Friday, November 20, 2020

What God Told Me About President Trump in 2019

"Do not call conspiracy everything this people calls a conspiracy; do not fear what they fear, and do not dread it.  The Lord Almighty is the one you are to regard as holy, he is the one you are to fear, he is the one you are to dread.  He will be a holy place; for both Israel and Judah he will be a stone that causes people to stumble and a rock that makes them fall." - Isaiah 8:12-14

I have enjoyed sharing the insights received from my experiences and words from God on this blog since being "activated" in 2016, but this one will be a little different.  We have just completed our voting in the United States election, and President Trump has not conceded the election despite the results showing that Joe Biden received the votes needed to win.  Within the evangelical Christian community, one reason for resistance to this result is the prophetic words from many well-known prophetic ministries and church leaders who have said that God revealed to them that Donald Trump would win a second term.  And with so much at stake in this election, why wouldn't God intervene in favor of someone that is perceived by most of the Christian community to be on the "right" side?

I myself have followed many of these individuals and ministries over the last year as they proclaimed their confidence in a two-term presidency for Trump in fulfillment of prophecies from years ago, or recent revelations from pastors and prophets that I won't name here. But for me, all of this was baffling because it contradicted two words I received from God in October and December of 2019:

October 13, 2019: "Trump - time is short, I have withheld my hand but not for long."
December 15, 2019: "Trump - not strong, weak.  Enemies will overthrow him."

In hearing this from God last year, I spent 2020 under strong conviction that Trump was going to lose the election, if not leave office earlier.  So when I heard so many Christian voices saying something different, I posted a video on YouTube in mid-October to share what I had heard last year and offer a different view.  It wasn't so much that I wanted to be "right" and others "wrong" - it was from a desire to share what I had heard, so Christians who were hearing something different would know that some of us were hearing differently, and if correct, that God has a plan that may not look like we want it to look, and that He still sits on the throne as King of Kings no matter how it may look to us in the natural.

Prophecy is a wonderful gift, one that comes with responsibility and accountability as people follow and, for better or worse, rely on these prophetic words to give them encouragement and strength in uncertain times.  So the lesson here for the church community is, make sure to "test the spirits" and ensure that what you may be hearing from others is accurate. 

How do we do that? It's so difficult to be open to what God is saying if you are so convinced of one outcome that you only hear what you want to hear.  So one way to tell if a word is accurate is to follow the lesson from Michaiah in 1 Kings 22: if 400 prophets are all saying the same thing, you may want to pay attention to the one prophet who isn't.  Translated into today's environment, ask God to reveal the truth to you for yourself, and be open to what others are hearing that may not fit your opinion or what you want to hear. And ultimately, accuracy will be tested in the final result - we'll all know who was accurate or not based on the outcome of the prophecy.

God also told me recently, "don't choose the wrong side." When I asked Him what side I should be on, He said, "The side of Truth." Since Jesus is the Truth, we can ensure we are on the right side by following Jesus, and being obedient to the Truth that He reveals through the Holy Spirit and the Word of God.  Truth is a narrow road and not always easy to stay on!

"Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world." - 1 John 4:1

- Adam Gellert

Thursday, November 12, 2020

What is the Gospel Message?

"For I passed on to you as of first importance what I also received - that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, and that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day according to the scriptures..." - 1 Corinthians 15:3-4

When you think of the Gospel, what does it mean to you? When Jesus told His disciples (and that includes us today) to share the Gospel to all the world, what is the message we are to share?  And if you are new to Christianity or haven't heard the Gospel Message, what is the message that is so important that I need to believe in its truth?

The word "gospel" comes from the Old English word "god" meaning "good" and "spel" meaning "news." So sharing the gospel is sharing good news! Over time the word "gospel" may have taken on new connotations or meanings with people, so let's examine the true message of the Gospel and why it is such good news for all who hear it.  

Paul shares the Gospel Message in his first letter to the Corinthians, in 1 Corinthians 15:1-8:

"Now I want to make it clear for you, brothers and sisters, the gospel that I preached to you, that you received and on which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold firmly to the message I preached to you - unless you believed in vain.  For I passed on to you as of first importance what I also received - that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, and that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day according to the scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve.  Then he appeared to more than 500 of the brothers and sisters at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep.  Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as though to one born at the wrong time, he appeared to me also." 

So the Gospel Message can be summarized in three important truths:

1) Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures.  As promised by God in the Old Testament, Jesus Christ was sent by the Father as the ultimate and final sacrifice for our sins, which we could never atone for on our own.  God loved us so much that He wanted to ensure that we could spend eternity with Him by sending Jesus, or Immanuel (God With Us), to earth to be the "spotless lamb," a perfect and eternal atonement for our sins.  

2) He was buried.  It is an essential element of the Gospel Message that Jesus came to earth in human form, and when He died, he was physically and naturally buried by being placed in a tomb. 

3) He was raised on the third day according to the scriptures.  The resurrection is of course the key to completing the Gospel Message. Why? Because anyone can claim to be the Son of God and be killed for making that claim.  He had to complete the promise of the scriptures and conquer death by being resurrected by God, to confirm that He was who He said He was.  And it wasn't just his spirit that returned - Jesus' body was physically and miraculously resurrected from the dead, with an empty tomb to prove it! He also made sure to show those He appeared to His scarred hands, feet, and side where He was pierced at crucifixion, and He ate with them, to show them that He had been resurrected.  Paul understood the importance of this final part of the gospel by sharing his proof of the message - that he and many others were eyewitnesses to Jesus' resurrection.  

So why is this good news for those of us that hear and receive it today? Because our salvation is now secured, because Jesus is who He said He was - the Messiah, the Son of God, who completed the promises of scripture.  And if we believe and accept this simple message, that Jesus died for our sins, was buried, and rose again on the third day, we are redeemed from our sins for all eternity and can be seated with Jesus in heavenly places!

Do you realize and understand how amazing this truth is? It should relieve you of a tremendous burden!  You don't have to do anything to get into heaven (nor could you for that matter), because belief in Jesus and what He did for you is all that is needed to become righteous in the sight of God!  

Over the years we have made it more complicated than it needs to be, and some of you that have been exposed to Christianity and been turned off from it may have received the wrong gospel message about who Jesus is, and what you have to do to secure eternal salvation through Him.   Belief in the above three truths are all it takes!  I hope this simple truth of the Gospel Message brings fresh light into the truth of Jesus and allows you to revisit or re-confirm your belief in Jesus Christ!

To learn more about accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, here is a link to more resources about what this means and how to do it, from Billy Graham Ministries:

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."  - John 3:16

- Adam Gellert

Sunday, July 26, 2020

The Jesus Cloud

"But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." - Romans 5:8

I've been fortunate to experience many amazing dreams and encounters with God during my lifetime, but the first dream I had as a child still stands out clearly today, and is an encouraging message for all of us as to the truth and salvation we have in Jesus Christ.

I used to play hockey growing up - this is only unique because I live in Texas, and hockey wasn't a big sport during that time in the early 1980s.  But my dad is Canadian, so naturally my brother and I were signed up to play in a local youth hockey league.

In my dream, I was skating at a public ice skating rink, when I suddenly realized that everyone around me was an "evil" person.  For some reason I could tell they were all criminals and other corrupt people, and I was scared to be there.  Then, we all instantly dropped down into hell, like the floor dropped out from under us, and we were all in free fall down into the fiery depths of the earth!

Obviously mortified, I cried out to God that He had made a mistake.  I had been at the wrong place at the wrong time, and didn't deserve to be in hell with the others I was with at the skating rink.  As I cried out for help, trapped for eternity in a place I didn't belong, an elevator came crashing down in front of me, almost like something from a cartoon.  I immediately recognized it to be a ticket out of this horrible place, so I jumped into the elevator.  The elevator then shot up and out of hell, and catapulted me into the sky, where I was ejected from the elevator and was able to fly among the clouds.  As my fear was replaced with joy, peace, and happiness, I flew up to a huge cloud that formed the letters J-E-S-U-S.  Knowing that He was responsible for my ascension out of hell and entry to this wonderful place, I said, "I love you, Jesus!"  I then woke up from this very vivid and impactful dream, with Jesus' message of love and salvation being implanted into my heart, and I felt a love I had never felt before.

As a reflect on this dream as an adult, I realize now that the dream meant something different from how I viewed it at the time.  I thought I didn't deserve to be in hell with all of the "bad" people I was with at the skating rink.  That I was somehow "better" than them and undeserving of my fate.  But in reality, everyone is created with a sin nature and deserving of separation from God. And over my lifetime I have sinned enough to be lumped in with rest of those I was with in my dream.  I think one of the biggest issues we have today is the judgement of others for their sins and faults, when relative to a holy God, none of us can earn our salvation.  But that should be a relief to all of us - instead of having to do anything to earn that elevator rode from hell to heaven, Jesus gives us the gift of salvation through his own death and sacrifice, and the ride to eternity with Him is free!

Will  you accept this truth and get on the free elevator out of hell and into heaven? Will you accept that there is no "elevator" of salvation apart from Jesus?  You can then stop worrying about how you are going to be able to escape death and enter into the joy of eternal rest - just get on Jesus' elevator to the glory of God's presence!

"If I ascend up into heaven,  you are there; if I make my bed in hell, behold, you are there." - Psalm 139:9

- Adam Gellert

Saturday, April 25, 2020

God's Amusement Park

"I saw thrones on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge.  And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony about Jesus and because of the word of God.  They had not worshipped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands.  They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years.  (The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended.)  This is the first resurrection.  Blessed are those who share in the first resurrection." - Revelation 20: 4-6

I had a vivid, amazing dream recently, one that had a different but encouraging message from anything I had heard before or noticed from reading Scripture.

In my dream I was in a "holding room" with many other people that I didn't know.  It was a shaded or dark room, and we were all milling around waiting for something to happen, since the room was empty and there was nothing to do but wait.

Then, it was like one of the walls was pulled back slowly to reveal what was on the other side, almost like the recent Chevy commercials where average people are shown the latest models of cars that won awards.  And on the other side was a beautiful scene of an amusement park, going for miles.  There was a Ferris wheel and all the other typical rides we find at our Disney and other theme parks. But this one seemed like the best one of all!

As all of us inside this room stepped out into a beautiful landscape to explore this fun-filled park, I was somehow made aware that this wasn't heaven - it was more of a holding place we were supposed to enjoy for a little while before all is completed on earth and in God's plan.  I had the impression that it was a place of no worry, that we were to just enjoy the moment and fun-filled time in this place for the time being.

After this dream I explored the Bible to see if there was any reference to there being another place we are to go before heaven.  The only reference that stood out to me that relates to my dream comes from late in the book of Revelation, when Jesus rules on the earth for 1,000 years before the final battle with Satan:

"I saw thrones on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge.  And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony about Jesus and because of the word of God.  They had not worshipped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands.  They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years.  (The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended.)  This is the first resurrection.  Blessed are those who share in the first resurrection." - Revelation 20: 4-6

After this period of time, Satan is released for a final showdown with Jesus and the saints, where he is defeated and thrown into the lake of fire.  So might this amusement park be a revelation of our experience during a temporary period of time in history?

Ultimately, like other end time prophecy and debates, we can never know for sure.  The key for all of us is to ensure that we have a right relationship with God through salvation in his Son, Jesus Christ.  As Jesus himself said, "However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven."  (Luke 10:20).

If you have accepted Christ as Lord over your life, whatever happens at the end of this age, and during the end times, will end in a positive, completed work, as you get to spend eternity with God in heaven.  But my dream was also a fun reminder that God has amazing things in store for us, beyond our wildest dreams.  If you take anything out of my dream about "God's Amusement Park," be encouraged that God wants us to enjoy our current life, as well as our eternity in His presence!

"When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am." 
- John 14:3

- Adam Gellert

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Be Still

"The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still." - Exodus 14:14

"Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth." - Psalm 46:10

Earlier this year I faced a difficult situation, stuck between several tough choices as I had left my full-time corporate job and was venturing out into a risky start-up business.  Things weren't going as planned, and I didn't know what to do.  Laying in bed one night, stressed out and near panic, I asked God what I should do as I sat at a crossroads and needed an answer as to which path to take.  Expecting God to give me the answer, I instead heard God say, "Be Still."

Only a couple of months later, my situation is made worse, and we now stand at a similar place as a society, with the Covid-19 virus creating an epidemic that is causing fear and panic to overtake us.  We are faced with uncertainty, as we wonder how long it will last, and what impact the situation will have on our jobs, our health, and the world economy.  Our human frailty is in full display, as our reliance on our economy, technology, and medical advances gives way to the reality that the natural world can still create potent enemies of the human body that we aren't prepared to fight, that can take everything away in an instant.

But these times are also a healthy reminder that God is in control, that reliance on Him is our only hope for peace and sanity in an insane world.  Fear would be justified, if we didn't believe that God is here in our midst, with a plan and purpose for humanity.   That because of the love and sacrifice of Jesus Christ, we have hope in an eternal salvation, forever in God's presence, along with those family members and friends we have lost to unexpected pandemics such as this.

Sure, there are actions we must all take during this time to protect ourselves, our loved ones, and society at large from this spreading epidemic.  But it's also a unique time in history for rest, as we are called to stay home and change our lifestyles as we wait for this epidemic to play out.  It goes against our very nature to let go and let God work, but it's exactly what God is asking us to do.

My job security and financial future is even more tenuous than before with the present situation.  But God knew all this was going to happen when He told me to "Be Still."  Are we going to trust in God's sovereignty and promises for "hope and a future" during these times, or will we let the world's view of fear and uncertainty take away the daily gift of life?

Do you long to "Be Still"?  Does this sound too good to be true, especially with the world seeming to crumble around us? Today's environment is the perfect time to reflect on your relationship with God, your Creator and Father, who loves you and can't wait to spend eternity with you.  If you don't have the peace of Jesus Christ today, knowing with certainty that you will be in heaven for eternity regardless of this pandemic's outcome, now is the time to ask Jesus to become the Lord of your life. Say this simple prayer, and enter into your time of daily and eternal rest:

"Lord Jesus, I repent of my sins. Come into my heart.  Wash me clean.  I make you my Lord and Savior. Amen."  

If you prayed this prayer, contact me for more information on how you can grow in your relationship with Jesus Christ.  Find a Bible to read and a local church that can support your continued walk with Him.

Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat.  But Jesus was sleeping.  The disciples went and woke him, saying, "Lord, save us! We're going to drown!"  He replied, "You of little faith, why are you so afraid?" Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.  The men were amazed and asked, "What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!" - Matthew 8:23-27

-Adam Gellert