“Watch!”April 28, 2007
Lately, I’ve been thinking on what’s really needful as we are heading into seemingly uncertain times. Not uncertain insofar as scripture is concerned, but uncertain as to just how certain events will come to pass. We see the world situation around us growing ever darker, as we are told in scripture would transpire in the final moments of the age. Yet so many seem to be oblivious to the times and seasons. This lack of concern not only resonates in the ranks of those who are outside the household of faith, it affects large segments of the church as well. There seems to be a spirit of slumber; particularly in the west where many of us have never been through turbulant times.
I’m seriously concerned that the coming events will catch most of the church in the west completely off guard as we’ve become comfortable in our “routine.” We consider ourselves to be rich and increased in goods and have need of nothing. I wonder how many of us, including myself, are truly prepared for the day when the arm of flesh fails. I’m not talking about a rise in gas prices or political gridlock, I’m talking about when the bottom falls out of the status quo and suddenly everything in the physical realm that we’ve come to take for granted is in question. I’m not trying to depress anyone, but this concern is really weighing on me.
I know of so many who love the Lord Jesus and yet are overcharged with the cares of this life. They unwittingly place confidence in the concept that things will just move along as they always have and as a result preparing for times of trying isn’t even on the radar screen. I still remember the statement that Phil made in a recent post. ( www.abmi.wordpress.com ) I’m paraphrasing here, but basically it told how when the hour of trying comes, the time of preparation is over. Just like a test that we take in school. When the instructor says “close your books,” preparation time is over and we either know what we need to know or we don’t. When suddenly, the test is before us, we find out how prepared we are.
In dealing with matters of eternal significance, we dare not take things lightly or think within ourselves, “I’m ready for anything.” Last night, I had the blessing of talking with Richard (www.rjperalta.wordpress.com) and Susan (www.faithwalk.wordpress.com ) while driving to work. Susan mentioned the absolute importance of discernment in these final moments as folks who seem to be good friends may turn out to be completly contrary to what we thought. The following ever so familiar verse is a warning to us all.
Matthew 24:24 “For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.”
Supernatural events in the last days that will cause folks to flee the truth. On my old blog site, there are two posts called “Confusion of Forces” and “Confusion of Forces II” which I want to eventually bring over here. Basically, a true miracle will always glorify the Lord Jesus Christ and will result in a deliverance or a revelation. (A revelation will “always” line up with scripture.) The gifts of the Spirit are for every generation, including this one. A false sign, on the other hand, offers no form of a deliverance. It only serves to “shock and awe folks into following a way that seems right but isn’t. It will be pleasing to the flesh and will appear “logical.” When we think of just how “entertainment driven” this current generation is, the dangers are obvious. We absolutely must hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches and we absolutely must have our affections set on things above. Likewise we must ever strive to hide the word of God in our hearts.
A revisiting of the scriptures where the Lord brings the children of Israel out of Egypt will reveal something that often gets overlooked. In many instances, the magicians “did likewise with their enchantments.” In other words, God was performing mighty miracles, and the magicians were, putting on a show. This “show” that the magicians were putting on was a supernatural display intended to downplay what God was doing at the hands of Moses. Likewise, the Lord will perform many miraculous events at the hands of the two witnesses in Revelation chapter 11 while the whole world is wondering after the beast saying “who can make war with him?”
This post isn’t designed to cause any grief. It’s just that these things have been on my heart for quite some time and as a result, it needs to be placed here. My desire is to always encourage the saints to draw close to the Lord Jesus and have no confidence in the chariots of Egypt. To firmly establish our hearts as scripture is coming to pass. To know that, regardless of how dark it may seem, “Jesus is coming” at the appointed time and there will be some who won’t taste of death until he appears. I pray that we all would be encouraged to draw ever closer to the Lord Jesus and know that he will be with us, no matter what comes to pass or how it comes to pass. Well, I need to close for now. I’ll close off with two familiar verses which are very telling as to how to overcome this present world.
Daniel 11;32 “And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong and do exploits.”
Revelation 12:11 “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their own lives unto the death.”