The Prophetic Messenger

A Newsletter From Mysteries From The Word Of God Ministries
November/December 2007 - Volume 9/Issue 6

What Church Is Jesus Coming Back To?-Part I

That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. Ephesians 5:27

In this issue of The Prophetic Messenger we will start a message about the church that Jesus is coming back to.

1. The First Church

In John 8:31, Jesus showed us what his true followers would do. In John 8:31 it says "Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;" Also, in Acts 11:25-26 it says "25 Then departed Barnabas to Tarsus, for to seek Saul: 26 And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch." Jesus Christ also mentioned how the world would hate and persecute his followers. In John 15:18-21 it says "18 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. 19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. 20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. 21 But all these things will they do unto you for my name's sake, because they know not him that sent me." Also, in I Peter 3:13-17 it says "13 And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good? 14 But and if ye suffer for righteousness' sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled;15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: 16 Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ. 17 For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing."

2. The Church Now

Jesus Christ gave us a detailed description of the church in these last days. In Revelation 3:14-21 it says "14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; 15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. 16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew thee out of my mouth. 17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: 18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. 19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. 20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. 21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne." Jesus said that this church was lukewarm "So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew thee out of my mouth." Also, Jesus said the church said "I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing;" However, this is how Jesus himself described the church "17...and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: 18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. 19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent."

3. Jesus Is Coming Back For A Holy Church

Jesus Christ is coming back for a holy church. In I Peter 1:13-16 it says "13 Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; 14 As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: 15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; 16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy." Also, in I Peter 2:9 it says "But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:" David said in Psalm 119:11 "Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee." In I Peter 2:2 it says "2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:" Also, in Hebrews 5:14 it says "14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil." The apostle Paul spoke about how we must live in a holy manner and renew our minds with the word of God. In Romans 12:1-2 it says "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." For more information on how to live a holy life see our newsletter titled "Are You Prepared For Worship?" March/April 2000 in The Prophetic Messenger.

Coming Up In The Next Issue

What Church Is Jesus Coming Back To? -Part II. Read this article in the next issue of The Prophetic Messenger.

Memory Verses

As Christians if we want to live in victory and if we want to be able to share the Word Of God with others we must know the Word of God ourselves. Let's see what the Bible says about this. "Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee." Psalm 119:11. " If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you." John 15:7. "Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed." John 8:31. We encourage you to put the following scriptures in your heart: II Timothy 1:5, Exodus 4:8, Titus 1:15-16, Ezra 1:2-3, Ezekiel 36:35-36, Psalm 54:1-7, Ephesians 1:18-21, Ruth 4:11-12, Mark 6:48-50, Jeremiah 25:11. Use only the Old King James version of the Holy Bible. (If you have any questions about this please see the book New Age Bible Versions, by G.A. Riplinger ©1993, ISBN 0-9635845-0-2.)

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