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by Terry Cooper


A Word from Terry about Prayer

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

How would you define your prayer time? What should be our objective when we pray? I realize there are many objectives and benefits of prayer, but today I want to focus on a fundamental benefit of prayer. This benefit is often unmentioned and rarely discussed. Our prayer time should be a time that we regularly set aside to physically experience the presence of God. Yes, I realize the Holy Spirit is ever present in the life of a believer. Yes, I realize that God is always around us and working through us for His purposes. But, the prayer time I’m referring to today is our specific time to come physically into His presence to experience Him and His presence. That is why Jesus counsels us to make this time personal and private. We need this private and quiet time to experience the presence of God without distractions. 


Matthew 6:6 (NLT)

6 But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.


Yes, there is a time for public prayer and yes there is a time for praying together with others. But each of us must have a personal time to experience the presence of God through private prayer. We need to understand that those private moments alone with God are not just to ask for things. They are not just to intercede for others and they are not just for times of thanksgiving and praise. These private moments of prayer have an even larger mission...that we might experience God’s presence. As we experience His presence we begin to know Him in new ways.


Exodus 14:14 (NIV)

14 The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still."


Psalm 37:7 (NLT)

7 Be still in the presence of the LORD, and wait patiently for him to act. Don’t worry about evil people who prosper or fret about their wicked schemes.


Psalm 46:10 (NLT)

10 “Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world.”


Be still and know me! When was the last time that you entered into your private prayer time just to “be still” and experience God? Yes, there are many things that we should bring before our God in prayer, but none are more important than approaching Him with the intention of just being still and knowing that He alone is God. Being still is not just being idle. Being still is believing that He is all sufficient and that my sufficiency in found in Him alone. Sometimes I think my time in silence before God is more fruitful than my time in talking. Sometimes I feel like He uses those still moments to download Himself/His presence into my mind and heart. Sometimes I get up from those times of praying with full and clear understanding about what I’m supposed to do now. Would I have known that and experienced that without being quiet, without being still before Him?


Jesus was asleep in the boat when that storm came upon them. The disciples went into a panic as Jesus slept. How can anyone sleep during such a storm anyway? The boat was filling up with water and Jesus is sound asleep in the back. In their panic they wake Jesus up with a question, “Don’t you care that we’re going to drown?” I wonder if in their panic they ever stopped to realize they were all in the same boat, if one of them was going to drown, they would all drown. And what was Jesus’ answer to their panicky question?


Mark 4:39-40 (NLT)

39 When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and said to the water, “Silence! Be still!” Suddenly the wind stopped, and there was a great calm. 40 Then he asked them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?”


A great calm...who doesn’t want this great calm that Jesus brings? I wonder if that rebuke was not just for the water, but for the men in the boat as well. Sometimes the best thing we can do is to be still and know that we are all in the same boat. Be still and know that Jesus is in this boat with us. Yes, there will be times to pray with many words and yes there will be times to cry out to God in our times of struggle and fear, but do not forget this. Sometimes our greatest time of prayer is when we come before God and just be still...as if I don’t have anything to say Lord...I’m here for the experience of being here...in the boat with you, my Lord.


Maranatha, Hosanna, Hallelujah and Amen,

Terry Cooper

A Word from Terry about The Spirit in You

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Have you ever wondered how Moses was able to do what he did? Let’s face it, his life accomplished things that seem impossible for a man to do. He walks into the worlds superpower nation of Egypt and gets them to set free some two million slaves. He didn’t have an army with him. He had his brother Aaron and a stick. But there is one more thing...God was with Moses. God appeared to Moses and displayed His glorious power through him and this resulted in setting the captive slaves of Israel free. But what about after that? Did God work through anyone else to accomplish His purposes? Yes, his name was Bezalel and this story of Bezalel has great meaning to each of us today.


Exodus 31:1-3 (NLT)

1 Then the LORD said to Moses, 2 “Look, I have specifically chosen Bezalel son of Uri, grandson of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. 3 I have filled him with the Spirit of God, giving him great wisdom, ability, and expertise in all kinds of crafts.


Do you realize how big that sentence is, “I have filled him with the Spirit of God”? God had a plan to display his glory to the whole world through the people of Israel. God called Moses and spoke through Moses to set the people free and move them to the Promised Land. God then does something incredible. God chooses a man named Bezalel and puts inside Bezalel the plan of God and the power of God to implement those plans. God specifically gives Bezalel the ability to do things that he could he could never have done on his own. It was a gift from God that Bezalel would use to give glory to God. The Spirit gave Bezalel the power to fulfill God’s plan.


God put the blueprints of the Tabernacle inside the mind of Bezalel and gave him the supernatural wisdom and ability to build all the priestly worship items. The prints were very specific, and the result would need to be exact.


Exodus 25:40 (NLT)

40 “Be sure that you make everything according to the pattern I have shown you here on the mountain.


God did this by putting himself inside Bezalel. It was God himself working though the person of Bezalel that delivered the Tabernacle and the Law to the people of Israel. This Law (given by God through Moses) was going to make a way for God to dwell among the people of Israel. This Law was going to make a way to atone for the sins of the people. God’s Law was perfect, but the people of Israel were not. The people couldn’t keep the law and their rebellious hearts began to turn away from the God of Moses.


You know the story. Israel did make it to the Promised Land, but their rebellion would eventually bring the judgment of God some 800 years later. God was going to destroy the very nation that He had established, and He would scatter the survivors across the known world. Was this the end of God’s plan for Israel? Was God going to give up on His plans to reveal His glory to the world through the children of Abraham? No! God announced the future of Israel to the prophet Ezekiel and it was going to happen like it did with Bezalel, but this time it was going to be BIGGER.


Ezekiel 36:22-27 (NLT)

22 “Therefore, give the people of Israel this message from the Sovereign LORD: I am bringing you back, but not because you deserve it. I am doing it to protect my holy name, on which you brought shame while you were scattered among the nations. 23 I will show how holy my great name is—the name on which you brought shame among the nations. And when I reveal my holiness through you before their very eyes, says the Sovereign LORD, then the nations will know that I am the LORD. 24 For I will gather you up from all the nations and bring you home again to your land. 25 “Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean. Your filth will be washed away, and you will no longer worship idols. 26 And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart. 27 And I will put my Spirit in you so that you will follow my decrees and be careful to obey my regulations.


God is going to do this for Israel one day, maybe soon. He’s going to put His Spirit inside them and give them the ability to obey Him...something they were unable to do before. That same chapter in Ezekiel says that God will make the land of Israel like the Garden of Eden (verse 34). How will this happen? God’s Spirit is God’s ownership! When He puts His Spirit inside you...you belong to Him...You are His possession.


Ezekiel 36:28 (NLT)

28 “And you will live in Israel, the land I gave your ancestors long ago. You will be my people, and I will be your God.


Some of you may wonder what any of this has to do with the church today. I’m glad you asked. Do you know how the church began? The church began with God sending His Holy Spirit (the Spirit of Christ) to live inside of our hearts. We, the church, like Bezalel have been given the plan of God and the power of God to complete that plan. The Word of God (The Bible) is revealed to each of us by the Holy Spirit that dwells inside our hearts. The Holy Spirit is the presence of God on this earth in these last days...the very Spirit of Christ living among the believers. The Holy Spirit will accomplish the plan and purpose of God. The Spirit is unstoppable. The Holy Spirit is God’s seal of ownership guaranteeing that which is to come. This is how the Apostle Paul describes the Holy Spirit in our time...


2 Corinthians 1:21-22 (NLT)

21 It is God who enables us, along with you, to stand firm for Christ. He has commissioned us, 22 and he has identified us as his own by placing the Holy Spirit in our hearts as the first installment that guarantees everything he has promised us.


May the Holy Spirit fill your hearts today and enable you to know the depths of God’s love and God’s plan to reveal His glory to the world.


Maranatha, Hosanna, Hallelujah and Amen,

Terry Cooper

A comment from terry on anderson news sports article

Wednesday, april 11, 2018

To: NCC

I would like to comment on this week’s Anderson News article “Wrestling with Priorities”. I want to say AMEN to the position taken by Brad Briscoe and Blake Drury. I’m seeing the same thing that these two families are discussing in this article. Sports seem to have taken over the culture and the only way to participate in sports these days is to sell out everything else in your life. Please don’t get me wrong. I love sports and encourage young people to get involved in sports. Sports can help young people to understand the value of teamwork and sports can teach a valuable lesson about hard work and success, but to what end? I encourage all Christian parents to read this excellent article and take the time to evaluate the choices that are being made in your own family. This might be a good time to decide what really is “most important”.


http://www.theandersonnews.com/content/wrestling-priorities


Terry Cooper

A Word from Terry about the Rich Man

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

There has been something on my mind since Easter. I keep thinking about Jesus’ story about the Rich Man and Lazarus. I told the church on Easter weekend that this story of Jesus (Luke chapter 16) doesn’t look like a parable because Jesus uses real names. Jesus didn’t use real names in His parables, but He does in this story. Abraham is named in this story of Jesus and Lazarus is named in this story as well, but why is the Rich Man not named? This is the thing I can’t get out of my mind. Why doesn’t the Rich Man have a name in Jesus’ story about the afterlife? 


My initial conclusion was that his life ended up being meaningless and without any value because the Rich Man ended up in the place of the dead (Hades). His story is over, ending in total failure and destruction. Lazarus on the other hand is named because his story is just beginning as he finds himself in Paradise with Abraham. I still think all that is true, but I think there is more.


The Rich Man put his trust in his riches and refused to obey God by meeting the needs of those around him. This destructive, self-centered life of disobedience is described by Jesus when He met with his disciples on a Wednesday before He would die on Friday.


Matthew 25:41-42 (NLT)

41 “Then the King will turn to those on the left and say, ‘Away with you, you cursed ones, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his demons. 42 For I was hungry, and you didn’t feed me. I was thirsty, and you didn’t give me a drink.

 

Can you see the Rich Man in those verses (41-42)? But why didn’t he have a name? Why does Abraham have a name and Lazarus has a name, but the Rich Man doesn’t...why? Can I give you some suggestions regarding this question?

Nobody gives a name to dead things or dead people. Names are given to the living, not the dead. The Rich Man has entered the eternal place of the dead...you don’t need a name there. The souls of heaven have names and the souls of hell have not. Jesus said it would be better to have never lived at all than to live and then go to the place of the dead.


Mark 14:21 (NLT)

21 For the Son of Man must die, as the Scriptures declared long ago. But how terrible it will be for the one who betrays him. It would be far better for that man if he had never been born!”


The Book of Life contains the names of the “LIVING” who are saved from death by the Blood of Jesus, the Lamb of God. The names in that Book are there because they are alive...the Rich Man is not alive as we know “life”. That’s why they call it the place of the dead.


Jesus gives us another hint on this topic when He addresses the Church at Pergamum in the Book of Revelation.


Revelation 2:17 (NLT)

17 “Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand what he is saying to the churches. To everyone who is victorious I will give some of the manna that has been hidden away in heaven. And I will give to each one a white stone, and on the stone will be engraved a new name that no one understands except the one who receives it.


    Abram got a new name...Abraham.

    Sarai got a new name...Sarah

    Jacob got a new name...Israel.

    Saul got a new name...Paul.

    Simon got a new name...Peter.


Do you know what all these names have in common...they are the children of God! The children of God all have names. The true church is described in the Book of Hebrews as firstborn children with names written in heaven.


Hebrews 12:23 (NLT)

23 You have come to the assembly of God’s firstborn children, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God himself, who is the judge over all things. You have come to the spirits of the righteous ones in heaven who have now been made perfect.


These names are not given to the dead, but to the living. There is no other Name under heaven that can name us as God’s child, only Jesus. Our names are written in Heaven and for that we should rejoice. Why...because Jesus told us to.

 

Luke 10:20 (NLT)

20 But don’t rejoice because evil spirits obey you; rejoice because your names are registered in heaven.”


Today, rejoice in this great salvation through Jesus Christ. Rejoice that you have received a new name. To God you are like a firstborn child whose name is written in heaven. But the same Word of God also gives us a warning. Beware of this deceiver named Satan! Do you really think the Rich Man believed he would end up nameless in the place of the dead? No, and neither does anyone else. But Jesus’ Wednesday message on the Mount of Olives makes it clear. Many will be deceived. In that message (Olivet Discourse) Jesus didn’t mention the sins of commission (what you did), not even once. In that message Jesus final judgment was based on what the people didn’t do (sins of omission).


Matthew 25:42-46 (NLT)

42 For I was hungry, and you didn’t feed me. I was thirsty, and you didn’t give me a drink. 43 I was a stranger, and you didn’t invite me into your home. I was naked, and you didn’t give me clothing. I was sick and in prison, and you didn’t visit me.’ 44 “Then they will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and not help you?’ 45 “And he will answer, ‘I tell you the truth, when you refused to help the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were refusing to help me.’ 46 “And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous will go into eternal life.”


I pray today that the Holy Spirit will give each of us eyes to see the needs of those around us and that He will give us hearts that will generously and lovingly meet those needs in Jesus’ name.


Maranatha, Hosanna, Hallelujah and Amen,

Terry Cooper

A Word from Terry about Reciprocity

Wednesday, April 4th, 2018

Reciprocity...the state of mutual dependence, action or influence (Webster’s Dictionary). Do you believe God uses reciprocity regarding Israel, even today? Let me explain the question this way...I have a DeWalt reciprocating saw and it’s an awesome saw for a handyman. The idea of my reciprocating saw is that the same force that makes the blade go down also makes the blade go back up. The up and the down become equal to each other, just in opposite directions (are you confused yet). Now back to the question...Do you believe God uses reciprocity regarding Israel (past and present)?


It all begins with God’s first meeting with Abram, later to be called Abraham. God established this rule of reciprocity with Abraham from the very beginning. God applies reciprocity to His original covenant with Abraham.


Genesis 12:1-3 (NLT)

1 The LORD had said to Abram, “Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you. 2 I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others. 3 I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt. All the families on earth will be blessed through you.”


Do you see God’s spiritual law of reciprocity in verse 3? God promises to apply His power and force to Abraham and to the children that will follow him. God also promises to apply His power and force against all who will oppose this covenant promise. For example: If God pushes Abraham up and there is another force that tries to push Abraham down...God will use the force of Abraham’s adversary to push them down instead. Let me give you some examples from the Bible.


Let’s begin with Abraham’s great grandsons. They sold their brother Joseph into Egyptian slavery (pushing against the blessing of Abraham), but God applies his power to move Joseph from a slave into the Prime Minister of Egypt...Reciprocity!


Some 400 years later Pharaoh tries to stop the blessed population explosion of Israelites by having all the male children killed. Pharaoh is trying to push against the covenant blessing of God to Abraham, but God saves one of those babies named Moses. Moses grows up and is used of God to announce God’s plan to take the firstborn sons of all Egypt in an event called the Passover. Reciprocity! The push against God is turned into a force to advance God’s covenant plan. Pharaoh’s plan to stop Israel was turned into the deliverance of Israel...Reciprocity! The world pushes against God and God uses that same force against the adversary.


This covenant of reciprocity has been going on ever since the time of Abraham and even into the time of Christ. The Greeks forced the Jews to worship their false God in the rebuilt Jerusalem Temple just before the time of Christ. That led to Jewish rebellion known as Hanukah. The Jewish people drove the Greeks from Jerusalem and the Temple worship was purified and restored. God applied His overwhelming power and the Greeks were replaced by the Romans, but the Jewish people survived...leading up to the birth of Christ...Reciprocity!


The Romans put Jesus on the cross and they pushed Jesus into the grave...God’s covenant of reciprocity raised Jesus from the grave...Reciprocity. The very push against God is used to accomplish God’s covenant with Abraham.

Hitler tried to kill all the Jews in WW2 and that led to the Jews returning to their homeland three years later and establishing a Jewish state in 1948.


Hitler killed six million Jews and now there are more than six million Jews living in the sovereign state of Israel. Can you see it? Can you see God’s covenant of reciprocity? This is my point today...God’s covenant promise to Abraham is unstoppable.


Do you know how I know all this? I know all this because of the Bible! The Bible reveals God and the covenant promises of God are true. Do you know what the Greeks tried to do to the Bible just before the time of Christ? The Greeks came to Jerusalem and waged war against everything Jewish. Any Jew caught practicing or reading the Law of Moses was put to death. The Greeks even set up their Greek idols (Zeus) in the Jewish Jerusalem Temple and tried to force the Jews to worship their idols. The Greeks burned every Jewish scroll they could find of the Old Testament which included God’s covenant promises to Abraham.


Are you ready for this final reciprocity moment? Do you know what language the original New Testament was written in? GREEK! Do you see it? Reciprocity! Do you know the first verse of our New Testament Book Matthew?


Matthew 1:1 (NIV)

1 A record of the genealogy of Jesus Christ the son of David, the son of Abraham:


There it is (2000 years after the time of Abraham)! The covenant (Old Testament/Covenant) of God to Abraham is still in place and everyone that has tried to stop it has failed. God used reciprocity then and God is still using reciprocity today. No one, no power can stop God from accomplishing and fulfilling His covenant promises. Abraham represents the children of God and through Abraham came Jesus Christ (New Testament/Covenant), the very Son of God. Any force applied against God’s covenant will be met with an equal force...Reciprocity! God’s plan is unstoppable, and the Apostle Paul describes the power of reciprocity in this way.


Romans 8:28 (NIV)

28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.


And just in case you’re a Gentile and struggling with the whole children of Abraham covenant promise today...read this!


Galatians 3:6-9 (NLT)

6 In the same way, “Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith.” 7 The real children of Abraham, then, are those who put their faith in God. 8 What’s more, the Scriptures looked forward to this time when God would declare the Gentiles to be righteous because of their faith. God proclaimed this good news to Abraham long ago when he said, “All nations will be blessed through you.” 9 So all who put their faith in Christ share the same blessing Abraham received because of his faith.


Maranatha, Hosanna, Hallelujah and Amen

Terry Cooper

A Word from Terry about The High Road

tUESDAY, mARCH 27, 2018

Do you know the number one question I have had asked of me as a pastor... “How can I know God’s will for my life”? That’s it. That’s the number one question that I have been asked over the years. Why do so many people ask that question? Is it so difficult to know God’s will or are we missing something? My point today is not to over simplify the answer to this very compelling spiritual question, but I don’t want to over complicate it either. What if the simple answer to this very difficult question is this... “TAKE THE HIGH ROAD”! The Bible is filled with people that took the High Road. I can’t find any of those High Road people having to guess about God’s will for their life while they walked on the High Road. 


Let me explain. Sometimes I think we want God to reveal our future all at one time in one big event and sometimes He does just that (Moses at the burning bush). However, I also see God working in small, day by day events that require small and day by day decisions. Many times, it is in those small, day by day events that God reveals His perfect will. It’s called the High Road and it is indeed the road less traveled. The High Road is the unnatural road, the hard road and the difficult road...that’s why it’s less traveled. All roads go somewhere, but that’s not the number one question of people seeking God today. They want to know how to know God’s will for their life...Take the High Road. The High Road always leads to God...so take the High Road. The High Road is always High because it always takes you “up”. It’s harder to go up than down. It takes more effort to travel up than down. But seeking God requires one to look up from their current low road. God is not below us, He is above us...so take the High Road. I’ve always been amazed at the simplicity of this verse from the Prophet Jeremiah...


Jeremiah 6:16 (NLT)

16 This is what the LORD says: “Stop at the crossroads and look around. Ask for the old, godly way, and walk in it. Travel its path, and you will find rest for your souls. But you reply, ‘No, that’s not the road we want!’


No, that’s not the road we want...why? Because that road is less traveled and the low road is easier to travel than the High Road. The problem with the low road is that it always goes lower....goes down. I thought you wanted to go up? The truth is this...it’s never been easy to go up. It’s never been easy or natural for us to approach that which is High and Exalted. King David said this about the High Road...


Psalm 24:3-5 (NLT)

3 Who may climb the mountain of the LORD? Who may stand in his holy place? 4 Only those whose hands and hearts are pure, who do not worship idols and never tell lies. 5 They will receive the LORD’s blessing and have a right relationship with God their savior.


King David makes it clear that our life choices determine the direction of our travels. Keep your hands and heart pure...that’s the High Road. Stay away from idolatry and base your life on truth...that’s the High Road. Many want to know God’s will. Many want to climb the mountain of the Lord...to stand in His holy place, but do you really think the low road will take you there? This is my point for today. Each day we face decisions and choices and each day we must choose the High Road. If we continue, day by day to choose the High Road we will always find ourselves moving closer to the One who is High and Exalted. Choosing the High Road day by day is living proof that you are indeed seeking God’s will for your life and not just pretending to do so.


Proverbs 3:5-6 (NLT)

5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. 6 Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.


I challenge you to look at your life today. Are you choosing the High Road? If so, just keep walking on that High Road and you will find yourself getting closer and closer to the One that is High and Exalted. It is in those day by day life choices that we get to experience God by walking in the light of His truth. Ultimately that is His purpose and will for your life. One last piece of advice...if you look down today and find yourself on the low road...turn around and look up, you’re going the wrong way.


Maranatha, Hosanna, Hallelujah and Amen,

Terry Cooper

A Word from Terry about Holy Priests

Tuesday, MArch 20, 2018

Have your ever considered yourself to be a priest? Most Christians do not, but did you know that God looks at Christians as holy priests on the earth...holy priests through which He will reveal His glory and will. 


1 Peter 2:5 (NLT)

5 And you are living stones that God is building into his spiritual temple. What’s more, you are his holy priests. Through the mediation of Jesus Christ, you offer spiritual sacrifices that please God.


Our lives are called to be living sacrifices that bring glory to God. Our lives should offer spiritual sacrifices that please God every day. This is a life that is focused on Christ and not on self. This is the life of a priest of Christ and every Christian is called to be a priest through the mediation of Jesus Christ. This life will be very different than those who belong to this dark world.


1 Peter 2:9-12 (NLT)

9 But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light. 10 “Once you had no identity as a people; now you are God’s people. Once you received no mercy; now you have received God’s mercy.” 11 Dear friends, I warn you as “temporary residents and foreigners” to keep away from worldly desires that wage war against your very souls. 12 Be careful to live properly among your unbelieving neighbors. Then even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honorable behavior, and they will give honor to God when he judges the world.


We became priests of Christ when we received the sacrificial gift of Christ through faith. We have believed that Jesus is indeed who He says He is. At that point we gave our lives away...gave our lives to Christ to use as He saw fit. We now serve Jesus as chosen and holy priests. This role as priests of Jesus is not a sideline for us...it is our identity, our heart's desire. We now realize that we no longer belong to this world, but only temporary residents here. The priests of Christ do not choose the temporary things of this world over the eternal. We acknowledge the worldly desires of our own nature that war against our heart, but (by the power of Christ) we do not yield to those desires. No, we are careful to guard our hearts and live to bring glory to God in everything we do. This is a call of all holy priests in these last days. This is where the story gets interesting. God chose priests in the Old Testament to reveal His glory. He gave them a holy crown and put a very important phrase on that crown... "Holy To The Lord".


Exodus 39:30 (NLT)

30 Finally, they made the sacred medallion—the badge of holiness—of pure gold. They engraved it like a seal with these words: HOLY TO THE LORD.


This phrase was the holy seal of God...marking the priest Holy to the Lord. Anything with that seal was dedicated to God and Holy to the Lord because it now belongs to God and is chosen and dedicated to God. This mark of God was on items inside the tabernacle/temple and not to be taken out into the world because they were dedicated to worship. Fast forward to one of the final Old Testament prophet's Zechariah. The prophet Zechariah makes a prophetic announcement of future events. Zechariah prophesies of a time on the earth that this holy seal will move outside the holy temple. It will move beyond the holy priests (Old Testament and church age). It will be everywhere!


Zechariah 14:20-21 (NLT)

20 On that day even the harness bells of the horses will be inscribed with these words: HOLY TO THE LORD. And the cooking pots in the Temple of the LORD will be as sacred as the basins used beside the altar.

21 In fact, every cooking pot in Jerusalem and Judah will be holy to the LORD of Heaven’s Armies. All who come to worship will be free to use any of these pots to boil their sacrifices. And on that day there will no longer be traders in the Temple of the LORD of Heaven’s Armies.


On that day...what day? Zechariah prophesies of the day when Jesus Christ will stand upon the earth as King of kings and Lord of lords. On that day the holiness of God will not just be in a temple. On that day the holiness of God will not just be in the priests of believers. On that day the holiness of God will be everywhere! Can your mind comprehend this event when everything will be "Holy to the Lord"? Satan will be bound in prison and Jesus will reign upon the earth and everything will be Holy to the Lord. Look at how the prophet Isaiah describes that day...


Isaiah 11:6-10 (NLT)

6 the leopard will lie down with the baby goat.The calf and the yearling will be safe with the lion,and a little child will lead them all. 7 The cow will graze near the bear. The cub and the calf will lie down together. The lion will eat hay like a cow. 8 The baby will play safely near the hole of a cobra. Yes, a little child will put its hand in a nest of deadly snakes without harm. 9 Nothing will hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain, for as the waters fill the sea, so the earth will be filled with people who know the LORD. 10 In that day the heir to David’s throne will be a banner of salvation to all the world. The nations will rally to him, and the land where he lives will be a glorious place.


The church, the priests of these last days have devoted themselves to God. They have been chosen by God to reveal the glory of Christ in these last days. We live in this world, yes, but we do not belong to this world. We belong to Christ and we await His coming kingdom when EVERYTHING will be Holy to the Lord...for as the waters fill the sea, so the earth will be filled with people who know the Lord.


Maranatha, Hosanna, Hallelujah and Amen,

Terry Cooper

A Word from Terry about the New Covenant

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Have you ever thought deeply about the word "covenant"? Our God is a covenant making God and He is a covenant keeping God. Do you know the first covenant of God recorded in the Bible? Most would guess the covenant that God made with Abraham, but that was not the first one. The first one recorded was with Noah and his family. As you read it below, I want you to notice this covenant is a covenant of salvation...to save Noah's life. God's covenant is going to save Noah and his family from the flood of God's judgment. 


Genesis 6:17-18 (NLT)

17 “Look! I am about to cover the earth with a flood that will destroy every living thing that breathes. Everything on earth will die.18 But I will confirm my covenant with you. So enter the boat—you and your wife and your sons and their wives.


God did save them from the judgment...from the flood. God kept His covenant promise to Noah. After the flood God confirmed His covenant with Noah. He told Noah's family to be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth with people. Notice the word "covenant" is used 6 different times in this meeting between God and Noah.


Genesis 9:8-17 (NLT)

8 Then God told Noah and his sons, 9 “I hereby confirm my covenant with you and your descendants, 10 and with all the animals that were on the boat with you—the birds, the livestock, and all the wild animals—every living creature on earth. 11 Yes, I am confirming my covenant with you. Never again will floodwaters kill all living creatures; never again will a flood destroy the earth.” 12 Then God said, “I am giving you a sign of my covenant with you and with all living creatures, for all generations to come. 13 I have placed my rainbow in the clouds. It is the sign of my covenant with you and with all the earth. 14 When I send clouds over the earth, the rainbow will appear in the clouds, 15 and I will remember my covenant with you and with all living creatures. Never again will the floodwaters destroy all life. 16 When I see the rainbow in the clouds, I will remember the eternal covenant between God and every living creature on earth.” 17 Then God said to Noah, “Yes, this rainbow is the sign of the covenant I am confirming with all the creatures on earth.”


One of the sons of Noah saved by the covenant of God was called Shem. Shem was saved by the covenant of God and Shem honored that covenant by having children who would have children who would have children (I think you get the point). One of those children was Abram, who would later become Abraham. Abram was the ninth son (9 generations) from Noah's son, Shem. It was time for God to make another covenant. The Scripture below is not the first one between Abram and God, but it is the one that explains the scope of this covenant in great detail:


Genesis 17:1-8 (NLT)

1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to him and said, “I am El-Shaddai—‘God Almighty.’ Serve me faithfully and live a blameless life. 2 I will make a covenant with you, by which I will guarantee to give you countless descendants.” 3 At this, Abram fell face down on the ground. Then God said to him, 4 “This is my covenant with you: I will make you the father of a multitude of nations! 5 What’s more, I am changing your name. It will no longer be Abram. Instead, you will be called Abraham, for you will be the father of many nations. 6 I will make you extremely fruitful. Your descendants will become many nations, and kings will be among them! 7 “I will confirm my covenant with you and your descendants after you, from generation to generation. This is the everlasting covenant: I will always be your God and the God of your descendants after you. 8 And I will give the entire land of Canaan, where you now live as a foreigner, to you and your descendants. It will be their possession forever, and I will be their God.”


This covenant between God and Abram included the promise of land, countless children in future generations, future nations, new name (Abraham) and kings. This covenant was everlasting and this covenant was about forever. This covenant between God and the ninth son from Shem would change the world...forever. From this covenant came Isaac and then Jacob and then the 12 sons of Israel. Some 1300 years later, God appears to the prophet named Jeremiah and makes an announcement. This announcement was about a NEW COVENANT.


Jeremiah 31:31-33 (NLT)

31 “The day is coming,” says the LORD, “when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and Judah. 32 This covenant will not be like the one I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand and brought them out of the land of Egypt. They broke that covenant, though I loved them as a husband loves his wife,” says the LORD. 33 “But this is the new covenant I will make with the people of Israel on that day,” says the LORD. “I will put my instructions deep within them, and I will write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.


This next covenant would be new and it would not be like the other ones. This covenant of God would be deep within the people who were under this New Covenant. So what is the New Covenant? Do you know? Some 650 years after the time of Jeremiah...The New Covenant would be revealed. It was a Thursday evening during the Jewish Passover and Jesus had assembled his 12 disciples. The New Covenant is revealed...


Luke 22:20 (NLT)

20 After supper he took another cup of wine and said, “This cup is the new covenant between God and his people—an agreement confirmed with my blood, which is poured out as a sacrifice for you.


Was this New Covenant "new" because the Abraham covenant was 2000 years old or does "new" means more than time? You and I live some 2000 years after Jesus' announcement of a New Covenant. Does that mean God's covenant with us is now old? This is my main point today. This New Covenant of God through the sacrificial blood of Christ is timeless and eternal. It's not new because the other one was old, but it's new because it cannot grow old. No matter how long you live under this New Covenant...it is still a New Covenant. How is that possible? Do you remember that Jeremiah announced that this New Covenant would be on the inside of people's hearts (deep within them)? Is it possible to have our hearts renewed day by day...preventing the covenant of God from ever becoming old? The New Covenant is the promise of the Holy Spirit that enters the human heart and the Holy Spirit cannot grow old! The work of the Holy Spirit is to renew our hearts daily...this New Covenant cannot grow old.


2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (NLT)

16 That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. 17 For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! 18 So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.


This New Covenant is the Holy Spirits presence in our lives. The Sprit of Christ gives us a new nature, makes us a new creation...the New Covenant cannot grow old!


Ephesians 4:24 (NLT)

24 Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.


2 Corinthians 5:17 (NLT)

17 This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!


This New Covenant of God through the blood of Jesus is not based on the external, but the internal. The heart of man must be born again, born afresh, made new and the only power that can do that is the New Covenant which is the promise of God to put Himself inside our hearts as announced by the Prophet Jeremiah (above) and confirmed by the Apostle Paul (below)Be.


Galatians 6:14-16 (NLT)

14 As for me, may I never boast about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. Because of that cross, my interest in this world has been crucified, and the world’s interest in me has also died. 15 It doesn’t matter whether we have been circumcised or not. What counts is whether we have been transformed into a new creation. 16 May God’s peace and mercy be upon all who live by this principle; they are the new people of God.


Because of the cross of Christ...A new creation! A new people of God! A New Covenant that cannot grow old! Is the New Covenant new to you today? Can you honestly say today that Jeremiah's prophesy has been fulfilled in your life by the redeeming power of Christ on the cross? This New Covenant, like the one with Noah will save your life from the coming judgment. This New Covenant, like the one with Abraham will give you a place in the Promised Land. This New Covenant is eternal and God never breaks His covenant promises.


Jeremiah 31:33 (NLT)

33 “But this is the new covenant I will make with the people of Israel on that day,” says the LORD. “I will put my instructions deep within them, and I will write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.


Maranatha, Hosanna, Hallelujah and Amen,

Terry Cooper

A Word from Terry about Your Name

TUESDAY, MARCH 6, 2018

What is your name? It's quite common for someone to ask that question. What they are really asking is "Who are you"? Our name is attached to us at birth and our name identifies who we are. This is a physical truth, but there is a spiritual truth connected to your name as well. I'll explain it by using a man named Jacob. Jacob was the son of Isaac, who was the son of Abraham. Jacob had a twin brother named Esau. Esau was the firstborn of the twin brothers and under Jewish law Esau would receive the birthright and the blessing of his father Isaac. But that's not how this story proceeds. Jacob makes a plan to deceive his aged father and take his father's blessing for himself through that deception. Jacob was going to pretend to be someone other than himself. Jacob was going to pretend to be Esau and take his brother's blessing. Jacob prepares a delicious meal for his father and approaches him...


Genesis 27:18-19 (NLT)

18 So Jacob took the food to his father. “My father?” he said. “Yes, my son,” Isaac answered. “Who are you—Esau or Jacob?” 19 Jacob replied, “It’s Esau, your firstborn son. I’ve done as you told me. Here is the wild game. Now sit up and eat it so you can give me your blessing.”


Who are you...that was the question from father Isaac. Isaac had the blessing to give, but Isaac wanted to know "who are you" before giving out the blessing. Well, it worked. Jacob deceived his father and received the blessing. Esau returns home and finds out about his brothers trick and makes a plan to kill his brother Jacob. Jacob flees from the wrath of his brother, but the story is just getting started. Many years later, Jacob plans to return to his homeland and face his brother Esau. On his way, Jacob has an encounter with God that is described as a wrestling match. Jacob wrestles with God through the night and as morning begins to break, two amazing things happen. God asks Jacob his name and Jacob asks God for the blessing. Do you see it yet? Do you see this spiritual mystery unfolding yet? Carefully read the text of this event and I'll explain...


Genesis 32:24-30 (NLT)

24 This left Jacob all alone in the camp, and a man came and wrestled with him until the dawn began to break. 25 When the man saw that he would not win the match, he touched Jacob’s hip and wrenched it out of its socket.

26 Then the man said, “Let me go, for the dawn is breaking!” But Jacob said, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.” 27 “What is your name?” the man asked. He replied, “Jacob.” 28 “Your name will no longer be Jacob,” the man told him. “From now on you will be called Israel, because you have fought with God and with men and have won.” 29 “Please tell me your name,” Jacob said. “Why do you want to know my name?” the man replied. Then he blessed Jacob there. 30 Jacob named the place Peniel (which means “face of God”), for he said, “I have seen God face to face, yet my life has been spared.”


So, what is the spiritual mystery revealed here? Jacob wanted the blessing of his father. Everyone wants the blessing, but most are not willing to seek the blessing with truth and honesty. Most will never acknowledge that we don't deserve the blessing and we are not entitled to the blessing so we approach the father under false pretense. We pretend to be someone we're not in our attempt to get the blessing of our father. This is what happened in Jacob's original encounter with his father Esau.


But God didn't leave Jacob there, did he? No, God approached Jacob and brings a blessing with him, but this time Jacob will have to stop pretending. This time Jacob will give his real name. This time Jacob will not pretend to be someone other than he is. This time Jacob reveals his true name. Jacob's true name is not entitled to the blessing, but God is going to reveal His glorious grace in this event. God is going to reveal his future plan to redeem a lost world of fallen children. God is going to offer Jacob the blessing because Jacob is finally ready to stop pretending. God is going to give Jacob a new name...ISRAEL...and through this new name God (the Father) was going to redeem a lost world of fallen children.


Do you see it yet? We are not entitled to the blessing of the Father, no one is. So we pretend to be someone we're not, refusing to confess, refusing to repent, refusing to accept the truth of our own unworthy heart. This life of denial produces a life that runs from God, rather than a life with God. Then God, who is rich in mercy and grace comes to us...we wrestle with Him regarding our true identity. In the midst of our wrestling He asks us again...WHAT IS YOUR NAME...WHO ARE YOU? This is our moment of truth. Will we pretend to be a child entitled to the Father's blessing, or will we acknowledge that we are not entitled to any such blessing? The following Psalm is from King David. David reveals the joy of knowing your real name.


Psalm 32:1-5 (NLT)

1 Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sin is put out of sight! 2 Yes, what joy for those whose record the LORD has cleared of guilt, whose lives are lived in complete honesty! 3 When I refused to confess my sin, my body wasted away, and I groaned all day long. 4 Day and night your hand of discipline was heavy on me. My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat. Interlude 5 Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide my guilt. I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the LORD.” And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone.


We must come to Christ as we are. We must come to Christ in truth. We are broken sinners who deserve only death. God's grace offers us a new name, one that comes out of our wrestling with the Truth. A new name that is based on truth, not pretending.


1 John 1:8-10 (NLT)

8 If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. 9 But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that his word has no place in our hearts.


Abraham was Jacob's grandfather. Abraham believed God and God gave him a new name (his original name was Abram). Abraham became the father of our faith, a pattern of true faith. Abraham's faith made him right with God (righteous in the eyes of God), at peace with God and a recipient of the blessing of God the Father. Abraham's faith would be the pattern through which God would call out His children from the world. Yes, everyone on earth is God's creation, but only those who put their faith in God by believing in Jesus....will receive the blessing and promises of God our Father.


Galatians 3:6-7 (NLT)

6 In the same way, “Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith.” 7 The real children of Abraham, then, are those who put their faith in God.


What is your name? Who are you? No more pretending! Jesus gave these words to the church at Pergamum...yes a church!


Revelation 2:16-17 (NLT)

16 Repent of your sin, or I will come to you suddenly and fight against them with the sword of my mouth. 17 “Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand what he is saying to the churches. To everyone who is victorious I will give some of the manna that has been hidden away in heaven. And I will give to each one a white stone, and on the stone will be engraved a new name that no one understands except the one who receives it.


Maranatha, Hosanna, Hallelujah and Amen

Terry Cooper


A Word from Terry about the Second Eve

Wednesday, February 27, 2018

A Word from Terry about the Second Eve

(original idea from Jonathan Cahn Book of Mysteries)


Christians believe the origin of human life to be the breath of life that originates with Adam. The Bible clearly states that we all came from Adam. There is no way to confuse this statement of the Apostle Paul while he preached in Athens Greece.


Acts 17:26 (NLT)

26 From one man he created all the nations throughout the whole earth. He decided beforehand when they should rise and fall, and he determined their boundaries.


We also know that the first woman (Eve) came from the first man (Adam). God caused Adam to fall into a deep sleep and took a rib from Adam's body and formed Eve. God performed the first marriage ceremony and Adam and Eve became the parents of all human life. The Bible says that Eve was formed to be Adam's helper, to assist him and help him tend the garden of God's creation. Eve would be Adam's companion and together they would bring glory to their Creator. But there was another power at work in that garden, his name was Satan. His deception brought the curse of death to the garden of God's creation, death to Adam, Eve and all who would come from their union. God's plan was to bring a second Adam to this world...He would be the Messiah...the Savior, God's One and Only Son...He would be Jesus. Unlike the first Adam, this second Adam would be a life giving Spirit...cancelling the curse of death and offering eternal life to all who would believe Him and call upon His Holy Name.


1 Corinthians 15:45 (NLT)

45 The Scriptures tell us, “The first man, Adam, became a living person.” But the last Adam—that is, Christ—is a life-giving Spirit.


So, here comes my question for today... If Jesus is the second Adam, who is the second Eve? The Bible tells us that Jesus came to redeem us from the fall of Adam. Jesus came in a human body, like that of Adam so that He would be like humans in every way, making Him our perfect High Priest. If this was the requirement for the second Adam...was there also a plan of God for a second Eve?


God caused Adam to go into a deep sleep and the Bible uses sleep as a symbol of death. God caused the second Adam (Jesus) to fall into a deep sleep as well on the cross of death. During the first Adam's sleep a new life was born- Eve. During Jesus' sleep of death, new life is also born. Who? Who was born into new life at the death of Jesus? Believers! Believers have been born again by faith in the sacrificial, atoning death of Christ. This is where the story gets very interesting. God opened the side of the first Adam and God opened the side of Jesus, the second Adam. Life came from that opening in the first Adam and life came from the opening in the second Adam. The wound of the second Adam came from a spear piercing the side of Jesus as He hung on the cross. The prophet Isaiah announced the piercing/opening of the Messiah's side more than 700 years in advance and notice that healing and redemption would flow from this opening in Jesus' side. New life would flow from the side of the second Adam.


Isaiah 53:5 (NLT)

5 But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed.


The Apostle Paul calls this a "Great Mystery"...From the opening in the side of Adam came Adam's wife, Eve. From the opening in the side of the second Adam came another bride, the Bride of Christ, THE CHURCH.


Ephesians 5:31-32 (NLT)

31 As the Scriptures say, “A man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.”

32 This is a great mystery, but it is an illustration of the way Christ and the church are one.


The mystery...Christ and the Church have become wed, they have become one. You could say (spiritually speaking) that the church was born through the side of Christ, like Eve was born from the side of Adam. We were born again when we believed the message of Jesus. We were born again to be the helper of Jesus, the very bride of Christ. He has called us to assist Him, to join Him in His plan to prepare a people who will bring glory to God the Father by accomplishing His divine purpose on the earth. If you are a born again believer in Jesus Christ...you are the second Eve. You and I are the bride of Christ. Believers all around the world are the bride of Christ working together under the authority of Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit to fulfill God's plan to redeem mankind from the fall of the first Adam.


Be glad and rejoice today, you born again believers in Jesus Christ. Be glad and rejoice today for the grace and mercy of God has joined us to an eternal husband by an unbreakable covenant, sealed by the Blood of the Lamb. Be glad and rejoice today in this present and future truth revealed in the Book of Revelation...


Revelation 19:7-8 (NLT)

7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and let us give honor to him. For the time has come for the wedding feast of the Lamb, and his bride has prepared herself. 8 She has been given the finest of pure white linen to wear.” For the fine linen represents the good deeds of God’s holy people.


Maranatha, Hosanna, Hallelujah and Amen,

Terry Cooper

A Word from Terry about the Wedding Gift at Pentecost

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Once per year Israel celebrates God giving the Law to Moses on Mount Sinai. They considered the Law to be a gift from God to His chosen people Israel. Israel would celebrate this gift of God (the Law) with a feast called "Shavuot", also called the Feast of Pentecost. This Jewish feast was to celebrate the harvest (50 days after Passover), but also to celebrate God's gift to Israel...the Gift of the Law. Even today, the Jewish people celebrate God's gift of the Law on the Feast of Pentecost/Shavuot (May 20th this year), sometimes referred to as "The Day of the Gift". They celebrate the gift, the gift of the Word of God revealed to the man of God, Moses. 


This is my point for today...what do we associate with the Day of Pentecost? It was the day that God gave us "the gift" of the Holy Spirit. The love of God gave the gift of the Law (the Word of God) to Israel. And on Pentecost, "The Day of the Gift" God's love gave us the gift of the Holy Spirit, fulfilling the very Word of God through the Son of God. After His death, Jesus told His disciples to remain in Jerusalem and wait for their gift...


Acts 1:4-5 (NIV)

4 On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he [Jesus] gave them this command: "Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about.

5 For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit."


Jesus is the Word and the Word revealed the coming Gift...the Holy Spirit...wait for the Gift...the Gift of God's love. The Bible refers to Jesus as the Bridegroom and the Church is His Bride. The Gift from our Bridegroom is the Holy Spirit. This gift of God's love is to sustain us in the time of testing leading up to the wedding day...the Wedding Feast of the Lamb. Spiritually speaking, the Church is engaged to Christ, our Bridegroom. We are the bride in waiting! The Holy Spirit is the gift from the Bridegroom...insuring all believers that the Bridegroom-Jesus will keep His wedding promise. The Holy Spirit is like our modern day engagement ring that the groom gives to his future bride. When the bride to be wears that ring, she is saying to the world that she is promised to another. That ring is a physical symbol of the promise between the groom and his bride...and so is the Holy Spirit...we are promised to another!


2 Corinthians 1:21-22 (NLT)

21 It is God who enables us, along with you, to stand firm for Christ. He has commissioned us,

22 and he has identified us as his own by placing the Holy Spirit in our hearts as the first installment that guarantees everything he has promised us.


The Word tells us to live ready, always prepared for the upcoming wedding event. Jesus told us to stay focused and don't be distracted by the lures of this world.


Luke 12:35-38 (NLT)

35 “Be dressed for service and keep your lamps burning, 36 as though you were waiting for your master to return from the wedding feast. Then you will be ready to open the door and let him in the moment he arrives and knocks.

37 The servants who are ready and waiting for his return will be rewarded. I tell you the truth, he himself will seat them, put on an apron, and serve them as they sit and eat! 38 He may come in the middle of the night or just before dawn. But whenever he comes, he will reward the servants who are ready.


The Gift of the Holy Spirit is the power of our wedding preparation. The Gift is the power that keeps us from becoming distracted from our time of wedding preparation. We don't have to wait till the Feast of Pentecost to celebrate this Gift of love from God, the Holy Spirit. We celebrate this Gift each day and we gather as the sanctified, devoted and engaged Church to celebrate this Gift each Sunday. The Spirit of Christ reveals the Word and the Word reveals the love of God that has sent us this marvelous Gift. Revelation chapter 19 tells us that His Bride will be ready for the wedding.


Revelation 19:6-9 (NLT)

6 Then I heard again what sounded like the shout of a vast crowd or the roar of mighty ocean waves or the crash of loud thunder: “Praise the LORD! For the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns. 7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and let us give honor to him. For the time has come for the wedding feast of the Lamb, and his bride has prepared herself. 8 She has been given the finest of pure white linen to wear.” For the fine linen represents the good deeds of God’s holy people. 9 And the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding feast of the Lamb.” And he added, “These are true words that come from God.”


Maranatha, Hosanna, Hallelujah and Amen,

Terry Cooper


Pray for Florida

School Shooting

This is not about guns or mental illness. This is about evil. This is about a culture that refuses to acknowledge the presence of sin and the powerful darkness behind that sin. We’ve asked God to get out of our public schools and told this generation that their origins were from chance, random nothingness. What comes next is darkness and hopelessness with no value or meaning to life. Pray for a spiritual awakening. Pray for God’s light to pierce our darkness with the truth and love of Jesus Christ...our only hope! 


2 Timothy 3:1-5

You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. 2 For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. 3 They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. 4 They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. 5 They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that!


A Word from Terry about Pleasure

Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

Pleasure, who doesn't want pleasure? We all want pleasure. Our human body desires to be pleased and satisfied. This is the point of worldly pleasure...to satisfy our human senses. So, I ask a question today. Who gave us those senses (sight, smell, taste, touch, hearing)? The world will tell you that these 5 senses that define our humanity came from "chance, random processes of evolution". The world will tell you that your senses, your human desires came from "random-nothingness" and because your senses came from random-nothingness...you should do whatever you can to satisfy those senses while you have time. Jesus calls it the "Eat, drink and be merry...because tomorrow you die" world view of man.


Luke 12:19 (NLT)

19 And I’ll sit back and say to myself, “My friend, you have enough stored away for years to come. Now take it easy! Eat, drink, and be merry!”


But what if those 5 senses of man came from God? What if those 5 human senses were designed by God to ultimately be fulfilled by God himself? What if He designed us to be satisfied by Him...to find our pleasure in Him? That would change everything. That would change the pursuit and purpose of our life. That would redefine our human pursuit of pleasure. Jesus told his followers to seek the Kingdom of God first. Why? Why would it be advantageous for us to seek God first vs. seeking to satisfy ourselves with worldly pleasure first? Jesus puts it like this:


Matthew 6:31-33 (NLT)

31 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. 33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.


God already knows our real needs because He gave us those needs. God knows the desires of our human flesh because He created us and designed us. That brings me to my main point today. Addictions are consuming people all around us. Even the secular media is realizing the epidemic of addiction in America. Every day we hear another horror story of people overdosing some type of drug and dying. Alcoholism is destroying individuals and families. What's going on? Who would put something in their body that has a high risk of killing them...for the sake of temporary pleasure? What is driving these addictions to drugs, alcohol and other dangerous pursuits of human pleasure? Do you know?


There is an emptiness inside each of us that desires to be filled. Its a type of thirst, but this thirst goes down deep into the heart and soul of all mankind. There is something inside us that needs something outside of us to be satisfied. Somehow, we know we are not self-existent. We cannot truly satisfy ourselves so we seek external things to satisfy our thirst for pleasure...to please our senses. The senses are real and the desires are real. The question is this...what will truly satisfy the desires of man? What is the true and absolute source of human pleasure? What will cure this deep internal thirst to please our human senses? Do you know? The Bible uses wine as a symbol of earthly pleasure. That same Bible tells us that there is something better than wine. There is something more desirable than wine. There is something more satisfying than wine. There is something that lasts longer and fills the emptiness of mans thirst for pleasure more than wine. Do you know what that something is?


Song of Songs 4:10 (NLT)

Your love delights me, my treasure, my bride. Your love is better than wine, your perfume more fragrant than spices.


The Song of Solomon (Song of Songs) is a revelation of the ultimate love of God for His creation...symbolized by a bride and her husband. The bride is us and the beloved husband is God. The Bible reveals something better than wine, better than the earthly tools of human pleasure. The Love of God is better than wine. The love of God is the only thing that truly satisfies and delights the heart of man. We were all born into a fallen and sin filled world. Sin severed our fellowship with our loving God and brought death to our world. Our soul cries out for restored fellowship with God...life with God. The restoration of that fellowship, through the forgiving blood of Jesus is the only thing that will give us true satisfaction and pleasure. The Bible describes King David as a man after God's heart. David is in the pursuit of ultimate pleasure. Read these words of David and ask yourself if David had found the true source of human pleasure?


Psalm 63:1-8 (NLT)

O God, you are my God; I earnestly search for you. My soul thirsts for you; my whole body longs for you in this parched and weary land where there is no water. 2 I have seen you in your sanctuary and gazed upon your power and glory. 3 Your unfailing love is better than life itself; how I praise you! 4 I will praise you as long as I live, lifting up my hands to you in prayer. 5 You satisfy me more than the richest feast. I will praise you with songs of joy. 6 I lie awake thinking of you, meditating on you through the night. 7 Because you are my helper, I sing for joy in the shadow of your wings. 8 I cling to you; your strong right hand holds me securely.


King David declares the love of God to be better than life itself. Do you know why...Because it never ends and it never fails! I've had a lot of people ask me about drinking alcohol over the years and recently people are asking me if its ok for a believer to use marijuana. Let me answer that question and close this word today by saying this. I don't drink alcohol and I don't use recreational drugs...but not because of some rule. I don't drink alcohol because I'm not thirsty. I don't need drugs to escape reality or dull my senses. I'm perfectly satisfied with my current sense of reality. I've found something better than wine! I have found the unfailing love of God. I have found the grace of God. God has forgiven me from all my sins and restored me to fellowship with Him through faith in His Only Son Jesus. I've found something better than wine and I'm not thirsty anymore. Yes, I still retain all my 5 human senses and yes there are times when I struggle with the lure of worldly pleasure. But I've tasted something greater than anything this world can offer. The love of God has revealed what it is to live at peace with God...forgiven and free.


Psalm 103:1-5 (NLT)

Let all that I am praise the LORD; with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name. 2 Let all that I am praise the LORD; may I never forget the good things he does for me. 3He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. 4 He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies. 5 He fills my life with good things. My youth is renewed like the eagle’s!


And by the way...Heaven's Coming!

Maranatha, Hosanna, Hallelujah and Amen

Terry Cooper


A Word from Terry about the Gateway Birth

Monday, February 5, 2018

Have you ever considered how we got here...how we became walking around people on this present earth? Each of us experienced a birth, a gateway of sorts into a new world. We lived some 9 months in the darkness of our mother's womb and then a gateway opened up for us to enter a new world. We could never have imagined that new world before the gateway birth event occurred. At conception, we were alive and we were truly ourselves, but we could not imagine that which was to come. We lived in the total darkness of our mother's womb, unaware of that which was coming at birth. God was preparing us to come through the gateway of birth into a new world. God was getting us ready for the future world, even though we were unaware. The Psalm of David describes this incredible work of God. 


Psalm 139:13-16 (NLT)

13 You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. 15 You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. 16 You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.


This brings me to my main point today. There was evidence of a new world beyond this gateway of birth even before we recognized that evidence. The reality of our future was being revealed by God even before our birth occurred. Let me explain. We lived in the total darkness of the womb, but we had eyes that were being prepared to see light. We floated around, bouncing in all directions, but we had legs that would one day walk upright. We did not breath the air of the outside world, but our lungs were being prepared to take our first breath as soon as the gateway opened into this new world. The evidence of the world to come was "YOU". You were made for so much more than the dark womb and our current life reveals that as truth. But what about now? What about today? Can you currently comprehend the next Gateway Birth? Or, do you think this current life is all there is? The Bible says that all of current creation is groaning and waiting for the next gateway birth to occur.


Romans 8:19-23 (NLT)

19 For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who his children really are. 20 Against its will, all creation was subjected to God’s curse. But with eager hope, 21 the creation looks forward to the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay. 22 For we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 23 And we believers also groan, even though we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory, for we long for our bodies to be released from sin and suffering. We, too, wait with eager hope for the day when God will give us our full rights as his adopted children, including the new bodies he has promised us.


All of God's creation is waiting for the next gateway to open. We currently live in a fallen, dark and sin filled world, but we were created for so much more than this present darkness. Our soul cries out and groans for the next gateway to open. We have been told by our Creator God that this next life will be different. No more darkness, no more death, no more pain or decay. The Apostle Paul describes our current life as groaning as in the pains of childbirth. Believers have been given the Holy Spirit as a preview of future glory on the other side of this next gateway. The Holy Spirit reveals the Holy Scriptures and the glory that's coming for those who have born again in Christ Jesus. The physical resurrection of Jesus proves it. There is a new life on the other side of this present groaning. There are new and eternal bodies on the other side of this present life. We were created by God for so much more than what we have now...so we wait, expectantly for the future day when God will reveal who his children really are.


Galatians 5:5 (NLT)

5 But we who live by the Spirit eagerly wait to receive by faith the righteousness God has promised to us.

None of us could comprehend our future reality from inside the darkness of our mother's womb. In the same way, our current minds cannot comprehend the next gateway birth that's coming to God's creation. Only the Spirit of God can reveal that which is coming.


1 Corinthians 2:9-12 (NLT)

9 That is what the Scriptures mean when they say, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.” 10 But it was to us that God revealed these things by his Spirit. For his Spirit searches out everything and shows us God’s deep secrets. 11 No one can know a person’s thoughts except that person’s own spirit, and no one can know God’s thoughts except God’s own Spirit.

12 And we have received God’s Spirit (not the world’s spirit), so we can know the wonderful things God has freely given us.


Today, if you have received the Holy Spirit through faith in Jesus Christ...you too can know the wonderful things God has freely given us!


Heaven's Coming

Maranatha, Hosanna, Hallelujah and Amen

Terry Cooper

A Word from Terry about the 9th of AV

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

I have a painting in my office of Jesus sitting on the Mount of Olives looking down into the holy city of Jerusalem. I'm attaching a copy of that picture to this email. It is one of my all-time favorite scenes. I’ve always associated this picture with this Scripture.


Matthew 23:37-39 (NIV)

37 "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing. 38 Look, your house is left to you desolate. 39 For I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, 'Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.'"


Jesus longed to gather the Jewish people under the shelter of His wings...to save them, but they refused to believe that was indeed who He claimed to be. That scene brings me to today’s mystery from Jonathan Cahn’s Book of Mysteries. Today is January 30, 2018, but the Jewish/Hebrew calendar calls today Sh’vat 14, 5778. There are many mysteries revealed in the Jewish/Hebrew calendar and today I want to look at the 9th of AV, which this year would be our July 22nd. The 9th of AV is recognized as a day of sadness and mourning for the Jewish people even today. It was on the 9th of AV that Babylon's King Nebuchadnezzar destroyed the Jewish Temple, built by King Solomon in Jerusalem around 1000 BC. That event, on that particular date is not the mystery. The mystery is what follows that tragic event of the 9th of AV in 586 BC.


Almost 600 years later, Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, just outside Jerusalem. Jesus would grow up and reveal his true identity to the people of Israel, but most of them would reject Jesus as the King of the Jews. Thus, the scene of Jesus in his final days overlooking Jerusalem and crying out...O Jerusalem, Jerusalem (Matthew 23:37). They rejected Jesus as King and Jesus then prophesied the future destruction of the rebuilt Jerusalem Temple (known as Herod's Temple) in these verses below. Jesus weeps over the city as he gives this prophesy on Sunday, knowing He would die on the cross that following Friday.


Luke 19:41-44 (NIV)

41 As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it 42 and said, "If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace--but now it is hidden from your eyes. 43 The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side. 44 They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God's coming to you."


Some 40 years later...the Roman Emperor, Nero, destroyed the Jerusalem Temple and killed or scattered the remaining Jews from Jerusalem, just as Jesus had prophesied. And do you know the date of that event? The 9th of AV, the same calendar date that Nebuchadnezzar had destroyed the first temple. Those two events alone would be enough to convince most people that something supernatural was occurring. But the mystery continues past that time. There are four more examples of events with the Jewish people on the 9th of AV.


  1.    Less than a century later (after Roman Emperor Nero destroys Jerusalem) the armies of Rome crushed the Bar Kochbah uprising killing over 100,000 Jewish people. A calamity that culminated with the destruction of the city of Bethar and guess the date...the 9th of AV.
  2.     In the Middle Ages, the Crusades would wipe out thousands of Jewish people. The Crusades began on August 15, 1096-the 9th of AV.
  3.     In 1290 the Jews were expelled from England. The calamity begain with the signing of the decree of expulsion on July 18, 1290-the 9th of AV.
  4.     In 1492, the Jews were expelled from Spain (the same year of Columbus sailing) with the final deadline of their expulsion to be August 2nd-the 9th of AV.

Can all this be coincidence or is it the revelation of God's providence and divine will. God is holy and God is sovereign over the kingdoms of men. He has punished the rebellion of Israel, but He has also promised them His future mercy. The Prophet Ezekiel reveals Gods future plan for Israel...when He will give them mercy and grace.


Ezekiel 11:16-21 (NIV)

16 "Therefore say: 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Although I sent them far away among the nations and scattered them among the countries, yet for a little while I have been a sanctuary for them in the countries where they have gone.' 17 "Therefore say: 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I will gather you from the nations and bring you back from the countries where you have been scattered, and I will give you back the land of Israel again.' 18 "They will return to it and remove all its vile images and detestable idols. 19 I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh. 20 Then they will follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. They will be my people, and I will be their God. 21 But as for those whose hearts are devoted to their vile images and detestable idols, I will bring down on their own heads what they have done, declares the Sovereign LORD."


So, what does all this have to do with us, the church, in modern times? I can hear these same words of Jesus to the modern world today... "If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace". Israel rebelled against the very King that came to save them and many are still doing the same thing today. That is why the Hebrew writer said these words below as a warning.


Hebrews 3:15-19 (NIV)

15 As has just been said: "Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion." 16 Who were they who heard and rebelled? Were they not all those Moses led out of Egypt? 17 And with whom was he angry for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies fell in the desert? 18 And to whom did God swear that they would never enter his rest if not to those who disobeyed? 19 So we see that they were not able to enter, because of their unbelief.


Today is the day of our salvation. We should never wait or put off this call of God to receive His divine grace and peace through faith in Jesus Christ. The example of Israel is clear and the warning to us who live in the church age is also just as clear. Remember...Jesus is weeping as He enters Jerusalem with these words, "because you did not recognize the time of God's coming to you."


Hebrews 4:1 (NIV)

1 Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it.


Let us be careful because...Heaven's Coming!


Maranatha, Hosanna, Hallelujah and Amen,

Terry Cooper


A Word from Terry about Galilee

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Why Galilee? Have you ever thought about it? I think there is a wonderful mystery in the answer to that question. The Gospel of Luke makes it clear that God was going to reveal His glory in Galilee.


Luke 1:26-27 (NLT)

26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a village in Galilee, 27 to a virgin named Mary. She was engaged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of King David.


Nazareth is in the region called Galilee, and that's a long way from Jerusalem, about 70 miles. Why did God pick this young couple (Mary and Joseph) 70 miles from Jerusalem? Is there a wonderful mystery here? Galilee was part of God's covenant land gift to Abraham and it lies to the north in the Promised Land. Galilee existed inside what was known as the northern Kingdom of Israel (10 tribes) while the Kingdom of Judah (2 tribes) was to the south. Do you know which of these two kingdoms (Israel and Judah) was the first to fall? Do you know which piece of the Promised land was the first to be lost to foreign invaders? The land of Galilee! Galilee, in the Northern Kingdom of Israel was the first to fall to the ruthless Assyrians in 721 BC. The southern Kingdom of Judah didn't fall until 135 years later in 586 BC. The Assyrians left Galilee and most of Israel desolate and broken, carrying of the few survivors to their capital, Nineveh. The land that once flowed with milk and honey became a heap of ruins. So, where is this mystery?

God could have placed his seed inside anyone-anywhere, but He chose to place the seed of His only Son in a woman in Nazareth of Galilee. The first land, the first people in the Promised Land to become desolate were the first ones to receive the arrival of Messiah. Most of Jesus' recorded public ministry took place in Galilee. Galilee was considered backwoods and lower class by the people living in the south. That's why you hear these statements in the Gospel of John:


John 7:52 (NLT)

They replied, “Are you from Galilee, too? Search the Scriptures and see for yourself—no prophet ever comes from Galilee!”


John 1:45-46 (NLT)

45 Philip went to look for Nathanael and told him, “We have found the very person Moses and the prophets wrote about! His name is Jesus, the son of Joseph from Nazareth.” 46 “Nazareth!” exclaimed Nathanael. “Can anything good come from Nazareth?” “Come and see for yourself,” Philip replied.


Galilee was the land of the broken and the rejected...and God chose Galilee to be the first place where His Son would reveal His glory. This was God's wonderful plan prophesied by Isaiah some 750 years before the birth of Christ.


Matthew 4:12-17 (NLT)

12 When Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he left Judea and returned to Galilee. 13 He went first to Nazareth, then left there and moved to Capernaum, beside the Sea of Galilee, in the region of Zebulun and Naphtali. 14 This fulfilled what God said through the prophet Isaiah: 15 “In the land of Zebulun and of Naphtali, beside the sea, beyond the Jordan River, in Galilee where so many Gentiles live, 16 the people who sat in darkness have seen a great light. And for those who lived in the land where death casts its shadow, a light has shined.” 17 From then on Jesus began to preach, “Repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near.”


The greatest Light was coming to the place of greatest darkness, first! Jesus left Judea (Jerusalem to the south) and went to the broken people of Galilee. Those who were the first to suffer loss will be the first to experience the gospel of great gain. And who were these broken people in Galilee? Specifically, who were they? They are bringing their broken to Jesus. This Scripture below refers to Jesus in Capernaum of Galilee.


Mark 2:1-3 (NLT)

1 When Jesus returned to Capernaum several days later, the news spread quickly that he was back home. 2 Soon the house where he was staying was so packed with visitors that there was no more room, even outside the door. While he was preaching God’s word to them, 3 four men arrived carrying a paralyzed man on a mat.


The broken were drawn to Jesus because they knew they were broken. It was beside the Sea of Galilee that Jesus gave the Sermon on the Mount and notice the broken people described in what we call the Beatitudes:


Matthew 5:1-5 (NLT)

1 One day as he saw the crowds gathering, Jesus went up on the mountainside and sat down. His disciples gathered around him, 2 and he began to teach them. 3 “God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs. 4 God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted. 5 God blesses those who are humble, for they will inherit the whole earth.


Blessed are the poor, blessed are those who mourn and blessed are those who have been humbled by life itself because they know that they are broken. This is the hope filled message of Jesus to the broken people in Galilee and to us today. Jesus delivered this message of hope to the sick, the lepers, the blind, the poor, the hated, the outcasts of Galilee and He's still doing it today. Do you know that you're broken too? This is the mystery of God. His great love is a mystery to most, even today. They couldn't understand the mystery then and many still can't see it today.


Mark 2:15-17 (NLT)

15 Later, Levi invited Jesus and his disciples to his home as dinner guests, along with many tax collectors and other disreputable sinners. (There were many people of this kind among Jesus’ followers.) 16 But when the teachers of religious law who were Pharisees saw him eating with tax collectors and other sinners, they asked his disciples, “Why does he eat with such scum?” 17 When Jesus heard this, he told them, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do. I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.”


In an emergency, who do you send the doctor to first? Galilee! Jesus came to our broken Galilee and yes, we are all broken. The world refuses to acknowledge the truth of our broken condition. The world does not see the value in the broken, but God sees the truth about the broken. It is in our brokenness and the acknowledgment of our failed condition that we then seek the doctor for healing. This is the mystery of God...the mystery of Galilee.


Luke 10:21 (NLT)

21 At that same time Jesus was filled with the joy of the Holy Spirit, and he said, “O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, thank you for hiding these things from those who think themselves wise and clever, and for revealing them to the childlike. Yes, Father, it pleased you to do it this way.


It is in our humility and brokenness that we see the truth of Jesus. A contrite, broken and repentant heart is the result of this mystery revealed. God sent His great Light into our broken dark world, our Galilee, to put us back on track to the Promised Land of His presence. This is the mystery revealed. This is God's great pleasure!


Ephesians 1:9-11 (NLT)

9 God has now revealed to us his mysterious plan regarding Christ, a plan to fulfill his own good pleasure. 10 And this is the plan: At the right time he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ—everything in heaven and on earth. 11 Furthermore, because we are united with Christ, we have received an inheritance from God, for he chose us in advance, and he makes everything work out according to his plan.


Be encouraged today!


Heaven's Coming!


Maranatha, Hosanna, Hallelujah and Amen

Terry Cooper


A Word from Terry about the Scarlet Cord

Tuesday, January 16, 2017

In his latest book, The Book of Mysteries, Jonathan Cahn tells of the ancient writings of the Jewish Rabbi's during the second temple period (before and during the time of Christ). These writings are not recorded in our current canon of Scriptures, but in the Jewish rabbinical writings. The rabbi's wrote of an annual supernatural event that would take place at the Jerusalem Temple during the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur). The priest would tie a scarlet cord on the temple doors during the sacrifice of Yom Kippur and that scarlet cord would supernaturally turn from scarlet to white when the once per year sacrifice was completed. God had installed this annual Day of Atonement to cover the sins of the people of Israel so they could remain in fellowship with Him.  


Leviticus 23:28 (NLT)

28 Do no work during that entire day because it is the Day of Atonement, when offerings of purification are made for you, making you right with the LORD your God.


Notice the detail of God's law for that day...the offering of that day will purify the people and make them right with God. The rabbi's wrote that the scarlet cord was a sign of God that the offering had been accepted and their sins, that were as scarlet had become white as snow, by the blood sacrifice on the Day of Atonement.


Isaiah 1:18 (NLT)

18 “Come now, let’s settle this,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, I will make them as white as wool.


That in itself if amazing, but the story gets even better. The rabbi's later wrote that this supernatural scarlet to white cord event stopped about 40 years before the Jerusalem Temple was destroyed in 70AD. Do you see the mystery yet? That means the rabbi's recorded the end of this supernatural scarlet to white event occurred at the time of Jesus' death on the cross. Do you see it yet? Jesus' death on the cross was the final sacrifice to transform our scarlet sins into pure white...making us right with God.


Hebrews 10:10-14 (NLT)

10 For God’s will was for us to be made holy by the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ, once for all time. 11 Under the old covenant, the priest stands and ministers before the altar day after day, offering the same sacrifices again and again, which can never take away sins. 12 But our High Priest [JESUS] offered himself to God as a single sacrifice for sins, good for all time. Then he sat down in the place of honor at God’s right hand.

13 There he waits until his enemies are humbled and made a footstool under his feet. 14 For by that one offering he forever made perfect those who are being made holy.


Wow, is that incredible or what? I want to add one more bit of encouragement for this snowy day in very cold January. Please read this Scripture below and think deeply and personally about it.


Hebrews 10:18-25 (NLT)

18 And when sins have been forgiven, there is no need to offer any more sacrifices. And so, dear brothers and sisters, we can boldly enter heaven’s Most Holy Place because of the blood of Jesus.

20 By his death, Jesus opened a new and life-giving way through the curtain into the Most Holy Place. 21 And since we have a great High Priest who rules over God’s house,

22 let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting him. For our guilty consciences have been sprinkled with Christ’s blood to make us clean, and our bodies have been washed with pure water.

23 Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. 24 Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.

25 And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.


Sincere hearts that fully trust God. Our guilty, scarlet consciences have been made white as snow by the scarlet blood of Christ. Now, we are to hold tight to our hope in Christ. Now, we must trust God to keep His promises. Now, we must motivate each other to hang on...even through trials and difficulties. Now, we must not neglect the assembly of the Body of Christ, the church, because we need each other now, more than ever...especially now that we see the day of Jesus' return drawing near.


Maranatha, Hosanna, Hallelujah and Amen,

Terry Cooper


A Word from Terry about Jacob's Ladder

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

Everyone wants to go to heaven, right? We also know that heaven is always referred to as "up", right? So how do we earthlings go up to heaven? We need a ladder (don't laugh, it's true). That would be a pretty tall ladder, right? Did you know that there is such a ladder to heaven? Yes, a ladder (or a stairway) that reaches from the deepest depths of earth to the highest heaven, even unto the presence of God. Did you know that? What if I told you that Jacob saw it and the Bible records the sighting? Would you believe it? Our ladder story begins with Jacob running for his life from his brother. One night, while Jacob was all alone, God reveals His divine plan to build a ladder from earth to heaven and allows Jacob to see the ladder in a dream.


Genesis 28:10-17 (NLT)

10 Meanwhile, Jacob left Beersheba and traveled toward Haran. 11 At sundown he arrived at a good place to set up camp and stopped there for the night. Jacob found a stone to rest his head against and lay down to sleep. 12 As he slept, he dreamed of a stairway that reached from the earth up to heaven. And he saw the angels of God going up and down the stairway. 13 At the top of the stairway stood the LORD, and he said, “I am the LORD, the God of your grandfather Abraham, and the God of your father, Isaac. The ground you are lying on belongs to you. I am giving it to you and your descendants. 14 Your descendants will be as numerous as the dust of the earth! They will spread out in all directions—to the west and the east, to the north and the south. And all the families of the earth will be blessed through you and your descendants. 15 What’s more, I am with you, and I will protect you wherever you go. One day I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have finished giving you everything I have promised you.” 16 Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, “Surely the LORD is in this place, and I wasn’t even aware of it!” 17 But he was also afraid and said, “What an awesome place this is! It is none other than the house of God, the very gateway to heaven!”


Jacob saw the gateway to heaven, while living on the earth...and even better...Jacob realized this ladder was constructed by God for the family of Abraham (his grandfather) and even the nations of the earth that will one day find this ladder to heaven. God would eventually change Jacob's name to Israel and Israel would have 12 sons that would become the 12 tribes of Israel. So what about the ladder to heaven? It would be about 2000 years before someone from the lineage of Jacob would talk again about this ladder to heaven. This person wouldn't just see the ladder, like Jacob...no...this One was the ladder that reaches from heaven to earth and back again. His name is Jesus and this is what he says about Jacob's ladder.


John 1:51 (NLT)

51 Then he said, “I tell you the truth, you will all see heaven open and the angels of God going up and down on the Son of Man, the one who is the stairway between heaven and earth.”


Jesus reveals this truth...the ladder/stairway to heaven is a person. This person extends to the highest heaven and descends to the lowest earth to make a way for people to enter the very presence of God. This is the interesting part to Jacob's ladder story today. A ladder must touch both locations to work. The ladder must fully rest on heaven and the ladder must fully rest on earth. The ladder must be fully connected to both locations to function correctly. The ladder doesn't almost get to heaven and the ladder doesn't almost reach earth. No, that would never work. Jesus came from the Father and that is our connection to heaven. Jesus was also born as a human on planet earth, fully connecting Him to us earthlings. He is the ladder that connects man and God. He is the only ladder, the only way to reach God.


John 14:6 (NLT)

6 Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.


So, how do we get on this ladder to heaven? How do we travel this great distance between heaven and earth? The heavenly journey begins when we believe in the ladder enough to reach out and take hold of that first rung, by faith. This ladder reaches the deepest darkest places/people on earth. This ladder reaches the highest heaven, even the presence of God. The ladder is real and the ladder is reachable. That bottom rung is within your grasp, even now. No matter how low, no matter how sinful, no matter how lost, no matter how hopeless...that ladder reaches out to you today.


Hebrews 11:6 (NLT)

6 And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.


Take hold of this ladder to heaven named Jesus and then turn around and shout the good news of this beautiful stairway into the highest heaven to those who stand on this present earth.


Maranatha, Hosanna, Hallelujah and Amen,

Terry


A Word from Terry about the Jordan River

Wednesday, January 3, 2018


The Jordan River is quite prominent in the Bible, beginning in the Old Testament book of Genesis. 


Genesis 13:10 (NLT)

10 Lot took a long look at the fertile plains of the Jordan Valley in the direction of Zoar. The whole area was well watered everywhere, like the garden of the LORD or the beautiful land of Egypt. (This was before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.)


Genesis compares the Jordan River Valley to the Garden of Eden, that is before God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah. Jesus himself was baptized in the Jordan River some 2000 years after the time of Abraham and Lot,

but there is much more to learn from the Jordan River? Did you know that the Jordan River flows from one end of Israel to the other (North to South)? The river begins its course at Mount Hermon (the highest mountain in Syria) and flows down to Galilee (Northern border of Israel) to the Sea of Galilee and then out of the Sea of Galilee. The river leaves the Sea of Galilee and flows through fertile Jordan River Valley and then through the wilderness of Judea ending its 156 mile journey at the Dead Sea. This river descends from the heights of Mount Hermon 9,232 ft. above sea level to the lowest place on earth, the Dead Sea (1410' below sea level). The Jordan River descends farther from start to finish (10,642') than any other river on earth and it happens to flow through the entire length of Israel, the Promised Land of God.


Can you see the mystery yet? The heights to the depths...bringing life to everything it touches. Jesus is from Galilee and Jesus refers to himself as the Living Water. Jesus traveled from Galilee in the North to Jerusalem in the South bringing life to everything He touches. But we all know that Jesus' origin is not Galilee, but heaven. He traveled from the heights of heaven to the depths of earth to bring this living water to mankind. And where does the River Jordan end...the Dead Sea! Where did Jesus' life end...death...the highest heights of heaven descended to the great depth of death itself. Why? To bring life to everything touched by this Living Water.


I had the opportunity to travel to Israel in 2010 and I was symbolically baptized in the Jordan River by Dr. David Reagan. My real baptism was in Salt River when I was 13 years old. I also traveled to the Dead Sea and floated in its stinking waters. Nothing lives in the Dead Sea. There is nothing alive in the Dead Sea. There is such a contrast between the beauty of the Jordan River Valley and the Dead Sea. Such a great divide between life and death. Can you see the mystery yet? The heights to the depths. Living Water flowing into a Dead Sea. All flowing through the Nation of Israel. This is a picture of our Redeemer from Heaven. Jesus descended into the depths of our earth to suffer our death (the height to the depth). Why, so that everything He touched would become alive!


The Bible reveals several earth changing events that will occur when Jesus returns to earth (His Second Coming). This one might blow your mind! I hope your ready for this! The Prophet Ezekiel describes what's going to happen to the Dead Sea when Jesus returns.


Ezekiel 47:6-12 (NLT)

6 He asked me, “Have you been watching, son of man?” Then he led me back along the riverbank.

7 When I returned, I was surprised by the sight of many trees growing on both sides of the river.

8 Then he said to me, “This river flows east through the desert into the valley of the Dead Sea. The waters of this stream will make the salty waters of the Dead Sea fresh and pure.

9 There will be swarms of living things wherever the water of this river flows. Fish will abound in the Dead Sea, for its waters will become fresh. Life will flourish wherever this water flows.

10 Fishermen will stand along the shores of the Dead Sea. All the way from En-gedi to En-eglaim, the shores will be covered with nets drying in the sun. Fish of every kind will fill the Dead Sea, just as they fill the Mediterranean.

11 But the marshes and swamps will not be purified; they will still be salty.

12 Fruit trees of all kinds will grow along both sides of the river. The leaves of these trees will never turn brown and fall, and there will always be fruit on their branches. There will be a new crop every month, for they are watered by the river flowing from the Temple. The fruit will be for food and the leaves for healing.”


Living Water is going to flow from the throne of God in Jerusalem. That water will transform everything it touches, even the Dead Sea. From the heights to the depths. From heaven to the earth to bring living water to the dead. God humbled Himself and became a man to come bring this living water and He has asked each of us to humble ourselves before Him and come drink freely. Are you thirsty?


Isaiah 55:1-2 (NLT)

1 “Is anyone thirsty? Come and drink— even if you have no money! Come, take your choice of wine or milk— it’s all free!

2 Why spend your money on food that does not give you strength? Why pay for food that does you no good? Listen to me, and you will eat what is good. You will enjoy the finest food.


John 7:37-39 (NLT)

37 On the last day, the climax of the festival, Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds, “Anyone who is thirsty may come to me!

38 Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’”

39 (When he said “living water,” he was speaking of the Spirit, who would be given to everyone believing in him. But the Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus had not yet entered into his glory.)


James 4:10 (NIV)

10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.


Maranatha, Hosanna, Hallelujah and Amen,

Terry Cooper

A Word from Terry about the Mantle

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

I want to consider the future on this final week of 2017. I want to consider the mantle. This thought comes from the story of the Prophet Elijah in the Old Testament. Elijah had received a supernatural calling of God and that calling was referred to as a "mantle" or a cloak, a robe or a covering of God that included the call of God. Many believe this mantle/cloak of Elijah was made of camel's hair, like the one worn by John the Baptist in the New Testament. Today, as we look into the future, I'm not so concerned about the material as I am the assignment and the calling of God that came with this mantle.


This mantle/calling came with power:


1 Kings 17:1 (NLT)

1 Now Elijah, who was from Tishbe in Gilead, told King Ahab, “As surely as the LORD, the God of Israel, lives—the God I serve—there will be no dew or rain during the next few years until I give the word!”


The mantle represents the calling of God and the purpose of God, but it also comes with the power of God to complete the appointed calling/assignment. The mantle of God upon Elijah gave him the power to stop the rain from falling. That mantle also called down fire from heaven against the false prophets in Israel. That same mantle brought rain to Israel some 7 years after the drought began. Can you imagine carrying the weight of Elijah's mantle? How would you like to be the one who stops the rain from falling for seven years? How would you like to be the one that calls out the King and the false prophets at the risk of your own life. This mantle of Elijah was heavy and very difficult to wear. But, we know this from the Holy Scriptures...Elijah wore his mantle well!


The time came for Elijah to take off his mantle and pass it on to another, a man named Elisha.


1 Kings 19:19 (NASB)

19 So he [Elijah] departed from there and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, while he was plowing with twelve pairs of oxen before him, and he with the twelfth. And Elijah passed over to him and threw his mantle [cloak] on him.


This mantle of Elijah was heavy and it was time to pass it on to another. Elijah and Elisha walked together for a short time, but eventually God was going to call Elijah into His heavenly presence. Elijah was not going to die, but God was going to send a chariot of fire to pick him up. God tells Elijah and Elisha to cross over the Jordan river to the place where God is going to come and pick up Elijah...and notice the power of the mantle.


2 Kings 2:8 (NASB)

8 Elijah took his mantle and folded it together and struck the waters, and they were divided here and there, so that the two of them crossed over on dry ground.


The mantle was heavy, yes, but the mantle was also powerful! The mantle was the power of God attached to the person of God that was called to carry it. The mantle parted the waters of the Jordan river and Elijah and Elisha both walked over on dry ground. What comes next, I believe, is a picture of the future rapture of the church...the ones who have been called to carry the mantle of God in our generation.


2 Kings 2:9-14 (NASB)

9 When they had crossed over, Elijah said to Elisha, "Ask what I shall do for you before I am taken from you." And Elisha said, "Please, let a double portion of your spirit be upon me."

10 He said, "You have asked a hard thing. Nevertheless, if you see me when I am taken from you, it shall be so for you; but if not, it shall not be so."

11 As they were going along and talking, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire and horses of fire which separated the two of them. And Elijah went up by a whirlwind to heaven.

12 Elisha saw it and cried out, "My father, my father, the chariots of Israel and its horsemen!" And he saw Elijah no more. Then he took hold of his own clothes and tore them in two pieces.

13 He also took up the mantle of Elijah that fell from him and returned and stood by the bank of the Jordan.

14 He took the mantle of Elijah that fell from him and struck the waters and said, "Where is the LORD, the God of Elijah?" And when he also had struck the waters, they were divided here and there; and Elisha crossed over.


Do you see it? Do you see the mantle? It is the covering of God. It is the calling and assignment of God. It is the power of God. God called Elijah and God called Elisha and God is still calling people today. God is calling people to take up the mantle and live under His divine authority and power. The Apostle Paul makes this calling clear in his letter to the church at Corinth.


1 Corinthians 1:24-29 (NLT)

24 But to those called by God to salvation, both Jews and Gentiles, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God.

25 This foolish plan of God is wiser than the wisest of human plans, and God’s weakness is stronger than the greatest of human strength.

26 Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world’s eyes or powerful or wealthy when God called you.

27 Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful.

28 God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important.

29 As a result, no one can ever boast in the presence of God.


Yes, sometimes this mantle is heavy. Yes, sometimes this mantle will require you to stand against authorities and the powers of this dark world, but know this...this is the powerful mantle of God. God has chosen the ones the world considers foolish to carry His mantle because He knows the foolish and humble mantle carriers will never touch the glory that belongs only to God. They will instead give all the glory to God. Do you carry this mantle of God? Did you carry this mantle in 2017? Will you carry this mantle in 2018? This mantle is the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Jesus Christ, the resurrected Son of God. and this mantle is powerful.


2 Corinthians 3:4-6 (NLT)

4 We are confident of all this because of our great trust in God through Christ.

5 It is not that we think we are qualified to do anything on our own. Our qualification comes from God.

6 He has enabled us to be ministers of his new covenant. This is a covenant not of written laws, but of the Spirit. The old written covenant ends in death; but under the new covenant, the Spirit gives life.


This is my challenge to the church for 2018. Receive this mantle of God, but surrendering your life to Jesus Christ as both Lord and Savior. Then live your life under the power and authority of Christ. This was the challenge of the Apostle Paul to the church at Ephesus and it's my challenge to the church at Ninevah as we approach 2018.


Ephesians 4:1 (NLT)

Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God.


Clothe yourself and wrap yourself in this mantle of Christ which is the Holy Spirit. Our time is urgent and we do not know how much longer we have on this side of the Jordan River. This mantle will part your waters into the presence of God. Do not put off this mantle of Christ!


Romans 13:11-14 (NLT)

11 This is all the more urgent, for you know how late it is; time is running out. Wake up, for our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.

12 The night is almost gone; the day of salvation will soon be here. So remove your dark deeds like dirty clothes, and put on the shining armor of right living.

13 Because we belong to the day, we must live decent lives for all to see. Don’t participate in the darkness of wild parties and drunkenness, or in sexual promiscuity and immoral living, or in quarreling and jealousy.

14 Instead, clothe yourself with the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. And don’t let yourself think about ways to indulge your evil desires.


Maranatha, Hosanna, Hallelujah and Amen

Terry Cooper


Terry's Christmas Prayer For NCC

Saturday, December 23, 2017

To: NCC

I want to offer a prayer for the church at Ninevah as Christmas approaches. I want to offer the same prayer for the Ninevah Christian Church that the Apostle Paul offered to the Church at Ephesus. I ask each of you to read this prayer aloud to yourself. Read this prayer to your children and your children’s children. And then live in the Light...live under the power and promises of God through Jesus Christ as we await the return of our blessed Savior.

Ephesians 1:18-23 (NLT)

18 I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance. 19 I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power 20 that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms.  21 Now he is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else—not only in this world but also in the world to come. 22 God has put all things under the authority of Christ and has made him head over all things for the benefit of the church.  23 And the church is his body; it is made full and complete by Christ, who fills all things everywhere with himself. 

Merry Christmas and yes Heaven’s Coming!

Maranatha, Hosanna, Hallelujah and Amen

Terry Cooper

A Word from Terry about Jerusalem and the United Nations

Thursday, December 21, 2017


Let there be no doubt about it...it is the most contested piece of real estate on this earth...Jerusalem. Never has this been more clear than today. Today 128 member states of the United Nations General Assembly voted to condemn President Trumps declaration that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. There were 35 abstentions (I guess that means they have no idea what they think about this). There were only 9 nations stood with Israel on this issue of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and two of the nine were USA and Israel (the other 7 are all small states).


Why so much controversy? Why so much disagreement? Does the United States stand alone on this issue of Jerusalem and does the Bible speak about Jerusalem in the last days? Yes! The prophet Jeremiah reveals this prophecy of Jerusalem some 500 years before the birth of Christ.


Jeremiah 3:16-18 (NLT)

16 “And when your land is once more filled with people,” says the LORD, “you will no longer wish for ‘the good old days’ when you possessed the Ark of the LORD’s Covenant. You will not miss those days or even remember them, and there will be no need to rebuild the Ark.

17 In that day Jerusalem will be known as ‘The Throne of the LORD.’ All nations will come there to honor the LORD. They will no longer stubbornly follow their own evil desires.

18 In those days the people of Judah and Israel will return together from exile in the north. They will return to the land I gave their ancestors as an inheritance forever.


Can you imagine reading that Jeremiah prophesy in 1930? How could it make any sense? But something happened in May 1948 that changed everything. Israel became a sovereign nation and in 1967 Israel once again took control of Jerusalem. Now, we read the Bible from a different perspective. Now we can see more clearly the prophesies of God about His Name, His Throne, His Holy City.


Psalm 137:5-6 (NLT)

5 If I forget you, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget how to play the harp. 6 May my tongue stick to the roof of my mouth if I fail to remember you, if I don’t make Jerusalem my greatest joy.


Isaiah 33:5-6 (NLT)

5 Though the LORD is very great and lives in heaven, he will make Jerusalem his home of justice and righteousness.

6 In that day he will be your sure foundation, providing a rich store of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge. The fear of the LORD will be your treasure.


Are the events of today a fulfillment of this prophesy from Zechariah 12?


Zechariah 12:1-3 (NLT)

1 This message concerning the fate of Israel came from the LORD: “This message is from the LORD, who stretched out the heavens, laid the foundations of the earth, and formed the human spirit.

2 I will make Jerusalem like an intoxicating drink that makes the nearby nations stagger when they send their armies to besiege Jerusalem and Judah.

3 On that day I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock. All the nations will gather against it to try to move it, but they will only hurt themselves.


The prophet Daniel reveals a time when the antichrist will stand in Jerusalem and claim it for his throne. Jesus comes some 500 years after the time of Daniel and quotes the Daniel prophesy about the antichrist and his desire to take the throne in Jerusalem.


Daniel 9:27 (NLT)

27 The ruler will make a treaty with the people for a period of one set of seven, but after half this time, he will put an end to the sacrifices and offerings. And as a climax to all his terrible deeds, he will set up a sacrilegious object that causes desecration, until the fate decreed for this defiler is finally poured out on him.”

Matthew 24:15-17 (NLT)

15 “The day is coming when you will see what Daniel the prophet spoke about—the sacrilegious object that causes desecration standing in the Holy Place.” (Reader, pay attention!)

16 “Then those in Judea must flee to the hills. 17 A person out on the deck of a roof must not go down into the house to pack.


The prophet Isaiah reveals the condition of Jerusalem when Jesus returns to destroy the antichrist and to take His place on David's throne in Jerusalem.


Isaiah 62:6-9 (NLT)

6 O Jerusalem, I have posted watchmen on your walls; they will pray day and night, continually. Take no rest, all you who pray to the LORD. 7 Give the LORD no rest until he completes his work, until he makes Jerusalem the pride of the earth. 8 The LORD has sworn to Jerusalem by his own strength: “I will never again hand you over to your enemies. Never again will foreign warriors come and take away your grain and new wine.

9 You raised the grain, and you will eat it, praising the LORD. Within the courtyards of the Temple, you yourselves will drink the wine you have pressed.”


It's interesting to me that this vote at the UN was taken the week leading up to Christmas. Christians around the world are preparing to celebrate the birth of Jesus that took place just 6 miles outside the Holy City of Jerusalem, in Bethlehem. The angel Gabriel had revealed this marvelous and unstoppable plan of God to Mary and yes it includes Jerusalem.


Luke 1:28-33 (NLT)

28 Gabriel appeared to her and said, “Greetings, favored woman! The Lord is with you!”

29 Confused and disturbed, Mary tried to think what the angel could mean.

30 “Don’t be afraid, Mary,” the angel told her, “for you have found favor with God!

31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus.

32 He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David.

33 And he will reign over Israel forever; his Kingdom will never end!”


The Lord God will give Jesus the throne of David and the throne of David is in Jerusalem! That's why Jerusalem is the most contested piece of real estate on planet earth. Everything and I mean everything revealed to Mary by the angel Gabriel will take place. The only thing we don't know is the exact timing. We can see the season and the signs, but we don't know the day. Our Lord tells us how to deal with our expectancy regarding the day.


Luke 21:28 (NLT)

28 So when all these things begin to happen, stand and look up, for your salvation is near!”


Merry Christmas and Maranatha (come soon Lord), Hosanna (save us), Hallelujah (begin to reign), and Amen (make it so)

Terry Cooper


a Word From Terry About tHe Shepherds

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Have you ever stopped to consider the Bethlehem birth of Jesus? Have you considered the location and the order of events? The Scriptures reveal an amazing mystery about that night in Bethlehem. The first outsiders recorded to see the Christ Child were shepherds. God could have sent the Wise Men first, but He didn't. God could have sent the Jewish Scribes and Pharisee's first, but He didn't. God sent the shepherds first. What were shepherds doing that night outside Bethlehem anyway? They were watching sheep. Can you guess the mystery yet?


Bethlehem is about 6 miles from Jerusalem's Holy Temple. Animal sacrifices were taking place in the Jerusalem Temple when Jesus was born in Bethlehem. Lambs were being slaughtered and offered in the Jerusalem Temple in those days. Do you know where the Jerusalem priests got their sacrificial lambs?


In the writings of the ancient rabbis it is recorded that in the days of the second Temple, the only place where one could shepherd a flock was in the wilderness. But there was one exception-the flocks or lambs that were specifically appointed and destined for the Temple sacrifices, the sacrificial lambs. These need to be kept in close proximity to the Holy City. There was, in the days of the second Temple, one particular region of Israel, not of the wilderness, but of hills and valleys conducive for sheep and known for its flocks and shepherds. The Scriptures specifically cite it as a place where flocks of sheep were kept in the days of Messiah. And it happened to be in close proximity to Jerusalem where the sacrifices were offered. Thus, it is undoubtedly where the lambs for the Temple sacrifices were raised. The place was "Bethlehem"... from Jonathan Cahn Book of Mysteries


Have you ever wondered why Bethlehem? Yes, it is the city of King David's lineage, but it is also the town of shepherds and sheep. Not just any sheep, but sacrificial lambs. Lambs specifically born and raised to be sacrificed in Jerusalem. Maybe that's why shepherds were the first to see this newborn King of the Jews. Think about it...when a lamb is born, that shepherds attend its birth. The shepherds of Bethlehem saw the Lamb of God that would take away the sins of the world. I encourage you to read this account again and this time notice what happened to these Bethlehem shepherds after they met this Newborn King...the sacrificial Lamb of God.


Luke 2:8-20 (NLT)

8 That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep.

9 Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, 10 but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. 11 The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! 12 And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.” 13 Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying, 14 “Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased." 15 When the angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” 16 They hurried to the village and found Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in the manger. 17 After seeing him, the shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this child. 18 All who heard the shepherds’ story were astonished, 19 but Mary kept all these things in her heart and thought about them often. 20 The shepherds went back to their flocks, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen. It was just as the angel had told them.


These Bethlehem shepherds must have seen sheep every day of their lives, but this Lamb was different. This Lamb changed everything, including the Bethlehem shepherds. What did that encounter do to them? This encounter left them filled with joy and hope. This encounter left them with a story of good news of great joy for all people. They returned to their flocks glorifying and praising God because of the what they had seen and heard.


May our lives also be transformed like the Bethlehem shepherds because we too have encountered the Lamb of God. This sacrificial Lamb of God has saved our lives and ransomed us from the grave and hell. We must also be filled with joy and hope for this is the good news of all good news.


1 Peter 1:18-20 (NLT)

18 For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And the ransom he paid was not mere gold or silver.

19 It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God.

20 God chose him as your ransom long before the world began, but he has now revealed him to you in these last days.


Merry Christmas and Maranatha, Hosanna, Hallelujah and Amen,

Terry Cooper


A Word from Terry about the Arch of Titus

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Tonight, the Jews all around the world will begin their 8 day celebration of Hanukah (December 13-20). This Jewish festival goes back to the time when the Greeks ruled Jerusalem (around 200 BC) and the Greek ruler defiled the Jewish Jerusalem Temple, making it unusable and unholy before God. The celebration is based a supernatural event in which God restored and sustained His holy light in the temple, in spite of great opposition...supernaturally rededicating the temple that had been defiled.  


The Greeks were eventually defeated by the Romans and the Romans ruled during the time Christ, some 200 years after the original Hanukah event. After the death of Christ, there was another uprising between the Jews in Jerusalem, but this time it was with the Romans. In 70 AD the Roman general Titus brought his army against Jerusalem and destroyed everything, including the Holy Temple. Everything was lost and the Jews that survived were scattered all over the earth.


Titus returned to Rome as a hero, carrying the spoils of his victory over the Jews of Jerusalem. Twelve years later the Romans built a memorial arch in Rome, referred to as the Arch of Titus (see picture above). This Roman arch depicts the Roman soldiers carrying off the treasures of the Jerusalem Temple and guess what treasure is most prominent in this scene? The Menorah, the seven branch lamp of Hanukah.


I would like you to consider something today...some 2000 years after General Titus destroyed Jerusalem and scattered the Jews. Where is the Roman Empire today and where is Israel today? What is the condition of this Arch of Titus today and what is the condition of Jerusalem today? The Roman Empire is no more, but Jerusalem stands as the capital of a reborn Israel. The menorah depicted in the Arch of Titus in Rome is crumbling and the Jews are lighting their Menorah's in the holy city of Jerusalem tonight.


What can we learn from this today? God's plan is unstoppable. God will even use terrible and tragic events to fulfill His ultimate purpose. God revealed the future re-gathering of the Jews back to Israel more than 600 years before Titus came to scatter them and destroy their temple.


Jeremiah 16:14-15 (NLT)

14 “But the time is coming,” says the LORD, “when people who are taking an oath will no longer say, ‘As surely as the LORD lives, who rescued the people of Israel from the land of Egypt.’

15 Instead, they will say, ‘As surely as the LORD lives, who brought the people of Israel back to their own land from the land of the north and from all the countries to which he had exiled them.’ For I will bring them back to this land that I gave their ancestors.


As I write this today there is news of rioting all round the world regarding the status of Jerusalem. History reveals that there have many try to establish their kingdoms reign in Jerusalem, but they have all failed. Babylon tried and failed, The Medes and the Persians tried and failed. The Greeks tried and failed and the Romans tried and failed. Where are those kingdoms today and where is Jerusalem today? The prophet Daniel declared the future of all the kingdoms of men when he interpreted the dream of Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar:


Daniel 2:31-35 (NLT)

31 “In your vision, Your Majesty, you saw standing before you a huge, shining statue of a man. It was a frightening sight.

32 The head of the statue was made of fine gold. Its chest and arms were silver, its belly and thighs were bronze,

33 its legs were iron, and its feet were a combination of iron and baked clay.

34 As you watched, a rock was cut from a mountain, but not by human hands. It struck the feet of iron and clay, smashing them to bits.

35 The whole statue was crushed into small pieces of iron, clay, bronze, silver, and gold. Then the wind blew them away without a trace, like chaff on a threshing floor. But the rock that knocked the statue down became a great mountain that covered the whole earth.


The iron, clay, bronze and silver represent all the kingdoms of men that have and will fall at the coming of Christ to Jerusalem on the last day. His return is unstoppable and His return is near. We do not know the day, but the Bible says we will know the season of His return. As we enter our celebrtation of Christmas may we too celebrate the Great Light that has protected Israel and may we pray for the peace of Jerusalem as we await Jerusalem's King-Jesus! Jesus is the Prince of Peace!


Psalm 122:6-9 (NLT)

6 Pray for peace in Jerusalem. May all who love this city prosper. 7 O Jerusalem, may there be peace within your walls and prosperity in your palaces. 8 For the sake of my family and friends, I will say, “May you have peace.”

9 For the sake of the house of the LORD our God, I will seek what is best for you, O Jerusalem.


Maranatha, Hosanna, Hallelujah and Amen,

Terry Cooper


A Word from Terry about the Bronze Serpent

Wednesday, December 6, 2017


Do you know what doctors use to cure snake bite today? They use snake venom to cure snake venom. Doesn't that sound kind of crazy? Maybe not! There was a time in the Old Testament that this illustration became quite real. Moses was leading the Children of Israel though the wilderness and grumbling filled the camp. There was sin, rebellion and complaining everywhere and God sent snakes to bite the people. Yes, God sent poisonous snakes to bite these rebellious people.


Numbers 21:4-6 (NLT)

4 Then the people of Israel set out from Mount Hor, taking the road to the Red Sea to go around the land of Edom. But the people grew impatient with the long journey,

5 and they began to speak against God and Moses. “Why have you brought us out of Egypt to die here in the wilderness?” they complained. “There is nothing to eat here and nothing to drink. And we hate this horrible manna!”

6 So the LORD sent poisonous snakes among the people, and many were bitten and died.


People were dying everywhere and they went to Moses and cried out for help...they cried out for a cure to these deadly snake bites.


Numbers 21:7 (NLT)

7 Then the people came to Moses and cried out, “We have sinned by speaking against the LORD and against you. Pray that the LORD will take away the snakes.” So Moses prayed for the people.


Moses prayed and God heard his intercessory prayer. How will God stop the poison? How will God cure those that were filled with the serpents poison? He would do it with a snake!


Numbers 21:8-9 (NLT)

8 Then the LORD told him, “Make a replica of a poisonous snake and attach it to a pole. All who are bitten will live if they simply look at it!”

9 So Moses made a snake out of bronze and attached it to a pole. Then anyone who was bitten by a snake could look at the bronze snake and be healed!


The healing of the poisonous snake bite was in the image of a snake. Can you see the mystery yet? The snake bitten people had two choices. They could look down and die or look up at the serpent and live. Now, I must admit that I would never have understood this work of God if it were not for Jesus' conversation with Nicodemus some 1500 years later. Jesus unlocks the mystery. You might be surprised to hear that this mystery is unlocked in the two verses that precede John 3:16.


John 3:14-15 (NLT)

14 And as Moses lifted up the bronze snake on a pole in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, 15 so that everyone who believes in him will have eternal life.


Does that sound familiar? You can look down and die or look up and live. But Jesus isn't a serpent is He? No, Satan is the serpent in this story, but Jesus is the snake bite that cures the snake bite? Do you see the mystery yet? Do you know what happened when Jesus was lifted up on the cross?


2 Corinthians 5:21 (NIV)

21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.


On the cross, Jesus became sin. All the poison of man's sin, all the serpents poison was put on Jesus as He was lifted up, fulfilling the Genesis prophesy (He will strike his heel). Why? The cure to the serpent's venom was the serpents venom. The death of Jesus created the antivenin of death itself fulfilling the other Genesis prophesy (He will strike/bruise/crush the serpents head). The curse in Genesis came from the serpents bite (sin) and the cure to that poison was Jesus lifted up on the cross...as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness.


Genesis 3:15 (NLT)

15 And I will cause hostility between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring. He will strike your head, and you will strike his heel.”


Galatians 3:13 (NLT)

13 But Christ has rescued us from the curse pronounced by the law. When he was hung on the cross, he took upon himself the curse for our wrongdoing. For it is written in the Scriptures, “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.”


So, what do we do now? Look up and live! Take your eyes off yourself, your sin, your sickness and look up. Stop focusing on the problem and focus on the cure. Look up! By His wounds we have been healed. The cure for a snake bite is the snakes bite.


A side note for today. I listened to President Trumps speech today about declaring Jerusalem to be the capital of Israel and moving the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. We are watching the fulfillment of Biblical prophesy in our generation. I don't know how long it will take for all this to play out but I do know this Word from Jesus.


Luke 21:28 (NLT)

28 So when all these things begin to happen, stand and look up, for your salvation is near!”

Look up church! Look up at the cross of Christ and be healed from the serpents bite of death. Look up church and know that your salvation is near!


Maranatha, Hosanna, Hallelujah and Amen,

Terry Cooper

A Word from Terry about Grace

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Wouldn't it be awesome if all the people in the world spoke the same language? I suppose they actually did before the Tower of Babel event. I would love to be able to speak and read Hebrew, the original language of the Old Testament writers. The Hebrew language was then and is now the language of the Jewish people. There is so much in their language that is difficult to translate into English. For example...I was reading my devotional today by Jonathan Cahn (a Messianic Jew) and found the Hebrew word "Khananyah". In Hebrew "Yah" is the Name of God. and "Khanan" means the grace of God. Now, I can tell you the story.


We are Gentiles (non Jewish people) and the Bible says there was a time that we were a people without hope in this world. We were all walking on the road to hell with our backs turned to God.


Ephesians 2:12 (NLT)

12 In those days you were living apart from Christ. You were excluded from citizenship among the people of Israel, and you did not know the covenant promises God had made to them. You lived in this world without God and without hope.


God's plan was to open salvation to the Gentile world in the church age, after the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. But how was God going to get the Word out to the Gentiles? Who would deliver this message of salvation to the Gentiles? God was going to choose one man and appoint him as an Apostle to the Gentiles. His name was Saul and he was a murderous blasphemer that hated Christians and anything to do with Jesus. God was going to call a Jesus hater to reveal the love of Jesus to the Gentile world. This is where the Bible comes alive. Saul was on his way to Damascus Syria to round up Christians and throw them into prison when resurrected Jesus appeared and spoke to Him in the midst of a light so bright that Saul became blind.


Acts 9:3-6 (NLT)

3 As he was approaching Damascus on this mission, a light from heaven suddenly shone down around him.

4 He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul! Saul! Why are you persecuting me?”

5 “Who are you, lord?” Saul asked. And the voice replied, “I am Jesus, the one you are persecuting!

6 Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”


Saul heard the voice of Jesus and was led into Damascus by his companions. At the same time, Jesus appears to a believer in Damascus named Ananias and told him to go and give Saul his sight back. This is the wonderful mystery of Scripture in the form of a question. What was the first thing that Saul saw when Ananias gave him his sight back? Khananyah, the Grace of God. There is nothing about God that is random or without purpose. God chose Saul and God chose Ananias. God chose that Ananias would be the first thing Saul would see after He encountered Jesus. The name "Ananias" is a translation of his real Hebrew name, Khananyah.


What was the first thing that this murdering blasphemer saw after meeting Jesus...THE GRACE OF GOD! That is the story of Saul and that is our story today. It is the story of every believer since the time of Christ. It is by God's grace that we have been saved. We are the Saul's of this generation. We do not deserve this wonderful gift of mercy, but God has appointed a time for us to see The Light on our fallen road. That light is the love of God made real in the person of Christ Jesus and now our eyes have been opened to see Khananyah...THE GRACE OF GOD.


Ephesians 2:1-5 (NLT)

1 Once you were dead because of your disobedience and your many sins.

2 You used to live in sin, just like the rest of the world, obeying the devil—the commander of the powers in the unseen world. He is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God.

3 All of us used to live that way, following the passionate desires and inclinations of our sinful nature. By our very nature we were subject to God’s anger, just like everyone else.

4 But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much,

5 that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!)


This grace of God through Jesus Christ changed Saul's life. He would later be referred to as the Apostle Paul, the Apostle to the Gentiles. God used Paul to write much of the New Testament. Can any of you imagine Paul returning to his life of sin and rebellion after He met Jesus, after his eyes were opened to the Grace of God? You don't have to guess about that answer because Paul answers that question himself.


Romans 6:1-4 (NLT)

1 Well then, should we keep on sinning so that God can show us more and more of his wonderful grace?

2 Of course not! Since we have died to sin, how can we continue to live in it?

3 Or have you forgotten that when we were joined with Christ Jesus in baptism, we joined him in his death?

4 For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives.


The first thing Saul saw was grace. Do you see it? God sent His only Son to this earth to meet us on our road to destruction and open our eyes to see our Savior and King Jesus. Do you see Him? Do you see the grace? I encourage each of you to rejoice in this great salvation for we too have encountered the risen Christ. I also challenge each of you to receive this call of Ananias...to share this grace with those who are blind. This is not a sideline for us, but a mandate from our Lord. We are to share the good news of grace through faith in Jesus Christ. Paul said his life was wasted and without meaning if he did not share this good news of grace with others.


Acts 20:24 (NLT)

24 But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus—the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God.


Be encouraged today. God's grace has set us free from the road that leads to sin and death. By His power we will walk on that destructive road no longer. We are on a new road and this road will take us to the Father's House and in His house there are many rooms. One of them is prepared for you!


Maranatha, Hosanna, Hallelujah and Amen,

Terry Cooper

A Word from Terry about the Second Sabbath

Wednesday, November 22, 2017


Some of you are aware that I've been reading a book (daily devotional) by a Messianic Jew, Jonathan Cahn, called "The Book of Mysteries". Dr. David Reagan calls him a prophet in our last days and I would have to agree. His book reveals a different mystery in every day's reading. These mysteries are usually hidden inside the original language of Hebrew (which is the language of the Old Testament and the Jewish people). This morning he revealed a mystery about a Second Sabbath that I would like to share with you. This mystery was there, right in front of me all the time, but I couldn't see it until today.


The Bible reveals that God created the heavens and the earth in six days and on the seventh day He rested.


Genesis 2:1-3 (NIV)

1 Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array.

2 By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work.

3 And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.


God declared the seventh day to be holy. God rested on the seventh day...not because He was tired, but because He was finished (there is the first clue to the mystery of the Second Sabbath). The word "rested" is the Hebrew word "shevat". Shevat means done or to cease. The word "Sabbath" doesn't appear in our English Bible until the Book of Exodus, during the time of Moses when God is giving manna and the Law to the people of Israel.


Exodus 16:23 (NIV) (first application is the giving of manna from heaven)

23 He said to them, "This is what the LORD commanded: 'Tomorrow is to be a day of rest, a holy Sabbath to the LORD. So bake what you want to bake and boil what you want to boil. Save whatever is left and keep it until morning.'"


Exodus 20:8-11 (NIV) (this application is the giving of the 10 Commandments)

8 "Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.

9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work,

10 but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your manservant or maidservant, nor your animals, nor the alien within your gates.

11 For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.


God made the Sabbath, not man. God ceased from what He was doing and declared a Holy Sabbath. God declared that He was finished with that which He was doing and declared a Holy Sabbath...a ceasing of God's work. God's 6 day creation was perfect but the serpent brought imperfection into God's perfect world. The Sabbath was God's blessing to mankind. The Sabbath was God's perfect world given as a gift to mankind. When sin came to the garden, there would need to be another Sabbath, a Second Sabbath. The events in the time of Moses, with the manna and the law were only a preview of this Second Sabbath. Do you see the mystery yet?


The blessing of God's perfect creation was lost and death entered the kingdoms of men. Only God can bring a Sabbath. Only God could restore the blessing to His creation. For God to bring a Second Sabbath, God would need to cease from His work...God would need to be finished for there to be a Second Sabbath. Not only that, but the ceasing would need to take place at the end of the sixth day (Friday). Do you see the mystery yet?


It was the sixth day, Friday afternoon. Not the sixth day of creation, but the sixth day of our redemption. As in the beginning, God was going to "cease" on the sixth day, be finished on the sixth day. Do you see it yet? They nailed Jesus to the cross on the sixth day (Good Friday). God's labor of love would be finished on the sixth day, before the Sabbath began. And on the sixth Day, Jesus himself declares the Second Sabbath!


John 19:28-31 (NIV)

28 Later, knowing that all was now completed, and so that the Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, "I am thirsty."

29 A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus' lips.

30 When he had received the drink, Jesus said, "It is finished." With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

31 Now it was the day of Preparation, and the next day was to be a special Sabbath. Because the Jews did not want the bodies left on the crosses during the Sabbath, they asked Pilate to have the legs broken and the bodies taken down.


It is finished! What is finished? Redemption is finished! The Second Sabbath was declared by God on a Friday, the sixth day. We can now enter His Rest. Jesus would raise from the dead on the first day of the week...a picture of the perfect plan of God to create a new and eternal Kingdom under the authority of Christ Jesus. Do you see the mystery? Jesus declared the Second Sabbath. He is the finished work of God the Father to redeem the world from the fall...from sin and death.


This is our Thanksgiving! This is our joy! This is our song! We have been redeemed! It is finished! Believers in Jesus Christ are going to enter this rest of God, this Sabbath of God. The Book of Hebrews describes the rest of the Second Sabbath...


Hebrews 4:6-13 (NIV)

6 It still remains that some will enter that rest, and those who formerly had the gospel preached to them did not go in, because of their disobedience.

7 Therefore God again set a certain day, calling it Today, when a long time later he spoke through David, as was said before: "Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts."

8 For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken later about another day.

9 There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God;

10 for anyone who enters God's rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from his.

11 Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will fall by following their example of disobedience.

12 For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.


The very sharp and very powerful Word of God has revealed the rest of the Second Sabbath to all who will receive Jesus by faith. This is our great salvation. This is our very great reward. Stay faithful church because the Word reveals that there are many who will not enter this rest.


Hebrews 4:1-5 (NIV)

1 Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it.

2 For we also have had the gospel preached to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because those who heard did not combine it with faith.

3 Now we who have believed enter that rest, just as God has said, "So I declared on oath in my anger, 'They shall never enter my rest.'"

And yet his work has been finished since the creation of the world.

4 For somewhere he has spoken about the seventh day in these words: "And on the seventh day God rested from all his work."

5 And again in the passage above he says, "They shall never enter my rest."


We will not enter this rest, this Sabbath by our works. We will enter this Sabbath by receiving the finished works of God through Jesus, the Son. It is finished! We now must believe and receive the Words of God and the Works of God by faith.Hold tight church...Our Deliverer is coming and bringing His Sabbath Rest with Him.


Happy Thanksgiving

Maranatha, Hosanna, Hallelujah and Amen,

Terry Cooper

A Word From terry About The king

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

A Word from Terry about the King


What is a king? A king is the leader and ruler of his people. He leads his people. And the people, one way or another, follow him. In one way or another they walk in his path and reflect his image. The two are joined together. Messiah [Jesus] is the Sovereign of Israel, the King of the Jews...from Jonathan Cahn's Book of Mysteries.


If you read the Bible, one thing becomes clear...Jesus was the King of the Jews. Pilate wrote it on a sign and had the sign displayed on the cross of Christ as if it were a proclamation from God himself. But if Jesus is the King of the Jews...why have the Jews not followed their Jewish King for the past 2000 years. If it is true that the subjects of a king walk in the path of their king and reflect his image...then what have the Jewish people been doing for the past 2000 years? This is the revealed mystery!


Are the Jewish people actually following Jesus now and since the cross of Christ? Are the Jews still in some way supernaturally joined to King Jesus and reflecting the glory of King Jesus even as they refuse to acknowledge Him as Messiah and King? Have the Jews actually been reflecting the glory of Jesus since the time of the cross? Is there a mystery in this to be revealed?


What if I told you today that the Jews are following Jesus and have been following Him for the past 2000 years? What if you just can's see it without the Scriptures revealing the mystery? Two thousand years ago Jesus came to this earth and became an outcast, a man of suffering. Since that time what has happened to the Jewish people? The Jews became an outcast nation and a people familiar with suffering. Are they actually following in the footsteps of their King? Jesus was falsely accused, mocked, vilified, abused and dehumanized. In the same way, for two thousand years, the Jewish people have been falsely accused, mocked, vilified, abused and dehumanized. The world powers have treated the Jews with contempt since the time of King Jesus on earth. The Romans destroyed their temple and scattered their few survivors across the earth in 70 AD. Spain ruled much of the world in the time of Christopher Columbus and Spain expelled all the Jews from their land the same year that Columbus discovered the new world. Germany was a world power in our modern era and they murdered 6 million Jews and scattered the survivors into other lands.


Can you see it yet? Jesus was falsely apprehended, robbed of his dignity, wounded and condemned to die. Is it possible that the Jews are actually following in the footsteps of their King? Can you see it by looking at how the world has treated the Jews? Can you see the similarities? Jesus was led as a lamb to his death and history reveals that many Jews have experienced the same from the kingdoms of men. This is the mystery...One way or another the Jewish people have followed the King of the Jews, even though, as a people, they have not treated Jesus as their Royal and Rightful King.


God has announced that Jesus is the King of the Jews and one way or another the Jewish people have followed in the footsteps of their King. The lives of the Jewish people have been supernaturally connected to their King and history reveals this truth. For two thousand years the Jews have born His image, reflected His image, followed in His steps, even if they didn't recognize Him as their King. You could say that the Jews were crucified in the Nazi Holocaust and led to their slaughter without mercy, but you must also admit that there was a resurrection after the Holocaust. Israel was resurrected in 1948. Israel is the only nation on earth that has experienced such a supernatural resurrection from the dead. This national resurrection was actually prophesied by Isaiah some 700 years before Jesus was born.


Isaiah 66:8 (NLT)

8 Who has ever seen anything as strange as this? Who ever heard of such a thing? Has a nation ever been born in a single day? Has a country ever come forth in a mere moment? But by the time Jerusalem’s birth pains begin, her children will be born.


The rebirth of the Nation of Israel is no accident and no coincidence...they are following in the image of their resurrected King. Can you see the unimaginable power of God in this scene? Israel is following their King even though they have yet to acknowledge Him as a people. God's plan is unstoppable and God's power is unlimited to accomplish every detail. The Bible tells us that one day God will open the eyes of Israel to see their Messiah King. The Apostle Paul reveals that this day will not occur until the full number of Gentiles have declared Jesus to be their King. I'll show a few of those verses, but I encourage each of you to read Romans chapters 9-11 to see the whole story.


Romans 11:1 (NLT)

1 I ask, then, has God rejected his own people, the nation of Israel? Of course not! I myself am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham and a member of the tribe of Benjamin.


Romans 11:11-12 (NLT)

11 Did God’s people stumble and fall beyond recovery? Of course not! They were disobedient, so God made salvation available to the Gentiles. But he wanted his own people to become jealous and claim it for themselves.

12 Now if the Gentiles were enriched because the people of Israel turned down God’s offer of salvation, think how much greater a blessing the world will share when they finally accept it.


Can you see this mystery unfolding? Have your eyes been opened by the Word of God through the power of the Holy Spirit? Paul reveals this mystery in verses 25-29.


Romans 11:25-29 (NLT)

25 I want you to understand this mystery, dear brothers and sisters, so that you will not feel proud about yourselves. Some of the people of Israel have hard hearts, but this will last only until the full number of Gentiles comes to Christ. 26 And so all Israel will be saved. As the Scriptures say, “The one who rescues will come from Jerusalem, and he will turn Israel away from ungodliness. 27 And this is my covenant with them, that I will take away their sins.” 28 Many of the people of Israel are now enemies of the Good News, and this benefits you Gentiles. Yet they are still the people he loves because he chose their ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. 29 For God’s gifts and his call can never be withdrawn. 


We are the church of Jesus Christ and our calling is to reflect the image of our King and to walk in his footsteps. He has called us to deny ourselves because that's what He did. He called us to take up a cross because that's what He did. He called us to follow Him as our King and by following Him as our King we will reveal His glory to the world that follows the false king named Satan. One way or the other King Jesus will reign. One way or the other His Kingdom is coming and His will is going to be accomplished on earth as it has been in heaven.


Follow this King Jesus. Reflect His glory and walk in His ways. His people always do!


Maranatha, Hosanna, Hallelujah and Amen... and Yes Heaven's Coming and our King is bringing it! 


Terry Cooper


a word from terry about king herod

Tuesday, November 7, 2017


Most of us associate the Biblical story of the wise men from the East with the Christmas story. Before the wise men brought their gifts to baby Jesus they stopped off in Jerusalem to meet King Herod. The wise men didn’t know that King Herod would eventually attempt to kill the very child they came to worship, but that was Herod’s plan. Why would King Herod do such a terrible thing? What would motivate Herod to kill all the male children in Bethlehem under the age of two? Some would simply say that King Herod was King of the Jews and didn’t want any competition for his job and I suppose that would be true, but there is more. There is a mystery revealed if you dig down deep enough. There is another reason. Messianic Jewish Rabbi, Jonathan Cahn calls it the Idumean Mystery and I’d like to reveal it to you today.


This King Herod mystery actual begins with Isaac and his two sons, Jacob and Esau. Esau was the oldest of the twin sons and he was in line for the Jewish blessing and the birthright from his father Isaac, but that’s not what happened. Jacob deceived his father Isaac and took the blessing away from his twin brother (an event prophesied before their births-Genesis 25:23). This birthright blessing from Isaac to his son Jacob would have eternal consequences.


Isaac’s blessing to Jacob was this...Many nations will become your servants, and they will bow down to you. Later Esau comes in to receive his blessing and this is what he received...You will live by the sword and you will serve your brother Jacob.


Genesis 27:28-29 (NLT) Jacob’s blessing from Isaac
28  “From the dew of heaven and the richness of the earth, may God always give you abundant harvests of grain and bountiful new wine. 29 May many nations become your servants, and may they bow down to you. May you be the master over your brothers, and may your mother’s sons bow down to you. All who curse you will be cursed, and all who bless you will be blessed.”


Genesis 27:39-40 (NLT) Esau’s blessing from Isaac
39 Finally, his father, Isaac, said to him, “You will live away from the richness of the earth, and away from the dew of the heaven above. 40 You will live by your sword, and you will serve your brother. But when you decide to break free, you will shake his yoke from your neck.”


When Esau realized that his brother Jacob had received his blessing he plotted his death. But what actually happened to Jacob, after receiving this prophetic blessing of Isaac? Jacob became the father of 12 sons who would become the Jewish people, the nation of Israel (God actually changed Jacob’s name to Israel-Genesis 32:28). What about Esau? Esau also had many children and they were called the Edomite’s and they became the nation of Edom. Isaac’s blessing turned out to be a prophecy from God. Esau’s children, the Edomites lived under the dominion of Israel, the children of Jacob. This is where the mystery is revealed.


1900 years later, during the Roman Empire the Edomites were referred to as Idumean’s and guess what? An Idumean became king of the Jews (inside the Roman Empire) and his name was King Herod. A child of Esau became the ruler over the children of Jacob, the opposite of Isaac’s blessing. King Herod was a descendant of Esau...do you think this is coincidence? This spiritual battle was some 1900 years old when Herod met with the Magi in Jerusalem. The spiritual war over the birthright and the war over the blessing was still real. Could King Herod undo or overturn the prophetic blessing of Isaac to Jacob? Can King Herod’s order to kill the children in Bethlehem take away Jacob/Israel’s birthright?  Is it possible to turn this upside down and have the sons of Esau serving the sons of Jacob? Can you see the eternal significance of the birth of Christ?


There were two kings in Israel that day when the Magi arrived in Jerusalem. One of them was legitimate and the other was not. One of them was under the prophetic blessing of God through Isaac and the other was not. There was a true king and a false king. There was Jesus and there was Herod. There was a child of Jacob and a child of Esau and just as Esau plotted to kill Jacob, Herod will plot to kill Jesus, the child from Jacob.


Some will read this today and say...that was interesting, but I really don’t see how this affects me. That part need not be a mystery. You and I have been given an opportunity to step inside this blessing of God given through Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Jesus is the revelation and the fulfillment of this blessing of God.


We are Gentiles (non-Jews) and we have no bloodline or birthright in this blessing of Jacob/Israel.  We were outsiders with no hope. The Bible tells us that God’s mercy has offered us Gentiles a place inside this blessing of Jacob.


Ephesians 2:11-14 (NLT) The Apostle Paul to the Gentile Church at Ephesus
11 Don’t forget that you Gentiles used to be outsiders. You were called “uncircumcised heathens” by the Jews, who were proud of their circumcision, even though it affected only their bodies and not their hearts.
12 In those days you were living apart from Christ. You were excluded from citizenship among the people of Israel, and you did not know the covenant promises God had made to them. You lived in this world without God and without hope.
13 But now you have been united with Christ Jesus. Once you were far away from God, but now you have been brought near to him through the blood of Christ.
14 For Christ himself has brought peace to us. He united Jews and Gentiles into one people when, in his own body on the cross, he broke down the wall of hostility that separated us.


You and I have been offered the blessing of being born again into this birthright of Jacob, into the blessing of Jacob. By faith in Jesus Christ, we can be adopted into this family of Jacob/Isreal and join in the blessed promises of God for all eternity.


Galatians 3:26-29 (NLT) The Apostle Paul to the Gentile Church in Galatia
26 For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus.
27 And all who have been united with Christ in baptism have put on the character of Christ, like putting on new clothes. 28 There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And now that you belong to Christ, you are the true children of Abraham. You are his heirs, and God’s promise to Abraham belongs to you.


The spiritual war continues even today. The spirit of darkness is still trying to stop the blessing of Jacob from being shared with the world. King Herod couldn’t kill Jesus. King Herod couldn’t stop the plan of God to bring salvation and blessings into our lost world. One day this war will end. One day this battle between God and Satan will be completed, but not until the true King sits on David’s throne in Jerusalem and his name is not Herod.


Luke 1:30-33 (NIV) Angel Gabriel to Mary
30 But the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God.
31 You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus.
32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end."


The eternal kingdom of Christ has been offered to all who will believe and receive these promises by faith in King Jesus. The victory is ours through Christ. Don’t be discouraged by the raging war because our victory has already been won by our King Jesus.

Be strong church because our Deliverer is coming!


Maranatha, Hosanna, Hallelujah and Amen,

Terry Cooper

a word from terry about salvation

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

First, let me describe salvation as the reconciliation of God and man. Salvation could also be described as reconciliation between heaven and earth. Paul says that creation is also waiting for its final restoration (Romans 8:19-21). If that is salvation...then I have a question. Why couldn’t this salvation be accomplished in heaven instead of on earth?


The answer to that question lies in an Old Testament scene...The Tabernacle/Temple. The Tabernacle/Temple is a representation of salvation itself...when God is reconciled to man. Can you see it?


The most sacred place in the Tabernacle/Temple was the “Most Holy Place” and in that place the Ark of the Covenant was placed. This was called the Mercy Seat on which the glory of God resided. This was the very throne of God, the very presence of God dwelling among the people of Israel. The Most Holy Place was behind a veil for a reason...this glory was unapproachable without reconciliation. To approach the presence of God without reconciliation would mean certain death. So, what was the reconciliation and where would it take place. I can tell you this...it couldn’t take place inside the Most Holy Place which represents heaven, the presence of God.  It would need to take place outside and away from the presence of God, apart from the holiness of the Most Holy Place of God’s presence.


Outside the veiled tent area called the Most Holy place was the courtyard. If the Most Holy Place represents heaven, then the courtyard represents earth. In the midst of the courtyard was a bronze altar and a bronze wash basin. The wash basin was for the purification of the priest and the altar was where the sacrifice to God would be offered. All of this took place outside of the Most Holy Place/Presence of God.


2 Chronicles 7:7 (NLT)
7 Solomon then consecrated the central area of the courtyard in front of the LORD’s Temple. He offered burnt offerings and the fat of peace offerings there, because the bronze altar he had built could not hold all the burnt offerings, grain offerings, and sacrificial fat.


Sin could never exist in the Most Holy Place; it would have to be dealt with in the courtyard. This is a picture of why salvation could never have taken place in heaven...it would have to be accomplished on earth, our courtyard. Sin had to be atoned for before man could ever enter the presence of God. Sin would be atoned for on earth (the courtyard), so that man could experience the eternal presence of God in heaven (the Most Holy Place).


This is why God sent His only Son Jesus into our world, our courtyard. The altar would be the cross and the cross would have to take place in our courtyard...outside the gates of heaven.


The Book of Hebrews tells us that we are one day going to move from our courtyard to the Most Holy Place of God’s presence. This salvation is accomplished by the grace and mercy of our Most Holy God.


Hebrews 13:10-14 (NLT)
10 We have an altar from which the priests in the Tabernacle have no right to eat.
11 Under the old system, the high priest brought the blood of animals into the Holy Place as a sacrifice for sin, and the bodies of the animals were burned outside the camp.
12 So also Jesus suffered and died outside the city gates to make his people holy by means of his own blood.
13 So let us go out to him, outside the camp, and bear the disgrace he bore.
14 For this world is not our permanent home; we are looking forward to a home yet to come.


These are the true Words of our God. Hold on to these Words, these promises and we will one day see Him face to face. Allow the Word to purify your life and prepare you to meet Him in His Holy Place.


1 John 3:2-3 (NLT)
2  Dear friends, we are already God’s children, but he has not yet shown us what we will be like when Christ appears. But we do know that we will be like him, for we will see him as he really is. 3 And all who have this eager expectation will keep themselves pure, just as he is pure.


Heaven’s Coming and Jesus is bringing it!

Maranatha, Hosanna, Hallelujah and Amen

Terry Cooper

A word from terry about baal worship

Thursday, October 26, 2017


The Bible clearly describes the evil of idolatry and how idolatry led to the fall of Israel. This idolatry was specific in nature...Israel turned away from God and worshiped Baal.


Judges 2:11-13 (NLT)


11The Israelites did evil in the LORD’s sight and served

the images of Baal

12They abandoned the LORD, the God of their ancestors, who had brought them out of Egypt. They went after other gods, worshiping the gods of the people around them. And they angered the LORD.

13They abandoned the LORD to serve Baal and the images of Ashtoreth


Baal was the god of Israel’s rebellion. There wasn’t just one god called Baal, there were many manifestations of god under the name of Baal and the many were called “Baalim or Baals”. There was a Baal for every human desire.


Many today would scoff at the idea of Baal worship in our time. This is where it gets interesting. Do you know what the name Baal means—Master. Whatever you give your devotion to becomes your master. Israel turned their backs on God and found themselves facing a false god named Baal. Israel assumed that Baal would serve them, but in reality Baal became their master. Idols always become masters. By bowing down and serving Baal Israel would lose everything of real value in their lives. This is the deception of idolatry.


Now, let me ask this question. Are there modern day Baal’s? Are there Baal’s of success, power, pleasure, money and prosperity today? Turning away from God always seems reasonable, pleasurable or profitable in the beginning, but where does this turning away end? The truth is this...

Baal is a cruel master. But there is another definition of the word Baal...Owner


The reality of all idolatry is the same...that which you worship will become your “owner and master”. Whatever you give devotion to will become your god. Israel turned away from the Master and Owner that delivered them out of Egypt and found themselves serving a cruel master, a cruel owner. Now for the truth...there are only two choices. Elijah made this clear to the people of Israel during the time of their Baal worship.


1 Kings 18:21 (NLT)


21Then Elijah stood in front of them and said, “How much longer will you waver, hobbling between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow him! But if Baal is God, then follow him!” But the people were completely silent.


Which one is God? Elijah told the people that they must decide, but the people were completely silent. Can you be silent on this issue? Can you be neutral between God and Baal? We are all created beings and we did not create ourselves. That means we came from someone greater than ourselves. That someone has authority and power over His creation. Who do you belong to? Who is your master? Who is your owner? In the end, everyone will have a master, everyone will have an owner, and everyone will belong to someone, somewhere? To belong to this world is to belong to Baal. Baal is a symbol of all idolatry. To belong to God means you will

not belong to this world or the god of this world, Satan. How long will people waver, hobble between two opinions?


Jesus is the Master and the Owner of everything. Jesus is the Creator and we are the created. Jesus gives these clear instructions about masters and owners in this prayer to His Father before He went to the cross...



John 17:13-18 (NLT)


13 “Now I am coming to you. I told them many things while I was with them in this world so they would be filled with my joy.
14 I have given them your word. And the world hates them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world.
15 I’m not asking you to take them out of the world, but to keep them safe from the evil one.
16  They do not belong to this world any more than I do.
17 Make them holy by your truth; teach them your word, which is truth.
18 Just as you sent me into the world, I am sending them into the world



Christians don’t belong to this world because we belong to a different Master, a different Owner. In the end, people are going to share in the reward of their master, their owner. All people, no exceptions! Those who have followed Jesus as their Master/Owner will share in Jesus’ reward and those who have followed Baal (actually Satan) will share in Satan’s reward. We will all share in our god’s reward.


Let’s examine the contrast between these two rewards. First, the reward of those who receive Christ as their Master/Owner.


Colossians 3:1-4 (NLT)


1Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand.

2Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth.

3For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God.

4And when Christ, who is your life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory


Now, the reward of those who choose Baal/Satan as their master/owner:


Revelation 14:9-12 (NIV)


9A third angel followed them and said in a loud voice: "If anyone worships the beast and his image and receives his mark on the forehead or on the hand,

10he, too, will drink of the wine of God's fury, which has been poured full strength into the cup of his wrath. He will be tormented with burning sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and of the Lamb.

11And the smoke of their torment rises for ever and ever. There is no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and his image, or for anyone who receives the mark of his name."

12This calls for patient endurance on the part of the saints who obey God's commandments and remain faithful to Jesus.


The battle is real and yes it does call for patient endurance on part of the saints today. Baal is a cruel master and Jesus is merciful and gracious Master. I confess today that I am very, very happy to call Jesus my Master. I’m happy today to confess that I am owned by Jesus and I belong to Him. I do not confess this reluctantly, but with great joy. One day I will meet my Master face to face and I will share in all that is His because He is a merciful Master.


Matthew 25:23 (NLT)


 “The master said, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!


Maranatha, Hosanna, Hallelujah and Amen,

Terry Cooper



A Word From Terry About Holy Food

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

A Word from Terry about Holy Food


Have you ever heard the phrase, “You are what you eat”? That phrase is used to reflect the truth that what comes inside of us has a great effect on who we are and what we are able to do or not do. I want examine that thought from a spiritual perspective using the Old Testament Jewish priesthood.


God established the Jewish Law and the Jewish priesthood in the time of Moses. The priests were to receive the offerings of God and sacrifice those offerings to God. But there was something else to this Law of the priests. The priests would partake of the offering and live by eating a portion of the offerings that were given to God. Bear in mind, this offering given to God became holy in the sight of God and then the priests were actually eating that which had been made holy by God.


Leviticus 6:26-29 (NLT)

26 The priest who offers the sacrifice as a sin offering must eat his portion in a sacred place within the courtyard of the Tabernacle.

27 Anyone or anything that touches the sacrificial meat will become holy. If any of the sacrificial blood spatters on a person’s clothing, the soiled garment must be washed in a sacred place.

28 If a clay pot is used to boil the sacrificial meat, it must then be broken. If a bronze pot is used, it must be scoured and thoroughly rinsed with water.

29 Only males from a priest’s family may eat from this offering, for it is most holy.


God designed this system of sacrifices and priests to partake of the sacrifices. The priests would be able to do their holy job because they lived on the holy food that they consumed in the presence of holy. We all need food to function. Food gives us energy and strength and the Jewish priests actually ate holy food. What can we learn from this today?


We are what we eat. If you eat junk food you will eventually lose your ability to function. If you eat good and healthy food you will maximize your ability to function by feeding your body what it needs to perform at high levels. Junk food won’t do it; you need the food that effectively fuels the body to function at a high level for a long period of time.


So how does this apply to our spiritual strength and stamina? The priests became holy by what they allowed to come inside of them and what they surrounded themselves by. They ate holy food and became holy by doing so. They surrounded themselves with holy and became holy by doing so. They became holy and were able to do holy things because holy had entered into them. The same is true today, but I want to expand beyond the stomach and look at other ways for holy to enter our human flesh.


Your eyes are the portal of your body, not your mouth. What you allow to enter through your eyes will affect your ability to function in the holy. Jesus said:


Matthew 6:22-23 (NLT)

22 “Your eye is a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is good, your whole body is filled with light.

23 But when your eye is bad, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is!


Your ears are portals of your soul and what you allow to enter through your ears will affect your ability to function in the holy. Jesus said:


Matthew 13:43 (NLT)

43 Then the righteous will shine like the sun in their Father’s Kingdom. Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand!


Do you really expect unholy to produce holy? What if the Jewish priest said no to the holy food of God that was offered them? Be careful little eyes what you see and be careful little ears what you hear. There is a holy that is available to each of us today and yes “believers” are a holy and royal priesthood, even today. Do you think it coincidental that Jesus refers to himself as “The Bread of Life”? Do you think it coincidental that the church is referred to as a royal priesthood? Do you think we can produce holy from unholy? Jesus is the holy and He alone is holy! Christ in us is holy in us. Jesus said:


John 6:47-51 (NLT)

47 “I tell you the truth, anyone who believes has eternal life.

48 Yes, I am the bread of life! 49 Your ancestors ate manna in the wilderness, but they all died.

50 Anyone who eats the bread from heaven, however, will never die.

51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will live forever; and this bread, which I will offer so the world may live, is my flesh.”


So, what should this modern holy priesthood called the church be doing as we await the return of our blessed Savior? We are supposed to be doing the job of priests under the authority of our High Priest Jesus...taking in holy and doing the work of holy.


1 Peter 2:9 (NLT)

---for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.


We can show others the goodness of God because the holy of God has entered us. The Bread of Life has given us holy and now holy will produce more holy. And don’t forget...you are what you eat.


Maranatha, Hosanna, Hallelujah and Amen,

Terry Cooper


a word from terry about appointed

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

A Word from Terry about Appointed

Most of you are aware that the original language of the Old Testament is Hebrew, the language of the Jewish people. Sometimes we lose some of the meaning of the original text when it’s translated into English. I’d like to give you an example, using the word “appointed.


God appoints certain times... So Sarah conceived and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the appointed time of which God had spoken to him Genesis 21:2 (NASB)


God appoints certain people... "And behold, I Myself have appointed with him Oholiab, the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan; and in the hearts of all who are skillful I have put skill, that they may make all that I have commanded you: Exodus 31:6 (NASB)


This is where it gets interesting. Did you know that God appoints fish and worms? I didn’t say fishing worms. I’ve asked God to appoint them to go and catch fish on several occasions (LOL) but that’s not what I’m talking about here.


The story of Jonah and the great city of Ninevah displays God’s sovereignty over all things at all times. God appointed a great fish and God appointed a small worm. These appointments of God are to accomplish His perfect will and these appointments are filled with unstoppable power, yes even for a small worm.


God appoints a great fish... And the LORD appointed a great fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was in the stomach of the fish three days and three nights. ... Jonah 1:17 (NASB)


God appoints a plant... So the LORD God appointed a plant and it grew up over Jonah to be a shade over his head to deliver him from his discomfort. And Jonah was extremely happy about the plant. Jonah 4:6 (NASB)


God appoints a worm...But God appointed a worm when dawn came the next day and it attacked the plant and it withered. Jonah 4:7 (NASB)


All of these applications are the same Hebrew word for “appointed”. God appoints time, people, fish, plants and yes even worms to carry out His great work. Jonah would never find joy in the appointment of a great fish until he began to drown. Jonah was pleased with the shady plant over his head until God appointed a worm to destroy the plant. Jonah couldn’t see Nineveh as God saw Nineveh so God used these appointed things to change how Jonah sees things in this present world.


What is my point in all this today? What is the message of God through His Holy Word today? Most of us have never thought of our problems and troubles as being appointed by God. Do you think God is involved in these things? Do you think God actually works out all the different appointments for your best interest?


Romans 8:28 (NASB)

28 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.


All things mean all things. Yes, even the large fish and the small worms. All things mean all things. God is sovereign over al creation and He offers to work all these appointed things FOR GOOD...for those who are called according to HIS (appointed) PURPOSE!


So the next time you find your life in the midst of trouble, pain, sorrow or disappointments remember this. God is going to use those appointed things to change you into His appointed person so that you can participate in His appointed purpose.


Be strong Church and never forget...Heaven’s Coming!

Maranatha, Hosanna, Hallelujah and Amen,

Terry Cooper

A word from terry about israel

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

A Word from Terry about Israel

(original idea from Jonathan Cahn Book of Mysteries)


The word “Israel” is found 2255 times in the NLT Bible. Do you know where the word comes from? Do you know the origin and reason for the word? Do you know what the word itself means? Does the word “Israel” reveal a mystery, a prophecy?


The word “Israel” is first found in Genesis 32:

Genesis 32:28 (NLT)

28 “Your name will no longer be Jacob,” the man told him. “From now on you will be called Israel, because you have fought with God and with men and have won.”


Jacob was the son of Isaac, who was the son of Abraham, and now Jacob will be called Israel. Jacob received this new name after wresting/fighting with a mysterious man throughout the night. The word “Israel” means “one who wrestles/fights with God and prevails”.


Who was this man that came to wrestle with Jacob? The answer is found in the name of the place in which the wrestling contest occurred. The name of this place is “Peniel”, which means “face of God”. Jacob had encountered God, face to face and fought/wrestled with Him and prevailed. Is there a mystery here? Is there a prophecy here in this incredible scene?


No nation has ever wrestled with God and man in the way that the nation of Israel has. It is in this wrestling that a mystery and prophecy is revealed. Israel’s entire existence has been a wrestling match with God and men and yet Israel continues to prevail, even to this day. Ultimately the prophecy is this...Israel (Jacob) wrestled with the One that would be Messiah of Israel. Israel wrestled with God at Peniel and Israel wrestled with God in Jerusalem as Jesus was going to the cross and Israel wrestles with Jesus as the Jewish Messiah, even today.


In fact, everyone who comes to God must come to Him through a form of wrestling and conflict. The Spirit is in direct conflict with the very nature of man. It is not a bad thing to wrestle with God as long as our wrestling ends up like Jacob’s wrestling event...to take hold of and to receive the blessing of God.


Genesis 32:24-30 (NLT)

24 This left Jacob all alone in the camp, and a man came and wrestled with him until the dawn began to break.

25 When the man saw that he would not win the match, he touched Jacob’s hip and wrenched it out of its socket.

26 Then the man said, “Let me go, for the dawn is breaking!” But Jacob said, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.”

27 “What is your name?” the man asked. He replied, “Jacob.”

28 “Your name will no longer be Jacob,” the man told him. “From now on you will be called Israel, because you have fought with God and with men and have won.”

29 “Please tell me your name,” Jacob said. “Why do you want to know my name?” the man replied. Then he blessed Jacob there.

30 Jacob named the place Peniel (which means “face of God”), for he said, “I have seen God face to face, yet my life has been spared.”


Jacob/Israel has fought with God and with men and Jacob/Israel has prevailed. Jacob came to the end of his own strength as the sun began to rise at Peniel and Jacob refused to let go of God without the blessing. Jacob faced God and God spared Jacob’s life...this is the blessing. It’s called life.


Jacob wrestled through the night with a man who turned out to be God. Jacob asked the man for His name, but the man didn’t give it. Do you know His name? Have you wrestled with God? Everyone who comes to Jesus as Messiah/Christ wrestles with God and with man. We must all come to the end our own strength and take hold of the Blessed One named Jesus before the dawn breaks and our time runs out. Yes, this blessing is for Gentiles too!


Ephesians 2:19-22 (NLT)

19 So now you Gentiles are no longer strangers and foreigners. You are citizens along with all of God’s holy people. You are members of God’s family.

20 Together, we are his house, built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus himself.

21 We are carefully joined together in him, becoming a holy temple for the Lord.

22 Through him you Gentiles are also being made part of this dwelling where God lives by his Spirit.


Don’t let go of Jesus until He blesses you!

Heaven’s Coming!

Maranatha, Hosanna, Hallelujah and Amen

Terry Cooper

A Word from terry

about newton's law of motion

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

To NCC:


I was reading a devotional by Jonathan Cahn and came across something that I want to share with you today. Most of us grew up and went to public school where we read a story about Sir Isaac Newton under an apple tree discovering “gravity” (or something like that), Newton’s First Law of Motion. Newton concluded that an object in motion will remain in motion unless acted upon by an equal or greater force. That falling apple became a falling apple because the force of gravity became greater than the gripping force of the apple tree. That falling apple stopped falling when the ground became a greater force than the force of gravity.


Do you think Newton invented this law of motion? No, God invented it; Newton was given the eyes to see and understand God’s physical law of motion. Newton concluded that an object in motion would remain in that same motion, at that same speed, in the same direction unless acted upon by a greater force. This is an irrefutable law of the natural world we all live in.


Can this physical law have spiritual application? Does this physical law reveal a greater spiritual truth? This is where it gets interesting.


The world we all live in is fallen and falling! The motion of our current world is that of a fall. This fall always ends in death. The world has fallen because of a force and power called sin. The world we live in will continue to fall by the initiating and remaining force of sin, unless acted upon by an equal to or greater force...that could slow or stop the fall.

Many people on the earth have eyes that can see that we are indeed falling, but how can we stop the fall? Is there a force on this fallen earth that can slow or stop the motion of our fall? Is there anyone who is dying able to stop us from dying? Some people believe we humans, riding on this fallen world can slow or stop the fall of our own world. How can something on the fall stop the fall? How can something on the apple stop the apple from falling while the apple is falling?


It is clear that we need a force greater than the force that initiated the fall. We need an external and greater force. It is clear that we need a force that is outside of our fall to stop our fall...someone that is not dying to stop us from dying. There is no force on our world that can stop our world from falling...this is God’s spiritual law. The fallen and falling world would need a force that was outside the world that is falling to stop the fall and change the direction of the fallen...stopping death itself.


The Gospel of John clearly describes God’s spiritual law that would stop the world from falling. The Gospel of John clearly describes the One that would come to the fallen earth from heaven and bring a force that would stop the fall of man. This force from heaven was greater than the force that started the fall (an object in motion will remain in that same motion/direction unless acted upon by an equal to or greater force).


The greater force is JESUS and He came from Heaven. He was not part of the fall, so He was able to be the greater force to stop the fall and change the direction of the whole world.


John 8:23-24 (NIV)

23 But he [Jesus] continued, "You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world. 24 I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I am [the one I claim to be], you will indeed die in your sins."

There it is...the greater force that would stop the fallen world from falling. The greater force did not come from the falling world, but the greater force came to the falling world.

John 6:38 (NIV)

38 For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me.

God sent His only Son to stop the fall. Jesus did not belong to this fallen world. Jesus came to stop the world from falling...falling into death. All who believe in Jesus, all who call up on His name by faith will have their direction changed by connecting their lives to the One that is not from this fallen world.


John 17:14-16 (NLT)

14 I have given them your word. And the world hates them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. 15 I’m not asking you to take them out of the world, but to keep them safe from the evil one. 16 They do not belong to this world any more than I do.


Yes, this world is falling...falling into death. Jesus came to this fallen world from heaven as the only greater force capable of stopping the fall. Jesus’ death on the cross was the greater force applied to the falling world...changing the direction and stopping the fall of man. The resurrection of Jesus is our new direction and there is no power in heaven or on earth that can separate us from the force of Jesus. Our new direction is heaven. Our new direction is not death, but eternal life in the presence of God.


Romans 8:38-39 (NLT)

38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord..


Be encouraged today church. Yes, we live in a fallen world, but we do not belong to this fallen world. We belong to Christ. He has changed our direction and joined our lives to His own by the presence of the Holy Spirit. There is no power or force equal to or greater than Jesus. Nothing can separate us now.


Heaven’s Coming!

Maranatha, Hosanna, Hallelujah and Amen.

Terry Cooper


A Word From Terry

About The book of Ruth

Tuesday, September 12, 2017


To NCC:


Have you ever thought of the Book of Ruth as a revelation of God? It’s a small book in comparison to most Old Testament books, only 4 chapters, three or four pages of revelation. Have you ever seen it, the revelation in the Book of Ruth? Has the mystery been revealed?


The Book of Ruth is a love story between a Jew and a Gentile, but that’s not the mystery, not yet. The Book of Ruth begins with a Jewish woman named Naomi and she will represent Israel in this revelation of God. Naomi is married to a man named Elimelech and his name means “God is my King”. So Israel (Ruth) is joined in a marriage covenant with God (Elimelech) her King. The story moves to sadness and Naomi finds herself without a husband and living as a stranger in a foreign land. In this foreign land she finds extreme loneliness, hopelessness and despair. Naomi at that point represents scattered and exiled Israel that lived as foreigners in the world, experiencing pain and sorrow for some 2000 years after the fall of Jerusalem in 70 AD....please stay with me or you’re going to miss the revelation.

It was in Naomi’s days of exile that a Gentile woman named Ruth becomes, through Naomi, a part of the nation of Israel and is brought into the knowledge of God. So, who do you think Ruth represents in this revelation...the Church! Israel’s exile and scattering into the world (70 AD) was a plan of God to gather the Gentiles into the nation of Israel as the children of God. The Ruth’s would join the Naomi’s.


The church...represented by Ruth becomes the adopted daughter of Naomi, representing Israel.


Romans 11:11 (NLT)

11 Did God’s people stumble and fall beyond recovery? Of course not! They were disobedient, so God made salvation available to the Gentiles. But he wanted his own people to become jealous and claim it for themselves.


The Gentile church, those born again by the water and the Spirit has been adopted into the family of God as children of God. We have become the “Ruth” in this revelation of God. Israel is our mother and the church is the adopted daughter of Israel. Paul’s writing in Romans is to the Gentile Church!


Romans 8:15-17 (NLT)

15 So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.”

16 For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children.

17 And since we are his children, we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering.


This adoption into the family of God brings the church into exile along with Israel. We, like Israel are foreigners and strangers in this present world...waiting for the Promised Land to come.


Back to the story...Naomi and Ruth become family and move back to Israel. Ruth then bears a son that will become the blessing of Naomi and Ruth’s life. Listen carefully to this revelation. Ruth’s (the Gentile) redemption came through Naomi (the Jew) and Naomi’s blessing came through Ruth, who would bear a son. Do you know who Ruth’s child was? Do you see the mystery yet?


Ruth 4:16-22 (NLT)

16 Naomi took the baby and cuddled him to her breast. And she cared for him as if he were her own.

17 The neighbor women said, “Now at last Naomi has a son again!” And they named him Obed. He became the father of Jesse and the grandfather of David.

18 This is the genealogical record of their ancestor Perez: Perez was the father of Hezron.

19 Hezron was the father of Ram. Ram was the father of Amminadab.

20 Amminadab was the father of Nahshon. Nahshon was the father of Salmon.

21 Salmon was the father of Boaz. Boaz was the father of Obed.

22 Obed was the father of Jesse. Jesse was the father of David.


The Book of Ruth is a love story between a Jew and a Gentile. A love story that produced the grandfather of King David. Do you see the mystery yet? God’s plan was to reveal His glory to the world through the Jewish people and eventually take two nations and turn them into one...to take two peoples and turn them into one called “the children of God”.


Ephesians 2:14 (NLT)

14 For Christ himself has brought peace to us. He united Jews and Gentiles into one people when, in his own body on the cross, he broke down the wall of hostility that separated us.


Jesus came from the family of David and David came from a Gentile woman named Ruth who came into this glorious family lineage by a Jewish woman named Naomi who happened to be married to a man whose name meant “God is my King”. Do you see it, this glorious plan of God to redeem the lost world from sin and death? Do you see it? Do you believe it? Believing is called faith and faith is the only thing that makes us right with God. Faith is the only thing that turns lost Gentiles into children of Abraham...children of God.


Galatians 3:6-9 (NLT)

“Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith.”

7 The real children of Abraham, then, are those who put their faith in God.

8 What’s more, the Scriptures looked forward to this time when God would declare the Gentiles to be righteous because of their faith. God proclaimed this good news to Abraham long ago when he said, “All nations will be blessed through you.”

9 So all who put their faith in Christ share the same blessing Abraham received because of his faith.


Believe it and rejoice in it. Yes, even in our time of exile, even while we live as aliens and strangers in this world...rejoice! We have been rescued and delivered from sin and death by faith in Jesus Christ. Salvation has come to the Gentile world through the Jews and now there are even Gentiles preaching the Gospel of Jesus to the Jews. One day there will be one people, one nation under One God our Father.


Ephesians 2:14-18 (NLT)

14 For Christ himself has brought peace to us. He united Jews and Gentiles into one people when, in his own body on the cross, he broke down the wall of hostility that separated us.

15 He did this by ending the system of law with its commandments and regulations. He made peace between Jews and Gentiles by creating in himself one new people from the two groups.

16 Together as one body, Christ reconciled both groups to God by means of his death on the cross, and our hostility toward each other was put to death.

17 He brought this Good News of peace to you Gentiles who were far away from him, and peace to the Jews who were near.

18 Now all of us can come to the Father through the same Holy Spirit because of what Christ has done for us.


Rejoice today that this mystery is no longer a mystery to you! God has given you eyes to see His glorious plan. Be strong and very courageous because the day of the Lord is near.


Heaven’s Coming and Jesus is bringing it!

Maranatha, Hosanna, Hallelujah and Amen.

Terry Cooper

 

A Word From Terry

THe Bride and Bridegroom

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

To: NCC


Have you ever noticed how many times the Bible uses “bride and bridegroom” to describe a believer’s relationship to God?


Isaiah 62:3-4 (NLT) A Future Prophesy to Israel

3 The LORD will hold you in his hand for all to see— a splendid crown in the hand of God.

4 Never again will you be called “The Forsaken City” or “The Desolate Land.” Your new name will be “The City of God’s Delight” and “The Bride of God,” for the LORD delights in you and will claim you as his bride.


2 Corinthians 11:2 (NLT) The Apostle Paul’s description of the church

2 For I am jealous for you with the jealousy of God himself. I promised you as a pure bride to one husband—Christ.


Matthew 25:1 (NLT) A Parable of Jesus

“The Kingdom of Heaven can be illustrated by the story of ten bridesmaids who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom.


There is one particular Scripture I want to focus on today. This one is from Jesus and it describes a spiritual and physical reality for the church that is being made ready for the wedding feast of the Lamb in the Kingdom of Heaven.


John 14:1-3 (NLT)

1 “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me.

2 There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?

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


Jesus is the Bridegroom in this scene and He is going away, to the Father’s house, to prepare a place for His bride, the church. In fact, the entire Gospel of Christ could be described by and compared to a traditional Jewish marriage event.

The Jewish man comes to the woman and proposes to her...an offer to become his bride. If she accepts the proposal, the offer to be wed...the groom returns to his home (his father’s house) to prepare a place for her and the engagement period begins. Jesus is the Bridegroom and He has made an offer to mankind, specifically the church, to become His bride. The church is those who received, believed and accepted this wedding invitation from the Bridegroom. Jesus has gone away to His Father’s house to prepare a place for His future bride, the church.


Jesus said, “I am going to prepare a place for you”. We are living in the time of separation, between the proposal and the wedding. We are living under the promise of the Bridegroom...that He will indeed return for His bride when everything is ready. We are living in the “engagement” period...The time in which the bride and the Bridegroom must remain faithful to each other while they wait for the wedding...and the Bridegroom is always faithful!


This is where it get’s interesting. We are the bride of Christ, but we must wait for the wedding day. We were born into our first house, this present earth. The second house is currently being prepared for the bride by the Bridegroom. The second house is a “new creation”, a “new and eternal home” and it will not be like the one we were originally born into. This new home will be permanent and the bride will never be separated from the Bridegroom in this new home. This is a mystery to unbelievers, but it’s not a mystery to those who have received and accepted the wedding invitation from the Bridegroom. Read how the Apostle Paul describes this revealed mystery...


1 Corinthians 2:6-9 (NLT)

6 Yet when I am among mature believers, I do speak with words of wisdom, but not the kind of wisdom that belongs to this world or to the rulers of this world, who are soon forgotten.

7 No, the wisdom we speak of is the mystery of God—his plan that was previously hidden, even though he made it for our ultimate glory before the world began.

8 But the rulers of this world have not understood it; if they had, they would not have crucified our glorious Lord.

9 That is what the Scriptures mean when they say, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.”


So, what do you think this new house is going to look like, the one that Jesus has gone away to prepare for His bride? Where do you think the Apostle Paul is today, right now? Do you think Paul and other deceased believers are in the presence of the Bridegroom right now? Do you think the Bridegroom named Jesus is and will be faithful to His bride the church? Maybe the bigger question is this...will the church be faithful to the Bridegroom as she awaits the appointed day of the wedding?

Idolatry is unfaithfulness. Idolatry is to choose another lover. Idolatry is spiritual adultery. Idolatry is to refuse the wedding offer from the Bridegroom. I am moved by the letter that Jesus told John to write to the church (the bride) in Revelation.


Revelation 2:4-5 (NIV)

4 Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken your first love.

5 Remember the height from which you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place.


The Bridegroom is coming...that’s the call of Matthew chapter 25...


Matthew 25:6 (NLT)

6 “At midnight they were roused by the shout, ‘Look, the bridegroom is coming! Come out and meet him!’


Will Jesus find His bride faithful? Will Jesus find His bride ready and waiting? Or will He find His bride distracted, and unfaithful, living in spiritual adultery? Yes, it’s been a very long engagement period and yes there are many offers of love from this present world, but only One has gone to the Father’s house to prepare a place for the bride. Only One!


Maranatha, Hosanna, Hallelujah and Amen,

Terry Cooper

 

A word from terry about the covenant priesthood

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

To: NCC


Have you ever thought about the significance of the New Covenant of Jesus? Why did we need a new one? What was wrong with the first one? The first covenant or the original covenant was given by God to Abraham but the priesthood associated with that covenant was not instituted until the time of Moses. God made Aaron, Moses’ brother, the original high priest of His holy covenant with Israel. God determined that only the children of Aaron could fill the role of priest in this holy covenant with Israel. Israel broke the covenant of God and the priesthood of Aaron also failed. God prophesied through Jeremiah of a day when a New Covenant would come.


Jeremiah 31:31-32 (NLT)

31 “The day is coming,” says the LORD, “when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and Judah.

32 This covenant will not be like the one I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand and brought them out of the land of Egypt. They broke that covenant, though I loved them as a husband loves his wife,” says the LORD.


Jesus comes upon the scene some 1500 years later and announces a New Covenant with mankind, not just with Israel.


This New Covenant would require a new priesthood. Jesus would become the High Priest of this New Covenant of God. So, how did God transition between the priesthood of the original covenant (Aaron and his sons) and the priesthood of the New Covenant?


His name was John, but many refer to him as John the Baptist. Do you know who John’s father was? Do you know what John’s father did? John’s father was Zechariah and he was a priest under the old covenant...Both Zechariah and his wife were from the priestly line of Aaron.


Luke 1:5 (NLT)

5 When Herod was king of Judea, there was a Jewish priest named Zechariah. He was a member of the priestly order of Abijah, and his wife, Elizabeth, was also from the priestly line of Aaron.


John the Baptist was supernaturally born into the priestly line of Aaron. John would be the son of the priest that would transition to the Priestly Son of God. John would be the one to stand in between the Old and New Covenant and pass the priesthood to Jesus, our Faithful High Priest. Do you know where and when that happened?


Matthew 3:13-17 (NLT)

13 Then Jesus went from Galilee to the Jordan River to be baptized by John.

14 But John tried to talk him out of it. “I am the one who needs to be baptized by you,” he said, “so why are you coming to me?”

15 But Jesus said, “It should be done, for we must carry out all that God requires.” So John agreed to baptize him.

16 After his baptism, as Jesus came up out of the water, the heavens were opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and settling on him.

17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy.”


Do you know what God required of Aaron and his sons to begin the priestly ministry of the old covenant?


Exodus 29:4 (NLT)

4 “Present Aaron and his sons at the entrance of the Tabernacle, and wash them with water.


Water, the priesthood of the Old Covenant began with water. The priesthood of the New Covenant began with water. So, what does this teach us today? The priest of God must first be sanctified (purified and rendered holy) by God. Jesus came out of the water of the Jordan River and God the Father spoke, “This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy.” to announce the One that would become the Faithful High Priest of the New Covenant of His Blood. The priest in the original covenant would be the one who would offer the acceptable sacrifice to God. Only the priest could do it, no one else. John the Baptist was from this royal line of priests and he baptized Jesus in the Jordan River...initiating a series of events that would lead to the Cross of Christ. It was on Jerusalem’s cross that Jesus, the High Priest of the New Covenant became the acceptable sacrifice.


Hebrews 9:14-15 (NLT)

14 Just think how much more the blood of Christ will purify our consciences from sinful deeds so that we can worship the living God. For by the power of the eternal Spirit, Christ offered himself to God as a perfect sacrifice for our sins.

15 That is why he is the one who mediates a New Covenant between God and people, so that all who are called can receive the eternal inheritance God has promised them. For Christ died to set them free from the penalty of the sins they had committed under that first covenant.


This New Covenant is God’s promise, sealed in the blood of His Only Son. God has promised that all who will call upon the name of His Only Son Jesus will be saved. Jesus is our High Priest. Jesus is the mediator of the New Covenant. Jesus stands between God and mankind...calling us to believe the promise and receive that promise by faith.


Did you know that followers of Jesus have become a royal priesthood? Did you know that Christ in us...makes us priests of God?


1 Peter 2:4-5 (NLT)

4 You are coming to Christ, who is the living cornerstone of God’s temple. He was rejected by people, but he was chosen by God for great honor.

5 And you are living stones that God is building into his spiritual temple. What’s more, you are his holy priests.

Through the mediation of Jesus Christ, you offer spiritual sacrifices that please God.


Today I challenge the church to live your lives as “holy priests” of Christ and don’t forget....He keeps His promises!


Maranatha, Hosanna, Hallelujah and Amen,

Terry Cooper

A Word From Terry About Weights and Measures

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

To NCC:


In ancient Bible times merchants and traders used stones to measure weights and create standards. They were called the “avanim” (from Jonathan Cahn Book of Mysteries). These small stones were used as the basis or standard for all measurements and weights. Each of these small stones would be marked clearly with its weight or value so that proper measurements could be calculated. However, there were some that would manipulate the value of those avanim stones by writing false values on them...creating a false measurement and altered weights. This manipulation of weights and standards would corrupt the transaction by introducing a false standard by which things would be measured. In doing so the dishonest merchant had redefined the measure to conform to his will and desire.


This dishonest practice doesn’t just corrupt that particular business transaction...it corrupts the society in which it is allowed to exist. When a society corrupts its values and redefines the way it measures those values it is actually redefining its own morality...which is the measurement for what is right and what is wrong. Correct vs. incorrect measuring. This creates more than a crooked business deal. It creates a culture that believes each person can create their own standards by which they can measure and weigh out right and wrong, God is not neutral on this issue...


Proverbs 11:1 (NLT)

1 The LORD detests the use of dishonest scales, but he delights in accurate weights.

The Lord detests the redefining of His absolute standards. The Lord detests the redefining of His clearly defined measures. This is man’s attempt to become God and create our own measuring standards. This subjective altering of God’s standards is a rebellion against the One that has established absolute weights and measures so that we can recreate them to meet our own personal desires in order that we might create our own since of fairness.


Proverbs 16:11 (NLT)

11 The LORD demands accurate scales and balances; he sets the standards for fairness.


This is not just an issue of commerce, but it’s an issue of good and evil. One stone may say “right” while the other stone says “wrong”. One stone says “death” and the other stone says “life”. One stone says “idol” and the other stone says “God”. One stone says “male” and the other stone says “female”. One stone says “sin” and the other stone says “freedom”. Which stone is accurate? Which stone is true? Who has the authority to write on these sacred stones? Which stone will actually measure correctly and accurately? Who is qualified to set these standards and what will happen when everyone feels qualified to do so?


We are watching the erosion of absolutes from our society. Almost everything that was once used to measure has been corrupted by false measures and false standards. What will happen to this culture that altars weights, measures and values?


How do we respond to this culture that is determined to redefine all standards by which things are measured? How should the church respond to this ever changing and redefining culture? Never bend or attempt to redefine the truth, the absolute standard of truth to meet your own will or desires. If others choose to do so...don’t go along with them. We must continue to use God’s standards and God’s weights to measure by. We are not God and we cannot decide our own standards as if we were gods. Never alter or bend the standards of God. The Word of God is clear about the consequences of this corruption.


Isaiah 5:20 (NLT)

20 What sorrow for those who say that evil is good and good is evil, that dark is light and light is dark, that bitter is sweet and sweet is bitter.


Sorrow awaits those who change God’s “avanim”...God’s standards by which He will measure all created things. God has created an ultimate standard called “TRUTH” and no matter how popular it might become to redefine it...TRUTH will remain the TRUTH. And by the way, Truth has a name...JESUS!


John 14:6 (NLT)

6 Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.


John 8:31-32 (NLT)

31 Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. 32 And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”


Maranatha, Hosanna, Hallelujah and Amen,

Terry Cooper

A Word From Terry About The Apocalypse

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

To: NCC


I’d like to begin today by asking you to read this verse from the Book of Revelation.


Revelation 13:1 (NLT)

1 Then I saw a beast rising up out of the sea. It had seven heads and ten horns, with ten crowns on its horns. And written on each head were names that blasphemed God.


Does that verse scare you? Think of this verse as a literal event in the future...does this verse scare you? This verse and many like it are from the Book of Revelation. Do you know what the word “Revelation” means? The word “revelation” which is the translation of the Greek word “apokalypsis” or “apocalypse”. When we think of the word “apocalypse” we think of something awful or tragic...a cataclysmic end of the world event or something like that. However, the word simply means...the uncovering, the unveiling.


I’ve heard people use “apocalypse” to describe horrible things, but I’ve never heard anyone use the word “apocalypse” to describe something wonderful. So, let me ask again, does the Book of Revelation, the unveiling of God’s future plan scare you? The Book of Revelation is actually a lifting of the veil, an unveiling. This unveiling is not intended by God to scare people, but to uncover and reveal the truth about the future so that everyone can prepare for it.


I have no idea how many wedding ceremonies I have conducted over the years, but I can tell you the highlight of all of them. The highlight is when the bride walks through the door with a veil over her face and walks toward the groom. It’s at that point that I ask everyone to stand in expectation as the bride prepares to unveil herself before the groom.

The same Book of Revelation that describes the beast rising up out of the sea describes this...


Revelation 19:6-7 (NIV)

6 Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting: "Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns.

7 Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready.


The Bible is clear on this point. Jesus is the Bridegroom and the Church is the Bride of Christ. The Apocalypse (the Book of Revelation) reveals the unveiling of the bride as she meets the Bridegroom. There are shouts of “Hallelujah” in this scene, not screams of fear. So, let me ask again...Does this unveiling of the future scare you? It wouldn’t if you were the bride and Jesus was the groom.


The veil separates and for now there is a separation between the Bride and the Bridegroom, but one day, maybe soon, that veil will be forever lifted and we will see Him face to face.


Revelation 22:3-5 (NLT)

3 No longer will there be a curse upon anything. For the throne of God and of the Lamb will be there, and his servants will worship him.

4 And they will see his face, and his name will be written on their foreheads.

5 And there will be no night there—no need for lamps or sun—for the Lord God will shine on them. And they will reign forever and ever.


Who would be afraid of this apocalypse...this unveiling? The curse is gone. Death is gone forever and we will stand with Jesus before His glorious throne. We will see Jesus without the veil and the light of His glory will never again be affected by darkness.

Rejoice today...you Bride of Christ because the apocalypse is coming. Yes, the unveiling is coming and the bride has made herself ready for the wedding.


Revelation 19:6-7 (NLT)

“Praise the LORD! For the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns.

7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and let us give honor to him. For the time has come for the wedding feast of the Lamb, and his bride has prepared herself.


Maranatha, Hosanna, Hallelujah and Amen!

Terry Cooper

A word from terry about the preemptor

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Have you ever thought about Satan being a “preemptor”? To “preempt” is to prevent something from happening...to put something else in its place. I admit that I haven’t really thought of Satan in that light before today. So, let me give you a few examples of Satan as a preemptor...


Moses in Egypt...God prophesied through Abraham that Israel would spend 400 years in Egyptian bondage. God announced this to Abraham before the nation or people of Israel even existed. When the time was right, God caused Moses to be born in Egypt and what did Satan, the preemptor do? Satan caused Pharaoh to issue a decree to murder all the male Hebrew children so that Moses from growing up to fulfill God’s plan. Yes, the Hebrew boys were killed, but Moses survived to carry out the plan of God. Israel was going to rise up as a holy nation and to take possession of the Promised Land. (Events from Exodus chapters one and two)


Haman and Esther in Persia...100 years later...God had determined to judge the nation of Israel for their sin and to remove them from the very land that Moses had led them to. God scattered the chosen people of Israel into foreign lands when King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon destroyed Jerusalem in 586 BC. When the time of cleansing had been fulfilled, God revealed His plan to rebuild the temple in Jerusalem and have the people return to the land of Israel. Many Jews began their return and the preemptor launched his plan to prevent God from fulfilling His promise of restoring the land and the people. Many Jews were living in Persia at that time and the preemptor initiates his plan to kill the Jews all over the Persian Empire...preventing God from carrying out his plan. Satan used a man named Haman to have all the Jews killed in his attempt to preempt the plan of God. Satan’s plan failed and Haman was killed instead. Instead of all the Jews dying by the plan of the preemptor....a Jewish girl named Esther reigned as Queen of Persia. (Events from Esther chapter nine.)


Jesus born in Bethlehem...The time for the birth of Jesus came, some 500 years after the time of Queen Esther. Satan knew it was time and Satan made his attempt to again stop the plan and purpose of God by having King Herod kill all the male children born in Bethlehem during that same time. Satan’s plan failed and Mary and Joseph escaped with their baby to Egypt before the preemptor could kill them. (Events from Matthew chapter two).


Hitler and the Jewish Holocaust...Do you see it yet? I have one more, but this one is in modern time. God had prophesied that in the last days He would regather His people Israel from the four corners of the earth and return them to the Promised Land. Satan knew of this plan and used Hitler to try to preempt the plan and purpose of God by killing 6 million Jews during the holocaust of World War 2. Satan failed and 3 years after the war, the nation of Israel was reborn in the Promised Land. God used the horrors of the holocaust to regather the Jews back to Israel.


Satan is a preemptor, but he is not God. He has attempted to prevent the plan and purpose of God from taking place but he has been unable to do so in the past and he is unable to do so now. That brings me to my real point today. Satan is trying to preempt the plan of God for the Church but he will fail.


I see much of the American church in a great spiritual struggle. I see the current spiritual war and the preemptor has his sights on the church. Satan is trying to prevent the church from accomplishing the will and purpose of God, but he will fail. The church is not the plan of man and it does not operate under the power or authority of man. The church is the Body of Christ and it is unstoppable. The preemptor is doing today what he has done from the beginning, but he will fail. The church belongs to Jesus and the gates of hell will not prevail against the church. The church will fulfill its mission exactly on time and exactly as God has willed it. The gospel will be preached to all nations and there is nothing the preemptor can do to stop it. The preemptor will fail!


Some will die in this battle as they did in Egypt, as they did in Bethlehem, as they did in Persia and as they did in Hitler’s holocaust, but the plan of God will not die. Do you see it? This is a war, a spiritual battle that is raging in the heavenly realms and on this present earth. I’ve read the Word of God and I have seen the promises of God revealed to the believers of Jesus. The promise of God is this...YOU CANNOT LOSE IF YOU DO NOT QUIT...SO DON’T QUIT!


Hebrews 3:6-15 (NIV)

6 But Christ is faithful as a son over God's house. And we are his house, if we hold on to our courage and the hope of which we boast.

7 So, as the Holy Spirit says: "Today, if you hear his voice,

8 do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion, during the time of testing in the desert,

9 where your fathers tested and tried me and for forty years saw what I did.

10 That is why I was angry with that generation, and I said, 'Their hearts are always going astray, and they have not known my ways.'

11 So I declared on oath in my anger, 'They shall never enter my rest.'"

12 See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God.

13 But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness.

14 We have come to share in Christ if we hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at first.

15 As has just been said: "Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion."


I’m watching the current struggle inside of our congregation and I see the preemptor trying to stop the plan of God from taking place at the Ninevah Christian Church. He will fail! This is not “our” church. This is the church of Jesus Christ and He is unstoppable. I want each of you to notice something profound in all these battles between the preemptor and God, from Moses to the Holocaust. The preemptor always launched his greatest attack right before God did His greatest work.


I believe God is about to do something marvelous and wonderful in His Church. Satan is working hard to prevent it from happening, but he’s going to fail because we refuse to give up or give in. We will not return to the bondage of Egypt...Jesus has set us free! We will not shrink back and we will not compromise regarding the Word of God. Today I give you this encouragement...You cannot lose if you don’t quit...so don’t quit! Connect yourself to Jesus through faith and hold on to His Word. It might get rough, but hold onto the promises of Christ for they will all be fulfilled in their proper time. Be confident in your faith and remember that these attacks of Satan will never defeat the cause of Christ.


Hebrews 10:35-39 (NIV)

35 So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.

36 You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.

37 For in just a very little while, "He who is coming will come and will not delay.

38 But my righteous one will live by faith. And if he shrinks back, I will not be pleased with him."

39 But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved.


Be encouraged today church. Our Deliverer is Coming and there is no power that will stop his plan or His arrival!


Maranatha, Hosanna, Hallelujah and Amen.

Terry Cooper

A Word from Terry about the Harvest

Wednesday, July 11th, 2017

To: NCC


I grew up on a farm and we always had a big garden. I admit that I never liked picking green beans but I always loved eating them, especially when they were cooked the very unhealthy way. The harvest always seemed to make the hard work of planting and chopping weeds worthwhile. Have you ever thought of this as a biblical principle? What about as a mystery? Let me try to explain this harvest mystery with some help from Jonathan Cahn, the author of “The Book of Mysteries”.


The Jewish people were commanded by God to celebrate the harvests in the Promised Land. It wasn’t a suggestion, but a command. They were required by God to throw a big celebration at harvest time. This command was given to Israel before they ever started planting crops in the Promised Land. This command of God was given to Israel while they were still in the wilderness...long before any harvest would be made.


Deuteronomy 16:13-15 (NLT)

13 “You must observe the Festival of Shelters for seven days at the end of the harvest season, after the grain has been threshed and the grapes have been pressed.

14 This festival will be a happy time of celebrating with your sons and daughters, your male and female servants, and the Levites, foreigners, orphans, and widows from your towns.

15 For seven days you must celebrate this festival to honor the LORD your God at the place he chooses, for it is he who blesses you with bountiful harvests and gives you success in all your work. This festival will be a time of great joy for all.


Joshua was the one that was finally able to lead the people of Israel into the Promised Land and they did plant crops and yes the bountiful harvests came. The people of Israel obeyed the commands of God to celebrate the harvests (through good times and bad times) each year up until 70 AD. That’s when the Roman emperor gave the final crushing blow to the people of Israel. The land was destroyed and became desolate and the Jewish people were scattered all over the earth. The Promised Land of Israel was lost to foreigners and there were no great harvests and no great celebrations in the land of Israel.


However, a remarkable thing, a mystery was revealed during those years of exile...the scattered Jews celebrated the harvests at the appointed time anyway. They celebrated nonexistent harvests of barley, nonexistent harvests of grapes and new wine. And then something supernatural happened. After nearly 2000 years of celebrating nonexistent harvests from the Promised Land...the nonexistent crops tuned into real crops with real harvests and yes in the Promised Land. It started even before 1948, after World War 2. The Jews began their return to the Promised Land and soon declared it to be a sovereign nation on May 14, 1948. The land that had lain barren and desolate for centuries was about to be turned again into a land that flowed with milk and honey. So, what’s the mystery of the harvest?


What I have just described is the secret to a life of abundance. The children of this world celebrate after they have received their harvest of blessing, but the children of God celebrate before their harvest. Don’t wait until you see the blessed harvest to celebrate the harvest. Celebrate the harvest as you wait for it. Rejoice as you wait and you will see your blessing come. Don’t wait for the blessing and then give thanks...no...give thanks now and wait for the blessing of God. Don’t wait for you circumstances to be right in order to celebrate. Celebrate anyway and then the blessings of God’s promises will come. Don’t wait for the victory to be won before you celebrate...celebrate the victory even as you wait for the victory. Celebrate the blessings as you wait for the harvest. This is the mystery of faith that is based on the eternal promises of God.


I want you to read this Scripture below from the prophet Jeremiah. Jeremiah lived in the days leading up to the fall of Jerusalem to King Nebuchadnezzar in 586 BC. Even in this midst of this great and tragic time in Israel God was revealing a future harvest of blessing for the Children of God. Some of this has already been fulfilled, but its final fulfillment will take place at the return of Christ.


Jeremiah 31:1-14 (NLT)

1 “In that day,” says the LORD, “I will be the God of all the families of Israel, and they will be my people.

2 This is what the LORD says: “Those who survive the coming destruction will find blessings even in the barren land, for I will give rest to the people of Israel.”

3 Long ago the LORD said to Israel: “I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself.

4 I will rebuild you, my virgin Israel. You will again be happy and dance merrily with your tambourines.

5 Again you will plant your vineyards on the mountains of Samaria and eat from your own gardens there.

6 The day will come when watchmen will shout from the hill country of Ephraim, ‘Come, let us go up to Jerusalem to worship the LORD our God.’”

7 Now this is what the LORD says: “Sing with joy for Israel. Shout for the greatest of nations! Shout out with praise and joy: ‘Save your people, O LORD, the remnant of Israel!’

8 For I will bring them from the north and from the distant corners of the earth. I will not forget the blind and lame, the expectant mothers and women in labor. A great company will return!

9 Tears of joy will stream down their faces, and I will lead them home with great care. They will walk beside quiet streams and on smooth paths where they will not stumble. For I am Israel’s father, and Ephraim is my oldest child.

10 “Listen to this message from the LORD, you nations of the world; proclaim it in distant coastlands: The LORD, who scattered his people, will gather them and watch over them as a shepherd does his flock.

11 For the LORD has redeemed Israel from those too strong for them.

12 They will come home and sing songs of joy on the heights of Jerusalem. They will be radiant because of the LORD’s good gifts— the abundant crops of grain, new wine, and olive oil, and the healthy flocks and herds. Their life will be like a watered garden, and all their sorrows will be gone.

13 The young women will dance for joy, and the men—old and young—will join in the celebration. I will turn their mourning into joy. I will comfort them and exchange their sorrow for rejoicing.

14 The priests will enjoy abundance, and my people will feast on my good gifts. I, the LORD, have spoken!”


Give thanks today and celebrate today the blessed harvest that is our through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Don’t wait to celebrate the harvest. Celebrate the harvest of blessings and the promises of God today and every day until they are fulfilled in His glorious presence.


Heaven’s coming and Jesus is bringing it!

Maranatha, Hosanna, Hallelujah and Amen

Terry Cooper

A Word from terry about the mind

Thursday, July 6th, 2017

To: NCC


There is a scene in the Old Testament that I have always found interesting. It’s when Moses was leading Israel through the wilderness on their way to the Promised Land. God was giving His Law to Israel and explaining how Israel must walk in obedience in order to receive the blessed promises of God in the land of promise. In that context God tells Israel to “Be Careful”. Why does God tell them to be careful? Be careful of what?


Deuteronomy 11:16-17 (NIV)

16 Be careful, or you will be enticed to turn away and worship other gods and bow down to them.

17 Then the LORD's anger will burn against you, and he will shut the heavens so that it will not rain and the ground will yield no produce, and you will soon perish from the good land the LORD is giving you.


God knew that their hearts could be drawn away to follow other gods. God knew that these people could be easily deceived and led away into idolatry and fall victim to Satan’s lies. God gave them a warning of the consequences from allowing their hearts to be turned away from God. So God gave an instruction that would prevent their hearts from being led away from the One True God. This is the verse that I’ve always found amazing...


Deuteronomy 11:18 (NIV)

18 Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.


This is what it looks like to be careful? This is the power that keeps your heart and your mind from being drawn away? Yes it is the remedy! “Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds”. Moses had written down the Pentateuch (Torah) and this is a reference to what we know as Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy (the first 5 books of the Bible). Wholehearted devotion to the content of these 5 books would keep your heart safe from the idolatry of the deceiver and the judgment of God. But that’s not the part that I’ve always found amazing...it’s the next sentence.


Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.


I’ve been to Israel and I’ve seen firsthand the Orthodox Jews wearing little black boxes on their foreheads at the Western Wall. It’s called a “tefillin”. Inside that little box are small scrolls of parchment with the Word of God. Those Jews do this as a physical act of observing God’s command through Moses in Deuteronomy chapter eleven. They are placing the Word of God next to their minds so they would not be led away to follow other gods.


Now, let me make it clear that I’m not suggesting that the church should attach leather boxes filled with Bible verses on our foreheads today. No, that’s not my suggestion. But what I am suggesting does apply to this command of God to “Be Careful”. Let me explain.


The human mind is a wonderfully complex thing. The things going on in our mind are amazingly personal and private. Our minds contain our thoughts and secrets, hopes and dreams, things that no one else could know about us. The human mind can be thinking something totally different on the inside than what is actually happening on the outside. Maybe you look like a faithful believer on the outside, but what’s going on inside your mind will determine that which will eventually present itself externally in your life.


When God told Moses to warn the people about idolatry and to place the Word of God on their foreheads He was telling them to bind the Word to their minds and hearts, not just their outward expressions. God is revealing the secret to knowing Him. It’s not on the outside, but on the inside of the mind and the heart. God is telling Moses and us today that even our minds and hearts can be made holy, our thoughts can be made holy by the Word of God. Most people want to focus on the external, but the external is only a reflection of the war that is taking placing inside the mind of all mankind.


We will never overcome on the outside until we are able to overcome on the inside. It begins with what you choose to place in your mind. BE CAREFUL of that which you allow to enter your mind. So how can we win this war, this battle in the mind and heart of man?


2 Corinthians 10:3-5 (NIV)

3 For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. 4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.


God’s Word is a mighty weapon! The Word of God can capture those evil thoughts and bring them under the authority of Christ. Idolatry is a stronghold and God’s Word can tear down this stronghold and bring your mind under the control of Christ. Remember, the battle of the mind will eventually manifest itself in the life that is to follow. Reading the Bible and meditating on the Words of God prepare our minds for battle that is coming. Reading the Bible and studying those Words of Truth release the power of Christ in our lives...preparing us for that which to come. That battle in your mind today will in many ways determine the outcome of the war that will rage in your life in future days.


1 Peter 1:13-16 (NIV)

13 Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed. 14 As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. 15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16 for it is written: "Be holy, because I am holy."


Instead of placing a leather box on your forehead today...may I suggest that you turn off all the distractions of your life and read the Bible. Allow the Word of God to transform your mind by the power and holiness of God. Idolatry has no place in the mind of a person who is filled with God’s Word and remember...the Promised Land is Coming!


Blessings upon the Church at Ninevah today...in Jesus name and may the Word of God speak His power and His promises into your mind and heart today.


Maranatha, Hosanna, Hallelujah and Amen,

Terry Cooper

A Word from terry about cherubim

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

To: NCC


Do you know what a cherubim is? Do you know what a cherubim does in the Bible? Have you ever heard of a “guardian cherub”? What if I told you that the answer to those questions reveal a life changing truth of God and the entry into His divine presence?


Cherubim are angelic like creatures that serve as the guardians of paradise. Cherubim stand guard over the very presence of God. If fact it was cherubim that stood guard at the entry gate of the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve were forced to leave the presence of God because of sin.


Genesis 3:24 (NLT)

24 After sending them out, the LORD God stationed mighty cherubim to the east of the Garden of Eden. And he placed a flaming sword that flashed back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.


Adam and Eve had lost their ability to live and walk in the very presence of God. God placed cherubim between man and God. Man could no longer go directly into the presence of God because the cherubim kept guard (with flaming sword) over the holy presence of God. Paradise was lost.


Fast forward to the time of Moses as God has frees Israel form their 400 years of Egyptian bondage. God reveals his glory to Moses and instructs Moses to build a tabernacle, a house for God’s presence to come down into the camp of Israel. God was going to dwell in the midst of the camp of Israel. The glorious presence of God was going to come to dwell among the people and guess what would stand guard between the holiness of God and the un-holiness of Israel...yes...cherubim! Did you know that? There was a veil, a curtain that separated the presence of God, the Most Holy Place from the rest of the tabernacle. I want you to notice what is engraved onto that veil/curtain.


Exodus 26:31 (NLT)

31 “For the inside of the Tabernacle, make a special curtain of finely woven linen. Decorate it with blue, purple, and scarlet thread and with skillfully embroidered cherubim.


Adam and Eve couldn’t get past the guardian cherubs...paradise was lost. God’s mercy offered a very limited entry into His holy presence in the time of Moses, behind the veil, behind the guardian cherubs. The Jewish high priest could enter one time per year (Yum Kippur or Day of Atonement) and he must enter with a blood sacrifice or he himself would die when he encountered the absolute holiness of God. For 1500 years (Moses to Jesus) the cherubim stood guard over the presence of God behind the curtain.


Fast forward again some 1500 years to the time of Jesus. Do you know what happened when Jesus died on the cross? The veil of the Jerusalem temple, engraved with cherubim, was torn into from top to bottom.


Mark 15:37-38 (NLT)

37 Then Jesus uttered another loud cry and breathed his last. 38 And the curtain in the sanctuary of the Temple was torn in two, from top to bottom.


On that day, when Jesus breathed His final breath His blood poured out as payment for the sins of Adam and all of Adam’s seed. That day our Holy High Priest entered the presence of God, behind the curtain to pay off our sin debt. The cherubim that guarded the very presence of God, the cherubim that guarded paradise we dismissed. The way to God was once again open. The paradise of God was once again available. The curtain was taken down and the cherubim would drop their flaming sword because of the sacrifice of the ultimate High Priest...JESUS CHRIST.


The way to God has been opened. Paradise is once again available for those who will receive this blood offering from our High Priest Jesus. We must receive this offering by faith. We must believe that Jesus’ death on the cross paid the price that was sufficient to remove the cherubim that stood guard with flaming sword between God and man.


Now that we know this amazing truth of God...we have a sword of our own. The Sword of the Spirit, the very Word of God. This Word from God reveals the way back to God, the way to the paradise of God’s presence. How wonderful is this Good News. How wonderful is the future that God has prepared for those who love Him and believe His Word. Please read these verses from Paul’s letter to the Roman Church as God’s Word to each of you today...


Romans 8:31-37 (NLT)

31 What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? 32 Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else? 33 Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself. 34 Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us. 35 Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? 36 (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”) 37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.


Overwhelming victory is our through Jesus. The curtain is torn; the cherubim have dropped their swords for those who are covered by the blood of the Lamb. But I must tell you this truth today.


Those cherubim still stand guard over the presence of God for all those who refuse to believe. No one will pass by their flaming sword without the blood of Christ. We, the church bear the responsibility in these last days to not only receive this good news, but we must also share this good news as we await the return of our Lord Jesus.


Rejoice in this great salvation, but never forget that we have been called by God to share this glorious news with those who do not know that the gate to paradise, the gate to God’s glorious presence has been opened by the blood of Jesus Christ, our glorious High Priest.


Heaven’s Coming and Jesus is bringing it.

Maranatha, Hosanna, Hallelujah and Amen.

Terry Cooper

A Word from terry - The magi

Thursday, June 22, 2017

To: NCC


Are you one of those that want to know what lies ahead of you, in advance? Do you like walking by sight instead of faith? Let’s face it....this describes all of us to some degree. We want to see clearly that which lies in front of us so we can determine our steps along the way. Is this the way of God or does God want us to depend on Him and trust Him as we take one faith step at a time.


Did you ever read the calling of God to Abram (Abraham)? Would you leave everything to follow a God that doesn’t give much detail, just follow me?


Genesis 12:1 (NLT)

1 The LORD had said to Abram, “Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you.


That’s not much detail...Can’t you show me now Lord? What about Moses at the burning bush? Did God give Him much detail, or just follow me?


Exodus 3:10 (NLT)

10 Now go, for I am sending you to Pharaoh. You must lead my people Israel out of Egypt.”

That’s not much detail, is it? Would you leave everything and follow the God that doesn’t give much detail about what lies in front of you? Would you be satisfied with just enough manna (bread from heaven) for each day in the wilderness while you follow this God?


Have you ever considered the Magi, the Wise Men...those that came from the East to see the baby that was born King in Bethlehem? Who were they? We can’t be for sure but many believe they were priests of a pagan religion to the east of Jerusalem (probably from the distant part of Persia). They were star watchers who had followed a particular star in search of this newborn King of the Jews. It’s obvious that they were searching for the truth that was being announced by the heavens. They had no idea where this star would take them. They were following this star step by step and day by day without any specific details about that which would lie before them. Star watchers seeking the light of truth.

How did they know this star would lead them to the newborn King of the Jews? Did God send an angel to tell them? No one knows for sure, but we do know this...they found Him. They found the Jewish Messiah by following the star of heaven. This is where the story gets interesting. These wise men from the east were fulfilling a 700 year old prophesy from Isaiah. Seven centuries before these men were born the prophet Isiah prophesied of the Messiah’s coming to Israel.


Isaiah 60:1-6 (Christian Standard Bible)

1 Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD shines over you. 2 For look, darkness will cover the earth, and total darkness the peoples; but the LORD will shine over you, and his glory will appear over you. 3 Nations will come to your light, and kings to your shining brightness. Raise your eyes and look around: they all gather and come to you; your sons will come from far away, and your daughters on the hips of nannies. 5 Then you will see and be radiant, and your heart will tremble and rejoice, because the riches of the sea will become yours and the wealth of the nations will come to you. Caravans of camels will cover your land?—young camels of Midian and Ephah?—all of them will come from Sheba. They will carry gold and frankincense and proclaim the praises of the LORD.


Gold and frankincense were the gifts of the Magi. These wise men were Gentiles and as far as we can tell they were pagan Gentiles. Pagan Gentiles coming to Israel at the same time that Jesus was appearing in Israel. They came bearing gifts...very specific gifts...fulfilling a prophecy that waited over 700 years to be revealed. And it’s very likely that the Magi had no idea that their star journey was the fulfillment of this 700 year old prophesy of Isaiah.

This is the secret of Abraham, Moses and the Magi (and many others who have decided to walk by faith toward the glorious light of God). You don’t have to know the details of what lies ahead of you...you never will. Our calling is to set our hearts on seeking after Him and doing His will day by day and step by step while we travel on our wilderness journey toward the Light.


On the last day...the details of our journey (good and bad) aren’t going to matter much. What’s going to matter is this...DID YOU FIND HIM!


Acts 17:24-28 (NLT) The Apostle Paul’s sermon to the unbelieving Gentiles in Greece

24 “He is the God who made the world and everything in it. Since he is Lord of heaven and earth, he doesn’t live in man-made temples, 25 and human hands can’t serve his needs—for he has no needs. He himself gives life and breath to everything, and he satisfies every need. 26 From one man he created all the nations throughout the whole earth. He decided beforehand when they should rise and fall, and he determined their boundaries. 27 “His purpose was for the nations to seek after God and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him—though he is not far from any one of us. 28 For in him we live and move and exist. As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’ 


Be strong church...our Deliverer is Coming!


Maranatha, Hosanna, Hallelujah and Amen

Terry Cooper

 

A Word From Terry

The Day of The Lamb

Thursday, June 15, 2017

To: NCC


Do you know what the 10th day of Nisan is? The Jewish Passover takes place on the 15th day of Nisan...so what happens 5 days before the Passover? The 10th of Nisan was the day the lamb was chosen and taken to the house that would, on the Passover, be offered as a blood sacrifice.


So, one could say that the 10th of Nisan is “The Day of the Lamb”...The day of the choosing and selecting of the Passover lamb. Does anyone want to guess the date of that first Palm Sunday? Palm Sunday was the day that Jesus walked into Jerusalem with celebrations of Hosanna. It was the 10th of Nisan. Do you think that was a coincidence?


Three years earlier Jesus was walking along the Jordan River and Holy Spirit filled John the Baptist proclaimed these prophetic Words of God...


John 1:29 (NLT)

29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!


Why did that first Palm Sunday fall on the 10th of Nisan? What is the connection between Jesus walking into the city that day and the upcoming Jewish Passover? It was on that same day (2000 years ago) that the people of Jerusalem were leading their Passover lambs to their homes.


Exodus 12:3 (NLT)

3 Announce to the whole community of Israel that on the tenth day of this month [Nisan] each family must choose a lamb or a young goat for a sacrifice, one animal for each household.


Jesus entered Jerusalem on The Day of the Lamb...the day that the people of Jerusalem would select a lamb to take to their homes as a Passover sacrifice. Jesus was being led by the crowd from the Mount of Olives into the city gates on the 10th of Nisan...The Day of the Lamb.


Matthew 21:1 (NLT)

1 As Jesus and the disciples approached Jerusalem, they came to the town of Bethphage on the Mount of Olives.


Mark 11:9-11 (NLT)

9 Jesus was in the center of the procession, and the people all around him were shouting, “Praise God! Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the LORD!

10 Blessings on the coming Kingdom of our ancestor David! Praise God in highest heaven!”

11 So Jesus came to Jerusalem and went into the Temple.


Jesus, the Passover Lamb was brought into Jerusalem and then into the House of God (The Temple) on the 10th of Nisan. And just as the lambs of the Tenth of Nisan had to be sacrificed 5 days later on Passover by those who dwelt in the house, so too the Lamb of God would be sacrificed on the Passover by the One who dwelt in the House (The Temple) and by those who dwelt in Jerusalem itself. (Behold/Look, the Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world. John 1:29).


Do you find all this to be coincidental? Do you understand the significance of the Passover and the Passover Lamb? The Passover Lamb represented freedom from slavery and freedom from the bondage of sin and death. The source of this freedom is the Lamb of God, the Passover Lamb.


Have you selected your Passover Lamb? Have you brought the Lamb to your house? Have you placed His precious blood over your life and your house/tabernacle/temple?


One last point for today...On that first Palm Sunday Jesus traveled from the Mount of Olives through the Kidron Valley and entered the city on the east side on the 10th day of Nisan. The Bible also talks about a similar event that is coming...maybe soon!


Zechariah 14:4 (NLT)

4 On that day his feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem. And the Mount of Olives will split apart, making a wide valley running from east to west. Half the mountain will move toward the north and half toward the south.


He will come to fulfill the words that the angel Gabriel gave to Mary...these words are true and these words are unstoppable...


Luke 1:31-33 (NLT)

31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus.

32 He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David.

33 And he will reign over Israel forever; his Kingdom will never end!”


The whole world will shake on that day. Jesus will stand on the Mount of Olives as He did on the 10th of Nisan some 2000 years ago and enter Jerusalem from the East. But this time He will not come as the Passover Lamb. This time He will come as King of kings, and Lord of lords and He will take His seat on David’s throne in Jerusalem establishing an eternal kingdom.


No one knows the day of His return, but you can be sure of this. The day of the Lamb’s return is near. If He is your Passover, you wait for Him with eager expectation. If He is not your Passover...you wait with fear and dread.

Be faithful church! The Day of the Lamb is coming!


Maranatha, Hosanna, Hallelujah and Amen.

Terry Cooper


A Word From Terry

About the breach in the Wall

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

To: NCC


The 9th day of Tamuz...what does that mean to you? Probably nothing. Tamuz is the 4th month in the Jewish calendar and it falls in our June-July each year. Do you know what happened on the 9th of Tamuz in 586 BC? That’s the day the Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar finally breached the wall of Jerusalem after more than 2 years of laying siege to the holy city. This breach in the wall of Jerusalem is recorded in the final chapter from the Prophet Jeremiah...notice the date of the breach and the condition of the people inside the city.


Jeremiah 52:6-9 (NIV)

6 By the ninth day of the fourth month the famine in the city had become so severe that there was no food for the people to eat. 7 Then the city wall was broken through, and the whole army fled. They left the city at night through the gate between the two walls near the king's garden, though the Babylonians were surrounding the city. They fled toward the Arabah,

8 but the Babylonian army pursued King Zedekiah and overtook him in the plains of Jericho. All his soldiers were separated from him and scattered, 9 and he was captured. He was taken to the king of Babylon at Riblah in the land of Hamath, where he pronounced sentence on him.


It’s at this point that some of you will say...who cares what happened in Jerusalem 2500 years ago. Please stay with me! God had warned the people that judgment was coming. God had sent prophet after prophet telling the people of Judah to repent or perish. They refused to listen to the Word of God through the prophets of God and judgment came...the wall that protected the people from their enemy fell. God’s hedge of protection around Jerusalem fell on the 9th day of Tamuz.


Jeremiah 25:4-11 (NLT)

4 “Again and again the LORD has sent you his servants, the prophets, but you have not listened or even paid attention. 5 Each time the message was this: ‘Turn from the evil road you are traveling and from the evil things you are doing. Only then will I let you live in this land that the LORD gave to you and your ancestors forever. 6 Do not provoke my anger by worshiping idols you made with your own hands. Then I will not harm you.’ 7 “But you would not listen to me,” says the LORD. “You made me furious by worshiping idols you made with your own hands, bringing on yourselves all the disasters you now suffer. 8 And now the LORD of Heaven’s Armies says: Because you have not listened to me, 9 I will gather together all the armies of the north under King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, whom I have appointed as my deputy. I will bring them all against this land and its people and against the surrounding nations. I will completely destroy you and make you an object of horror and contempt and a ruin forever.

10 I will take away your happy singing and laughter. The joyful voices of bridegrooms and brides will no longer be heard. Your millstones will fall silent, and the lights in your homes will go out.

11 This entire land will become a desolate wasteland. Israel and her neighboring lands will serve the king of Babylon for seventy years.


The people of Judah would not listen to God or His messengers, the prophets. Judgment came because God removed his hand of protection from around His people. The wall was breached on the 9th of Tamuz. Jerusalem fell. The city and the holy temple were burned to the ground. Most of them died and those few who survived were carried away as slaves to Babylon.


Do you know what happened in America on the 9th of Tamuz 2015? The 9th of Tamuz in 2015 fell on June 26th. Do you know what happened on June 26th 2015? The US Supreme Court issued its ruling on same sex marriage on the 9th of Tamuz. The vote was 5-4 and the wall of truth was breached. Many in our nation cheered and celebrated and then President Obama lit the White House in colors of a rainbow to celebrate the high court’s decision.

I’m convinced that the events of 911 were a warning to America to repent and turn back to God. It worked for a while, but then the temporary repentance turned to even deeper rebellion and idolatry. Finally, this nation mocks God by redefining marriage and then displays a rainbow on the White House. Most of you know that God used a rainbow in the time of Noah as a sign of His covenant not to destroy the earth by water again. But do you know that the rainbow also reveals the glory of His Throne?


Ezekiel 1:28 (NLT)

28 All around him was a glowing halo, like a rainbow shining in the clouds on a rainy day. This is what the glory of the LORD looked like to me. When I saw it, I fell face down on the ground, and I heard someone’s voice speaking to me.


Who would be so foolish to mock God, His Throne, His Glory? The wall of truth has been breached and where is the church? Yes, there are many that still stand on the Word of God as truth today, even as the walls of truth crumble around us. But where is the church? Where is the church that Jesus described?


Matthew 5:13-16 (NLT)

13 “You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless.

14 “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden.

15 No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house.

16 In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.


Now they tell us (the church ) to go along, comply, accept this new truth. But Jeremiah didn’t go along and Jeremiah survived the fall of Jerusalem. Do you know that? Yes, it was very hard and he suffered greatly (he was even thrown into a cistern to shut him up), but he survived to write the story. He survived to write Lamentations...a book of weeping for Jerusalem and those few survivors that were carried away as slaves into Babylon.


Lamentations 1:1-3 (NLT)

1 Jerusalem, once so full of people, is now deserted. She who was once great among the nations now sits alone like a widow. Once the queen of all the earth, she is now a slave.

2 She sobs through the night; tears stream down her cheeks. Among all her lovers, there is no one left to comfort her. All her friends have betrayed her and become her enemies.

3 Judah has been led away into captivity, oppressed with cruel slavery. She lives among foreign nations and has no place of rest. Her enemies have chased her down, and she has nowhere to turn.


Will you survive this breach in the wall? Jeremiah survived, will you? Jeremiah never went along with idolatry and Jeremiah never abandoned the Word of God. Will you?


Even now, the Jews around the world set aside the 9th of Tamuz as a day of mourning and fasting because they recognize it as the day the wall of protection around Jerusalem was breached. The 9th of Tamuz this year will fall on July 3rd, the day before our nation celebrates its 241st birthday.


The Northern Kingdom of Israel (10 tribes) lasted approx. 208 years...and then they were no more. They were destroyed by the Assyrians.


The Southern Kingdom of Judah (2 tribes) outlasted their northern brothers by 136 years (roughly 344 in total) until the 9th of Tamuz 586 BC and the wall was breached.


How long will America last? How long will you last? I’m not going to pretend today that I have all this stuff figured out, I don’t! But I do know this...THE WORD OF GOD IS TRUE! He will not be mocked and He will not leave the guilty unpunished. God has offered us forgiveness of sins through the blood of Christ and we must receive that forgiveness by faith. WE MUST BELIEVE HIM!


Even in the midst of Judah’s fall in the time of Nebuchadnezzar; God was revealing a future plan to save them. It’s one of the most quoted Scriptures from Jeremiah.


Jeremiah 29:10-14 (NIV)

10 This is what the LORD says: "When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will come to you and fulfill my gracious promise to bring you back to this place.

11 For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

12 Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.

13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

14 I will be found by you," declares the LORD, "and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you," declares the LORD, "and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile."

 

God did it 70 years after the walls of Jerusalem were breached (regathered them and brought them back home) and He did it again on May 14, 1948. This last one was 69 years ago.


I believe we are watching Biblical prophecy being fulfilled in our generation. Israel is the pattern of God’s truth and Israel is the pattern of God’s mercy. Yes, the walls of truth were breached on the 9th of Tamuz 2015 and the wall of His divine protection will surely be affected by this breach. He will not be mocked! But I still have good news today... God is still gathering believers today. God is still forgiving people today. God is still saving people today. God is still giving people a hope and a future today. The world demands that we go along with their idolatry and rebellion, but we will not worship their worthless idols or exchange the truth of God for a lie. The true church, like Jeremiah of old, will never go along with evil. The true church, like Jeremiah will still be standing after the fall. The gates of hell will not prevail against the true church of Jesus Christ!


I close this letter with these challenging and encouraging words from the Book of Hebrews...


Hebrews 10:35-39 (NLT)

35 So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you! 36 Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised. 37 “For in just a little while, the Coming One will come and not delay. 38 And my righteous ones will live by faith. But I will take no pleasure in anyone who turns away.” 39 But we are not like those who turn away from God to their own destruction. We are the faithful ones, whose souls will be saved.


Maranatha, Hosanna, Hallelujah and Amen,

Terry Cooper

 

A Word From Terry

About unstoppable power

Thursday, May 25, 2017

To: NCC


The Bible reveals the ways of God and many of them are too wonderful and too complex for our minds to grasp. Today, I would like to take one of those “ways of God” that came to me while I was reading a book written by Jonathan Cahn. One of the foundations of our faith is John 3:16 where it says that God loved us so much that He gave us His One and Only Son. God gave His Son as a sacrifice, an atoning sacrifice for the sins of mankind. The Romans didn’t take Jesus’ life. The Jewish leaders didn’t take Jesus’ life. God the Father gave Jesus’ life and the Son agreed to and submitted His life to the Father’s plan, the Father’s will.


John 10:17-18 (NLT)

17 “The Father loves me because I sacrifice my life so I may take it back again.

18 No one can take my life from me. I sacrifice it voluntarily. For I have the authority to lay it down when I want to and also to take it up again. For this is what my Father has commanded.”


So, here’s my question and comment regarding the unstoppable power of God to complete His divine plan on this earth. If Jesus was the sacrifice that would take away the sins of the world...who would be spiritually qualified to offer up Jesus as that sacrifice? In other words, in the Jewish faith, under the Law of Moses who would be spiritually and rightfully qualified to offer sacrifices to God? The answer to that is found in the Book of Leviticus. God had established a priesthood and a High Priest that were specifically qualified to offer sacrifices to God. No one else could do it, only the High Priest. The first High Priest was Aaron (the brother of Moses) and all priests would then come from the family of Aaron. By the way, this scene takes place in the Tabernacle (later to become the Jerusalem Temple).


Leviticus 16:15-17 (NLT)

15 “Then Aaron must slaughter the first goat as a sin offering for the people and carry its blood behind the inner curtain. There he will sprinkle the goat’s blood over the atonement cover and in front of it, just as he did with the bull’s blood.

16 Through this process, he will purify the Most Holy Place, and he will do the same for the entire Tabernacle, because of the defiling sin and rebellion of the Israelites.

17 No one else is allowed inside the Tabernacle when Aaron enters it for the purification ceremony in the Most Holy Place. No one may enter until he comes out again after purifying himself, his family, and all the congregation of Israel, making them right with the LORD.


This was the law of God regarding the offering of acceptable sacrifices to God. Now, do you know who offered up Jesus, the Lamb of God as a sacrifice in Jerusalem some 2000 years ago?


Matthew 20:17-19 (NLT)

17 As Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the twelve disciples aside privately and told them what was going to happen to him.

18 “Listen,” he said, “we’re going up to Jerusalem, where the Son of Man will be betrayed to the leading priests and the teachers of religious law. They will sentence him to die.

19 Then they will hand him over to the Romans to be mocked, flogged with a whip, and crucified. But on the third day he will be raised from the dead.”


Not just any priest, but the High Priest of Israel would offer up Jesus as a sacrifice. His name was Caiaphas and I doubt very seriously that he actually realized at the time that God was using him to fulfill God’s holy law regarding legitimate sacrifices before God. God can use evil to produce good. God can use the un-holy to produce holy...by His Unstoppable Power. God even used High Priest Caiaphas to prophecy as he made his plans to kill the very Son of God.


John 11:49-53 (NIV)

49 Then one of them, named Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, spoke up, "You know nothing at all!

50 You do not realize that it is better for you that one man die for the people than that the whole nation perish."

51 He did not say this on his own, but as high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus would die for the Jewish nation,

52 and not only for that nation but also for the scattered children of God, to bring them together and make them one.

53 So from that day on they plotted to take his life.


This is my main point today...God uses the evil thoughts, hearts and motives of man to fulfill His divine and perfect plans. His plans are unstoppable. The Jewish Sanhedrin (religious counsel) had evil in their hearts and they despised Jesus as they accused Him of blasphemy, but God was using all their evil for His ultimate good. The plans of God are unstoppable. There was an unstoppable power at work in Jerusalem some 2000 years ago when the High Priest offered up Jesus as a sacrifice before God and that same unstoppable power is at work today. This is the unstoppable power that Paul is describing to the Roman church...


Romans 8:28 (NLT)

28 And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.


Conclusion...Yesterday was Jerusalem Day in Israel. 50 years ago the ancient and holy city of Jerusalem came under the control of Israel. 50 years ago (1967 Six Day War) Jerusalem was liberated by the Israeli army after being lost for some 1900 years. I proclaim to you today that Jerusalem is the unstoppable power of God. Man may try to stop this unstoppable power of God, but they will all fail. Why? Do you understand why? Jerusalem is the place of GOD’S NAME—FOREVER. Jerusalem is the place of GOD’S THRONE-FOREVER. God announced this to King Solomon as Solomon dedicated the first Jerusalem Temple.


1 Kings 9:3 (NLT)

3 The LORD said to him, “I have heard your prayer and your petition. I have set this Temple apart to be holy—this place you have built where my name will be honored forever. I will always watch over it, for it is dear to my heart.

 

In December 2016 the United Nations voted unanimously to condemn Israel for building houses (expanding settlements) in East Jerusalem and the West Bank. This UN vote was the declaration of 14 world leaders that Israel had no legitimate rights to Jerusalem or the current boundaries of the nation of Israel since the 1967 war. The United States ambassador under then President Obama abstained, thus allowing the UN vote to be unanimous. Was this vote a fulfillment or at least a partial fulfillment of this prophecy of God through Zechariah?

Zechariah 12:1-3 (NLT)

1 This message concerning the fate of Israel came from the LORD: “This message is from the LORD, who stretched out the heavens, laid the foundations of the earth, and formed the human spirit.

2 I will make Jerusalem like an intoxicating drink that makes the nearby nations stagger when they send their armies to besiege Jerusalem and Judah.

3 On that day I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock. All the nations will gather against it to try to move it, but they will only hurt themselves.


I’m not going to pretend like I understand all this, but I do know that the unstoppable power of God is at work in Jerusalem. It is the most contested piece of real estate on earth because God has declared Jerusalem to be His Throne...forever! The prophet Ezekiel announces a future time when Jesus will return to Jerusalem and enter the Jerusalem Temple....the eternal throne of God will belong to Him.


Ezekiel 43:1-9 (NLT)

1 After this, the man brought me back around to the east gateway.

2 Suddenly, the glory of the God of Israel appeared from the east. The sound of his coming was like the roar of rushing waters, and the whole landscape shone with his glory.

3 This vision was just like the others I had seen, first by the Kebar River and then when he came to destroy Jerusalem. I fell face down on the ground.

4 And the glory of the LORD came into the Temple through the east gateway.

5 Then the Spirit took me up and brought me into the inner courtyard, and the glory of the LORD filled the Temple.

6 And I heard someone speaking to me from within the Temple, while the man who had been measuring stood beside me.

7 The LORD said to me, “Son of man, this is the place of my throne and the place where I will rest my feet. I will live here forever among the people of Israel. They and their kings will not defile my holy name any longer by their adulterous worship of other gods or by honoring the relics of their kings who have died.

8 They put their idol altars right next to mine with only a wall between them and me. They defiled my holy name by such detestable sin, so I consumed them in my anger.

9 Now let them stop worshiping other gods and honoring the relics of their kings, and I will live among them forever.


The unstoppable power of God re-established the nation of Israel 69 years ago. The unstoppable power of God gave Jerusalem back to Israel 50 years ago. God will use the evil hearts and purposes of men to accomplish His unstoppable will. We, the church are His witnesses and we can see His power at work. Believers in Jesus Christ...we wait for His Kingdom to Come! We wait for His will to be done on earth as it is in Heaven. And as we wait, as the church waits...let us consider these Words from our Resurrected Lord Jesus...


Luke 24:44-48 (NLT)

44 Then he said, “When I was with you before, I told you that everything written about me in the law of Moses and the prophets and in the Psalms must be fulfilled.”

45 Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.

46 And he said, “Yes, it was written long ago that the Messiah would suffer and die and rise from the dead on the third day.

47 It was also written that this message would be proclaimed in the authority of his name to all the nations, beginning in Jerusalem: ‘There is forgiveness of sins for all who repent.’

48 You are witnesses of all these things.


Be encouraged today church...Everything written in God’s Word is going to be fulfilled. There is an unstoppable power at work all around us and inside of those who believe. God will use the holy and the un-holy, the willing and the un-willing to complete His perfect will. We are witnesses of these things...so find strength today in these promises of God.


Maranatha, Hosanna, Hallelujah and Amen,

Terry Cooper

A Word From Terry

about the light of the word

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

To: NCC


I’ve been reading some writings from Jonathan Cahn, who is a Messianic Jew (a believing in Jesus Jew). I would like to share something that I read today regarding the Light of the World.

In the biblical calendar...the moment the sun goes down, the day is over. Everything that happened that day is then in the past, at sunset the events of that day, then become your yesterday. The sun sets and the fading light of the sun marks the end of a biblical day. Have you ever watched the sunset and noticed that it actually looks like the earth is swallowing it. I specifically enjoy watching the sunset at the ocean when it actually appears as if the sun is melting away into the oceans waters each evening.


Jesus came from heaven to our earth and declared in John 8 and 12 that He himself is “The Light of the World”. He even declares the church will be the “Light of the World” ...like a city on a hill that will glow with His glory (His glory/light inside us).


John 8:12 (NLT)

12 Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.”


John 9:5 (NLT)

5 But while I am here in the world, I am the light of the world.”


Matthew 5:14 (NLT)

14 “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden.

 

Have you ever seen the connection between the sun (the light of the world) and Jesus being “The Light of the World”? The Bible clearly describes the death of Jesus occurring in late evening as the sun was getting ready to set. The crucifixion of Jesus was in reality, “The Light of the World” getting ready to set. The Light of the World was dying that day on Calvary’s hill. The Light of the World was preparing to descend into the earth (to be swallowed by the earth). In fact, as Jesus died, the sun was going down. And when they placed Him in the tomb, the sun was descending into the earth. That’s why they were rushing to put Him in the grave before dark, which was the Sabbath Day. The sun and the SON were both disappearing into the earth. Both lights were descending into the earth that evening in Jerusalem some 2000 years ago.


Luke 23:53-54 (NLT)

53 Then he took the body down from the cross and wrapped it in a long sheet of linen cloth and laid it in a new tomb that had been carved out of rock.

54 This was done late on Friday afternoon, the day of preparation, as the Sabbath was about to begin. [the Sabbath began at sunset]


The light of the Sun and the SON both set on earth that day. The earth had swallowed them both. Darkness sealed the tomb of Jesus, but as the light of the sun rose on Sunday...so did the Light of the World.


Luke 24:1-4 (NLT)

1 But very early on Sunday morning the women went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared.

2 They found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance.

3 So they went in, but they didn’t find the body of the Lord Jesus.

4 As they stood there puzzled, two men suddenly appeared to them, clothed in dazzling robes.


So, what does all this have to do with us? What does all this really mean? IF you are a believer today, If Jesus is the Light of YOUR world today. The sun has set on your past and the eternal Light of the World has risen inside your heart. In the biblical calendar...the moment the sun goes down, the day is over. Everything that happened that day is then in the past, at sunset the events of that day, then become your yesterday. The Son rose on Sunday morning and He is The Light of the World for all who will walk in His marvelous light by faith. I love how the prophet Malachi ties all this together. Malachi prophesied the coming of Jesus as the Light of the World some 400 years before He was born in Bethlehem.


Malachi 4:1-2 (NLT)

1 The LORD of Heaven’s Armies says, “The day of judgment is coming, burning like a furnace. On that day the arrogant and the wicked will be burned up like straw. They will be consumed—roots, branches, and all.

2 “But for you who fear my name, the Sun of Righteousness will rise with healing in his wings. And you will go free, leaping with joy like calves let out to pasture.


Malachi calls the coming Messiah/Christ “The Sun of Righteousness” truly declaring in advance that Jesus will be The Light of the World. If you walk in His light today...you are free from the sins of your past. If you believe in the promises of God through Christ the Son...you are forgiven and you are a child of God. Walk in the light of this glorious freedom today and never forget. The Light of the World is coming in glory. The SON will again shine His Light on this earth. Wait for it as you wait for true treasure.


Colossians 3:1-4 (NLT)

1 Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand.

2 Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth.

3 For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God.

4 And when Christ, who is your life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory.


Maranatha, Hosanna, Hallelujah and Amen,

Terry Cooper

A Word From Terry on Heaven's Coming

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

To: NCC


We talk about “Heaven’s Coming” a lot at NCC. We wear it on t-shirts and we put it on signs, but what does that really mean? We think of Heaven as the throne of God and the place where there will be no more death or pain or suffering. Everyone likes the idea of Heaven. So, how do we get there? Many of the world’s religions teach that a person can get to Heaven by their works, by what they do or what they don’t do. Many religions teach that you must be “good enough” though most are not really sure what “good enough” really looks like. So, how do we get to Heaven?


If Heaven is based on what we do, then the source of our salvation is ourselves. And if we could save ourselves by ourselves, then we wouldn’t need salvation in the first place. How can the answer come from the one in need of the answer? It’s like telling a drowning man that if he would only swim well enough, he could save himself. If he could swim well enough, he wouldn’t be drowning. He’d be the lifeguard...Jonathan Cahn


Then how can we get to Heaven? The answer is that the problem can never answer itself. Only the answer can answer. So the earthly can never attain Heaven on our own, but Heaven can attain the earthly. Salvation can never come from earth to Heaven. Salvation can only come from Heaven to earth. Almost all the world’s religions that offer Heaven do so by reaching out our earthly hands toward Heaven and yes that’s a great place to begin. However, our earthly hands cannot reach Heaven and bring it down to us. God knew that we would never be able to reach His glory, so He made a plan to come down to us. Yes, our hands reach up to Him through faith, but ultimately it was the love of God that brought Heaven down into and within our reach.


Heaven’s Coming is about receiving, not doing. Heaven’s Coming is about believing, not about how high my arm is reaching toward the sky. If we could have reached Heaven on our own we would have never needed John 3:16. But God knew that our greatest effort would fall short of His glory. So God did something that we could never do on our own. God sent Heaven down to earth. God put His glory inside human flesh and came to the earth with the expressed purpose of making a way for man to reach Heaven by Heaven reaching out to us.


John 3:12-18 (NIV)

12 I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of Heavenly things?

13 No one has ever gone into Heaven except the one who came from Heaven--the Son of Man.

14 Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up,

15 that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.

16 "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.

17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son.


The only way John 3:16 works is based on John 3:13...Heaven came down to us...and the only way John 3:16 keeps us from perishing is that we BELIEVE! Believe what...”Heaven’s Coming”.


Today, I encourage you from the Word of God...Heaven’s Coming because Heaven Came! No one has ever gone into Heaven except the one who came from Heaven...the Son of Man-JESUS!


Believe Him. Believe His Word. Believe His promises. Believing is to have confidence that He is able and willing to keep His Word to anyone who will trust Him to do so. And yes, one last word...”Heaven is Coming”.


Maranatha, Hosanna, Hallelujah and Amen,

Terry

A Word From Terry About Passover/Easter

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

To NCC:


Today, Jews all around the world began their annual seven day celebration of Passover. Do you realize this is perhaps the oldest religious observance of any people on the earth? The first Passover began some 1500 years before the birth of Jesus when God used Moses to lead the Children of Israel out of 400 years of Egyptian bondage. The original Passover was the blood of a lamb placed over the doorways of the Hebrew/Israelite slaves in Egypt. This blood of the lamb over their doorways, that night in Egypt was a sign, a marker for the angel of death to Passover that house. That lambs blood was a sufficient payment to God, a sufficient sacrifice to God to allow death to Passover. If not for the blood of the lamb...death was surely coming that night to Egypt. Death did come that night and all the firstborn males throughout Egypt died...from the son of Pharaoh to the son of the lowest servant in the land. There was only one way to escape death that night in Egypt...the blood of the lamb.


Did you ever wonder why the lambs blood had to be spread over the doorway of their houses in Egypt? God’s Word through Moses was very clear...you must put the blood of the lamb on the sides and top of the door frames of their houses. The beam over the opening through which the people would enter their house must be covered by blood. A piece of wood over the door would have to be covered by the blood of the lamb for death to Passover that house. For Moses and the Israelites that doorway, covered in blood became a portal to the Promised Land. No one would be able to leave the slavery of Egypt and enter the Promised Land unless they passed through this door, a wooden beam covered in the blood of the lamb. Slavery could not be defeated without this blood covered door. Conquering the wilderness and victory in all future battles would all be determined by the blood that would cover the door. They would never get out of Egypt without the blood of the lamb over their doors. That blood covered wooden beam, that blood covered door was the portal, a pathway to their future...a portal opened by God, not Moses. This single event, originated and communicated by God Himself became the future for all those who would hear the Word of God and cover their doors with the blood of the lamb.


Fast forward some 1500 years to the city of Jerusalem and guess what’s happening as Jesus enters on what we call Palm Sunday? People are arriving from all over the world to celebrate the Jewish Passover, to celebrate and to remember how God had delivered His people from Egyptian bondage some 1500 years earlier. Jesus entered the city that day and many bowed before Him as a king as they laid palm branches before Him. Little did they know that this same Jesus who they celebrated on Sunday would be nailed to a cross on Friday. Nailed to what...a wooden beam called a cross. The blood of the Lamb was going to once again set people free, but this time not from Egypt. The blood of the Lamb was once again going to open a way, a portal for people to find victory in the wilderness on their way to a Promised Land. The blood of the Lamb on a wooden beam was going to change the world, forever!


We call it “Good Friday”. Do you know what Good Friday is for Christians? Good Friday is our Passover! Good Friday is the blood of the Lamb placed on a wooden beam, a beam that can be a doorway into the Promised Land for all who will believe God’s Word. Good Friday and Easter are our Passover event. Jesus’ death on that wooden beam and his resurrection from the grave has made a blood covered doorway, a sufficient payment for death...for us to pass through that will guarantee that death will Passover us. Do you realize how big this is? This is why Jesus, not long before He died went to the town of Bethany, just outside of Jerusalem and made a declaration that would change the world...and can you guess the location of His revelation...a graveyard!


John 11:25-26 (NIV)

25 Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies;

26 and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?"


Jesus has declared and announced a coming Passover event, not just for Jews but for anyone and everyone. Jesus is announcing a resurrection from the dead (His and ours). There can’t be a resurrection without a death and this death will be our Passover Blood of the Lamb. Well do you believe this? It changes everything! John the Baptist called Jesus the Lamb of God that would take away the sins of the world some three years before Jesus would be nailed to that wooden beam. How did John know? Was the Passover in Egypt only a preview of the coming Christ? This cross of Christ was not an afterthought, but the very plan of God before the foundation of the earth. The Passover in Egypt was revealing the coming of Jesus some 1500 years before his birth. Do you realize how big this is...it changes everything! Do you realize how much it cost to get us out of our Egypt...to get death to Passover our house?


1 Peter 1:18-21 (NIV)

18 For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers,

19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.

20 He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake.

21 Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.


Today, and this week we join the Jews from around the world in our own version of the Passover. Today, and this week we celebrate our deliverance and our Deliverer. Today we celebrate Jesus, the Perfect Passover Lamb of God! Today we acknowledge with great joy that He has become our Deliverer and portal, our doorway into the Promised Land. Jesus is our guarantee that we will cross through the wilderness safely and death will Passover us...forever! Eternal life, not because of what we have done, but because of whom we have believed...JESUS!


I pray today that the blood of Jesus covers all who will read this email. He alone is the sufficient sacrifice before God. I pray today that this Passover season will not pass you by until you have given praise, glory and honor to the One that is worthy...Jesus, the Lamb of God.


I pray today that our Lord will give each of us the strength to persevere in this wilderness while we wait for His Kingdom to come and His will to be done on earth as it is in Heaven.


Maranatha, Hosanna, Hallelujah and Amen,


Terry Cooper

 

 

a word from terry

tuesday, march 21, 2017

To: NCC


You’ve heard the old question—Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Today, I ask you this new question...Which came first, the day or the night? Do you think it matters? Do you care (this is a way better question than chickens and eggs).


I was reading a book recently by Jonathan Cahn and his writing peaked my interest on this topic. So, what do you think? Which came first, the day or the night?


Most people in the world would say the day is first and the night comes when the day is over. I’m convinced that most people see it that way, but how does God see it? If the day leads to night then everything goes from light to darkness...everything gets darker. Everything is in the process of darkening. And yes, it appears to be that way in our world. We go from day to night. From youth to aging, from strength to weakness and ultimately from life to death. Day to night. It’s the way of the world, but it’s not the way of God. When God created the universe, it was not day and then night....no, it was evening and then morning (night and then day).


Genesis 1:5 (NIV)

5 God called the light "day," and the darkness he called "night." And there was evening, and there was morning--the first day.


Have you ever noticed this before? The first day began with night (evening). God began the first day with night. There was night and then there was day...this is the way of God. Do you recognize this way of God?

That’s why every Jewish holiday begins at sunset. Not just Jewish holidays, but every biblical day begins at evening, at sunset. Why? “The world” moves from day to night, but in God it is the opposite. In God, we move from night to day...from darkness to light. This is the awesome truth about being born again. When we are born again we change from the way of the world to the way of God. The “way” is a road all roads go somewhere. We change our course in life from day to night...to night to day. We change our destination, our destiny when we connect our lives to the ways of God.


Today, I give you good news from the Word of God. In Christ, we might find ourselves in the midst of the darkness of night, but we are moving/traveling toward the Light of day. When Jesus calls himself the Light of the World...He really means it. He has become our future, our destiny, our destination. We are right now moving/traveling from dark to light.


The prophecy of the priest Zechariah (John the Baptist’s dad) reveals this glorious good news as his son John was born...


Luke 1:77-79 (NLT) 77 You will tell his people how to find salvation through forgiveness of their sins. 78 Because of God’s tender mercy, the morning light from heaven is about to break upon us, 79 to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, and to guide us to the path of peace.”


I tell you today, Christ’s Church at Ninevah, the morning light from heaven is about to break upon us and that light leads us into the path of peace...no more darkness.


Hold on church. Heaven’s Coming! We are right now traveling from weakness toward strength, from despair into hope, from guilt into innocence, from tears into joy and from death into life. “Because of God’s tender mercy, the morning light from heaven is about to break upon us”.


Maranatha, Hosanna, Hallelujah and Amen

Terry Cooper

A Word From Terry - The Shack

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

To: NCC

 

Wow, I’ve had a bunch of people ask me what I thought about this new movie “The Shack”. The reason I say the word “wow” is that same thing happened to me when the book (The Shack) came out several years ago. I had so many people ask me what I thought of the book that I decided to read it so I could respond. I did read it (several years ago) and I can say I DID NOT LIKE IT! I have not seen the movie, so I can only base my comments on the book, which I do not remember in great detail. This much I do remember. I remember the book (The Shack) did three things that I really struggled with. First, it wants to create God in our image. Secondly, it wants to show Jesus as one of the ways to God, not the only way and thirdly it denies the divine nature of Christ (that Jesus is actually God in the flesh).

 

I would not normally write or comment on such a movie or book, but I do so today because of the alarming trend I see in modern American Christianity. The trend toward this idea that there are many ways to God. The Shack is just one of many “new age” ideas that all religions are just different paths to the same God. I’m not surprised by this doctrine of darkness, but I am surprised by how many Christians and churches are actually falling for it. Even Pope Francis released a video to the world in January 2016 claiming that we are all children of God and thus illustrating that all the world’s major religions are just different paths to the same God. You can click this link to watch that Pope Francis video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6FfTxwTX34 Yes, we are all created by God, but we are not all children of God. We can become children of God through faith/believing in Jesus Christ and there is no other way to become a child of God, except through the blood of Christ (John 1:11-13).

 

I ask you 5 questions today.

1. Do you believe Jesus is the only way and the only truth and the only life (John 14:6)?

2. Do you believe that there is no other name under heaven whereby men can be saved (Acts 4:12)?

3. Do you believe Jesus is the only Son of God (John 3:16)?

4. Do you believe Jesus was born of a virgin by the very seed of God and He freely sacrificed His life on the cross to save us from our sins (John 10:17-18)?

5. Do you believe Jesus died a physical death on the cross and then experienced a bodily resurrection of the dead (Acts 2:24)?

 

How you answer these 5 questions actually reveals how you have responded to the Word of God (The Bible). You believed it or you didn’t. Jesus warned us in His Olivet Discourse that the last days would produce this type of deception:

 

Matthew 24:4-5 (NLT)

4 Jesus told them, “Don’t let anyone mislead you,

5 for many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah.’ They will deceive many.

 

John 1:1 says that “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God”. I can tell you that “in the end” it will be the same as it was in the beginning. In the end there will be the Word and the Word will be God. Don’t be deceived by the words of men. The Word of God is clear and true. Don’t let Hollywood tell you what the Bible says. Read it yourself.

 

The Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke all record this same Word from Jesus...

 

Matthew 24:35 (NIV)

35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.

 

Be strong Church. Stay in the Word Church. Do not be deceived by the world Church.

Heaven’s Coming and Jesus is bringing it.

Maranatha, Hosanna, Hallelujah and Amen.

Terry Cooper

 

A Word From Terry

Wednesday, February 8, 2017


To: NCC

 

I was reading from the New Testament Book of Philippians this morning when I saw something that I’d like to share with you. The Apostle Paul had been imprisoned for his faith and for preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is from that prison that Paul writes this...

 

Philippians 1:12-14 (NLT)
12 And I want you to know, my dear brothers and sisters, that everything that has happened to me here has helped to spread the Good News.
13 For everyone here, including the whole palace guard, knows that I am in chains because of Christ.
14 And because of my imprisonment, most of the believers here have gained confidence and boldly speak God’s message without fear.

 

Prison helped Paul spread the good news...really? How can that be? Paul specifically mentions the palace guards...they know about Christ because Paul is in prison. What an incredible way to get the Gospel message inside the judicial system of the Roman government.

 

However, that’s not what caught my attention today. It was verse 14 that inspired me today. It was Paul’s imprisonment that gave confidence to others to boldly speak God’s message without fear.

Wouldn’t imprisonment of a fellow believer cause other believers to be afraid? Wouldn’t suffering from a fellow believer cause others to be silent and withdraw, or go into hiding? NO! The opposite occurs and this is indeed the work of our Lord. Suffering through opposition and persecution actually purifies the church by forcing us to live what we say we believe. Suffering and persecution actually prune the church by removing those who are just pretending to be followers of Jesus. The purified and pruned church will then bear much fruit. This is truly the work of our Lord Jesus!

 

You might say today...that’s great for those on the outside of jail, but that’s not so great for those suffering on the inside (example-Paul) because of their faithful obedience to Christ. You would be wrong to say that! Let’s read Paul’s comments regarding his imprisonment in that same chapter:

 

Philippians 1:29-30 (NLT)
29 For you have been given not only the privilege of trusting in Christ but also the privilege of suffering for him.
30 We are in this struggle together. You have seen my struggle in the past, and you know that I am still in the midst of it.

 

Paul call his imprisonment a privilege. This calling of God, to become children of God through the very Son of God has given us a great privilege to trust Jesus. Having received this privilege we know that we will one day experience His glory, but this privilege is also knowing that for a little while we may face opposition, persecution and suffering for the cause and advancement of the Gospel of Christ. God will use those moments to advance His kingdom and call others to become children of God. God will use those moments to purify the church and to prune the church as well, so that we will bear much fruit in His name. In all things we must never forget these words of Paul (from the same scene/chapter):

 

Philippians 1:20 (NLT)
20 For I fully expect and hope that I will never be ashamed, but that I will continue to be bold for Christ, as I have been in the past. And I trust that my life will bring honor to Christ, whether I live or die.

 

My prayer today is that we will never be ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Opposition and potential suffering will not cause us to shrink back in fear, but opposition will cause us to step out in faith. There is no faith without confidence and there is no confidence without faith. Be confident church! This confidence is not in ourselves, but in the One that has redeemed us from the grave, given us eternal life and has placed His Holy Spirit inside us.  He and His Church are indeed unstoppable!

 

Be encouraged and be confident today because Heaven’s Coming.

Maranatha, Hosanna, Hallelujah and Amen

 

Terry Cooper



A Word from Terry on

Sanctity of life

This was given to the Ninevah Christian Church on Sanctity of Life Sunday, January 22, 2017.


44 years ago today the US Supreme Court issued a ruling called Roe vs. Wade. They told us that the ruling would bring a new freedom and enlightenment to our nation. The ruling opened the door to legal abortions in the United States. Since that day, some 58 million people have died. I didn't say fetuses, I said people. People that would have been your neighbors, you doctors, your school teachers, your brothers and sisters in Christ, maybe your president. They were murdered, sacrificed on the altar of convenience, the altar of self, Satan's altar of death.


18% of the population of the United States has been murdered in the past 44 years. That number is beyond my comprehension. There are seven states that border Kentucky. Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia and Tennessee. The population of these 7 border states including Kentucky is 57 million... that's 1 million short of the number of children killed since 1973.


As a nation we have blood on our hands. The church was too distracted with materialism, idolatry and political correctness to take a stand and innocent blood has been spilled. Many in the church were silent and many Christians in government went along for the sake of their political careers. I will not be silent. This church will not be silent. Today we confess this horrible sin before God and today we repent and ask for God's mercy and forgiveness. I know there are people in this room that have participated in and been affected by this horrible sin against God... and to you God offers forgiveness and restoration through the blood of Christ.


I read this past week that the abortion clinic in Lexington has closed, leaving only one in our state, in Louisville. I pray that it too will close its doorway to death. I ask you today, if the Church of Jesus Christ will not stand up for life, who will?


Some of you might wonder why we would do this at communion time. I can't think of a better time than this. We need the blood of Christ to forgive our sins and purify the church. We need the body of Christ, the bread of life to come and reign in the body of Christ, the Church.


We need the Word of God revealed to the Church in power today... this is that Word from God...


1 John 1:5-10 (NLT)

This is the message we heard from Jesus and now declare to you: God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all. So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness; we are not practicing the truth. But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin. If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that his word has no place in our hearts.



Lead Minister, Terry Cooper


A Word From Terry on Israel

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

To NCC:


If you’ve watched the news any this past two weeks you’ve seen a diplomatic dispute rising between the USA and Israel. It began with the United Nations resolution against Israel for building houses in what much of the world calls “Occupied Territory”. The idea that the UN would issue a resolution against Israel is not new at all. What is new is that the United States did not use its veto power this past week to stop the resolution. That’s new! This set up a back and forth dispute between Israel and the United States. This morning John Kerry (US Sec. of State) made a speech at the US State Dept. to try to clear things up. I watched that speech and I can safely say that it didn’t clear up anything for me. I realize this is a confusing issue and I also realize many people in the church would say, “who cares anyway”? I however, think these events are very important to the church and even prophetic in nature.

Let me try to explain (in a very short version of history). Let’s begin with the term “occupied territory”, at least as it is referred to in relationship to the 6 Day War of 1967.  In June 1967 five Arab nations (Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Iraq and Lebanon) came against the 19 year old  nation of Israel (established in 1948) to make war and destroy that young Jewish nation. They failed miserably in their attempt to destroy the Nation of Israel and many believe their failure was because God was fighting alongside of Israel. The five Arab nations didn’t gain land in that battle. They lost land in that battle. Jordon lost what is known today as the West Bank (west side of the Jordan River on the Israel/Jordan border) and East Jerusalem (including the Temple Mount)  which both had belonged to Jordan before the 1967 war. Egypt lost the Gaza Strip and the Sinai peninsula and Syria Lost the Golan Heights. Understand that this war was started by the Arab States in an attempt to destroy the Nation of Israel and instead they all lost land. That land has since been called “Occupied Territory” by much of the world and today John Kerry called it such.

So, whose land is it? Israel, since 1967 has given the Sinai back to Egypt and has given Gaza back to the Palestinians but Israel has retained control of the West Bank, Golan Heights and East Jerusalem (Temple Mount). So, who does this land really belong to? The UN resolution condemned Israel for building houses and settlements inside what they referred to as “Occupied Territory”. Did Israel’s decisive win in the 1967 War give them sovereignty over that land? Who decides? The United Nations and now with the support of the United States government has said that Israel is illegally building settlements on illegally occupied land/territory. Who gets to decide this issue anyway? Does the Bible speak of these events? Are these events the fulfillment of Biblical prophecy in our generation?

If the Nation of Israel is a Jewish State then you would need to go back to the first Jew and understand the covenant between God and Abraham (the father of the Jewish people) to really answer this question about the land.


Genesis 15:7-21 (NLT)

7  Then the LORD told him, “I am the LORD who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans to give you this land as your possession.” 8  But Abram replied, “O Sovereign LORD, how can I be sure that I will actually possess it?” 9  The LORD told him, “Bring me a three-year-old heifer, a three-year-old female goat, a three-year-old ram, a turtledove, and a young pigeon.” 10  So Abram presented all these to him and killed them. Then he cut each animal down the middle and laid the halves side by side; he did not, however, cut the birds in half. 11  Some vultures swooped down to eat the carcasses, but Abram chased them away. 12  As the sun was going down, Abram fell into a deep sleep, and a terrifying darkness came down over him. 13  Then the LORD said to Abram, “You can be sure that your descendants will be strangers in a foreign land, where they will be oppressed as slaves for 400 years. 14  But I will punish the nation that enslaves them, and in the end they will come away with great wealth. 15  (As for you, you will die in peace and be buried at a ripe old age.) 16  After four generations your descendants will return here to this land, for the sins of the Amorites do not yet warrant their destruction.” 17  After the sun went down and darkness fell, Abram saw a smoking firepot and a flaming torch pass between the halves of the carcasses. 18  So the LORD made a covenant with Abram that day and said, “I have given this land to your descendants, all the way from the border of Egypt to the great Euphrates River— 19  the land now occupied by the Kenites, Kenizzites, Kadmonites, 20  Hittites, Perizzites, Rephaites, 21  Amorites, Canaanites, Girgashites, and Jebusites.”


God gave this land to Abraham and his descendants and sealed it with a blood covenant. Just as promised (some 500 years later and after 400 years of Egyptian bondage) God sent Moses to deliver the people of Israel out of Egypt and take them to the Promised Land of Israel. Why did you think it was called the Promised Land anyway? Who made the Promise and to whom was the Promise made? Have you read the story of the Jewish Exodus from Egypt? There were people living in the Promised Land when Moses and Joshua arrived at the East side of the Jordan River? God told them to cross over and take possession of the land. Was this an illegal occupation? Did Joshua build settlements in occupied territory? If there had been a United Nations in the time of Joshua I suppose there would have been sanctions and resolutions issued against them, just like today.

Whose land is it anyway? It’s God’s land and God decided to give that land to Israel, the very descendants of Abraham. There is no government on earth that can veto that ruling! Yes, ancient Israel (northern 10 tribes) was defeated by the Assyrians and lost their land and yes, ancient Judah (southern 2 tribes) was defeated by Babylon and lost their land. But it aint over yet! God did something on May, 14, 1948 that shook the world. God reestablished a nation that had been lost for over 2000 years. The prophet Isaiah announced it some 2700 years before it happened.


Isaiah 66:8 (NLT)

8  Who has ever seen anything as strange as this? Who ever heard of such a thing? Has a nation ever been born in a single day? Has a country ever come forth in a mere moment? But by the time Jerusalem’s birth pains begin, her children will be born.


Why do you think today’s Israel is building new houses and settlements anyway? Because the Jews are returning there from all over the world. This is again the fulfillment of Biblical prophecy in our time.


Zechariah 10:6-9 (NLT)

6  “I will strengthen Judah and save Israel; I will restore them because of my compassion. It will be as though I had never rejected them, for I am the LORD their God, who will hear their cries. 7  The people of Israel will become like mighty warriors, and their hearts will be made happy as if by wine. Their children, too, will see it and be glad; their hearts will rejoice in the LORD. 8  When I whistle to them, they will come running, for I have redeemed them. From the few who are left, they will grow as numerous as they were before. 9  Though I have scattered them like seeds among the nations, they will still remember me in distant lands. They and their children will survive and return again to Israel.


These events at the United Nations are clear evidence that God is sovereign over the kingdoms of men and His will and purpose is unstoppable. To stand against the plan of God will only cause one to be crushed by the power of the Almighty!


Zechariah 12:1-3 (NLT)

1  This message concerning the fate of Israel came from the LORD: “This message is from the LORD, who stretched out the heavens, laid the foundations of the earth, and formed the human spirit. 2  I will make Jerusalem like an intoxicating drink that makes the nearby nations stagger when they send their armies to besiege Jerusalem and Judah. 3  On that day I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock. All the nations will gather against it to try to move it, but they will only hurt themselves.


As I write this email there are only a few days left in 2016. I’m watching the entire world mock God’s Word and God’s people who believe and follow that Word. Even in America, I’m watching a rising anger against the church who holds to the belief that there is only One God and HE is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. He is the Father of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and only the blood of Christ can save us, any of us. Hold on church! Do not become weary church! There might be very difficult days ahead, but know this. Jesus told us in advance...


Luke 21:28 (NLT)

28  So when all these things begin to happen, stand and look up, for your salvation is near!”


Pray Church...pray the prayer that Jesus revealed in the Garden of Gethsemane...Pray that you would be strong enough to escape these coming horrors and stand before the Son of Man (Luke 21:36).


Maranatha, Hosanna, Hallelujah and Amen,

Terry Cooper





A Christmas word from terry

Thursday, December 22, 2016

To NCC:


As we approach Christmas Day, I thought it would be good to focus on a very significant part of the birth of Christ. Maybe you’ve never noticed it before, or maybe you have. Notice what? LIGHT! When the angels came to the shepherds that night they announced the birth of the Savior of the world, but they also brought LIGHT---the glory of the Lord  surrounded them and the glory of the Lord is LIGHT.

 

Luke 2:9 (NLT)

“Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified…”

 

The radiance of the Lord’s glory is called LIGHT. The message of the angels that night was wrapped in GLORIOUS LIGHT! That light pierced through the night sky and it terrified those shepherds. Why would light terrify anyone? Usually we’re afraid of the dark, not the light. Are you afraid of the light?

 

When the Lord appears He always brings glorious light and that light always pierces through the darkness. The Lord was LIGHT in Genesis and the Lord is LIGHT in the Gospel of John.

 

John 1:5 (NLT)

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.”

 

The angels brought the message of life wrapped in light. God was coming to the earth wrapped in human flesh. The light of the world was arriving tonight! The glory (light) of the Father was coming to earth tonight.

 

John 1:14 (NLT)

“So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.”

 

Who would be afraid of the light? Let’s ask Jesus...

 

John 3:16-21 (NLT)

“For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. 17  God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him. 18  “There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him. But anyone who does not believe in him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son. 19  And the judgment is based on this fact: God’s light came into the world, but people loved the darkness more than the light, for their actions were evil. 20  All who do evil hate the light and refuse to go near it for fear their sins will be exposed. 21  But those who do what is right come to the light so others can see that they are doing what God wants.”

 

My prayer for the Church at Ninevah is that we are those who have received and now walk in this glorious light of Christ. We are also those who share this light, this good news, delivered by angels...Light has come to earth...His name is JESUS and you don’t have to walk in darkness anymore! I hope that your family will gather together this weekend to focus on and celebrate this LIGHT of the world because without Him we would only know darkness.

 

I hope to see you at one of our two Christmas services this Sunday morning (8:30 or 10:30).

 

Merry Christmas and remember Heaven’s Coming.

Maranatha, Hosanna, Hallelujah and Amen,

Terry Cooper



A word from Terry

Wednesday, December 14, 2016



To NCC:

The first  picture is of a boy riding his bicycle in Syria this past September. The second picture reveals the hopeless conditions that families live in as the buildings around him have been totally destroyed by the civil war that seems to go un-noticed by much of the world. Peace on Earth...that was the message that the angels gave to the shepherds that first Christmas night outside Bethlehem, not so far from this child’s home in Syria. Does this picture look like peace on earth? I pulled these following statistics from a USA Today article.

·        450,000 Syrians have been killed in this civil war since 2011
·        4.8 million Syrians have fled the country since the war started.
·        6,150 people per day have been displaced from their homes in the first 8 months of     2016 in Syria.
·        Over 1 million of those are currently living in makeshift tents and shelters as they try to survive
·        It’s estimated that 13 million Syrians will require international humanitarian assistance if they are to survive this war.

There were news reports this week that the Syrian city of Aleppo has fallen. But fallen to whom? The combined forces of the Syrian government, Russia, Iran and Hezbollah have taken control of Aleppo from the Syrian rebels. All this death and all this destruction while the world stands by and watches.
Peace on earth. If you live in Lawrenceburg Kentucky right now it sure looks like peace on earth (at least by comparison). No one has bombed any of our buildings and boys and girls can ride their bicycles around their neighborhoods without any gunfire in our town. Peace on earth. Was the angel wrong in saying that to the shepherds that night? What did the angels actually say that night?

Luke 2:13-14 (NIV)
13  Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14  "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests."

But, when you examine this angelic announcement regarding “Peace on Earth-Peace to Men”... it seems to have a specific application. The NASB translation says “Peace among men with whom He is pleased”. What does that mean? How do we receive the favor of God that brings us peace? What could we possibly do to make Him pleased with us and give us peace? Jesus was born that night in Bethlehem, just like the angels announced. He grew up teaching the real truth about peace on earth and peace with men. Jesus would become the dividing line between the peace of God and the wrath of God. Jesus stands alone between peace with God and war with God. In fact, Jesus clearly defines this dividing line of peace below...

Luke 12:51-53 (NIV)
51  Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division.
52  From now on there will be five in one family divided against each other, three against two and two against three.
53  They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law."

The world is searching for peace. Everyone wants peace. Christmas cries out for peace, not division. But how can there ever be peace on earth between mankind unless we first make peace the God who created all mankind? The Prince of Peace came to this earth (The fullness of God entered human flesh) and died on a sinners cross to make peace available between God and man, between heaven and earth.

Colossians 1:19-20 (NLT)
19  For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ, 20  and through him God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross.

Today, I encourage the Church at Ninevah to pray for the people in Syria, the suffering church in Syria. Pray for the Coptic Christians in Egypt that are under attack even now. Pray for the believing Church around the world to hold firm to the promise of God through those angels outside Bethlehem so many years ago...There is peace on earth for men on whom His favor rests! This peace with God comes only through the blood of Christ and faith in His Name. This peace with God is not dependent upon circumstances such as war or poverty. This is why believers can rejoice, even in great suffering and trial.
This message (below) is specifically for the church that waits for the return of Jesus our only Prince of Peace...

2 Peter 3:14 (NIV)
14  So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him.

Your brother in Christ,
Heaven’s Coming and Jesus is bringing it!
Maranatha, Hosanna, Hallelujah and Amen
Terry Cooper