MANY have believed in my message even without meeting me personally. It is as though I am in front of them. I am now in their homes. Some watch me on their computers and on their cell phones wherever they are. Text messages are coming in from all over the world.
Whenever I face the camera of SMNI, there are people all over the world watching me. I am everywhere. I don’t have to personally go to your place, or to your nation. You can listen to me and you can hear me in real time with just a mini second delay. But you are hearing me in real time. Oh, what a wonderful way to evangelize the world! What a wonderful way to say to the world, “Repent!” What a wonderful way to say to the world, “Hello world! Repent for the day is coming when the judgment shall fall upon every human individual!”
COMING BACK TO GOD
We have forgotten the Lord God Almighty who created the planet Earth and who created everything that you see and you don’t see. We have forgotten Him. We have formulated some faith that are not according to Him. It’s now time for us to come back and say, “Lord God, we recognize you. Thank you for sending Your Word to us — the Word that gives us faith in our hearts.”
I am living in this wonderful time where technology is helping me spread the good news throughout all the world in no time at all. Just imagine the time of the apostles 2,000 years ago? What an advantage we have against those who have sacrificed and given us the Word with their blood, with their sweat, and pain, and labor, like Paul the Apostle who was beheaded at the end of his journey. Peter the Apostle was crucified upside down at the end of his fight of faith. And all the apostles suffered the same faith as they. And the owner of our salvation, our Lord Jesus Christ.
How the apostles died for their faith in our Lord Jesus Christ
- James the Greater’s death, stabbed with a sword
- James the Lesser, stoned to death
- Jude Thaddeus’s death, filled with arrows
- Philip’s death, crucified by soldiers
- Thomas’s death, thrust with a spear
- Paul’s death, beheaded in Rome
- Peter’s death, crucified upside down
- John’s death, died a natural death
- Matthew’s death, stab with a sword
- Simon’s death, crucified
- Bartholomew’s death, flayed and beheaded
- Andrew’s death, crucified on X shaped cross
- Matthias’s death, crucified in Judea
All of them are heroes of faith who have gone before us; who gave us these Words today. They died because of these Words.
And lastly, the owner, the author and the finisher of our faith, our Almighty Father in the Spirit now in the Gentile Setting, our Lord Jesus Christ. He was arrested. He was tortured on Pilate’s scourging post where they used this cut of nail tails to scourge Him. A nail tail is a tail of leather straps lined with iron at the end of which are attached hooks, that when these hit your back, would literally plow into your skin. When withdrawn, the hooks would take with it flesh and skin. And this what they did to Jesus Christ. They flogged Him with those cut of nail tails, and put a crown of thorns on His head, which was too small for His brow that they had to push it down, the thorns literally sticking into the skin of His head. And that is how they tortured Him in His humanity. He who is the owner and the author of our faith.
THE BITTER CUP
You talk about sacrifice. Let me tell you my brothers and sisters, we have not sacrificed yet when compared to those who gave us the Word of God.
There was no social media in the time of the apostles. But all of the people in the time of Jesus Christ, 2,000 years ago, no one recognized Him. The apostles were scattered and some of those who remained were loyal women, who supported Him in His early ministry. He was tortured and crucified just so He could give us the Word of God. He never retreated. He said, “Let this cup pass from me.” That is the bitter cup He was talking about, His sacrifice. But Jesus Christ said, “Nevertheless, not my will, but Your will be done.”
Do you want to go to heaven? How many of you want to go to heaven? You will see the apostles there. You will see them lined-up and you will see Jesus Christ at the end. And how will you go to heaven? By being a traitor? By turning away or turning back because of a little persecution? Because of a little hardship? Because of a little sacrifice? Because of the lure of the world? And at the end, you call Him, “My Almighty Father.” And at the end, you will say, “I am your son; I am your daughter.” And then Jesus Christ would tell you, “How are you my son or daughter?”
Do you know how heaven was created and how these people are now the pillars of heaven? They poured out their blood, their sweat, and their pain. Their lives were laid down because of what they believed in.
I thank the Father for all of those who went ahead of us. Now they are in heaven waiting for us who have been caught in the last days of this ministry to offer our lives to Him. And everybody expects to go to heaven. And you will see all of those people there.
Paul, how did you come to heaven? I was beheaded. Philip, how did you come to heaven? They killed me with arrows for my faith.
How did you go to heaven? I’m a traitor. Judas is not in heaven. He killed himself. And the Word of God says, it is better for him not to not have been born at all than to be born and then do that. Is that your record in heaven, my brothers and sisters? That’s not the good record.
But the record of these apostles are sterling, worthy to be in heaven as pillars for those that will come after them.
(To be continued)
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