Beloved brothers and sisters in Christ,
My end of the year comments.......
Greetings in the precious name of the Lord Jesus Christ. I pray this email will find you all safe and well. I have several things on my heart at this particular time, which I want to share with those who are receiving this email.
This has been a good year in the Lord for me, and hopefully for each of you dear brothers and sisters in Christ, even though it has also been a very hard year. I have seen changes in the weather patterns and climate of the earth this year, as well as changes in this whole nation, and in all of mankind upon the earth. There is no question in my mind that these changes are the prelude to the coming [parousia] of the Lord to take His church bride and His New Covenant believers home to glory.
I make no claim to knowing the exact "date" of the coming [parousia] of our Lord, but I know from the serious study of God's Word and watching the "signs" predicted in the Word for the end-time, that our Lord's coming [parousia] is near at hand. "Even so, come, Lord Jesus," Revelation 22:20.
I want to use this email as a means of thanking each one of you dear people for your kindness in supporting this Last Call Gospel Ministry with your gifts this year. I began this ministry some 46 years ago while serving as the pastor of the Caney Valley Baptist Church in the country out of Morrilton, Arkansas.
Some of you dear folks have sent gifts faithfully supporting this ministry and my needs each month. Others have sent one-time gifts. Some have been large gifts; some small gifts. Each of these gifts received from every brother and sister in Christ have been deeply appreciated and prayed over, giving thanks to the Lord for His provision for this ministry and praying God's blessings upon those who sent the gift, and also upon others on my address list who are not able to send gifts. By the grace of God I have the love of Christ in my heart for every true born-again brother and sister in the Lord.
Folks, this year has been extremely hard in many ways. I am sure that most of you know that I have been physically unable to work for the past six years since having a major heart attack and open heart surgery. I survive on a very small social security check each month, and on whatever gifts the Lord lays on the heart of you dear brothers and sisters to send to me. These past few months have been very hard financially. It is my joy and blessing to say that each time I receive a gift for any amount I immediately go to the Lord in grateful and earnest prayer, thanking Him for the gift and the one who sent it, knowing that you gave only because the Lord touched your heart on my behalf. From my whole heart to yours, I thank you for blessing my life and the ministry the Lord God has graciously given me.
And even more important than the gifts some send have been the prayers of you dear brothers and sisters on my behalf. I keenly feel the need of your prayers for me. I am now old, weak, and live alone, and sometimes the memories and loneliness are almost more than I can bear. As you read this please say a prayer for me.
My ministry over the past several years has consisted of diligently studying God's Word and writing out the great truths of it as I have earnestly prayed for the Lord's leadership and the presence and guidance of His Holy Spirit, and then sending out His wonderful Word by email to those on my email address list.
Folks, believe me when I say that I earnestly pray and seek the Lord's will about writing out my Bible studies.
Several months ago as I was praying about what I should write on next, the Lord laid on my heart to expound on the prophecies of the Book of Revelation, and that is the series of studies which I have been writing and sending out by email over the Internet.
Some may wonder why this particular series at this time right now? As I prayed earnestly seeking the Lord's will about what to write on, the Holy Spirit (I believe) deeply impressed upon my very soul that this will be the last Thanksgiving and Christmas season for true New Covenant believers on this earth, and that I should one final time "blow the trumpet and warn the people," Isaiah 58:1; Ezekiel 33:1-9. I am well aware that many others have wrote expositions on the Book of Revelation. Some of their expositions (especially the older ones written by the old time Bible believing preachers and men of God) are wonderful true to the Word expositions, and when carefully studied bring great blessings to God's people. Yet I am also aware that just as we believers were warned in 2 Peter 2:1-2, there are many "false teachers" in the ranks of Christianity today (Laodiceans), and some of the expositions on the Book of Revelation today are filled with errors and outright "false teachings."
Therefore I determined, by the grace of God, to write out a final exposition (final for me) on this great book of prophecy in God's inspired Word. Whether I even have time to finish the series is strictly up to the will of God.
And this presents another thing I want to share with God's people. I have been repeatedly attacked via my computer. Over these past six years I have had to replace my computer three times. There have been certain Bible studies I have been led of the Lord to write, in which I have experienced all sorts of computer problems, but none quite so much as this last series on Revelation. I have had one problem after another, and have keenly felt under attack by Satan and his evil demons every day as I seek to work on the Revelation series. Right now I am writing and sending this email to you dear folks after four days of trying to even get on my computer to get to my emails. It is needless to say that I have spent the last four days in earnest prayer and crying out to the Lord God for help. This morning (and I don't even know how) I was able to get on my computer and get to my emails for the first time in four days. This is why I am able to write and send out this email to all of you dear folks today. Praise be to our precious Lord Jesus. How great and gracious is our Savior and our Heavenly Father.
Dear beloved brothers and sisters, I hope each of you dear folks will have a wonderful end of the year season with your families and loved ones. Enjoy and treasure every moment with them, and share Christ with every one you know who is unsaved. This may be your last opportunity to tell your unsaved children, your spouse, or your dear relatives about the saving grace of the Lord Jesus Christ. Ask the Lord God for the grace and boldness in the faith to speak out boldly for Him as never before. I know it is "gift giving" season. The greatest "gift" you can ever give to anyone is the "gift of salvation" through a personal knowledge of Jesus Christ our Lord. Pray earnestly and make this years end opportunity count!
Folks, what I have written in this email may appear to be scattered and not make much sense. But believe me when I tell you that it is written in tears and prayer, and comes forth from my grateful and sincere heart to each of you for caring and helping to hold up my hands this year as I have sought to write out and send forth the great truths of God's wonderful Word. My heartfelt prayer is that my studies have been a help and a blessing to you dear folks. Please continue to pray for me. Your prayers on my behalf mean more to me than I can adequately express in words. I am so looking forward to THE GREAT REUNION of all of us who are true believers in glory in the presence of our precious Lord and Savior in the VERY NEAR FUTURE. I don't want a single person reading this email to disappoint me! Meet me in glory with a shout of praise for our Savior! God bless you all!
Pastor F. M. Riley (email@example.com)