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An “Ingathering” of Saints!

By David J. Smith
September 1, 2007

God called me into His church in 1966. I spent 8-14 hours a day studying the Bible on many, many days. Then in May and June of 1980 a Bible suddenly appeared before my eyes all day and night. I had no idea what was happening to me. Since I owned my own advertising company, I had laid out a cover of a potential magazine called Newswatch Magazine.

I had written articles and had them published in January, February, and March of 1980. On June 23, 1980, I took the front cover design along with four articles to a printer friend. He printed 2,000 magazines. I knew that God had called me because the minute I laid the manuscripts down for the first magazine the vision of the Bible disappeared. In October 1981 four men laid hands on me to ordain me into the ministry. The fourth prayer asked God to set me aside for the ministry of prophecy. He did!

My wife and I took her mother to Texas for Mother’s Day, May 10, 1993. While there, sitting in our mini-van in Ft. Worth’s Stockyards, it felt like a hand pushing me from behind. No one was in the mini-van but me. Then suddenly, as clear as could be heard – a voice in my mind, not out loud, said: “Get out of Missouri, Go to Texas.” When everyone else got back to the mini-van, we immediately starting looking for office space and housing.

As we drove through Oklahoma on our way home, two words began to run through my mind and would not stop. Those words were: The Gathering.

I finally announced to those who were a part of our church who lived far off and received the weekly tape. My long time friend, Harold Dickson, called on June 12, 1993 and told me that he had recorded a short wave radio talk show. He recorded this on May 1, 1993, ten days before our trip to Texas. A man called in and said that he had a dream or vision that said: “My [God’s] servant David J. will lead an ‘ingathering’ of SAINTS from a Western State.”

We arrived in Texas at 1:00AM on August 19, 1993. SAINTS began to come from Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Florida, North Dakota, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Indiana and many other States.

There were two significant points of what happened. 1) It solidified in my mind that I was a servant of God; and 2) There was to be an “ingathering of saints.” This was very significant because it says that SAINTS would be part of the ‘ingathering’ – not continual sinners that disrupt the church and accuse others of being sinners.

A SAINT is one who has become “sacred, pure, blameless, consecrated, and holy.” A saint of God the Father and Jesus Christ do not accuse God’s elect. A saint understands that he or she is forgiven yet not perfect. A saint recognizes and looks for the “good” in his or her fellow saints, not the mistakes.

Satan and his angels ACCUSE the brethren, not a true saint!!! “And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ: for the ACCUSER of our brethren is cast down, which ACCUSED them before our God day and night” (Revelation 12: 10).

Do you constantly ACCUSE one or any of the brethren? Then you are an agent of Satan unknowingly. You are doing the Devil’s work for him and do not even realize it. God’s elect are forgiven, but the accuser is weakening the church BY HIS OR HER SIN!!! The sin of accusing the brethren opens doors for demons and evil spirits to invade the church. If someone does not want to be a saint, he or she should find a worldly church to attend that fits his or her character.

A SAINT suffers a long time for others to overcome, not condemn them. A SAINT is kind to everyone and will not shun or treat others like they do not belong in the church. Would it not be wonderful if no one had ever sinned, but that is not the case! EVERY PERSON SHOULD BE MADE TO FEEL THAT THEY BELONG AND ARE LOVED!!! A SAINT will shake hands or hug anyone’s neck BECAUSE they are saints. A SAINT will not be jealous of anyone else. Whether rich, middle class, or poor, every one is important and been called by God and His Son Jesus. A SAINT is not haughty, puffed up with his or her own importance. A SAINT does not behave in an unmannerly way toward others. A SAINT will not be rude to others who have God’s Spirit. A SAINT WILL NOT THINK EVIL OF OTHERS! You see, a saint believes in LOVE (I Cor. 13: 4-8; John 13:34-35).

The question is: Are you a saint that God called to the “ingathering?” Our job is two fold: 1) Be an overcomer in our personal lives; and 2) get behind the work God called us here to do with our prayers, tithes, and SAINTLY CONDUCT!!! If we do, Jesus will bless the work beyond belief.

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