The Ministry of the Holy Spirit & The End Time Church

Now, more than ever, we need to walk in the power of the Holy Spirit.  Without the baptism of the Holy Spirit we are powerless in an evil, dead, and decaying world. 

Jesus’ disciples were blessed beyond belief that they had access to him in person for 3 1/2 years. They were able to listen to his sermons, his parables, and witness the many miracles he did. After his resurrection, they had Jesus, who was now fully God in his resurrected body, for 40 more days teaching them, opening the scriptures to them, and preparing them for their ministry.  They were even filled with the Holy Ghost before Jesus ascended to heaven. John 20:22 “And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost.” 

This wasn’t the Baptism of the Holy Ghost.  This was the infilling of the Holy Ghost which would guide them and help them to live lives of holiness.  How do we know that?  Because Jesus didn’t send them out at that time to fulfill the Great Commission until they had received power from on high. Instead, he commanded them in Acts 1:4  ‘not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father,” which,” he said, ‘you have heard from Me; for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now,'” confirming the words of John the Baptist in Matthew 3:11, “I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I….He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and FIRE.” That fire, the baptism of the Holy Spirit, came on the day of Pentecost. 

Acts 2:1-4 “When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”

The people who were in Jerusalem and had heard what was happening, wondered was going on, and how was it that the disciples were speaking in tongues, other languages that were not their own. Then Peter boldly stood up and gave his first sermon. When the multitudes listening asked what they must do to be saved, he told them in Act 2:38-39, “…Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For this promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.” This is for US!

Jesus told the disciples to wait for the Baptism of the Holy Spirit because he knew they would fail if they went out in their own power to preach the gospel to the world.  Only after the Holy Ghost came and baptized them with fire could they go out boldly preaching the gospel. 

If the disciples needed the Baptism of the Holy Spirit before they could go out and proclaim the gospel in power, how much more then do you think we need this same baptism?

David Nathan teaches this so much more better than my few words can get across.

One Right Way

This is a rather profound statement:

Most would never realize that by accepting the equality of all religions, they were admitting to the illegitimacy of their own. Simple logic would tell you there could only be one right way.

Struse, William (2013-12-13). The 13th Prime: Deciphering the Jubilee Code (The Thirteenth Series Book 2) (p. 313). PalmoniQuest LLC. Kindle Edition.

There is one right way:

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.  — John 14:6 (KJV)

Ancient Letters

Most of you have probably heard or read about Rob Bell’s infamous little quote on “Oprah” concerning the church and the Bible’s stance on homosexuality.  Here’s a taste of it, “…the church will continue to be even more irrelevant when it quotes letters from 2,000 years ago as their best defense…” 

Michael Boldea, author of the Homeward Bound blog, expounds on the subject quite eloquently in his post, And Now You Know!  I won’t attempt to say much about the subject other than that the Bible is more relevant than ever.  The truth found in those ancient letters is what we need to navigate these treacherous times in which we live.  We need to be deep into the Word of God, saturating ourselves with its truth.  It is imperative that we live that truth out in our lives in both thought and deed.

You can read Michael’s post HERE.

Done

Bill Muehlenberg of Culture Watch wrote an article called On Leaving Church that addresses the many reasons why Christians are leaving the church today.  These are Christians who are not giving up on God, denying Jesus is the Christ, or renouncing their faith.  These are Christians who have become disillusioned with “church” for many different reasons.  However, he says that it’s a difficult question to answer why so many are leaving.  I disagree.

Reading through all the comments of this article (which were just as interesting as the article itself) reveals the answer. A good number of those who are “done with church” are answering the call of the Holy Spirit to “come out” of the Babylonian church system that has firmly established its presence in the world.  There may be different things going on in each individual church, which are listed in the article, but they all point to the same cause. The church has been infiltrated and taken over by the false doctrines of satan.

This is the reason the true believers, the remnant, who make up the true and living church of God, are leaving their churches.  They know what they are seeing and hearing and experiencing is not right.  They are hungering and thirsting after the true Word of God, and not the watered down, ineffective, so-called “gospel” that is being preached in a majority of churches today.  They are hearing the Spirit of God calling them to “come out” and not be partakers of her sins and ultimately, her punishment.

We ARE living in the end times, no question about it.  Anyone who says or believes differently is deluding him or herself. All you have to do is turn on the TV or other media source, and then compare what you are seeing and/or reading to what the Bible says the world will be like in the end times before Jesus returns. The signs are everywhere including in the “church” that has been overrun with false demon doctrines. That is why you are seeing such an exodus out of the corporate church by a remnant of people who love God – the Way the Truth and the Life – because he no longer inhabits those establishments.

One last thought.  I will admit, happily so, that there are still a few good churches out there led by shepherds who still love the sheep enough to teach the truth. But how much longer will they last in this world that is so anti-Christian – anti-Christ?