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Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.
I Timothy 6:12


Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
II Timothy 2:15







A Famine In The Land

Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water,

but of hearing the words of the LORD: Am:8:11

Amos, a sheep herder, foretold the destruction of Israel and her neighbors by the Spirit of God. It is interesting that God used the passage above to describe the people of God in that day. They had rejected His counsel once again and forsaken His holy statutes and His love for them. They had again strayed, wandered, whored off. Thus, God tells us that men closed their ears and hearts to God's commands and followed their own ways. The Gospel was, once again, rejected and in place of it, men followed their own passions, their own "itching ears" and deceived hearts. Sound familiar? One common thread running through the prophecies is obviously the fact that the true Prophets were always the last to speak God's warning before His Mercy was withdrawn and His Wrath descended upon His rebellious people.

And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. M't:24:11

To digress a bit, ...the only "Prophet" who will be known today will be the False Prophet of Revelation. The only SIGN given to the perverse generation of Jesus' day and those now living in the last days WAS the sign of Jonah; Three days and nights in the grave and then Resurrection. Don't be misled by these pompous, bellowing blowhards calling themselves Prophets or those who call them such. When Jesus said "no sign" (M't:12:39), he meant no more prophets to the people! God brought His Messiah forth from Israel. God destroyed and rebuilt the Nation time and again and it had now come to fulfill the prophecy of the coming of God's Messiah. The Temple veil was ripped in two! Israel was finished as an instrument in God's Salvation plan. What more need for the Prophets of those days? What more need for "signs"? We've had much about the Consummation of the World spoken of by the prophets of old also. Do we need more?

Wicked and adulterous and full of FALSE PROPHETS everywhere today! Malachi was the last VOICE of God before Jesus Christ came to the world. Indeed John the Baptizer heralded the coming of the Prince of Peace and obviously this was not a prophecy against a rebellious people ending in destruction. John the Baptizer was a fulfillment of a prophecy himself! The Apostle John is called the revelator and Jesus Himself gave John this Vision regarding the imminent destruction of Jerusalem AND the last days. Do we need more prophets after this? Do you last days prophets care to ADD to the book and so add to yourselves the plagues therein? Jesus Christ was the last VOICE telling us the fate of those living in the Jerusalem that was to be destroyed in 70 AD and the destruction that would come at the time of the Consummation of all things including His own return. There are no others today who can rightfully claim the anointing which these men of old had received. Remember that.

Continuing... Does God change? Do men's hearts change? Unbelief and compromise are not restricted to the OT. We are facing the same "trouble" today. I firmly believe that the Word of God is slowly and inexorably being withdrawn from the world today. Souls are still being called and lives are being dramatically changed by Jesus Christ, however, hearing the TRUE Gospel preached today is becoming as difficult as finding a Denny's on the Moon. I know there are many in agreement. There is a famine upon us. The pulpits, airwaves and bookshelves are full of distortions, deceptions, doctrines of devils and just pure lies, in the name of God no less. We are few whom He has called, indeed.

And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it. Am:8:12

How many folks today think that God is to be found in a church? How many visit the Tare Barns week after week hoping to find a "home"? How many taste of the multi-flavored damnable doctrines out there like Christianity is some kind of buffet? They know not what they really do. They seek a place in which they may find a certain modicum of comfort, assurance and acceptance. Something to help fit their "God" into their box. And there are plenty of ministries passing out free boxes! Is the True Gospel settling into their spirits and lives? Fruits... They do not seek the Word of God, the Truth of God, that which literally tears lives apart and separates His Elect from the World. God's children are told to separate themselves from the world (2Co:6:17 - Is:52:11). The passage in Isaiah speaks of fleeing evil, separating ourselves from the world. It backs up the NT reference. And as I always say, "Get out of the Churches!" (Re:18:4)

Today's Christians live pseudo-spiritually nomadic lives and are a testament to their own vanity, unbelief and disingenuous-ness. They seek God in all the wrong places, for all the wrong reasons. They create God in their own image. Thus the Word of God has effectively been removed from their paths. A famine has come to them. Following their own bellies after hearing the true Gospel has wrought a delusion upon their minds and hearts. And they truly wander. This is also seen as a mark of God's Judgment. When God say's "I've said enough", it is over and He will not be found. Enter hopelessness. Enter, ...Wrath. God has set limits to His mercy. Make no mistake. It's in the Scriptures as plain as day. His Judgment will be without mercy when it comes. Are we ready? Just watching it come will bring a fear unparalled. A reverent, Godly fear to the Elect but a destroyer to the unbelieving and compromising, the ungodly and the sinner.

In that day shall the fair virgins and young men faint for thirst. Am:8:13

The Living Word of the Lord is true life. Jesus calls Himself the bread of life (John6:35), the living water (John4:10). In Luke16:20 the true word of God, the Gospel, is the water by which the rich man would have cooled his thirst, if only Lazarus were able to give him a single drop (Lu16:24) after the man's fate was sealed. What is the parabolic meaning of thirst? Thirst for the Truth, for the hearing of the gospel, for Salvation. The flames represent the opposite of the Water, ...dryness, lifelessness, separation from the Water of Life, even the Word. The rich man was now undergoing eternal torment for not 'drinking' of the living water (the Gospel of Jesus) when he was yet in the flesh. This man may well have been a good, church-going Pharisee but no matter, without the Salvation of God by way of Jesus Christ and the Gospel, it doesn't matter what works were done or what kind of life was led. We can only imagine the true horror and absolute hopelessness of being cast from the presence of the Lord God, having rejected the Gospel of hope and salvation...the cool, refreshing, living water.

It is the great "I AM" who feeds the Elect. It is Jesus (The Word of God) of whom we drink. It is the faith of Jesus Christ that saves us. We are all welcomed to partake of this "bread and water" of Life (John6:35). But no man comes to God through Jesus unless drawn (called) - (John6:44) We should ponder this hard when we examine ourselves. Just what does fear and trembling imply? I don't see it humbling many folks today. I hear the words from many but see no fruits of it's positive, Godly effects. And I certainly am hard pressed to find much unity among those who claim to be servants of the living God.

In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. Joh:7:37

Would that the rich man in Torment would have accepted Jesus' offer. I believe this parable was primarily placed before us to do two things: to bring those who are hearing the calling of the Holy Spirit into a right fellowship with God before it is too late and to tell us that there are those who will never accept the love and mercy of God no matter what. Let's keep with the black and white aspects of the Word and stay out of the grey areas, shall we.

Remember what the rich man was told by Abraham in (Lu16:25)? To paraphrase, "You had the best 'stuff' when you were alive and Lazarus had nothing. You had the money, the house, the chariot, the power, and that was your god! " You only did what you had to in order to keep up appearances. "Appearances" are most often illusions! Sound familiar?

Most "businessmen" today had better practice going through the eye of a needle. Although the Rich Man of Matt 16 followed the Law in giving his crumbs to the poor man Lazarus, he did nothing beyond what was required of him. He had no compassion in his heart for the poor man and it was the Law that caused him to "give", not God living in him. He chose the law to make him holy and not the Living God. Our Father does not care for men who profit from others and throw crumbs to the likes of the Lazarus' of the world. God gives freely as we are instructed to do, by the Spirit of Christ in us. God gives even unto His own life! To the shedding of blood! And us...? In Matt 16, verse 27, to add due insult to the rich man's injury, he was promptly told that no one was going to take any messages to his five brethren because they have the same chance that this man had to hear and receive the Gospel. "Messages" from beyond the grave? Don't bet on it. Please include the following passages in your own study of Matthew 16 : Joh:6:65: And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father. - M't:22:14: For many are called, but few are chosen. These shake a lot of people up. Get real or get off the playground folks.

This is very sobering stuff. Ponder it well. Meditate on it. Remember that those you reach with your witness of Jesus are the field you plow in hope (1Cor9:10) and you do not look back. Salvation is of the Lord and it is His business to save, not yours. Do your jobs. I must stress to you again that this teaching of Salvation and a holy life and a narrow way are not things to be taken lightly. ...if they be considered at all today.

And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death. Lu:21:16

Plentiful fellowship?

What shall we say about the famine of TRUE fellowship these days? Many come together because of a scripture that has been twisted beyond recognition in Hebrews. Some come for companionship, some gain. Some for recognition and a few with the right intentions. Some of us have placed too much emphasis on gathering together, thinking to fulfill the law of Love and have stumbled into a hornet's nest of trouble. We have found ourselves in communion with darkness at times believing we are following some command that never truly existed. Does anybody remember what the "approaching day" was in Hebrews 10:25?

Fellowship, like marriage or Salvation is ordained of God the Father. Or doesn't God the Father hold the reins in your lives? If it is not brought together by His leading, it cannot stand the tests. How many folks in Jesus' day heard the Gospel preached and went home to their farms, isolated flocks or small villages and never saw another believer save those possibly saved in their own households? How much persecution to death went on from the time of the Lord's departure? You wouldn't see Christian bumper stickers on many chariots and wagons then would we? It wasn't a FAD then, it was life and death.

Were these isolated believers in some kind of sin because they did not seek out fellowship where it was not to be found? Did they opt for fellowship over a right relationship with the God of their Salvation? As usual, the church world (and some of us), have it backwards. Go right ahead and play into the hands of the enemy. Take your eyes off the focus of your existence and run for the safety of your 'clubs' no matter their overall spiritual condition and press the flesh. Warm and fuzzy, eh? We are commanded to seek God and His kingdom FIRST. Enough of this dead horse for now. I just pray our eyes be opened and we place the proper emphasis on the true priorities for our lives. And I've written more than enough about that as well.

A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. Proverb:17:17

Many of us have been disillusioned when "friend(s)" turn their backs on us in our "fellowships". Friends, by strict Biblical definition, never leave us, gossip about us, are there through thick and thin and are NOT afraid to go to the "horse" to get answers when the rumors and suppositions fly. Happen much today? Too many "friends" run for cover when the fur flies and cheap shots have caused many a good soul to stumble and fall alone. And we want this in our fellowships? I'd say categorically, speaking from my own experience, that friendship is as cheap as it comes these days and the Christian "friends" I had come to know are but chaff in the wind when the trouble comes. I'd rather call them ambushers. Christian love? Nope, ...Christian hypocrisy. It is NOT a brotherhood when a brother or sister is tried, convicted and judged in absentia without a word in their defense. There is a famine of common sense here! Questions, questions... Are we truly willing to risk this mess to find fellowship by our own devices? Are those in your Christ-claiming households truly brethren or just along for the ride? Are the spiritual family leaders afraid to rock their own nests for the sake of the True Gospel? Are they afraid to keep those in their spiritual care under control ?!

Friendship is a consequence (good or bad), of our associations. It is not a requisite of fellowship in the Body of Christ. As a long dead poet once said, "Jesus is your only friend, until the end." A bonding that does not break. Sad to say, many of us have not found true friends at our backs. Only steel between the shoulder blades. Jesus spoke of just whom were His friends: Joh:15:14: Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. Jesus fellowshipped like the rest but friendship was strictly contingent upon the FIRST priority, the FIRST COMMANDMENT. Any other associated bonds were consequential.

If you have been blessed with fellowship with some members of the body in your living rooms or even small assemblies, keep it clean at all times. Test the spirits that come among you. And by all means keep the focus upon your God and not your extraneous "friendships". And no, I'm not sounding bitter, just realistic and factual. Jesus happens to be my ONLY friend. And I, for one, like it like that. That priority settled, I can then love as commanded with what is in me, ...Christ, and nothing else. Think about these things folks. Take it to God in prayer. As usual, don't believe me and don't be afraid of the Truth if it's handed to you by the Spirit.

Get out of the Barn and into the Field!

When I initially came to Christ, no one told me this walk would include striving, enduring, persecution, fear and trembling and the loss of virtually all of my one-time, fair weather friends. No one told me there was a price (Lu:14:28). I was made to believe that the corporate church was my life and occasionally we'd do some community outreach for Christ. It was all put forth as such a friendly endeavor, a party of sorts. I can hear Jesus saying, "Gee, thanks, but the "Field" is not the Barn you all congregate in! " Are we all so socially and emotionally insecure as to actually fear being alone like Jesus? Well, I've got news for you, that is exactly what Jesus was, ALONE. Jesus always went off alone to be with His Father. Yes, He ministered to all. He sought them out as Father led and brought Him and them together. He didn't sit on His 'duff' in some synagogue and play church, sing songs, pass a plate around, reinforce friendships or hurry off to some afternoon chariot race, testimonial dinner or picnic! He got out there and lived His calling which was the will of Father God, with or without companions. He got killed for His testimony like those who followed Him and we lazy, frightened, willfully ignorant party-goers say we KNOW Jesus? Jesus is my "example"?! Excuse me, you're serving whom? You are being led straight to Hell and your spineless, God-less Wolves in Pastor's suits or those in some living rooms are the real gatekeepers of Hell! Really think about it. So once again...

Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: M't:7:13

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Though they dig into hell, thence shall mine hand take them; though they climb up to heaven, thence will I bring them down: Am:9:2

Face it Saints. There is spiritual Famine upon us and this world today. It's unmistakable. Harden yourselves to the weakness of the flesh, repent and offer yourselves up to your God once and for all. If we like to consider ourselves in a wilderness as God's remnant, then let's not act like children frightened of the dark! Soldiers? I sure hope so. Standing firm? I sure hope so. Destruction is at the door of this perverse nation we live in. No doubt about it. We can smell the sulphur. We are going to lose friends and family, jobs, homes, an entire way of life! We already have. Nothing will ever be the same again. Count the cost of following the Giver of your Salvation. He WANTS fellowship with you! Don't wake up some day hungry and find no place to find God. Hold fast to your Faith.

A grievous wound will be dealt this Proud daughter of Satan and if the Holy Spirit is prompting you to prepare in any fashion for what is to come, then I'd suggest we prepare our hearts FIRST and let the rest come as it may. No physical "preparation" can ever match the gift of true Faith. Who loves their lives more than their God? Ask yourselves this always. Get on your faces before God and repent of your vain pursuits, your idol worship, your spiritual adultery, your pride and your FEAR! God is the sustainer, the protector, the Wrath and the Salvation. God alone is the "remnant-maker". Don't grieve the Lord with a vain-pious outside-of-the-cup worship while inside being unclean in any way. Do not be so quick to say, "I know Jesus", ...like the demons do (Jas:2:19)! Agonize over the possibility that Jesus does not know you! Any doubts we have of our right standing before God should lead us directly into His presence not fleeing the field of spiritual battle, giving up. We do not work out our salvation like it is some kind of group therapy. We get alone with God! Our God commands us to fellowship with Him in secret! (M't:6:4 - M't:6:6 - M't:6:18) Read the Scriptures under the Holy Spirit's guidance. For once, leave the din of the picnic and get really ALONE with God and stay that way until you have an answer. A little fasting may be in order here, too. Give yourself a chance to cement a right relationship with the True God and seek His face.

Come back to the way of Christ. Walk the narrow way with your humble, glorious King. Pick up that cross and don't be afraid to walk alone. You have all of Heaven with you! And a FEW true brethren. Examine yourselves always (2Cor13:5).

Saints, do not let the enemy wear you out! Mount up on those wings daily with prayer and praise of God. There is a famine of the Word upon the land. Many of us are isolated. So be it. More evil surrounds us than at any other time in history. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. (Eph:6:13) That exhortation is for our spiritual survival. If your foundation is truly Jesus Christ, ...you will stand and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against you.

And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

(Joh:3:19-21)

I have one final suggestion:

Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear,

slow to speak, slow to wrath: Jas:1:19

Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.

And remember something Soldiers, ...a chain, is only as strong as it's weakest link. That which binds us together should cause us to make each other strong. Not lying in pieces on the ground. What follows famine is always pestilence, ...and then death. Think about it. Time is not on our side.

Walk TRUE and keep to the Road Saints of God.

Amen