Dark Clouds of Judgment Over America?
By Apostle Eric vonAnderseck
Some say that there is a dark cloud of God’s judgment hanging over America, citing terrorist attacks, the Wall Street crash, the buckled housing market, and the banking collapse of 2008.
You don’t have to be a prophetic wizard to understand that we are in the time Jesus described as the “Beginning of Sorrows”.
But these dark clouds of judgment are looming all over the world, not just here in America.
Reports of birds falling from the sky, “mass fish deaths”, and whales mysteriously beaching themselves are now common across the world.Not to mention wars and rumors of wars, tsunami, hurricane, tornadoes, earthquakes, drought – wake up and smell the coffee. God is speaking to each person in these signs and what He is saying is that He has appointed a time of judgment for mankind, which is now unfolding. The clock is ticking.
As in the days of Noah (the first consummation) so also is it today. You don’t have a choice about whether or not the Tribulation (the second consummation) is coming any more than the people in the days of Noah had a choice whether or not God was going to send the flood. That decision was already made in the courts of heaven.
There are Two Clocks Working
What you might not have understood is that there are two clocks running at the same time.
The WORLD Clock: The Beginning of Sorrows begins the countdown for the world as God bundles the tares (sinners) to reserve them to His judgments as we see outlined in the book of Revelation.
The CHURCH Clock: The Beginning of Sorrows begins the countdown for the church as God bundles the wheat (His saints) to be gathered into His barn, or taken in the rapture.
Can We Turn the Clock Back?
I’m often asked if we can turn the clock back and the answer is, No, we can’t. The only thing you can do is choose which clock or bundle you belong to. And this is the purpose of the Second 8th Week. It is a time allotment by God, a short window of time God has allowed for the church to be purified and the remnant to be saved or brought into God’s house (the covenant of Jesus Christ).
God Offers Clemency to the Nations
I received a word from God in spring of 2006 “ Clemency to the Nations” and began a series of teachings, which was sent to all major ministries and media in August of that same year. God spoke of clemency through the covenant of Jesus Christ and promised to spare those nations that repented, shielding them from the worst so they would not experience the full force of the blows of His wrath.
We also received a visible sign seen in the sky to announce this season of clemency, covenant, restoration, and calling the nations to return to God. A bright red trumpet was seen in the sky by Evangelist Connie van Wyk of Second 8th Week Ministries. The photograph she took of the trumpet sign has been shared around the world and you will find a copy of that photograph at the end of the video below.
[To listen to a short message about the covenant God has restored to the church, click the link “Covenant Restored”
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How Shall I Repent?
God has restored the covenant of Jesus Christ.
It is amazing to me when I hear someone trying to qualify sin by pointing out the Red Light District in Amsterdam, stating that those people over there would seemingly be more deserving of God’s judgments than us over here in America.
In this season of restoration of the covenant as God points out the sin of the United States and indeed the sin of the world – it is not the “deed” He is pointing to. God is not referring to prayer being taken out of schools, He is not referring to abortion laws, and He is not addressing same sex marriage. God is only pointing at one failing – You have rejected the covenant of Jesus Christ and the terms I set for you to be joined to Me, to be reconciled to Me. You remade the gospel (message of Christ) into your own image and changed My law of grace to honor your own traditions.
Faith was to reflect and express Jesus Christ perfectly in the soul of man. But as it is now expressed in the current Christian culture, faith is a mirror image of man – his aspirations, his principles, his imagination, and his moral failings. Man uses his own record as a template for faith whereas God designed Jesus Christ as the record for our faith.
God calls this the sin of rebellion as He also said through the prophet Samuel when rebuking Saul, “For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the Lord, he hath also rejected thee from being king.” (1 Samuel 15:23)
THE MAN OF SIN…..
The antichrist is referred to as the “man of sin”.
2 Thessalonians 2:3
“Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition.”
Look at the word SIN in the verse above. Sin has nothing to do with “moral failings”. God is identifying a KINGDOM. The antichrist is called the man of sin, not meaning he is a fornicator, but he is called the man of sin because sin is a kingdom. Satan is called the king of iniquity. He is the very source of rebellion, which began in heaven when he opposed God’s plan for Adam, to make a covenant with Him, to set the grounds for his testing, to redeem him, and set him upon His throne.
Satan said, “God, never gave me a covenant” and thus he despises the covenant and teaches man the same rebellion. God gives man a covenant to take ownership of his soul and the Man of Sin is he that blasphemes the covenant.
Anytime you worship God outside the covenant you’re worshipping Baal – rebelling against the covenant and God who gave it. Jezebel is an example of this. She held to a tradition that recognized the present culture as her faith and opposed the stewardship of Elijah.
So the gospel isn’t to address man’s failings, but to return man to God according to the terms for which Jesus shed His blood. Upon faith conforming to these terms, Jesus mediates the covenant and sends the Holy Spirit to empower faith and transform the soul into His likeness.
Covenant: God’s Call – “Return to Me”
“I have sent among you the pestilence after the manner of Egypt: your young men have I slain with the sword, and have taken away your horses; and I have made the stink of your camps to come up unto your nostrils: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the Lord.” (Amos 4:10)
Did you know: A person might feel sorry for their sins, saying, I repented of my bad feelings and everything I ever did wrong, but still not return to God by His covenant. Despising self and feeling bad for moral failings is not repentance. Repentance means to return to God with the tokens of Christ. You have to have something to repent TO.
What is the New Covenant?
God speaks of being “provoked” when His covenant is broken, as He proclaimed to Moses saying, “For when I shall have brought them into the land which I sware unto their fathers, that floweth with milk and honey; and they shall have eaten and filled themselves, and waxen fat; then will they turn unto other gods, and serve them, and provoke me, and break my covenant.” (Deuteronomy 31:20)
I need to clarify, that when God speaks of “covenant” He is referring to that which Jesus shed His blood to provide for us to be reconciled to God. God established terms, commandments, tools, and a priesthood for faith to mirror Jesus Christ.
When God speaks of “covenant” He is not speaking of the constitution of the United States. God did not make covenants with nations. He made ONE new covenant with mankind when Jesus died on the cross. Jesus shed His blood to establish Himself as the new covenant and to provide in Himself spiritual tools for our service to God to be accepted.
To say that the covenant is the constitution of the United States is a form of rejecting the covenant of Jesus Christ. One is being substituted for the other. How does the Holy Spirit respond to this rebellious substitution? “Hear, O earth: behold, I will bring evil upon this people, even the fruit of their thoughts, because they have not hearkened unto my words, nor to my law, but rejected it.” (Jeremiah 6:19)
To say that we don’t need apostolic stewardship to teach the terms and commandments of the new covenant is a form of rejecting the covenant of Jesus Christ. One decides that his/her own truths and ideas about salvation is a superior form of knowledge that God accepts in the place of the record of Jesus Christ.
If we were to ask the average believer today about the new covenant faith and ask them to explain what the terms and commandments of this new covenant are, to explain the tools and priesthood of the covenant, and sign that God gives each believer to seal His covenant to them, most simply do not know.
Believers today have been robbed of the faith God intended them to have through Jesus Christ. Their faith is driven by the issues of this world. The covenant of Jesus Christ is clearly broken, rejected, abandoned, disregarded, neglected, and cast aside for the glitter of the gospel of the flesh that is driven by earthly covenant ideas and constitutions.
When the Covenant is Broken the Priesthood is Defiled
A priesthood is about worship – how we serve God at the altar of Christ. When the covenant is broken God points out that the priesthood is defiled. As we read in Nehemiah 13:29, “Remember them, O my God, because they have defiled the priesthood, and the covenant of the priesthood, and of the Levites.”
Earlier I said that the only choice God has given is to decide what clock or bundle you belong to. The good news is that God has restored apostles to the church to restore the covenant of Jesus Christ, the terms of the covenant, the tools of the covenant, the priesthood of Jesus Christ, and thus cleansing and purifying the church to prepare the Bride of Christ for His coming.
If, when the Lord returns, your vessel is full of the oil and fruit of the Spirit and your heart reflects the image of Christ, He will open to you and say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” But if your vessel is empty and your heart reflects the doctrine and tradition of man, the door will be closed to you. Even though Jesus hears you knocking He will say, “I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” (Matthew 7:23)
The WORKERS of Iniquity
God sets the conditions of righteousness upon the terms of His covenant. He restricted faith to the knowledge and tools He would enter into to create the life of Christ in your soul. If your faith is not restricted to the covenant and rather reaching into every well dug by the false religious system, the terms of the covenant are broken and God calls this a work of iniquity that He corrects with judgments.
Not all who claim the name of Jesus Christ belong to Him. All that belong to Him, Jesus takes with Him. Jesus is the one who makes distinction between these two religious groups: those who claim Him by their own rights of faith and those whom He takes ownership of.
He places His ownership upon your soul when you come into covenant with Him. Do you belong to Jesus? Are you in covenant with God? The idea of “covenant” as it is preached nowadays is not in keeping with the tradition of Jesus Christ. Some advocate that you can “make” a covenant with God. But you can’t do that. God has already established the terms of the covenant by the Vow He made to Himself that upon these terms that He would receive us back to Himself. He sealed the covenant in Jesus’ blood. It is for us to come into agreement with Him by accepting His terms.
Last Revised: 2015-04-30