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Church of The Lord Jesus Christ
Assemblies of The Apostolic Faith
Atlanta, Georgia - USA
Apostle Dennis G. Smith, Pastor and Spiritual Overseer

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Date: October 11, 2020

To all the Saints of God,


Grace and peace be unto all the Saints of God around the World.  As this Coronavirus Pandemic continues, we are continually reminding the Saints of God that we are obeying the magistrates and following the guideline of the health and governmental authorities for the safety of all people. 


     Health authorities and governmental officials continue to strongly encourage people to wear face coverings in public and use social distancing, wash your hands, and get tested to help stop the spread of the Covid-19 virus.  In some places wearing face mask is mandatory in all indoor and outdoor public spaces.  

     At this present time, the City of Atlanta, Georgia remains in Phase II of the Reopening Plan.   Large gatherings of more than 50 people are banned in Georgia unless there is at least six feet between each person. We are continuing limited in-person gatherings to maintain the requested social distancing and increasing our online service through Zoom, Facebook, and YouTube. The medically fragile are advised to continue to shelter in place.  Baptism and prayer service is continuing using personal protective equipment.


     As we obey the Magistrates, we have complete faith that God will continue to hear our prayers and provide a way for us through these uncertain times.


Romans 13:2-4 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.


TITUS 3:1-2 Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work, To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men.  

This week’s encouraging words of growth focuses on:

The Events in the Day of the Lord (Part 1)

2Peter 3:7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.

     For those who may be unfamiliar with the terminology or expression “Day of the Lord” let us speak about it in the simplest way possible so that all will understand.  The term is used in most cases in the Bible to express that God will have a time that he will judge and punish all the evil and sinful ways of those who have not repented of their sins or turned away from their sinful ways.  He will judge and punish sinful people, sinful nations, sinful governments, who continue in their ungodly ways with destruction and eternal damnation, but he will save those who repent of their sins and live a holy, righteous life with eternal rewards. The Day of the Lord may also refer to his physical appearances as in his first coming in natural birth through Mary and in his second coming as a glorified Body  beginning with the descent to the midair meeting for the Rapture of the Church ushering in the great tribulation on earth then after the Bridal Feast descending from heaven with his Saints to destroy the antichrist and set up his earthly Millennial Reign in physical glorified form.

Romans 12:19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.

     Those who love the Lord Jesus Christ and all the Church need to set themselves to endure hardness in this present life.  We must not become entangled in the sinful pleasures of this world seeing that those who do so will not inherit the Kingdom of God.  The Bible clearly tells us that he will gather his Saints in the First Resurrection and translation of the Saints and we will be with him for eternity.  This should give all God’s Children the encouragement to continue on in life in the good times, bad times, happy times, and sad times.

     No matter who betrays you, you must continue on in the word of God knowing that their time will come if they do not turn from their evil ways.  We will never lose this battle whether we die or remain alive until the coming of the Lord we have a blessed hope of eternal joy.  We can declare in the mist of satanic attacks that we are victorious because Jesus Christ has the victory over death.  

     We also know that he will provide for us even in times of famine because he is a rewarder to those that diligently seek him.  The word of God declares that I have never seen the righteous forsaken nor his seed begging bread.  So, in the mist of this covid-19 pandemic God will make away for all those who call upon him with a sincere repentant heart and follow the ways of righteousness.  

     You must continuously speak comforting words to yourself and all the Saints wherever they are on this planet as this distress upon the earth becomes more intense.  Some have been told that the Church would not see this trouble, but they can now see that the date setting false prophets are wrong.  We will have the victory in life or in death and we will live and reign with the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  The Lord Jesus Christ is coming back again in person with his glorified physical body. The Lord will come to the mid air first and gather all his Church the dead and living ones for the mid air meeting in the clouds.

1Thessalonians 4:13 - 18 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.  For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.  For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.  For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

     The Main Events that mark the second coming of the Lord in person or the day of the Lord by premillennial believers is the Rapture of the Church( also called the Resurrection and Translation of the Saints which is a part of the First Resurrection), the antichrist and the tribulation period which is a seven year period of intense sorrows, war, famine, and destruction and the Second Coming of Christ to the earth to destroy the antichrist and set up his early millennial reign.


Revelation 20:4 - 6 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.  But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.  Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

"The Day of the Lord" is a biblical term warning of a time when "The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come" referring to the first and second comings of Jesus Christ spoken of in Joel 2:31 and cited in Acts 2:20 sometime described as the first and second advent.  There is no need for debate about these prophecies as no one knowns the exact date or time of various events only that they will happen and and some are already occurring. 

Acts 2:19 - 21 And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke:  The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come:  And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.


The concept of the Day of the Lord throughout the Scripture indicates a day of divine and in some cases apocalyptic judgment as the present world comes to an end.


      Because most of mankind has continued in sin, God would come in judgement on them. Thus, the day of the Lord is about God punishing those who continue sinful ways and saving those who repent of their sinful ways.  There is a promise also that in the Day of the Lord, "everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved."   Therefore we are living in the Day of the Lord, the Day of the I am in which those of us who obey the Apostle's Doctrine calling on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ will be saved even as the sorrows become more intense until there is tribulation like never before was and will never be again. The Church will be raptured before the most intense part of the tribulation usually called the great tribulation period generally referred to by the midtribulational view as the last half of the seven year period.  We are aware that many of the brethren believed that the Church would not be here for any of the sorrows which is the reason why so many of you are shocked and depressed as you see the distress getting worst and worst.  But be encouraged, the Lord Jesus Christ will save us from the wrath.


 Joel 2:28 - 32 And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:  And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.


 And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and


the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come.  And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of

the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call.

The Day of the Lord for those living today mostly refers to the events of the rapture and the return of the Lord Jesus Christ.

1Thessalonians 5:1 - 11 But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.  For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.  For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.  But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.  Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.  Therefore, let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.  For they that sleep, sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.  But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.  For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.  Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.


We continue with a Message from Apostle Shelton…… Prince Michael and the Time of Trouble………


By Bishop S. McDowell Shelton

     We are coming to you wherever you may be to let you know that there is "one Lord, one faith, one baptism," Eph. 4:5.   I say to you as did Peter on the day of Pentecost, .. Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost." Acts 2:38.   We are praying for all of the saints on Apostolic Square, for the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ and the saints everywhere, and for all those who take heed to what the Bible says. We pray for all of you, wherever you may be that God will grant your petitions and answer your prayers.

     Today, we are talking to you about Prince Michael and the Time of Trouble.  Keep in your mind that if you think you have had trouble, those of us who remain here on earth until the end of this dispensation of grace (which is the 6th dispensation) shall be faced with a world heavily ladened with trouble. As the end of the dispensation of grace comes, trouble will increase and from out of this trouble will come a period called tribulation.

     The trouble will start where people will bring offenses, sorrows, and afflictions upon you.  It will go on and increase until the church is caught up and taken away. Indeed, it will happen and if you are not rooted and grounded in the Apostolic Faith, you will faint by the wayside.  Now some might say: "Well I won't be here at that time." Chances are, you will be here. If you are not here in that time, you have got to set yourself and be ready when your time of death comes. 

     Every saint must learn in their salvation how to endure hardship. They must learn to do that. It is one of the most important lessons that you must learn. Your next lesson is how to endure blessings, because either one of them can offset you. Because both are coming, you must set yourself.  I would warn you that hardship, in all probability, will exceed the times of joy and blessings and you will be the recipients of some kind of worry or trouble almost all of the time. After the trouble comes, you will have some times of peace. You will bring some of these troublesome times upon yourself and others will just come upon you.

People will change. Situations will become different. Your feelings about people and things will change.  Surely it will.  Happiness will almost become non-existent. Things that once made you happy will begin cease making you happy and you will have to cope with that.   Joy will be one of the rarest items that you will have in your life. You must come to it, because whatever it is that gives you the most joy in your life is the thing which is going to be affected and attacked in some kind of way.

In Daniel 12:1 it reads “And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book”.

     This speaks about this time of trouble which will increase and be intensified then develop fully into a period of tribulation. At such time of tribulation, the church will caught away and there will be a restriction on the people as to their power to purchase and their power to perform their activities.   During this time of tribulation, there will be a power whose name is disguised in a code known by the number 666.

     This number, his coding, is showing you the mystery of whom it will be.  Whether they will use this specific number or not, is conjecture and speculation however, so that you will have something to remember it, the number itself is the code of this power.  Those who refuse to have this number in their hands or forehead will not have permission to move, to occupy, to be, to drink, nor to do all the other things that they once got pleasure from doing.  In other words, as they go through the earth not having this number, all of their freedom can and will be taken from them.  

      Those who elect to have themselves imprisoned or beheaded or whatever, will be the only ones delivered at this time. The church will be gone, and they will no longer be baptizing in the name of Jesus Christ. Because the Church will be gone, no longer will there be a necessary requirement to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance.  Yet the same Spirit and power must prevail in the people who obey and do the will of God.   Even though people will be encouraged and warned by witnesses, most shall turn aside. 

     You must set your seal and sanctify yourself so that you can be counted worthy to escape. Whether you are asleep or awake, the price which you must pay in obedience in your life is that you must offer yourself and all that is important to you as a living sacrifice to the living God. You must offer your life to God, from the rising of the sun to the going down thereof.  You see, you must speak to your own mind and tell it that your life is turned backwards. You make all those other things the most important things in your life and you need to be turned all the way around again.  Tell yourself that everything else that you do, or have, or think is secondary, and your first responsibility is perfecting yourself, perfecting your salvation that you may have part in the First Resurrection.

“Bless and holy is he…. " (Revelations 20:6).

Revelations 20:6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

     It would disturb me more than perhaps I could verbalize and explain in words to think about your being here, hearing the word and having obeyed the truth of God, then let yourselves be destroyed.  The Church is not some social organization to keep you amused or with some friendships or what-have-you.

This church was established by God Himself.  For what?  For your salvation, your deliverance and eternal life.   It has within it, the factors; everything you need is in this Church, in this Faith.   We will continue with these messages in part 2…….

May the Lord Bless you and Keep you and eternally hold you in the center of his will, may he open your understanding that you will come to know that you must repent of your sins and be baptized by immersion in water in the Name of Jesus Christ for the remission of your sins, then continue in prayer, tarrying until you receive the gift of the Holy Ghost with the sign following speaking with other tongues as the spirit gives you utterances.  Then you must leave the principles of the doctrine and go on to perfection overcoming the love of the world, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life and continue steadfastly in the Apostle’s Doctrine remembering always that he that endures until the End, the same shall be saved.  In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ who is God Almighty. Amen

With perfect love,
Apostle Dennis G. Smith


Coronavirus outbreak in Churches from health reports:   October 11, 2020

·       Most are continuing to following the COVID-19 outbreak among President Donald Trump and the Whitehouse.

Present Guidelines for Individuals and Businesses in Phase 2:

·         Small private gatherings of no more than 10 people, with social distancing.

·         Large Gatherings of more than 50 people are banned in Georgia unless there is at least six feet between each person.


 Social Distancing guidelines:

When to Wear a Mask:

Those who are staying home and have no close contact with people who are infected with COIVID-19 do not need a mask most of the time. However, wearing a nonmedical or homemade mask may be helpful in certain situations or for certain populations. Wear a Mask when:

Because homemade masks protect everyone else from the droplets created by the wearer, it is important that as many people as possible wear these masks when leaving their homes. This helps prevent those who may be infectious but are only mildly symptomatic or not symptomatic from spreading the virus to others in the community.

Everyone should remember the phrase: “My mask protects you; your mask protects me.” By increasing the overall number of people who are containing their coughs, sneezes, and other droplets, it will help us control the overall spread of the virus.