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MESSAGE FOR THE WEEK OF 01-26-20
THE BEGINNING OF SORROWS
Matthew 24:8All these are the beginning of sorrows.
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In the book of Matthew chapter twenty-four, The LORD GOD provides us an account of JESUS CHRIST sharing the events to come with His disciples. LORD JESUS and His disciples were in Jerusalem and departed from the temple on this particular day. When they were outside, the disciples came to JESUS to point out to Him the buildings of the temple and JESUS replies to them in Matthew 24:2 when He states: And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down. 
LORD JESUS was revealing insight into future events and when He spoke of the temple being thrown down, He knew that this second temple would be destroyed by the enemies of the Jewish people. In fact, the second temple was destroyed by the Romans approximately seventy years after JESUS CHRIST died on the cross and arose from the dead on the third day. The disciples appeared to be impressed by these buildings and desired to point out the stone structures to JESUS CHRIST. LORD JESUS provided His disciples a powerful lesson by calling this coming event to their attention. It’s almost as if He wanted them to realize that it’s not the stone building made by man that should be the main focus, but building up the Body of Christ and staying focused on their own temple, their spirit man. 
We continue in Matthew 24:3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? 
The disciples were now intrigued about the knowledge that JESUS shared with them regarding future events and desired to know more. I find it very interesting that this conversation took place on the mount of Olives which is the very place where JESUS CHRIST will appear when He triumphantly returns. In the book of Zechariah 14:4,GOD’S Word states: And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south. 
The very place where JESUS CHRIST is having this conversation with His disciples is the very place where He will return! The mount of Olives is one of three peaks of a mountain ridge that runs for about 2.2 miles just east of the Old City across the Kidron Valley, in this area called the Valley of Josaphat. The peak to its north is Mount Scopus, at 2,710 feet, while the peak to its south is the Mount of Corruption, which is 2,451 feet. The highest point on the mount of Olives is At-Tur, at 2,684 feet. The ridge acts as a watershed, and its eastern side is the beginning of the Judean Desert. This is an example of the power of The LORD GOD ALMIGHTY, that this very mountain will cleave in the middle to form a great valley!
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So here we read of JESUS CHRIST sitting upon the mount of Olives with His disciples and providing them His perfect wisdom of the coming events. He warns His disciples to not be deceived and explains the happenings that will lead to the beginning of sorrows. In Matthew 24:4-7 JESUS states: And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ, and shall deceive many. And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes in divers places. 
Folks, these events are what LORD JESUS CHRIST describes as the “beginning of sorrows”. Unless you have been living under a rock, you can hear and see these world events going on right now in many places. The newspapers, magazines, social media, radio and television are continuously reporting these occurrences as we speak. There are many false prophets, false teachers, false pastors, fake priests right now who have infiltrated their doctrine of deception and wickedness into the mainstream and are so convincing that only those who are seriously grounded in The LORD GOD and sold out for JESUS CHRIST will be able to tell the difference. This is only because those who are totally committed to JESUS CHRIST depend on the leading and guiding of The HOLY SPIRIT instead of what man says, instead of what fake “christian” books and movies and conferences say, and instead of what followers of false gods, such as allah and buddah say.
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The feel-good messages, fake prosperity gospel, and other twisted doctrines abound within many of these megachurches, such as Hillsong, Lakewood, Saddleback “church” to name a few. The word church here is an oxymoron because there is only one church, the Body of Christ, and folks, these examples are the farthest thing from the Body of Christ you could possibly be! The man-made worldly denominations such as Lutheran, Baptist, Methodist, Anglican, etc are just that: founded by a man and not JESUS CHRIST! These worldly churches are nothing more than a tax-exempt business. The deception is that most of them preach from the Holy Bible, but they do not represent the true Body of Christ. This is a clever attempt by the enemy of our souls to keep people divided and it has worked successfully! Catholicism is one of the main deceptions throughout history and especially significant in today’s world with us being warned about the “beginning of sorrows”. First of all, there is no such thing as a true priest in today’s world because they were descendants of the Jewish tribe of Levi and were appointed by The LORD GOD alone. When JESUS CHRIST came to this earth, freely suffered and died on the cross for our sins, and arose from the dead on the third day, there is no more need for a priest because JESUS CHRIST was our perfect sacrifice by shedding His precious blood to cleanse us from our sins. 
As we speak there has been an ongoing deception spearheaded by The Catholic system, with the Pope being the ringleader, to proclaim world peace and form one world church by combining all beliefs together from Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, to name a few. WHAT? This is an abomination to The LORD GOD. You cannot mix truth and lies together; therefore, you cannot worship JESUS CHRIST and false gods at the same time! Where does the Pope get his title? From the twisted doctrine within the Catholic system that has nothing to do with The LORD GOD’S Word. The word pope is not even in the Holy Bible, so it is a self-appointed title and he is posing as an angel of light, like the rest of the false prophets who follow the father of lies. 
2 Corinthians 11:14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. 
John 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
We are also inundated through the media about possible wars being stirred up in various parts of the world. This country has nuclear capability and this nation is our enemy and there are warships stationed in this part of the sea and…Slow down and ponder the words of JESUS CHRIST when He warns us of this in the book of Matthew chapter twenty-four. We will hear of wars and rumours of wars. LORD JESUS confirms to us that we should not be troubled because all these things must come to pass. If The LORD GOD has already stated in His Holy Word that this will come to pass, THEN IT WILL COME TO PASS! We have no control over any of these events, but The LORD GOD is in total control of everything at all times. For those of us who are saved and have committed our lives to JESUS CHRIST, this should not be something we obsess over and get distracted over. In Matthew 6:34 LORD JESUS states: Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. 
Folks, don’t allow this constant talk of war to bring you to the point of distraction and fear. This will do nothing but spiritually paralyze you and leave you as a vessel that cannot be used by The LORD GOD to bring HIm glory. In the book of 1John 4:18 GOD’S Word states: There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. 
We who are saved serve a powerful, loving, righteous, steadfast ALMIGHTY GOD who loves us and has no desire for us to be crippled by fear, which is nothing but torture so it is clearly from the devil and not JESUS CHRIST. We are assured by JESUS CHRIST to not be troubled by these events that are taking place in the world today. He assures us that the end is not yet because these signs are only the “beginning of sorrows”
We are also warned that “nation shall rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom”. These events are clearly going on throughout the world today, whether it’s the United States and the attack on Soleimani, the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, or the division of Democrats and Republicans. Instead of worrying about these atrocities and focusing our attention on them, we should be spending more time in our bibles, praying to The LORD GOD and studying our bibles with fellow believers to strengthen ourselves spiritually.
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We are also warned by LORD JESUS of “famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in divers places”. This means these events will occur in different places all over the world and this is certainly happening right now. There is a widespread famine in Africa, Syria, and Venezuela, the coronavirus that originated in China and is spreading into other countries, the worst outbreak of desert locusts in Kenya in 70 years has seen hundreds of millions of the bugs swarm into the East African nation from Somalia and Ethiopia, severe weather such as floods, massive waves, tsunami, hurricanes, tornadoes, volcanoes erupting, and earthquakes. Yes, all of these events that LORD JESUS warns us about have been occurring for some time now and are certainly nothing new. The difference is that now they are coming more frequently and all at once. This can be compared to a woman that is in labor and her birth pains gradually increase. We don’t know when LORD JESUS will return but we need to be diligent and stay focused on our relationship with The LORD GOD. We need to be ready because only GOD The FATHER knows when that day will be. 
Matthew 24:36-39 JESUS CHRIST states: But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 
Folks, we need to heed these warnings that JESUS CHRIST has given to us and to always be ready for the Bridegroom’s return. We need to focus on our relationship with JESUS CHRIST by being obedient to The LORD GOD, study His Word, stay in prayer to The LORD GOD, and have ears to hear His still, small voice by being receptive to the leading and guiding of The HOLY SPIRIT alone. Preach the GOOD NEWS of JESUS CHRIST and never allow the noise of the false prophets and the naysayers to drown out the absolute truth of The LORD GOD’S Holy Word. 
Matthew 24:24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
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Our society has been groomed to expect to be entertained and have a “show me” attitude. It’s important to remember the words of JESUS CHRIST in Matthew 12:39-40 But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas. For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. These deceivers will be enabled by Satan himself to perform signs and wonders so convincing that if it were possible the very elect, those who are saved, could be deceived! It’s important to remember the words that JESUS spoke and proclaimed there will be NO sign given except for the sign of the prophet Jonas, or Jonah. Therefore, if you are to witness signs and wonders, remember the words of JESUS CHRIST so you are not deceived. We are warned about nation rising against nation and kingdom against kingdom; therefore, when false peace is proclaimed by the false prophets and leaders, be on guard. 
1 Thessalonians 5:2-3 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. The United Nations, the ultimate antichrist organization, holds an international day of peace each year. On September 21, 2017, the United Nations entitled their conference, “Together For Peace, Respect, Safety, and Dignity for All”. This date also happened to fall on the Jewish New Year, which is Rosh Hashanah or the Feast of Trumpets. Coincidence? I think not!
Just recently Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu commented on the impending release of President Donald Trump’s peace plan and stated, “The president is seeking to give Israel peace and security, the peace and security that it deserves.”
Every answer to every question and concern you may have is found within the pages of The LORD GOD’S Word. Study to show yourself approved and don’t allow the enemy of your soul to take this precious gift away from you. Folks, we are in the “beginning of sorrows”. Cling to JESUS CHRIST and never let Him go! For anyone reading this message that is not saved: I ask you to consider calling on the Name of JESUS CHRIST and repent of your sins before it’s too late for you. If you are in need of a bible, I would be happy to send you one absolutely free. Please think about this life-changing gift and take action before it’s too late for you. 
Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Mark 16:16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
FATHER GOD, I ask that You continue to strengthen the Body of Christ and lead and guide us through every step. Draw closer to us, FATHER GOD and equip us for every moment You provide us on this earth. I pray that You continue to draw those who are lost to You through Your HOLY SPIRIT so they know that they are loved by You and turn away from the darkness and deception of this world. In the Name of JESUS CHRIST, I pray. Amen!