Ministry Comments

Prophecy Bible Study

This coming Sabbath, June 25, Mr. LeBlanc will be holding a prophecy Bible Study in Los Angeles. It is never possible to predict how many will attend. Of those who attend it cannot be known if any will take what they hear seriously. What is known is that Mr. Leblanc will clearly warn them that they are living in the end time—the end of this age; and he will tell them what that means.

The Bible has two examples of how certain men were delivered before God rained down chaos on their worlds. Of course, I am referring to Noah and Lot. The term “end of the age” refers to such times. We are again approaching such a time. We will soon be seeing the total destruction of man’s civilizations across the earth to be replaced by a new civilization, the Kingdom of God. The fact that the Kingdom of God will follow such worldwide destruction is very Good News for those who can receive it!

Lot’s lost civilization consisted of Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding plain. Noah’s civilization was the world that developed after Adam and Eve’s expulsion from the Garden of Eden. Both periods had resulted in total perversion under man’s rule as influenced and led by the King reigning over the world—Satan the Devil. Just like today, the worlds of those two men had fallen into decadence and violence with confusion and insanity reigning in the minds of men. Unlike Lot, Noah had nowhere to flee from the evils of his time—they completely covered the earth. The following quotes describe the conditions that both men lived in:

Genesis 6:5-8 And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth and it grieved him at his heart. And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man, and beast, and the creeping thing and the fowls of the air for it repenteth me that I have made them.

Genesis 19:4-5 But before they (the two Angels) lay down, the men of the city, even the men of Sodom, compassed the house round, both old and young, all the people from every quarter: And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came in to thee this night? Bring them out unto us, that we may know them (carnally).

In chapter 24 of Matthew, Christ made it perfectly clear that as such times consume the earth again, the end of the age will be upon us. We are living in such times. If anyone doubts that, it should be a warning that such persons have not been doing their job–WATCHING– as we were commanded to do so that the destruction to come does not fall upon us. While there are still some who are attempting to resist the decadence that is over sweeping our world, it is clear God has turned the world over into the hands of Satan for its destruction. We will soon see the events that will force Christ’s return.

But still, we have time to continue delivering a warning message to those who may yet heed, and we will be doing our job until it is no longer possible to do so. All of us can participate through prayer in the Bible Study in Los Angeles this coming weekend. Let’s make a very serious effort to pray fervently that those who may yet heed in the L.A. area will be stirred up to come to hear about what lies ahead. We know that those who “sigh and cry” about the conditions of our time can receive physical protection to come through the terrible times ahead and come under the Kingdom as Christ sets it up on this earth. Let’s hope some of those people will heed when they attend the Bible Study this Sabbath in L.A.

“What’s the big deal, it’s just a little pot.”

“What’s the big deal, it’s just a little pot.” This is a common expression in our society reflecting the attitude that recreational use of drugs is an acceptable new freedom of choice. The spread of the use of marijuana in western society is an example of a fools’ folly becoming widely accepted.

Recently I heard a criminologist speak about the latest development in the use of marijuana. The criminologist explained that the new substance developed from marijuana is a concentrated form of the drug called Butane Honey Oil. This new substance is the latest in the history of marijuana use, and has raised the intensity of the drug, aiding its spread. The development of Butane Honey Oil is considerably more potent than the “weed” of the past. As one expert in the field commented: “Now-a-days, when kids are experimenting with marijuana, they look at concentrates as ways to get really, really high really, really fast.

To reiterate, marijuana use is not just spreading, the power of the drug has greatly increased.

As I listened to the criminologist, I realized that marijuana was a good example of how mankind’s sins spread throughout society like leavening does in bread (1 Corinthians 5), and it also grows in intensity.

A brief history of the use of marijuana in modern society is instructive as to how sin spreads, but also intensifies.

In the 60’s when marijuana invaded the campuses of America, students smoked “weed”. The marijuana plant was grown, harvested and manually crushed into a substance like tobacco, and it was smoked like tobacco. True to mankind’s nature, true believers developed a more potent form of marijuana. It was commonly called Hash. Without going into detail, Hash was produced by mechanical extraction and refining of the intoxicating elements of the marijuana plant.

In recent history even more refinement has been produced. If Hash was good, Butane Honey Oil – BHO – is great. It is more effective in delivering a faster more powerful high. BHO is a crystalline or powder form of marijuana. It comes from the heating of the plant with butane and a solvent to produce a gooey honey-like substance that essentially is a very concentrated drug. Upon cooling, BHO is crystalline and must be crushed into powder. Because it is concentrated, it produces the latest and greatest high. As a powder, it is used, not only to smoke, but it can be part of the recipe for edibles. This is “real progress”.

As Christians we know that sin grows if not repented of. But unrepented sin also grows in potency.

It has been that way from the beginning of creation. The sins of Adam and Eve spread throughout their family, but their sins also grew in intensity. Adam and Eve disobeyed God, but their son slaughtered his brother.

Begin Now to Focus on Preparing Our Hearts and Minds for the Feast

The Feast of Trumpets is on the 14th of September, less than a week away.  After that date, it always seems the next two weeks go by on hyper-speed, and we are at the opening night of the Feast of Tabernacles.  Nobody will be perfectly ready for opening night services, but if we begin now to focus on preparing our hearts and minds for the Feast, the less important things will not ruin our Feast.

Few in this world have the understanding of God’s plan of salvation for all mankind.  You do, or you wouldn’t be preparing to go to this virtually unknown “conference”.  Appreciate the fact that you are a part of that little flock to which God has given the understanding of the great events ahead (Luke 12:32).  Here are some approaches that will help you prepare for this year’s Feast.

When that cynical attitude pops into your head, “I have heard it all before”, squash it.  How many Feasts have you been to?  Thirty maybe forty?  If you have been to this many, you are not a spring chicken.  So when was the last time you couldn’t remember where you left your glasses, bill fold, or your memory?  Scientists tell us you probably have forgotten a good part of what you have heard in past years.  Here is an interesting quote:

“Things that live in memory have no visible means of support.”  In other words you don’t have a page to look at.  It’s lodged in your brain but there is nothing visual you can refer to.  That is why repetition is important for helping you remember.

Start now in doing your part to pray for the speakers so that their sermons will be inspired.  Include in your prayers that you will be ready to listen to the messages.  If you prepare your heart for the messages and ask God to inspire the men, you will learn something new, renew something you may have forgotten, or you will have a piece of precious understanding you have clung to over the years renewed with greater clarity.

Prepare yourself to be with the greatest number of God’s people in attendance since last year’s Feast.  That means there will be more of God’s Spirit in one place than any time in the past year.  Be prepared to take advantage of fellowshipping with like minded people.  Use this time to support your spiritual family.  Share your experiences of God working in your life and listen to your brethrens’ spiritual lessons.  Doing so will strengthen everyone.  By true fellowship we can contribute greatly to the spiritual strength of all who attend.  In turn you will be strengthened.

In the past I have heard the statement that you learn by doing.  We are to learn to fear God by the doing of his Commandment of attending the Feast.  This reference to fear means to have unlimited respect for God and for the truth that the Feast represents about the Kingdom of God.  This reference to learning to fear God by keeping his Feasts is unique in God’s word.  Innumerable scriptures tell us to learn to fear God.  However, the Feast of Tabernacles is the only reference to learning to fear God directly connected to a specific time of year.  This teaches us to view these eight days, more than any other time of the year, as the ultimate opportunity to rehearse God’s plan for all mankind and for us individually.

The Feast is just a short time away, so prepare your heart and mind to receive this blessing of eight days being where God has placed his name.

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