Regarding the United Church of God
2/15/07 From The Lord, Our God and Savior
The Word of The Lord Spoken to Timothy
For the United Church of God, and For All Those Who Have Ears to Hear
To the church at The Lord’s right hand, hear the Word of The Lord, for thus says The Lord: Many of you remain seated at My right hand, because of your faith and those good works which you have done in accordance with My will. So then call yourself no more “The United Church of God.” Rather call yourself “The United Church in YahuShua The Messiah, Under God.”
My children, do you sit next to Me on My throne? Or is it My body in which you dwell? The Messiah is The Church, His name is YahuShua, and He is the body in which My children dwell. By Him and through Him are all things, and to Him shall My children flock. He is your Shepherd, and by His shed blood are you made sons and daughters of God.
Yes, many of you are of His body and remain seated at His right hand. Therefore continue in the Way I have shown you, resting firmly in The Messiah, being an immovable stone for His name. Turn not to the right hand nor to the left, but continue straight forward, according to the Scriptures and that which I speak to you this day.
For in your doings I am well pleased...
For you have kept My Commandments
And remembered My Holy Days,
And have not departed from My Sabbaths,
Even the seventh day of each week,
Which I had commanded My people
To remember and keep holy...
Yes, even to all who are grafted in.
Indeed, you have sought to be separate from those things I hate, forsaking that which is detestable in My sight, even all these filthy holidays of men which man celebrates in ignorance and sin, to the desecrating of The Messiah’s name. Thus you have not made your members to be members of a harlot. Therefore great shall be your reward in Heaven. For all sin is not equal; only My forgiveness is equal.
Yet remember this, that you may be humbled in your service toward Me: No church named of men is the true church, not one. Rather each member individually, who believes in The Messiah and obeys His voice, in whom His spirit dwells, make up the True Church of His body - no walls, only spirit and truth.
Therefore, O church of men, if you seek to strive on toward perfection, hear My words and forbear not. Take to heart all I have given you, and make it not a point of contention; nor pollute your good works with pride, nor use them as a measuring stick by which you count others unworthy. For I alone sit as judge, I alone correct and discipline all those I love.
Rather take all I have given you, both in knowledge and understanding, and remain students. Do not cease from studying to show yourself approved unto God, a workman that need not be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth, as it is written.
Beloved, heed My words and listen closely to My speech; for thus says The Lord to the church at His right hand, if you do indeed seek to remain at My right hand: Forbear not, nor reject My Word spoken to this generation, lest I leave you unto refinement also. For your robes have been made white, washed in the blood of The Lamb. Yet many of your daughters have gone their own way, returning to the ways of this world and the harlot, doing those things which are most unseemly in My sight - forsaking My Sabbaths and embracing those doctrines and traditions I hate, even all these holidays of men which I loathe in My zeal! Therefore be strong, yea, be very strong, and make every effort to turn them back again, lest they be torn in pieces when I stretch out My hand against the harlot and bring calamity upon the churches of men.
Again, I say to you, strive toward perfection, yet do not think yourselves above reproach. Embrace My words, obey that which I have spoken to this generation, and you shall surely escape all these things which I am about to do. For as it was in the days of Lot, when I brought him out of the city, so likewise shall I deliver My people in the Day of Wrath. For those in whom The Messiah dwells must be taken out of the way. Then shall I judge the earth and strike the nations. For I do not change.
Therefore give heed to My words and embrace My correction, that you may see with greater eyes. Or have you forgotten this truth: No prophecy or scripture is to be interpreted by an individual on their own? For prophecy has never come as a result of human power or by the will of man. Rather those chosen received ears to hear, and by the power of My spirit and according to My will, they became mouthpieces of The Most High God. For all I speak is Scripture and Truth, a plumb line by which all these crooked paths shall be set straight, says The Lord.
Therefore, hear and understand
The love and severity of God...
For those who forsake Me and trample
Upon the name of The Holy One of Israel,
Rejecting Me and My Word, great adversity,
Refinement in the Day of The Lord...
Yet for those who embrace Me
And My Word, cleaving to Him
In whom the fullness of God dwells,
Escape, sanctuary in the house of The Lord.
Again I say to you, heed My words and embrace My correction; remain in My love. For you have indeed done many things well, according to My Word in the Scriptures. And only by these things for which you yet lack understanding have you erred.
Therefore hear and understand the truth of baptism, of which you hold in such high regard, and be careful that you do not make it a rod or measuring stick by which you judge others; nor make baptism by water more than it was ordained to be, lest you make the cross of The Messiah of no effect. For like circumcision, so is baptism; neither is necessary for salvation. For you need only look to the thief on the cross, and have understanding. For one who had not known baptism by water was assured of salvation, though his sin was great, having confessed before The Messiah with a sincere and penitent heart. And in that same moment he was forgiven, and will enter into paradise at the Last Day, as Messiah had spoken it, saying, “In truth I speak to you this day, you shall be with Me in paradise.”
For as it is written: Many will there be in My Kingdom who received no baptism by water. Rather they had been fully immersed in The Word of God, enveloped in The Son’s sacrifice and love, baptized in the Spirit of Truth. For most assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. Therefore, do not cast stumbling blocks before the feet of those who love Me. Be one in Messiah, according to that which dwells inwardly in the heart. For true fellowship comes not by words spoken amongst a group of united people, nor by immersion in water. Rather it starts with the heart, and is found in the stillness of My spirit, where My peace mends the broken and My gentle caress gladdens the heart. For all those found at the feet of The Lord are covered with grace, and those who abide in My love are indeed of one accord.
Beloved, where in The Commandments have I written all must be baptized by men to be saved? Baptism is indeed good, if it is a confession poured out from one’s heart in pure belief, an outward act of faith revealing one’s acceptance of their forgiveness in The Messiah. For the water of the earth can only cleanse that which is soiled on the skin. By no means can it cleanse that which is soiled in the spirit; this is reserved for the blood of The Lamb. Again I say to you, baptism by water is nothing, unless one is first washed by The Word, being baptized in the Spirit of Grace and Truth which is received in YahuShua HaMashiach, whom you call Jesus and Christ. For HE is The True Baptism, The Very Water of Life, in which all must be cleansed to receive everlasting life.
Therefore beloved, remember:
The spirit of the Word, and not the letter,
Is the way, the truth and the life...
For The Messiah is indeed coming quickly,
To baptize all in fire and glory...
Those of a wicked heart, in fire...
And those of the Spirit, in glory, forever and ever!...
Says The Lord.