A Letter to the Churches...
In the words of the Apostle Paul, “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus
We are indeed living in the last days and God is pouring out His Spirit upon all flesh just as the Prophet
Joel prophesied. The Prophet Amos reminds us that, “Surely the Lord God does nothing unless He
reveals His secret counsel to His servants the Prophets.” God is revealing His secret counsel to His
servants and they are bringing insight and understanding to biblical prophecies concerning the End-
times as well as warning the churches of the soon return of Jesus Christ.
We are fast approaching the end of the Church Age and God has a message to the churches. It is the
same message that was given to the seven churches of Asia Minor in the book of Revelation. These
churches not only represent the attitudes of the churches of today, but they also represent seven
phases in the development of the Christian Church.
Notice that the message to the seven churches of Asia Minor appears just before a scene in heaven
where God is being worshipped in chapter 4 and the Lamb, Jesus Christ, is presented in chapter 5. The
Lamb is then given the book of judgments that depicts the wrath of God that will soon be poured out
upon the earth. The end of the Church Age will usher in the beginning of tribulation and Christ has
already begun to open the book of seven seals. Soon we will see the manifestation of God’s wrath upon
With urgency, He is calling the churches to come back to Him. He is calling the churches to come back
to the perseverance and faith of the early church; the church of the first Jew and Gentile Believers.
Many of our churches, even the best of them, are guilty of one or more of the indictments made against
the churches in the book of Revelation, chapters 2 and 3. Look at these indictments, but more
importantly look at the consequences. The Church at Ephesus is told that their lampstand, would be
removed from its place. The Church at Pergamum is told that Jesus Christ is coming to make war with
them if they did not repent. The Church of Sardis is told that that their names would be erased from the
Book of Life if they did not repent. The Church at Laodicea is told that if they do not overcome, Christ
will spit them out of His mouth.
Jesus Christ (Yeshua) is warning us again and again. He is warning the churches in the book of
Matthew, chapters 24 and 25, when He gives an account of the signs that will point to the End-times. He
is warning those who call themselves people of God to not be like those in the day of Noah. Surely there
were others in Noah’s day who thought themselves righteous. But, only Noah and his family were
saved. The others were not prepared for the coming of the rain; they were busy with other matters of
life, so they were left behind; the door to the ark was closed, and they perished. It will be the same in
this day. There will be many who call themselves Christians who will not be prepared when Christ returns
and will miss the “gathering.” Many of them will be church leaders.
Christ again warns the churches in the parable of the ten virgins. These virgins indeed represent those
who call themselves followers of Christ or they would not have all been waiting on Him. But, five of them,
one-half, 50%, were not ready when He came and He shut the door on them. Truly, many will be left
behind when Christ returns for the Church.
Brethren, we must take heed to the warnings and the signs and turn back to the only true and Living
God. How does God want us to prepare for both the return of Christ and for living in a world full of
ungodliness and unrighteousness?
First, He must become our first love. The people of God must be taught to love Him. Jesus Christ said
He came to fulfill scripture. Do we lack the wisdom to know how He fulfilled scripture? He did it with two
commandments on which He hung ALL law and prophets. That is, to love God and to love our neighbor.
Galatians 5:14 says, “For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word in the statement, You shall love your
neighbor as yourself.” Then, He took the disciples aside and gave them an additional commandment, a
“new commandment” meant only for them, meant only for the Church, and that is to love one another as
Christ loves us.
Brethren, in the dreadful and horrifically evil days that are about to come upon the earth, love for God
and the brethren is going to be essential. There is only one message that should be resounding from
pulpits today and that is a message of love. When the people learn to truly love God, then they will not
sin against Him or their neighbor. They will not be fornicators, adulterers, homosexuals, murderers, liars,
and any other transgressor whose penalty is to not inherit the kingdom of God. (1 Corinthians 6:9). But,
more importantly, their love for God will not allow them to succumb to the spirit of the Antichrist, which is
already in the world.
Do not be like the Pharisees in the days of Christ who were more concerned about matters of the law
such as tithing and vain traditions rather than about weightier matters such as love and mercy. (Matthew
Secondly, every individual must be found doing what the disciples of Jesus Christ have been
commissioned them to do and that is to make disciples, not recycle them. Many in our congregations
have accepted the Lord Jesus Christ but have no clue as to what it is to be His Disciple. He has
commissioned us to “go therefore” and make disciples of all the nations, not just gather them.
Thirdly, in addition to preaching the gospel of salvation, the gospel of the End-times must be preached
as well; the people must be warned. Many pastors have sadly misinterpreted Jesus in Matthew 24:14.
He says, “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world for a witness to all the
nations, and then the end shall come.” He did not say “the gospel.” He said, “this gospel.” What gospel
was He talking about in Matthew 24? Well, what was He talking about before He made the statement?
He was talking about signs of the End.
It is the gospel of the End-times, the warning signs, the gospel of Christ’s return that must and will be
preached before the end comes. Why? Because God does not leave His people ignorant nor
unprepared. If some are left behind and if some fall away from the faith, as they will, says the Apostle
Paul in 2 Thessalonian 2:3, it will not be because they have not heard the End-time warning, it will be
because they did not heed the End-time signs.
In the words of the Apostle Peter, “For it is time for judgment to begin with the household of God; and if it
begins with us first, what will be the outcome of those who do not obey the gospel of God?”
Knowing that the day of the Lord is surely coming and at a time we least expect it, God is calling His
people to holiness and godliness as we watch for and hasten the day of His coming.
May God grant you the wisdom to discern the times and to not be found wanting at the return of our Lord
and Savior, Jesus Christ, Yeshua 'haMashiach.
Peace be with you, and with the church family.
A Bond-Servant of Jesus Christ,
“Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy, and heed the things that are
written in it; for the time is near.”
Time is running
Christ is urging
to return to HIM!