Monday, February 17, 2014

Pastor Arnold Murray of the Shepherd's Chapel Has Passed Away


WEB Notes: It is with great heartfelt sorrow I write this tonight. Pastor Arnold Murray of the Shepherd's Chapel has passed away and gone to be with our Father in Heaven (Pastor Arnold B. Murray's Obituary). 

Pastor Murray would be the first one to acknowledge God for his ministry and give Him the glory. But it also takes a man in the flesh to want to do our Father's work. Pastor Murray was that man. A man who has lead untold thousands of people back to their Father. 

Lord, we thank you for giving us Pastor Murray, a wonderful man and teacher of Your Word. 

Pastor, we miss you already and we will love you forever. 

To our audience, please send your prayers to the Murray family and the Chapel. Pray that they all be lifted up and strengthened during this time of great loss.

A fellow member of the Shepherd's Chapel wrote a beautiful letter concerning the passing of our Pastor that I will now share with you.

By: Long-Time Shepherd’s Chapel Student Steve Barwick

Most of you have probably heard by now that Pastor Arnold Murray passed away yesterday, apparently of a heart attack.

The Chapel has verified this information, and is asking people to relax, and take a deep breath, and praise Father for granting us such a shining example of faith, courage and service in the Word of God, for so long.

And I would add, to also pray that Dennis Murray be granted the faith, strength, courage and physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being to carry on in Arnold’s footsteps.  Perhaps Father will grant him the double-portion, as He did Elisha when Elijah was taken home. Regardless, we know Dennis will do a fine job.  Pray also for Father’s blessings on the crew at the Chapel, who keep everything running smoothly.

You will all remember from the Scriptures that when Moses was taken home by our heavenly Father, it was then time for the children of Israel to enter into the Promised Land under the direction of Joshua.  Think about that, for we have just been given a great benchmark in Arnold’s passing.

Arnold Murray was the “Moses” of our time.  I would advise you all to prepare yourselves -- mentally, physically, emotionally and most of all, spiritually -- for the journey that lies directly ahead.  That means staying firmly planted in our Father’s Word.  Arnold’s passing represents a “great shaking,” perhaps, for some.  But it is nothing compared to what is soon to come.  This is no time to be shaken, beloved.

Remember:  This is the 66th year of the planting of the fig tree in the Holy Land.  So expect much this year.

The Lord’s specific instructions to the children of Israel just before they were to enter the Promised Land were as follows:

Deu 31:6  "Be strong and of good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, He it is that doth go with thee; He will not fail thee, nor forsake thee."

We may have lost our flesh “Moses” of the end times.  But we have not lost the faithful and courageous example he set for us.  And always remember, it is our heavenly Father that Arnold Murray ALWAYS taught us to look to for guidance and direction, not himself.

Father has shown us by example that when “Moses” was taken home, the children of Israel were not left without guidance and direction.  Our heavenly Father was with them every step of the way.  And He will be with us every step of the way in the journey ahead into the Promised Land of the Millennium teaching period.

As it is written in the verse above, “He it is that doth go with thee, He will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.”  Claim those promises, beloved.  They are yours for the taking, in Christ’s name.

Also, always keep in mind that the Lord’s instructions to Joshua (representing the elect Body of Jesus Christ of these end days), were as follows:

Deu 31:7  "And Moses called unto Joshua, and said unto him in the sight of all Israel, Be strong and of a good courage: for thou must go with this people unto the land which the LORD hath sworn unto their fathers to give them; and thou shalt cause them to inherit it."

Deu 31:8  "And the LORD, He it is that doth go before thee; He will be with thee, He will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed."

Take those words literally, and stand firm in them.  Claim them, in Christ’s name.  Be strong and of good courage.  Fear not.  Do not be dismayed.  For our job is to cause the people of Israel to inherit the land that’s been stolen from us.  That is the task that lies directly ahead -- a task that will be completed by our Lord and Savior at His Second Advent, which we now march forward to.

So as we march toward that soon-coming day, these are our instructions.  We do it God’s way, in accord with the Book.  Follow the Book.  Now, and after the antichrist arrives, when it is finally time for the election to be delivered up and for the Lord to speak through us at those trials, FOLLOW THE BOOK.  The Book says “Be strong and of good courage.”  The Book says “Fear not, nor be afraid of them.”

Let us never forget it.  Let us stand firmly in our Lord and Savior’s footsteps (“Take up your cross, and follow Me”).  And let us remain firmly rooted in His Word.  That is the legacy our dear Pastor Arnold Murray has left to us, just as our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ left it to us.  Follow the path that’s already been blazed.  Make the wake others can follow in, by sticking with the straight-on truth of God’s Word.  All praise and glory to our heavenly Father and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Amen.

"The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall also finish it; and thou shalt know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me unto you." - Zechariah 4:9

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