Kim D (14 July 2011)
"To Jerry re: The End of the Age is Now"


 
Jerry,
You asked if there were any pastors preaching on the end times.  A couple of years ago we went by a little church (used to be an old schoolhouse) out in the country near our home one day and they had on the sign to join them on Wednesday nights for Bible study about Revelation.  My husband and I looked at one another in disbelief!  We discern the times; but our own pastor never preached messages on the end times and we couldn't believe that there was a church near us where they might be preaching about it.  We decided to join this little bunch for their Wednesday night Bible studies and sure enough, this pastor preached through the entire book of Revelation, never forgetting to remind us that all things were lining up and that the rapture was imminent.  My husband and I were excited by the message.  The rest of the congregation (mostly elderly) were not awestruck by it and seemed unmoved.  He faithfully witnessed to the people and even spent most of every day witnessing to people at the mall in his spare time because he also has a heart for the unsaved and it actually grieves him to the point of sickness over lost and dying souls.  Eventually he was taken out of state to tend to an ailing mother-in-law and the little church found someone else to take his place.  Before he left out of state he spoke scripture over my husband and I as we were leaving.  He said that we should "Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues." (Rev 18:4b).  He was speaking about the fact that we needed to leave our church, whose pastor seemed so enamored with the things of the world.  He preached much on theology and told stories from the Bible.  He would preach about Heaven, but really we never heard about the realities of Hell.  This scripture that the country church pastor quoted to us weighed heavy on our hearts.  It helped us exam why we really went there.  We had lost our desire for church although praise the Lord we sought God intimately in our own time.  We hated to leave the friends and relationships that we had established; but, the hour was late and we didn't want to be worshipping in a place that was worshipping with lips only and not in Spirit and Truth.  We prayed for quite some time and then found another church where the pastor has an intimate relationship with the Lord and desires the same for his flock; although still we have not heard him preach about end times. 
The former pastor from the country church eventually returned after his mother-in-law passed.  He returned to the mall to witness and eventually opened up a little make-shift church in the mall (those were the people he had a heart to minister to, after all).  He preached faithfully from the Word -salvation and the prophecy chapters, and impressed upon the people the nearness of the hour.  Few came to hear the good news and the warning.  He eventually had to close up because he couldn't afford to pay for it any longer.  He still goes to the mall everyday though and reaches out to the shoppers around him.  He feels that is what he is called to do and time is running out quickly.  I saw him about two months ago and although he has NEVER talked about a date and you could tell he was always reluctant to speak about that, he told my husband and I, "I believe the time is at hand.  I believe that we will be raptured before the end of this year."  I said, "So do I, but I have felt that way for a few years now".  He shook his head and said he had never felt that way until now.  He was faithful to what the Lord commanded him to do, but few would come, few would listen. 
Pastors today aren't concerned about the few who will come and the few who will listen.  They want to fill their chairs with bodies.  They keep them coming back by avoiding all talk about end times.  There are the sermons about hard times and leaning on the Lord - this hits home with many who are under financial restraints (majority of the population now), but nothing about sin, the need for a Savior, the saving power of Jesus through His death and resurrection, accepting Christ as Savior, or the consequences of hell if you don't make that choice and how time is running out for all, not just the dying or those involved in accidents.
Let us cry out for the very souls of the lost, like the pastor at the country church.  Not just for our own families, but for the millions and millions who will soon be unable to make a decision for Christ.  I believe when the rapture happens there truly will be sudden destruction (For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.  1 Thess 5:3) and even if it were possible for people to turn to the Lord after the rapture and the loss of the Holy Spirit here on earth (And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.  2 Thess 2:6-7), I don't think that there will be many left in the USA.  I believe most of those who don't go in the rapture, will likely die in the destruction.  I worry about my own children and grandchildren because they are living their lives in love with this world.  Making their plans to go on vacation, buy new cars, build new homes, have more children and they don't realize the lateness of the hour.  I try to tell them and they get that fake smile on their face, shake their head (as if agreeing) and change the subject.  But I also believe that NOTHING is impossible for God and I believe that He keeps all of His promises and His timing is perfect!
 
God bless you and see you soon!
Kim D