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I don't know how anyone else's summer has been going, but mine has been a bit more hectic than usual. One of the most frustrating things, has been my ineptitude getting used to this new computer. It is a little more difficult adapting to the unfamiliar as we get older, especially when other situations in life are unsettling as well. Besides having technical difficulties, I could not get the May's article to come together and posted on time, which of course, had put me behind with the others, even though I had June's done well before May's. Sometimes, we have to just walk away, and work on something else, and let the problem rest awhile, which is what I ended up doing.

One of the most comforting things, other than having our Lord to lean on, is to have good, godly friends to talk and pray with. Proverbs 27:6 says that even wounds from a friend can be trusted. One of  my best friends is Judy. She and her husband are faithful servants of God and pastor a small country church about 25 miles away.  We seldom see each other, but usually talk on the phone about once a week. She has an especially busy lifestyle, but she does make time for our weekly talk-a-thons, thank God! We catch up on what each is going through that week, what is the latest status of our family members, the church, various prayer needs, then we get down to the business of sharing what the Lord is showing us, and finally to prayer. This is one of the most valuable portions of my week. When people already have the mind of Christ and have set aside a particular time to share with one another and then to commune with God together, some of the most amazing things can transpire. It is during these times that I have had visions, Words of Knowledge, and Prophetic utterances. Judy blesses us with her Words of Wisdom, and insights, her faith, and her amazing recall of the Word.

It was just 10 days ago, as I write this, that we were talking and sharing the things of God. I cannot remember what we were discussing, but it was interrupted by the Holy Spirit. God said very plainly, “I want you to start interceding for the Tribulation Saints”! It was such an overflowing anointing of the Holy Spirit that Judy and I were stunned! To say that we were overwhelmed is putting it mildly. All we could do is breathe out “Ooooh Lord”! When I recovered, I said “Sister Judy...I have NEVER heard that before! I mean never across ANY pulpit, from any TV or radio preacher, or read in any writings! That has been a direct revelation from God”! She was as much in shock and speechless as I was! All she could say was “I know...I've never heard that before EITHER, Sister”!

Different scenarios have played out in my mind in these past 10 days. Today, as I was writing this, I heard in my heart's ear one of the old Gospel quartets singing a popular toe-tapper circa the 1960's. It was the story about three young Jewish men held in captivity and being thrown into the fiery furnace (Dan. 3) for refusing to worship a golden idol. The chorus of the song was: “They wouldn't bend, they wouldn't bow, they wouldn't burn”! Three chapters later we read about Daniel thrown into the lions den and also walking away unharmed after spending the night with them! In both cases the innocent ones escaped unscathed, whereas their tormentors perished by those very same means under God's hand.

After the secret catching away (the Rapture) the over-comer's (the Bride of Christ) will have gone off with our Lord, as we meet Him in the air. Many will have left  Bibles, tapes, and literature for those who were left behind. We don't know for sure as to how anyone in the world will get to hear the message of Salvation. I am sure there will be many who were backslidden, and did not get right with God in time. We know there will be those who refused to live for Christ when they had the chance, will then have to die for Him after the Rapture. It seems to  me that the Church has always been in tribulation at any given time in history, SOMEWHERE. As it was in the beginning, so shall it be at the end. I am not a Bible prophecy expert, by any means. I just know as long as the devil is alive and well on the earth, he will be tormenting the Church even in her back-slidden state.

I also know 144,000 Jews come up out of the Great Tribulation, which is the last 3 1/2 years of the Tribulation period. I know, too, that all through that period there will be those winning the martyr's crown, if there be one by that name, as this is primarily the time of “Jacob's Trouble” centering upon Israel.

The Apostle John wrote the book of the Revelation during his exile on the island of Patmos. His purpose in writing this book was to give hope and encouragement to those Christians who were suffering severe persecution for their faith in Jesus Christ. These Christians needed to know that God controls whatever happens here on earth.

Though the imagery, symbols, types, and shadows which are sometime difficult to understand, one thing is clear. Jesus Christ is the Lord and ruler over everyone and everything—even powerful human governments. He is clearly in control and will someday judge and punish what is evil, even Satan. He will also establish an everlasting kingdom with a new heaven and a new earth.

God Bless You All,
Pastor Moser
July, 2011


(She would have been 88 today. I really miss her, but I'm so glad she is with JESUS and the Gang)!