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The World as We Knew It

September 12, 2008

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!”

“YEAH…THANKS DAD!”

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.”

 

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6 comments

  1. “Love Not The World”

    ”For the WHOLE world is under the control of the evil one”(I John 5:19)

    “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world will pass away, and the lust thereof: but he that does the will of The Only True GOD will abide for ever.” (I John 2:15-17)

    “If you were of the world, the world would love it’s own: but because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said unto you, the servant is not greater than his Master. If they have persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept My saying, they will keep yours also.” (John 15:19-20)

    “Where do wars and fighting among you come from? Do they not come of your lusts that war in your members? You lust, and have not: you kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: you fight and war yet you have not, because you ask not. You ask, and receive not, because you ask amiss, that you may consume it upon your lusts. You adulterers and adulteresses, don’t you know that friendship with the world is to be at enmity with The Only True GOD? Therefore whoever will be a friend of the world is the enemy of The Only True GOD.” (James 4:1-4)

    “The world cannot hate you; but the world hates Me, because I testify that the works of this world are evil.” (John 7:7)” and “The Messiah gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of The Only True God, Our Father.”(Gal 1:4)

    The Messiah testified: “If the world hates you know that it hated Me before it hated you.”(John 5:18) Truly, Truly, I say unto you, except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abides alone: but if it die it brings forth much fruit. He that loves his life in this world shall lose it; and he that hates his life in this world shall have it unto life eternal.” (John 12:24-25)

    John testified: “Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hates you.” (I John 3:13) “ James testified, “Whoever would be a friend of this world is the enemy of GOD”(James 4:4)

    The “earth” is The Creation of The Only True GOD, Father of ALL! The “worldly” systems are the creation of, and under the dominion of “the god of this world”, he who is “the father of lies”, he who “has blinded the minds of those who believe not The Messiah”! All the nations of this world are under the dominion of, and serve, the evil one for he provides the fuel that feeds mankind’s “imag”ination, and mankind’s “imagination is destroying and perverting Creation(land, air, water, creatures, Truth, Love, Peace, Faith, Simplicity, .etc.) ;-(

    And the “strongest thing” in the evil one’s worldly systems? “Woman”…… yet The Truth, that which is of The Only True GOD, is stronger even than woman. (read I Esdras 3&4 of the Apocrypha) And Truth, Love, Peace, Faith, Mercy, Hope,,,etc,,, all that is “good”, is of The Only True GOD and is of HIS Spirit, not of this world. Those born of The Spirit, those born of The Only True GOD, are the brethren of The Messiah, for they received “a love of The Truth that they might be saved”. Reborn!

    And those who have received “a love of The Truth” have separated themselves from this world and those of this world, for they have taken heed unto The Call of The Only True GOD to “Come out of her MY people.” They are “in, but not of this wicked, evil world”, and The Only True GOD has received them, and is “A Father unto them, and they are HIS sons and daughters”. And they follow, and desire to be like their Master and Brother, The Messiah, He Who was “the firstborn of many brethren”. And as “The Messiah was a servant of The Only True GOD”, so also His Brethren are “servants of The Only True GOD.”

    The called out ones are not “adulterers and adulteresses”, they are not “friends of this wicked, evil world”, they do not “fornicate with the god of this world” for they know that “to be a friend of this world is to be the enemy of The Only True GOD.” They are at war against the evil spirits that possess those who are of this world.

    And they do not “allow that woman Jezebel, which calls herself a prophetess, to teach. For she teaches others to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols. The Only True GOD gave her a chance to repent of her fornication; and she repented not.” (Rev 2:20-21)

    “fornication” and “adultery..” in that which is recorded above signifies spiritual fornication with “the god of this world”, which is to love that which is of his world.

    Once again, the “earth” is The Creation of The Only True GOD, Father of ALL! The “worldly” systems are the creation of, and under the dominion of “the god of this world”. Those who “love this world” all serve “the god of this world”, and play their part in the processes that seek to destroy The Creation of The Only True GOD. “And The Only True GOD will destroy them who destroy the earth.” (Rev 11:18) Global warming, polluted air, land and waters, toxic wastes, sexual perversion, evil inventions of destruction, greed, hate, carnal warfare, dis-ease ,,,etc,,, are all destructive processes that have their root in “the lust of the eye, the lust of the flesh, and the pride of life”. And as stated, “woman is the strongest thing of this world”. Yet stronger than woman is The Truth, which is in those who have “received a love of The Truth”. The Truth Is Alive in those who have been born of The Spirit for “they no longer love this wicked, evil world and it’s things, nor do they love their own lives in this world”. They but seek and desire The Will of GOD, as they await their final transformation. “Corruptible to Incorruptible” ndeed and Truth!

    Now “the ground was cursed for Adam’s sake” because he “hearkened unto the woman”. Adam listened to a woman rather than obeying The Only True GOD. Yet because of Faithful Noah, The Only True GOD “no longer would curse the ground for man’s sake” because Noah obeyed The Only True GOD! (Genesis 8:21-22) And the Faithful today are exhorted to “love not the world, neither the things that are in the world.” And Faithful women are exhorted to “be in silence.” “Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. For I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.” “For Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.” (I Timothy 2:11,12,14) A man and woman joined together in obedience and submission unto The Only True GOD are blessed indeed. All who are not obedient, all who will not submit themselves unto The Only True GOD will have to answer to HIM..period.. Be not of those who deny and defy “The One GOD, Father of All”. Be not of those who are destroying and perverting HIS Creation(land, air, water, creatures, Truth, Love, Peace, .etc.)!

    “The Only True GOD is The HEAD of The Messiah, The Messiah is The Head of the man, and the man is the head of the woman”. Multitudes pervert GOD’s Order because they have been seduced by ” the commandments and doctrines of men and devils”. Multitudes are seduced by the religious systems that are in and of this evil world. Seduced because they love this evil world and their own life in it! “Set your affections on things above”. Desire heavenly, eternal things. Quit serving ‘time’ in the prison that is this world and take heed unto the call to ”Come out from among them and be separate!”

    Once again, “Come out” of the worldly systems, which are the product of mankind’s “imag”ination, especially the religious systems. “Come out” from among those who are destroying and perverting Creation and be of those who follow The Messiah on “The Way to The Truth of The Life”.

    Peace, in spite of the dis-ease(no-peace) that is of this world……. francisco


  2. Hello Francisco. Thank you for stopping by and offering up passages that show the dangers of loving this world. It’s so dangerous because worldly affections can hide within us almost undetected; especially the seemingly neutral ones. So imperative it is to draw close to Jesus and hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. When we seek him wholeheartedly, the worldly desires will dissipate.

    And if we begin get out of sorts over something, harbor a contrary attitude, or begin succumbing to the three lusts, God will reveal it to us according to Philippians 3:15. That’s comforting. Thanks again for taking time to stop in.

    have a blessed evening in Jesus.


  3. I don’t have words to convey the sreiousness of the matter that “…we tend to “love our lives in this world.” It’s a cancer that has eaten away at the very fabric of our faith. I was engaged in a ‘dialogue’ with the same subject at another site that belongs to a professing Christian, but that has welcomed with open arms certain members of the ‘Emergent’crowd. I actually tried to engage them in ‘conversation’ but it was futile.

    I think the deception of ‘Emergentville’ is more dangerous to the church than anything else today. Much of the professing evangelical church has been, or is being sucked in to the lies. More and more sound apolgists are of the opinion that this is how Christianity will apostasize and embrace the coming world church of the last days.


  4. Hi Timbob,
    I think you hit the nail on the head in saying:

    “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 mankind offers it’s worship to any aspect of creation instead of the Creator, things begin to fall apart (see Rom 1).

    However, there is a righteous and holy love that we are commanded to have for our neighbors, enemies, etc… which is given to us by the Spirit of God through Christ Jesus our Lord.

    I appreciate your work, brother.
    Have a wonderful day in Christ!
    ~J


  5. Hello born 4 battle. (Great screen name.) Indeed the bulk of teaching is catered to self these days. Self and “can’t we all just get along.” I like your site because you go into detail on exposing these teachings and in an age where discernment has been replaced by….something….exposing these things is a must. I still get baffled by christians who see nothing wrong with harry potter. These are strange times. Thanks for stopping by.

    have a blessed day in Christ.


  6. Hello Bro johnny. Indeed the age-old tendancy to worship the creation is alive and thriving in 2008. As you state, things will fall apart every time. Thanks for stopping by. I’ll stop in when I can; time is in short supply these days.

    Have a blessed day in Jesus.



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