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Friday, October 30, 2015

Spiritual wanderers - homeless Christians

“My God will reject the people of Israel because they will not listen or obey. They will be wanderers, homeless among the nations.”
Hosea 9:17 NLT

There are wandering spirits lurking in many Christians. The root head demons are disobedience and pride. 

There are many reasons why teenagers run away from home. But one reason is that they do not want to submit to their parents. They want to do their own thing. They don't get their own way and as a result many run away. But at the end for many, they end up wandering the streets. 

Today, this is occurring for many Christians as they end up spiritually wandering. They wander because of disobedience and not listening to God. They want it their way. 

People wander to look for answers. They are looking for their own answers and their own
 way. Pride may prevent runaway teenagers from going back home and submitting to their parents. They rather suffer than submit and yield. Many would rather die.

Christians are no different. Many act like rebellious teenagers. They think they know it all. Even when rebellious teenagers return to their parents, many still think they are in the right. It is really a matter of wanting one's way. 

But to even think we know something is pride. We must realize that if we even know anything, it is from Him and for His glory. 

“If anyone imagines that he knows something, he does not yet know as he ought to know.”
1 Corinthians 8:2 ESV

We must realize our nature and character. Am I a person that yields or am I stubborn? If I am a person unwilling to yield, then we can be a person willing to jump from place to place and become a wanderer because we are so stubborn in wanting it our way. This is not the character of heaven bound.

“But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and the fruit of good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere.” “And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness.”
James 3:17 -18 NLT

The wisdom from above is willing to yield to others. Wisdom from above is willing to wait. Wisdom from above is open hearted, willing to be corrected, willing to learn, willing to change, willing to admit mistakes, and desires truth above their need to be proven right or wrong. 

Wanderers are selfish and full of self ambition. Selfish ambitious people have a hard time obeying and listening. They are self centered people. They don't like so they go. But this is not wisdom from heaven. This is earthly wisdom. 

“For jealousy and selfishness are not God’s kind of wisdom. Such things are earthly, unspiritual, and demonic. For wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there you will find disorder and evil of every kind.”
James 3:15-16 NLT

Sadly, many Christians are spiritually homeless living without peace or rest.  are restless and full of anxiety just as real homeless people. 

Pastor Steve

Monday, October 26, 2015

Call onto ME or HE is saying, PRAY!

Jeremiah 33:3 Expanded Bible (EXB) ‘Pray [ Call] to me, and I will answer you. I will tell you ·important secrets [great and hidden things] you have never ·heard [ known] before.’

In other translations, we read this verse as "Call on to Me." But in the expanded bible, it points out that calling out to HIM is to pray. When we pray or call on to HIM, HE will tell us secrets of great hidden things. HE will give us revelation and wisdom which is the Bread from Heaven. HE will reveal more of HIMSELF to us for HE is our reward.

During my prayer last week, I am reminded and shown that many Christians come to God for many things and for many reasons. But we must realize whatever avenues HE allows and for whatever reasons we come to HIM, all road shall lead to HIM. HE is our reward. HE is my reward. All knees shall bow before HIM whether they like it or not. We must come to realize, all that we do is for HIM and to be with HIM. Everything else is secondary. We must understand this to our core.

Many come to God for many reasons. Some need their bills paid. Some want power and position. Some come to socialize. Some come for family problems.
Some come for spiritual gifts for the wrong reasons. Some come for a word for their own sakes. Some come because the church may have a good children's program. Some come to network to find a job. Some come thinking they are sent to help and fix the church. Some want this or that. But they fail to realize, we need to have come for God. Like the prodigal child, many come because they are hungry in the flesh. They have needs of the flesh and they expect God to fulfill the needs of their fleshly desires. But we have been warned that we cannot live on bread alone but on every Word of God. The Word leads to HIM. The Word is HIM.

Out of His abundant Grace and Mercy, HE still receives the prodigal child. But once we are in, we still need to call on to HIM. We need to pray and ask God to get rid of our anger, lust, disobedience, laziness, coveting, rebellion, pride, strife, impatience, and etc so that we may be broken. Only through brokenness shall we see as HE is. Only through brokenness shall we come closer to HIM in spirit. Only through brokenness shall we receive the secrets and hidden things from Heaven.

What is to go through brokenness? Before the cross, Jesus was already being broken. HE was physically wiped, falsely accused, betrayed, spat on, kicked, and beaten. HE endured all this without opening HIS mouth. Then after this severe ordeal, HE was hung to die.

Many Christians speak about carrying their own crosses but they have yet to be hung on the cross to die to themselves as they flee from being spiritually beaten, falsely accused, betrayed, spat on and etc. Some Christians are literally beaten and martyred. But in the western world, we complain and murmur. We cannot even thank God for our jobs but complain about our bosses, teachers, pastors, and government. Many Christians are but flesh. They are proving to be children of the disobedience. We must humble ourselves. We must allow and ask God to break us. We must embrace the Cross.

Many Christians are confused and they do not even know HIS Truth. They have many doctrinal questions and there is confusion on what is right or wrong. What is sin or not sin? What is the difference between law and grace? What is ritual law and moral law? How will it be answered? There are so many churches and so many different teachings. What is the Truth?

We must call onto HIM with desperation. We must pray, seek, and ask for the answer. We must pray until HE has answered us. We must ask for humility and obedient hearts and for eyes to see and ears to hear so when HE gives us the answer, we may receive and move forward. We cannot presume or assume anything. We must take all into prayer and if need be we need to pray for hours until our questions are answered and our idols are removed. We are in spiritual war and the situation is more desperate than people realize for many are dying in their sins.

John 8:21-23 Again, Jesus said to the people, “I will leave you. You will look for me, but you will die in your sins. You cannot come where I am going.”22 So the Jews asked, “Will he kill himself? Is that why he said, ‘You cannot come where I am going’?”23 But Jesus said, “You people are from here below. But I am from above. You belong to this world, but I don’t belong to this world. 24 So I told you that you would die in your sins. Yes, you will die in your sins if you don’t believe that I am he.”

Jesus was speaking to HIS own people the Jews telling them that they will die in their sins because they are from below. They were Jews but living carnal fleshly lives and when they saw and heard the Word (Jesus), they did not recognize HIM. HE told HIS own people here in John chapter 8 that they belonged to the world. They all believed in God but yet Jesus said unless they believed in HIM, they would die in their sins. They would go to HELL.

We can all say we believe in God and we can all believe we are God's people who do not belong to the world  but Jesus was the Word. In today's term, when the Word is preached, HE is speaking. HE is with us. But when we reject and when we do not apply or obey what we hear, we are not believing. We may not want to believe. We may not want to obey because we may be living carnal lives. We may be living in sin. Just as His people of the old days, they were deluded thinking they were God's people going to heaven stating they are the children of Abraham. But in reality, they were sons of disobedience as they rejected the Word when HE came in the flesh to speak to them personally. The message is the same for us as it was when Jesus walked the earth. REPENT!

Today, HE speaks to us from the alter. HE speaks to us through HIS Word. HE speaks to us through the revelation and of deep hidden secrets. HIS people were amazed because HE had spoken with Authority but yet many still rejected HIM. They admitted HIS preaching and Word was one of Authority. But because the Word required them to change and it touched the comfort of their personal lives, they decided to kill HIM.

Let us not make the same mistake today. We know HE is speaking to us with Authority. We know there is deep hidden secrets and revelation HE is feeding us. May we not reject HIM because we are to required to change simple daily things of comfort in our lives. May we truly decide to go and stay on the Narrow road to Life.

Glory to HIM
Pastor Steve

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

What is evil above all things?

Matthew 15:18-20 (ESV) But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person. 19 For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander. 20 These are what defile a person. But to eat with unwashed hands does not defile anyone.”

The actions, thoughts, and words from us are a reflection of what is truly in our heart. To say that God knows my heart is true. HE knows how wicked our hearts are. When and what we sin is what is being shown in our hearts. It is a manifestation into the physical realm. 

Jeremiah 17:9 (EXB) “·More than anything else [Above all things], ·a person’s mind is evil [the heart is deceitful;  the heart is devious/crooked]
    and ·cannot be healed [ desperately wicked;  it is perverse/sick].
    Who can ·understand [know] it?

Proverbs 23:7 KJV For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.

James 1:14-15 (CEB)Everyone is tempted by their own cravings; they are lured away and enticed by them. 15 Once those cravings conceive, they give birth to sin; and when sin grows up, it gives birth to death.

A good tree cannot produce bad fruit and a bad tree cannot produce good fruit. A good heart cannot commit evil and a bad heart cannot do anything good. To believe otherwise is but delusional. To be in such a delusional state would make one justify of their weaknesses and sin. God will not look at our heart to determine if we make it to heaven or not. He already knows our heart is above everything deceitful. We even will deceive ourselves. HE will give us the proper wages and the wages of sin is DEATH whether we are professing Christians or not. To fear God is to know our hearts are evil. 

What must we do? All have fallen short of the glory of God. All have gone their own way like sheep gone astray. 

Numbers 16:12 Then Moses summoned Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, but they replied, “We refuse to come before you! 13 Isn’t it enough that you brought us out of Egypt, a land flowing with milk and honey, to kill us here in this wilderness, and that you now treat us like your subjects? 

Rebellion was in Korah, Dathan, and Abiram's hearts. They refused a simple instruction. It was not even something hard. But if one cannot follow simple instructions, then how will they follow hard ones? Dathan and Abiram refused to go to Moses. They were refusing to obey. It is a simple matter of obedience. They did not respect Moses. They were jealous of Moses. They felt as though they were equal to Moses as they said, "you now treat us like your subjects?" Their hearts were blinded and such rebellion brough an horrible judgment. 

We must not trust in our own hearts. We must seek to obey God not only directly but also indirectly through his servants and civil authorities as all authorities belong to HIM. We must ask for a new heart and spirit as we choose to obey. HE watches to see if we will obey. HE already knows what is in our hearts but HE watches our works! Our works and what we choose to practice will determine which path we walk on. Jesus said in the book of revelation to the seven churches, "I know your works!" The bible says to renew your mind. Renew your minds and hearts with the Word of God and HE will grant us a new heart and spirit. But to obey is to read and apply and put into practice. 

Ezekiel 36:25-27 “Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean. Your filth will be washed away, and you will no longer worship idols. 26 And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart.[b] 27 And I will put my Spirit in you so that you will follow my decrees and be careful to obey my regulations.

Pastor Steve

Pride before Destruction

“Pride goes before destruction, and haughtiness before a fall.”
Proverbs 16:18 NLT
Definition of haughty:
arrogantly, superior, and disdainful.
"a look of haughty disdain"
synonyms: proud, arrogant, vain, conceited, snobbish, superior, self-important, pompous, supercilious, condescending, patronizing;
Pride and haughtiness goes before destruction. Whenever things do not work out and it becomes more of a mess, know it was our pride that led us to our mess. It is because we think we can do it without proper counsel from those who we should go to counsel. Pride tries to force things to work out. Pride will not ask for help.
Pride does not listen to sound wisdom. Pride is a friend to jealousy. Haughtiness makes a person think one is always right. Pride makes them think they can figure it out on their own.
Humility will ask for help. Humility will seek counsel. Humility will admit when one is wrong or makes a mistake. Humility will raise the white flag of surrender.
Proverbs 18:12 NLT “Haughtiness goes before destruction; humility precedes honor.”
Proverbs 11:2 NLT“Pride leads to disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.”
Proverbs 29:23 “Pride ends in humiliation, while humility brings honor.”
Pride and arrogance will end up in disgrace and humiliation. Look at your fruit. Examine your harvest. We must seek and practice humility for that will result in honor and wisdom.
Proverbs 1:24-33 NLT“
“I called you so often, but you wouldn’t come. I reached out to you, but you paid no attention. You ignored my advice and rejected the correction I offered. So I will laugh when you are in trouble! I will mock you when disaster overtakes you— when calamity overtakes you like a storm, when disaster engulfs you like a cyclone, and anguish and distress overwhelm you. “When they cry for help, I will not answer. Though they anxiously search for me, they will not find me. For they hated knowledge and chose not to fear the LORD. They rejected my advice and paid no attention when I corrected them. Therefore, they must eat the bitter fruit of living their own way, choking on their own schemes. For simpletons turn away from me—to death. Fools are destroyed by their own complacency. But all who listen to me will live in peace, untroubled by fear of harm.””
Isaiah 50:10-11 NLT “Who among you fears the LORD and obeys his servant? If you are walking in darkness, without a ray of light, trust in the LORD and rely on your God. But watch out, you who live in your own light and warm yourselves by your own fires. This is the reward you will receive from me: You will soon fall down in great torment.”

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Recompense of Prayer by Pastor Kim, Yong Doo

God continuously grants us problems because unless we have problems, we will not pray. When I was about fifteen years old, I prayed for God to make me a Sunday school teacher. One day, a brother at the church where I had attended called me. He said,
“Hey Kim, Yong Doo! Come here! Hurry up! You, come here!”
I said, “Yes? Me ? Did you call me?”

This brother asked me, “Do you want teach as a Sunday teacher?”
I replied, “No, I don’t think I am able too…”

But I said in my heart, ‘Oh! I think my prayer just got answered. But I don’t understand, I thought God would personally speak to me?’ Most of the time, many christians always want God to speak to them directly having their prayers directly answered. To have such a expectation is a mistake. God had answered my prayer through another person.

My prayer has been accumulated since youth. Then later on, when I had begun my own church ministry, the more I prayed, I began to see the point or the core. When you pray, you need to clearly see and recognize the core or the point. You need to clearly know the purpose and reason why you are praying. I later realized that I did not possess the spirituality of a pastor. When I say the spirituality of a pastor, I am not talking about fundamental training, discipleship, and learning the bible through teaching. I did not possess the spiritual nature in loving souls. I prayed so much that I always had blood dried scabs on my lips. But the more I prayed, the more I realized that I possessed no spirituality. Especially, the spirituality that was required for a pastor to possess which is in loving souls with a passion. I thought I was a mess. Therefore, I used to leave my wife at home and go up to the mountaintop and pray. The focus of my prayer was on the issue of ‘how I was lacking spirituality’. So, I was on my knees and cried out to God like there was no tomorrow. I would wake up earlier than all the other people and go pray. When the other people go to sleep, I would leave and go pray. God had seen the the sacrifice of my prayer.

Only after the accumulation and sacrifice of our prayer, God will determine how and when to grant our prayer request or not. God observes us daily. God observes if we will fight with somebody, if we are being irritated, if we angered and cursing someone and so on. God sees all we do, think, and speak. Our daily conduct will determine whether the content of our prayers will be answered and our ministry as well in the Lord. This is in the bible. As we pray, through prayer we need to act and transform. We need to transforms in faith. We need to act in faith. When we transform according to God’s eyes, God grants us our prayer requests. Therefore, we must transform!

When I was holding the Fire Conferences a few weeks ago in the United States, God said, “Be very care of the people who desire fruit without going through the process! You need to discern such people. It is impossible to harvest fruit without going through the process. Fruit is the manifestation of an end result. Before we bear fruit, there will be many sufferings, pain and tribulations. You need to fight and obtain victory. When you pray, you need to pray until you obtain the breakthrough. What is the breakthrough? When you pray, we are getting closer to the key or clue in resolving certain problems. So, what are the reasons we pray? Even though you may not see the key or clue of your problems, difficulties or a circumstances, you must continuously pray. Although you may not notice or realize, you are actually and gradually moving closer toward the answer. You are moving closer to the breakthrough and the work of God. The more you continuously pray, you will move closer.

Praying is a very difficult thing to do. It is like you are laboring with your body. Jesus taught prayer to His disciples but it was very difficult for the disciples to learn. Therefore, if we are in the circumstance where we can pray, we need to pray passionately and fervently. This is very important! Many churches spend thousands of dollars to renovate or design their church buildings, but they do not renovate or design for the purpose of prayer. The churches are busy doing many other things but do not focus on prayer. This is the reason the Lord told the disciples not to leave Jerusalem but to wait and receive the promised Holy Spirit. The Lord continuously told them on how to receive their breakthrough. But the disciples could not understand due to lack of their spirituality.

When the Holy Spirit powerfully came upon the disciples, they became the people of blazing fire and began to speak in other tongue. They were able to speak languages of many different countries. The Holy Spirit is special. He leads us to the special realm which is the spiritual realm. When we move in faith and challenge ourselves to transform, God answers our prayer to recompense. If a person with a ministry act/move in faith and challenge to transform, the ministry will open up. When the common people pray, God will begin to pay attention to the common people. As those common people continuously pray, God will grant wisdom, grace and power. God will gradually make these common people into the special people of God. People who pray are the candidates in receiving God’s power. We can become that special person.

When we continuously and precisely pray, God will lead us to reveal the purpose of our prayer. We will rediscover the purpose of our prayer through God. God has given us free will to utilize prayer. The more we pray and obey, you will be discovered by God and He will pay attention to us. When you pray, you need to pray precisely, powerfully with determination. This way, you will receive the power and have your prayers answered. When you pray before God, you need to know the promises of God. In order to possess the promises of God, you need to read the bible. Many times, instead of granting us our prayer requests, He grants us first the promise of God. The promise that will come to you in the future. A person may ask God to heal him/her, but God first grants hope. Then a person’s job is to begin praying as he/she cling tightly onto the hope/promise. We need to pray with the promise of God.

In the bible, God said He had already had chosen us a long ago. When the proper time came, He bought us with the blood of Jesus. For thousands of years, God was looking for a humble people. When He finds that humble people, He plans to grant all the power. But He could not find any humble people. It is because there were no people of prayer. Do you think poor people are humble? No, from God’s point of view, adults are prideful accordingly, children are prideful accordingly, wealthy people are prideful accordingly, poor people are prideful accordingly, healthy people are prideful accordingly, and sick people are prideful accordingly. All the people are prideful. Prideful people are so into their own thoughts and ideas. We all have our own ideas and thinking. We tend to rebel instead of obeying. In some cases, a person knows that he/she is doing wrong, but still will not listen due to pride. There are people who often collide with other people with their wrong actions and wrong choices in words. These types of people are very stubborn that even though other people around him/her do not like their actions or words, they do not change but continue in their old stubborn ways.These types of people live in their own desires and are too deep into their own thinking and ideas. These types of people are living all over the world. Jesus came to the earth to resolve such problems. It was because there were no righteous people, not even one.

God had begun to discipline the people who would come to Jesus and dwell within the word. There is no one who is truly humble, therefore only through Jesus, God began to break His people. If one guarantees their own health, God would create problems on his/her health so that this person can not boast about his/her health. God allows and creates circumstances to show a person that he/she cannot boast about anything in their lives.

God handles our personality and nature. In order for us to become a citizen of Heaven, God will continuously discipline us. He humbles us. Through the word of God and the Holy Spirit, God continuously humble us. This whole process is God’s amazing grace. In the bible, God said, “Draw closer to Me and I will draw closer to you.” Now when we are humbled, we must come closer to God. This way, we will begin to receive all the secrets and key. If we continue to pray, God will grant us a mission and calling to fulfill. He will train us to fight spiritually. “Resist devil, he will flee!”
There are examples regarding prayer answered in the four gospels. Sometimes, it may appear that He answered our prayer, our situation, or our problem and it may appear things have become better. But why would there be recurrences of certain problems or situations? God is trying to tell us not to do certain things. God is trying to prevent us from something that we may continue to do so.
Matthew 13:11 God said to His people, “To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven..” Even if you have a hard time praying for a long time but you continue to fellowship with the people who prays well and you have close relationship with the people who prays, God will often work through such a situation through the people who prays. You will gradually learn to pray longer, be healed, and go deeper into the presence of God. You must continuously try with your free will. You need to try to go to service and pray. This way, God will grant grace. You will be rediscovered and restored.

There are a few ways to get God’s attention. Some people are very busy with work and with other things in their lives. Even with their busy schedules, some people would still come to pray and attend services. God will say, “Oh, even though you are very busy and tired, you still come to pray and even attend service.” God will gladly answer our prayer requests. God’s eyes are always searching and observing.

There are times when we need extreme obedience, self sacrifice and devotion. God’s power is not something that you have a choice in whether to receive or not. The power of God is not optional. We all need to receive the power of God. There is an Indian “prophet” who is trying to dress up like a old time prophet. He even has a long beard. There are certain types of people who tries to dress up and adorn themselves to look like someone from the old testament after they had received some gifts from God. They walk and talk like someone holy. Their facial expressions are different from the other people as well. This Indian “prophet” has so many videos uploaded on the internet and many Asian people follow him. I come to realize that among many followers of this Indian so called “prophet,” are pastors beside the many lay believers. Every country has false prophets. Especially in the US, there are many false prophets. These people really upsets me. When we receive the power of God, we must not misuse such a gift. We are only the pathway of God’s precious gifts. No matter where you go, there will be real and fake servants of God. The devil will make the valuable ones to counterfeits. These false prophets appear holy and filled with the Holy Spirit. Satan is excellent in making counterfeits who appear genuine and feel authentic. We need to wake up.

The devil works through the closest people in our lives. Through our husbands, children, wives, and the people whom we consider so precious, Satan will utilize such people to heartlessly attack us. Who does the devil attack the most? He attacks the people who prays the most, those who operate in the gifts of God, and the people who God preciously utilize and loves. The deception of the devil can work for one moment within a time. Satan always tries to deceive and corrupt the people who are valuable and useful in the kingdom of God. If you fail to pray, you will easily be targeted, deceived, and corrupted. You must always pray and be humbled.

The devil look for the people who misuses God’s power. But if you feel something is not right rationally and spiritually, you need to just stop and go back to the word of God and prayer. God’s word and prayer are very important. Yes, the power of God is important but apart from the word of God and prayer, it will not be completed. Many times, when the people receive the power of God, they begin to misuse it accordingly to their personality, character, nature and the kind of ministry they perform.

There are people who have prayed for a certain period of time and have become weary and tired. There are also people who have experienced many spiritual events and become weary and tired and such people have broken away becoming targets of the devil. The devil does not have a hard time finding them. When these types of people breakaway from God’s grace, Satan makes them critics of God’s work. We need to be positive to the end enduring in faith. Satan precisely finds these people who tried to live according to God’s will but yet have failed. When Satan finds them, Satan will corrupt them. This is a very scary thing.

In the LA fire conference, Satan came to my room and entered into my body through my nostril. Then he grabbed my throat and began twisting it. I even heard the cracking sound from my throat. If you have your spiritual eyes opened, the ability to hear God’s voice, and performing the Holy Spirit’s ministry, you will realize that there will be many things that you may go over the line if you do not careful. When we go over the line, we will be deceived, ruin, and destroy others. We need to discern the things out that will lure us to go over the line and then we need to address it as we repent.

There could be things that lead others to deception. Before we receive the power of God, we are not able to see any of these things in us. But once we receive God’s power having our spiritual eyes opened and experiencing new spiritual events, without even realizing, we may be misusing them. Then the problem will be great. In order for the demons to leave us, we need to earnestly and with all our being as we shout out, pray like a child. When we powerfully cry out to God in prayer, the devil will not be able to use his strength. God grants grace to the humble and He grants the power that will lead us to victory when we fight with the devil.

Remember, God said, “Draw close to Me and I will draw close to you.” Even in the natural realm, when we want to be close to someone, we need to first open our heart and begin to fellowship or socialize. We need to frequently meet, fellowship, and socialize. Then at the end, we will become closer and have depth in our relationships. This is one of the reasons why our church meets daily late at night and continuously pray. We need to have deep fellowship with God. Pray as you proclaim.

Pastor Kim, Yong Doo

Thursday, October 1, 2015

What did previous biblical prophets chase?

True biblical prophets and the men of God in the bible were not using the stars, the sun, moon, earthquakes, wars, pope, ceasar, aliens, planet x, nephilims, planet nebiru, rapture news, mark of the beast, comets, or astroids to make predictions, presumptions, or assumptions. The true prophets of God were men of prayer. And only through fervent prayer, were they able to receive the inspired Word of God to bring forth anointed messages from the Throne. They were not just words of "Thus saith the Lord" but they are and were messages of deep revelation and wisdom. 

It is in our nature to want to know the future. It is a form of insecurity and lack of trust. The reason humans want to know their future is to secure their unknown future. How can a Christian have an unknown future? They are those who do not spend time with God but with the concerns of the world. Only those who have had a taste or are on the path of experiencing perfect Love are able to rest. Perfect love cast out all fear. To know perfect love would keep us at rest even though raging storms are continuously brewing. 

Yes, it is in our nature to ask about the future. Even the disciples after the resurrection asked the Lord this question in Acts chapter 1 verse 6. 

"6 So when the apostles were with Jesus, they kept asking him, “Lord, has the time come for you to free Israel and restore our kingdom?”

If you notice, scripture will either say "they kept asking" or it will say "repeatedly." They were still baby Christians. They had not been baptized by the Holy Spirit and HIS Fire. They were repeatedly asking like babies because they were afraid of their future. Their question was actually a selfish question. They were not asking for the Lord's sake but for their sakes. 

How did Jesus respond? 

Acts 1:7 NLT He replied, “The Father alone has the authority to set those dates and times, and they are not for you to know. "

Acts 1:7 He said to them, “It is not for you to know the times or epochs which the Father has fixed by His own authority.

Definition of Epochs: 1) a period of time in history or a person's life, typically one marked by notable events or particular characteristics.
2) the beginning of a distinctive period in the history of someone or something.
3)a division of time that is a subdivision of a period and is itself subdivided into ages, corresponding to a series in chronostratigraphy.

Jesus states very plainly, "THEY ARE NOT FOR YOU TO KNOW." 

Since Jesus was leaving, they were all afraid and being afraid, they kept asking HIM. Today is no different. Many Christians are afraid of their future. They are afraid of their current financial status, career, families, personal live, world events, anti christ, mark of the beast, being left behind, having enough to eat, etc and etc. Such Christians are not living a Victorious Life. They repeatedly ask, "When will Jesus return?" 

It is not our business nor should be spend our energy and money trying to predict the time of judgment, rapture, or other end time events. "They are NOT for you to KNOW. But it is our job to be prepared. What is to be prepared? To be rapture ready is to be living a overcoming victorious life in Christ. How many of you have actually read the whole bible? And you think you will be raptured?

What then is our business or concern? Jesus said to PRAY and wait for the Promise of the Holy Spirit and be my witnesses onto Jerusalem, Judah, Samaria, and to the nations. HE is basically saying, it is not our concern to know the future but to know HIS Will. What is HIS WILL? What will help us move forward in HIS Joy, Love, and Peace? What is our nourishment? What is our purpose? Jesus wants HIS people to be reborn. Many are not reborn. If they were, they would not be living in such fear of everything. 

John 4:34(NLT) Then Jesus explained: “My nourishment comes from doing the will of God, who sent me, and from finishing his work.

If the Lord lives in us, then we have HIS work to do and doing HIS work is our nourishment. When we are outside HIS Will, there will always be fear, anxiety, chaos, uncertainty, and the likes. We must stop chasing false hope. His Will is that we that we carry our own crosses and follow HIM. We are to die to ourselves, become broken and arise wtih HIM to a new life. We are to die to our anger, jealous, fear, coveting, lust, unforgiving, and the likes. Many who chase the rapture have yet to cease from sinning. 

Matthew 24:23 “Then if anyone tells you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah,’ or ‘There he is,’ don’t believe it. 24 For false messiahs and false prophets will rise up and perform great signs and wonders so as to deceive, if possible, even God’s chosen ones. 25 See, I have warned you about this ahead of time.

Just because people use the bible, the name of Jesus, the end time events, and carry a cross does not mean God is with them. 

I do believe we are in the last days but that can still mean anything. God owns time and it is all at HIS discretion. There will be many more blood moon, wars, famine and earthquakes. The bible says this is still not the end. We are not storm chasers. We are to be a people of prayer. We are to be a people at rest. We are to be a people of victory and peace. We are to be a people who knows the deeper revelation of the Word.

Pray for discernment. Pray to know HIS Will for your life. Pray that you will not be deceived. Stop chasing for a word. This can lead to divination. Stop chasing for a sign. HE has already first spoken to you through the bible. First go read the bible and learn to wait for HIM.  

Yes, HE is coming. But are you really ready? Have you forgiven? Have you put down your anger issues? Have you put down your jealousy? Have you put down your sins? Have you put down your addictions and bondages. Have you let the hurt and abuse go? Are you loving as HE did? Is your family retored? Is your life restored? Have you STOP Sinning? Are you keepig His commandments?

Are you moving from Glory to Glory becoming more like HIM or are you just running and asking when Jesus will return? ARE YOU A MAN OR WOMAN WHO SPENDS HOURS AND HOURS A WEEK IN PRAYER? Are you living right with God? Do not be like the five foolish virgins. 

Glory to God 
Pastor Steve Yong Kim