top of page
Search

The Return Of The Prodigal Before The Rapture

Updated: Jan 10, 2022

This message is from God to Christians. It is talking about the baptism into the Holy Spirit. If you have not been baptized into the Holy Spirit, at the end is a brief message for you about it so that you can become a child of God through the baptism into the Holy Spirit.


The Value of the Human Soul


Luke 15 Authorized (King James) Version {Paraphrased} 1 Then drew near unto {Jesus} all the publicans and sinners for to hear him. 2 And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them. 3 And he spake this parable unto them, saying, 4 What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? 5 And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing. 6 And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost. 7 I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance. 8 Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it? 9 And when she hath found it, she calleth her friends and her neighbours together, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost. 10 Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth. 11 And he said, A certain man had two sons: 12 and the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living. 13 And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living. 14 And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want. 15 And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. 16 And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him. 17 And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! 18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, 19 and am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants. 20 And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. 21 And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son. 22 But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: 23 and bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry: 24 for this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry. 25 Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard musick and dancing. 26 And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant. 27 And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound. 28 And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and intreated him. 29 And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends: 30 but as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf. 31 And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine. 32 It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.


The Lord Jesus Speaks Today to the Prodigals of this Age,


"To prepare you for the Rapture", says the Lord,


"I have to take you back to who you were when we met (in the baptism into the Holy Spirit). Then when you see who I am, then you'll come back to me", says God, the Spirit of holiness in you and I.


"You can't come back until you understand who I am to you", says the Lord, the Holy Spirit from eternity.


The Lord told me that this insight into who Jesus is when you first met the Lord and got Anointed, is what Jesus is talking about in the story of the Prodigal son above, when He says that the prodigal son came to himself and then returned to his father (Lk. 15:17-20).

To come to yourself means to go back to who you were when you first met the Lord and to see who He is, and that's when you return to God from backsliding. To return to God from the world, we need to come to ourselves, or, see who God is when we first got saved.


The Holy Spirit Confirms This Prophecy with Scripture (Jn. 14:26),


Jeremiah 3:14-15 Authorized (King James) Version 14 Turn, O backsliding children, saith the Lord; for I am married unto you: and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion: 15 and I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.


Jeremiah 3:22 Authorized (King James) Version 22 Return, ye backsliding children, and I will heal your backslidings. Behold, we come unto thee: for thou art the Lord our God.


Hosea 14:4 Authorized (King James) Version 4 I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely: for mine anger is turned away from him.


Remember God


2 Timothy 1:6-7 Authorized (King James) Version

6 Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands. 7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.


Hebrews 10:32-39 Authorized (King James) Version {Paraphrased} 32 But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after ye were illuminated {born again, baptized into the Holy Ghost and Anointed , ye endured a great fight of afflictions; 33 partly, whilst ye were made a gazingstock both by reproaches and afflictions; and partly, whilst ye became companions of them that were so used. 34 For ye had compassion of me in my bonds, and took joyfully the spoiling of your goods, knowing in yourselves that ye have in heaven a better and an enduring substance. 35 Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. 36 For ye have need of patience {for the Rapture}, that, after ye have done the will of God {in this life}, ye might receive the promise {of the resurrection, or, the Rapture}. 37 For yet a little while, and {Christ} that shall come {in the Rapture} will come, and will not tarry. 38 Now the just shall live by faith {in all this until then}: but if any man draw back {from faith into backsliding}, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. 39 But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul {in the Rapture}.


The Lord wants us to understand what it means to return to Him from the world after having been saved and Anointed. The return is a spiritual condition and mentality. You remember who you were and who God was to you when you first got saved. The life of fellowship with God the Father that we left, is what the Lord Jesus is talking about that we return to in the story of the Prodigal Son. The Lord Jesus is talking about our spiritual life with God, or, our Fellowship with the Holy Spirit called the communion of the Holy Ghost (2 Cor. 13:14). The Lord is talking about the baptism in the Holy Spirit and our life and fellowship with God, thereafter.

When the Lord says to come to yourself then return to the Father in the story of the Prodigal Son, He's talking about remembering who God was to you when you first got baptized into the Holy Spirit.

In Lk. 15:17, 18, the Prodigal son remembered what life was like when he lived with his father before his falling away from him, or, WHO his father was to him in his past fellowship with him. He remembered that, "How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger"! He remembered who his father was to him. He lived good with his father and he lacked nothing and always had everything that he needed. Remembering who his father was to him, is what made the Prodigal son return to his father.

This is what you got to do to come back to your Father God. You got to remember how it was when you first got saved and baptized into the Holy Spirit. When I returned to God, I remembered that I was always studying the Bible, going to church and getting involved in witnessing at church. When I remembered this, that Anointing that made me that way started to come back. In other words, I remembered who God was to me when I first got baptized into the Holy Spirit, and I returned to God.

God was the one that made me want to read the Bible like that. I would read it all day and night and even stopped going to work because the Anointing, or, the spiritual hunger for the Bible, was so strong. That same spiritual Fire and Anointing also made me go to church to get messages from God to me. It also made me get involved in church work to the public. We would walk the streets praying for people, witnessing about the Lord Jesus and fighting demons in the neighborhood. I remembered what life was like when I first got baptized into the Holy Spirit.

When you remember things like this this about God, and who He was to you when you first got Anointed in the Holy Ghost, that same Anointing that made you that way starts to come back in you and make you like you were in your first fellowship with God. This means that you return to God from the world. The power for the Prodigal to return to God is in remembering who God was to him/her when he/she first got baptized into the Holy Spirit. What were you like?


Revelation 2:1-7 Authorized (King James) Version 1 Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks; 2 I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars: 3 and hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted. 4 Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. 5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent. 6 But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. 7 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.


The Lord Jesus also spoke in Rev 2:1-7 about returning to God from the world. He called that Anointing we get the first day that we were baptized into the Holy Spirit, our "first love" (for God). He instructs us to REMEMBER from where we are fallen and to do those first works of that first love The power to return is in remembering our first works, or, who God was to us back then in the days when we were first met and were Anointed by the Holy Spirit, or, got born again (Jn 3:1-21/ Ti. 3:4-7), just as the Prodigal son came to himself and remembered what life was like with God in "the first love Anointing", or, who God was to him back then.

When I remembered what I was like in the Anointing when I first got baptized into the Holy Spirit, I returned to God because I repented because like the Prodigal son, I wanted my Father God back in my life. This means that the Holy Spirit gave me back that first love Anointing as soon as I remembered and counted how many things I had fallen away from. When I wanted to do those first works again, the Lord said, "You are repenting". The story of the Prodigal Son is about returning to our first Anointing, or, returning to the Presence of God that we got the first day that we were baptized into the Holy Spirit.

The way to return to God is by remembering what your life was like in that first Anointing. What did you do when you first got baptized into the Holy Spirit? Count how many things you have fallen away from and have not been doing since that first love, and by remembering, your fellowship with the Holy Spirit, or, the full measure of your Anointing, will immediately be restored to you by God. That full Anointing will make you repent and do the first works as soon as you remember who you were to God and who God was to you when you first got saved and baptized into the Holy Spirit.


What is the Candlestick in Rev. 2:1, 5?





Proverbs 20:27 Authorized (King James) Version 27 The spirit of man is the candle of the Lord, searching all the inward parts of the belly.


Psalm 18:28 Authorized (King James) Version 28 For thou wilt light my candle: the Lord my God will enlighten my darkness.


Daniel 11:40-45; 12:1-3 Authorized (King James) Version 40 And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him: and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over. 41 He shall enter also into the glorious land, and many countries shall be overthrown: but these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon. 42 He shall stretch forth his hand also upon the countries: and the land of Egypt shall not escape. 43 But he shall have power over the treasures of gold and of silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt: and the Libyans and the Ethiopians shall be at his steps. 44 But tidings out of the east and out of the north shall trouble him: therefore he shall go forth with great fury to destroy, and utterly to make away many. 45 And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him.

And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book. 2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. 3 And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.


Matthew 5:14-16 Authorized (King James) Version {Paraphrased} 14 Ye are the light of the world {says the Lord Jesus}. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. 15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.


In Ex. 25:31-39 and Ex. 37:17-24, the candlestick is called the Lampstand of the Tabernacle, as in the pic above. A seven-dimensional candle frame. This lampstand in Rev. 1 represents the churches of today giving the light of God to His people.

In Rev. 1:20, the Lord Jesus tells us that the seven golden candlesticks are the seven churches spoken to by God throughout the book of Revelation. In Revelation chapters 2 and 3, the Lord Jesus tells us who the seven churches in the book of Revelation are. Revelation chapter 2 reveals the churches are Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamos and Thyatira. In Revelation chapter 3, the Lord Jesus tells us who the rest of the seven churches are. Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea.

In these two chapters, the heart of every born again and Spirit filled Christian in the world from then, today, and until the Rapture happens, is revealed. In Revelation chapters 2 and 3, the Lord Jesus tells every Christian today, and into the future, how to make the Rapture. What to repent of and what to do to get right with God to make the Rapture. Every judgement of Christ and of God in Revelation chapters 2 and 3 against the Christians who will not listen and repent, is to lose their salvation and to miss the Rapture.

The seven churches of Revelation chapters 2 and 3, are spiritual lands today for God's people with the sins of those churches. For example, Christians today who left their first love for God, are spiritual Ephesians (Rev. 2:1-7). God will call you Ephesus who have left their first love for Him. He will say to you, "Ephesus, Ephesus"...

Or, from Rev. 3:1-6, for Christians today who do not watch for the Lord's return by not doing the works of God, you are spiritual Sardis. God will call you Sardis who have stopped watching for the Lord to return in the Rapture and have instead started partying and squandering the Anointing like the Prodigal son did. Jesus will say to you, "Sardis, Sardis"...

In Rev. 2:5-B, when the Lord Jesus says that He will remove your candle out of his place, He means that you will lose your salvation. Your church will not shine, stand & represent God in eternity as His redeemed after the Rapture. You will not make the Rapture to heaven. It means that the God Jesus will remove you from eternity's light and salvation. You will be gone from heaven forever. This means that you will be cast into outer darkness, into everlasting punishment and eternal fire, with the hypocrites, which is prepared for the devil and his angels, and not for them.


Matthew 25 Authorized (King James) Version 1 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. 2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. 3 They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: 4 but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. 5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. 6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. 7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. 8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. 9 But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. 10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. 11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. 12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. 13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh. 14 For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. 15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey. 16 Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents. 17 And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two. 18 But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord’s money. 19 After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them. 20 And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more. 21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. 22 He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them. 23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. 24 Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: 25 and I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine. 26 His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: 27 thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury. 28 Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. 29 For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. 30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: 32 and before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: 33 and he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. 34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35 for I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: 36 naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. 37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? 38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? 39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? 40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. 41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: 42 for I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: 43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. 44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? 45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. 46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.


How the Prodigal Returns to God


Jesus said,


Revelation 2:4-5 Authorized (King James) Version 4 Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. 5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.


The Lord's judgement for not repenting and returning to God, is eternal damnation. This means that if you remain in the vomit of your backslidden condition (2 Pt. 2), instead of repenting and returning to God, that you will miss the Rapture and go to the Lake of Fire, instead.

The truth that Jesus is talking about missing the Rapture as judgement for not repenting and returning to the Lord as the Prodigal child, is in verse 5. Jesus said, "...I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place". That word "quickly" is the clue. Jesus said,


Revelation 22:12-20 Authorized (King James) Version {Paraphrased} 12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. 13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. 14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city {the New Jerusalem}. 15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie. 16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star. 17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely. 18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: 19 and if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. 20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.


The Bible teaches that the Rapture, or the resurrection of the dead in Christ, not the resurrection of all the dead people throughout history, but only the dead Christians, will go to heaven in an instant, in the twinkling of an eye (1 Cor. 15:52). As fast as lightning (Mt. 24:27). That's what the Lord Jesus means when He says that He will come quickly in the Rapture.

The Lord Jesus instructs us to be ready for the Rapture by watching for His return because it will happen so fast, that you will not be ready if you are not watching for it to happen.


Revelation 3:1-6 Authorized (King James) Version 1 And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead. 2 Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God. 3 Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee. 4 Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy. 5 He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels. 6 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.


"I Need God"


When a Christian backslides then remembers who they were in the Anointing when they first got saved, or, born again, and Anointed by the Holy Spirit through faith in Christ, this recommitment to God is another way of saying that your first love and first works were summed up in this statement, "I need God".

You may not have been aware that you knew that you needed God, or that you need God is what you were thinking when you first confessed Christ as Savior. The reason that the Holy Spirit came upon you and made you born again and Anointed you, was because you knew that you needed God. The Holy Spirit wants me to show you right now you that when you return to God, you need to see that you were in a spiritual condition of needing God when you first got saved. This is the work of the Holy Spirit when He saves people by bringing them to the Christ to get saved. It is called the conviction of the Holy Spirit. When God convicts you of sin, you know that you need God. You may not be able to word that truth in prayer, but it is the thought of your heart when ask Christ into your life.

Today, you have forgotten that you need God. This is why you are backslidden. To come back to God as the Prodigal, the Lord wants you to recognize that you knew that you needed Him when you were first Anointed in the first love days. Needing God was the thought of your heart yesterday that you need right now to return to God as the Prodigal. Look at Lk. 15: 17...


Luke 15:17 Authorized (King James) Version 17 And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!


The thought of the Prodigal son's heart in that statement in verse 17, was that he needed his father. He knew that he needed his father and said to himself, "How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger"! He recognized that he needed his father. You will do this same thing when you return to Jesus. You will remember that you need God like you did when you first got saved long ago.

Remember that you need God today. See that when you were first Anointed and born again, that it happened because you knew that you needed God. Perhaps you didn't tell Jesus that you needed Him when you prayed and first got saved. But that is what you were about at that time of your first conversion. "I need God". Tell Jesus that you need Him again and return to the Father's Hand.

Today, to return to God, you need to know that you need God. You needed God when you first got saved, and to return to that first Anointing, you need to know that you needed God back then. Say it, "I need God". We are sinners in need of God's forgiveness. I need God.


John 16:5-15 New Living Translation {Paraphrased} The Work of the Holy Spirit

5 “But now I am going away to the one who sent me {says the Lord Jesus}, and not one of you is asking where I am going. 6 Instead, you grieve because of what I’ve told you. 7 But in fact, it is best for you that I go away, because if I dont, the Advocate[a] won’t come. If I do go away, then I will send him to you. 8 And when he comes, he will convict the world of its sin, and of God’s righteousness, and of the coming judgment. 9 The world’s sin is that it refuses to believe in me. 10 Righteousness is available because I go to the Father, and you will see me no more. 11 Judgment will come because the ruler of this world has already been judged. 12 “There is so much more I want to tell you, but you can’t bear it now. 13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future. 14 He will bring me glory by telling you whatever he receives from me. 15 All that belongs to the Father is mine; this is why I said, ‘The Spirit will tell you whatever he receives from me.’

Footnotes

  1. 16:7 Or Comforter, or Encourager, or Counselor. Greek reads Paraclete.



To Watch for the Rapture

Means to Preach to the Church

Which Means to Feed the Bible to the Church


Matthew 24:43-51 Authorized (King James) Version {Paraphrased} 43 But know this {says the Lord Jesus}, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. 44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh. 45 Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season? 46 Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. 47 Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods. 48 But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; 49 and shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken; 50 the lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of, 51 and shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.


Thus, when the Lord Jesus, or, God, says in Rev. 2:5 that He will come quickly upon those backslidden Prodigal children who won't repent and return to God, He's talking about people losing their salvation, or, missing the Rapture, as a result of not repenting and not returning to Jesus in this life. As a result, they will miss the Rapture and will be condemned to eternal death in the Lake of Fire, on Judgement Day. It's practical: if we do not repent from backsliding after we get saved, we will lose our salvation.


Hebrews 6:4-8 Authorized (King James) Version 4 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, 5 and have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, 6 if they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame. 7 For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed, receiveth blessing from God: 8 but that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned.


The Second Death Is the Second Resurrection of the Dead

The Judgement of Those that Rejected Christ In This Life


Revelation 20:11-15 Authorized (King James) Version {Paraphrased} 11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. 12 And I saw the dead {the spiritually dead non-Christian that rejected Christ in this life}, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. 13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. 14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.


You Can Lose Your Salvation


In Heb. 6:1-3, the Apostle Paul starts off by telling the Christians that the next basic lesson to learn in Christianity about salvation after repentance, faith in Christ, baptisms, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead and eternal judgement, is that we can lose our salvation. He then goes on talking about how to lose our salvation in verses 4-8, quoted above.

In Rev. 3:1-6, quoted above, the Lord Jesus talks about dying after getting born again, or, losing our salvation. In verse 1 He says that the Sardis Christian has a name that they are alive but are dead. Spiritually dead like the Prodigal son was after he left his father. In verse 2 the Lord says that the works of the Sardis Christian are weak and dying. These are Christians who are losing their salvation. They are dying after they got born again.

Rev. 3:1-6 is talking about our works. Our works are supposed to be the commands of God (Rev. 22:14). Rev. 3:1-6 is talking about backsliding. Pr. 14:14 says that the backslider will be filled with his own ways, instead of God's. The Sardis Christian in Rev. 3:1-6, is like the Philadelphia Christian in Rev. 2:1-7, quoted above. They both are disobeying God's Bible.

Thus, the reward of repentance of the Sardis Christian is that they will be clothed in white clothes. Rev. 19:8 says that white clothes represent the righteous acts of Christians. This is talking about obeying the Bible. The repentance of the Sardis Christian results in the restoration of their first acts of righteousness of obedience to God's Bible.

In Rev. 3:5, the Lord Jesus further reveals that Christians can lose their salvation by saying that if the Sardis Christian repents, that He will not blot their name out of the Book of Life. This insinuates that people can have their names blotted out of the Book of Life, after they were first written there when they first got saved and Anointed. Which means that Christians can lose their salvation if they do not repent and return to God, His Presence and Anointing in the baptism into the Holy Spirit, like the Prodigal son did. As a result of repentance and obedience, the Lord Jesus says in verse 3 that the Sardis Christian will make the Rapture. This shows that the Lord Jesus is talking about how to make the Rapture in all of His corrections to Christians today in Revelation chapters 2 and 3. Amen.

Again, in Rev. 3:3, the Lord Jesus talks about the road back to God in remembering the baptism into the Holy Spirit when you first got saved, or, born again and Anointed by God.


Matthew 7:21-27 Authorized (King James) Version {Paraphrased} 21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven {says the Lord Jesus}; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. 24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: 25 and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. 26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: 27 and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.


Works Can't Save You Before Salvation

Works Make You Worthy of Salvation After You Get Saved


Since this message is mostly about Revelation chapters 2 and 3, I want to give you a brief teaching about works to make you understand them. This will then make you understand what Jesus is talking about in Revelations chapters 2 and 3 when He talks about the importance of the works of the churches in Ephesus and Sardis.

In these two chapters the Lord Jesus is emphasizing works after getting saved, or, works after getting baptized into the Holy Spirit. After getting saved through the baptism into the Holy Ghost, what you do counts toward eternity. This is what the Lord Jesus means in Mt. 6:19-23 when He says to lay up treasures in heaven.

What we do after getting saved through the Anointing are the commands of God in the Bible, and these give us the right to enter heaven, the New Jerusalem, and they make us worthy of eternal life in the Rapture.


Revelation 22:14 Authorized (King James) Version {Paraphrased} 14 Blessed are they that do {Christ's} commandments, that they may have right to the tree of {eternal} life, and may enter in through the gates into the city {of the New Jerusalem}.


Revelation 3:4 Authorized (King James) Version {Paraphrased} 4 Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with Me in white: for they are worthy.


Luke 20:35-36 Authorized (King James) Version {Paraphrased} 35 but they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world {says the Lord Jesus}, and the resurrection from the dead {or, the Rapture}, neither marry, nor are given in marriage: 36 neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels; and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection {or, the Rapture}.


Luke 21:34-36 Authorized (King James) Version {Paraphrased} 34 And take heed to yourselves {says the Lord Jesus}, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day {the Rapture} come upon you unawares. 35 For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. 36 Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man {in the Rapture}.


Works Don't Count Before Salvation

Works Are Sin Before Getting Saved


Ephesians 2:8-10 Authorized (King James) Version 8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 not of works, lest any man should boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.


Romans 3:23 Authorized (King James) Version 23 for all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;


Romans 6:23 Authorized (King James) Version 23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.


We are Justified with God, Or, Are Saved, By Faith

Not By Works


Romans 4:1-9 Authorized (King James) Version 1 What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the flesh, hath found? 2 For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God. 3 For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. 4 Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. 5 But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. 6 Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works, 7 saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. 8 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin. 9 Cometh this blessedness then upon the circumcision only, or upon the uncircumcision also? for we say that faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness.


Romans 9:31-33 Authorized (King James) Version 31 But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness. 32 Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumblingstone; 33 as it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.


Galatians 2:16 Authorized (King James) Version 16 knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.


After Salvation

Faith Without Works Is Dead


James 2:14-26 Authorized (King James) Version 14 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, 16 and one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? 17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. 18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. 19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. 20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? 22 Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? 23 And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God. 24 Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only. 25 Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way? 26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.


To the New Believer


What is the Baptism into the Holy Spirit?


The baptism into the Holy Spirit is salvation. It is when God comes to live inside your body to take you to heaven in the Rapture.


Titus 3:4-7 Authorized (King James) Version 4 But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, 5 not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; 6 which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; 7 that being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.


Acts 1 & 2:1-4

Authorized (King James) Version


1 The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, 2 until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen: 3 to whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God: 4 and, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. 5 For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence. 6 When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? 7 And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. 8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judæa, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. 9 And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. 10 And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; 11 which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven. 12 Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is from Jerusalem a sabbath day’s journey. 13 And when they were come in, they went up into an upper room, where abode both Peter, and James, and John, and Andrew, Philip, and Thomas, Bartholomew, and Matthew, James the son of Alphæus, and Simon Zelotes, and Judas the brother of James. 14 These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren. 15 And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples, and said, (the number of names together were about an hundred and twenty,) 16 Men and brethren, this scripture must needs have been fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost by the mouth of David spake before concerning Judas, which was guide to them that took Jesus. 17 For he was numbered with us, and had obtained part of this ministry. 18 Now this man purchased a field with the reward of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out. 19 And it was known unto all the dwellers at Jerusalem; insomuch as that field is called in their proper tongue, Aceldama, that is to say, The field of blood. 20 For it is written in the book of Psalms, Let his habitation be desolate, and let no man dwell therein: and his bishoprick let another take. 21 Wherefore of these men which have companied with us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, 22 beginning from the baptism of John, unto that same day that he was taken up from us, must one be ordained to be a witness with us of his resurrection. 23 And they appointed two, Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias. 24 And they prayed, and said, Thou, Lord, which knowest the hearts of all men, shew whether of these two thou hast chosen, 25 that he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place. 26 And they gave forth their lots; and the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.

And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.


1 Corinthians 6:19-20 Authorized (King James) Version 19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.


1 Corinthians 3:16-17 Authorized (King James) Version 16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? 17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.


The Holy Spirit takes us to Heaven in the Rapture


Ephesians 1:12-14 Authorized (King James) Version {Paraphrased} 12 that we should be to the praise of {God's} glory, who first trusted in Christ. 13 in whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, 14 which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, {the Rapture and resurrection of the dead in Christ} unto the praise of his glory.


Ephesians 4:30 Authorized (King James) Version 30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption {the Rapture, or, the resurrection of the dead in Christ}.


Only Those Who Have the Holy Spirit

Are God's Children


Romans 8:15-16 Authorized (King James) Version 15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. 16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:


The Baptism into the Holy Spirit Is Called Being Born Again

Without it, We Will Not See or Enter Heaven

We Are Born Again by the Holy Spirit through Faith in Christ


John 3:1-21 Authorized (King James) Version 1 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: 2 the same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. 3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. 4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? 5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, {Born again by the Holy Spirit} Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. 8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit. 9 Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be? 10 Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things? 11 Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness. 12 If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things? 13 And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven. 14 {Born again by faith in Christ} And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: 15 that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. 21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.


Receive the Baptism into the Holy Spirit by asking God the Father

For the Holy Spirit


Luke 11:5-13 Authorized (King James) Version {Paraphrased} 5 And {Jesus} said unto them, Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and say unto him, Friend, lend me three loaves; 6 for a friend of mine in his journey is come to me, and I have nothing to set before him? 7 and he from within shall answer and say, Trouble me not: the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give thee. 8 I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needeth. 9 And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. 10 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. 11 If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? 12 Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? 13 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?


Once you first believe in Christ the Lord, and then are baptized into the Holy Spirit by Him, the Holy Spirit will begin to fellowship with you everyday and make you obey the Bible so that you make the Rapture.


Ezekiel 36:25-27 Authorized (King James) Version 25 Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you. 26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. 27 And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.


If you have backslidden, or, if you backslide in the future after you get saved by the Holy Spirit in the Anointing, find yourself in Revelations chapters 2 and 3, and repent by remembering what you did in Christ when you first got Anointed by God, then start to do those things again so that you make the Rapture. Once you remember what you have stopped doing, your Anointing will return to take you back to God. Amen.


"The Return Of The Prodigal Son" (Playlist)

26 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All

Kommentare


bottom of page