NCW 49 Editorial
January 1998 - New Year
Beloved brethren and sisters in Christ:
"Therefore also now, saith the Lord [Yahweh], turn ye even to Me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning: And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the Lord [Yahweh] your God [Elohim]: for He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness.." (Joel 2:12-13, AV).
I send you greetings in the Name of our Lord and Saviour, Yahshua haMashiach (Jesus Christ) in whose service we are engaged.
We welcome you to the secular new year though for us as New Covenant Christians "New Year" is nothing but another pagan celebration of the Roman god Janus who had two faces, one pointing backwards to the old year (the past) and another towards the new one (the future). The true New Year begins in April with the advent of spring, and it is this what we look forward to.
Nevertheless, the origin of the tradition notwithstanding, it will not do us any harm here to look back in to the recent past to see what we have accomplished in the grace of Yahweh, and forwards to what we presently hope for. And we have many hopes. We shall not be making "new year resolutions" as the pagans but be living by our covenants day by day, God willing.
1997 saw three major events take place for the Church which are of great significance. Firstly, the acquisition of a large plot of land and buildings for the start of a preparatory firstborn-colony in Sweden. We are still a little shell-shocked as to how it all happened. It was all so sudden. We are, however, desperately short of cash at present having exhausted all our existing funds to build the Temple of Yahweh. The winter has been a tough one with times when we have had very little heat, and we have faced one problem after another. But we are here, settled in Zion, according to the promises the Lord made to us in the revelations, and we praise Him for that.
The second landmark of 1997 was the publication of the Olive Branch, 1,000 copies of 470 revelations received over the past decade with commentary. At the time of writing it is only trickling into the world -- we simply do not have the funds to mount the advertising campaign for it to be better known.
The third landmark was the establishment of a Web page for the Church which has grown into an 8.5 megabyte site. Even so, we have only got about 30% of the material up -- it is an enormous task and, bearing in mind the fact that we have secular employment, we have little time to do it.
We have often said these past six months that the Lord has given us physical Zion for we are acutely conscious of the need now for its spiritual counterpart -- the promised endowment of the Spirit. The Lord has been faithful to His Word up until now but I admit it has been hard continuing the climb up our Sinai and patiently (often impatiently) awaiting His next move. It has not been easy. However, He has continued to assure us that thus great Millennial Work will suddenly, without warning, break out into the world when we are least expecting it. And we have never lost sight of that vision.
1997 also saw events in the Middle East take a nasty turn. We need not suppose that 1998 will get any better. Indeed, our revelations clearly indicate that peace will not come to the Middle East until our Lord returns. Worse, we may well be on the edge of the beginning of those cataclysms which will mark great changes politically, militarily, socially and religiously in the world, with the strong possibility of a nuclear war triggered by terrorists, major earthquakes in Europe, America, Asia and the Middle East, economic collapse, and more. Our days of outward peace may not last too much longer. Many of these events are likely to take place within the next decade. In fact, I would say it is most likely.
What is more important is that people find the peace of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. They are going to need it. The time for dithering is surely nearly over. If people don't quickly start making a choice for Yahweh our God, they may find that when the great catastrophes begin it is already too late for them. We cannot afford to gamble away our salvation and eternal hope.
Our word this month therefore is principally for those on the fringe -- on the borders of decision for Christ because TODAY is always the day of decision. There are many we know who are "hiding" for various reasons, running away to Tarshish as Jonah tried to do, fleeing their calling. Some, I know, have already been swallowed up into darkness and are begging for release. There are some for whom time is fast running out, for whom the opportunities of Church, family and salvation may never come again. It is surely time to be reconciled, to repent, and to trust the Lord's promises: "For I will cleanse their blood that I have not cleansed: for the Lord dwelleth in Zion" (Joel 3:21, AV).
The Lord said that He would return like a "thief in the night" -- that He would return unexpectedly. And we too could be taken at any moment -- unexpectedly -- as our allotted time on earth runs out. Have you made peace with God? Have you done all you can to right any wrongs you may committed with persons who are still reachable? Who knows what fire you might kindle! For one humble African farmer started a revival in his country by simply walking a hundred miles to apologise to someone he had wronged, after he had become a Christian. Whoever you are, whatever your past, GOD CAN STILL USE YOU. You are wanted and needed in Zion. Therefore we invite you HOME.
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