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There the Prisoners Rest Together

February 1, 2007

Romans 13:11-12  “And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we first believed.  The night is far spent, the at is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.

Oftentimes when writing, you check back through that which has been typed out and find yourself thinking “well DUH!” This post seems like one of those “observations of the obvious” but I’ll post it as it serves encourage all to keep the faith and not faint.  As in all posts, I seek to focus attention upon the Lord Jesus Christ who gave his life for us, paying for our sins with his own blood.  To encourage all to look to the eternal when we shall “forever be with the Lord.”

Last evening was a time in which various topics filled my mind while making a difference at American Axle.  Topics such as true sincere worship of our Lord, discernment in the final phases of this age, and nearly everything in between kept running through my head.  It seemed nearly impossible to land on one theme.  Without a doubt, when you think on the things of God, you find the peace that passes understanding; even when those thoughts concerning the Ancient of Days are all over the map.  As we concentrate upon that which is to come, we’ll have contentment; knowing that regardless of how turmultuous things become in this life, all of these things “will” come to pass. 

The title of this post comes from Job where he is discouraged about his situation and envious of those who have passed on.  (Job 3:18)  It illustrates a very real fact for those who are in Christ.  We have an expected end and it’s not to simply grow old and perish. This fleeting life will soon have run its course and we will be with the Lord Jesus Christ for ever.  This is a very basic fact, however I bring it up because it’s all to easy to lose sight of the finish line.  It’s all to easy to become entangled with the cares of this life and the pursuit of earthly trappings.  This I learned the hard way a few years ago and it’s why I bring it up so often. 

It’s almost a paradox.  The world that we see and are persently confined to seems steadfast; as though it’s always been here.  It affects almost everything that we do.  When it’s cold, we put on a coat.  If we trip, gravity pulls us down.  We interract with the physical realm 24/7 and our lives are governed by the physical laws which God has placed upon the realm of atoms.  Yet all of it will one day cease to be.  I was thinking about this while driving home last night.  Travelling down North River rd, I found myself thinking “what will be going on when this road ceases to be, as all things must come to pass?”  Will this portion of earth remain intact until it all melts with a fervent heat or will some cataclysmic event take it out beforehand?  This pondering is of an acedemic nature and yet it addresses something that will one day become reality.  For the saints, such thoughts should not be troublesome as we have an inheritance incorruptible, but they should make us strive all the more diligently to reach the lost as we know the seriousness of the times.

II Peter 3:11-12  “Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,  Looking for and hasting unto the coming day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with a fervent heat?”

II Peter 3:13  “Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for a new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.”

A new heavens and a new earth.  For those who have accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord, we have this most blessed hope; a hope that “will” one day no longer be talked of in the context of “soon and very soon” but will be manifest before us all.  A world without end in which we shall abide forever with the Lord.  As I’m typing this, I’m also listening to the book of genesis on CD where Noah has just left the ark.  The old world perished becuse of the wickedness of man.  This “middle earth” where we abide currently, will perish at the appointed time.  The world to come, will be an everlasting realm.  I don’t mean to sound redundant, but I get kind of excited thinking about such things.  When all of the saints are together with the Lord Jesus who shed his innocent blood for us when we were altogether contrary to the righteousness of God.  He could have called ten thousand angels.  But he was obediant unto death; taking upon himself the sins of all. 

Revelation 22:17  “And the Spirit and the bride say, Come.  And let him that heareth say, come.  And let him that is athirst come.  And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.”

The precious gift of eternal life.  The invitation is extended to all.  Jesus stated that the angels of heaven rejoice over one sinner that comes to repentance than over ninety nine just folks.  This is because when a sinner comes to Jesus (all have sinned) a precious eternal soul passes from death into eternal life.  Every saint; every true believer in Jesus Christ, had a moment when they bowed before God and asked Jesus to save them.  A day when, understanding that our own works fall woefully short, turned from their own ways and received the gift of salvation through Jesus Christ.

Revelation 14:13  “And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.”

There the prisoners rest together.  There the glorious hope of those in Christ will become reality.  This present age will be but a distant memory as we dwell in the presence of the Almighty.  With no less days to sing Gods praise, than when we first begun.  I pray that this mixture of song lyrics and scripture would encourage all to continue the good fight of faith.  To not waver when everything is shaken. 

“To not waver when everything is shaken.  I repeat this because, as of late, Revelation 11:13 has been in my mind a lot.  I don’t know why, but the last part where it mentions the remnant being affrightened has been the focus.  They were affrightened and gave glory to God.  As though those things coming to pass were more than they anticipated, but yet they didn’t waver in their faith.  (thus they gave glory to the God of heaven)  I’m very hesitant to even bring this up and if you’re reading it, be assured that I’ve  thought seriously about removing this paragraph.  In such matters involving things to come, it’s ever so important to speak carefully and not declare that “something is” if you’re not absolutely certain that you’re seeing it correctly.  Such matters we all should take to the Lord in prayer as it is he who grants understanding and discernment.  I seriously invite input concerning this. Not only on this, but on anything; even if it has nothing in common with this post.

I have been blogging since July 22 of 2006.  For the first few months I had no contact with anyone.  I loved talking about the things of God but wasn’t sure as to why I was doing it here.  This picture is becomming more clear now.  I’ve met quite a few serious minded saints out here who have been an encouragement and have challenged me to “think” about this topic or that idea.  It’s reminiscent of my days in the navy.  We had an awesome fellowship on board the USS Guam and we discussed these things diligently.  Staying up well into the night, considering the deep things of God.  Our first love, Jesus Christ was always the topic of our discussions.  I have yet to find a body of saints with the same fervor as the brethren on the USS Guam had.  I feel as though I’ve found it here.   Well I need to wrap this up.  I think I’ll leave the previous paragraph in for now.  Again, I strive to be ever so careful in what I say or imply. 

I Thessalonians 4:16-18  “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.”

Indeed, “Wherefore comfort one another with these words.”

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6 comments

  1. I just saw your note over at my place, thank you so much for stopping by..i always feel like i have so much to say every minute when i feel He’s working with me…when i see your words( and others’) i feel so warm inside, this is the kind of writing i was doing in Chinese..but my english is plain, just good enough to communicate with people…however, i find comfort here. and thank you Tim, very much.


  2. My thoughts on the word “remnant” waver from time to time. It seems exclusionary but still must be dealt with because it’s right there in the Word.

    I believe that God is “a family man.” He loves people and for centuries has been putting together a family of believers that He can enjoy eternity with.

    If a remnant is 10% and there are 6 billion people on the planet today, that means that there still would be 600 million in the family of God today. When you add that to all the saints that have gone on to be with the Lord, it may be that there will be billions of brothers and sisters in Christ, along with innumerable angels, to hang out with forever.

    2Peter 3:9 “The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.”


  3. Thanks, mate. A seriously encouraging and comforting post. I have a (baby) son in Heaven. I don’t go telling everyone this because they think I’m spacey, but 4 years after he died, God gave me one of those dreams that leave you sitting up in bed cold-sweating and weeping uncontrollably, In it he showed me my son in heaven, growing up and happy under the care of our Lord.

    If that didn’t make me look forward to Heaven (AND believe it’s a happy place), nothing will.

    Keep posting, you have a gift.


  4. Like you timbob, I look forward to Heaven and the awesome and incredible perfectness of it all. The Love and Light that will permeate everything because our God is love and He is light.
    And we will all be there together with Jesus, the One for and in whom we live , and move and breathe and have our being!
    Awesome!

    Bless you always!


  5. timbob, you wrote: “I’ve met quite a few serious minded saints out here who have been an encouragement and have challenged me to “think” about this topic or that idea.”

    I have enjoyed this exchange as well, and it has come without all of the negative, vicious stuff that I have found all too often on the net and yes even among other professing believers. Thank you for your heart and your “seriousness” of, in and before the Lord Jesus Christ.

    May seek to be greater and more accurate reflections of He who is our Life, Lord and Savior. May we become those who reflect the clear evidence of our having been with the Lord Jesus.

    Every blessing and honor to you timbob, in Christ Jesus, and for his greater glory, honor and praise!


  6. Lovely post.
    It’s great to be reminded of something just when you need it. This post did that for me, esp the verse from II Peter 3.
    Do have a lovely week.



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