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John the Baptist: Not the Prophet We Want, but the Prophet We Need, Part 6 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 66 / Day 433 since Jan. 1, 2016)


Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Matthew 3:7-12:

7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?

8 Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:

9 And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.

10 And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance. but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:

12 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.

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After preaching the Gospel every day for 367 days straight throughout the 2016 presidential campaign season, I am preaching the Gospel every day throughout the first 100 days of President Donald Trump’s term. If you think a new president being in office is the only thing needed to save America and ‘make America great again’, you are woefully deceived. The church must follow through and “keep the main thing the main thing: and that is reaching unbelievers with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and praying for their salvation, for the problem in America is not only disobedient presidents, politicians, and people, but disobedient pastors, preachers, and parishioners who have refused to obey the Lord’s Great Commission which is to, ‘Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature,’ and who have refused to obey God’s repeated commands to ‘pray without ceasing’ for unbelievers, believers, and political leaders.” So, we encourage you to pray for the new president, but not to get caught up in the political happenings like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord. And that is what this campaign is all about.

This campaign is inspired by the following three verses: 1 Corinthians 2:2 which says, “For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” Acts 5:42 which says, “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” And 2 Timothy 2:4 which says, “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”

This series is not for Christians necessarily. However, I do hope you are one of those saints who still loves to hear the “Old, old story of Jesus and His love” — As another hymn says, “For those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.” This series is primarily for unbelievers, so they can hear and understand the Gospel and be saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell. This is message number 66, day 433 since Jan. 1, 2016.

Craig S. Keener said, “Sometimes skeptics appeal to evil in the world to deny God’s existence; instead they should be applauding his mercy in giving them time to repent, because when God decisively abolishes evil, he will have to abolish them.”

The Bible Knowledge Commentary says, “The Pharisees and Sadducees, who came to see what he was doing, rejected his appeal. They believed that they, as physical sons of Abraham, were automatically qualified for Messiah’s kingdom. John completely repudiated Pharisaic Judaism and said that God if necessary could raise up stones to be His children. God could take Gentiles if necessary to find individuals to follow Him. Judaism was in danger of being removed. Unless there was productive fruit in keeping with repentance, God would remove the tree.”

Warren Wiersbe said, The key issue in any nation’s faith has always been the struggle between the true prophets and the false prophets, both of whom claim to speak in the name of the Lord. The false prophets tell us what we want to hear while the true prophets tell us what we need to hear. The false prophets don’t make a deep and thorough diagnosis of the nation’s sicknesses; they barely scratch the surface. True prophets cut deep and expose the hidden cancers; like John the Baptist, they apply the ax to the root of the trees and don’t waste their time plucking off dead leaves from the dying branches.”

John’s preaching tells us that God will not allow for people claiming to be saved but not living like they are saved. On those people, judgment will be sent. John says, “The axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.” The axe being laid to the root of the trees is symbolic of the testing nature that is inherent in God’s salvation. Just as the religious leaders claimed to be righteous in their day, there are many who claim to be followers of Jesus today. Some claim this because of the family they were born into or the good works that they do. But true salvation comes only through the cleansing power of Jesus’ shed blood and our faith and trust in Him.

The religious leaders wanted to lift up their good works, their piety, and they ancestry as proof of their good standing with God. But Jesus came as the axe laid to the roots of their tree of righteousness. With the axe hacking against their wood, their true colors began to show. It turned out that they were not the friends of God that they would have others to believe. It turned out that they only wanted to use the Law for their own gain and personal promotion. It turned out that they hated God’s Son and wanted to kill Him. The axe laid to their roots showed the truth about their standing with God.

The axe is still being laid to the root of tree today. At one point or another, every person will be confronted with the Lord Jesus and their standing with God. Either they have accepted salvation through Christ and are deemed righteous in God’s sight by His shed blood. Or they are not under the blood of the Lamb and their lives, which have not brought forth fruit pleasing to God, will be hewn down and cast into the fires of Hell. The message of John the Baptist to the religious establishment of his day is one that is relevant to religious folk of today as well. We ought to examine ourselves and see if our fruit comes out of a heart that is truly saved or one that is simply self-serving.

There is only one person we can turn to if we want to be truly saved: Jesus Christ and the work He accomplished at Calvary. William R. Newell wrote:

Years I spent in vanity and pride,
Caring not my Lord was crucified,
Knowing not it was for me He died
On Calvary.

By God’s Word at last my sin I learned;
Then I trembled at the law I’d spurned,
Till my guilty soul imploring turned
To Calvary.

Now I’ve given to Jesus everything,
Now I gladly own Him as my King,
Now my raptured soul can only sing
Of Calvary.

Mercy there was great, and grace was free;
Pardon there was multiplied to me;
There my burdened soul found liberty,
At Calvary.

If you are ready to place your faith and trust in Jesus Christ as your Saviour, allow me to share with you how you can do that right now:

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please email me at dw3@gospellightsociety.com and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.


Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.

The Free State of Glory (Part 18)


Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Revelation 21:23-27

23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.

24 And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it.

25 And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there.

26 And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it.

27 And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

— PRAYER —

The Free State of Glory (Part 18)

John says that the “nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light” of the New Jerusalem. We know that God Himself and the Lamb Jesus Christ are the light of this city. Here we learn more, not about the conditions of the city, but about the citizens of the city.

In this part of the Revelation, we learn that there will be diversity in the New Jerusalem. The word translated as “the nations” is “ethnos.” In Scripture, it is used to describe a tribe, a nation, or a people group. Collectively, it is also used to denote the whole human family. People from every nation and tongue will be gathered around the throne of the Lamb in the New Jerusalem. Here on earth, we often find the ways in which we are different from one another nearly insurmountable, even as Christians. Despite our best efforts, most of our churches are still segregated, and people from different regions of the world often find it difficult to see eye-to-eye. But, in the New Jerusalem, all of these differences will fade away in the radiance of the Lamb.

Although we will be united under the banner of Christ, it appears as though our unique ethnic and racial background will remain. When John looked at the multitude gathered before Jesus’ throne, he was able to distinguish “nations, kindreds, and languages.” Dr. Thomas Constable said, “The most probable explanation seems to be that the nations are groups of believers viewed according to their old creation nationalities, which they will retain in the new creation.“ In light of that, the one quality that binds the people from the nations together in the New Jerusalem is that they are “saved.” No matter what ethnicity or culture they come from, the citizens of the heavenly city are all united by the blood of the Lamb. They are saved from sin, saved from the punishment of sin, and saved from this sin-cursed world. In their glorified state, they “walk in the light” of the New Jerusalem.

The term translated as “walk” refers to one’s conduct or the regulation of one’s behavior; it has to do with how we live. Here on earth, it is a struggle to walk in the light. Temptation besets us on every side. The attraction of the world constantly threatens to draw us astray. We need the constant admonition of one of John’s other writings: “walk in the light as Christ is in the light.” But when we get to Heaven, when we live in the New Jerusalem, our struggle against darkness will be over. We will “walk in the light” of that glorious land, untouched by temptation, sin, and evil for the rest of eternity. We may often feel as though the battles of this earth are too much for us. But if we keep our eyes on what is to come, we can press on, walking in the light now, so that we may do so then.

Laurene Highfield encourages us to do so in her hymn, “Walk in the Light of God”:

Like a lamp unto your feet,
a light from heaven glows,
From the land which needs no sun or moon,
nor ever darkness knows,
And radiant with a living splendor
it makes the way so bright;
You can walk, safely walk
on the upward path of right.

Like a lamp unto your feet,
the holy light-beams shine,
With the brightness of a cloudless sun,
a glory all divine:
Though you must go among briars and brambles,
nothing shall you fear;
Ever walk, safely walk
in the light so white and clear.

Like a lamp unto your feet,
the light makes plain the way,
Turn not aside where shadows linger,
lest afar you stray,
Keep in the path, though it is stony,
never need you fall;
Ever walk, safely walk,
in the light that shines for all.

If you want to join Jesus Christ and the multitude of people who will walk in the light of the beautiful New Jerusalem, allow me to share with you how you can place your faith and trust in Jesus Christ for salvation from sin and the punishment of sin:

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.


Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.

The Church at Smyrna: No Rebuke, but Trouble Will Come, Part 10 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #312)


Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Revelation 2:8-11:

8 And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive;

9 I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.

10 Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.

11 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.

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G.V. Wigram said, “What wealth have you, if you have not got Christ? If Christ is the object before you, all the things that afflict you will not take Christ from you.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “Pale, pathetic, palliating preaching must go. The pulpit never needed voices more that it does at this hour.”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “There is debate among historians over when the Second Great Awakening began. Some indicate it began with Charles Finney in 1830. However, there was a tremendous movement of the Spirit beginning in 1800 that can’t be overlooked. The Second Great Awakening provided the catalyst for a number of developments in the church apart from political government, and this revival influenced the wider society. One significant outcome was the birth of many great evangelistic organizations. These included in England the British and Foreign Bible Society, the Religious Tract Society, the Baptist Missionary Society, the London Missionary Society, and the Church Missionary Society. In America, Bible, Sunday school, tract, and missionary societies were formed to spread the gospel.”

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As we wrap up Jesus’ letter to the suffering church at Smyrna, we are going to focus on the parenthetical statement in verse 9: “but thou art rich.” The position of this positive statement within parentheses in the middle of a passage about the suffering that this church is going through and is about to go through reminds us of how we often fail to focus on the positive in the midst of negative situations. Psychologists call it “negativity bias,” and it is something that afflicts all human beings. We have a tendency to highlight, to remember, to focus on, and to act out of that which is negative in our lives. But, in the midst of their negative situation, which is only about to get worse, Jesus points out something positive for the church at Smyrna to focus on: “but thou art rich.”

Now, Jesus has just said that He knew the poverty of the church at Smyrna, so what does He mean when He says that they are rich? Well, Jesus was not talking about physical, temporary riches. The church at Smyrna was in abject poverty. Rather, Jesus is talking about the spiritual, eternal riches that this church gained as a result of their faithfulness. Tony Garland said, “The church at Smyrna could not be accurately judged by external measures. As Trench observes, ‘there are both poor rich-men and rich poor-men in Jesus’ sight.’ The riches of the church at Smyrna were laid up in heaven. Material goods have no ultimate value, but will all be destroyed. Knowledge of this reality should bring a shift in priorities towards spiritual things which are truly lasting. In contrast, the church at Laodicea had great material prosperity, but Christ said they were ‘wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked.'”

The Bible Knowledge Commentary says, “What a comfort it was to the Christians in Smyrna to know that Christ knew all about their sufferings: I know your afflictions and your poverty—yet you are rich! Besides suffering persecution, they were also enduring extreme poverty. Though extremely poor, they were rich in the wonderful promises Christ had given them.” Those promises are found in 2 Corinthians 6:10 and James 2:5.

2 Corinthians 6:10 says, “As sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.”

James 2:5 says, “Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?”

Some of the riches of the church at Smyrna were already being felt. Even in the midst of their suffering, they had peace and joy. Why? Because they were in the will of God. The world measures a person’s potential for peace and joy based on their physical possessions or their success in life. But, God’s peace and joy is measured by obedience, even if that obedience means suffering for Christ. Like Paul and Silas in prison, the church at Smyrna could rejoice because they knew that they were doing what God wanted them to do. On top of that, they knew that their obedience in the present moment was the source of even greater blessings being stored up for them on the other side. It may not have looked like it at the time, but the church at Smyrna was very rich.

Witness Lee wrote:

O the riches of my Savior,
So unsearchable, immense;
All the fulness of the Godhead
I may now experience.

O the riches of my Savior,
All-embracing: life and light,
Wisdom, power, healing, comfort,
Treasures rich of God’s delight;

God’s redemption, full salvation,
And His resurrection power,
Sanctifying, glorifying,
All transcending every hour!

O the riches of my Savior–
Nothing less than God as all!
All His person and possessions,
Now my spirit doth enthrall.

O the riches of my Savior!
Who can know their breadth and length,
Or their depth and height unmeasured,
Yet they are my joy and strength.

May I know these boundless riches,
Christ experience in full;
And with others may I share them
In their content bountiful.

Let’s pray.

Now, if you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior, please keep in mind that the Bible says, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.” First, understand, that you are a sinner and that the wages of sin is death and Hell. But God sent Jesus Christ to die on the cross for your sins. He was buried, and He rose from the dead by the power of God so that you can be saved from death and Hell. Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on trusting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. You have done the most important thing in life. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door, by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.


Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.

John the Baptist: Not the Prophet We Want, but the Prophet We Need , Part 5 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 63 / Day 430 since Jan. 1, 2016)


Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Matthew 3:1-9:

1 In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea,

2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

3 For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.

4 And the same John had his raiment of camel’s hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey.

5 Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan,

6 And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins.

7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?

8 Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:

9 And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.

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After preaching the Gospel every day for 367 days straight throughout the 2016 presidential campaign season, I am preaching the Gospel every day throughout the first 100 days of President Donald Trump’s term. If you think a new president being in office is the only thing needed to save America and ‘make America great again’, you are woefully deceived. The church must follow through and “keep the main thing the main thing: and that is reaching unbelievers with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and praying for their salvation, for the problem in America is not only disobedient presidents, politicians, and people, but disobedient pastors, preachers, and parishioners who have refused to obey the Lord’s Great Commission which is to, ‘Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature,’ and who have refused to obey God’s repeated commands to ‘pray without ceasing’ for unbelievers, believers, and political leaders.” So, we encourage you to pray for the new president, but not to get caught up in the political happenings like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord. And that is what this campaign is all about.

This campaign is inspired by the following three verses: 1 Corinthians 2:2 which says, “For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” Acts 5:42 which says, “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” And 2 Timothy 2:4 which says, “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”

This series is not for Christians necessarily. However, I do hope you are one of those saints who still loves to hear the “Old, old story of Jesus and His love” — As another hymn says, “For those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.” This series is primarily for unbelievers, so they can hear and understand the Gospel and be saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell. This is message number 63, day 430 since Jan. 1, 2016.

Harry Ironside said, “Christ is a substitute for everything, but nothing is a substitute for Christ.”

In his preaching to the Jewish religious leaders, John the Baptist assaults the assurance that they have regarding their own righteousness. The Jews in general, and these religious Jews in particular, had a superiority complex. They thought they were better than the Romans, better than all Gentiles, better than half-Jews like the Samaritans, and better than their fellow Jews who did not strictly follow the Law along with the traditions they had concocted. The elite religious class viewed themselves as the keepers of the Law and the true descendants of Abraham and Moses. John knew that they would try to use this in their defense, so he says, “Think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father.”

Many people like to point to their heritage in order to defend their religious or moral standing. Even today, many find themselves in disbelief when they hear that a person who comes from a “good family” or who had a “good upbringing” is being charged with a certain crime. We seem to think that the “goodness” of ancestors somehow rubs off on their descendants. But, as the saying goes, “God has no grandchildren.” Every man, every woman, stands on their own before God. John is telling the Jewish religious establishment that they could not rest on the relationship that Abraham had with God. Abraham was “a friend of God,” but as we see throughout the Gospels, the Jewish religious leaders were the enemies of God who went so far as to try to kill His Son.

R.C. Sproul writes that, “Although being Jewish includes outward covenant privileges, the true children of God are saved only by virtue of God’s action. Only God can apply the water that changes hearts of stone. Neither a Jew by birth nor a Christian by birth can expect to be spared judgment apart from the fruit that gives evidence of repentance and faith.” This is what John means when he says, “God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.” It is not what we do or the background that we come from that saves us or makes us righteous in God’s eyes. You can come from a family of preachers and missionaries, attend church twice a week, and do a multitude of good deeds; but that will do nothing to effect your salvation. If He wanted to, God could raise up children unto Himself out of rocks.

But, what God will not allow for is people claiming to be saved but not living like they are saved. On those people, judgment will be sent. John says, “The axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.” Our salvation ought to lead to good works (good fruit) in our lives. However, if, like the Jewish religious leaders, our good works are not rooted in true salvation and true repentance, they are worthless in God’s sight. While we may be able to convince others that we are saved simply by our works, in the end, God will reveal the truth and, if the basis of our works is not true salvation, our tree (our life) will be cut down and cast into the fires of Hell. The only way to be saved is through faith in Jesus Christ.

Barney E. Warren wrote:

Blessed Jesus, I am bringing
All to Thee forevermore;
To Thy cross my hope is clinging,
Let me enter by the door.

Sinful things I come forsaking,
Thy forgiveness I implore;
Oh, my heart with sin is breaking,
Let me enter by the door.

Holy One, I’ve sinned against Thee,
Yet I count Thy mercies over;
Freely pardon now and bless me,
Let me enter by the door.

As I come so weak and weary,
Lord, my helpless soul restore;
All my life is sad and dreary;
I will me enter by the door.

If you are ready to place your faith and trust in Jesus Christ as your Saviour — because He is the only one who can save you, allow me to share with you how you can do that right now:

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please email me at dw3@gospellightsociety.com and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.


Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.

John the Baptist: Not the Prophet We Want, but the Prophet We Need, Part 3 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 59 / Day 426 since Jan. 1, 2016)


TEXT: Matthew 3:1-9:

1 In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea,

2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

3 For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.

4 And the same John had his raiment of camel’s hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey.

5 Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan,

6 And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins.

7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?

8 Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:

9 And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.

———-

After preaching the Gospel every day for 367 days straight throughout the 2016 presidential campaign season, I am preaching the Gospel every day throughout the first 100 days of President Donald Trump’s term. If you think a new president being in office is the only thing needed to save America and ‘make America great again’, you are woefully deceived. The church must follow through and “keep the main thing the main thing: and that is reaching unbelievers with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and praying for their salvation, for the problem in America is not only disobedient presidents, politicians, and people, but disobedient pastors, preachers, and parishioners who have refused to obey the Lord’s Great Commission which is to, ‘Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature,’ and who have refused to obey God’s repeated commands to ‘pray without ceasing’ for unbelievers, believers, and political leaders.” So, we encourage you to pray for the new president, but not to get caught up in the political happenings like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord. And that is what this campaign is all about.

This campaign is inspired by the following three verses: 1 Corinthians 2:2 which says, “For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” Acts 5:42 which says, “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” And 2 Timothy 2:4 which says, “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”

This series is not for Christians necessarily. However, I do hope you are one of those saints who still loves to hear the “Old, old story of Jesus and His love” — As another hymn says, “For those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.” This series is primarily for unbelievers, so they can hear and understand the Gospel and be saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell. This is message number 59, day 426 since Jan. 1, 2016.

Matthew Henry said, “Many mourn for their sins that do not truly repent of them, weep bitterly for them, and yet continue in love and league with them.”

As we continue looking at the life and preaching of John the Baptist, we are now introduced to the people who came to hear him preach. The Bible says they came from “Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan.” These were the common people who heard that what appeared to be the second coming of Elijah was taking place. They did not want to miss out on the new thing that God was doing. Many of them probably came out of curiosity, but once they listened to John, they realized that he had a very serious message — a message that demanded action.

John was not content to have large crowds who listened to him and cheered him on, but who did not respond to his message. He would not have been satisfied with many of the churches of our day, where people come in, sit, and listen, but do not act on what they hear. John preached a convicting message of repentance that urged people to do something. The Bible says that many of the people who came to see him “were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins.” Regarding John’s message, one commentator said, “Although most Jewish traditions acknowledged that all people need some repentance, John’s call to his people is more radical. John’s ‘repentance’ refers not to a regular turning from sin after a specific act but to a once-for-all repentance, the kind of turning from an old way of life to a new way of life that Judaism associated with Gentiles’ converting to Judaism.”

There was another group of people who also came to see John — those of the elite religious class, the establishment, the Pharisees and Sadducees, who came to observe him baptizing. When John noticed them in the crowd, he said, “O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?” John, filled with the Spirit of God, knew that these individuals had no intention on heeding his message. They were quite content with the way they had their “church” set up in Jerusalem. If anything, they were there to see if John was a threat to the status quo, to turn public opinion against him, and, if they could, to get him to stop preaching.

But, John saw them just as he saw the rest of the people who came to hear him preach. They were people who needed to repent and be baptized as well. That is why he told them, “Bring forth fruits meet for repentance.” He knew that the Pharisees and Sadducees were steeped in hypocrisy. They taught the letter of the Law but did not obey the spirit of the Law. Therefore, John challenged them not only to repent, but to prove that they had repented by changing their behavior. That is the mark of true repentance — when we change our behavior in order to line up with what we say we believe.

Today, our repentance ought to begin with trusting Jesus Christ as Saviour. It is through salvation through Christ that we are given the power to repent and live a new life for God’s glory as expressed in this hymn by Barney E. Warren.

Lord, I come to Thee with an aching heart,
I am waiting at the cross;
I confess my guilt, and with sin I part,
I am waiting at the cross.

I forsake the way I am walking in,
I am waiting at the cross;
Save me now from this load of sin,
I am waiting at the cross.

I am bound, O Lord, but I come to Thee,
I am waiting at the cross;
It was there Christ suffered in pardon me,
I am waiting at the cross.

I repent, O Lord, as Thy word commands,
I am waiting at the cross;
Oh, release my heart from its sinful bands,
I am waiting at the cross.

If you are willing to repent of your sins past and trust Christ as your Saviour today, allow me to share with you how you can place your faith and trust in Him for your soul’s salvation, repent of your sins, and start living a new life in Christ:

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please email me at dw3@gospellightsociety.com and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.

John the Baptist: Not the Prophet We Want, But the Prophet We Need, Part 2 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 56 / Day 423 since Jan. 1, 2016)


TEXT: Matthew 3:1-4:

1 In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea,

2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

3 For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.

4 And the same John had his raiment of camel’s hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey.

———-

After preaching the Gospel every day for 367 days straight throughout the 2016 presidential campaign season, I am preaching the Gospel every day throughout the first 100 days of President Donald Trump’s term. If you think a new president being in office is the only thing needed to save America and ‘make America great again’, you are woefully deceived. The church must follow through and “keep the main thing the main thing: and that is reaching unbelievers with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and praying for their salvation, for the problem in America is not only disobedient presidents, politicians, and people, but disobedient pastors, preachers, and parishioners who have refused to obey the Lord’s Great Commission which is to, ‘Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature,’ and who have refused to obey God’s repeated commands to ‘pray without ceasing’ for unbelievers, believers, and political leaders.” So, we encourage you to pray for the new president, but not to get caught up in the political happenings like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord. And that is what this campaign is all about.

This campaign is inspired by the following three verses: 1 Corinthians 2:2 which says, “For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” Acts 5:42 which says, “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” And 2 Timothy 2:4 which says, “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”

This series is not for Christians necessarily. However, I do hope you are one of those saints who still loves to hear the “Old, old story of Jesus and His love” — As another hymn says, “For those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.” This series is primarily for unbelievers, so they can hear and understand the Gospel and be saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell. This is message number 53, day 423 since Jan. 1, 2016.

John R.W. Stott said, “In countries to which Christian civilization has spread, large numbers of people have covered themselves with a decent, but thin, veneer of Christianity. They have allowed themselves to become somewhat involved, enough to be respectable but not enough to be uncomfortable. Their religion is a great, soft cushion. It protects them from the hard unpleasantness of life, while changing its place and shape to suit their convenience. No wonder the cynics speak of hypocrites in the church and dismiss religion as escapism.”

In our last message, we talked about how the positioning of John the Baptist as an outsider in his society is a reminder to us that, as followers of Christ, we will often be on the fringe. We will often be at odds with the religious establishment and the secular government. We may indeed find ourselves in the “wilderness” of popular opinion, especially if we are telling people to “repent” and “prepare” their hearts to receive the Lord. But, not only does the location of John the Baptist have something important to tell us, but the lifestyle of John the Baptist also has something important to tell us.

Verse 4 reads that “John had his raiment of camel’s hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins.” John lived simply, with only the barest of necessities. He had one set of clothes, probably not even sewn into a proper tunic — just a camel’s hair cloth to cover himself with and a leather girdle or belt to keep it from falling off. Unfortunately, if this type of fashion were the only one available to preachers today, most preachers would probably stop preaching. There is nothing wrong with dressing nicely, but if you place more importance on the outward appearance than the message itself, something is wrong. If you are more concerned about how you are presented than you are about how the message is presented, something is wrong. John did not care what people thought of how he looked and he still got multitudes to listen to him. Why? Because his message was divinely inspired, directly from God, and he delivered it faithfully.

But dwelling in the wilderness and dressing in camel’s hair are not the only peculiar things about John. The Bible tells us that his “meat was locusts and wild honey.” Only the very poor of John’s day ate locusts. The lowest people on the human social ladder ate the lowest form of food. It was just enough for survival. Wild honey was a natural sweetener, much more freely available then than it is to us today. One commentary states, “John’s lifestyle declares that he lived fully for the will of God, not valuing possessions, comfort, or status. Blinded by our society’s values, we too often preach a Christianity that merely ‘meets our needs’ rather than one that calls us to sacrifice our highest desires for the kingdom. Too many Western Christians live a religion that costs nothing, treats the kingdom cheaply, and therefore does not demand saving faith. Saving faith includes believing God’s grace so sincerely that we live as if his message is true and stake our lives on it.”

If we had to choose between preaching the Gospel and our own personal ease, I am afraid that many of us would choose comfort over the Great Commission. The point of this passage is not to shame us into living like John did. We are not all called to be a prophet. But this passage challenges us to honestly consider, if we were put to the test, would we be willing to give up all of the creature comforts that make life easier in order to deliver the message of repentance to those who need it. Further, we must consider what kind of witness we would be to the world if we ceased caring about earthly things more than we cared about the kingdom of Heaven.

One hymn writer put it this way:

Your call is clear, cold centuries across;
You bid me follow you, and take my cross,
And daily lose myself, myself deny,
And stern against myself shout ‘Crucify’.

The world, to see my cross, would pause and jeer.
I have no choice, but still to persevere
To save myself — and follow you from far,
More slow than Magi, for I have no star.

And yet you call me still. Your cross
Eclipses mine, transforms the bitter loss
I thought that I would suffer if I came
To you into immeasurable gain.

I kneel before you, Jesus, crucified,
My cross is shouldered and myself denied;
I’ll follow daily, closely, not refuse
For love of you and man myself to lose.

If you are ready to commit to Christ today, allow me to share with you how you can place your faith and trust in Him for your soul’s salvation:

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please email me at dw3@gospellightsociety.com and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.

John the Baptist, the Ambassador of Christ (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 52 / Day 419 since Jan. 1, 2016)


TEXT: Matthew 3:1-4:

1 In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea,

2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

3 For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.

4 And the same John had his raiment of camel’s hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey.

———-

After preaching the Gospel every day for 367 days straight throughout the 2016 presidential campaign season, I am preaching the Gospel every day throughout the first 100 days of President Donald Trump’s term. If you think a new president being in office is the only thing needed to save America and ‘make America great again’, you are woefully deceived. The church must follow through and “keep the main thing the main thing: and that is reaching unbelievers with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and praying for their salvation, for the problem in America is not only disobedient presidents, politicians, and people, but disobedient pastors, preachers, and parishioners who have refused to obey the Lord’s Great Commission which is to, ‘Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature,’ and who have refused to obey God’s repeated commands to ‘pray without ceasing’ for unbelievers, believers, and political leaders.” So, we encourage you to pray for the new president, but not to get caught up in the political happenings like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord. And that is what this campaign is all about.

This campaign is inspired by the following three verses: 1 Corinthians 2:2 which says, “For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” Acts 5:42 which says, “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” And 2 Timothy 2:4 which says, “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”

This series is not for Christians necessarily. However, I do hope you are one of those saints who still loves to hear the “Old, old story of Jesus and His love” — As another hymn says, “For those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.” This series is primarily for unbelievers, so they can hear and understand the Gospel and be saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell. This is message number 52, day 419 since Jan. 1, 2016.

Martin Luther said, “The recognition of sin is the beginning of salvation.”

For over 400 years, there had not been a prophet delivering the word of the Lord among the Jews. This absence of a direct word from God was felt heavily by many of those who longed for the coming of the Messiah. Even the religious establishment regarded the days of the prophets as a high period in Israelite history. So, when John the Baptist began preaching, many people got excited. Like the prophets of old, he came from outside of the establishment and he came with a fiery message: “Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

The Bible Knowledge Commentary says, “John’s ministry was conducted in the Desert of Judea, barren and rugged land west of the Dead Sea. His message was forthright and had two parts: a soteriological aspect, repent, and an eschatological aspect, for the kingdom of heaven is near. The concept of a coming kingdom was well known in Old Testament Scriptures. But the idea that repentance was necessary in order to enter this kingdom was something new and became a stumbling block to many Jews. They thought that as children of Abraham they would automatically be granted entrance into Messiah’s kingdom. John’s message, however, was that a change of mind and heart was necessary before they could qualify for the kingdom. They did not realize how far they had drifted from God’s Law and the requirements laid down by the prophets… In addition, John must mean that God’s heavenly rule was about to be extended directly to earthly spheres. God’s rule over the earth had drawn near and was about to be instituted through the person of the Messiah for whom John was preparing the way. No one hearing John preach asked him what he was talking about, for the concept of Messiah’s rule over the kingdom of earth was a common thread in Old Testament prophecy. The requirement for that institution, however, was that the nation repent.”

Many people who first came to hear John preach and be baptized by him came out of curiosity. The first real prophet in over 400 years? This was something to see. But they soon realized that John’s message was one that needed to be taken seriously. His message was, “Repent”, make an about-face, turn from wicked ways and do good. The baptisms that he carried out were symbolic for those who had chosen to live a new life after repentance. Of course, repentance and baptism alone will not save any individual. As William Hendriksen points out, “It should be stressed that although John attached considerable importance to baptism, baptized many, and was therefore called ‘the Baptist,’ he did not consider this rite to have any saving significance apart from the fundamental change of life indicated by conversion. It is on the latter that he placed the greatest emphasis.”

John’s call for people to “repent” was a precursor to the arrival of the kingdom of heaven. He was basically telling his audience, “Because the kingdom of heaven is at hand, you need to repent. You need to put away your sinful ways in order to have a place in this kingdom.” Interestingly, repentance is a big part of the Gospel message. In Matthew and Mark, “Repent” is the first recorded word of Jesus’ preaching. When Jesus sent His disciples out on their own for the first time, Mark says they “preached that men should repent.” After Jesus rose from the dead, He told His disciples that all that had happened had happened so “that repentance and remission of sins should be preached among all nations.” When summing up his life’s work to King Agrippa, Paul said that he showed to all men “that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance.”

Repentance is not a popular topic of discussion, and some, though they may have good intentions, are guilty of downplaying repentance in a misguided effort to attract people to the Gospel. But the truth is that repentance is part and parcel with the Gospel. It is something that goes along with it. While we are entering the kingdom of heaven, we also ought to be in the process of repenting — turning away from life as citizens of the world toward life as citizens of the kingdom. One commentator uses this example to explain it: “If you are in New York, and I tell you to come to Los Angeles, I don’t really need to say, ‘Leave New York and come to Los Angeles.’ To come to Los Angeles is to leave New York, and if I haven’t left New York, I certainly haven’t come to Los Angeles. We can’t come to the kingdom of heaven unless we leave our sin and the self-life.”

Albert Evans wrote:

Lord, to Thee alone we turn,
To Thy cross for safety fly;
There, as penitents, to learn
How to live and how to die.

Sinful on our knees we fall;
Hear us, as for help we plead;
Hear us when on Thee we call;
Aid us in our time of need.

Guard us in that darksome hour,
In Thy kingdom, let us rest,
There, secure from Satan’s power,
We may lie upon Thy breast.

If you want to enter the kingdom of Heaven, you must believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and allow Him to help you turn from the sin in your life. Here is how you can place your faith and truth in Him for your salvation.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please email me at dw3@gospellightsociety.com and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.

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