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Book of Remembrance

December 8, 2006

Nahum 1:7  “The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.”

Jeremiah 29:11  “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”

To come to a place in your relationship with the Lord where you simply trust him to the full, knowing that he will tend to every need (not every want; but every need) and that regardless of the physical ambience, he will never leave you nor forsake you.  He knows them that trust in him; those who are totally committed to him.  Those who, if need be, will lay down their life without so much as a flinch.  To arrive at the place where you can truly proclaim “Though he slay me, yet will I trust him” as was the case with Job.  He was a man who never allowed material trappings to come between him and the Lord.  He never set his heart upon that which is ever so temporal.  Each saint; each person who knows Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, should strive relentlessly to arrive at such a place.  When we trust the lord Jesus in all things and have “no confidence in the flesh.”   To have our affections on the everlasting habitation; the world without ending.

This following passage has been on my heart for the last two week.  The word of God is ever so sweet and this familiar passage declares that, even when it appears that the wicked are prospering, God is faithful to them that love him in spirit and in truth.  He truly sees the ending from the beginning.

Malachi 3:15-18  “And now, we call the proud happy; yea, they that work wickedness are set up; yea, they that tempt God are even delivered.  Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another:  and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name.  And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.  Then ye shall return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him theat serveth him not.” 

Read Psalm 73 as it has a similar theme.

We are coming into a time when the saints will be tested like never before; when it’s going to seem as though the forces of evil will be prevailing on every front.  The explosion of iniquity that we see taking place now will reach new depths as the Restrainer is taken out of the way.  This will be the hour of temptation that will forever seperate the wheat from the chaff, or the “saints from the aints” if you prefer the rhyming, but grammerically incorrect version.  The price of faithfulness to God will be physical death at the hands of the wicked; a pattern that has existed ever since Cain slew his brother, Abel.  If a person is walking in half-hearted commitment, they’ll be hard pressed to endure the times that were coming into.

This, along with all of the scriptural reasons,  is why I no longer subscribe to a pre-tribulation rapture.  (The rapture does take place, however, it takes place at the end of the tribulation.  If you truly love the Lord Jesus, he’ll give you grace to endure anything)  According to the pre-tribulation teaching, the carnal-minded christians who are supposed to be left behind because they weren’t watching, must suddenly turn from their lukewarmness and endure the most deceptive time in the history of the world.  They would have to suddenly get right with God; casting off years of half-hearted commitment, and  discern between good and evil as the false prophet is performing an array of signs and lying wonders.  They will have to love not their own lives unto the death when before, they couldn’t even spend ten minutes in prayer.   If you cannot live for Jesus now, it’s highly unlikely that you’ll be willing to die for him when the time arrives. 

I Kings 19:14  “And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts:  because the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.” 

Elijah was a man with like passions as we and yet he despaired when it seemed that he alone sought the Holy One of Israel.  Jezebel was out to destroy him as she was unmoved by the display of Gods power when he answered by fire before the 450 prophets of Baal.  (You would think that such an event would rattle anyone; even the wicked daughter of a pagan king)  Elijah was heartbroken as the children of Israel worshipped a god that wasn’t, and refused to turn to the Ancient of Days.  In verse 18 of that same chapter God reveals a truth to Elijah.

I Kings 19:18  “Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him.”

God knows them that are his; those who love him even when it seems that the whole world has gone astray.  I bring this up often because few of us, including myself, really grasp just how deceptive these days are.  The delusions to come will “make sense” to the natural man.  Placing a traceable chip in a childs hand to prevent them from being abducted “makes sense.  Replacing all of your files, your pieces of identity, and your keys to everything with a chip implant that you can never lose “makes sense.”  A global governing body which will end all wars and distress of nations sounds warm and fuzzy to the undiscerning.  NEVER has it been more imperative that we trust in the Lord know that his word is true.  Never has it been more imperative that we “build up our most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost.”  Those that profess faith in Jesus Christ will be ridiculed like never before as the deceptions of the antichrist will be so convincing as to make christianity seem destined for the pages of history.  Already the mystery of iniquity is working as II Thessalonians chapter two tells us. 

“LET GO AND LET GOD!”  These words are spoken on a regular basis and they will take on a greater urgency as the end approaches.  The coming storm is indeed a “perfect storm” and we mustn’t allow it to distract us from what we know to be true.   The end of all things is at hand; this dispensation has nearly run its course and the glorious return of jesus christ is just ahead.  Do not lose sight of this no matter what.  I need to close for now, but I’ll leave with one more passage of scripture which is relative to this topic.

I Peter 4-17-19  “For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall be the end of them that obey not the gospel of God?  And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?  Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of god commit the keeping of their souls to him in well-doing, as unto a faithful creator.”

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