They’re Coming to Take Me Away?October 30, 2008
Revelation 2:10-11 “Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life. He that hath an ear, let him heat what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.”
I Peter 4:19 “Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.”
It was monday afternoon (Oct 27) and I was operating a balancer at work. It was a day like almost every other day at American Axle, monotonous and uneventful. A lazyesque afternoon with the sub-conscious countdown of the workdays final three hours underway in the minds of all. Such times are great for prayer and meditating on the deep things of God; especially in isolated work stations such as the balancers. On this particular afternoon, however, I was in more of an “I could use a nap about now” mood due to a lack of sleep the night before. (No more blogging after midnight! lol) So the words that came into my spirit, caught me off guard.
“Persecution is coming to this land.”
While this is something that I’ve pondered much, the way that this hit me was perplexing. In a split second, these words brought with them, an understanding, as it were, as to the dynamics of this coming assault upon the gospel of Jesus Christ.
( 1 ) It will seem to rise up suddenly. There will be very little forewarning of the onslaught against those who maintain the testimony of Jesus Christ.
( 2 ) It will, for the most part, catch the church completely by surprise. I’ve heard of others having visions in which people are rounded up and as they listen in to them, the general thinking is “This cannot be happening; this is America.” This scene will play out across the land.
( 3 ) It will be unimaginably brutal. I’m talking about the kinds of things that most Americans catagorize in the “stuff that happens over there” file.
Number three requires elaboration.. There are three phrases that are dangerous for saints to utter. “Over there” is one of them. The idea that the persecution which transpires in Sudan or India could never happen here. Another dangerous phrase is “back then.” This speaks of the commonly held belief that certain things which transpired in the past could never take place in the twenty first century. Third is the phrase “Oh we’re not going to be here”. This is the most dangerous. A spiritual burying of ones head in the sand rather than honestly seeking for true understanding. This will leave one spiritually ill-prepared to face the coming events. But if we are granted a warning, and embrace that warning, we’ll be in a place where the Lord can prepare us for anything that we may be confronted with in the days ahead. His perfect peace is indeed “perfect” and it really “does” pass all understanding. As events unfold, we must remain close to the Lord Jesus, hide his word in our heart, and ensure that we don’t think of men above that which is written. (I Corinthians 4:6. THIS is HUGE)
The words at the balancer took place so fast that it was over before I realized it was there. Needless to say, I was no longer ready for a nap. I’ve been pondering on whether or not to write about this. For one thing, such information has been around for years and there are even links on this blog to certain pieces of this information. (Check the “End Times/Prophetic Sites” page) It’s a theme that seems to dominate a disproportionate number of posts on this blog. (Although I do try to keep from putting them back to back, unless it cannot be avoided.) Then there’s the fact that whenever such postings are placed here, the hit counter tends to drop off for a few days. So earlier today, I was wrestling with this; all the while knowing that consequences in the physical realm aren’t the basis by which we are to make such decisions. I’m wondering if anyone else does this; wrestle with something when, in your heart, you know that your reason for debate is unscriptural. (Maybe I’m just nutty)
Monday night, I turned on the shortwave radio for the first time in quite a while. I found a station in which a man was discussing end times prophesy. I do not remember what particular aspect he was talking about as I was also engaged in things at home. Then he began to preach on I John 4:18 “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.” he went on to ask (I’m paraphrasing) “Do you become fearful when these things are discussed? You really shouldn’t.” He began to talk about being so close to the Lord Jesus that earthly events; regardless of how troubling they may seem, have no power over us. Fear reveals a need for us to get closer to Jesus. (Because if dialogue makes us fearful, the manifestations will blow us away.) The words of this anonymous preacher on an anonymous shortwave station seemed to fall in line with what had transpired earlier that day.
No matter what we may have to go through here, it’s only for a very short season. And when our days here are finished; be they concluded by evil men who could not withstand the words of our testimony, or we pass away, full of years, by natural causes, to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord Jesus. The image at the top of this post reveals a fascinating truth. The razer wire conjours up images of confinement against ones will. But above the razer wire is a blue sky with clouds passing freely overhead. They are completely unhindered by earthly constraints. The same is true for every saint. They can take our vessel, and place it into their deepest chamber. Yet in Christ, we are completely free. They cannot touch our soul; just as the razor wire cannot hinder the clouds passing through the firmament. And no matter what is brought against us, they cannot pursue us beyond the grave.
I Corinthians 15:55-57 “O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
My prayer is that this has been encouraging; in that it creates a greater desire to get in closer with the Lord Jesus. Whenever I learn of an event that speaks of prophetic fulfilment, I just want to find a quiet place and go before the Lord. There’s no fear as in my younger years; just a desire to be as close to Jesus as possible. There is such peace; such complete peace in the Lord, that it defies grammerical explanation. May we all have our affections set on the everlasting. “Jesus Christ the same, yesterday, today, and for ever.”