The Trumpet of Warning: A Time of Tribulation:

September 14th, 2017

Come let us reason together: In a time of tribulation from man or nature, mankind will seek spiritualism (even spiritualism disguised as Christianity) and mankind for a solution out of desperation. How do you discern the false from the genuine? What is common in this great deception? It will give the seekers of secular peace what they want to hear.

The antichrist will cause all to look toward mankind and spiritualism by cloaking himself with miraculous signs and wonders, and with peace, peace upon his lips, thereby satisfying the world through Satan’s illusion. This deception will be so great, that if possible, even the elect would be deceived. This will bring the antichrist to power, along with a world government, however this solution – mankind’s solution will not bring peace, but bring in a much greater tribulation.

I strongly – sincerely – with all my heart encourage all to prayerfully read or reread the following two chapters in my book, The Portrait of a Christian. To do so, click on the chapter’s title:

Satan, Disguised as An Angel of Light!

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The Tragedy of Being LEFT BEHIND!

How serious am I? Ezekiel 33:7–9: “Now as for you, son of man, I have appointed you a watchman for the house of Israel (Church); so you will hear a message from My mouth, and give them warning from Me. When I say to the wicked, ‘O wicked man, you shall surely die,’ and you do not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require from your hand. But if you on your part warn a wicked man to turn from his way, and he does not turn from his way, he will die in his iniquity; but you have delivered your life. (NASB)

From the Depths of my Heart,
Watchman Raymond D. Sopp

Website: www.SoppMinistries.org

A Time to Pray: A Time to Listen:

August 18th, 2017

Come let us reason together: This morning (August 18, 2017) as I was praying this Blog/Email came to mind; about fifteen minutes later (5:45 A.M. MST) the host of a secular news and talk radio station (KVOR) said, in not so many words, the same thing. With this so called “coincidence” could I remain silent? So I decided to post this Blog again and to resend this Email of February 15, 2017 titled, Prophet: Year 2017: Be Prepared, with a few changes.

Acts 9:10–16: “Now there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias; and the Lord said to him in a vision, ‘Ananias’ And he said, ‘Behold, here am I, Lord.’ And the Lord said to him, ‘Arise and go to the street called Straight, and inquire at the house of Judas for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for behold, he is praying, and he has seen in a vision a man named Ananias come in and lay his hands on him, so that he might regain his sight.’ But Ananias answered, ‘Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much harm he did to Thy saints at Jerusalem; and here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call upon Thy name.’ But the Lord said to him, ‘Go, for he is a chosen instrument of Mine, to bear My name before the Gentiles and kings and the sons of Israel; for I will show him how much he must suffer for My name’s sake.’” (NASB)

Many will pray but then refuse to listen, because the answer from our Lord was too dreaded to accept. What if Saul and Ananias refused to listen to such a dreaded word from our Lord? In like manner, I heard in my prayers for about three weeks but said nothing, because it was too dreaded for me to accept. What was it? That the violence in the world, both by man and nature, will start increasing at an accelerated rate now. What should we do? Accept what I wrote on February 15, 2017 to pray and listen, and to accept what you hear.

Blog Post: February 15, 2017: Luke 22:35–38: “And He said to them, ‘When I sent you out without purse and bag and sandals, you did not lack anything, did you?’ And they said, ‘No, nothing.’ And He said to them, ‘But now, let him who has a purse take it along, likewise also a bag, and let him who has no sword sell his robe and buy one. For I tell you, that this which is written must be fulfilled in Me, ‘AND HE WAS NUMBERED WITH TRANSGRESSORS’; for that which refers to Me has its fulfillment. And they said, ‘Lord, look, here are two swords.’ And He said to them, ‘it is enough.'” (NASB)

As this world and the mere-professing Christian moves quickly further and further from His unadulterated Word – from our Lord, His umbrella of protection also moves with Him to where even some of His people will get wet.

It is very important to consistently pray every day for Discernment, Wisdom, Strength and Courage – and for a hedge of protection. If you’re praying this prayer, when you feel a tug on your heart not to do something or go somewhere – do not do or go. If you then do not see anything happen – just maybe the warning was just for you; that said, you must not ignore our Lord’s warning within your heart. Be prepared in your heart for anything!

Also, a little physical preparation would also be prudent; however not too much for that would show that you put more trust in the “sword” than our Lord.

From the Depths of my Heart,
Watchman Raymond D. Sopp

Website: www.SoppMinistries.org

Ears Tuned to Truth? Ears Tuned to Lies?

July 29th, 2017

Come let us reason together: Luke 12:51–53: “Do you suppose that I came to grant peace on earth? I tell you, no, but rather division; for from now on five members in one household will be divided, three against two, and two against three. They will be divided, father against son, and son against father; mother against daughter, and daughter against mother; mother-in-law against daughter-in-law, and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.” (NASB)

Since truth by definition is one, the truth will in a fallen world be hated, even despised – a world where everyone is a god, deciding for themselves what is wrong and what is right, will by necessity bring division; which is why to be born-again into His kingdom, you must take up your cross and deny yourself – deny your own self-perceived righteousness. This is why John the Baptist could only pave the road to God’s Lamb through repentance; there is no other way, and this repentance must be sincere of heart; the Lamb of God cannot be used as “Hell insurance” – as John called the religious who came to be baptized a brood of vipers. Matthew 3:7: “But when he (John) saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming for baptism, he said to them, ‘You brood of vipers, who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?’” (NASB) Has any true prophet from God – any true witness of God in both the Old and New Testaments ever been liked and embraced by the self-righteous – by the world in general? Is not true love defined as truth? God is love. God is truth.

Jeremiah 6:13–14: “For from the least of them even to the greatest of them, everyone is greedy for gain, and from the prophet even to the priest everyone deals falsely. And they have healed the brokenness of My people superficially, saying, ‘Peace, Peace,’ but there is no peace.” (NASB)

On the other hand, the lie by definition is many; the lie in a fallen world will be lovingly embraced where everyone is a god – deciding for themselves what is wrong and what is right which by necessity bring false peace as it will then be said, “it is their truth.” Who is the father of lies? Satan!

In the world we are seeing the “birth pains” come closer and closer together, according to God’s Word, we are also seeing ears become dull to the truth. Through God’s anointing as His Watchman, to God be the glory, had me write a simple book – maybe too simple for many who are wise, titled, The Portrait of a Christian for this day and hour; after all, as it’s written, the Gospel should be simple – yet also confounding (foolish) to the “wise” in the eyes of this world. In this late hour, I have made the book available to read for free through web pages or as a PDF. What more can I do?

My Father – Almighty God may those who have ears, let them hear. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen and Amen!

Watchman/Minister Raymond D. Sopp

Website: www.SoppMinistries.org

Warning after Warning: Do you have ears to hear?

July 10th, 2017

Come let us reason together: Exodus 9:8–12: “Then the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, ‘Take for yourselves handfuls of soot from a kiln, and let Moses throw it toward the sky in the sight of Pharaoh. And it will become fine dust over all the land of Egypt, and will become boils breaking out with sores on man and beast through all the land of Egypt.’ So they took soot from a kiln, and stood before Pharaoh; and Moses threw it toward the sky, and it became boils breaking out with sores on man and beast. And the magicians could not stand before Moses because of the boils, for the boils were on the magicians as well as on all the Egyptians. And the LORD hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he did not listen to them, just as the LORD had spoken to Moses.” (NASB)

Exodus 14:4: “Thus I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and he will chase after them; and I will be honored through Pharaoh and all his army, and the Egyptians will know that I am the LORD.” (NASB)

I started this ministry in 1996, shortly after the Almighty called me to be His watchman. At the beginning I was able to at least get the attention of many throughout the world; however, in the past couple of years I’ve seen fewer and fewer even willing to listen – even to the point that after I confronted a couple concerning a difficult problem, who were very close to me, told me they thought I was “struggling with some spiritual issues,” although at one time they “seemed” to believe in my calling.

Zechariah 1:10–15: “And the man who was standing among the myrtle trees answered and said, ‘These are those whom the LORD has sent to patrol the earth.’ So they answered the angel of the LORD who was standing among the myrtle trees, and said, ‘We have patrolled the earth, and behold, all the earth is peaceful and quiet.’ Then the angel of the LORD answered and said, ‘O LORD of hosts, how long wilt Thou have no compassion for Jerusalem and the cities of Judah, with which Thou hast been indignant these seventy years?’ And the LORD answered the angel who was speaking with me with gracious words, comforting words. So the angel who was speaking with me said to me, proclaim, saying, ‘Thus says the LORD of hosts, I am exceedingly jealous for Jerusalem and Zion. But I am very angry with the nations who are at ease; for while I was only a little angry, they furthered the disaster.'” (NASB)

Did you ever think – or even imagine a time when the pictures of pulling apart aborted babies in order to sell the baby parts for a profit would be so easily forgotten and dismissed – so easily become nothing more than just a memory, even among most professing Christians? Could you even imagine a time when the White House would be lit up in rainbow colors and be applauded – even throughout the world? Is the Almighty after warning and warning begun to harden hearts in order to fill His bowl of wrath so all will know He is the Lord? Is there a time when the Almighty will stop striving with mankind and He will harden hearts worldwide in order to further the disaster? According to His word, yes! Yet even now, who will believe the message?

For more insight read my commentary – the chapter from my book, The Portrait of a Christian: Satan, Disguised as an Angel of Light

With a heavy Heart,
Watchman Raymond D. Sopp

Website: www.SoppMinistries.org

Focus on the Symptoms? Focus on the Disease?

June 28th, 2017

Come let us reason together: When the body is showing symptoms of a disease, it’s very important to treat the symptoms, however, if that’s where we place our focus, in the end, the patient will die; however, if we place our focus on the cause of the symptoms – and aggressively treat the disease the symptoms will decrease and most will live.

When we see children dying of starvation in today’s world, it’s very important to treat the symptoms and we will save some; however, if we do not focus on the disease, the problem will eventually increase exponentially to the point that it will become completely unmanageable – which we are now seeing throughout the world.

When we see the family structure dissolve before our eyes in today’s world, it’s very important to treat the symptoms and we will save some; however, if we do not focus on the disease, the problem will eventually increase exponentially to the point that it will become completely unmanageable – which we are now seeing throughout the world.

So what should we do? Focus on the symptoms, or focus on the disease which is causing the symptoms? What is the disease? The last two are spiritual; so let’s get back to focusing more on the Gospel than the symptoms and save even more.

In this day of apostasy it’s much easier to focus on and support that which we see and not that which we do not see. That said, due to living in the prophesied age of the Great Apostasy, we need diligence and prayer so we do not support a false – an adulterated Gospel.

As it’s written, they will adulterate the Gospel to avoid offending – to avoid the offence of the cross to further the business of religion, deceived into thinking they’re doing a great work for Almighty God as they count the numbers.

2 Timothy 4:3: “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires.” (NASB)

Watchman Raymond D. Sopp

Website: www.SoppMinistries.org

Almighty God is Love: Can there be only one way?

June 7th, 2017

Come let us reason together: At the beginning Adam deliberately chose to disobey Almighty God’s instruction and eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil – in essence, he decided to be as god and he would decide for himself what is good and what is evil; this decision mimicked Satan’s rebellion in heaven to displace Almighty God from His throne to make it his – becoming as god. Therefore, Adam moved into Satan’s kingdom of rebellion; mankind now inherited Adam’s rebellion. Who can save mankind from Satan’s kingdom of rebellion back into God’s kingdom – God’s rule?

Beginning with Abraham, God made it abundantly clear that He needed to supply His own sacrifice. (Genesis: 22:1-8) Out of the wilderness, God began to show that the sacrifice had to be without a blemish, however even an unblemished animal would only cover sin for a limited time – not remove it. Abraham’s son could not be that sinless sacrifice, but God’s only Son could be the sinless sacrifice to completely and permanently remove the inherited sin from mankind.

Like Adam, God’s only Son needed to be tempted; however, He chose to obey God the Father so God the Son remained unblemished; yes, now God was able to supply His own sacrifice to redeem mankind – allowing mankind to be reborn from a heart of rebellion and replace it with his Holy Spirit to obedience; however, mankind’s unredeemed flesh remained to battle against mankind’s reborn spirit – a spirit desiring only God’s will, this born-again experience could only happen by accepting God’s way to redeem mankind through His Son’s sacrifice – through God’s unblemished Lamb – through God the Son.

We know God the Father accepted God the Son’s sacrifice when the Holy Spirit fell first upon His disciples – symbolized by the holy fire falling upon their heads in the upper room. I also know when I was born-again by taking (by faith only) the first step of obedience by accepting God’s way of salvation; only then I knew for sure my salvation as the Holy Spirit within me gave witness; in other words, I now had a new heart desiring obedience by being redeemed into God’s Kingdom.

There are some who have no assurance of being redeemed unless they sacrifice themselves, however, by having no assurance of being redeemed they show that they know within their hearts that they are blemished which God showed over and over again that only an unblemished sacrifice would be accepted and if anyone attempted to use a blemished sacrifice died without pity. Foolish one, how can you ignore the obvious. God is now knocking on the door of your heart – let Him in now, because as it’s written, He will not strive with mankind forever.

This watchman recently saw the hammer of the clock move back a little more; how much more can the hammer move back before it’s released to strike the clock’s chime for the twelfth and last time? No one knows; however, I do know when the hammer is released it will strike the chime in the twinkle of an eye. Today is the day of salvation as the door will soon be closed so Almighty God’s judgment can resume on a rebellious world.

How can God show more love toward mankind by leaving heaven – supplying Himself as an unblemished sacrifice to redeem mankind? How can mankind show more contempt toward Almighty God by saying, I will decide my own way of redemption?

Watchman Raymond D. Sopp

Website: www.SoppMinistries.org

The Demon – The Storm

May 24th, 2017

Matthew 17:15–20: “Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is a lunatic, and is very ill; for he often falls into the fire, and often into the water. And I brought him to Your disciples, and they could not cure him. And Jesus answered and said, ‘O unbelieving and perverted generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring him here to Me.’ And Jesus rebuked him, and the demon came out of him, and the boy was cured at once. Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, ‘Why could we not cast it out?’ And He said to them, ‘Because of the littleness of your faith; for truly I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you shall say to this mountain, move from here to there, and it shall move; and nothing shall be impossible to you.'” (NASB)

Many love this verse as it seems to infer that if we had enough faith we could do anything – have anything we want. However, if you look more closely at the context you realize that Jesus (God) sent His disciples on a mission, they did not go out on their own volition.

Although Jesus sent them on a mission, they came upon something that was just too “big” for them to handle. However, was this too big for Almighty God to handle? Is moving a mountain too big for God? No! Then neither is casting out a demon. In other words, if Jesus (God) sends you on a mission, He will also empower you to accomplish His will – His mission.

Luke 17:5–10: “And the apostles said to the Lord, ‘Increase our faith!’ And the Lord said, If you had faith like a mustard seed, you would say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and be planted in the sea’; and it would obey you. But which of you, having a slave plowing or tending sheep, will say to him when he has come in from the field, ‘Come immediately and sit down to eat’? But will he not say to him, ‘Prepare something for me to eat, and properly clothe yourself and serve me until I have eaten and drunk; and afterward you will eat and drink’? He does not thank the slave because he did the things which were commanded, does he? So you too, when you do all the things which are commanded you, say, ‘We are unworthy slaves; we have done only that which we ought to have done.'” (NASB)

When we accomplish God’s will – God’s mission we have a tendency to think we’re something special; however, you simply were sent on a mission by God. How can you boast being nothing but His servant, just accomplishing what you were sent to do? To God be the glory!

Matthew 14:28–31: “And Peter answered Him and said, ‘Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.’ And He said, ‘Come!’ And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But seeing the wind, he became afraid, and beginning to sink, he cried out, saying, ‘Lord, save me!’ And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him, and said to him, ‘O you of little faith, why did you doubt?'” (NASB)

Here we see Jesus, God in the flesh, give a command, but Peter looking at the storm lost his faith that God was bigger than the storm and began to sink.

John 17:4: “I glorified Thee on the earth, having accomplished the work which Thou hast given Me to do.” (NASB)

The only way to bring glory to Almighty God is to obey – to accomplish His will for your life.

John 17:11: “And I am no more in the world; and yet they themselves are in the world, and I come to Thee. Holy Father, keep them in Thy name, the name which Thou hast given Me, that they may be one, even as We are.” (NASB)

Most will say, but that’s Jesus; however, Jesus prayed that we would be one even as He was one with the Father. Could the Father say no Jesus’ prayer when He was only accomplishing the Father’s will – the reason why the Lamb of God was sent? If the Father said no, how then can we now call God our Father?

The way to Almighty God was now open to whosoever would accept God’s lamb, Jesus for the forgiveness of their sins – symbolized by the tearing of the veil from top to bottom allowing the forgiven to enter the Holy of Holies, i.e., removing the veil of separation through the blood of God’s lamb; the very thing the Father sent His Son to accomplish.

The way to the Father is now open to those who accept the sacrifice of God’s Lamb (Jesus), wiping away the sin we inherited from Adam. Adam chose to disobey God the Creator, in essence, making himself as a god by deciding for himself what is right and what is wrong in his own eyes. We’re now seeing this “god attitude” coming alive as never before worldwide.

Jesus’ obedience to the Father wiped out the disobedience of Adam for those who accept God’s Lamb, Jesus, for the forgiveness of their sins. To do so, you must first understand you’re in need of forgiveness; the self-righteous have no need for a Savior; hence, their sin remains which await Almighty God’s judgment – the Lake of Fire, the same which awaits Satan and all others who become as god – saying: “I will decide what’s right and what’s wrong; I will decide my own way of salvation.”

As with Adam, Jesus (God in the flesh), had a choice as He could have decided not to drink of God’s cup. Jesus, as He sweated blood, asked for the cup of suffering to be taken away if there was any other way of salvation; however, He also said to God the Father: “Nevertheless, Your will be done.” The obedience – the sacrifice of God’s Lamb (Jesus) allowed us to be cleansed of the sin inherited from Adam so we could be born-again with God’s Holy Spirit unto salvation. Why is Jesus (God in the flesh) – God’s Lamb – the only way of salvation? Only the Creator can redeem His creation.

John 5:19–20: “Jesus therefore answered and was saying to them, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner. For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself is doing; and greater works than these will He show Him, that you may marvel.” (NASB)

Jesus, God in flesh, had power on earth to accomplish the Father’s will. Jesus often prayed in order to hear from the Father. Are you praying to hear the Father’s will for you? If so, then God the Father will empower you to accomplish His will as well – not your will.

What is the common thread which ties all these Scriptures together?
This is not about your will, but Almighty God’s will.

To God be the glory!

Watchman Raymond D. Sopp

Website: www.SoppMinistries.org