The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness!


MATTHEW 6:22-23.



THE FOUNDING

DISCLAIMER NOTE: THE TITLE OF THIS WEBSITE IS "COMEANDSEE.ORG". IF YOU SEE IMPROPER POP-UP IMAGES APPEAR HERE OF A PORNAGRAPHIC NATURE, THAT IS MOST DEFINITELY AN UNWELCOME INVASION OF THIS ARENA. THE TERM "COME AND SEE" WHEN THIS MINISTRY WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1980 IS A QUOTE FROM JESUS' WORDS WHEN SOMEONE ASKED HIM WHERE HE LIVED. HIS ANSWER WAS SIMPLY "COME AND SEE".

I founded "Come and See" in 1980 as a Christian outreach ministry under the 501(c)(3) regulations, which is applicable for both churches and para-church organizations. Believing the formal aspect of the ministry has now run its course, in 2014, thirty-four years since its beginning, I dissolved the organization as a national and state recognized non-profit entity.

My spiritual life and ministry from now on will be more dedicated in service to the local church, specifically at Yachats Baptist Church in Yachats, Oregon. However, all my books, articles and other writings published through the years relating to the Gospel of the LORD JESUS CHRIST, the Bible and particularly prophecy, will remain at this website as long as the LORD allows. Those documents will be found below. You can easily find them by clicking on the self-explanatory icons. I truly hope you will enjoy and be blessed by reading the manuscripts.


From here on you'll be reading about COME AND SEE Ministries' background:

MISSION AND BELIEFS

My primary mission is to present Bible truth and to extend Godly love to both non-Christians and Christians. Four main avenues are followed in my attempt to achieve this goal:

  1. by preaching the Gospel, which basically is...

    (a) that the heavenly Father sent His only begotten Son into the world to redeem sinners who believe in Him and His Son,

    (b) that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, paid the price for sin through the sacrifice of His life and the shedding of His own blood at Calvary almost 2,000 years ago,

    (c) that those who by faith alone in Jesus and His work also receive a new spiritual birth, which the Bible calls the "new man",

    (d) that the Holy Spirit places a seal on believers, guaranteeing both God's ownership and an eternal destiny to be spent with God in heaven,

    (e) and that believers can, through diligent study and obedience to God and His Word, help prepare themselves for their rewards in the Kingdom of God.

  2. by believing and teaching that Jesus rose from the dead, is now alive, and is soon coming again. (The prediction of Jesus' soon return is based on convictions which grew out of 30 years of study in Bible prophecy, coupled with how current events in fact are lining up with Jesus' own forecasts of the conditions which would be occurring just prior to His return.)

  3. by encouraging and promoting love among Christians. The Bible reveals that one of the best ways to draw unbelievers to Jesus is for them to see genuine love being practiced among Christians. (References: John 13:35 and the whole epistle of First John.)

  4. by giving. God's Word also says that Christian love is to be demonstrated by the words of our mouths and "in deed". (See 1 John 3:18.)

A DOUBLE SIDED COIN

"Come and See" has always had a dual meaning to us

(1) helping unbelievers see their need for Christ, and (2) helping people see with their natural eyes.

My 'tent-making' profession for 40 years was optometry. I am now retired from active practice. For a glimpse into our past, as the Holy Spirit has led through the years, with the assistance of my wife Cindy (who is now with Jesus), we had the privilege of providing free eye exams and glasses to missionaries, homeless people, and certain ones on low incomes. (Amazingly, and as God directed I believe, I am now married to Mary, who was Cindy's dearest friend. We now live on the Oregon coast.)

FINANCES/

Our financial needs are met according to God's riches in glory by Christ Jesus. (Phil. 4:19) Since 1980, COME & SEE Ministries has been a state and federally approved, 501(c)(3), tax-exempt organization. Thus, gifts to this ministry have been tax-deductible. However, as already stated, this aspect of "Come and See" is now dissolved. So no longer can donations receive tax-deductible status. In fact, I prefer that no donations be sent to me. Make your gifts to your local church or some other worthy Christian organization. But for as long as the LORD desires, I do plan to keep this website alive for people to read the books online or to receive whatever benefit they can from that which is available here for you.

BOOKS/

There are three books available from this ministry (actually five, but two are bound together in each of two volumes.)

What Is Saving Faith? and Beyond The Basics are two works in one binding which represent the author's study over the past several years on the rudiments of basic, Biblical salvation and how it relates to the Christian believer. I'm reasonably sure that there will be some surprises here, but I sincerely believe that the understanding helps explain why many believers seem to experience less-than-ideal, spiritual growth. (I include much of my own life when I say this.) There is good evidence that there are at least three primary reasons spiritual maturity may seem slow and/or stagnant in the lives of many Christians:

(1) unclear comprehension of God's design of how we are made i.e., that we are triune beings, spirit and soul and body, and

(2) not grasping what happens (in the inner man) as a result of being "in Christ", and

(3) not realizing that subsequent to receiving the free gift of the new birth, Christian "works" ARE necessarily preparatory for one's rewards to be received at the Judgement Seat of Christ.

Wrong understanding and/or omitting the application of correct knowledge (i.e., exercising wisdom) causes failure to mature in the things of God. This principle is stated in Hosea 4:6. "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge...". In What Is Saving Faith?, I have attempted to provide some insights into certain, key Scriptures which hopefully will assist "pilgrims" in their progress.

The Two Witnesses is the primary literary-hub of Come and See Ministries. This 400-page book, 16 years in the writing, relates Biblical prophecy to historical and future reality. This work, more than any other, is the reason Come and See Ministries was initially founded.

Some wonder why I've formed an organization to minister through rather than operating only within the local church. It's a fair question. I hope my rationale will be understood by knowing the following facts.

BACKGROUND OF THE FOUNDER

I have no words to adequately describe for you the intensity of the spiritual changes which came upon me beginning in December 1976. This was made real to me in many ways, but probably the most consistent and enduring development was suddenly being awakened early every morning between 2 and 3 a.m. For the next several hours I would be prompted to carefully comb through the Scriptures on prophecy. Day in and day out I would pray, read, study, think, and write during these sessions, with the Bible and the Holy Spirit as my only guides. The Two Witnesses was the outcome, which was published through this ministry in 1994. (Many prophetic books are available today, several of which I have read with interest, but it is important to emphasize that TTW is not presented as a review of the works of others. New insights are found here.)

However, in addition to the unusual understanding relative to the well-known areas of the prophetic Scriptures, I was later surprised to find what I believe to be confirming pictures, in metaphoric format, discovered in two other special passages. This information is now available in my third book, Images From God's Darkroom. This book is a commentary on the enigmatic images seen in John 11 and Acts 27 & 28. Some readers have called this work "fascinating". Well, it is, not because of some special writing skills of mine, but because of the absolutely-fabulous content of the double-inferred truth found in these passages. It's quite amazing once you see it.

OTHER EXPERIENCE:

I also wrote several tracts through the years. At some future point in time I hope to make these available both in printed form again and to read online.

In addition to writing the books and tracts, I also did a daily radio broadcast which ran for several years on three Northern-California, Christian-centered stations.

On a more personal level, I have given Biblical guidance to many troubled individuals, including college students, patients, referrals from friends and pastors, veterans, the homeless, and various others.

Today, my Christian ministry locally involves membership and activities in the Yachats Baptist Church. My wife Mary is a Sunday School Teacher there and involved in many other activities as the need for her skills arise. I participate in the music program, occasionally singing a solo, and assist in the leading of the congregational hymn singing.

If you wish to contact me, here's the address:

Lance Johnson, O.D.

P.O. Box 835
Yachats, Oregon 97498


Please visit some of our other areas of interest:

     
Bible Prophecy Commentaries To read my previous articles and newsletters, click on the scroll. You'll be taken to the Come & See NEWS room. You'll not find meaningless chatter here but serious commentary on God's "good news".

     
microphone To listen to a couple of my Focal Point radio broadcasts, click on the microphone. You'll be taken to the COME & SEE AUDIO room. If you don't have the necessary Real Audio software to listen to these programs, you can download it free. Just click on the "free Real Player" graphic you'll see after you load one of the programs at the AUDIO site.

     
What Is Saving Faith? - a 200-page book readable online Click on the crosses to go to our file room for the book "What Is Saving Faith?"

 

The Two Witnesses - a 386-page book readable online To visit the html prophecy site, click on the Moses' image. And when you get there just go through the chapters created from my book "THE TWO WITNESSES". The files are arranged in chronological order.

 

To see our prophecy site click on the eye photo below. And when you get there just go through the key files created from our book "THE TWO WITNESSES". This version is in normal text file format and the files are arranged in chronological order. For darker and bolder print, see above for the html format of the same book.

 
The Two Witnesses - 
a text version


Click on the photo below to read my book entitled "Images From God's Darkroom". This book is admittedly allegorical, but it adds strong evidence to the validity of my book The Two Witnesses. One prophecy scholar, some friends and family members have believed the report and found it "fascinating"!

Images From God's Darkroom - 
a 200-page book readable online - adds more evidence of my book The Two 
Witnesses


books To receive materials click on the library icon for ordering information.




For future reference, jot down our "COME & SEE" WWW site:

fttp://www.comeandsee.org/


OTHER LINKS OF INTEREST:

  • Of course, other ministries must stand within their own merits and rights and must be personally accountable for their own beliefs and statements. These listed here represent works and beliefs of other Christians which I have found to be of significant value for the body of Christ to consider.

  • Several years ago I became acquainted with Lyn Mize through the Internet. Subsequently, I read his book The Open Door and other very thought-provoking insights which he expressed in articles and email dialogue with other Christian believers. I encourage other brothers and sisters to explore and give careful attention to this man's unique and very thorough and detailed exposition of the Scriptures. As is true with most "deep thinkers" who truly love God and His Holy Word, don't be shocked if you discover understanding that may at times go against the "grain" relative to what you have been taught or believed. Just hang in there, and put any disagreements "on hold" for the time being; don't be afraid to say to yourself "I'll think more about these points later". Be persistent, keep reading, and you will likely leave "First Fruits" with a better and clearer perspective of God's Word than you previously held. In addition, I can virtually guarantee that after reading Lyn's works carefully, you will be more dogged in your own future Scriptural studies. Thus, with delight I refer you to Lyn's studies.

    Note: I recently learned that Lyn has passed away. But as I understand it, others are keeping his website active. So try it for yourself.

    FirstFruits
  • Click on the First Fruits logo to go to their website.


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    My grandson, Eric Johnson, did the eagle sketch and he is also playing the background piano music which he composed.

    
    

    "For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart."

    (Hebrews 4:12)

    Bible&Sword

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