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***GOOD NEWS-Y2K-SO FAR, SO GOOD
I must admit to you that even though the Lord spoke to me in May, 1999, telling me that it would appear as if nothing at all had happened at 1/1/2000, I found myself checking things right after midnight. I logged on to the internet at 3 A.M. after ministering at a New Years Eve service. I was quite relieved to find everything working, computers in order and reports from around the world confirming that God was apparently working to insure that "it would appear as though nothing had happened."
All the prognosticators of Y2K doom were left dumbfounded. Some people were thankful. Some were mocking and scornful, feeling that they had somehow been hoaxed. There is no way that a hoax has been perpretated when hundreds of billions of dollars have been expended. The miraculous thing is that everything is apparently working.
I need to refer back to my July/August newsletter at this point to bring forward the prophetic words I issued at that time concerning Y2K: "
"Here we are, less than 100 days now from the end of the year and everywhere I turn: TV, Radio, pulpits, there is silence concerning Y2K. There has been doublespeak. It seems that people who speak for the Lord are reluctant to take a position. I only want to know one thing: What have the prophets said? Amos 3:7 states that "Surely the Lord will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets."
I am a prophet: The Lord's gift to the church. What has the Lord told me?
On May 9, 1999, I wrote the following: "Initially, it will appear as though the predicted problems will amount to nothing, then suddenly, problems will appear and quickly worsen. These problems will not necessarily center on the 1/1/2000 date that has been demonized in the media. Many of those who have prepared early will drop their guard and some will even dispose of items they have collected as part of their preparedness efforts. Then the trouble will come suddenly and unexpectedly."
Additionally, I have spoken from the pulpit that Psalm 99:8 references the year 1999, when God "tookest vengeance of their inventions." This scripture is the biblical prophecy of Y2K.
What have other prophets said? Bill Deagle prophesied concerning Y2K on May 5, 1999. The July/August issue of The Prophecy Club newsletter published his word that was purportedly given by the angel Gabriel. Mr. Deagle calls himself a prophet. Deagle wrote "Look, here are the supplies that you need! They are in the garage of this man and many thousands of others who have prepared well for Y2K. They are not your Christian brothers and sisters, nor have they sought out the "Gold of His word". Therefore, when the crisis of Y2K seems to be over, they will put down their guard, and will not seek wisdom from the Father. They sought only to preserve their way of life, and when the imminent threat is over, they will lay down their guard. You, and those who hear and obey, will gain these great resources bought by rich men, who will sell them to you at 11 to 13 cents on the dollar. Tell the people of the Holy Covenant, they are to store up not only for themselves, but for many who will turn and be saved in the Days of Trial for the Whole world....Now is the time to prepare in a sacrificial way."
I urge you to obtain this entire word from Prophecy Club. I have only printed key excerpts.
Finally, Apostle John Neuhaus of Fort Lauderdale, who walks with signs and wonders following as he ministers the gospel in the hard places of South America where no one else goes, said early in 1999 that Abraham had two visitations from the Lord in his 99th year, and that the 99th year is a prediction for 1999. The Lord visited Abraham to open the womb of Sarah: to make her fruitful. The Lord also visited Abraham to announce the judgement of Sodom. John said we are to expect two visitations after these types: That the Lord will come in the church before He comes for it.
The prophets are all telling the church to prepare, not selfishly, but sacrificially. I believe that those who prepare now will be blessed by the Lord after 1/1/2000 as the Lord quickly makes them aware of individuals who are selling their supplies. We must seek the Lord, especially after 1/1/2000 when it appears that not much has happened. Do not let your guard down."
Well, that is what I wrote eight months ago. What are we to make of what has happened. It is exactly as the Lord said. It looks as though nothing has happened. In fact, there is some evidence that God actually intervened to make sure that nothing serious happened. We are now in the waiting period, which always requires faith. Will you drop your guard?
***CHURCH TAX TIP-TO FILE FOR 501 C 3 EXEMPTION, OR NOT TO FILE?
When a new minister or
church is referred to me, I advise them as follows with respect to 501 c 3 and
1) Churches and ministries that comprise a component part of a church or that
perform an integral function of a church are already excepted under IRC 501 c 3.
As a result, all churches and ministries operating in the United States are
already dealt with under this code section. Legally speaking, all churches and
ministries are already under the "watch and control of the IRS". Some believe that churches that elect not to voluntarily file for
exemption under 501 c 3 are somehow not under IRS control. Nothing could be
further from the truth.
2) There are advantages and disadvantages to going further by filing a voluntary
application for exemption, form 1023.
First, the disadvantages: I advise the new ministry that the disadvantage of
filing the 1023 is that you are required to disclose annually to IRS on form 990
the amounts of your revenue and expenses. You are also asked a whole host of
questions on the 1023 application and annually on the form 990. You are probably
more likely to be audited, but this is difficult to prove because the statistics
relating to periods under new laws in effect are not yet in. Certainly, you are
seen more by IRS. I advise people that if they won't use the letter for some
tangible benefits, they are better off not spending the $1,000 dollars it takes to
file. They are relieved to find out they are already excepted and that their
members can donate to them and receive a tax deduction already.
The advantages of filing the form 1023 are that you get a letter, proving that you
have satisfied IRS requirements for exemption. You can show people this letter.
Your organization can be included in Internal Revenue Publication 78 as a
charitable organization. Many donors will not donate to a charity unless it is in
this publication. Some donors won't write you a check if you don't have the
letter. You can't get food at the Daily Bread Food Bank or at Farm Share without
the letter. So, it has it's advantages.
Now we get to the spiritual implications of being under IRS authority. My own
opinion is that the purest form of biblically correct operation of a church is not
as a US corporation but as "the church". An Indianapolis Assembly Of God church
disincorporated in 1997. IRS attacked their changing of their operation and they
appealed in tax court, where they lost and appealed.. The last I had heard, the
Supreme Court had granted certiori to hear the case. Case law is a bit weak until
this one is sorted out. It may have already been decided, but I am not aware of
it, yet I have not researched it in the last six months.
I believe that the system of antichrist is in place and gaining strength and
authority in our government. IRS represents the claws of that beast. Daniel J.
Pilla in his book IRS, Taxes and The Beast eloquently presents how IRS is being
and probably will be more greatly used in the future as the primary means of
control by the beast.
The time is coming, perhaps very soon, when the church will have to submerge like
a submarine. At that time, we will first have to legally submerge by forming "for
profit Corporations" with non churchy names or simply operating without
corporations and without bank accounts. Running the cash basis church seems to be
where we are heading. How soon we get there is a question I currently have no
As of right now, I am still filing 1023 applications for ministries, with a good
conscience, after I advise each one of what I have just shared with you. Some
elect not to file. Some elect to file. All are advised by me to pray and seek
the wisdom of God for their ministry.
If there is any good news in this, it is that my initial advice to the churches is
free. I am one of the few professionals who will tell them they are not required
to file. It costs me financially when they elect not to file, but I know God is
pleased when I look out for them at my expense. For those who pray and decide to
file form 1023, I do the work for 1/3 of what the local attorneys charge, so that
is good news too. And I do their corporations, articles of incorporation and
bylaws for them for 1/3 of attorneys rates. They consider that to be good news as
well. Then I try to help them any way that I can, preaching and teaching at their
outreaches and sending them newsletters with prophecy and hints that are timely.
They can review my web site at any time to see my latest newsletters. I am trying
to be life to our master's church and to please him. I have not been perfect, but
I have done my best.
Personally, my incorporated ministry, Freedom Chapel Ministries, Inc., has not
filed form 1023.
So I think that is an exhaustive response to the tough issues addressed here. With regard to control of the pulpit, each minister is required to be only
under the control of God and serving him only. If God tells a minister to speak
on a certain issue, he must decide whom he will serve. It might get him fired by
his board of deacons or cause the church to incur a penalty or loss of exemption.
It is happening all accross our land. Some are in jail because they have stood up
for the unborn. A pastor in Connecticut spent sixty days in jail for spanking his
son with a belt. He was obeying the word of God. I think that whatever our 501 c
3 status, whether exempt or excepted or in hiding, we had better obey God rather
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***PROPHETIC ANALYSIS-HEALING FAITH, PATIENT ENDURANCE AND RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS OF NAZARETH
What are the points of argument and what is the truth?
1) What is the source of disease? Not God! God has no disease in heaven.
There was no disease in the garden of Eden, only perfection.
Everything God made was very good. (Genesis 1:31)
Disease, difficulty, sorrow, enmity, sweat, and pain came with the
curse that accompanied the fall. Death also accompanied this curse.
(Genesis 2:17, 3:15-19)
Every good and perfect gift is from above and cometh down from the
Father of lights.
Jesus went about doing good. (Acts 10:38) Did he make people sick?
NO! He healed
the sick. It is not good to be sick or to make people sick.
2) Satan gets the blame!
Since the fall, “Satan is the God of this world”. 2 Cor 4:4
“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill and to destroy.”
Job teaches us that Satan can only operate within the parameters of
God’s permission, but that it was Satan who afflicted Job, not God.
Also, it was Satan’s idea to afflict Job, not God’s. Yet we cannot get
around the fact that God gave permission and there was no reason given
for this permission except that God was to be glorified by Job’s
obedience. Job, however, did not know the reason for the affliction.
This was part of the test.
3) Is God always willing to heal? Yes, unless it is God’s will that
suffering be endured by a disciple.
Not once in Jesus ministry did he turn anyone down who came to him for
But, not once did Jesus heal a disciple. The closest he came to doing
this was when he
healed Peter’s mother and also when he healed Lazarus. Each of the
disciples, except for John, ended in a Martyrs death.
On the other hand, no disciples apparently needed healing or
deliverance after their initial
salvation experience. They apparently walked in divine health.
“I came down from heaven not to do my own will, but the will of him who
(John 6:38) While on earth, Jesus did only the Father’s will. Not once
did he refuse to heal anyone. He never prayed, “if it be thy will,
Father” while healing someone or casting the devil out of them..
4) Does God sometimes wait to heal? Yes
“This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the
Son of God might be
glorified thereby. Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and
Lazarus. When he had heard therefore that he was sick, he abode two
days still in the same place where he was.” (John 11:4-6) Jesus waited
two days to come and heal even though Mary and Martha sent a fervent
5) If death is a consequence of the curse and is enforced by Satan,
should it be resisted? Yes
“The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.” (1 Corinthians
15:26) Death is an
enemy. The enemy is to be spiritually resisted. Death is part of the
curse and Satan administers the curse. He is to be resisted because we
are commaned to “resist the devil” (James 4:7)
6) Will death sometimes occur even when we have faith and resist? Yes
“And it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this, the
judgment.” (Hebrews 9:27)
7) Might fervent prayer delay the appointment with death? Yes
“Go to Hezekiah and say, Thus saith the Lord, the God of David thy
father, I have heard
thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will add unto thy days
fifteen years.” (Isaiah 38:5)
8) If God is always willing and ready to heal, what other reasons are
there, other than the
appointment with death, why men are not healed?
“Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.” (Matthew
disciples were told that this condition, over which the disciples had no
power, was not cured by the disciples because they lacked power. Jesus
called their problem “faithless and perverse” and “unbelief”. He
prescribed fasting and prayer as the cure to unbelief.
Delay, if it will glorify God. Previously cited.
Wounding allowed by God for the perfection of the saint. “It pleased
the Lord to bruise
his son.” Isaiah 53. We are called to walk in Christ’s footsteps 1
Peter 2. We are called to forsake all, to obtain the hundred fold and
with it, persecutions. (Mark 10:30) In this case, the healing is
simply delayed either until a later date or until death when the man
becomes absent from the body, but present with the Lord. It may take
the form of a thorn in the flesh, such as Paul prayed three times that
the Lord would remove. (2 Cor 12:7) Also, Christ learned obedience by
what he suffered. (Hebrews 5:8) If he learned obedience in this
fashion, and he was theGod/Man, how much more will I have to learn in
this fashion. Additionally, suffering makes the disciple perfect and
entire, lacking nothing (James 1:4) Sometimes, we are called to be
partakers in Christ’s sufferings (1 Peter 4:13) and to fill up what is
left behind of the sufferings of Christ (Colossians 1:24) and to know
the Lord and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of
his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; if by any means I
might attain unto the resurrection of the dead. (Phillippians 3:10)
9) How then are we to pray for the sick if the person is not a
If the sick person is an unbeliever or not a disciple, we should FIRST OF ALL, PREACH THE GOSPEL, THE GOOD NEWS THAT THEIR SINS ARE FORGIVEN to them. Then “call
those things that are
not as though they were” (Romans 4:17), rebuke the storm or condition
or foul spirit (Matthew 8:24, Matthew 17:18) and resist the devil (James
4:7) and cast him out if necessary and take our stand upon the word of
God that “By his stripes we were healed” (1 Peter 2:24) If we have any
difficulty due to unbelief, we should make certain that all parties in
the prayer and illness are walking in forgiveness (Matthew 18:34) for
this will cause a person to be delivered by God into the hands of
demonic tormentors. If we still have difficulty obtaining healing and
deliverance for the person, we should seek the Lord in prayer and
fasting (Matthew 17:21).
In this situation, since the person is either a lost person or a person
healing should follow if faith is present, for God has promised that
“these signs will follow those who believe” “they shall lay hands upon
the sick and they shall recover” (Mark 16) We should not become
discouraged and faint if results are not instantaneous. Jesus commanded
us to pray and not faint. (Luke 18:1) Sometimes, results were slow to
manifest even in response to Jesus’ prayers and he possessed the spirit
I believe that we can infer from the scripture that it is always God’s
will to heal in this
situation if a prayer of faith is offered. It is the faith of the
person being prayed for that makes them whole. Jesus said, Your faith
has made you whole. It is quite obvious that in order for the church to
see and witness these types of signs, the church must be reaching out to
lost, unsaved people. These signs will accompany the preaching of the
gospel and they follow those who believe.
Since the effectual, fervent
prayer of a righteous man availeth much, I think it does not do violence
to the scripture to infer that open, unconfessed sin on the part of any
party to the prayer may hinder the healing. This confession is
encouraged for believers in James 5 and I think it applies here also.
Additionally, this type of healing and deliverance should accompany
What purpose is there in casting a demon out of someone who has not
received Christ. The person will only wind up seven times worse.
Therefore the gospel should be preached. Ideally baptism by water and
the Holy Ghost will quickly follow and healing and deliverance should
accompany the salvation experience.
Do we see this as common in church life? Where is the fault? With
God, or with us? I
think I know the answer. It lies in lack of faith, holiness,
obedience, prayer and fasting.
10) How are we to pray for the sick disciple?
First, we must keep firmly in mind that Hebrews 11 teaches that some saints have been victorious through faith and some have suffered well through the same faith. It is impossible for us to know which outcome awaits the saint we are preparing to intercede for. We must obtain, if possible, the mind of the Lord with respect to the individual. We do not in any way want to convey the feeling to a disciple that we believe their prolonged suffering can only be explained because they lack faith. People who do so fall into serious trouble with God.
James gave us the first suggestions. James reveals in 1:2 that he was
“brethren”. “Is any among you afflicted? Let him pray....Is any sick
among you? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them
pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the
prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up;
and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. Confess your
faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed.
The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”
When we begin to pray for the sick disciple, we do not know whether or
not God is
willing to heal him or remove the thorn of flesh from him.
Nevertheless, Paul prayed three times that this thorn would be removed
and we should pray also, I believe, if we are not sure.
The question then becomes, and cannot be answered by the ministry of
Jesus, just how do we conduct the prayer for the healing of the
disciple? Let us dissect the scripture.
It can be by the elders
It must be a prayer of faith
They should anoint the sick with oil
In the case of affliction, the afflicted one should pray
All prayer should, of course, be requested in the name of the Lord.
It is prayer, not yelling at the devil, at least at the start (that is
my belief). We are not
certain it is the devil. It might be the Lord. Wild rebuking of the
devil is labeled unwise by Jude 9. We rebuke the devil in the name of
Jesus when we identify him as the culprit.
Faults should be confessed to a brother
Brothers should pray for one another for healing
Righteousness effects fervency and effectiveness
We must also listen closely for the voice of the Lord as we pray. In
the case of my own
divine healing, Blitz Robinson prayed for the healing of my dislocated
finger during Hurricane
Andrew relief in 1992. Four hours later, I heard the Lord speak to me,
telling me, “You are healed, remove the splint from your finger.” It
took an act of faith on my part to remove that splint. I was totally
and miraculously healed and God was glorified in front of many witnesses
and I was healed so that I could complete the work of service I had been
called to do by God.
Before we hear from God, we should pray with as much faith as we can
those things that are not as though they were. We know that our God is
a healing God and he is sovereign. He has commanded us to pray. He is
then free to heed our prayers or perform his will if it differs from
ours. Indeed if we are not praying in accordance with his will, he will
not even hear the prayer. (1 John 5:14-15) I believe we should always
ask for healing if we do not know what the root cause is. Some say that
is presumption. I call it faith. If Paul did not know and prayed three
times that it be removed, I think I am in good company if I ask to be
healed, even if the Lord won’t remove the thorn. At least I have Paul
to emulate in my failure to attain healing.
I will have obeyed and prayed. Whom will you emulate? In any event,
the disciple should finish by emulating Jesus in saying, “nevertheless,
not my will, but thy will be done.”
Lord, don’t give me what I want, give me what I need!
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