April 1, 1994
First of all, I would like
to greet you all with the words of my Lord and Savior, Jesus
Christ: "Peace be unto you all." It was very unexpected
for me to be here tonight. But I feel privileged that I can
share, as a bond-slave of the Lord, about his grace and mercy
to us as He led our people from Russia to China, from China
to Australia, and from Australia to Canada.
And by way of introduction
I would like to share very quickly where we come from. As
we go around the North American continent and around the
world ministering the message of the last days, people often
ask me, "What is your nationality?"
And I say, "I’m
not sure myself anymore." Because I was born in China
of Ukrainian parents. We spoke the Ukrainian language at
home, the Turkish language in the streets, playing with Turkish
children as young boys. And then we spoke Russian, Ukrainian,
and Chinese in school, because that’s the kind of school
we had, and now I’ve been fighting twenty or thirty
years with English. So I’m not really sure anymore
what nationality I am. But, if you want me to be honest,
I am a Jew. You say, "How come?"
Because I am a son of Abraham
by faith, and my country is heaven. So I am not fighting
for any nationality. I am not racist, defending this or that,
no. In Christ, there is no race, but new-born men and women
of God in Christ Jesus, saved and washed by his blood. And,
it also becomes very hard sometimes as we go around and minister;
everybody wants to know, "What is your denomination,
what is your affiliation, what church do you belong to?"
The Lord taught me to only
speak from the Bible, and I love the Word and I want to share
from the Word of God and nothing else, so I’ll answer
that question from the Bible only. And so I say I belong
to that denomination which was in the days of the Apostles;
I belong to the Antioch church because they were Gentiles,
and it was there, for the first time in history, that they
were called Christians. So my denomination is Christian.
And they say, "Well, everybody’s a Christian." I’m
sorry, I beg your pardon. Let’s check with the Bible
to see if everybody’s Christian or not. And I read
that the only denomination, the only true faith, was one
faith and that was the Apostolic faith and that was established
by Christ himself in the days of the Apostles with signs
and miracles following.
The true church was one faith
and I know in heaven there will be one faith also. And anything
in between that Apostolic faith and the faith in heaven is
just a bunch of fences and cross-fences and barricades, and
different divisions. It’s all man-made. It’s
not in the Word of God, so excuse me if I don’t belong
to any of them. I belong to the first denomination, which
is called Christian. So, if you are satisfied with that,
we’ll leave it at that.
That’s just by way
of introduction, but people usually leave me alone after
that because they really want to know what denomination I
am. But it has nothing to do with denominations. God did
not intend any denominations, but it’s man-made, just
branching away and branching away, and lots of energy is
spent in just branching away and defending denominations
instead of the Truth which is in here.
So, we’re going to
turn to the Word of the Lord now and after that we will go
into a little bit of background and sharing about the mercies
of the Lord in how He dealt with us in Russia and in China.
So, this will be chapter 2 from Judges. I will read word
for word from my old- fashioned Russian Bible, and you can
check if that’s what it says in your English Bibles.
We’ll start in verse 6. "And so, Joshua let the
people go and they went away to their own houses and to their
own area in order to receive their inheritance of the land.
And so, at that time, the people were serving the Lord all
the days of Joshua and the elders and those who had seen
all the mighty works of the Lord which He had performed in
But when Joshua died, son
of Nun" - "the slave of the Lord," my Bible
says; in your Bible it probably says, "servant of the
Lord" but in my Bible it says, "slave of the Lord" "being
110 years old, he was buried on the Mount of Ephraim, to
the north of the Mount of Gaash. And when another generation
had arisen who did not know the Lord and all His works which
the Lord had done to Israel, the sons of Israel started to
do evil in the eyes of the Lord, and started to be servants
of Baalim. And they forsook the Lord God of their fathers,
who He had led out of the land of Egypt, and they turned
to other gods, to gods of other nations that were surrounding
them. They started bowing down to them and they brought his
wrath. They forsook the Lord and they started to serve Baal
And, for the second portion
of scripture we are going to turn to the New Testament, chapter
18 of Luke, beginning at verse one. Jesus told a parable,
about prayer, that we always ought to pray and not to faint,
saying: "In one city there was a judge who did not
fear God or people. And in that same city there was a widow
who was coming up to him saying, ‘Please defend me
from my opponents.’ But he did not want to do that
for a long time. But then he said to himself, ‘Even
though I do not fear God and am not ashamed of people, I
am going to help this widow because she does not give me
peace, so she will not come and bother me anymore."
"And the Lord said,
Are you hearing what the unjust judge is saying? Would not
God protect and defend his elect who are crying to Him day
and night, even though He is tarrying to help them? I say
to you He will send them help and protection soon, but when
the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?" This
passage speaks about prayer, about perseverance in prayer,
about his elect, and about the last days and the coming of
the Lord. And there is a very sad note in the end of this
saying: "But when the Son of Man cometh, will He find
faith in the earth?" Yes, He will find many Christians
when He comes, but will He find a living faith in the Lord
and his Word, and his plan for the church of God?
So, in my infirmity I’m
going to share how the Lord has shown mercy to Russia. The
revolution took place in Russia in 1917. And Russia was in
for 70 years of atheism and darkness, and the authorities
fighting against God. So the Lord in his mercy and his providence
decided to send a helper to Russia to put up a standard and
bring the light of the Gospel into Russia. And so He sent
one man from New York, filled with the Holy Ghost. He sent
him to Russia; he was a Russian man. And he came to Russia
and he started to preach the Apostolic message: the message
of salvation, the message of sanctification, the message
of holiness, the message of dying to sin, the message of
repentance, and the message also of entering into the blessing
of the Lord, into the outpouring of the Holy Ghost and the
power of God’s miracles, which are able to be performed
when God’s people seek his face.
The people in Russia at that
time were simple people, mostly farmers, hardly any education,
so that message was believed and the revival broke out in
Russia. And then it spread like a wildfire through many villages
and many towns. So within the 7 or 8 years after God sent
that man to Russia, that revival took over all of the Ukraine
and all of Russia and went as far as the Ural mountains,
which run north and south and divide the Russian mainland
And so the Lord was doing
mighty things and He was establishing a church there, a living
church, which was a change from the Orthodox church who,
as you might be aware, were worshipers of idols and worshipers
of icons, of crosses and all those things. So there were
many thousands of people coming to the Lord through the simple
message in the power of the Holy Ghost like in the days of
the Apostles. The Lord used simple peasants, who would go
on horses and on carts throughout all of Russia. And of course,
the Lord did not use the modern methods of jets and modern
transportation, or large advertising campaigns months in
advance like they do in America. And I’m not judging
America, I’m just comparing how the Lord did it in
Russia, because my mother was a living witness of that revival
which took place and she was in it herself. She is still
alive and she’s in Canada with us and she related many
of the mighty things the Lord did for his glory in Russia,
saving hundreds and hundreds and thousands of people in Russia.
So, what the Lord did was
this - He would pick out men by the Holy Ghost and tell them
to fast and pray, and then the Lord would tell them the name
of the village, the name of the street, and the name of the
person to whom they should go. God knew who was prepared
in that village. So these brethren would go there and they
would find the man and the house. He was ready and prepared
by the Lord to receive the message. They would start preaching
the message and before you know it the whole village gathers,
because of the Holy Ghost. Because they were not eloquent
people with mighty speech or whatever. They were just simple
farmers, but they ministered in the power of the Holy Ghost,
like the simple fishermen in the days of Christ. They were
preaching the Gospel, not in their own might, but in the
power of the Holy Ghost.
So the whole village gathered
and before you knew it most of the village would come to
the Lord. And there would be repentance. They would be drinking
vodka and idol worshiping, and then they would become empowered
with the power of the Holy Ghost, and miracles were taking
place all over. My mother was relating to me that all of
the miracles that are recorded in the days of the Apostles
and in the Old Testament were repeated in Russia. People
have seen mighty works of God, including the resurrection
of the dead.
So the Lord was proving himself
a living God, a mighty God, even today in this last generation,
a generation of unbelief, a generation of darkness. So, this
was a direct working of the Lord in Russia. So my mother
was sharing with me that this revival was spreading through
the land and people were being really blessed; because they
did not have Bibles because there were no printing presses
to take care of the need of the Word of the Lord in Russia.
There were no printing presses. There were some Bibles brought
out from the West, like from France and from England that
were printed in the 18th century. But those Bibles were very
few and far between.
But the Lord had taught them
by the Holy Ghost, by direct revelations, by visions, by
angels, and by the word of prophecy. The Lord taught them,
without Bibles, the principles of holy living. Separation
from the world. The Lord taught them the commandment of washing
the saint’s feet. The Russian revival church practiced
the washing of feet. The ladies covered their heads. The
Lord taught them that’s the sign, the visible sign
of headship in the house. And for the angels, that sign must
be there. And there were many other things the Lord taught
specifically by the Holy Ghost because people didn’t
But then of course when the
brethren had opportunity to check with the Bible, it was
right in the Word. So, the work of the Spirit was one with
the Word, because the Word and the Spirit are one. It cannot
work otherwise. If anybody claims to have revelations, but
they are not found in the Word of God, if they are contrary,
then we should check and beware. So that was the mighty Russian
revival which took place in our day and generation. It was
the blessing of the Lord, for God prepared Russia for the
great and dark hours of Godless atheism and persecution.
As time went along, about
1928, the Holy Spirit began to speak throughout all the groups
and churches in Russia. They did not build churches in Russia
because they had no time. And if they had time they would
not have been able to stay caught up because people were
coming in big numbers.
There were multitudes coming
to the Lord, because it was the work of the Holy Ghost. It
wasn’t the work of man, it wasn’t man’s,
what you’d call evangelistic meetings. It wasn’t
man’s programs. They were uneducated simple people
of God. It was the work of the Holy Ghost.
So they just gathered in
homes. And I asked my mother, what was the secret of the
continuing presence and the mighty miracles of the Lord in
Russia? And she said it was the same as in the days of the
Apostles: it was mighty prayers. Russia experienced mighty
prayers and they were in prayer daily.
All over the villages, whenever
the groups gathered, every night there were prayers. And
to pray 2, 3 or 4 hours was nothing. That was nothing unusual.
Mighty prayers with God speaking, God rebuking, God revealing
the secret sins of hearts right in those prayers. People
were trembling when they walked into those home meetings.
They were walking in the fear of the Lord. They knew the
Lord is alive and they had better walk very gently and softly,
and walk holy, otherwise the Lord would reveal it right on
the spot. As they entered in, the Lord would reveal whatever
shortcomings or sins. That was a direct work of the Holy
About 1928 the Lord started
to speak throughout all those home groups in Russia about
the future days to come. And the Lord said by the Holy Ghost, "My
children, there will be great starvation coming to this land
and after that, great bloodshed and much suffering in this
country. My children, whoever will believe my voice and obey
me, I will lead you out to another country. I want to deliver
you and save you from great sufferings which are coming upon
That was the voice of the
Lord coming independently throughout all of Russia. Many
people had heard the same message about the days to come
when that message came through. At that time people were
living very freely, even though it was during the Communist
regime, because it took the Communists about sixteen years
to get in power and gain strength. So from 1917 to 1933 there
was relative freedom, freedom of movement and freedom to
preach the Gospel. There wasn’t much persecution at
that time. They really clamped down from 1933 on. It was
a time of ruthless persecution and trouble for Russia. But
until then there was still a relative freedom to preach the
Gospel. People lived very freely and had their own houses,
had their own cattle. Mostly they were farmers, so they had
their own farms.
They were quite well off.
So there was the cost. The Lord was speaking that He wanted
to deliver them from future suffering. But He set a condition. "Whoever
will believe my voice and obey Me, I will lead them out."
So, it’s not enough
to be saved, it’s not enough to have the power of the
Holy Ghost, it’s not enough to have miracles. That’s
all nice and well, and it’s scriptural, and it must
be a part of church life, yes, it’s for New Testament
believers. But there sometimes will come a time when people
have to pay the cost of obedience. Forsaking all for the
sake of doing the Lord’s will, and going wherever the
Lord will lead.
So then, out of those thousands
and thousands of Christians used by God in Russia to proclaim
the Gospel and spread the message of the living God, just
a few hundred believed this warning. And the Lord said to
them, "My children, seek my face and pray and I will
direct you." And so, eventually, about 1931, the message
came from the Lord, "My people, it’s time to move
out." First of all, the Lord will always speak in
advance. As you read the Word of God, first in the Old Testament
and then in the New, the Lord always warns God’s people
in advance. He will tell them of things to come, because
Christ promised, he said, "When I go away I will send
you another comforter, the Holy Ghost, who will tell you
of things to come. He will also tell you all the things I
have taught you." Yes, that is the work of the Holy
Spirit. Not only to teach us and lead us into all truth,
but also He will tell of things to come.
That’s what the Lord
was doing in the days of old. Read the Prophets. How many
times did the Lord warn God’s people, kings, and nations
about future things to come? And read the book of Acts. There
was the time Agabus the prophet came into the midst of the
church and he said by inspiration of the Holy Ghost, "There
will be a famine in the land." Nobody knew.
Everything was fine, food
was still plentiful at that time. But God knew what was coming.
And the people of God were warned by the prophet through
the Holy Ghost in the New Testament age, this dispensation,
that there would be a famine. And so the people of God were
able to prepare for that and do necessary things, as you
read in Acts.
The same Holy Spirit warned
the Apostle Paul, "Don’t go to Jerusalem because
bondage is awaiting you there". Who knew that? Nobody
but the Holy Ghost, God Himself. So then, we see our living
God, right in the Bible, speaking, teaching, rebuking, calling
to repentance, but as well He will tell you of things to
come, He will warn the people of God of the future things.
He always wanted to save, and lead, and protect the people
of God. And that was the same case in Russia.
So, in 1931 the call of God
came, "My people, get ready to move out." Yes.
And there were just a few hundred people that were praying
and saying, "Lord, where do you want us to go?" Because
when the Lord warns you, then it’s time to seek his
face; if He warns you of future things to come, if He warns
you of any danger, that’s really the time to fast and
pray and seek the will of the Lord, for his further instruction.
So, they were praying and the Lord said, "My children,
this is the next city you must go to."
Being farmers in Russia,
with horse and buggy, they did not have cars. They did not
have trucks at that time. And even now Russia is still backward
in the way of machinery on the farms. But anyhow, at that
time it was just horse and buggy. And there was just one
central railroad through Russia. So anyhow, the Lord told
these farmers, who never traveled more than a hundred kilometers
in their lifetime maybe to the next village on horse and
buggy - to these farmers the Lord said He will move them
out into another country.
And that was about the area
of Kiev, which is the central Ukraine and a little bit south.
Some group from that area who were praying and fasting heard
the Lord tell them to move to the next city south. When they
came to that city, the Lord told them to move to another
city. He would give the name of the city. And so He was moving
them from city to city, telling them the name and address,
like in the days of old. We read that in the Old Testament.
We read that in the New. The Lord directed three men to look
for Peter. How did they know where to go? They were told
the location. They were told the name of the person, who
to look for. And they came right to that house. How did they
know? Only by God’s intervention and God’s direct
revelation. And that’s the kind of God we believe,
and that’s the kind of God that was working in Russia,
and in China. And He’s still alive and well in Canada
and America if anybody’s willing to believe, and willing
to believe the word of God and have that living faith. Because
Christ said, "Have the faith of God." In thinking
about the last days, Christ said, with kind of a sad note, "...but
when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?" That
is the question. It should be in our minds as we minister
God knew what the condition
of the churches would be, in general, in the last days, all
over the world before his coming, and that is the condition
he gave. There will be many churches, there will be many
believers, but will there be much living faith in the land?
That’s the question. And Christ had foreseen, by his
divine wisdom, that in the last days before his coming, the
Church would be slumbering and asleep. That’s the parable
of the ten virgins; that the people of God in the last days
will be waiting for the Bridegroom. And yet Christ said the
same church, the ten virgins that represent a pure church,
slumbered and slept.
So that is basically about
the condition of the worldwide Church today, which has slumbered
and slept. They were waiting for the coming of the Lord,
but then we read the Lord tarried. There are reasons why
the Lord tarried, but that’s another subject. So then,
these people were moving from town to town by direct instruction
of the Lord, like the days of old. They knew the place to
go. And so, eventually they came to the border of China.
And there they were tested. If you would remember, in the
days of Israel, as they were being led out from Egypt, the
Lord told them when to start out and move and the Lord told
them when to stop. And they camped and stayed until the Lord
told them to move. So then, the time came for this group
of about two or three hundred families to move south. They
came to the border of Russia and China and there was a stopping
place there. And the people were praying all along the way,
saying, "Lord, what’s next? Lord, what do we do
now?" And the Lord said, "My children, just wait
and be patient, and I will tell you when to move." In
the meantime they had to feed their children. They left their
cattle, they left their horses, they left their land, everything
was left behind.
And that was a small group
out of the whole of Russia, those who had decided to pay
the price of obedience and leave everything behind. Now,
wasn’t it required of the Apostles? "Leave everything
and follow me." Now, isn’t that the price that
Christ requires of Christians even today? "If anyone
does not forsake all that he has, he cannot be my disciple." Would
not that commandment apply to us all in this modern twentieth-century
generation? So, anyhow, they left everything, and here they
had to feed the children. And the Russian families had many
children. So, what did they do?
They had to go around searching
for work here and there. They went into orchards, they dug
channels for irrigation, and different things. Doing anything
and everything possible, trying to get a piece of bread.
And, there was the problem
of accommodations. There was always a problem of accommodations
in Russia, even now. So then, they had to live someplace.
So, what they did was, they went a little ways outside of
town and they dug caves in the side of a mountain. And the
whole group was living in those caves quite a length of time,
praying and seeking the face of the Lord, saying, "Lord,
what is next?" That was their dwelling place. I wonder
how many bathrooms they had. Did they have a flushing toilet?
I’m not sure, I didn’t
ask my mother. Did they have running water in those caves
when they dug them? Did they have separate bedrooms, and
privacy with door locks? I’m not sure what they had
there. But each family lived in a cave, in just a hole in
the mountain. But praise God, that was a group that was willing
to follow the Lord at any cost. So, early in the morning,
at five o’clock, one brother would come and he would
start to sing a psalm. The Russians sang a lot of psalms,
put to music. And he would sing loud, in a big voice, and
everybody would wake up and wash their faces and come out.
And they would start worshiping the Lord right on the grass,
right in front of the caves, praising God and ascending their
prayers to the Lord, seeking for his guidance, for his instruction,
and for his protection.
But, before long the murmuring
started in the camp. Following the Lord is not all carpet
and roses. If you read the Bible sincerely, just check how
the men of old lived. Like Elijah, or Isaiah, or Micah, or
other prophets. How did they live? What luxuries did they
have? Did they live a luxurious life? Did they live a comfortable
life? Did they live a rich life? Consider. How many bedrooms
did Elijah have for his accommodations? Or any of the prophets
of old? What about the Apostles?
So, these people were seeking
the face of the Lord. But, still, the murmuring started in
the camp. They said, "Now, we left those cattle, we
left our milk cows there, and there is no milk for the children
here. Lord, what do we do?" And the people started to
complain and murmur. Wives started to complain to their husbands, "Now,
what is this? We are stuck here, there is nothing happening,
we don’t hear any more instruction from the Lord, and
He told us He would lead us to a new country and here we
are still in Russia, and we are in such poverty." And
the people started to complain. And then quite a few of them
decided to go back to their land. Because it was 1931, 1932,
and everything was peaceful, everything was rich yet, everything
was plenty, and so they said, "We’ll go back.
This must not have been from the Lord." Even though
the Lord moved them supernaturally from city to city. They
never had maps. There were no geography maps in those days,
so how would they have known what city to go to next? They
were brought to the border of another country; they knew
it was the Lord. Yet they started to murmur and complain,
and quite a big group decided to go back. To their cattle,
to their farming, to their warm houses, to a degree of comfort,
even though you couldn’t compare their houses to the
houses in Canada and America today. But still, it was a relatively
So they were longing, in
a sense, for Egypt, like the Israelites. Did they not say, "Let’s
get rid of Moses. Let’s appoint new leaders, and let
us go back to Egypt. Life was different there. We had onions,
we had garlic, we had good things there, but out here, we
will die in the wilderness." Is that not the same spirit
of unbelief and the same spirit of murmuring that could be
among God’s people today? Following the Lord and his
guidance and his direction is not always carpet and roses.
Then, during prayer, the
Lord finally said, "My children, just be patient, and
humble yourselves and pray, and I will lead you to another
country. And I am going to save you from great trouble and
great suffering. Just trust Me. But if anyone will return,
their children will be taken away from them, and their husbands
will be taken off to Siberia." The Lord said that right
there on the border of China. "And some of the mothers
will eat the flesh of their babies, if you return."
In spite of that warning,
the majority of the group returned. There were only about
40 families left by the border, faithful to stay, and pray,
and fast, and trust the Lord. Of course, they weren’t
starving. They had a piece of bread, but it wasn’t
very comfortable to live in a hole, in a cave. It wasn’t
very comfortable to depend from day to day upon the Lord.
Because they had no secure jobs, like you have. There was
no security at all, their security was in the Lord. So they
decided to trust. The rest returned.
Later on, in 1933, a big
crush came on Russia. It was the year of taking away all
property, confiscating all your belongings. Your houses,
your land, your horse carts, your horses. Everything went
to the government. The food was taken away from the farmers
in order to force them into collective government farms.
And those who did not want to go in, they died by way of
starvation. The families did; the husbands were taken to
Siberia as enemies of the people.
In 1933, six million Ukrainians
alone died of artificial starvation. Among them, quite a
few Christians. The word of the Lord came to be fulfilled,
right to the dot. All of those Christian brethren who returned
were taken to Siberia in 1933, as the Lord had said. Their
children were taken away to the government schools. And some
of their relatives wrote later to China and said that when
starvation came, some of the mothers, being believers, ate
the flesh of their babies, in the Ukraine. Because of disobedience.
We may say, "Our God
of grace, can He be such a cruel God?" It has nothing
to do with the cruelty of God. It was sheer disobedience.
Read about Israel in the Bible. Were they not commanded to
obey the Lord? Were they not commanded to follow the Lord’s
commandments and be a holy nation, an obedient nation? And
the Lord said, "If you will not, then my blessing will
be taken away from you." And do we not read in the Bible
that Israelite mothers, the people of God, the holy nation,
the separate people which God elected unto Himself, did they
not eat their children? Yes. They ate. And that has nothing
to do with God wanting or intending for them to eat their
babies, no. It was the spirit of unbelief. It was a work
of the enemy, which troubled the people of God. And they
were not watching and praying enough to stand in the faith,
and to be trustful and obedient to the Lord. So that all
came to pass. And there was great trouble. And many thousands
of brethren went to Siberia.
So there was great trouble
in Russia from 1933 on. In the meantime, that little group
that was left by the border, a couple months after the other
group left, heard the voice of the Lord saying, "My
children, get ready to move into another country." And
when they were fasting and praying, the Lord divided the
forty families into four groups. He named the heads of the
families. He said, "My son, you and you and you..." The
Lord, by the Holy Spirit, named the heads of the families
and divided them into groups. "You will be leaving on
such and such a day at midnight. I will lead you out into
Then the Lord, in his divine
providence, took them across the border into China. And it
was only the miracles of God that could lead them, because
they had never traveled that far in their lifetime. They
never had guides. And they could not reveal their intent
because at that time there was already big surveillance in
the villages. So they were being watched. So they said, "Lord,
we have the government here in this village where we live,
in this city, watching for us. How can we move?" And
the Lord said, "My children, don’t worry. I will
lead you out." And the Lord told them to leave at midnight.
When midnight came, they
were praying. Even right to midnight they were in prayer
to the Lord, saying, "Lord, please help us and lead
us out." And this is what happened to that particular
group, as my mother related it. Right at midnight the Lord
raised a great storm. It was such a great storm that it caused
a great commotion with much wind and noise. Even dogs stopped
barking in the streets and everyone went into hiding. It
was a big storm.
And then the Lord said, "My
children, it’s time to move out." So they left
in the darkness of the night, at midnight. And there was
no KGB watching the streets, walking surveillance. There
was nobody on the streets. The streets were empty. And they
left from the outskirts of that town, they left quietly in
the darkness. And the Lord was leading them through the night,
because it was very close to the border. The Lord led them
through the wild paths in the bush. The Lord was telling
them to turn right, turn left. Because they didn’t
know where to go. But the Lord supernaturally led them and
group by group they all went into China.
Yes. But in spite of God’s
working, in spite of God’s miracles, in spite of the
presence of the Lord, there is always an element of man’s
flesh entering in and trying to disobey and do his own will.
Other groups went in safely without incident. But one group,
my mother related, one group was being led by the Lord. He
was instructing them, and the moon was shining but it was
still quite dark. They were walking on a wide, well-worn
path as the Lord had directed them.
Then all of a sudden the
Lord told them, "turn to the right, my children." And
off to the right was just a little path going into the bush.
And they stopped there. And a couple of brethren said, "Well,
why should we go to the right? This path we are on is very
big and it’s very easy to walk on. We have children
and our kettles with our water, and if we go through the
bush we will be getting scratched and this and that, and
it will be very hard for the mothers with children to walk." And
they started reasoning.
So they said, "No, let’s
go straight." And after that, of course, there was no
more voice of the Lord. And so they went straight. See, they
disobeyed, they just walked straight. Not long after that
they came to a small, wet area, and then into a big swamp.
And the two brothers who took over the leadership and rejected
the leadership of the Lord, the divine leadership of the
Lord, they happened to fall into the swamp and started sinking.
And they cried, "Lord, help us!"
The people had to take off
their shirts and quickly make a rope to throw them in order
to save them from certain death. That’s what it means
to disobey the Lord, when you want to go your own way and
not the Lord’s way. So they got them to shore and they
were all soaking wet. And people started to weep and cry
bitterly, "Lord, forgive us. We disobeyed your voice
and wanted to go on the easier path. Forgive us, Lord." And
they were repenting and praying for a couple of hours, and
there was no voice of God. Eventually, they really broke
down, crying before the Lord. And then the Lord spoke to
them, with a very stern rebuke and He said, "Never,
never disobey the commandment of the Lord when He wants to
lead you to safety."
So, the Lord forgave them
and told them to go back to the point where they had to turn.
So this time they had to turn left. And when they turned
left on that little wild path, they found it led them around
that big swamp. It took them around on dry ground, and then
back to the wide path. The Lord knew, and wanted to lead
them around the swamp, but the people wanted to go straight.
So that’s how it is when people want to disobey his
Word. Finally, they came to China. And, of course, there
were many miracles along the way as they were being led.
But, I will just relate a few and we must proceed on.
Each group was led differently,
on different paths. One group, as they crossed into China,
came into a little wilderness area which was a completely
desolate area with just sand and nothing else. It was a literal
wilderness area, just sand and no growth, no vegetation.
So they came to that wilderness, and the Lord said, "Just
walk through. Go straight." So they were walking on
foot, the children were crying, the heat of the sun was burning,
and the water in their kettles ran out. They were walking
a long time.
Then they were crying, "Lord,
we are exhausted, we are thirsty, Lord, and our children
are crying. Lord, what are we to do?" And the brethren
called the group to pray, and they knelt down. Our people
were taught to pray kneeling down or standing. Never sitting
up or laying. That’s to show that God is a mighty God,
a King of kings. He is worthy of our bowing down, like our
brother read tonight. Let’s bow down before the Lord.
So they bowed down before the Lord and started to cry, "Lord,
what do we do? We’ll die in this wilderness if you
don’t help us." Then the Lord told them, through
the Holy Ghost, "My children, go so many steps to the
right and dig." So they obeyed the Lord, the brethren
obeyed the Lord, and they went to the right as the Lord directed,
so many steps, and they started digging.
They only had to dig about
a foot or so, as my mother related, and water came gushing
out. And they were praising the Lord and they were drinking,
and then they laid back on the sand, and then they were drinking
again until everybody quenched their thirst. They filled
their teapots, and they were glorifying and praising the
Lord’s name, that He is even able to supply water in
the wilderness where there was no water. Only the Lord knew
where the water was.
So praise be to his Name.
He is a living God. The God of the Prophets and the Apostles
in the days of old is still the same living God today in
this twentieth century. So all those groups came safely into
China. And the Lord led them into the same little town where
they gathered together. And they were praising God there.
It was an isolated mountainous area, but there was very rich
soil there. And so they started to farm and the Lord blessed
them mightily. They built houses, mostly mud houses with
dirt floors, earthen walls, and straw roofs, with some poles
for the roof. So it was a very simple dwelling. But in those
dwellings people gathered daily for prayer. There were mighty
prayers. Our people believed in prayer.
The secret to Apostolic success,
as I read in my old-fashioned Russian Bible, was that the
Apostles were in the Word and prayer daily. So, why has the
Church gone to sleep today? Because the spirit of prayer
departed from churches. The people of God will get busy with
anything and everything, manmade programs, this and that,
but not prayer. And then the spirit of prayer is lost and
therefore you will find that God’s Holy Spirit cannot
work because the Lord’s hand is moved through prayer.
So the people in Russia and in China believed in mighty prayers.
So when they prayed, they prayed in one accord, like in chapter
four of Acts. They raised their voice in one accord and prayed, "Lord,
So those were the kind of
prayers I was born into. And as I grew up, then the time
came that I came to the Lord in China. So I was raised on
those prayers. Those were mighty prayers. And the young people
would gather together with older brethren, and with grandmothers
and with grandfathers in a room, in a simple hut. And heaven
would come down, the Holy Spirit would come down and talk
to young people and rebuke them and expose them and comfort
them and reveal the secrets of their hearts.
Miracles would take place
in those prayer times because God loves the praises of his
people and their prayers. And so we had a period of revival
in China because the Lord started to send this simple group
of forty families into different villages, many of which
were Slavic villages because many Ukrainians and Russians
ran away from Russia just before the revolution because of
the turmoil of World War 1 and the aftermath. So, many thousands
of people ran away from Russia while it was free, before
the borders were guarded. The borders were not guarded at
that time, so many people ran away and settled in parts of
So the Lord was sending this
little group, telling them where to go, and they were preaching
the Gospel. And within a few short years the Lord blessed
the church and they gathered the first harvest in China.
There was about five hundred members within a few short years.
The church was a mighty church, a praying church, and it
was blessed by the Lord with miracles and signs, as in the
days of the Apostles, even in China. So the Lord is no respecter
of people. He seeks for those who want to see the face of
the Lord, and He wants a living faith, which is willing to
obey the Lord.
So the Lord was doing mighty
things in China. From 1932 on, they were going to the villages
witnessing. The central group was in that town where the
Lord had led them. Even though there were some little groups
in different villages, the mother church, so to speak, was
in that town the Lord had originally brought them to. So,
the Lord was blessing his people. But of course at that time
the people were walking in the fear of the Lord. They were
walking in very humble obedience to the word of the Lord
and in obedience to God’s commands and his principles.
That was a church separate from the world, and from the lust
of the flesh and the lust of the eyes. Because it was just
simple farmers, with no such temptations surrounding them
as you have in America here. All this, what you call the
modern age, the modern world - we had nothing like that in
People were just walking
in simple obedience and trust, and they were just humble
people of God, being farmers. And so that was just one group
movement from Russia into China. But there were many other
moves of the Lord. But I’ll just share one incident
and then we’ll move on to the word of God so we can
conclude the message.
There was one brother who
was living across the Ural mountains, about fifteen hundred
kilometers from Kiev in the central Ukraine. He was ministering
to his village there. This was about 1932. He was a man of
prayer. The Lord was teaching him. The time was coming for
the great crush upon Russia, the confiscation, the killing,
the shooting, the deaths in Siberia. So there were different
rumors, that there would eventually be full control in Russia.
So this brother was praying to the Lord, "Lord, you
know what the people are talking about here. There are rumors
that we will be persecuted and killed. So help us Lord, protect
us and save us."
One of the nights when he
was praying, the Lord said to him his name was Ivan, which
means John in English - "My son Ivan, I’ll lead
you into the country of China. Get ready for journeying." And
the Lord set him a night. "On such and such a night
you are going to leave this village." And the Lord told
him what to do. He was quite well off because he had eight
cows and two purebred horses. And to have eight cows in Russia
in those days was quite a good farming experience, with chickens
and so forth, quite a good farming operation.
So the Lord said, "You
leave your house and leave your cattle, leave your purebred
horses, and leave everything. And put your milk cow in your
horse cart, harness her and put her in the horse cart. Take
a couple bags of millet grain and some other food and leave
this village at dusk, in the darkness. And leave on such
and such a road." The Lord told him to take a side road
out of the village. And the Lord gave the name of the village
he was to go to next.
So, this brother was puzzled. "Lord,
I have good transportation. My horses are good.." But,
because he was a man of prayer and a man of obedience, he
decided to obey the Lord. When the night came, he harnessed
his cow. The Lord even told him the name of the cow. So he
harnessed her in the horse cart, he turned on the lights
in the house, he fed his cattle, fed his horses, and then
he put his children and wife on the horse cart and he quietly
As he was passing through
his village, people saw them traveling in the dusk of the
evening and they said, "Oh no, we have another gypsy
coming to our village." Gypsies would travel throughout
all Russia. They were stealing, they were doing witchcraft,
they were doing all kinds of things and begging.
That’s how they lived
their lives, they never worked in Russia. There were many,
many gypsies traveling in Russia for many centuries. So,
the people thought this brother was a gypsy, because it was
a common sight to see a gypsy traveling on a cow. Now, why
did the Lord do this? Because at that time there was very
strict control. People could not move in and out of their
villages because the government was already gaining control
over all the people. What they did in Russia was to slowly
prepare the population. Each neighbor was told to spy on
their next door neighbor, and to report what their neighbor
says, and what their neighbor does, and where their neighbor
goes. So each neighbor spies on his neighbor and reports
to the KGB without knowing that he was being spied on by
his neighbor too. They did it in secrecy and they offered
them some reward.
So people were doing that
and movement was watched very closely. So if he had left
on horses, it would have been known immediately that he was
leaving the village. Nobody was allowed to move without permission
from the authorities, from town or from your village. And
they experienced that same thing in China when the Communists
came. You had to have four stamps on a piece of paper, and
your reasons for going, and how long you were going, before
you could leave town. And only ten kilometers at a time.
That was the same in China
too, so I know what they’re talking about. So then,
this brother left quietly. He was taken for a gypsy. The
Lord sent him on a side road. And at midnight of the night
he left, the KGB came to take this brother to Siberia because
he was proclaimed an enemy of the people, because he was
supposedly a rich man. So his property would have been confiscated
that night and he would have been taken to Siberia and gotten
rid of. Of those taken to Siberia, many were killed.
Some were needed for labor.
Many rich people were simply shot; taken outside of villages
and shot with machine guns or whatever. They killed many
millions of people in Russia from 1933 on. But this brother
had left and when they came to pick him up there was no man.
The family had disappeared. And they didn’t know what
to do, or what happened. The horses were there. Everything
was there. And the lights were on in the house. But no man
and no family. They were amazed. So they waited for morning
and they saw the tracks leaving through the gate. They saw
the direction he went. So they harnessed his horses and made
a big chase along that main road. And of course, they were
chasing for a long time with no results. Because the Lord
sent him on a side road. And that man traveled to that village
that the Lord told him to go to.
The Lord told that man he
would take him to China. But, of course, he hardly had any
education and he had no beautiful road maps like you people
have here. He had no road signs, nothing. They had to totally
depend upon the Lord. All he knew was the name of the next
village. He knew that one. And he was praying each time,
and he was praying at night; it was summer time. And they
were traveling on the cow. And they would pasture the cow
and milk the cow, and make porridge with the millet, and
feed the children.
They praised God because
they realized if they had traveled on horses, they couldn’t
milk horses. But they could milk a cow. So, the Lord uses
the simple, the uneducated, the unwise of this world, to
confound the wise and prudent. And the Lord put the KGB to
shame by simply leading this man out to security and safety,
to China on the cow. When he came to the next village, which
wasn’t very far, he prayed with his family, "Lord,
is this China?" The Lord said, "My son Ivan, this
is not China yet. I will take you to China." Then the
Lord told him the name of the next village. And he just moved
on. And the Lord gave the next address and so on. And he
had to ask people where the village was. He had no map.
Russia had no maps in those
days. So he would ask people, "Where is this village?" And
they would point to the right road. And he happened to be
moving south without knowing where he went. Like Abraham.
Did Abraham know the address, did he know where he went?
The Bible says Abraham left his country and didn’t
know where he was going. So this brother was just traveling
on, and before he knew, by the end of summer - it took him
all summer - he had traveled from the middle of Russia to
the border of China. And here is a disappointment. When he
came to the border the Lord told him to move on and so he
went on, by the direction of the Lord, very close to the
border. The Russian border at that time was already heavily
guarded, with German Shepherd dogs and constant checking
by guards on horseback. So it was already an iron curtain
at that time. It was severely controlled because they did
not want people to leave. It was very strictly checked.
So when they saw this strange
sight, a man with a family traveling in the direction of
China, it was very suspicious. And so they caught him. They
confiscated his cow, they took his cart away, and they made
him a prisoner. And they caught some other people that looked
suspicious to them, and they made them cut dry grass along
the border for hay for their horses. So this brother was
weeping a prayer at night, "Lord, what is this? You
told me you would lead me to safety, you would lead me to
China. Here I am, I left everything as you told me, and now
I’ve lost my cow, I’ve lost my horse cart, I
have nothing left, Lord. What is going on?" And the
Lord was comforting him saying, "My son, cheer up and
don’t worry. I will take you yet to China. Just trust
me. I will take you to China." He was a prisoner. So
they put his family and the others right by the border in
tents, as a temporary dwelling place. And the men were made
to work with scythes cutting hay, dry hay. His personal relative
told me this story and there were many miracles along the
way, but I have forgotten most of it.
But one of the days when
they were working, fire broke out on the Russian side of
the border. A big fire. Then the wind started blowing, and
this dry hay started burning very quickly. And this fire
moved onto the group that was working, and onto the tents.
The border guards started to panic and run for their lives,
yelling orders. The workers dropped their scythes and ran
for the tents to get their families. They wanted to run to
safety. But the wind was increasing in force and the fire
was moving very fast toward them. So everyone started to
run for their lives, with their children. And this brother
grabbed his wife and children and they were running away
from the fire. They were running and running and crying, "Lord,
what is this?" And they just ran and ran. They ran for
a long time.
Eventually, when they were
exhausted and had run far enough away from the fire to be
safe, they fell down in the grass, totally exhausted. They
started to weep and this man said, "Lord, here’s
my family running, and we’re in a desperate situation.
What is this? Why is this happening to me? Lord, where am
I ?" And the Lord said to him, "My son, this is
China." He came to China. So the Lord deported him from
prison into China by fire. And this man and his wife started
to praise the Lord and rejoice and thank the Lord. And the
Lord told them where to go, and so they found those four
groups that had already arrived. Those four groups came to
the same town. And so they joined them. They praised the
Lord for his guidance and protection.
And so these people, these
simple people, who believed and trusted the Lord and his
leadership, they never saw the starvation in the Ukraine.
They never saw the persecution and trials. They never saw
their children being taken away. They never saw Siberia and
all those things which happened to Russia. It was a drastic,
terrible time in Russia from 1933 on. Many millions of people
died. And also, the Lord saved them from the great war. And
that Second World War took twenty million lives from Russia
and the Ukraine. That’s a big number. Six million died
in the Ukraine from starvation in 1933.
So whatever the Lord promised
them, it came to pass. He delivered them from that country,
from starvation and from those troubles, from the war, as
He promised. And because there was no communication, there
was no radio, and no mail going through to China in those
desolate areas, those secluded areas in the mountains, they
never knew there was starvation in Russia which took away
They never even knew there
was a war until some letters started to come. When the Communists
came to China in 1948, then the news came. There was transportation,
there was communication; the Russian trucks started to come.
Russia and China became friends. And so then the news came.
There was starvation in Russia, in the Ukraine, there was
a war which took many lives.
But these simple people were
protected and saved by the Lord, led out from the area of
calamity, and were living a very blessed life. It was a land
of plenty because it was very rich soil, and the Lord blessed
the fruits of their labors. Of course, they weren’t
rich by American standards, no. They were still simple farmers.
But they had their cattle, they had their milk. And that
brother who lost his house, he built a good house in China
and lots more cows and lots more horses. So the Lord returned
to him much more than he lost, for his obedience. He would
have lost it the next night anyhow. But for obedience to
the Lord and his voice, he was richly repaid. Because the
Lord is faithful and willing to bless his people if they
obey his voice and follow Him.
I have just mentioned briefly
some of what happened. There were many, many events, many
miracles and situations that happened in Russia, that happened
in China, that we were a witness of.
While our people were in
China yet, before it became Communist, while it was still
free, the Lord began speaking to us, "My children, China
is only a stopping station for you. I will lead you out to
a country of milk and honey. I will lead you out to a free
country where milk and honey is flowing. And there you will
meet many people who bear my name, but they do not serve
Me as they ought to, according to my commandments. And you
will testify of my power and my commandments and of my will
for them." That is what the Lord was saying to our people
as they were praying, that the Lord would be leading them
out to another country. And the Lord also said that the government
was going to change in China, and that there was going to
be great trouble in China, and that his people should be
prepared to move out.
By 1947 the Lord moved out
most of those five hundred church members to the Philippines.
They went from west China to east China, then to the Philippines,
and then to Paraguay, and then to America. And most of the
group left by direct commandment of the Holy Ghost to move
out and carry on the Gospel. So they left. And about thirty
families were left, and our family was one of the families
that was left in China. And of course, in 1948, a year after
the first group left, the revolution took place and China
became Red. It became friends with Russia. And of course,
then the same thing that took place in Russia started in
China. In Russia it took sixteen years for them to become
strong and to confiscate people’s property and to crush
the people’s will. But in China it took a very short
time. Within four or five years they forced the majority
of the population onto collective farms, they took away all
of the properties, and there were many shootings, many killings.
If you had four cows, you were an enemy of the people and
you were gone. They just took you on a truck outside the
village and shot you. It was as simple as that. Life was
very cheap in China and in Russia.
So, of these things we were
witnesses, of what things were taking place in China during
hard times. And of course the number one thing, as in Russia,
was that they started to fight against God.
Because that was their main
ideology, "We’ll build a happy society, we’ll
build a new world without God, we don’t need God, there
is no God." So number one, the first thing they started
to do was to persecute the Church, and the faith of Jesus
Christ. So our brethren were subjected to severe persecutions.
Most of the ministers were
taken to concentration camps and labor camps, going deep
into mines, working on small rations, being harshly treated,
being beaten. Some of them were sentenced to life sentences.
They said, "We will never let you go." But they
responded to the authorities that God was going to lead them
to a land of milk and honey. "We will not stay here,
we will go away from here." And of course they were
mocking our people and they said, "We will never let
you go because you are in our hands, we will do what we want
with you. We’ll never let you go. You will rot in prison.
We’ll kill all of you, but we’ll never let you
But our people said, "We’ll
trust the Lord, we’ll trust the living God who promised
us, and He will lead us out." But of course, people
had to go through very big trials and persecutions in China.
There was poverty, there were rations, and there were very
big needs economically. Most of our people were in very dire
They would receive 800 grams
of oil per person per month, that was all you could get,
and a very meager ration of rice. People just could not survive
on that ration. But thanks to God, our people were in a mountainous
area and they were able to go into the mountains and hunt
and they were bringing some fowl and wild game. So nobody
starved in China. In spite of the fact that there was starvation
and death in the Chinese population, and the Turkish, and
many other people. But the Lord preserved his people.
Our people were praying nightly
in China. There were prayers all over town. That was a praying
church in China. The brethren would often get up at four
or five in the morning and gather for prayer and pray for
a couple of hours, and then by eight o’clock they would
go to work. And then at night their prayers would rise from
town. They would gather in home groups and pray and seek
the face of the Lord, "Lord, you promised you’d
help us, you said you’d deliver us."
And the Lord would comfort
them, and the Lord was revealing to them what the authorities
would do, and what would happen. The Lord was, by the Holy
Spirit, revealing the things to come, and the people were
comforted. So eventually the Lord moved our groups across
China by single families, about seven thousand kilometers
to the city of Shanghai, which is about ten hours from Hong
Kong by train, if you’ve heard of Hong Kong, that’s
where Shanghai is. It has about eight million people.
Of course, at the time it
was not allowed to travel. Not even to leave town. As I shared,
you had to have four stamps on a piece of paper, where you
were going, when you were coming back, and all those things,
and you had to have your signature. You had to go through
four different offices before you leave town. And yet, the
Lord led our people out on foot and on horses, and then farther
on by trucks and by train. And eventually every one of those
who were people of faith, people of prayer, people who wanted
to walk close to the Lord, every one of them left to the
free world. They went to Hong Kong, and then they were released
by the authorities, even though they were threatened. The
Lord opened the doors of the Bamboo Curtain, and every one
of them went out, including the brethren who were prisoners.
They were released and taken to Shanghai and then released
to the free world.
So our people came to a country
of milk and honey. And yet it was only a stopping place.
Because way back in China when my mother was fasting and
praying, God told her that we would be in Canada. That was
sixteen years before it took place. So we knew that eventually
our family would be in Canada. We were in Australia for ten
years and then we left in 1969 when the Lord told us to go
to Canada. So we landed in Vancouver, we came by ship from
Australia to Canada. There were many, many things along the
way as the Lord led and miraculously provided and protected
and saved, all across China. Because to travel across China
when they watch for you and catch you and send you back and
those things, they threaten to put you in prison, and they
harass you. It’s a very difficult thing to do without
God. But with a living God, all that was possible. Every
one of them was led out to the free world.
This scripture I left for
us until last, for our instruction and for our admonition.
And for a warning also. If you read chapter 10 of Corinthians
it says that whatever happened to the Israelites is an example
for us. It is written to us who are reaching the end of the
age, as Christians of a new Christian era. It says they did
this, and they perished. They did this, and they perished.
If you remember the Apostle Paul, moved by the Holy Spirit,
related what the Israelites did. How they were into idol
worship. How they murmured. How they fornicated. How they
did the different things that they did, and they perished.
God says through the Holy
Ghost, by the Apostle, to this Christian age, that it is
possible, even being the people of God, that it is possible,
even being believers, and being led by God, yet it is still
possible to fall away. Even to the extent that your name
can be stricken from the Book of Life. There is such a danger
for believers. So then, what happened to our people when
they came to the free world?
Their eyes were running all
directions, "What a blessed country, what an abundance!" When
you live on meager rations in China, on the verge of starvation
- even though our people did not starve - but they lived
in very big need.... when they only give you, if I remember
correct, one meter of material for a whole year, that’s
all you can get, everything is rationed, and you have great
need. Then all of a sudden when you come to the free world,
your eyes run in all directions, "Now what is this?
Is this a paradise? Such a blessed country, such an abundance
of things, an abundance of materials, food, you name it." So
our people were real excited. And they started to build their
They went out and got jobs
and tried to make money and things like that. And slowly,
bit by bit, those everyday prayers started to be less and
less, and less frequent, and less frequent. And the church,
as such, lost the spirit of prayer. And then of course, eventually,
as the people of God became more rich and more blessed by
the Lord, as the Lord had promised them... but the Lord did
not tell them to do what they did. The Lord told them to
still be engaged in the word of the Lord, to be a living
witness and testify and share the Gospel with all those who
are in those countries of freedom, the lands of plenty, that
was the commission. But of course they kind of forgot the
commission. They got caught up with the cares of life, of
building good houses, beautiful houses. All of a sudden the
house isn’t big enough anymore, so they’ll build
a bigger house with more bedrooms, with more carpet, with
beautiful ornaments, and before you knew it the sisters became
very colorful, very beautiful. And before you know, guess
what happened to the church of Russia and China in the free
I’m going to share
very openly what happened. God commanded for his people to
walk in all his commandments of the Word. So our sisters
were very modest, walking in sobriety and shamefacedness
in Russia and China. And I remember how my Grandmother was
adorned. She was a very plain woman. She was dressed very
modestly, in a one-color dress. And that was commanded by
the Lord. She also had a head covering. And the brethren
were also very modest. But in this country of plenty there
is such an abundance, such a variety, such beauty, Babylonian
beauty, that before you knew it, our sisters started to get
more modern. And their covering moved back and back and back,
and before you know, it was just a little fluffy thing left
here. A net, a cap with two pins to the hair. And then one
day our sisters eventually lost those pins someplace in a
drawer, and the wind blew this latest covering away. Our
sisters left their covering and our brethren loved the world,
and before you know, they went into a very modern way of
life. More or less equal to the Western world and the Australian
and Canadian churches. They more or less mingled and mixed
up totally with the world.
But what happened? The Lord
was warning our people even in Australia and in Canada, "My
children, you walk in obedience and my holiness as I have
taught you by the Holy Spirit and by the Word. Walk in it
and be obedient and repent." The Lord was calling our
people to repentance by the Holy Ghost, by visions, by revelations,
and all those things.
And of course, out of many
people there are few that are still faithful to the Lord
like the older generation. Our children are the fourth generation
now. And as the generations went on, our people drew away
from the Lord. And eventually what happened is, the Holy
Spirit departed from most of our churches in the free world.
The miracles and wonders have departed. The presence of the
Lord, the sweet presence, the joy of the Lord, the joy of
the Holy Ghost, and the manifestations of the Holy Ghost
departed. The nine gifts of the Holy Spirit that were operating
in Russia and China, they have departed.
The church lost everything.
The majority, that is. God always had, even in days of old,
a remnant. So not everyone, sure, but the majority of them
love this world. The lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes
took control and our people actually happened to repeat the
example or experience of the Israelites, who came to the
promised land, a land of plenty, and as we read, while Joshua
and the elders were there, those who remembered the miracles
of the Lord, the mighty hand of God who led them out of Egypt
through the wilderness with miraculous leading, while they
were alive and reminding the people of it, they were walking
with the Lord. They knew the Lord.
But then when Joshua died,
when the old people died, when several generations had died,
then there came a generation that knew not the Lord. And
they started to love the surrounding world, they loved the
world, they started bowing down to the gods of the surrounding
nations, to Baal and Ashtoreths. Basically that’s what
happened to most of our people. And then, many times, God
was pronouncing severe judgment on our people if they would
not obey the Lord. If they would not obey the Lord, if they
would not repent, then God would judge them in this land
of milk and honey. And of course, as it stands right now,
in the majority of churches, the work of the Holy Ghost with
signs following, more or less ceased. It just became regular
church with many programs and many different activities,
busy up to here. Turning this big religious wheel of man-made
activities, man-made rules and stuff like that. And they
brought many traditions into the church that are not in the
Word of God at all. And they thought they would fill the
void of the presence of the Holy Ghost with activities and
big commotion and big noise.
And now they’ve gone
so far, some of these churches, in trying to show that the
presence of the Lord is with them, they start going to commotion
and now some of our people even joined the people who move
around and dance and jump and clap their hands and make big
noise. Now, that has nothing to do with the reality of Scripture,
that has nothing to do with the real presence of God, it
has nothing to do with the real power of the Holy Ghost.
Just read Christ’s teaching.
Read the Apostle’s
experience. Did they have flesh? Did the Apostles jump around
in the flesh and try to fake the experience? No, they didn’t.
They were busy with the power of the Holy Ghost, with real
signs and wonders. But they had no time for the fleshy things.
So I don’t find my Christ jumping around or clapping
in the temple or whatever. I don’t find the Apostles
jumping around in the flesh, clapping and dancing. I don’t
find that in the Scriptures. The teaching of Christ and the
Apostles is the final authority for me.
So, just to make a long story
short, our people have repeated most of the experiences of
the Israelites when they were brought to the promised land.
And I was one of them. We were young people yet. I was 18
when we came to Australia. We were young and full of life
and energy. We were working in the church very hard, we were
busy up to here, but then slowly we saw what happened. Brethren
took care with building one house, then two houses, then
two jobs. Then they sent their wives to work to get more
dollars and better carpets and this and that. And before
you know it, they had all caught up in the materialistic
So, the prayer life went
and it was replaced by meetings and conferences and this
and that, and church activities. And I was busy in it at
length. Yet the Lord in his mercy, He was calling. He sent
his prophets to my family and the Lord rebuked me and told
me to repent. And to start searching the Scriptures and turn
to the narrow way.
The Lord was warning me personally
several times in Australia. But I had no time to search the
Scriptures, I was busy doing church work. I was busy supposedly
doing God’s work. I was an ordained minister, I was
the church secretary, I was the youth director, I was doing
this and that, I was leading the choir, I was doing the printing,
things like that. I was busy, I had no time for prayer. I
had no time for repentance, I had no time for the Word of
So finally, the Lord caught
up with me in Canada. Of course Canada is even more plentiful
than Australia. So we had a big farm and we got in big debt.
I was working eight hours on the farm, and then eight hours
in construction. I’m a carpenter by trade. We were
trying to really make a big dollar very fast, sixteen hours
a day, trying to really get going in this country of Canada.
Then the Lord sent me the
last warning. He sent a prophet from another city. A person
who was still walking close to the Lord. He brought the person
from far off. Then as we prayed at night, the Lord told me
specific things I was guilty of, like being very worldly.
And the Lord, after telling the secrets of my heart, gave
me the last warning, a stern warning to repent. If not, God
was going to judge me. And then that person went away. I
find that in the Bible. The Lord sent prophets of old to
nations, to individuals, to warn them and call them to repent.
I find that Biblical. And even today, God is a living God,
He is still on the throne. He can still rebuke his people
and call them to repent. The same living God who was working
in Russia and China is still living in America and Canada
and all over the world, if we are only willing to believe
After that I still was very
busy. That didn’t help. Then one night the Lord showed
me a vision. I was walking on a broad road, a very wide road.
It was going downhill and getting darker and darker.
Then I could see it turn
to the left a bit. And I saw myself walking down that road.
And I understood that was the broad road to hell. Even with
me doing all the church work that I did, it didn’t
matter to the Lord. I was walking on the broad road because
I loved the world and was living, more or less, my own way,
doing my own will. I had no time for prayer and searching
the Scriptures like they did in Apostolic days. They were
in prayer daily. They sought the face of the Lord. They were
sent by the Holy Ghost. They did the will of the Holy Ghost.
We read that Peter was sent certain places by the Holy Ghost.
Phillip was sent by the Holy
Ghost different places. Phillip left a revival in Samaria
and went to an empty road. Who did it? The Holy Ghost told
him to go. God told him to go to that empty road. The work
of the Lord was done.
Look at the Apostle Paul
and Barnabas. While they were fasting and praying the Lord
sent them out to the mission field. It was not the Acts of
the Apostles, but the Acts of the Holy Ghost, as I read in
my Bible. But this is the problem. When people start to depart
from the Lord, they begin to replace those works of the Holy
Ghost with their own works. With their own supposed program
and so on. So the Lord did not care how busy I was in the
church work, like in many churches today.
Man-made programs. They’re
so busy with missions, with printing, with radio, with this
and that. But they lost their prayer life. There’s
no prayers in the churches, no prayers in the houses. There’s
no real Bible- like presence of the Lord. There’s no
real Bible-like working of the Holy Spirit in churches today.
Why? Because the churches are asleep today in America and
Canada. And I was one of them.
The Lord had mercy on me.
He showed me that vision, and then there was a voice. As
I saw myself walking down that road there was a voice coming
down that said if I would just keep on walking down that
road and proceed around the corner, that would be a point
of no return for me. And then I saw myself throw my hands
in the air and cry out, "Have mercy on me Lord!" And
then I turned around, and it was finished.
That was the final warning
for my life. Because I had several warnings in Australia,
and one very stern warning and call to repentance and to
go back to the narrow way. And the narrow way, brethren,
is a narrow way. I’m going to share it with you briefly.
lt’s a really narrow way, if you want to taste it.
It was a very narrow way
for Christ and the Apostles. If you want to mean business
with God, it will become a really narrow way, here in America
and Canada. But many people will not want to pay the price
of the narrow way, in the churches.
So, the next day I should
have been killed. God planned to judge me, but it was the
mercy of God that saved me. I was working on a steep roof.
We were building cottage homes and A-frames, me and my brother.
It was already getting close to winter time. Sometimes there
was snow on the roof. We were roofing with shingles on a
very steep A-frame roof. We were young and strong and very
able and smart, and we were working like a couple of monkeys
on the roof. So we did not build scaffolds like carpenters
normally do around the house. We just nailed 2x4’s
on the edge of the roof like that, which is only an inch
and a half wide. And we would walk on those, running back
and forth doing the roof work, shingling.
And of course we would have
a pile of shingles here on a rope and we would pull them
up as we would go up the roof. And then we’d nail another
2x4 on and walk on it. One morning we started and it was
quite slippery. There was snow on it. I was working along,
and it was quite high on that roof, it was a two-story. When
I turned to take some shingles, my foot slipped, and I was
falling back with my face front- ways. The owner of that
lot which we were building for, for some reason, I don’t
know why he did it, but he cut all the trees around that
lot, and he left stumps about four or five feet high. When
we cut down trees in British Columbia, we cut the stumps
very low. I don’t know why he left them high.
Maybe it was specifically
for me. When I slipped and I saw I was falling right onto
one of those stumps with my face and my chest, all I can
remember is I cried, "Lord, have mercy on me!" And
I had my hands up like I saw myself in the vision. And then
I remember no more. I struck that stump with the full force
of my chest, here. And by the law of physics, with that height
and my weight, I should have been killed. I should have been
pierced. It was only the mercy of God and a miracle of God
that I was still alive. I passed out and my brother told
me he dropped down and looked at me, and he said I didn’t
have signs of life. He called the ambulance and took me to
the hospital. When they x- rayed me there was just a big
black spot here, but no ribs were broken, nothing was damaged
And so l knew it was only
the mercy of the Lord, a miracle, that saved me from death.
It was his last warning, his last call to me to repent and
to come on the narrow way. That was a turning point for my
family. God told us to go into the Word and prayer daily.
So we started morning prayers and started searching the word
of God in the morning for hours or more and in the night
for quite a long time.
And the Lord told us to repent
of many things. As we searched the Word we found out what
we were guilty of. Then, after we repented, and only then,
the Lord started to talk to us personally. The Lord started
to talk to us in visions, in dreams, with voice, and with
other means as He talked in the Bible, instructing us and
teaching us and correcting us, bringing us to that narrow
way, that narrow walk.
Then we found out that the
Christian life is not just a life of going to church, just
dropping a dollar on the plate. It will involve all of your
life, inside and out. It will involve your wallet, it will
involve everything. It will involve your insides, your pride,
your haughtiness. It will touch your tongue, it will touch
your tastes in life, it will touch your likings, it will
touch your habits, the whole inner life it will touch.
The Lord told us also that
it has to touch the outside. Many preachers say, "Oh,
I’m saved, praise God, I’m filled with the Holy
Ghost, and it doesn’t matter how we look outside." No.
It’s the preaching of the devil. Just read the New
Testament and find out. There’s a strict commandment
from the Lord, that we are living epistles being read of
all men. Men do not read our hearts. They say, "We are
under grace, we are not under law. Therefore it doesn’t
matter how we appear outside, as long as you are pure in
heart, it doesn’t matter."
But yes it matters. It’s
a commandment of the Lord in the New Testament. The Lord
has told us by revelations also that it is his will, that
we better change the outside. So we had to clean our house
of many things, of worldly things. We had to change our garments,
my wife had to change her garments.
Myself also, and our children.
It had been no problem for our daughter to walk around in
miniskirts. Why? Our daughter was 11 and 12 when we came
to Canada. It was no big thing, everybody does it. In America
everybody claims the Holy Ghost is in their churches, supposedly,
that they have Apostolic churches, they believe in the Lord,
they believe in the Holy Ghost, God is with them, and they
say they are on their way to heaven, that they could be raptured
any time. That’s the claim of the churches.
But I find in the word of
God that yes, we are saved by grace, that is true. But we
are saved by grace for the holy works, for the holy deeds,
for the holy life, for a life of righteousness, a life of
separation from this world and the lust of the flesh and
the lust of the eyes. So, my wife also had to find a covering
for her, which flew away in this free world. I had to change
my garments, she had to also. And the Lord showed us what
it is: we had to be separate from the world inside and out.
So I was really pleased when
I came to this church and I saw some of your girls. They
are very modestly covered, right to the foot. And that’s
how God showed me as we were reading and praying, and sometimes
He’ll teach us with visions, I said, "Lord, our
people are backslid, I don’t know what is right, Lord,
show me how a holy woman should be dressed." And the
Lord showed me that the holy woman is covered from top to
bottom. Not any lengths of the leg to be exposed. And men
also. Men are not to walk in shorts or whatever. Yes. Much
is written about nakedness, much is written about shamefacedness
and sobriety. So it covers all areas of life.
And the Lord taught us for
several years. And then as the Lord taught us, He began to
send us to different churches and different countries to
share the message of repentance, and the message of the last
days, the message of the Church waking up.
The Church must wake up and
get ready to meet the Bridegroom because He is coming and
the Church is not ready. She’s asleep and She has to
wake up. The Church has to start repenting, if need-be in
sackcloth and ashes. Let’s try it for awhile. Get some
ashes from the wood stove and try that, see if you can repent,
really. Churches today need cleansing by the Holy Spirit,
cleansing by the Word. They need a holy, dedicated life for
the Lord. And that’s the message we’ve been sharing
now for these many years. The Lord has turned us to Himself
and narrowed our way. And as soon as we turned, we began
to walk differently and talk differently, and our companions,
our relationships changed, our taste in conversation changed.
Then of course people started to say, "Oh, well you’re
so special, you’re so holy."
Or, "Your wife, she
looks like a grandma. What happened to her?" And this
and that. All hell got loose on us and our family because
we spoke the word of the Lord. This is the will of the Lord.
And we need to repent.
The Lord showed us He spared
us only by his grace and mercy. If the Apostle Paul is the
chiefest of sinners, then I am too. But the Lord has shown
us it is his will for us to be sanctified by the Word and
by the power of the Holy Ghost, to be a living epistle known
and read of all men. And so therefore, as we go around to
different churches, different parts of the country ministering
this message of repentance, of holiness, of separation, of
dying to the world, of the Church waking up, we’ve
found it’s not a very popular message. And very few
people receive the message.
Yes, but there are some people
who receive, and they accept it, and they start to think
about it, they start on their prayer life, they start reading
the word of God, and they start to check their homes and
they start to check their lives. So even for the sake of
the few, it’s worth it to share the message of the
last days. As it stands now, wherever the Lord tells us to
go and minister, then we go and share the Word. Wherever
the door is open. Denominations are no barriers for me. If
any church invites us then we go and minister the message,
that the Lord said it is midnight and the Bridegroom is coming.
Wake up and trim the lamp and get ready to come out and meet
the Bridegroom. That is the message of the last hour.
Then, the hour is coming
also when there is great tribulation coming upon the world.
And this time not only on Russia, but the whole world will
experience this great shaking, this great sifting. And I’m
sharing with Americans, brethren, if you really believe the
Bible, and if you ever ask the Holy Ghost in a Bible way,
then I’m telling you brethren, get ready for a big
shake-up and persecution. There will be a great sifting on
the threshing floor. The Lord will come and start beating
that wheat on the threshing floor, separating the wheat from
And we were in China, we
know what it means when you’re harvesting wheat. They
load a big pile of sheaves onto the threshing floor. Father
prepares the floor by rolling it down with a big roller;
a big, smooth roller. And you pour water on the floor and
the roller makes the dirt rock-hard. You pour and roll until
it is rock-hard. Then you lay the sheaves apart, about a
foot thick. Then father put me, a six-year old boy, and sometimes
my brother, on a horse with a drum with corrugated sides
that weighs one and a half tons. And we would go round and
round rolling that heavy stone and the corrugations would
beat that wheat and knock the wheat out of the sheaves. Then
father separates the straw and lays it aside. And he would
have a big pile of straw, and also much wheat and chaff still
together on the floor.
Then at four in the morning
he gets up, when the breeze starts to blow, and with a wooden
shovel he grabs that pile of wheat and chaff together and
he throws it into the air. And the wind blows the chaff away
and the pure wheat falls to the ground. That is what is going
to happen, according to the living
Christ and his Word. It’s
going to happen in the last days when there are many, many
sheaves, when the Church is big, and the piles will be put
on the threshing floor and there will be great beating and
shaking. Finally there will be a great wind to blow away
the final by-product of chaff. Now, only the pure wheat,
the elect ones, will be gathered into the storehouse of the
Lord. And that will not be the majority, it will be the minority.
From that big pile brought in from the field, only a small
pile will be left on the threshing floor. That’s exactly
according to the Word, according to the Holy Spirit, and
according to the revelation of the Holy Spirit, that’s
how it will be for many churches that will be shaken by the
Lord in the last days.
Therefore, the message of
the last days, as the Lord tells us to share, is a message
of repentance, a message of waking up, of trimming the lamp
and getting ready. In China we did not have electricity.
It was a very simple life. We had bear fat in a saucer, or
some kind of lard or whatever, and mother would twist the
wick and smear it with lard very good and light it up and
that’s how we had light. We did our homework with that
light from the small saucer, there was a wick burning. But
eventually the burning of the oil and lard makes a residue
and it gets darker and darker because the oil cannot come
through that black tar stuff, and the light starts to get
dim and flicker, and will go out if you don’t trim
the wick, it extinguishes.
So to me it is a very clear
message that the Church of God has to repent and trim this
blackness of sin, blackness of corruption, blackness of materialism.
To trim the lamp, that means to repent and clean up your
life, inside and out, and get ready as a holy Church without
spot or wrinkle, to meet the Lord.
That’s the call.
So as we go about, this is
what we share with whomever will receive us. We also have
a cassette ministry with 100 cassettes in the Russian language
that we share with all Slavic populations all across the
land, including Russia. Many people are thanking the Lord
they have a message of the last days, and of repentance,
and the preparation of the Church in Russian, even though
it is not a popular message.
But there are people who
appreciate it and they say, "Please send us more. Russia
is starving for the real message of the last days." As
much as we can do, we do share with the people of Russia
through the cassette ministry, even though we don’t
go there ourselves. We have many friends there and good communication
with the underground church in Russia who are suffering persecution
So then, as we read the Scripture
in Luke, this particular parable has several messages. One
is that the people of God in the last days have to come to
the point of such fervent prayers that they cannot be denied.
They really have to bombard heaven with their prayers. The
churches in America have to organize house meetings all over
the place, prayer groups bombarding heaven, "Lord, talk
to us, teach us, Lord, if need be chastise us, Lord, and
clean us up, Lord, cleanse your Church and get us ready.
Lord, empower us with the Holy Ghost so we’ll be able
to stand in the very terrible days to come."
Because in Russia, even though
that church was led out, it had to learn the power of prayer
in order to withstand the assault of the enemy. And only
by the power of prayer, by the power of fasting, and of a
holy life and separation, was the underground church of Russia
able to survive. Because many churches are dead in Russia
because they just had a form of godliness but denied the
power. They compromised because they couldn’t take
the great pressure. They compromised and became co-workers
and collaborators with the KGB. And they were kind of a smokescreen
for the Western world, which served as an image that Russia
had freedom and no persecution, because they said, "Here
are the churches." But they were full of government
A brother with whom I was
traveling was sharing about all this and much more. He said
the KGB literally installed their workers as pastors and
ministers in those dead churches that had a form of godliness,
but had no power of God. They could not stand. And it’s
no surprise. The same Peter who was with Christ, taught of
Christ, who had seen miracles, ended up in the flesh. And
in the flesh he could not stand the pressure. He was afraid,
he got scared when the real heat came on. Christ was taken
as a prisoner and the Apostles disappeared. They ran away.
And Peter said, "I don’t know him. No, no, I wasn’t
with Christ." Why? Because he had no power of the
Holy Ghost in him.
And Christians, churches
here, if they don’t pray through, and if they won’t
go into sanctification by the Holy Word and by the Holy Spirit,
if they don’t experience the living presence of God
like in the days of the Apostles, they will not be able to
stand. The Holy Ghost spoke to us in Canada that many people
and many churches will deny God left and right when the great
tribulation will come. People will deny the Lord because
they were playing too much church, churchianity, they were
playing religion, they had no power of the Lord, and they
will not be able to stand when the time comes. So therefore
this is the message the Lord is telling us here in this particular
Very persistent prayer. The
widow was just bugging this judge to protect her and help
her. And God says, "If a judge can do so, will not God
do so if his elect will cry to him day and night?" Today
we need a church which will be a crying church. Brethren,
teach your people to cry. Teach your people to weep before
the face of the Lord. My Christ wept. The Apostle Paul wept
with many tears. The men of old, they wept, they cried. Jeremiah
cried. Isaiah cried. The church in Russia, during revival,
they cried. I remember the church in China, the brethren
cried nearly at every prayer. That was not only a praying
church, it was a crying church, really meaning business with
the Lord. They were really pouring their hearts out.
America does not want to
cry... does not want to cry. People want to laugh in churches.
Yes. A preacher stands here and sends jokes and anecdotes
from the pulpit, and people grab their stomachs and they
laugh to their hearts content. And then at the end of the
service they praise the Lord, "The Lord blessed us,
the presence of the Lord was with us." I’m sorry.
It was the presence of the devil. Because the devil has his
own comics on T.V. and all over the place. Now the devil
has comics right in churches. Everybody wants to laugh. They
want to have fun. They want to have laughter.
Nobody wants to cry anymore
in churches. So this is the call of the Lord. We read, "Will
not God, just before Christ comes, will He not defend his
elect, those who cry to him day and night?" Yes. He
will definitely defend them. For them, this is the will of
the Lord for the Church in the last days before the coming
of the Lord.
If you believe the coming
of the Lord is close, if you believe the coming of the Lord
is at hand, then this is the message: Church of God, let’s
learn to pray, let’s learn to cry to Him day and night.
Then the Lord will empower his people with the power of the
Holy Ghost like in the days of the Apostles. He will get
the Church ready.
Because I read in my Bible,
in chapter 19, when the time has come for the bride to meet
the Bridegroom, I read that "... she made herself ready." She
was working on her dress. She had a job to do.
Yes, that will be the Church
that will enter in. And that will be the elect. There are
many called. There are many called, that the Lord has called
in the churches, but only the elect will enter into the holy
supper, as I read in the parables as well as in the last
book, in Revelation. Yes. So this is very brief. I don’t
have much time anymore, so I am going to conclude. This is
the call of the Lord to me and my people. And, if you will,
it’s the call of the Lord to American churches. People
of God, find your priorities. Either your God is a living
God, the God of the Apostles, or your God is a god of dollars,
a god of your belly. You have to decide.
Many people do not like my
messages. But it is not of me. God told me to speak straight.
And so I do, wherever I go. He told me to speak straight
and not beat around the bush, so people won’t misunderstand
me. So then, God calls to repentance and revival. God calls
to prayer, and God calls to watching and praying. Because
Christ said of the last days, watch therefore and pray, that
you may be accounted worthy to escape all the future tribulations
and stand before the Son of Man."
So then may the Lord God
bless. And may the Lord help all of us, as the people of
God, to really find our priorities and really mean business
with God. And come with living prayers to the Lord. The God
of the prophets of old, and the God of the Apostles, that
is the only true faith that you will find in the Bible, with
the exact same experiences the Lord wants his people to have
in these last days and in this last generation. So may the
Lord bless you.
I would like, in my infirmity,
to invite you all to pray. Let’s all bow down before
the face of the Lord, and let’s cry unto Him. If you
can, let’s do it the Apostolic way. Let’s pray
with one accord. If you cannot, if you are ashamed, that’s
your business. I’m not pushing anybody. But the church
in Russia, the church in China, prayed with one accord, with
one voice. They lifted up their voice and said, "Lord,
help us, deliver us, bless us, Lord, visit us." And
the Lord was faithful to fulfill his Word and did visit the
church in Russia and in China, when they were willing to
pray and be obedient. So may the Lord God bless you abundantly
and richly and stir up the spirit of prayer in churches as
He ministers. So let’s bow down before the Lord.
| Boris Sorokovsky
PO Box 400
Lac la Hache, BC