It was in the early hours of morning that I felt the quickening of the Spirit of God dealing with me about Jesus Christ…Who He is….What that means for His followers…and the undeniable, glaring truth about what is happening in the world right now…along with the sudden realization that it is all about Jesus and His return and the final chapter of the earth as we know it now. I am simply a proclaimer of truth from the scripture. We have, in recent weeks and months, heard so many self-proclaimed prophets and seers tell of things that were about to happen that quite frankly never did. Prophecies born of exuberance, wishful thinking, or the flesh serve no purpose but to disillusion the innocent and cause the death of people’s hope. Hebrews 1:1 says, “Long ago God spoke many times and in many ways to our ancestors through the prophets. And now in these final days He has spoken to us through His Son.”(NLT)
What is happening now, simply put, is the rise of anti-Christ in the world and the spirit of anti-Christ, which is the actual work of demonic hierarchy.
The Apostle John put it this way, “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confessed that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confessed not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of anti-Christ….I John 4:1-3 (KJV) The Apostle Paul would tell the Ephesians 6:12-13, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole amour of God that you may be able to withstand in the evil day…”
I can tell you for a fact that God is moving around the earth as He prepares the church for the coming of the Lord. Between September 2019 and the end of June of 2020, right in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we had someone saved through the ministry of Church of God World Missions and our Missions churches every 5 1/2 minutes. Almost 79,000 people found Christ just in Missions. Literally, millions have found Christ as Savior in darkened countries where worship of Him is forbidden, often on pain of death….but Jesus is triumphant, and the gates of hell can never prevail against Christ’s church. So on this day….with great rejoicing…I state the following truth of my heart:
I believe Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of the living God. I believe He came to earth, born of a virgin, conceived of the Holy Spirit. I believe He lived among humanity and “went about doing good, healing all who were oppressed of the devil. I believe He was delivered to Pontius Pilate, crucified to die for the sins of the whole world, was buried in the tomb of Joseph of Arimathea, was resurrected on the third day, ascended to Heaven 40 days later, where He ever lives to intercede for us, and I believe He will return again, and according to scriptural signs, truth, and prophecies, that return could be imminent.
This I believe…and I am at peace and filled with glorious hope.
Dr. David M. Griffis