Final Apostasy, Trying Times, and a Message for the Saints

David Wilkerson, from his message, “The Great and Final Apostasy”, said:

“God hates most of all the lukewarm gospel of half-truths that is now spreading over the globe. This gospel says, “Just believe in Jesus and you’ll be saved. There’s nothing more to it.” It ignores the whole counsel of God, which speaks of repenting from former sins, of taking up your cross, of being conformed to the image of Christ by the refining work of the Holy Spirit. It is totally silent about the reality of hell and an after-death judgment.

Isaiah warns of this smooth, non-offensive gospel, which people are clamoring for today. His prophecy applies directly to the present time, because God instructed him to write it “for the time to come” [Isaiah 30.8]

“This is a rebellious people… children that will not hear the law of the Lord: which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits: get you out of the way, turn aside out of the path, cause the Holy One of Israel to cease from before us” (30:9–11).

According to Isaiah, there was no preaching of holiness or repentance. Why? The people didn’t want to be corrected or convicted. They refused to hear anything but a smooth gospel. Yet a diluted gospel is no gospel at all.

Ezekiel describes such a gospel: “They have put no difference between the holy and profane, neither have they shewed difference between the unclean and the clean, and have hid their eyes from my sabbaths, and I am profaned among them” (Ezekiel 22:26). He called the diluted gospel mere whitewash, or “untempered mortar” [22.28]. In other words: “You’re building walls with untempered mortar. Those walls may look prestigious and strong now, but the Lord is sending a storm, and it’s going to cause those walls to fall.” “A stormy wind shall rend it” (13:11).

Ezekiel then outlined a list of awesome judgments, through which God would say to his people: “I’m going to expose your nakedness. Severe judgments are on the way, and when they come, your blasphemous gospel will be exposed as empty and hopeless.”

Isaiah prophesied that in that day, “The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, and the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, and the Lord alone shall be exalted in that day…. The loftiness of man shall be bowed down, and the haughtiness of men shall be made low: and the Lord alone shall be exalted in that day” (Isaiah 2:11, 15, 17).

Right now, I believe we are facing Armageddon. All around us we see nations trembling and men’s hearts shuddering with fear. I tell you, this is no time for a diluted gospel. That gospel is absolutely treacherous, because it will crumble as soon as the winds of judgment blow. God warns he’ll judge those who preach this lifeless gospel:

“Because with lies ye have made the heart of the righteous sad, whom I have not made sad; and strengthened the hands of the wicked, that he should not return from his wicked way, by promising him life: therefore ye shall see no more vanity, nor divine divinations: for I will deliver my people out of your hand: and ye shall know that I am the Lord” (Ezekiel 13:22–23).

“I will judge thee, as women that break wedlock and shed blood are judged; and I will give thee blood in fury and jealousy…Because thou hast not remembered the days of thy youth, but hast fretted me in all these things; behold, therefore I also will recompense thy way upon thine head, saith the Lord God” (16:38, 43, my italics).

When judgment comes, what will happen to those who put their security in a diluted gospel? They’ll look in every direction for a true word from the Lord but won’t be able to find it. Their apostate preachers will say, “Don’t get worked up. The world has seen troubles like these before. We’ve seen world wars. All things continue as they have from the beginning. This will blow over.”

No, not so! There has never been a day like this one. There are now nuclear weapons in the hands of madmen, deadly missiles that can travel thousands of miles, dirty bombs and germ warfare that threaten to wipe out huge masses of humanity.

Just as Sodom and Gomorrah willingly ignored God’s warnings and were judged, the Lord will judge this last-day generation. But many of his judgments are redemptive, and those that fell on Sodom were examples for every generation: “Even as Sodom and Gomorrah…are set forth for an example” (Jude 7).”

Josef’s comments: This is a strong cry from a watchman of the Lord that we would all do well to take heed to, and to tremble in the fear of Almighty God. Disasterous times are coming upon the face of the earth, and as God is sovereignly preparing the imminent return of His Son, fallen angels, evil principalities and powers are preparing the world for the last great and final apostasy and the revelation of the anti-Christ Beast. This watered down lukewarm “gospel” of half-truths is a serious manifestation of apostasy, prophesied by the prophets, apostles, and the Lord Himself in the holy Scriptures, and is a major signs of the times, and of the final “Laodicean” church age we are living in. As soon as the era of the Laodicean church comes to an end, then begins the great judgments of the Apocolypse, ultimately culminating into the return of Christ in flaming fire.

There may indeed be a World War III just around the corner. Could a war between the US and Iran over Israel break out and trigger such a global catastrophe in the near future? And could this coming global conflict result in mass devastation among the nations, and as it tames down, result in a new treaty with Israel, allowing them to rebuild the Temple, and pave the way for the man of lawlessness? Could this coming conflict thrust the US down on the world scene from its high throne of reigning over the nations, and cause the European Union to become the next world superpower, a revived Roman Empire that tramples everything in its path and defies God in satanic rebellion? Only time will tell.  

But the fact is, times will get perilous for Americans soon enough, and it’s during those times that the saints will have to trust in God with all their hearts. These things should not cause the saints to fear, but to watch, be sober, and prepare -not physically (unless the Lord specifically directs), but I mean spiritually. This is the time to ask the Lord to search your heart and see if there is any wicked way in you. This is the time to deeply and sincerely REPENT from everything you know to be sin, everything you know to be compromise, from every unholy attachment and reliance upon this fallen world and its ungodly system, and to see to it that you’re walking in holiness and deep, deep reliance and dependancy on the grace of God. This is the time for the Bride of Christ to make herself ready, to wash her garments, to be clothed in fine linen which is the righteousness of the saints. He’s coming back for a spotless bride, and now is the time to prepare in the fear of God. As Noah was warned of things not yet come, but prepared an ark to the saving of his house, by faith, moved by the fear of God, so the end-time saints on the earth right now are being graciously warned by the Lord that perilous times are coming and now is the time to get your spiritual ark in order that you may be saved. For only those who endure to the end during these trying times ahead will be saved. Things are going to be shaken hard, and only those standing on a solid foundation of a true and deep personal, living relationship with the risen Christ will make it.

But be warned: Don’t fall into the enemy’s traps during these times to fear with an unholy fear. But fear God alone. And trust Him. In the last days, those who know their God shall be strong and do exploits! So while this lukewarm, watered down “gospel” is going forth across the globe right now in this lukewarm church age, may the saints of God arise in the power of the Holy Ghost and lift up their voices like a trumpet and proclaim the Word of the Lord: to fear God and keep His commandments, to repent, to put away all iniquity, and to trust in the Savior, the risen Christ, forsaking all to follow Him, living a crucified life clinging firmly to the cross and embracing its death, that out of that death may come true resurrection life! Saints, don’t fear these times, but rather rejoice, knowing the return of your Lord is close at hand! And stand strong by faith in the blood of the Lamb, hold fast to the word of your testimony, and love Him more than your very own life, even unto death, and by this you have the promise of victory over the evil one in these trying times ahead. Stand firm, soldiers of Christ, and hold your ground!

FAITH IS THE VICTORY THAT OVERCOMES THE WORLD.

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Middle Grounders -David Wilkerson

“Middle Grounders”
By David Wilkerson

(This is a recent post from David Wilkerson’s Blog at: http://davidwilkersontoday.blogspot.com/ -it is also available in Spanish, Chinese, and a host of other languages. Check out his blog!)
 
Those who choose to live on middle ground share certain characteristics! The characteristics of the two and a half tribes (Reuben, Gad and half of Manasseh) can be found today in those who refuse to pulverize their idols and die to the world. Their Hebrew names expose them!

Reuben means, “A son who sees!” He was Jacob’s firstborn, but he lost his birthright because he was driven by lust. Jacob described his son Reuben as “…unstable as water, thou shalt not excel….” Reuben went into his father’s concubine, and Jacob, in his dying hour, said of him: “Reuben…thou defilest…thou went up to my couch…” (see Genesis 49:4).

Reuben had eyes only for this world—its lusts, it things, its pleasures. He was unstable because his heart was always divided, and this spirit was passed on to his posterity. Here was an entire tribe attached to the world and bent on having their own way.

Gad means, “Fortune or troop.” Simply put, this means soldiers of fortune or mercenaries. Moses said of Gad, “He provided the first part for himself…” (Deuteronomy 33:21). This tribe was outwardly obedient, “executing the justice of the Lord,” but the overriding characteristic was self interest. Gad was consumed with its own problems and the need to “make it.”

Gad’s philosophy was, “I will fight with the Lord’s army; I’ll be obedient and do everything God expects of me. But first I’ve got to get a stake in life. I need to get myself and my family set up and then I’ll be free to do more for the Lord!”

Manasseh means, “To forget, to neglect.” This was Joseph’s firstborn son and he should have received the birthright. But even in his childhood there was a sad trait developing and Jacob saw it in the Spirit. Manasseh would one day forget the ways of his father Joseph and neglect the commandment of the Lord.

Consider these combined traits of middle-ground Christians: Unstable as water in spiritual convictions; never excelling in the things of God; lukewarm, weak with lust; ruled by selfish needs; neglecting the Word; not taking the Lord’s commandments seriously; making their own choices instead of trusting God; forgetting past blessings and dealings; unwilling to let go of certain idols; justifying their own decisions; not willing to die to all that would seduce them back to middle ground!

Let us determine to want the Lord’s fullness. God’s desire for you is to enter into a place of rest, joy and peace in the Holy Spirit. That required following him “with all the heart, all the strength.”