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

Even the Demons Believe:

April 19th, 2017

To the World: James 2:19–20: “You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder. But are you willing to recognize, you foolish fellow, that faith without works is useless?” (NASB)

To the Religious: Matthew 23:27–28: “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which on the outside appear beautiful, but inside they are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness. Even so you too outwardly appear righteous to men, but inwardly you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.” (NASB)

To the Professing Christian: Read: The Tragedy of Being Left Behind

Warning,
Watchman Raymond D. Sopp

Website: www.SoppMinistries.org

In This World, Tribulation:

April 14th, 2017

John 16:32–33: “Behold, an hour is coming, and has already come, for you to be scattered, each to his own home, and to leave Me alone; and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with Me. These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” (NASB)

On April 7, 2017, I gave verse 33 to our email list without comment to ask for their financial support: This ministry received no extra help. When Almighty God called this watchman He used Ezekiel chapter three so I was not surprised – yet it still broke my heart.

The premise of the verse was that Jesus told them ahead of time so they would have peace in the midst of tribulation, because He overcame the world – He rose again; so how can you have peace in tribulation? By being literally born-again from above.

For twenty-one years now, I’ve been warning those saying “Lord, Lord” to make sure within their hearts that they will be ready for the Bridegroom. I even published a book in 2004 titled, The Portrait of a Christian, as an aid to help the professing Christian to do so. (I fixed a few typos and republished in 2014.)

Through our Blog, prompted by the Holy Spirit, these past eighteen months I’ve been doing my best to boldly warn what lies ahead; first to urge the professing Christian to examine themselves before it’s too late, second to the born-again so they may have peace.

Perhaps the ears of the professing Christian became dull – became “Lukewarm” – because so many “prophets” made a lot of money predicting the day of His return; even though it’s very clear in Scripture that no one will know the day and hour – no, not even the Son. However, it’s also very clear in Scripture that we will know the season of His return and also there will be a Great Apostasy within the church at-large as the Day approaches; the religious will never look into a spiritual mirror – not even in Jesus’ time.

How much time do we have left? I do not know, but I do know none of us are guaranteed our next breath. With a very somber heart I say once again:

Who will believe the message – the warning?

Watchman Raymond D. Sopp

Website: www.SoppMinistries.org

What is Love? A Spiritual Mirror:

March 16th, 2017

John 3:16–17: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world should be saved through Him.” (NASB)

I believe I hear this verse quoted more often than any other verse in the Bible; since this is love, have you looked deeply into its core meaning? Since it’s written that Jesus is God – the Word made flesh and the Word is truth, than truth is the ultimate substance of love.

The Word – God – Jesus came to proclaim the truth to the world, but in doing so it cost Him his very life via the horrible torture of flogging and the cross; which in turn brought about salvation for those who embraced the truth bringing about a rebirth – not judgment.

Yet today in the Church at-large we have embraced the lie that love does not expose sin, and if we expose sin as sin, we are also then judgmental, e.g., exposing abortion, homosexuality and so on as sin; however exposing sin as sin (as defined in God’s Word) is actually the highest form of love and not judgment, because it is the only path to salvation.

Are you born-again? Is Christ in you? If yes, then are you willing to take up your cross and deny yourself for the sake of truth – to love enough to risk your life to deliver even just one from judgment – from the eternal Lake of Fire. The truth will cause both the world and those who just say “Lord, Lord” to hate you. Why? Because as it’s written, the world and the religious hated Jesus first; may I also remind you that it was the religious who hated the truth most – to the point of delivering the Truth (Jesus) to be nailed to a cross.

Do you think that to coddle sin with kind words – to dilute sin as not to offend is love? Then let me ask you, is that what the Word does – is that what the Word made flesh, Jesus would do? Look in the mirror, do you see Jesus in you? That said, first check the motive within your heart; are you giving people the truth to judge, or for their salvation like Jesus did? Will the world and religious then love you or gnash their teeth at you? How was Jesus embraced? As it’s written, if you do not take up your cross and deny yourself then you’re not worthy of the Kingdom of God.

Yes, there are many “Rembrandts” painting beautiful portraits of Jesus – but is it Jesus – is it salvation. (See the Blog post dated, October 2016.) The fragrance of Christ may be sweet to the born-again and to the sinner who is genuinely seeking the truth, but the truth is very noxious and offensive to the world and to the religious.

2 Corinthians 13:5: “Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you—unless indeed you fail the test?” (NASB)

With the Love of Jesus,
Watchman Raymond D. Sopp

Website: www.SoppMinistries.org

Prophet: Year 2017: Be Prepared:

February 15th, 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

Prophet: Year 2017: The Agony of Deceit:

December 30th, 2016

2 Thessalonians 2:9–12: “The one whose coming is in accord with the activity of Satan, with all power and signs and false wonders, and with all the deception of wickedness for those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved. For this reason God will send upon them a deluding influence so that they might believe what is false, in order that they all may be judged who did not believe the truth, but took pleasure in wickedness.” (NASB)

There is only one way to truly love the truth; that is to take up your cross and deny yourself. Why? In order to accept the truth you must lay down that which you want to hear for that which is true; you will have to go through the agony of death on the cross – self-denial – to reach and find the truth; deceit will promise you life only to deliver the agony of the flames of eternal death and Hell. In 2017 you will need to make a choice: The Agony of the Cross, or The Agony of Deceit.

Your most important prayer this year is for the Holy Spirit to give you Discernment, Wisdom, Strength and Courage. Discernment so you will know truth from error; Wisdom to know how to interpret it; Strength and Courage to accept it.

In Luke 20:9-18, Jesus told the religious of His time something they did not want to hear, and as we read further in Luke we see that they refused to hear: “And when they heard it, they said, ‘May it never be!’ But He looked at them and said, what then is this that is written, ‘THE STONE WHICH THE BUILDERS REJECTED, THIS BECAME THE CHIEF CORNER stone’? Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces (the agony of the cross); but on whomever it falls, it will scatter him like dust (the agony of deceit).” (NASB) Do you have ears to hear?

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. They have healed the brokenness of My people superficially, saying, ‘Peace, Peace,’ but there is no peace.” (NASB)

1 Thessalonians 5:1–3: “Now as to the times and the epochs, brethren, you have no need of anything to be written to you. For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night. While they are saying, ‘Peace and safety!’ then destruction will come upon them suddenly like birth pangs upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.” (NASB)

2 Thessalonians 2:3–4: “Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God.” (NASB)

As it’s written: The Bridegroom will come at an unexpected hour and suddenly for His bride. Bride is your lamp full of oil – are you ready?

I strongly encourage all to read the chapter in our book,
The Portrait of a Christian, titled:
Satan, Disguised as an Angel of Light!

Redemption and Judgment are upon us:


The hammer of the clock begins its move
to strike its chime for the twelfth time.

Yet who will believe the message?

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

Website: www.SoppMinistries.org