A few nights ago, I had a little fun at Morgans expense; although the underlying intent was to point to the lateness of the hour. (A primary prayer request of mine is that all in my household would know Jesus Christ as Savior and time is running out.) Our house is surrounded by fields and woods which give one a sensation of being really “out there.” With no street lights and only one neighbor relatively close by, it’s incredibly dark here, during the overnight hours. Morgan often sits on the steps outside the door late in the evening talking on the phone and what have you. I went out to the truck for a minute and while I was out, we could hear the coyotes in the corn field across the road in pursuit of something. As I came back to the door and began to go inside, Morgan said “Those are coyotes, right?” My reply was “Probably.”
“Probably?” she enquired.
“Well, it could be the greys….you know….those entities that everyone thinks are extraterrestrials but are really fallen angels who abduct people, tamper with their DNA and are a part of the last days deception.”
“That’s not funny” was her response to this suggestion.
I started inside, but then stopped and looked into the stars. “WOW MORGAN; the SKY CERTAINLY IS CLEAR TONIGHT!”
Note: This isn’t the exact exchange word-for-word as it took place really fast, but it’s basically accurate.
Morgan was “ok” with coyotes because that’s a normal occurrance. “Greys” on the other hand, threaten the predictable rhythm of life. We tend to go about our daily routines with the expectation that every day will closely resemble the day previous to it. Summer gives way to fall, baseball season gives way to football season, political seasons go through their cycle, and we move through the stages of life with the expectation that the institutions which existed in the days of our grandparents remain in place for our grandchildren. For most, any kind of radical departure from this pattern is unthinkable. This confidence in the flesh is often highlighted by such comments as “we’re not in the last days because all of the scriptures haven’t come to pass” or more commonly, “don’t be such a doom and gloomer.” Many people, even professing christians, cannot fathom the idea that scriptural fulfillment is ongoing and that we are at the end of the age. We like steadfastness in the physical, where we can see where our next meal is coming from and feel as though we have control over the atoms in our immediate vicinity. In short, we tend to “love our lives in this world.”
Yet the changes taking place around us are accelerating daily it seems. Seismic activity is on the increase, unexplainable anomalies are becoming more commonplace, (UFOs etc) economic uncertainty is on the horizon, and the nations of the world are being gradually merged together into a single entity with a single monitary system that will require allegiance to a “single global ruler” who will “appear” to be the one who saves the day. (Daniel 11:32 and Revelation 13:4) At some point, all who have managed to ignore the crescendo of events; both physical and supernatural, will no longer be able to do so and this is when we will see mens hearts failing them for fear. I would ask any saint who dismisses this; thinking “oh we’re not going to be here for any of that” to seriously take this to the Lord in prayer and search the scriptures. The real danger in the pre-tribulation rapture teaching is the tendancy to place our faith in an event happening at a certain time instead of the Lord Jesus Christ who has promised to be with us always.
For me, the turning point on this issue of rapture timing came in the spring of 2004 and I still remember the prayer that night. “Lord, if this is true, then it’s going to happen this way, even if I don’t want it to. Please prepare me for whatever comes this way and anything that must be endured.” Ever since that night, I’ve had “real peace” concerning the events taking place and those soon to manifest. Until that moment, the thought of enduring tribulation of the magnitude told of in scripture prior to Jesus return was unthinkable; even though I was saved and filled with the Holy Ghost. His grace is sufficient for anything. Even if we should be ones who are appointed to lay down our lives for the testimony of Jesus, (Revelation 12:11) his grace will be sufficient for the moment. This paragraph was unexpected as I tend to steer away from discussing my thoughts on rapture timing. Nonetheless, there is a post dedicated entirely to it which can be read here. Most of the saints in my local fellowship are of the pre-tribulation school.
John 16:33 “These things have I spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.“
Lately there have been some things on my heart that seem very basic but are in need of mention. One is the importance of getting as close to Jesus as we can. Most of us remember the song “On Christ the solid Rock I stand, All other ground is sinking sand.” We’re about to find out just how unsustainable that sinking sand is. Those in Christ will receive a greater understanding of Gods ability to preserve us, regardless of the events taking place around us. This is a time of shaking, where falsehoods with supernatural manifestations are becoming increasingly commonplace. I really wonder if any of us, including myself understand just how perilous these times are. How many professing christians will hold fast the profession of their faith when scientific discoveries, disclosure of extraterrestrial activity lying wonders, and a world leader who brings about a peace but opposes the Holy One of Israel, all would appear to disprove our faith. We will not only have to profess faith in Jesus Christ whom we don’t see, we’ll have to remain steadfast when all of the physical proof seems to be in opposition to our faith.
This also has been on my heart for weeks. One cannot overstate the importance of LOVING NOT OUR LIVES IN THIS WORLD! This is not a legalistic set of do’s and don’ts. It’s a love for the Lord Jesus Christ that’s so complete that nothing in the ambience can shake it. When we reach a point of loving not our lives here, or the things that are here, it’s liberating beyond imagination. As we draw closer to the Lord, the trappings of life lose all of their appeal. We absolutely must examine ourselves to ensure that Jesus is first in our lives; above possessions, status, family, and our continuance in this world. These issues should cause us realize that we simply cannot stand in our own power. How imperative it is for us to abide in Jesus; the True Vine, and let go of anything that causes separation from the True Vine.
Well, it’s time to close for now; although this post seems completely inadequate due to the seriousness of the issue being discussed. Yesterday Steve Quayles site had a posting called “Do You Remember?” It reveals the lateness of the hour and the need for every saint to be sober and watch unto prayer. I wish to all a blessed weekend in Jesus.
I Peter 4:12-14 “Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christs sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.”