Forward: Principles for the Gathering of Believers

The time is now. Count the cost. You will be persecuted, tested, and tried. You will be misunderstood, hated by the world, and sometimes hated even by the members of your own household. There will be tears, heartache, tribulation, suffering and pain. But, you will be living for the One who is worthy of all, and whose eternal kingdom cannot be shaken nor ever fade away. You will have the privilege of serving the King of kings and the Lord of all lords. Moreover, you will one day have the awesome indescribable experience of seeing His glorious face and hearing Him call you by name as His own.

Principles of Gathering of Believers Under the Headship of Jesus Christ

Forward written by Brian Long

 

principles bookTHERE IS only one house that will stand in the coming storm, and only one people who will not be swept away in a food of last-day deception. There is only one temple that God will fill with His indescribable glory, and only one lighthouse that will forever shine as a pure testimony of God’s saving grace. There is only one kingdom that can never be shaken, and only one ark that will be spared in the sudden outpouring of God’s righteous judgment. There is only one Bride for the Bridegroom; there is only one, called to the marriage supper of the Lamb.

This one and only is the beloved Church of the Lord Jesus Christ. She is the apple of His eye. This is His body and this is His Bride. This is what Christ has promised to build.

“I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My Church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.”[1]

The book you are now reading is a clarion call to return to the Lordship of Jesus Christ and to join Him in building the Church He started on the day of Pentecost when He sent the promise of His Holy Spirit. This book is not an authority; nor are the brothers who wrote it. They are simply humble men who have a burning passion for the Glory of God and the exaltation of Jesus Christ alone! I believe you will find the principles here to be thoroughly Biblical, intensely practical, and very helpful to any who wish to gather as a true Church under the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Te messages are prophetic, and the examples of our brothers and sisters who make up the persecuted Church in China, Iran, and North Korea are sobering and convicting.

The false church, Babylon, will one day fall under the Mighty hand of God’s awful judgment never to rise again, and all of heaven will shout, “Alleluia!”[2] Therefore, God says, “‘Come out of her, My people,’ so that you will not share in her sins, so that you will not receive any of her plagues.”[3]

The time is now. Count the cost. You will be persecuted, tested, and tried. You will be misunderstood, hated by the world, and sometimes hated even by the members of your own household.[4] There will be tears, heartache, tribulation, suffering and pain. But, you will be living for the One who is worthy of all, and whose eternal kingdom cannot be shaken nor ever fade away. You will have the privilege of serving the King of kings and the Lord of all lords. Moreover, you will one day have the awesome indescribable experience of seeing His glorious face and hearing Him call you by name as His own.

May God stir up the burning hearts of a Remnant who love Jesus Christ more than their own lives![5] May the Lord bring them together as one so that the fire burns hotter and the light shines even brighter! May Christ have a true and holy testimony on the earth where He has called you to gather with other saints today! May the whole earth be filled with the knowledge of the glory of The Lord, even as the waters cover the sea![6] May we be found ready when He suddenly returns for His Bride!

Looking to Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith,[7]

~ brother Brian

[1] Matthew 16:18

[2] Revelation 19:1

[3] Revelation 18:4

[4] Matthew 10:34-36

[5] Revelation 12:11

[6] Habakkuk 2:14

[7] Hebrews 12:2

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