AN OPEN LETTER TO MY BRETHREN
By Vernon Gray
I recently listened to a testimony by a singer/performer who got saved.
He had been a boozing druggie until his salvation. When he got saved, his change was instant and dramatic, so much so that all his friends were in shock. They whispered behind his back that the drugs and booze had made him “flip out.”
“The booze and drugs have affected him so much that he is even speaking about Jesus” they said.
Some of his friends even wanted to get him to a doctor to help him recover from whatever it was that made him so radically different. They simply could not believe that what had happened to him was the real deal, and that he in fact was the one who was rational and sane. The reaction from his close associates and friends are amusing to us this side of the fence because we “know” something that can only be known deep within our spirit. We can fully understand their misreading of his condition from reprobate to redeemed.
I would now like you to apply this story to every believer.
For a while now we have been urging believers to get their house in order and change their life style because, we have been saying that Jesus is coming for His bride sooner than you think.
We have been to enormous lengths to encourage Christians to repent from a worldly and carnal lifestyle. We have exorted them to take their salvation seriously because “…the night is far spent and the day is at hand; let us therefore cast off the works of darkness and let us put on the armour of light, setting your affections on things above not on things on the earth. ”
It always grieves me when the response is similar to the unsaved friends of the man who got saved. Most often heard is, “We have heard all this before. For many years they have been saying that Jesus is coming and the Rapture is close at hand.”
I myself had been saying this for at least 30 years. But now something is different.
Whereas before my belief in the rapture was based on what the Bible says (which is good) but my conviction now is fueled by numerous indications that the time is at hand for us to go. The sense is not just current international events, it is a spiritual “revelation” if you will, that Jesus Christ is coming for His bride very soon; are you ready?
There is also a conviction within my heart that many confessing Christians will not make it (DTW note: these are those who profess to be Christian but are not – they have a form of Godliness but deny God’s power]. The rapture is very close, perhaps even within the next two or three years. Please understand I AM NOT DATE SETTING! The Rapture could occur at any moment. There is only one prophecy to be fulfilled before the bride is taken up to be with the Lord. That prophecy is the sound of the “last trump.”
There is very compelling evidence that once the Rapture takes place, the world will continue to prepare for the Tribulation Period and finally the Great Tribulation. It turns out that it could take three to seven years before the treaty withIsraelis confirmed by the Man of Sin.
Think about it. We are here in the second half of 2011 and so many things have happened globally from the beginning of this year. Major unprecedented storms, major earthquakes, political chaos, the “Arab” spring etc. all thought to be impossible a year ago.
Since March 2011 three Arab nations have changed masters, and Syria is next in line.
The EU is taking a strong line and a leading role ahead of the USA.
On the financial front the world is poised for the second round of an earth shattering financial crash. If there is a three or five year gap between the Rapture and the Tribulation, everything that needs to fall into place can happen because things are moving very fast.
Ask anyone…they will tell you that something major has to happen in the world, that something is happening. They do not know what it is, but their instinct tells them that all is not well with planet earth.
My appeal to every child of God is this…
If you are drinking…STOP TODAY.
Fornication? END IT NOW OR MARRY THE PERSON.
Adultery? MAKE RIGHT NOW.
If you are abusing your body in any way…STOP.
If you are a manipulating or lying…STOP.
If you are abusing your spouse, family or anyone else…STOP & MAKE RIGHT.
If you are hooked on porn, internet chatting, scandalling etc…STOP. CONFESS AND GET HELP IF YOU NEED IT.
Please get yourself ready to meet the King of kings and Lord of lords. But our God is more personal than that, He is our personal Saviour and is with us through thick and thin no matter what the circumstances.
ROMANS 8: 28 – 31 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.
What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?”
Because the time of our redemption is so close at hand, it is time to settle your moral accounts.
2 CORINTHIANS 6: 2 – 10 “For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.
Giving no offence in any thing, that the ministry be not blamed: But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses, In stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labours, in watchings, in fastings; By pureness, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned, By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left, By honour and dishonour, by evil report and good report: as deceivers, and yet true; As unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and, behold, we live; as chastened, and not killed; As sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.”
Start tomorrow with a clean slate and continue like that for as long as it takes. JESUS IS COMING SOON! (Not the second coming at the end of the Tribulation Period, but He is coming for His Bride) The time for playing “Church” is over. Make ready your life from now on, meet with like-minded Christians who can encourage you and help you get to where you should be, before you hear the trumpet sound.
Now is the time to work out your salvation with fear and trembling.
Jesus told the Church at Thyatira in the book of Revelation 2: 18 – 29 that they will go through the Great Tribulation because they were corrupt and sexually immoral. This does not have to be so. Stop now and do an “about turn.”
1 JOHN 1: 9 says “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” [Notice that it says “ALL” sins]
Salvation now at this time is for nothing. It is a free gift to all who would accept it.
During the Great Tribulation it wont be so easy to remain a Christian; it will cost you dearly. Please dear brother and sister get yourself back to Christ, today.
Tomorrow might be too late. Now is the accepted time.
ISAIAH 55: 6 says “Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near…”