The story of John the Revelator and his ostracization on the Island of Patmos is a familiar story in Christendom, but anytime it is narrated, it sounds as fresh as if one was hearing it for the first time. John’s story is that intriguing and unbelievable! From that perspective, when Senior Pastor Georges William Ntemi narrated the story for the umpteenth time on Sunday, the reception was as if he was telling the story for the first time.
For, the story of John is a wonderful and glorious yarn that magnifies the greatness and miraculous nature of the Lord’s name. Ostracized on the Island of Patmos for choosing to worship Christ instead of Caesar Augustus, John was put in a boiling pot containing water and oil for six hours, yet he did not die.
When the blasphemous Roman soldiers returned to the prison with the boiling pot, they found John being cooled by angel. The soldiers became infuriated and exasperated; they took him out and gouged out both of his eyes with a spoon. In his blindness, he saw the splendor and majesty of Jesus Christ. That epiphany is the Book of Revelations.
The Blessed Man of God analogized the dehumanizing and savage treatment of John by the Roman soldiers to a treatment meted out to the reigning beauty queen of Cameroon, who could not sing her country’s national anthem because she didn’t know the lyrics. She received about 18,000 hate-filled, vituperative insults on social media.
A remorseful Ms. Cameroon went and learned the lyrics and later sang the national anthem. The insults directed at her that time were even more vicious than the debut inglorious ones; on the second occasion, she received about 26,000 callous and demoralizing emails.
“Where was the compassion of those people. How did they feel ripping her apart like that? End times are near. Jesus saves; do things that will result in your being blessed to receive your salvation,” said the Apostle of God.
The Senior Pastor then announced that the next eight weeks would be focused on the Church in Revelation, and it would be his new series. After reading Revelation 1: 1-3, He noted, “God gave the revelation to an angel who took it to John. Some people have the habit of testifying on hear-says. Your testimony must be based on your own experiences.
“You have not seen Christ until you see Him in Revelation. Blessed is the one who reads Revelation. Read out loud the words of prophesy in Revelation to be blessed. Blessed are those who hear the word. Hear it and take it to heart because the end is near.”
From there, he read Rev. 1: 19, “’Write, therefore, what you have seen, what is now, and what will take place.’ Understanding Revelation is really simple; it speaks of the past, the present, and the future. John was blind, but he saw things in the spiritual realm, where God revealed Himself to him. He was in the spirit where he could see things—Apocalypsus is a Latin word that means “to unveil.”
“God told John, ‘I want to show you who Christ really is. When Christ was on earth, he was born in a manger and became a Lamb sacrificed on the Cross for our sins. Now, He is the Lion of Judah, the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords, the Mighty Warrior.”
John confesses in Revelation 1: 12-16: “I turned around to see the voice that was speaking to me and when I turned I saw seven golden lampstands, and among the lampstands was someone like a son of man, dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet and with a golden sash around his chest.
‘The hair on his head was white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire. His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters. In his right hand he held seven stars, and coming out of his mouth was a sharp double-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance.’
Pastor Georges noted that the lampstands represent the Churches with Christ at the center.
“You are the Church, and if Christ is not at the center of your life, there is a problem. In his first coming, he was bloodied with thorns as his crown. Today He is as white as wool and white like snow . . . The last time He was sorrowful because of His pain,” said the Apostle of God.
He reiterated that as a Christian, one has not experienced Christ until one has read Revelation. “You must experience the Lord Almighty, the King of Kings, Lord of Lords, the Alpha and Omega. . . . He is God Almighty; you have not seen Christ until you see Him in Revelation, revealing Himself to John.
“But why Revelation? At that time, the Church was being persecuted. The Church was going through a serious persecution, so John wrote Revelation to encourage the Church,” said ingenious Pastor Georges.
“What the Church was going through then is still happening now. You will go through problems but fear not. You will be scorned at, hated, persecuted, and mistreated but fear not, for the Lord is with you. Paul was beheaded and Peter was crucified with his head upside down, but they died graciously because they knew God Almighty was on their side,” stated the Blessed man of God with impassioned zeal.
He told of the Crusaders of Christ, in addition to Peter, Paul, and John, who were ruthlessly mistreated and treated as purveyors of heresies; they were brutalized and murdered, all because they did it as unto the Lord. Perpetual was one such example.
At the time the Romans arrested her, she was nursing a six-month old baby girl, whom she was compelled to wean abruptly. Still, the Romans had no sympathy for the nursing mother; neither did they have any compassion for the baby girl. They killed Perpetual in cold blood because she crusaded for Christ and refused to accede to the pagan gods the Romans were worshiping, revealed Pastor Georges.
Just like the Crusaders, the Blessed Man of God read Psalm 119: 105, ‘Your word is lamp for my feet, a light for my path.’ He called for a light shining brightly to illuminate the paths of the children of God so that they would see the forces of darkness operating as their friends and separate from them.
He said, “This year, 2018 is the year of separation. Separate from friends who are not spiritually inclined.”
He observed that prophets like Moses and Elijah the Lord revealed Himself to and gave enormous powers to perform miracles, He didn’t allow their bodies to remain in the ground. When Moses died, the Lord Himself buried him although no one knows exactly where he was buried; Elijah was taken straight to Heaven in a chariot.
“Elijah and Moses saw the glory of the Lord. Because Moses was so powerful, the Lord hid his body. After He resurrected, Christ could not be recognized by his disciples. It was only when He took bread and broke it with them that they recognized that He was Christ. During the transfiguration of Christ, Moses and Elijah appeared with Him,” said the Apostle of God.
The Blessed Man of God mentioned probably the two most salient Commandments: Honoring the Lord thy God and having no other gods before Him and loving your neighbor as yourself.
“Pay heed to these Commandments because one day you will be no more. Love they neighbor, but do we? Christ is the only way; follow Him. For, at the mention of His name, every knee shall bow, and every tongue shall confess in Heaven, on earth, and beneath the earth to the greatness of His name to the glory of our Lord,” noted the Apostle of God extemporaneously.
In closing, the Senior Pastor intimated that it is appointed unto us to die once and then comes judgment. “Enoch and Elijah will come and minister to the Church. The Antichrist will behead them, and the news will disseminate widely on social media. After that they will be resurrected by the Lord and taken into Heaven.”
In another development, the Women’s Ministry, under the auspices of the Church’s first lady, Mrs. Mildred Ntemi invites you to join them on the prayer line every Thursday at 9 p.m. The number to dial is 1-302-202-1108 with access code 165038.
Furthermore, the Senior Pastor will spearhead the Church’s monthly Bible Trivia–the third in the series—on Saturday, January 27, 2018.
Reigning champion, Ms. Michelle Tchatat is determined to keep her crown, but Elder Louise Pierre Wese, Deaconesses Sandrine Tankeu and Maurelle Kamwa, Deacon Cedric Kamwa, Deaconess Euphrasia Fondo, and Bro. Apollinaire, to mention just a few are eager to give her a stiff opposition this time around. Don’t be left out!