Monday, July 28, 2014

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This is a collection of testimonies from those who claim to have experienced heaven and hell, as well as those who have had direct, face-to-face encounters with God the Father in heaven, the Lord Jesus Christ, or His holy angels.  It includes a number of documented accounts of individuals being raised from the dead.  It also includes some visions and important Scriptural studies on the topic of heaven and hell.

It is my prayer that these testimonies will lead you to pray earnestly and seek the Lord's face, regarding the destiny of your own soul, and the souls of the people in your life, so that you and they will not miss the glories of heaven and wind up in hell for eternity.

Baptized by Blazing Fire -- a Korean church's testimony Angelica Zambrano Hell and Heaven Angelica Zambrano Second Visit to Hell
Ibrahim's Experience in Hell Taken to Hell Only the Holy -- Three Shocking Testimonies
Australian Pastor Raised from the Dead Nigerian Pastor Raised from the Dead Revelation of Hell to Seven Colombian Youths
Korean Pastor Raised from the Dead The Four Tallest Homes in Heaven Messages from the Lord for Catholics Worshiping Idols
Margaret O. Amure Back from Heaven Michael Thomas Sambo's Revelation of Heaven and Hell Sister Ayo - a Revelation of Heaven and Hell 
Godly Attire and Adornment -- Seven Divine Revelations The Book of Life Armenian Man Raised from the Dead
Rachael Mushala Testimony of Hell The Place of Weeping and Gnashing of Teeth  Vision of Hell by Emmanuel Agyarko
Zipporah Mushala Testimony of Hell Where will you go when you die? Few will be saved
Zipporah Mushala’s Second Testimony of Hell Jesus Christ Descended Into Hell Seven Reasons to Believe the Seven Divine Revelations
Zipporah Mushala’s Third Testimony of Hell Visitation of Jesus to Samuel Oghenetaga Linda Ngaujah Revelation of Heaven and Hell
Zipora Bitrus Testimony of Heaven and Hell The Holy Fires of Hell

Ezekiel Moses Testimony of Heaven and Hell
The "Door to Hell" Rock, Rap, and Reggae Music -- Three Divine Revelations A Trip to Hell
A Warning to the Nay Sayers There now, it is all over! Blessed rest. The Top Ten Things Jesus Taught

Author's note: Please prayerfully listen to these testimonies, and use the Testimony Review Process adopted by this blog, as you decide for yourself whether the Lord has spoken to these people.  For issues and concerns, each person must confirm with the Lord, whether something is valid or not.

Please consider providing us with some new Opportunities to Serve the Body of Christ. You may also access my complete blog directory at "Writing for the Master
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Len Lacroix is the founder of Doulos Missions International.  He has been based in Eastern Europe, helping leaders to be more effective at making disciples who multiply, developing leaders who multiply, with the ultimate goal of planting churches that multiply. He is currently on furlough, off the field, praying and seeking the Lord's guidance regarding where to be, and for the provision to fulfill the mission. www.dmiworld.org.

Opportunities to Serve the Body of Christ

Len and Jennifer Lacroix
We are missionaries, and our desire would be to come to your church or Bible Study group to preach and minister to you, while we are in the States.  If you would like us to do so, we can also make a presentation of our work in Eastern Europe.  Please pray about this.  It's a chance for us to encourage people to greater evangelism and commitment to completing the Great Commission globally, and we would be honored to come speak, if it is God's will.  So give us a call if you would like us to come to speak to your group.

You can find more about us at Doulos Missions International. You're also invited to listen to our radio interview on the Truth Radio Network, which was aired September 7, 2013.  We were interviewed by Joyce George on the program "A Place Missionaries Call Home," which is recorded in the video at this link.

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Len Lacroix is the founder of Doulos Missions International.  He has been based in Eastern Europe, helping leaders to be more effective at making disciples who multiply, developing leaders who multiply, with the ultimate goal of planting churches that multiply. He is currently on furlough, off the field, praying and seeking the Lord's guidance regarding where to be, and for the provision to fulfill the mission. www.dmiworld.org.

Testimony Review Process

On this blog I post testimonies of people, who claim that they have received a divine revelation from the Lord Jesus Christ.  As you read these, you will find some of them to be controversial.  However, that alone is not a reason to reject them.  Each one needs to be reviewed on its own merit to see if it is truly from the Lord.

We should be like the Berean believers: "Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so." (Act 17:11). By this I am not implying that these testimonies constitute the Word of God, or that they become a new book of the Bible. However, they do contain messages purportedly from Jesus Christ, and they often quote Scripture. Don't despise prophetic utterances (1Th 5:20).  Let's eagerly receive anything the Lord has so say to us through His Body, but be diligent to examine the Scriptures daily to see whether these things are so. Let's test the spirits to see whether they are from God.

I would like to suggest that here we use the same review criteria outlined on Robert Brownell's website, SpiritLessons. Brownell states:

"[This] website receives many new testimonies from around the world, by people who testify of Revelations by Jesus. These testimonies are very valuable, but like the 1st century church, there needs to be review process by Mature Christians. When a testimony has something controversial or difficult, we'll put it under the 'UNDER REVIEW' section.  With a comment box on the bottom, for wise Christian counsel. This should help weed out problems, and identify issues.  Similar to the way the early Church discussed matters."

"Remember, we are NOT canonizing scripture here. The Bible is sufficient!  We were never given permission by God to add His scripture.  We are just investigating Face to Face encounters with Jesus Christ.  None of these testimonies have gone through the rigorous and thorough testing that the Bible has gone through. If something contradicts with clear scripture, please note that in the comment section.   I never allow people's revelations to contradict verbatim scripture. If any revelation contradicts clear scripture, I reject it. For the Bible is my foundation of doctrine. But I will allow revelations to challenge my interpretation of scripture. And I will not pridefully hold up my interpretation of scripture as infallible."

"Things to remember when reviewing:
1. Please understand that there MAY be mistranslations from the original testimony.
2. There MAY be places where authors are not clear enough in their description.
3. We are looking for patterns, that show up in multiple testimonies.  This gives certain issues more weight.
4. Also remember that we don't care about their opinions, ideas or speculation.  We only really care about what Jesus told them. There are many good people of God who can have misunderstandings in their opinions. No one's opinions are perfect.  Hopefully they won't share opinions in their testimonies, we just want the FACTS!  WHAT WAS THE MESSAGE FROM JESUS?  This is why we often highlight the words of Jesus in Dark, Bolded Red.
5. Also, regarding sin, remember that the Lord weighs the Motives of the Heart.  Two people can do the same thing, and the Lord judges differently.  Therefore if one person claims an actions can lead a person to Hell, we're looking for a clear definition of that action is, not just a vague description."

"So get your Bibles, and hammer these testimonies out. Please leave Wise and Referenced Comments on the bottom." -- Robert Brownell.

In addition to these excellent guidelines that Brownell has recommended, for more help in reviewing these testimonies, please read my articles, called "Testing the Spirits of False Prophets," "Discerning the Things of the Spirit," "Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit," "A Warning to the Nay Sayers," "An Open Mind that Loves the Truth," and "The Top Ten Things Jesus Taught."  It is very important to test the fruit of the messenger, and that is why I try to check the character of the person giving the testimony, when it is controversial.  I attempt to make phone calls and speak with the person who had the experience, as well as with those who know the person well, in order to see what kind of fruit is in their lives.

I hope these guidelines will help you as you seek to test the spirits and discern the things of the spirit.

Image credit: The photo of careful the careful examination of Scripture comes from "Beginning and End."

Author's note: If you enjoyed this post, you may also access my complete blog directory at "Writing for the Master."
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Len Lacroix is the founder of Doulos Missions International.  He has been based in Eastern Europe, helping leaders to be more effective at making disciples who multiply, developing leaders who multiply, with the ultimate goal of planting churches that multiply. He is currently on furlough, off the field, praying and seeking the Lord's guidance regarding where to be, and for the provision to fulfill the mission. www.dmiworld.org.

Preparing the Way Radio

In December 2013, we established a new radio program called Preparing the Way, which is a worldwide radio broadcast via the Internet dedicated to preparing the way for the imminent return of our Lord Jesus Christ in repentance, preaching holiness, righteous, and truth.

Scriptural Basis
As the Scripture says:

"A voice is calling, 'Clear the way for the LORD in the wilderness; Make smooth in the desert a highway for our God. Let every valley be lifted up, And every mountain and hill be made low; And let the rough ground become a plain, And the rugged terrain a broad valley; Then the glory of the LORD will be revealed, And all flesh will see it together; For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.'" (Isa 40:3-5)

“And all flesh will see the salvation of God.'" (Luk 3:6)

"Get yourself up on a high mountain, O Zion, bearer of good news, Lift up your voice mightily, O Jerusalem, bearer of good news; Lift it up, do not fear. Say to the cities of Judah, 'Here is your God!' Behold, the Lord GOD will come with might, With His arm ruling for Him. Behold, His reward is with Him And His recompense before Him."  (Isa 40:9-10)

“Pass through, pass through the gates! Prepare the way for the people. Build up, build up the highway! Remove the stones. Raise a banner for the nations.  The Lord has made proclamation to the ends of the earth: ‘Say to Daughter Zion, “See, your Savior comes! See, his reward is with him, and his recompense accompanies him.”’ They will be called the Holy People, the Redeemed of the Lord; and you will be called Sought After, the City No Longer Deserted.” (Isa 62:10-12)

"'Behold, I am going to send My messenger, and he will clear the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple; and the messenger of the covenant, in whom you delight, behold, He is coming,' says the LORD of hosts. 'But who can endure the day of His coming? And who can stand when He appears? For He is like a refiner's fire and like fullers' soap. He will sit as a smelter and purifier of silver, and He will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, so that they may present to the LORD offerings in righteousness.'" (Mal 3:1-3)

Program Target Audience, Time, and Schedule
This will initially be a weekly broadcast, but could increase in frequency as the Lord leads. It's usually On the Air Live, Tuesdays at 12:00 PM EST, 11:00 AM (CST), 10:00 (MST), and 9:00 AM (PST).  Our target audience includes pastors, elders, and disciples laboring for the Lord in all nations, as well as those who are lost. In Jesus' Mighty Name and with God's help, we pray that this radio broadcast will reach the nations.

Secondarily, we also plan to use the broadcast to increase awareness of the ministry of Doulos Missions International, its "parent ministry," helping to make disciples in Eastern Europe. This is another means of proclaiming what God is doing in Eastern Europe and other regions of the world. Eventually, as the Lord provides, we hope to upgrade the program to a premium level that is free of any worldly ads, which do not glorify God. We trust in the Lord to successfully accomplish the purposes for which it was established, for God's blessing upon it and provision, along with His anointing and guidance for me.

Program Archives
You can watch previously aired programs through the links below and others available at  Preparing the Way.

Program Launch with Denis Lacroix
Interview with Brother Danny Hahlbohm, the artist who created the "Footprints in the Sand" painting; and that program included an interview with DMI President, Dr. Andrew Stenhouse.


Author's note The new radio program is online at Preparing the Way Radio. You may access the Eternal Destinations Main Directory or my complete blog directory at "Writing for the Master." Now I'd like to ask a very important question.

Do You Want to Know Him?
If you want to know Jesus, you can. It all begins when you repent and believe in Him.  Do you know what God's Word, the Bible says?

“Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.’” (Mar 1:14b-15).  He preached that we must repent and believe.


Please see my explanation of this in my post called "Do You Want to Know Jesus?"
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Len Lacroix is the founder of Doulos Missions International.  He has been based in Eastern Europe, helping leaders to be more effective at making disciples who multiply, developing leaders who multiply, with the ultimate goal of planting churches that multiply. He is currently on furlough, off the field, praying and seeking the Lord's guidance regarding where to be, and for the provision to fulfill the mission. www.dmiworld.org.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Zipporah Mushala’s Third Testimony of Hell

Zipporah Mushala
On Sunday, July 27, 2014, I received an email from Zippporah Mushala, a sister in Christ in Zambia. In her email, she described a revelation of hell that the Lord had given to her that day in the early hours of the morning before dawn. I have written about her previously in Zipporah Mushala Testimony of Hell and Zipporah Mushala’s Second Testimony of Hell.

As I stated in those articles, I have also spoken with her father, pastor Joseph Mushala, who verified her godly character, and that of her sister, Rachael.

This is now Zipporah Mushala’s third testimony of hell, along with visions, warnings and revelations she received from the Lord.  

The Terrifying, Tangible Atmosphere of Hell and Its Horror
In her email to me, she described the revelation saying, "This morning [July 27, 2014], I woke up at exactly 4:50 AM from a horrifying revelation. I don't think I can say it's a dream, because during the revelation, I was aware that I was sleeping and that I was receiving a revelation. I saw an ordinary house with a garden, which had a lot of graves.  I noticed two graves in particular where two wizards were buried. They had been buried with their bodies facing down and heads turned each in the opposite direction of the other.  One of them had a charm tied around his thumb that pointed toward the house, so that in case the person responsible for his death was in the house, they would die."

"I saw these two men lying in the same position in hell in grave-like triangles filled with soil.  The charm around the man was irremovable, and it was tight around his thumb.  They were rotting and producing a foul smell yet they were alive.  I saw a demon pour acid on their bodies, and it peeled their skin like a cloth being taken off.  Then it and other demons started cutting the middle of their backs in fine square pieces like beef. They then would then pull the body apart and worms would race to eat them up, and their bodies would reappear looking burnt and oily."

"The emphasis of this place was not the torture, but the horrid feeling in the atmosphere.  There was a total 'no-love' atmosphere.  You could feel the hatred of the devil and his demons tense in the air.  I felt like my heart would literally collapse from this inhumane feeling.  I literally saw the hatred and hopelessness floating like a dark mist.  I literally felt it with my hand like a vapor, and I could not believe that this actually existed."

"Unlike previous experiences when the Lord has enabled me to encounter hell, this time around, I found that I couldn't visibly see the Lord, but could just feel His presence surrounding me. Since it was dark in hell, when I first arrived there, I saw his hand wave over the place that was before me, and after He did so, I began to see everything that I have just described.  When it became so unbearable that I felt my heart would literally collapse, He suddenly appeared beside me, and I leaned on him."*

"Jesus said, 'Please tell those who are saying that hell does not exist to keep quiet about what they do not know, or what you're seeing will just be a sample of their punishment.'"

Zipporah stated to me, "When I woke up, I felt like throwing up, and I was shivering.  I have never had such an experience of hell...I tried to pray, but couldn't. I was in shock.  Then I heard demons telling me that I should shut up, or else I'd be next.  But I told them that I would only be next if I did shut up, and I promised them in the name of Jesus that I would not shut up."

Those in Hell Who Watched Secular TV
Then Zipporah went on to describe another experience separate from that one, in which the Lord warned her about secular television.  She stated:

"About two days ago, I saw short, dark, tough-skinned, ugly, horned demons with huge axes. They were axing people in hell who were running in all directions. The demons ran with all their might axing the ground as they chased these people.  The Lord told me they were those who watched secular television.  Then I asked him if it was right for some people to be there for that reason because some did not get the revelation that it was wrong. Then he told me, 'I have given human beings the ability to choose between what is good and bad. When most people see that what they are watching is sinful and does not bring Me glory, they continue as though doing something that is pleasing me. Secular TV does not have one good thing. It just portrays violence, promiscuity, drug abuse and a care free life without me.'"

Confirmation from Rachael Mushala
Rachael Mushala
After I posted Zipporah's testimony here in this article, I sent it to her for final approval, and I copied her sister Rachael on the email, as I often do.  Rachael responded back to me with the following amazing testimony, which confirms Zipporah's warning about secular television:

"Hello brother, my sister hadn't told me about this (testimony of hell), but had just mentioned to me when I called her that she had something to tell me of what she saw about secular TV.  She and I are currently in different cities. This testimony is really powerful, and what's amazing is that the Lord also showed me a dream about secular TV on Wednesday last week! He showed me how this opens doors of demons to enter our lives."

"I dreamed I was in my house and the TV was on. But what I saw was that the TV was on a secular channel, called Telemundo. I then heard someone at the door struggling to open it, and when I looked, I saw there was a space between the door and the upper door frame; and the person who was at the door was peeping thru that space. I saw it was a demon in form of a woman with a horrific appearance and red blood thirsty eyes. She was carrying a long sharp knife."

"I saw the knife, because she kept putting it in the little space where she was peeping from as a way of threatening me to open the door. She said, 'What are you watching? Telemundo? let me in! Open the door for me!' And she got very aggressive."

"In the dream, I began praying in my heart, but couldn't pray much, and I felt the secular TV was the hindrance. But as I prayed, she failed to open the door. I woke up shaking and could hardly pray, but kept calling on Jesus."

"What amazes me is that the Lord would tell my sister about secular TV just [two] days after telling me! And I haven't even had an opportunity to tell my sister about it!  What an amazing God! Praise His name forever!"

I wrote back to Rachael and asked, "To ensure I understood you correctly, you stated that after your 'TV' dream last Wednesday, and after Zipporah's revelation of hell on Friday, you spoke with her by phone.  She told you that she had something to tell you about a revelation she got about TV.  At that time, you had not yet told her that the Lord had revealed to you anything about TV on Wednesday?"

She replied, "Yes, that's what I meant.  I haven't yet told Zipporah about it even until now."

Putting it All Together
This revelation that the Lord has given to sister Zipporah is very serious, and the Lord has confirmed it separately and independently with her sister Rachael.  I think the core message is that hell is a real place where hatred and hopelessness are floating like a dark mist that you can literally feel with your hand like a vapor, and that those who watch secular television end up there, as do those who are saying that hell does not exist.

I have a very dear brother in Christ, who teaches that hell does not exist.  But all my attempts to warn him have been futile, and he refuses to listen.  Let this be a warning to everyone who agrees with that false belief to keep quiet lest you end up in that place, which you don't even believe exists.

If you are watching secular television, then seriously repent and ask the Lord to forgive you. After that you need to produce fruit in keeping with repentance. The best thing you can do is throw out your television set.  Nothing at all glorifies God on the big screen.  I call it the "Babylonian idiot box," a term coined by David Wilkerson in his 1985 book, Set the Trumpet to Thy Mouth. The same applies if you are watching things on YouTube that do not glorify God and do not edify you, but rather defile you.  Repent and ask the Lord to forgive you.

We even need to beware of the news, which is often used as a tool of the enemy.  The mainstream news reports lies and half-truths, often serving as a liberal, antichrist propaganda machine. Many Christians are addicted to the news, and you can see how empty and depressed they have become by it.  The major TV news stations seem to like their female secular newscasters to dress naked, because it gets high ratings like eye candy for the masses.  Their bodies are not properly covered up, and they are often dressed quite immodestly with bear shoulders and chest, bedecked in expensive cloths made of purple or scarlet, fine linen, gold and silver jewelry, precious stones, as well as makeup.  It reminds me of the verse in Revelation that says, "The woman was dressed in purple and scarlet, and was glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls. She held a golden cup in her hand, filled with abominable things and the filth of her adulteries." (Rev 17:4).  They look like expensive prostitutes.

In fact, even Fox News, which many Christians view as a conservative news station, has even stooped to this ungodly practice.  Yet most Christians probably don't even notice, since some of these female news anchors are dressed the same way as the women typically are in their church.  As Rachael Mushala says, "We can watch the news, but when they are showing immodest things that defile us, then we can change to a different channel."  Her sister Zipporah says, "About secular news, we've never gotten a revelation that its wrong, but I guess if one is offended by the way they dress, its better to just avoid it altogether."

Then there are the commercial advertisements with all their suggestive images and worldly music, as well as materialistic and "consumer-society" brainwashing.  In a word it is "mammon." Even if you are simply watching a documentary, you are subjected to these relentless commercials.  The same goes for YouTube, where so many people are "monetizing" even Christian music videos and other Christian content videos with secular commercials.

So many countless people around the world are addicted to TV, including Christians.  They cannot miss their favorite programs.  The TV is like an idol to them.  One evidence of this is not just the place of prominence it has in their lives, but also the place of prominence it has in their homes.  The living room has become a "living tomb," where all chairs are organized to face the Babylonian idol.  And when you stop over for a visit, if you sit in their living room, you have to compete with the TV for their attention, since it remains on during the entire time you are talking.  Many people turn it on as soon as they enter their home, even if they are not watching it.  Some just like to hear the background chatter to keep them company at all times.  They even eat in front of the TV.

The fact is that secular TV opens doors for demons to enter your life.  It inhibits the presence of God in your life.  Let us rid ourselves of everything that hinders the constant presence of the Lord in our lives.

"I will give heed to the blameless way. When will You come to me? I will walk within my house in the integrity of my heart. I will set no worthless thing before my eyes; I hate the work of those who fall away; It shall not fasten its grip on me." (Psa 101:2-3)

"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith." (Heb 12:1-2) 

I urge you to take this warning seriously and share it with those whom you love.

*This paragraph from Zipporah's testimony that is marked with an asterisk was not part of her original email, but was added by her later for clarity.

Author's note: Please prayerfully listen to these sisters' testimonies, and use the Testimony Review Process adopted by this blog, as you decide for yourself whether the Lord has spoken to them.  For issues and concerns, each person must confirm with the Lord, whether something is valid or not.  Pray for Zipporah, too, so that she will boldly share her message.

Also see Working God's Way.  You are invited to read or listen to more amazing testimonies of the supernatural like this below.  You may access my complete blog directory at "Writing for the Master."

Godly Attire and Adornment -- Seven Divine Revelations Rachael Mushala Testimony of Hell Angelica Zambrano Hell and Heaven
Baptized by Blazing Fire Only the Holy -- Three Shocking Testimonies Angelica Zambrano Second Visit to Hell
Zipporah Mushala Testimony of Hell Zipporah Mushala’s Second Testimony of Hell Revelation of Hell to Seven Colombian Youths

Do you want to know Him?
If you want to know Jesus, you can. It all begins when you repent and believe in Him.  Do you know what God's Word, the Bible says?

“Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.’” (Mar 1:14b-15).  He preached that we must repent and believe.


Please see my explanation of this in my post called "Do You Want to Know Jesus?"                                     _________________________________________________

Len Lacroix is the founder of Doulos Missions International.  He has been based in Eastern Europe, helping leaders to be more effective at making disciples who multiply, developing leaders who multiply, with the ultimate goal of planting churches that multiply. He is currently on furlough, off the field, praying and seeking the Lord's guidance regarding where to be, and for the provision to fulfill the mission. www.dmiworld.org.

Friday, March 28, 2014

There now, it is all over! Blessed rest.

On this site, I have shared many testimonies about people who have gone to hell.  These testimonies are given to us by the mercy of God to keep us from going to that terrible place. However, today I would like to share a story about a dear saint who made it to heaven.  Her name was Frances Ridley Havergal.

The passages I am about to share about her have been excerpted from two excellent hymnals our children have sung from for many years, called Hymns for a Kids Heart: Volumes One and Two, as well as an excellent book I highly recommend, called Voices from the Edge of Eternity, complied by John Myers.

The Girl with a Treasure
What would you say is your greatest treasure? Do you have a toy or a piece of jewelry that you especially value? Let me tell you about a girl who had a wonderful treasure. It was a treasure inside her heart. Long ago a talented young girl was born to a minister and his wife in England. They named her Frances Ridley Havergal, and she surprised everyone with her musical talent. From the time she was very small she could sing like a beautiful songbird. When Frances was only seven years old, she began to write verses. She studied piano and was so gifted that people started asking her to play and sing at concerts.

Besides being a brilliant musician, Frances was captivating and delightful. People loved to be around her. She had a special enchantment about her, and everyone found her irresistible. Can you imagine why she was so pleasant? I'm going to tell you her secret. Frances wrote down her formula for her pleasing personality in one of her journals.

It's really very simple. She prayed for everyone around her. Oh, it was not an out-loud prayer, and the people she prayed for never even knew she was asking God to bless them. They just felt it. There was something so grand about being around Frances—it was the love of Jesus being poured over them by this little girl. As she played with her friends or talked to adults, she was secretly asking God to work in their lives and give them special thoughts.

Once Frances went for a five-day visit to a house where there were ten people. She noticed that some of them were “not rejoicers”, and some didn't even know about the love of Jesus. She decided to spend her vacation praying for each of the ten people in the house and watch what God would do to change their hearts. Do you know what happened? Frances wrote in her journal: “He gave me this prayer, Lord, give me all in this house! And he just did. I left the house, everyone had a blessing. The last night of my visit I was too happy to sleep.”

Just imagine—everyone in the house was different because one little girl decided to pray. And God didn't forget to give Frances an extra-special gift too. For that very night when she was so happy she couldn't sleep, all the verses of the hymn “Take My Life, and Let It Be” rang in her head, and she wrote them down. This is the treasure God gave to her. And you and I can memorize this prayer and keep it in our hearts wherever we go.

Now you know a very special secret. The next time you are around people who are not “rejoicers”, you can pull out this treasure from your heart. You can pray for them. It will be fun to see what blessing God sends to them. Maybe smiles will be on their faces when you leave instead of frowns. They you'll be like Frances. And you may be so happy that you won't be able to sleep!

----- Joni Eareckson Tada and Bobbie Wolgemuth, Hymns for a Kids Heart, Vol. 1, Crossway 2003 (Used by permission).

The Girl with Heaven in Her Heart
You could say that Frances Ridley Havergal knew how to bring a little heaven to earth—her family, her church, and her friends. Maybe it was because Frances thought so much about heaven and tried to listen carefully to God's voice. No one could resist her sweet disposition, because Frances thought of others and not only of herself.

Such a melodious voice had never been given to a more tenderhearted and dear girl than Frances Havergal. People loved listening to her clear, musical little voice. Frances's parents knew she had been given a wonderful gift. Music filled her home, and Frances loved to sing and harmonize with her daddy.

When Frances was old enough to read, she took music lessons and happily practiced every day. Her voice and piano teachers were just as impressed with her hard work as they were with her lovely talent. Even though she was quite young, Frances could have become a rich and famous singer. Wisely, Frances made a better choice.

Frances also loved writing poems and started singing the rhymes she composed. It would have been natural for a girl as gifted and sparkling and likeable as Frances to be conceited and think only of herself. But not Frances.

Instead of bragging when people told her what a beautiful voice she had, Frances had a winsome way of turning the glory to God. “I sing only for Jesus,” she would say softly.

Frances knew she must ask God how she should use her talent. Her special concern was for people who didn't know about Jesus. Before she sang, Frances would pray for the people who would be listening.

And Frances had a generous heart. That's why she was able to bring a taste of heaven to some grown-ups in her church. Once she heard that some missionaries needed money to continue their work. Frances went home and gathered some of her most valuable possessions, including her favorite pieces of jewelry, and mailed them to the church. She tucked a little note inside the box saying that she would be extremely delighted if her treasures could be sold and the money given to the missionaries.

Because Frances unselfishly prayed for her friends, they too could feel the warmth of her heavenly heart. She would send hopeful messages and rhymes that she had written to cheer them up. Once, to celebrate the New Year, Frances sent a greeting to all her friends that read:

Another year is dawning, Dear Father let it be,
On earth, or else in heaven, another year for Thee.
A Happy New Year! Such may it be!

Love, Frances

Wouldn't you love to get a note like that? You can imagine that everyone treasured her poem-notes. They were bright greetings from the girl who had heaven in her heart.
One of the most beautiful hymns that Frances wrote will make you want to jump right into the wide river of God's peace. “Like a River Glorious” will bring a bit of heaven into your heart. It says so many wonderful things about Jehovah God that you will find yourself counting your blessings here on earth. Then you will know a secret for bringing heaven to earth.

Yes, Frances was able to stir up a lot of joy everywhere she went. She would tell you that the best decision she made was to follow God's path instead of using her talent to bring attention to herself. And she was happy her whole life because she was following Jesus. Even though Frances lived a long time ago, her hymns can make us happy right now. When you smile and sing this hymn, you will bring a little heaven to someone on earth!

----- Joni Eareckson Tada and Bobbie Wolgemuth, Hymns for a Kids Heart, Vol. 2, Crossway 2004  (Used by permission).

Graduation Into Glory

“There now, it is all over! Blessed rest.”

This holy woman of God was born at Astley, England, December 14, 1836. She was the youngest daughter of Rev. William H. and Jane Havergal, her father being a distinguished minister of the Episcopal Church. She bore the name of Ridley in memory of the godly and learned Bishop Ridley who was one of the noble army of martyrs. Many have been greatly helped by Miss Havergal's writings in both prose and verse.

She died at Caswell Bay, England, on June 3, 1879. A short time before her death she said to her sister Ellen, “I should have liked my death to be like Samson's, doing more for God's glory than by my life. But He wills it otherwise.”

Ellen replied, “St. Paul said, 'The will of the Lord be done,' and, 'Let Christ be magnified, whether by my life or by my death.'”

I think it was then my beloved sister whispered, “Let my own text, 'The blood of Jesus Christ, His Son, cleanseth us from all sin,' be on my tomb. All the verse if there is room.”

She said to her sister, “I do not know what God means by it, but no new thoughts for poems or books come to me now.” At another time she said, “In spite of the breakers, Marie, I am so happy God's promises are so true. Not a fear!”

When the doctor bid her good-by and told her that he thought she was going, she answered, “Beautiful, too good to be true! Splendid to be so near the gate of Heaven! So beautiful to go!”

The Vicar of Swansea said to her,”You have talked and written a good deal about the King, and you will soon see Him in His beauty. Is Jesus with you now?”

“Of course,” she replied; “it is splendid! I thought He would have left me here a long while, but He is so good to take me now.”

At another time she said, “Oh, I want all of you to speak bright, bright words about Jesus. Oh, do, do! It is all perfect peace. I am only waiting for Jesus to take me in.”

Then, a little later, she sang the following stanza:

Jesus, I will trust thee,
Trust Thee with my soul:
Guilty, lost and helpless,
Thou hast made me whole.

There is none in heaven,
Or on earth like Thee;
Thou hast died for sinners,
Thou hast died for me.”

With deep feeling she emphasized that last word, “me.”

The parting scene is graphically described as follows:
There came a terrible rush of convulsive sickness; it ceased, the nurse gently assisting her. She nestled down in the pillows and folded her hands on her breast, saying, “There, now it's all over. Blessed rest!”

Then, all at once, she looked up steadfastly, as if she saw the Lord—and surely, nothing less heavenly could have reflected such a glorious radiance upon her face. For ten minutes we watched that almost visible meeting with her King. Her countenance was so glad, as if she were already talking to Him.

She tried to sing; but after one sweet, high note, “He--,” her voice failed. As her brother commended her soul into her Redeemer's hand, she passed away. Our precious sister was gone—satisfied—glorified—within the palace of her King!

--- Taken from Voices from the Edge of Eternity by John G. Myers. Copyright © 1968, 2012 by John G. Myers. Use by permission of Whitaker House. www.whitakerhouse.com.

Author's note: You are invited to read or listen to more amazing testimonies of the supernatural like this below.  You may access my complete blog directory at "Writing for the Master."

Do you want to know Him?
If you want to know Jesus, you can. It all begins when you repent and believe in Him.  Do you know what God's Word, the Bible says?

“Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.’” (Mar 1:14b-15).  He preached that we must repent and believe.


Please see my explanation of this in my post called "Do You Want to Know Jesus?"                                     _________________________________________________

Len Lacroix is the founder of Doulos Missions International.  He has been based in Eastern Europe, helping leaders to be more effective at making disciples who multiply, developing leaders who multiply, with the ultimate goal of planting churches that multiply. He is currently on furlough, off the field, praying and seeking the Lord's guidance regarding where to be, and for the provision to fulfill the mission. www.dmiworld.org.

Monday, February 24, 2014

The Top Ten Things Jesus Taught

Someone has said that Jesus spoke more about eternal damnation than any other topic.  Although it seemed correct to me, I wanted to confirm it to be certain.

So I decided to search out the matter for myself in Scripture, in order to see what topics Jesus mostly spoke about.  First I manually searched the Gospels, Acts, and Revelation, and developed a list of words and phrases representing 130 major and minor topics Jesus spoke about.

Then using e-Sword, an electronic Bible software program, I counted the verses in those six books of the Bible in the New American Standard Bible (NASB), where Jesus used those words or phrases (all counts are estimates).  The results of my analysis are in the table below (with the total verse-counts for the top ten topics bolded in the right-hand column), followed by my comments and conclusions at the end of the article.

Topic Total Number of Verses Where Jesus Mentioned Topic
God (166) verses spoken by Jesus containing the word "God."  [Please note: These were not necessarily teachings about God.  However, if you add to these verses all the instances where Jesus spoke about the Father (61), Himself (117), and the Holy Spirit (32), that adds an additional 210 verses, which would bring the total to 376 verses altogether.]  376
Heaven (66), the temple of My God, the city of My God, the new Jerusalem, Kingdom of heaven, kingdom of God, kingdom (101), Paradise (2), My Father’s house (1), throne or thrones (6), Life (70), that age (1), the age to come, eternal life (23), find it (3). 273
Hell (12), destruction (1), pit (3), Judgment (21), weeping and gnashing of teeth (7), on whomever it falls, it will scatter him like dust (2), cut it down (2), perish (10), slay them in my presence (1), thrown out, thrown away, thrown into the fire, thrown into the furnace, or thrown into prison (10), outside (1), outer darkness (3), burned (3), fire, eternal fire, unquenchable fire (13), fiery (2), furnace (4), worm (3), I will also deny him (1), denies (2), lose (10), woe (27), torturers (1), taken away (11), depart (3), I do not know you (1), depart from me (3), eternal punishment (1), condemned (3), condemn (4), condemnation (3), ashamed (2), your soul is required of you (1), erase his name from the book of life (1). 172
Make disciples (1), be My witnesses (1), until you leave that town (1), whatever city or village you enter (1), sent (76), send out (2), lost (13), sheep (29), preach, preaching, preached (14), going through the cities of Israel (1), sowing seed (1). 140
Son of Man (80), Son of David (1), King of the Jews (3), Christ (11), Lord said to my Lord (3), Shepherd (9), God’s Son (4), the Way (1), I am the Alpha and the Omega (1), the first and the last (3), the beginning and the end (1), the root and the descendant of David (1), the bright Morning Star (1). 117
Prayer, pray, and praying (33), ask and asking (30), seek and seeking (36), knock, knocks, and knocking (6), watch (11). 116
Faith (30), believe (74). 104
Love (57), compassion (8). 65
My Father (48), Your Father (3), heavenly Father (7), O Father (1), righteous Father (1), the Father (1). 61
Deeds (25); work, works (21), workers (2), does the will of God (3), and acts on them (2), obey, observe, keep My word (2), kept the word (1), kept My Word (1), keep the commandments (1), keep My commandments (2), that slave whom his Master finds doing so when He comes (1) 61
Hear (53), hearing (6). 59
Coming of the Son of man (3), the Son of Man coming (4), which day your Lord is coming (1), that day and hour no one knows (2), the master of that slave will come on a day (2), the master of the house is coming (1), He comes (9), He should come (1), kingdom come (2), coming on the clouds (1), the day that the Son of Man is revealed (1), the days of the Son of Man (2), when the Son of Man comes (2), will the Son of Man be in His day (1), I will come (2), I am coming (7), until I come (4), come on you suddenly (1), one will be taken (5). 51
My Name (28), Your Name (9), the Name of the Lord (2), the Name of the only begotten Son of God (1), My Father’s Name (2), the Name of My God (1), His Name (1), My New Name (1), the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit (1). 45
Devil (5), Beelzebul (4), satan (16), evil spirit (2), unclean spirit (4), driving out demons, drive out demons, casting out (10). 41
Heart (40), hearts (1). 41
Money (11), wealth and wealthy (8), riches, rich man, rich (18). 37
Command, commanded, commandment (35) 35
Light (34) 34
Prophets (33) 33
Seed (33) 33
Holy Spirit (12), Spirit of the Lord (1), Spirit of truth (3), Spirit of God (1), Spirit of your Father (1), the Spirit (13). the promise of My Father (1).  32
Sin (14), sinned (3), sinner(s) (14), sinful (1) 32
Glory (22), glorify (7), glorious (2) 31
Clean, unclean, uncleanness (24), defile (7). 31
Fruit (30) 30
Forgiveness, forgiven, and forgiving (30) 30
His own crucifixion, crucify (2), death (2), rejected (5), killed (8), suffer (7), condemn (1), lifted heel (1), betray me (4). 30
Abraham (17), Isaac (5), Jacob (5). 27
Children and child (27) 27
Persecution, persecutions, and persecute (3), persecuting Me (6), brought before governors (1), flog (1), synagogue (with reference to persecution - 6), arrest (3), hate you (3), kills you (1), kill you (1).  25
Hypocrites and hypocrisy (20), leaven of the Pharisees (4). 24
Judging (24) 24
Words (24) 24
Authority (21) 21
Follow Me (21) 21
Reward (15), treasure in heaven (4), treasures in heaven (1), I will give (5), you will be repaid (1). 21
Repent, repents, repented, and repentance (21) 21
Word of God (7), Scripture (13). 20
Church (20) 20
Blind (18), hidden from your eyes (1), you did not recognize (1) 20
Overcome, overcame, overcomes (8), perseverance (5), endure, endures, endured, endurance (6) 19
Moses (19) 19
Truth (19) 19
Vine (19) 19
Law (18) 18
Peace (17) 17
Saved (11), save (6) 17
Worrying, worries, and those who worry (17) 17
Sabbath (17) 17
Sign, signs (16) 16
Adultery (11), fornications (2), immorality (3) 16
Door (15) 15
Temple (15) 15
John the Baptist (3), of John (3), messenger (2), Elijah (7) 15
Rejoice (13) and rejoicing (1) 14
David 14
End of the age (4), tribulation (7), distress (1), that hour which is about to come upon the whole world (1) 13
Disciple (13) 13
Heal, healed (11), cures (1), sickness (1) 13
Servant (7), serving (1), greatest (3), slave of all (1), service (1) 13
Gospel (12) 12
Giving (1), gave, give to charity (1), put in more than all the contributors to the treasury (1), out of her poverty put in all that she had to live on (1), offering (8) 12
Chose, chosen, elect (12) 12
Baptized, baptizing (5), baptism (6) 11
Harvest (10) 10
Angel (8), angels (2) 10
Fasting (10) 10
Murder (10) 10
Righteousness (9) 9
Deny Me, denies Me, denied My name, or deny My faith (9) 9
Mercy (6) and being merciful (3) 9
Worship (8) 8
Taxes, “drachma” (2), Caesar (5) 7
His own blood (7) 7
Jonah (7) 7
Few who find it (1), laborers are few (1), workers are few (1), few are chosen (4) 7
Divorce, divorces (7) 7
False prophets, prophetess (6) 6
Cross (6) 6
Poor (3), poverty (3) 6
Wisdom (6) 6
Last shall be first (1), first will be last (5) 6
Thefts (2), steal (4) 6
Lame (5) 5
Resurrection of the righteous (5) 5
Humble, humbles (5) 5
Reconciled (1), your brother sins (4) 5
Passover 5
Crippled (4) 4
Praise (4) 4
Salt (4) 4
Guilt (4) 4
Key, keys (4) 4
Worth more than sparrows (4) 4
Life (4) 4
Water + life (1), drink + water (1), living water (2) 4
Solomon (4) 4
False witness (3) 3
Deaf (3) 3
Fall away (2), fallen (1) 3
Unity (1), one flesh (1), that they may all be one (1) 3
Vows (1) and swear (2) 3
Tithe, tithese (3) 3
Fear God (2), fear the One (1) 3
Confess (3) 3
Covenant (3) 3
Evil thoughts (2), thinking evil (1) 3
Sons of God (2), sons of your Father who is in heaven (1) 3
Born again (2) 2
Narrow gate (1), narrow door (1) 2
(Holy) fire(2) 2
Resist or resisting evil people (2) 2
No home, nowhere to lay His head (2) 2
His own resurrection, Raised up (2) 2
Two or three (2) 2
Wash his feet (1), wash one another’s feet (1) 2
Idols (2) 2
One thing necessary (1) 1
Pure (1) 1
Going the extra mile (1) 1
Being perfect (1) 1
Giving dogs what is sacred and pearls to pigs (1) 1
Multiplication, increased (1) 1
Greed (1) 1
Lust (1) 1
Slanders (1) 1
Dissipation (1) 1
Drunkenness (1) 1
Saul of Tarsus (1) 1
Grace (0) 0*

Counting Method
I understand that some verses recorded in more than one of the Gospels refer to the same incident, and someone may say this is double counting. But the Holy Spirit inspired the writing of Scripture, and even these redundancies were inspired.  Repetition is a proven method of teaching, and not all topics are repeated in the synoptic Gospels, which proves that there was a reason why some were repeated.  Moreover, since I applied the same standard or method of counting to all topics, it is an equitable method of estimating.  This method may not give us the precise number of times our Lord spoke or taught on each topic, but it does give us an estimate – an order of magnitude, which allows us to rank each topic in relation to one another.

Furthermore, I did not merely accept the total number of results for a word or phrase in each computerized Bible search.  I visually scanned the search results to try and get an accurate estimate of the number of verses spoken only by Jesus.  Then I did not even count all the verses in which Jesus spoke that particular word or phrase, but often filtered out results that were not relevant to the topic.  For example, when I searched for the word "condemn," I did not count every verse where Jesus used this word.  I did not count the instances where He said that the scribes and Pharisees would condemn Him to death.  This same method of counting was used for all topics, in order to avoid any artificial inflation of the totals for each one.

Also in Revelation, only the words that Jesus spoke were counted.  These are primarily in the first three chapters and the last chapter.  However, technically the entire book of Revelation is “the revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants what must soon take place.” (Rev 1:1a).  You see, the opening verse of that book says, "He sent and communicated it by His angel to His bond-servant John" (Rev 1:1b).  So although the Lord sent His angel to communicate these words, they were His words, and it was all His revelation that God gave to Him.  That means all topics covered in Revelation were from Jesus, although they were not all spoken directly by Him.  There are many verses about God, heaven, hell, the lake of fire, the pit, worship, end times, the Great Tribulation, plagues, judgments, wrath, woes, the Lord Jesus Christ and His soon return, witnesses, the kingdom of God, the harvest, the devil, false prophets, righteousness, deeds, and eternal judgment.  These would increase the total number of verses we would need to count for those topics in this analysis, and would help to further prove my point about their frequency.  However, none of these verses that are part of the revelation of Jesus Christ were counted, unless they were spoken by Jesus.

Major Topics That Jesus Spoke About
I mentioned in my opening of this article that I wanted to confirm whether Jesus spoke more about eternal damnation than any other topic.  Through this exhaustive study, I confirmed that my thesis was a fairly close approximation.  However, it is more accurate to say that there are more verses in the Bible that record Jesus speaking about eternal damnation than on any other single topic, except God and heaven.

God and Heaven
Without any question, He mentioned and taught about God more than any other topic.  It should be no surprise that God’s Son came to earth and mostly instructed us about God. After this, He spoke about the glorious place where God lives with His holy angels, and all His saints, those holy ones, who love Him and have been made perfect.  He used expressions to describe this place like “heaven,” “the temple of My God,” “the city of My God,” “the new Jerusalem,” “kingdom of heaven,” “kingdom of God,” or simply “kingdom,” as well as “Paradise,” “My Father’s house,” “throne,” “thrones,” “life,” “eternal life,” “find it,” “that age,” and “the age to come.”  This is the beautiful place He invited us to go and spend eternity with Him, where all the saints will worship Him and God, His Father, forevermore.

Eternal Damnation
However, He spoke almost as much about eternal damnation.  Besides using the word “hell” itself (Greek, gehenna), He used many other expressions like “destruction,” “pit,” “judgment,” the place of “weeping and gnashing of teeth,” “on whomever it falls,” “it will scatter him like dust,” “cut it down,” “perish,” “slay them in my presence,” “thrown out,” “thrown away,” “thrown into the fire,” “thrown into the furnace,” “thrown into prison,” “outside,” “outer darkness,” “burned,” “fire,” “eternal fire,” “unquenchable fire,” “fiery,” “furnace,” “worm,” “I will also deny him,” “lose,” “woe,” “torturers,” “taken away,” “depart,” “I do not know you,” “depart from me,” “condemned,” “condemn,” “condemnation,” “ashamed,” “your soul is required of you,” “erase his name from the book of life,” and “eternal punishment.”  These expressions all represent the eternal wrath of the Holy One against wickedness and lawlessness (sin).  They all express the perfect holiness of God, Who in His great love for mankind is warning us not to go to that terrible place.

Evangelism, His Divine Identity, Prayer, Faith, Love, the Father, and Good Deeds
After these top three topics (God, heaven, and eternal damnation), then he spoke about preaching the gospel (i.e., evangelism) and making disciples. The next major topic He spoke about was His own divine identity, which He disclosed using various titles.  After that the next major topic was prayer.  After that one, faith was a major topic.  Love was one of His top ten themes, along with mercy, forgiveness, and compassion. The heavenly Father was often upon His lips, in part because of His great love for the Father, and His total dependence upon Him.

He spoke a lot about doing deeds and works, using expressions like "does the will of God," "acts on them," "obey," "observe all that I commanded you," "keep My word," "kept the word," "kept My Word," "keep the commandments," "keep My commandments," and "that slave whom his Master finds doing so when He comes." He taught that “…those who have done what is good will rise to live, and those who have done what is evil will rise to be condemned.”

Hearing
After these top ten topics, then came His constant emphasis on hearing His Word, which ranked eleventh without combining it with other expressions.

The Return of Jesus Christ
His Second Coming was the next major topic, ranking twelfth on the list! He spoke about it quite often, using various expressions like "the coming of the Son of man," "the Son of Man coming," "which day your Lord is coming," "that day and hour no one knows," "the Master of that slave will come on a day," "the Master of the house is coming," "He comes," "kingdom come," "coming on the clouds," "the day that the Son of Man is revealed," "the days of the Son of Man," "when the Son of Man comes," "will the Son of Man be in His day," "I will come," "I am coming," "until I come," "come on you suddenly," and specifically referred to the rapture saying, "one will be taken."  And when He spoke about it, He often said it would happen suddenly, unexpectedly, quickly, soon, and without delay.  He emphasized the need to be ready for it.  Yet so few today ever preach or teach about His soon return.

The Name of the Lord, Power, Authority, the Heart, Children, Sin, and Repentance
And He spoke a lot about the Name of the Lord, which ranked as His thirteenth most frequent topic, including the Father’s Name, Jesus’ Name, and the Name of the Holy Spirit.  Power and authority were not major themes, but they did come up often, as did the matters of the heart, and children.  He preached a lot against sin, naming many sins specifically, and preached that men should repent, telling them not to sin any more.

Since He Himself said, “the mouth speaks what the heart is full of,” we know what His heart was full of, based on the things He said. And those things He spoke about most of all were the things that His heart was overflowing with the most.

Grace
He never once mentioned the word grace publicly, *but only once privately in answer to the apostle Paul's prayer about his thorn (2 Co 12:9), and that was not about grace for salvation.  Yet He was full of grace (Jn 1:14), and both grace and truth were realized through Him (Jn 1:17).  So while He may not have spoken publicly about it at all, He certainly demonstrated it. He welcomed sinners and ate with them.  He also forgave them freely when they repented, and told parables that depicted grace, such as The Prodigal Son (Lk 15:11-32) and The Lost Sheep (Lk 15:1-7).

Peace and Unity
He did not speak very much about peace, in fact He said He did not come to bring peace to the earth (Mt 10:34), yet this is a major topic among those in the world, and many Christians wear the peace symbol, which is satanic.  Those of us who know Him have a peace within our hearts that He gives us (Jn 14:27), and peace with God, but world peace will not come to the earth until after He returns to reign on the earth.

And one of the topics He taught about the very least was unity, which he merely mentioned in three verses, yet that is what the ecumenical church talks about the most.

Prosperity
Money was certainly not a major topic of His, coming up about as often as the heart, but almost everything he said about riches, prosperity, and wealth was negative.  Yet today the prosperity preachers seem to mostly preach about wealth and prosperity, as if this is the central message of the Bible.

Prophetic Confirmation
My findings in this study were confirmed by the message Lord Jesus gave to sister Rachael Mushala:

“Apostasy has gone out into the world. Many false prophets have gone out into the world teaching doctrines from hell and leading many souls to hell. You must be careful and not follow miracles. Didn’t I warn you in My Word that these false prophets would come? And now they are here, preaching only about prosperity and never condemning sin. All preachers talk about now is prosperity and money, but what is money if your soul burns in hell? Didn’t I say to sell all you have and give the money to the poor and then follow Me? Money is the root of all evil. Don’t be allured by it. It is what has allured many preachers. All they care about is filling their pockets and filling their churches, but they never preach repentance. I know that while you are on earth you are going to need money, and I will provide you with just enough. The rest of your treasures will be in heaven, safe. All the riches you long for will be stored up in heaven where moths cannot destroy. This earth is going to be destroyed with fire, and nothing will be left standing.”

He said, “My heart aches at all the souls being led to hell by false prophets. They are the majority; very few pastors preach My Word. Very few preach repentance. It doesn’t matter if they have many followers or they perform miracles. Even satan can perform miracles. Do not follow miracles. That is why I said in My Word that many will come to Me on the last day and say we performed miracles in Your name, but I will reply, “I do not know you.”

Putting it All Together
In summary, the top ten things Jesus Christ spoke about were God, heaven, hell, making disciples, His own divine identity, prayer, faith, love, His heavenly Father, and the importance of keeping His Word by acting upon it.

I hope that this study has helped to show you what is important to Jesus, and helped to disprove some errors that we find in the Church today.  There is so much deception now in the Church that we must be careful.  Do not be deceived into hell!  You should be careful when a preacher always preaches about grace, but never talks about hell or never preaches against specific sins that will take you there.  When you hear preachers that are talking mostly about prosperity, peace, unity, or any of the other topics that Jesus seldom spoke about, or that He never spoke about, then beware!  If they make any of these minor topics their main theme, to the exclusion of the major ones our Lord emphasized, then you know they are not teaching according to the pattern of Jesus.  They are “majoring in the minors,” and that should be a big warning signal to you. 

Let me be clear that if Jesus mentioned something one time, it is important.  But we must preach the whole counsel of God, not just our favorite topics.  The true messengers of God are preaching mostly on the same things that Jesus emphasized, because those are still the most important things on His ever-aching heart.  His messengers are still preaching about God, heaven, and eternal damnation, emphasizing the need for faith, prayer, and making disciples.  They are preaching against sin, calling people to repentance, so that they will not perish. They are still preaching righteousness and truth, teaching us to hear the Word of God, keep it, be doers of it, and bear good fruit for God’s glory, living a life of love, compassion, and mercy. They are preaching about the Name of the Lord, as well as our Lord's soon return, and the need to be ready for it.

Image credit: "Top Ten" image courtesy of William Marler's Top Food Safety Challenges for 2009.

Author's note: I also recommend my article called A Trip to Hell, which features a video compilation of art drawn by those who have experienced hell, and some very important messages from the Lord.  I also recommend The Law of Christ and Faith Works!  You are invited to read or listen to more amazing testimonies of the supernatural like this below.  You may access my complete blog directory at "Writing for the Master."

Godly Attire and Adornment -- Seven Divine Revelations Rachael Mushala Testimony of Hell Angelica Zambrano Hell and Heaven
Baptized by Blazing Fire Only the Holy -- Three Shocking Testimonies Angelica Zambrano Second Visit to Hell
Zipporah Mushala Testimony of Hell A Trip to Hell Revelation of Hell to Seven Colombian Youths

Do you want to know Him?
If you want to know Jesus, you can. It all begins when you repent and believe in Him.  Do you know what God's Word, the Bible says?

“Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.’” (Mar 1:14b-15).  He preached that we must repent and believe.


Please see my explanation of this in my post called "Do You Want to Know Jesus?"                                     _________________________________________________

Len Lacroix is the founder of Doulos Missions International.  He has been based in Eastern Europe, helping leaders to be more effective at making disciples who multiply, developing leaders who multiply, with the ultimate goal of planting churches that multiply. He is currently on furlough, off the field, praying and seeking the Lord's guidance regarding where to be, and for the provision to fulfill the mission. www.dmiworld.org.