Moments with Jesus
Today marks the beginning of a new phase of the work of the kingdom of God. The shaking [EW 269-273] has begun in earnest in my church, and will continue until the gospel that is contained in the three angel’s messages has done its work in the earth. Do not be afraid of the things that will happen during the cleansing that must take place before the church is thoroughly prepared and ready to preach the message of the loud cry. No one will be a part of that message who has not cleansed themselves of all filthiness of flesh and spirit. [2 Cor. 7:1.] The message calls people out of the sins of Babylon [Rev. 18:1-4], and no one can preach that message with power whose own spirit is laden down with the sins of Babylon in some form or another.
My true people are in the world but not of the world. [John 15:19; 17:14-16.] May it never be said that I have compromised with worldly standards of what constitutes sin. But many who claim to be my people, and even my spokesmen, have slipped into a deadly collusion with other Protestant churches who believe that people will have sin in their lives until I come, and yet be saved. What a doctrine of the devil this is, because he could then accuse me of being unfair to him by excluding him and his followers from heaven when they wanted to return. He, too, seemed to be repentant, but it was not a true repentance, for his base actions and his bold attack against the throne showed the depth of his rebellion.
So it is with those who believe that sin will continue to be present in my followers until I come. For these, repentance is self-serving and shallow, and only for the purpose of having an easy road to eternal life, while bringing their selfishness with them. Did I die on the cross of Calvary so that I could bring sinners back into heaven with me? No! No! I died to provide forgiveness for sinners and make it possible for sin to be eradicated from the universe through an acceptance of the provision of my shed blood to erase every trace of rebellion from the ones who will live and reign with me in heaven forever. [Rev. 22:5.] Those who accept my provision are those who love and follow me at any cost to themselves. And they shall inherit eternal life for they are worthy. These are they who follow the Lamb wherever He goes [Rev. 14:4], and are joint heirs with Him. [Rom. 8:17.] I am the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world [Rev. 13:8], and yet I am also the Shepherd of the flock who knows my voice and follows me and will never follow a stranger. [John 10:1-5.] It is you, my beloved ones, to whom I bequeath my kingdom, because you have proved to be faithful to me under all circumstances, and to you I will say when the war with Satan is over, "Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world." [Matt. 25:34.] Lovingly, Jesus.