Including (but not limited) to:
United Church of God International Association
Living Church of God
Philadelphia Church of God
Intercontinental Church of God
End Time Church of God
Restored Church of God
And all others.
Praises to the Eternal God for He has blessed us much. He has bestowed to us the truth of many things. It is our high responsibly and honor to carry the Good News of the coming Kingdom of God to all nations.
I feel compelled to share with you a few things God has laid on my heart.
We all agree that we are living in the end times.
We all agree that we are about to see things we have never seen before.
We all agree that we have a high calling.
I remind you of what is written in the word of God concerning these end times.
"But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;
And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:
And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:
And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke:
The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and notable day of the Lord come:"
Some within the body of Christ ARE now seeing this out pouring of Gods Spirit!
Some members are now receiving the Gifts of the Spirit including speaking in tongues AND interpretation of tongues. Immediately some of your ears close shut. While others open.
I ask you to allow God to direct you. I ask you to ASK GOD for the discernment of spirits.
Does not the word of God say to NOT forbid speaking in tongues? 1 Cor. 14:39.
Does not the word of God say "Quench not the Spirit" 1 Thessalonians 5:19
I plead with you to accept Gods will and Gods workings.
Brethren, these are only the beginnings.
I do NOT call for people to roll all over the floor.
I call NOT for Gods people to speak in competition against one another.
I call NOT for confusion in the church.
I do NOT call for the acceptance of the pagan holidays.
I do NOT call for a falling away from the truth.
I REMIND you of the prophecy of fact that God is going to cause more than just speaking in tongues but also seeing visions and true prophesying. Are we not in the last days? Are we not going to see miracles in these last days? ASK GOD!
Please go into much prayer and fasting, that we accept whatever God does send to us, that our eyes be open, that our hearts be open to God, that our lives be accepting of HIS WILL, that we do not quench anything that God would have us to do, that we be the servants of God not only in words but in deeds and truth but also in Spirit.
If anyone accepts this movement from God, glory not in your gifts, but that your names are written in the Book of Life (Luke 10:20). Think not that God has spoken ONLY to you. God has spoken to MANY of us. His gifts have not been singled out to only one man or one congregation or one organization of man. I praise God that some of you have accepted these latter days of rain. I praise God that more of you will also receive.
For those that have accepted and for those that will accept, I plead that the gift of tongues and interpretation of tongues not be your stopping place. Visions are also coming from God. God is going to lead us where He wants to lead us. Be the leaf upon the river that God wants you to be.
I fear that your fear of the Pentecostals will cause some to only go so far along this journey.
Here is where even those that have accepted will no longer accept.
I call on all branches of Gods Church to do the following:
-Come out of Hiding, stop fearing, come out of your closets, open the doors to your meetings.
-Publish your meeting places and times ON YOUR WEBSITE
-Lift up your voices in songs and praise to the wonderful faithful and true God
-Fear not the person next to you, Focus on God
-Be not ashamed of Worshiping God
-ALLOW people to lift their hands to the Almighty
-Allow the servants to kneel on their knees to the Almighty
-Allow the servants to pray out loud to their Maker
-Give time to those members whom God has chosen to give a message, God did not only call the students of Ambassador College (OR other formal education) to the ministry but others as well
-If someone was to lay with their face to the floor, don't throw them outside, allow them to humble themselves as God as called them to do, let the person lay in peace
-Forbid not sinners to come to the gathering (except those that God has clearly shown you to put away), remember that Jesus never turned anyone away, He did not turn away the troubled hearted, He did NOT turn away the sinners. He came not to call the righteous but the sinners. (Matt. 9:13 - ..."I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.")
-Are we to turn someone away because of what they do not yet have?
Would Jesus say to someone at a well, "turn away because you have not water"?
I plead with you, the body of Christ, the servants of the most High, do not turn away those of the world that would come to Jesus because I also say to you that many homosexuals, wicans, pagans and others will be called by God to come to your assembly to come to Christ, to repent and to be baptized. Fear Not the ones that will come, because they do not come of their own strength but by the calling of our Father. Do not turn such away. Because if you do, you will be turning away the Will of the Father.
And finally brethren,
Be strong in the Lord and in the power of his will, Stand Firm, resist the devil and his ways, resist pride. Praise GOD that He has not only given us truth but also spirit and also power over the enemy.
Lay aside the fear that has for so long weighted you down,
Stand Up, Stand Now.
Your brother in Christ,
Written autumn of 2006