Read the Red Letters.

Matthew 26:31 Then Jesus said to them, “All of you will be made to stumble because of Me this night, for it is written: ‘I will strike the Shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’ 
32 But after I have been raised, I will go before you to Galilee.”
33 Peter answered and said to Him, “Even if all are made to stumble because of You, I will never be made to stumble.”
34 Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you that this night, before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.”
35 Peter said to Him, “Even if I have to die with You, I will not deny You!” And so said all the disciples.

Yahshua unfolds before His disciples the events that are going to take place immediately after leaving the upper room. He is trying to prepare them for what will most certainly be a very traumatic time for all of them.

He quotes the prophet as in Zechariah 13:1. saying, “‘I will strike the Shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’” (Vs 31)

These 12 men love Him dearly, and He wanting to comfort them, telling them once again that after he is Killed he will return to them.

“But after I have been raised, I will go before you to Galilee.” (Vs 32)

However, Peter is still dealing with the Idea that he will be made to stumble. And he says, “Even if all are made to stumble because of You, I will never be made to stumble.” (Vs 33)

Peter is speaking out of his love for Yahshua, and also out of his pride, and Yahshua responds in a way that will be humbling for Peter. He says to Peter, “Assuredly, I say to you that this night, before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.” (Vs 34)

Did Peter believe Him? I think not!

He says to Yahshua, “Even if I have to die with You, I will not deny You!” (Vs 35)

Now, everyone knows that Peter did deny Christ Yahshua three times, and then the cock that Yahshua spoke of cried out.

The interesting thing about this is that there are no chickens allowed in Jerusalem.  It was against the law to have and to keep chickens in the holy city. So how could there be a cock crowing?

What most do not know was that the watchman on the wall of the Temple was named the cock because his voice could be heard for miles as he cried out the hour. He was the cock that Yahshua spoke of.

But in any case, what Messiah says, we can take to the bank He has never missed the mark, and everything he says is absolutely true.

This is why we must take the time to read and study everything he says, as it is written in the Holy Scriptures. We who believe that Yahshua is the Son of God, and because we believe, we must also follow Him.

How is that possible if we do not understand His heart and His mind, because we have not been able to recall every word he said?

He spoke of every facet of the gospel we profess to believe. How are we to know the truth without knowing the living Word of God, the Logos!

For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:14)

Yahshua is the Living Word of God, and we will be subject to being deceived by false teacher’s if we do not know His Word,

Study ever word he says, read the red letters in your Bible, so that we cannot be deceived.

How else can we defend against these Liars?

Shalom my friends,

Chuck Greever

Open the Door.

Revelation 3:14 “And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write, ‘These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God: 
15 “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. 
16 So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. 
17 Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’—and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked—
18 I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see. 
19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore, be zealous and repent. 
20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. 
21 To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.
22 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”’”

, “‘These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God: 
“I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. (Vs 14, 15)

Yahshua is speaking to a middle of the road, church. One that is not fully committed, but not fully withdrawn from the faith. This reminds me of so many Churches I have been to myself. Their focus is on their wealth and comfort rather than those things that make us endure the discomfort of visitation, witnessing to strangers, and bearing testimony of How Christ was crucified for our salvation, the actual preaching of the Gospel.

So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. (Vs 16)

So, here is the Judgment! This kind of church will feel the vacuum as the Holy Spirit departs. It reminds me of churches that have a Christmas tree in their sanctuary, or hold Easter egg hunts. Or a celebration of Halloween, with costumes, candy, pumpkins and all. These Pagan traditions in a church tells us that they don’t know the difference between what is Holy, and what is an abomination.

And where do these things take us?

26 Her priests have violated My law and profaned My holy things; they have not distinguished between the holy and unholy, nor have they made known the difference between the unclean and the clean; and they have hidden their eyes from My Sabbaths, so that I am profaned among them. 
27 Her princes in her midst are like wolves tearing the prey, to shed blood, to destroy people, and to get dishonest gain. 
28 Her prophets plastered them with untempered mortar, seeing false visions, and divining lies for them, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD,’ when the Lord had not spoken. (Ezekiel 22:26-28)

 “Because you say, ‘I am rich, and have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’—and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked— I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see.” (Vs 17, 18)

It seems that when many of us acquire wealth, we become apathetic toward God. We cease to pray for what we need. We lose our humility before God. We’re no longer aware of what the relationship with Christ requires of us. And from Heavens point of view, we have lost everything of value. In the eyes of Christ we have become wretched, miserable, and poor in spite of our wealth.

The Gold that He refers to is that which comes from the refiner’s fire.

2 “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 launderers’ soap.
3 He will sit as a refiner and a purifier of silver; He will purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer to the Lord an offering in righteousness. (Malachi 3:2, 3)

Our righteousness is the gold that He values, Not the kind of gold that the world values. We will be ashamed if we stand before Him devoid of this righteousness that we must be clothed in. this is that garment that shines like the Sun.

The salve that Yahshua speaks of is a product that Laodicea produced and sold all over the Mediterranean. and brought them a good bit of wealth. But Yahshua uses it to point out their blindness.

He says, “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore, be zealous and repent.” (Vs 19)

When Yahshua rebukes a church or an individual, we need to understand that it is because we are loved. Repentance is simply the first step toward restoration of the relationship and securing our salvation. The next step of course, is to obey Him.

Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. 
To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.  (Vs 20, 21)

His requiring our Repentance is Him knocking at our door, and when we respond to His request that we humble ourselves before Him. Is the opening of the door. He can then come in and the sharing of bread between friends is the fellowship that we all so desire to have with Him.

Repentance and a return to the Way of Christ Yahshua is how we overcome the world, and this is what brings us into the Throne room to share the throne with Yahshua. 

“If you love Me keep my Commandments” (John 14:15)

Shalom my friends,

Chuck Greever

Open Doors

7 “And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write, ‘These things says He who is holy, He who is true, “He who has the key of David, He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens”: 
8 “I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name. 
9 Indeed I will make those of the synagogue of Satan, who say they are Jews and are not, but lie—indeed I will make them come and worship before your feet, and to know that I have loved you. 
10 Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth. 
11 Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown. 
12 He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more. I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God. And I will write on him My new name.
13 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”’

“‘These things says He who is holy, He who is true, “He who has the key of David, He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens” (Vs 7)

Here is another validation the what is true is also Holy, the reference to opening doors is evidenced in our own experience, how many times has Yahshua opened a way for us, or shut a door that we ought not have entered? He goes before us making a way to proceed, as His sheep we are shepherded.

He says. “I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name.”(Vs 8)

He has made a path to follow, clearing the way ahead.  Knowing their weakness, He does this because they have kept His Word, (The Commandments) and have not denied His name. (His Identity as Lord) 

“Indeed, I will make those of the synagogue of Satan, who say they are Jews and are not, but lie—indeed I will make them come and worship before your feet, and to know that I have loved you.” (Vs 9)

Apparently, He has a bone to pick with Jews who follow Rabbinical Law, rather than Torah. Because they try to force their traditions on those who are following scripture. Remember Mark 7, where He said, ““Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written: ‘This people honors Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me.
 7 And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’”

These are the very Jews he is referring to, who are persecuting His Church, and He tells us that they are really not Jews. He says the time will come when they will bow before them and recognize their righteousness.

 “Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.” (Vs 10)

Here is the beginning of His favor toward those who have kept the faith in spite of what the rest of the world is doing, and in spite of the persecution they will have endured. He keeps them from the hour of trial that will come upon the entire world. These are His sheeple, and His remnant, whom he will protect.

“Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown.”

Hang on to what you have gained, so that No one can steal away from us what we have accomplished.

Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. 
For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power. (Colossians 2:8-10)

“He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more. I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God. And I will write on him My new name.” (Vs 12)

Here is what comes of resisting the world and its persecution. This is a cameo of Victory, our overcoming everything that Satan brings to our doorsteps.

By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments. 
For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome. 
For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. 
Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? (1st John 5:2-5)

“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”’ (Vs 13)

Do not be left out of this equation, keep the Commandments, and walk according to the Word of God, just as it is written. Do not listen to those who claim that God’s Law was abolished, they are false teachers.

 I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. (John 10:9)

This door is open to you who Follow Christ Yahshua!

Shalom my friends,

Chuck Greever

Dead Man Walking

Revelation 3:1 “And to the angel of the church in Sardis write, ‘These things says He who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars: “I know your works, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead. 
2 Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die, for I have not found your works perfect before God. 
3 Remember therefore how you have received and heard; hold fast and repent. Therefore, if you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you. 
4 You have a few names even in Sardis who have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with Me in white, for they are worthy. 
5 He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.
6 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”’

Here is an Assembly that has an angel but is about to lose their place among the seven stars.

Yahshua says to them, “I know your works, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead.” (Vs 1)

Having a name means having a reputation, but there is no life in this Church, no Spirit, all talk but no deeds, or actions. I have seen many churches like this, they are financed mostly by one family, who controls everything. And the church caters to them, because of their support. The net result is a dead church, because the truth is no longer welcome under such circumstances, and the gospel of appeasement is taught there, rather than the true Gospel of Yahshua Christ. This kind if church is dead to Christ Yahshua, and there can be no future in it, because of it’s compromised truth.

“Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die, for I have not found your works perfect before God.” (Vs 2)

You have strayed too far, return to the things that are true, the Gospel just as it was given, and the Law just as it was delivered to you must remain unchanged.

“You shall not add to the word which I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you.” (Deuteronomy 4:2)

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord. (1st Corinthians 15:58)

So much is said in the scriptures with regard to remaining steadfast in the lord. We must never allow apathy to creep in.

Yahshua says to these kinds of Churches, “Remember therefore, how you have received and heard; hold fast and repent. Therefore, if you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you.”

There will be a price for Compromising with Satan. Judgment is coming and I would not want to be among these people, or study their doctrine. 

“You have a few names even in Sardis who have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with Me in white, for they are worthy. 
He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.” (Vs 4, 5)

Even in this assembly, there are people who have not soiled themselves. They have remained true in spite of their leadership, and the false teaching. And while an entire church is in jeopardy, they will be saved because they have remained true to the teachings of Christ Yahshua.

Overcomers will walk with Yahshua, keeping his commandments, and remaining faithful. Everything in this life is a choice, and those who choose Christ over the things of this world, are set aside and made Holy.  

James 4:7 Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. 
8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 
9 Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. 
10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.

Shalom my friends,

Chuck Greever

Watch out for Jezebel.

Revelation 2:18 “And to the angel of the church in Thyatira write, ‘These things says the Son of God, who has eyes like a flame of fire, and His feet like fine brass: 
19 “I know your works, love, service, faith, and your patience; and as for your works, the last are more than the first. 
20 Nevertheless I have a few things against you, because you allow that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, to teach and seduce My servants to commit sexual immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols. 
21 And I gave her time to repent of her sexual immorality, and she did not repent. 
22 Indeed I will cast her into a sickbed, and those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of their deeds. 
23 I will kill her children with death, and all the churches shall know that I am He who searches the minds and hearts. And I will give to each one of you according to your works.
24 “Now to you I say, and to the rest in Thyatira, as many as do not have this doctrine, who have not known the depths of Satan, as they say, I will put on you no other burden. 
25 But hold fast what you have till I come. 
26 And he who overcomes, and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations—
27 ‘He shall rule them with a rod of iron; They shall be dashed to pieces like the potter’s vessels’ — as I also have received from My Father; 
28 and I will give him the morning star.
29 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”’

Thyatira was an ancient Greek city in what is now western Turkey. Yahshua is speaking to that church!

“I know your works, love, service, faith, and your patience; and as for your works, the last are more than the first.” (Vs 19)

This church has done many things right. They have made progress in the area of works, but nevertheless, there are things needing to be addressed. 

“Nevertheless, I have a few things against you, because you allow that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, to teach and seduce My servants to commit sexual immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols.” (Vs 20)

Apparently, they (the church elders) allowed someone who thought they were a prophetess, teach. But in reality, this person is a woman of ill repute. Someone who uses sexual attraction to get what they want, Like Jezabel! This person is a corrupting influence and names her sins, sexual immorality, and the eating of unclean food, that has been offered up to Idols. This makes me remember how many church functions I have attended that ham was served. But like most Baptists, I always gravitated to the Fried Chicken.

 Most women are aware of their sexuality, especially during these days, yet they have no qualms about coming out in skin tight clothes, and made up to attract attention, even letting a portion of their breasts show, what we call cleavage. Doing this whether married or single, is sending a signal that you want to attract the attention of men, a classic sign of a Jezebel Spirit in a woman.

A truly beautiful woman does not need those things, and if we want to attract the right kind of man, we must let our inner light shine. External beauty is going to come to a screeching stop with age, and then what have we to lean on, but what we are inside. Our Spirit!

I know so many truly beautiful women, but their beauty has nothing whatsoever to do with external appearances, I see who they are on a soul level, and they are anything but a Jezebel type.

“And I gave her time to repent of her sexual immorality, and she did not repent.” (Vs 21)

All of us have been given time to repent, but refusing to acknowledge our sin, and coming to our knees will convict us, and what Paul said of sin comes to bear. “For the wages of sin is death,” (Romans 6:23)

“Indeed, I will cast her into a sickbed, and those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of their deeds. 
I will kill her children with death, and all the churches shall know that I am He who searches the minds and hearts. And I will give to each one of you according to your works.” (Vs 22, 23)

There is a price attached to our sinful behavior, sickness, and tribulation, will come to those who do not regret and repent of their sin with her.

Her Children will die the eternal death, and because this is witnessed by entire Churches, they will see that no one gets away with sin, there is Justice. There is no such thing as a secret sin. Yahshua see’s it all!

“Now to you I say, and to the rest in Thyatira, as many as do not have this doctrine, who have not known the depths of Satan, as they say, I will put on you no other burden. 
But hold fast what you have till I come.” (Vs 24, 25)

For those who have not bought into this Satanic trap, and taken the Jezebel bait. Yahshua says, hang on, I am coming!  

“And he who overcomes, and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations—
‘He shall rule them with a rod of iron; They shall be dashed to pieces like the potter’s vessels’ — as I also have received from My Father; and I will give him the morning star.” (Vs 26-28)

Keeping to Yahshua’s way, truth, and Life, has eternal benefits, He gives to those who are able to overcome, the right to rule with Him during His Millennial Reign. Those who do not bow to Him and His ways will be destroyed.

I’m not sure I understand the significance of the giving of the morning star. Except that it is a bright light in the heavens, shining like a precious jewel in the morning sky. A great light indicative of His unswerving righteousness. This would go to someone who has not given Satan even an inch.

Yahshua Has high expectations for our generation, are we overcomer’s, have we managed to avoid the pitfalls of this world. I am so dependent on His grace at this point, but I do know when I’m being tested and most times, I know to resist those temptations. But this is about Churches / Assemblies, those who are charged with bringing others to Christ. My friends these Churches need to be careful what they do and what they allow amongst the flock that belongs to Yahshua.

Did he not say, “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves?” (Matthew 7:15)

Some of us are sitting before such a wolf or Jezebel now! You know who I’m talking about.

Shalom my friends,

Chuck Greever

Let Yahshua Have His Way.

Revelation 2:12“And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write,
‘These things says He who has the sharp two-edged sword: 13“I know your works, and where you dwell, where Satan’s throne is. And you hold fast to My name, and did not deny My faith even in the days in which Antipas was My faithful martyr, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells. 14But I have a few things against you, because you have there, those who hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols, and to commit sexual immorality. 15Thus you also have those who hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate. 16Repent, or else I will come to you quickly and will fight against them with the sword of My mouth.
17“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give some of the hidden manna to eat. And I will give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name written which no one knows except him who receives it.”’

The church is spoken to in advance of His coming for one extreme purpose, so that they might repair their relationship with Christ before he comes. “I know your works, and where you dwell, where Satan’s throne is. And you hold fast to My name, and did not deny My faith even in the days in which Antipas was My faithful martyr, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells.” (Vs 13)

He is saying first that this is what you have done right. This Assembly held the line even when they were under the worst kind of persecution. Antipas was a contemporary of the apostle John, very little is said about Him in the scriptures but it seems that Yahshua knew Him by name because of his testimony.
It seems that Pergamon (in Turkey) was known to be the throne of Satan, probably because of so many Pagan temples located there. So here is an assembly dwelling in the very place of sin and ungodliness.

He tells them, “But I have a few things against you, because you have there, those who hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols, and to commit sexual immorality.” (Vs 14)

The doctrine of Balaam teaches that a little sin doesn’t hurt, especially if it’s profitable. And also, is the seat of the Nicolaitan doctrine to rule over the people. Sort of sounds like our modern-day Democrats doesn’t it, as well as the permissive Christian church.

“Thus, you also have those who hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate. Repent, or else I will come to you quickly and will fight against them with the sword of My mouth.” (Vs 15, 16)

I would not want to be on the receiving end of Yahshua coming with His mighty sword against my Assembly. But this will happen to Churches, and leaders of such churches that Lord over their congregations. Manipulating, and abusing other’s for profit, or just being overly controlling.
This is not to happen among the members of the body of Christ. So, be careful what we do from the pulpit, and how we do it. It’s not that difficult to let Yahshua have His way, rather than our own agenda.

Yahshua said, “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.” (John 15:7)

According to what Yahshua says, everything can be done through prayer, there’s no need to push or pull on our part. No need to Manipulate or rule over those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit. Let Yahshua have his way, it’s easier on us and our congregations.
Shalom my friends,
Chuck Greever

Revelation 2:8 “And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write, ‘These things says the First and the Last, who was dead, and came to life: 
9 “I know your works, tribulation, and poverty (but you are rich); and I know the blasphemy of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. 
10 Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.
11 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes shall not be hurt by the second death.”’

The Son of God speaks to the church and says, “I know your works, tribulation, and poverty (but you are rich); and I know the blasphemy of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan.” (Vs 9)

He Knows of their works, He knows also of their tribulation, and their poverty. They have been Merciful and full of Grace towards others, expressing the Love of God for all to see. In spite of their service to others there have been hard times, and their lack of funds is a hinderance to doing more, Yet He says they are rich, speaking of God’s gift of the holy spirit and heavenly riches.

He says to not listen to the blasphemy coming from those who are supposed to be Jews, but are not. They are from the synagogue of Satan. That place that is against Messiah Yahshua, and who preach that a man must be circumcised to be saved. Most likely this is the source of their tribulation.

“Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.” (Vs 10)

Here is a message to all of us! To fear not, the things of this world, incarceration, though we may be imprisoned and they may kill us. But do not fear these things. Live for what is on the flip side of this life. I am prompted by the Spirit to remind everyone of what Yahshua had said about persecution and death.

He said, “And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. 
Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. 
But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 
Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.” (Matthew 10:28-31)

Those who have been saved Know what eternal life is and that when the body ceased to exist we have simply parted ways with a burden and entered into eternal life.

“I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.” 
(John 11:25, 26)

“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes shall not be hurt by the second death.”’ (Vs 11)

Persecution and death is coming to those who believe, if we know and understand the prophesy that the Bible brings to bear about the end of days, surely we must know that we are honored to play a part in this time of tribulation and the events leading up to His coming.

My Savior has been kind enough to show me my end, and that I won’t suffer. But that he is waiting for me to come home to Him. I pray the same for you!

Shalom my friends,

Chuck Greever

Unless We Change.

Isaiah 1:2 Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth! For the Lord has spoken: “I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against Me;
3 The ox knows its owner and the donkey its master’s crib; but Israel does not know, My people do not consider.”
4 Alas, sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a brood of evildoers, children who are corrupters!    

They have forsaken the Lord, they have provoked to anger the Holy One of Israel, they have turned away backward.

America is by far a nation of people who claim to know God, the same God that Israel worships, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob! But yet we do not worship God like Abraham, or Isaac, or Jacob. For many years, since this nation was begun. We have gradually departed from the Word of God. So that our Creator sees us as Children who have rebelled against Him, and now we are beginning to see the fruit of our disobedience.

He says, “I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against Me;” (Vs 2)

There’s this message that I send out to anyone who is celebrating a birthday, “Did you know that Yahweh knew you before you were born, and numbered your days?
YHWH formed you and shaped you in your mother’s womb? He placed you in the loving arms of your parents, and He sanctified you, and sent you into this world with a Holy purpose, and has walked with you from the very beginning. He will never leave you or forsake you!”

It’s intended to be a reminder of who and what we are supposed to be.

But what have we become in reality?

Speaking on behalf of the Lord, Isaiah says, “The ox knows its owner and the donkey its master’s crib; but Israel does not know, My people do not consider.” (Vs 3)

Apparently, YHWH believes that we have forgotten who brought us to this dance. Even an animal knows who feeds it, and knows where His Master has provided shelter for Him. But apparently, we do not, my Christian friends. our Creator wants to know now, if things get bad enough will we return to Him.

We have profaned His Holy Sabbath now for Hundreds of years because of some Pope’s edict. Some Christian’s even support gay marriage, and the killing of Babies in the womb, how is that not an offense to the one who sends us into this world, giving us life?

Alas, sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a brood of evildoers, children who are corrupters! (Vs 4a)

We have voted into office, people who are among the worst kind of representatives for any nation, liars, perverts, satanists, pedophiles, and sodomites. Those same people have passed laws that violate God’s Law, and even our own constitution. Our tax dollars are paying for abortions, and support sodomy and pedophilia.

They have closed churches in many states, and even banned home fellowships. Removed the Commandments of God from public places, and have stopped people from public prayer. We the people of this nation bear the responsibility for these national sins. And we are going to feel the brunt of God’s wrath because of it.

“They have forsaken the Lord, they have provoked to anger the Holy One of Israel, they have turned away backward.” (Vs 4b)

It seems that we are too stupid, or too proud, to acknowledge our sin, which means it will get worse before it gets better. Rather than come to our knees as a nation and plead with God to forgive us, we have put down our heads thinking we can plow ahead and prevail. That will not happen!

Repentance must come first, and change must follow on the heels of our sorrow.

God is willing to forgive but not until we cry out to Him, and beg His forgiveness, and return to Him. But as long as we continue to listen to these T V preachers, and other false teachers, there will be no mercy. Our itching ears have painted us into a corner.

Isaiah 1:15 When you spread out your hands, I will hide My eyes from you; Even though you make many prayers, I will not hear. Your hands are full of blood.
16 “Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes. Cease to do evil,
17 Learn to do good; Seek justice, Rebuke the oppressor; Defend the fatherless, Plead for the widow.
18 “Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the Lord, “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
19 If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land;
20 But if you refuse and rebel, you shall be devoured by the sword”; For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.

Now is not the time to buck God, we must turn from those things we’ve done, and begin to do the right thing. There is only one way to put an end to the horrors that many of us have suffered already, return to our creator in humility, and beg His forgiveness.

Floods, fires, riots, viruses, storms, and economic upheaval, believe it or not, it’s going to get worse!

Let Him who has ears hear.

Shalom my friends,

Chuck Greever

Look to the Cross.

Revelation 2:1 “To the angel of the church of Ephesus write, ‘These things says He who holds the seven stars in His right hand, who walks in the midst of the seven golden lampstands: 
2 “I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars; 
3 and you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My name’s sake and have not become weary. 
4 Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. 
5 Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent. 
6 But this you have, that you hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.
7 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God.”’

Yahshua Christ is speaking to the churches of Christ the Messiah, those who are teaching and preaching His Gospel. The Ecclesia, or Assembly of believers. He who walks among the works of these seven assemblies.

Yahshua is concerned about those who are the recipients of His gospel, and who carry out His work on this earth and so they are about to find out about his concerns.

He says, “I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars; and you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My name’s sake and have not become weary. (Vs 2, 3)

He speaks to what they have done correctly, they have separated themselves from what is evil. Also, they have tested those who claim to administer the Word of God, and proven those who are false to be impostors. They have labored for the Kingdom and not become weary.

Isn’t it interesting how those who are in possession of the truth can Labor almost endlessly and not give an inch? But still we have erred in His view, and so Yahshua points out what we have left incomplete.

He says, “Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love.” (Vs 4)

What therefore, could be our first Love? I believe the Apostle John can help us with this question.

He says, “By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments. 
3 For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome. 
4 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. 
5 Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?” 1St John 5:2-5)

Loving God the Father is our first love, by keeping the commandments we are indicating that we are in possession of This love that comes from Him. The Commandments are the way that we overcome the world, and that is tied to our Faith in Yahshua Christ the Messiah.

Did Yahshua not say, “He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.” (John 14:21)

We cannot depart from the teachings of Christ and expect to arrive at the pearly gates and be welcomed in. The Commandments are our first love.

He warns us, “Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent.” (Vs 5)

And here we live in an entire nation whose spiritual life revolves around a church life that doesn’t include keeping the Commandments of God. Unless there is repentance my Christian friends, we are going to be parting ways very soon. God does not issue warnings to go unheeded.

And then He says, “But this you have, that you hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.”
(Vs 6)

The deeds of the Nicolaitans is something we will save for another time. It’s a teaching all in its own and Yahshua has more to say on that subject to other Churches.

With that in mind let’s go back to the first love, the Commandments of God. Who does not know that there will be a separation of the sheep and goats.

“When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the £holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. 
32All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. 
33And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. 
34Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: (Matthew 25:32-34)

The point of separation is the Love of God. “The first of all the commandments is: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one
30And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment. 
31And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:29-31)

Keeping the Commandments is the glue that holds us together, for without these, we have no love for God our Creator, ourselves as His Children, or for others, who without us will never come to know this great love.

Who does not know that love is the power of Christ?

Look to the cross, and Let those who have eyes see, and ears hear.

Shalom My friends,

Chuck Greever



The Shepherd King

Deuteronomy 18:14 “When you come to the land which the Lord your God is giving you, and possess it and dwell in it, and say, ‘I will set a king over me like all the nations that are around me,’ 
15 you shall surely set a king over you whom the Lord your God chooses; one from among your brethren you shall set as king over you; you may not set a foreigner over you, who is not your brother. 
16 But he shall not multiply horses for himself, nor cause the people to return to Egypt to multiply horses, for the Lord has said to you, ‘You shall not return that way again.’ 
17 Neither shall he multiply wives for himself, lest his heart turn away; nor shall he greatly multiply silver and gold for himself.  
18 “Also it shall be, when he sits on the throne of his kingdom, that he shall write for himself a copy of this law in a book, from the one before the priests, the Levites. 
19 And it shall be with him, and he shall read it all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear the Lord his God and be careful to observe all the words of this law and these statutes, 
20 that his heart may not be lifted above his brethren, that he may not turn aside from the commandment to the right hand or to the left, and that he may prolong his days in his kingdom, he and his children in the midst of Israel.

We are able to see a pattern of how the Lord wants His Children to be ruled over. He says, “When you come to the land which the Lord your God is giving you, and possess it and dwell in it, and say, ‘I will set a king over me like all the nations that are around me,’ (Vs 14)

The Lord will choose who it is that will rule over us. “you shall surely set a king over you whom the Lord your God chooses; one from among your brethren you shall set as king over you; you may not set a foreigner over you, who is not your brother.” (Vs 15)

No foreigner shall rule over you, and it must not be a Man who enriches Himself by accumulating assets while serving as King.

16 But he shall not multiply horses for himself, nor cause the people to return to Egypt to multiply horses, for the Lord has said to you, ‘You shall not return that way again.’ 
17 Neither shall he multiply wives for himself, lest his heart turn away; nor shall he greatly multiply silver and gold for himself.  (Vs 16, 17)

Here is how we know that we have the wrong person ruling over us, He does not multiply assets / horses, and He does not ever advocate returning to Egypt / the land of our bondage. Neither shall he have multiple wives.

So, this person must be solely dedicated to the people of His nation and let there be no distractions. It’s not about Him, it’s about being a shepherd to His people. And as I read this it sounds as if the role of Pastor is being described here.

He must also be a man of the Book, a believer.

18 “Also it shall be, when he sits on the throne of his kingdom, that he shall write for himself a copy of this law in a book, from the one before the priests, the Levites. 
19 And it shall be with him, and he shall read it all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear the Lord his God and be careful to observe all the words of this law and these statutes,”  

For a man to sit and write a copy of the first five books of the bible that would be the equivalent of going to a Law college of his day. He would have to know the Word of God very well, and more than that, he shall read it and study it all the days of his life. The ruler of this great Nation would be not only a man who knows the Law, but who also lives it before the people over whom he rules.

that his heart may not be lifted above his brethren, that he may not turn aside from the commandment to the right hand or to the left, and that he may prolong his days in his kingdom, he and his children in the midst of Israel. (Vs 20)

This King is a servant of God who takes care of His flock, a Shepherd King indeed, who has been called into service By the Creator of the Universe.

There’s no election, no lottery, no arbitrary choosing a King but God Himself chooses who will be this King, according to His Will.

1st Samuel 16:1 1Now the Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? Fill your horn with oil, and go; I am sending you to Jesse the Bethlehemite. For I have provided Myself a king among his sons.”

The Lord send His prophet to anoint the new King, not a delegation of politicians, not a gaggle of preachers, but a single prophet armed with oil to anoint the chosen vessel.

1st Samuel 16:11 And Samuel said to Jesse, “Are all the young men here?” Then he said, “There remains yet the youngest, and there he is, keeping the sheep.” And Samuel said to Jesse, “Send and bring him. For we will not sit down till he comes here.” 
12 So he sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, with bright eyes, and good-looking. And the Lord said, “Arise, anoint him; for this is the one!” 
13 Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward. So, Samuel arose and went to Ramah.

Here is how a King should be chosen, according to God’s Word.

But now that we’re facing an election in this country, none of these things are in place, there’s no prophet to make God’s choice, and there’s no physical anointing. Nor are we apt to accept the man of God’s choosing. But we can pray that the leader that we need for this nation be of God’s choosing, and let God work out the details. He knows what we need!

While I wish that we could be back to the time of King David, we are not able to return to those days when God called all the shots, and when everyone was of a mind to live according to God’s Word, the Commandments, but those time will return. Until then, we will do the best we can, within this man made system called Democracy.

But know that the ultimate Shepherd King is coming, and every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that He is our rightful ruler. The King of Kings and Lord of Lords, Yahshua Christ!

Revelation 22:12 “And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work. 
13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.”

Shalom my friends,

Chuck Greever