Lampstands of God

This chapter begins with a happy note from Naomi:

Hi there,

I’ve been able to minister to some of my neighbors today. Thank you, Lord!  

We have a Facebook group with people offering their help and others asking for help. It’s just those who live on my street. It’s so heartwarming to see this kind of response from my neighbors. It’s an opportunity to minister. God is in this. It is such a blessing to bless others! I love it!

I hope everyone is well. I’m limited in what I can eat, and I’ve had to try a different store every day hoping to find what I need.

I hope you have food, Lonny. Stores are price gouging here now. They should be in jail.

That’s all for now. These are exciting and upsetting days.

Take care out there. 

Love, Naomi

Good morning, Beloved Family of God,

I am so pleased to hear about that Godly Facebook opportunity that has come about on your street Naomi. The highest calling for believers here on Earth is to let our lights shine. In John’s messages to the seven churches, the Lord’s messages addressed directly to His Church, His Bride, the penalty for allowing a deterioration of their fellowship with God was a removal of their lampstand. Though saved, they would no longer serve (as an assembly) as lights in the world; beacons of the Holy Spirit.

No such reprimand was directed at the church at Philadelphia, an assembly that I believe, by the grace of God, we have been added to. To us has been given the promise of deliverance from the Tribulation: The Blessed Hope. What joy it gives us to share that Blessed Hope! The Lord has prepared us for such an hour as this! We are organs in the Body of Christ; interceding, bringing tidings of comfort and joy, speaking a word of wisdom or a word of knowledge; manifesting Christ in the Earth! We share the Living Water with all those who are thirsty.

The draconian responses to this unremarkable flu bug continue. They are clearly intent on getting all of the mileage out of this phony crisis that they possibly can. Good for them. Unless I miss my guess, God will soon give them something legitimate to cry about.

Instead of promoting little educational TV or YouTube spots about how to make your own face mask (for whatever good they can possibly do) they trumpet the shortage of commercially available masks. There should be competition among the people to see who can make the most original or stylish masks. Sadly though, I don’t think they teach most girls useful skills like sewing anymore. Nobody knows how to do anything, to fix their own stuff. (Place crotchety old man rant here.)

What will it be like to preach the Word of God in the Kingdom? Will there be a new Gospel? Will we be back to preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom?  It will not be an age of grace. That ended with the Rapture of the Church. Will the scriptures be expanded? Will there be more prophecy concerning events at the end of the millennium? We know there will be sinners and that everyone will continue to have free will, the freedom to choose either for or against the Lord and His anointed. God’s demonstration of the terrible results of sin will be in its final phase.

The population will likely include mostly mortals, but also may include the Children of Israel, resplendent in their resurrection bodies, living just down the road. They will be living in the promised land that was shown to Abraham. We know they will be raised at the end of the Tribulation and will almost certainly be there as friends of the Bridegroom at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.

Israel will be enjoying the Kingdom they were promised on Earth and the Church will inhabit the New Jerusalem. Jesus, the Son of David, will reign from His throne in Jerusalem, just as prophesied. Who knows, but it’s fun to dream about. I can’t help but look ahead and wonder about what the Lord has in store for us.

The Cottage [a project involving the construction of an accessory living unit on our property that we believe God led us to pursue] nears completion and we are still looking to the Lord to see why He had us build it; for whom it was constructed. The wood stove was installed yesterday, and there is a real anointing on the whole place. If time lasts, it could be Casey and me living there; a couple of demented little old people in a cozy Cottage with all of the conveniences on one level, including a washer and dryer.

The bathroom has five grab bars. In fact, instead of towel bars, I had Don put up grab bars. Two of them are in the shower. The toilet and shower meet ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) standards. The shower has a built-in seat.

But I don’t think we’ll be here. We will all be in our new digs; those ‘places’ that the Lord went away to prepare for us.

Please let us know what we can do to help you cope with the very real effects of this phoney baloney crisis. Naomi or Lonny, what kind of food do you need? We can get a lot of stuff to you from the Amazon Pantry within a day or two in most cases. Go to Amazon and do a search for whatever you need. You can either create your own free account and add them to your wish list there, or contact us and let us know directly what you want. You will need to let us know if you do the wish list thing. We can then locate it on Amazon and order whatever is available.

I’m sure that Amazon is overloaded with orders right now, so it might take a little longer than usual, but we can see what we can get, and of course, God is our source of supply, and He will see to it that we have whatever we need. He always has. God never fails.

Maranatha!   Jerry

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Photo Credits

  • Adapted from #91237724/Jankovoy-adobe
  • Don’t Mess With Israel by Greg Lauer