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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.”

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10 comments

  1. I appreciate what you’re saying here. You make some very good points.

    There are a few things I’d like you to consider.

    First, consider an alternative interpretation of I John 4:18:

    There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear: because fear has torment. He that fears is not made perfect in love.

    In light of the context of the entire passage, that interpretation is:

    If you are walking in the reality of the love of God, possessing and expressing it, then you have nothing to fear.

    Another thing to consider is this. You said:

    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.

    You also said:

    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.

    These are true and right statements, BUT, they are much easier said than lived out, especially if we don’t have deep, genuine common vision and purpose with like-minded believers.

    Finally, consider that the Church and believers, in their present conditions are woefully unprepared for the very rough things (understatement) that will be coming, some of which you pointed out.


  2. I homeschool in Australia. There is heated debate amongst the homeschooling community as to whether we are obligated under God to follow the laws of the land with regard to education.

    As the government here tightens the controls and removes freedoms from parents, more Christians are concerned that there will come a day when we are forced to use secular curriculum, or put our children in state run schools. Therefore, they do not want to register with the government that they are homeschooling. (Bear with me, I am coming to a point 🙂 )

    One argument the pro-registration group repeated over and over, when the case was mentioned of a child being removed from her parent’s care in Germany because she was being homeschooled, was that, “it couldn’t happen here”.

    But the world is made up of people, all over. People of all nationalities have the same sinful nature. No country is exempt from the influence of the “ruler of this age”, and so what happens “over there” can just as easily happen “over here”.

    As for the “back then” reasoning, the world is not more righteous simply because of the passing of years. I am amazed when I have listened to Spurgeon’s messages on the downgrade: he could be speaking to us, right now. And 10 years ago. And no doubt in 50 years time (should the Lord tarry.) The passage of time is not a guarantee against history repeating itself.

    The “it won’t happen to us”? Well, you have to ask yourself what you signed on for? Did you sign on for peace and prosperity? Or did you sign on for whatever He asks of us? It pays to count the cost..

    Timbob, I am glad you chose to ignore the stats – we need this reminder, precisely because this is an unpopular message, and the church is so unprepared.

    stay faithful.


  3. Just this morning I received a call from the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) office in Washington to tell me about something new on the horizon and to get my support for their efforts to stop it. A group is planning to recommend that a new emphasis be put on the world through the United Nations by way of a bill called “Defamation of Religion Act.”
    This bill would, in effect, make it illegal to declare that Jesus is God or the only way to God. In other words, they are trying to start an effort to make Christianity illegal.
    I first thought this was ridiculous but then why would a pro-Christian law firm like the ACLJ call everyone on their mailing list to warn them about this if there was noting to it.
    It’s like saying that for a minister to preach about certain passages in the Bible is “hate speech” and is illegal.
    I think that many will ignore the warning signs and just keep going their merry way, oblivious to the things going on around them.
    I’m not running scared but I am calling my extended family in for a family conference this Sunday to talk about things.
    Keep listening to what He’s saying to you and don’t hesitate to report what you hear.
    Blessings,
    –Jerald


  4. Good evening “endtime disciples.” I’ll visit your site when I can. You are so correct in that “unprepared” is an understatement. We can bring forth warnings and pray that God will open the eyes of those around us. I remember richard Wurmbrand stating that the time to prepare spiritually for such times is before they are knocking at your door at 2:00am. (Or words to that effect.)

    Thanks so much for dropping by.

    Have a blessed day in Jesus


  5. Hello “beyondbluestockings.” This is a big challenge; when children are involved. Ours are older, but it still makes us realize how much we need Jesus every hour. And you are right about the sinful nature of man being in every country and as such, we never know what may manifest. (I’m wondering what an “Obama administration will bring forth in this country; should this be the result of next Tuesdays elections. This guy is shadowy in his past and yet people love him. Something is very strange.)

    Sorry; didn’t mean to go into all of that, but things seem to be flowing in a strange direction here.

    Thanks so much for stopping in. It’s always a blessing to hear from you. Hopefully, I’ll have time to make the rounds this weekend.

    Have a blessed evening in Jesus


  6. Hello Jerod. WOW! This is something that Craig (a brother at work) and I have pondered. This is going to come in under the guise of fairnessand an attempt to remove hate speech. They will try to force those who hold the testimony of Jesus to either deny him or face consequences. It seems that lately, Revelation 12:11 has been playing over and over in my head.

    My understanding is that Canadian law prohibits certain things, such as speaking out against sodomy, and what have you. It’s a matter of time and as mentioned in the previous reply, one can only imagine what the next administration has in store. Psalm 91 comes to mind a lot as well lately. These are strange times but God is faithful.

    Thanks so much for commenting and mentioning that situation. have a blessed evening in Jesus.


  7. No apology necessary for sliding into a political question – it must weigh heavy on the minds of many at present.

    Timbob, I visit here because you say things I need to hear. Please don’t feel pressure to return the visit, as the pleasure really is all mine! I know you have work and family commitments, so if you drop by my way, you’re always welcome, but I understand you’ve got a lot happening.

    It’s such an encouragement to visit here: I thank you sincerely for the privilege.


  8. I’ve been listening to a lot of David Meyer’s sermons. They are pretty good and so fitting for now. I’m listening to, “Antichrist Rising” now. — part I and II.


  9. My sense is that it will begin in 2009, or by the end of this year. Things that are now “right” will go wrong. This country may get attacked again, it has been too long since 9-11, we have sinned in our lifestyle choices, and recent presidential choices, and now there will be consequences. God’s protection has been lifted for most people now. Remember, it is the end of days, and things will get more violent. We are selling our souls for the price of bread. We are setting up the mark. Just pray………

    marianne
    http://heavenawaits.wordpress.com/


  10. Amen Marianne. I’ve noticed something just since the election. This global citizen that we’ve elected seems to be moving very fast and deliberate in putting together his team. He seems to be a man who has a clear vision of where he wants to take things and we can be assured that, at some point, those who maintain the profession of Jesus Christ will be labeled as “dissidents.” Indeed, we must pray without ceasing.

    Thanks for your observations. The hour is later than most of us realize. These events are no longer theological ponderings but are being manifest in the theater of atoms.

    Blessings always in Jesus name.



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