The Return of Jesus (Episode V)March 4, 2008
This is a “heads up” so to speak. This post ventures into some really hard ponderings and I’m compelled to make this known at the outset. Such topics should make us all the more aware that we need Jesus every hour. His grace truly is sufficient.
Matthew 24:15 “When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)
An event to watch for in the last times that is initially made mention of in Daniel 9:27, Daniel 11:31, and Daniel 12:11. An event when the man of sin, whom the whole world will be wondering after, will declare himself to be divine. The pseudo-peace which has caused those who love their lives in this world to receive his mark will come to an abrupt end. A time of tribulation unsurpassed by any earthly event preceeding it. Before going into this any further, I want to link to the March edition of David Meyers newsletter. http://www.lasttrumpetministries.org/2008/March2008.html As usual, he covers an array of events that point to the unavoidable conclusion that we’re in the final phases of this age. One particular paragraph, however, really struck me and is as follows:
Yet there is another amazing thing that happened! On January 17th, 2008, a report from Israel Today revealed the story of the late prominent ultra-orthodox Jewish Rabbi Yitzhak Kaduri, who died at age 108. Rabbi Kaduri wrote a letter that he requested to be sealed until after his death. His son, David Kaduri, has the authentic and signed letter from his father. The elder Rabbi Kaduri said that he met the Messiah in a vision just a few months before he died. His son David said that his father talked and dreamed almost exclusively about the Messiah and his coming. The elder Rabbi Kaduri wrote, “The Messiah is Jesus Christ,” and in the vision, the Saviour told him he was coming soon. The old rabbi also drew a number of crosses on the letter written just before his death. This was shocking because orthodox Jews never use crosses, and they even discourage the use of the plus sign because it could be mistaken for a cross. (ref. Israel Today, Jan 17, 2008, by Teresa Neumann, Jerusalem Israel)
Today, many claim to be watching for Jesus return, but few seem to be living as though they really believe it. It’s heartbreaking to talk to professing saints whom I truly believe are born of the Spirit, but are overcharged with every diversion under the sun. The statement has been made several times, but bears repeating. “Loving this world will cause a person to make really bad decisions.” If we haven’t let go of every weight and sin now, we’ll be woefully unprepared to start doing so when everything in the physical realm has been turned upside down. We have to, from our heart, let go of the “stuff” and in the following verses, Jesus compels those who are upon the earth when the abomination which maketh desolate transpires to flee; not regarding even those things which seem essential.
Matthew 24:16-18 “Then let them which be in Judea flee to the mountains: Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take anything out of his house: Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.
It’s imperative that we love the Lord Jesus with all of our heart and determine to follow him; regardless of the cost in this life. If we seek to save our lives here, we will lose them. The man of sin will draw a following by promising a reestablishing of the status quo. That is, restore order and implement a program whereby a person can partake of the worlds economy, buy, sell, go to work, attend institutions of learning, and provide for their families. The only requirement will be an electronic tattoo, invisible to the naked eye, that can be read by a proximity device. (This is also discussed in David Meyers March Newsletter) When one considers this, the next verse takes on a whole new meaning.
Matthew 24:19 “And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days.”
This is the reason for the “heads up” at the beginning. A brother at work who has grown at an unbelievable pace, has three children; the youngest being less than two. He has, of his own accord, made mention of the possibility that we may be called to make some decisions which are compounded when our own are in the equation. He has determined to remain faithful to the Lord Jesus. This is a hard thing for any of us to ponder, and yet, we must commit everything to Jesus. Richard Wurmbrand wrote of children in Romania who were placed into state custody because their parents refused to deny the Lord Jesus Christ. Such things are almost never talked about in this land and yet, such decisions could be right around the corner. As I write this, I realize that these are very hard things to think about. This is the danger of going verse-by-verse. Each one must be covered and this can result in discussions that would normally be avoided.
Matthew 24:20-21 “But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.”
These verses are definately deeper than my understanding, but from a practical standpoint, fleeing in the winter as opposed to the summer is more hazardous. Added to the normal treacheries of flight is the need to stay warm. (I’m really not sure how to cover these two verses.) Also of note is that the tribulation of these times will surpass any other; including the flood. Only eight people survived the flood. With the life expectancy in the time of the first earth averaging 900 plus years, one can imagine how large the population was. Something else came to mind when I read the story of Rabbi Kaduri, who lived for 108 years. Methuselah lived 969 years; longer than anyone else. He died less than a year before the flood. Just something to ponder while laying awake in bed tonight.
Matthew 24:22 “And except those days be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elects sake those days shall be shortened.”
Despite the unparalleled devastation that will take place, there will be a remnant alive upon the earth when Jesus returns. Those who have remained faithful and not been deceived by the array of illusions brought forth by the enemy. In verse 23, Jesus begins to warn of false Christs, which will be covered in episode VI. Upon conclusion, I realize that this makes three back-to-back posts which have, what many would term, a “doom and gloom” element. I usually try to balance out the doom and gloomers with other things that are on my heart, but right now, this is pressing. While the beast system is quickly being implemented, the church is asleep and the lamps of many are going out. These events are not afar off; buried in hard to understand prophetic writings. They are coming to pass even as we blog. We must commit the keeping of our souls to Jesus in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator. I’ll close with a passage that’s been on my mind for days:
Romans 5:1-5 “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into his grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed: because the love of god is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.”