Let’s be clear: I’m not saying we shouldn’t take our faults, sins, and problems to God in prayer, or do personal Bible study regarding them, or that we shouldn’t confess our sins to one another and pray for one another like the Bible says. (James 5:16) And I did not say that we are casting demons OUTSIDE of ourselves. But we are indeed casting them OFF of us, or commanding them to GO AWAY from us in the name of Jesus. Jesus Himself when tempted by the Devil told him to, “Go away Satan!” Remember?🤔
Matthew 4:10-11 NET “Then Jesus said to him, “GO AWAY, SATAN! For it is written: ‘You are to worship the Lord your God and serve only him.’” THEN THE DEVIL LEFT HIM, and angels came and began ministering to his needs.”
Matthew 16:23 NIV “Jesus turned and said to Peter, “GET BEHIND ME, SATAN! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.”
Luke 10:17,19-20 NIV “The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “LORD, EVEN THE DEMONS SUBMIT TO US IN YOUR NAME.”  I HAVE GIVEN YOU AUTHORITY to trample on snakes and scorpions and TO OVERCOME ALL THE POWER OF THE ENEMY; nothing will harm you.  However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”
Believe in the power and authority of the name of Jesus Christ. Yes, even the demons must submit to us in His name when we believe. Tell that gossiping, unforgiving, angry, wicked spirit👽 to go away from you in the name of Jesus with authority!😠 And watch what happens.😊
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