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A Great and Terrible Day

November 30, 2008

The door is closing on this age. For many, this idea resides solely in the realm of theology where they accept the idea of an end to the age, but don’t consider that we may actually be there. For those who do have an understanding of this, another danger emerges as there’s a tendancy to engage in endless debatings. Debatings over the timing of the rapture, debatings on when the man of sin will appear, debatings on whether to store up food and ammo or live by faith. Debatings over a host of issues which can consume an incredible amount of time and energy. I’ve seen running correspondances over such topics which are so long and filled with extraneous detail that it’s dizzying. Yet the implications of this age nearing its final moment are often not fully grasped by any of us. If we understood this as we should, we would probably be less concerned about scoring “see I told you so” points and more concerned about the billions who are in danger of facing an eternity without Christ.

It should be pointed out that we must contend for scriptural truth and never embrace compromises or departures from sound doctrine. But sometimes we can become consumed with gnat-straining over those things seen through a glass darkly, and then defending our conclusion concerning those issues. For example, Last week I heard Pastor Lankford discussing on how the man of sin will be “revealed.” We can speculate dawn to dusk on who it is and make multiple referances to “Obama-nation” but the truth is that none of us will know until it is supernaturally revealed. (Amazingly, after hearing Pastor lankford, I turned to another station where a different preacher was talking about this very same thing.)

John 9:4 “I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh when no man can work.”

For everyone who is born of the Spirit, the time will come when our earthly ministry is complete. Those who we failed to reach with the gospel of Jesus Christ will remain unreached. Those in despair, who were crying out for help while we were busy praising God for all of our material abundance, will forever be a testimony against us. Those who slipped needlessly into the night will forever be lost and no amount of sincerety will bring them back. Each of us must begin to understand the seriousness of the hour, the desperate situation of those without, and the treacherous footing of those who who profess that they know God but in works deny him.  I cannot express how “unqualified” I am to talk about this topic.  When I think of all the blown oportunities that I know about (I shudder to think of the ones that I didn’t see) it’s discouraging to say the least. My prayer is that all of us (emphasis “us”) will be granted a deeper understanding of the situation before us.

I Peter 4:7-8 “But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober and watch unto prayer. And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover a multitude of sins.”

We look for the day when we are absent from the body and present with the Lord Jesus. We ponder the moment when Jesus returns to earth and every eye beholds him. When Jesus returns to earth there will be no questioning about who it is. He will send his angels into the four corners of the earth and gather those who remained standing. Those who know him not will cry out to the rocks “fall on us.” Those who are watching will comfort one another with the truth that our temporary circumstance is nothing when compared to the age to come and the moment when this mortality puts on immortality. (There’s a post about this when I get around to finishing it.) But while we anticipate the return of Jesus and look forward to the moment when time runs out of itself, we should grasp the implications of this on a greater scale; both the positives and the sobering. 

( 1 ) The end of the age will mean an end to the endless cycle of iniquity that has causes the creation to groan and travail. The man of sin, who deceived the whole world, will be cast into the lake of fire where he and the false prophet will remain during the millenial reign of Christ. (They will have the entire lake to themselves until after the great white throne judgment.) Jesus will establish his kingdom on earth and judge righteously.

( 2 )  For the saints, we will have entered into his rest. All of the afflictions endured while living in this temporal world will only be a memory. “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh in us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.”  May the Lord grant us understanding as to the profoundness of II Corinthians 4:17. (and verse 18) When we truly have our hearts set on the world to come, no amount of tribulation will shake us.

( 3 ) Understanding. Over the past few days Pauls words of “but then shall I know even as also I am known” have been on my mind. To “know as I am known?” Well God has the very hairs of our head numbered and he sees our thoughts afar off. Will we have understanding of things that, in this present world we never even dreamed of? As we ponder these things, questions are certain to come up, but when we see him as he is, those questions will be answered. If what we see through a glass darkly is awesome, imagine what it’ll be like when the glass is removed. “WOO HOO” is an understatement.

( 4 ) This is on the sobering side. When Jesus returns and every eye beholds him, there are millions upon millions of souls who will head into eternal torment. Souls that are currently alive and well on planet earth, going to work, raising their children, and being model citizens.

( 5 )  Our embodiment of works will be complete and whatever we didn’t get to, we didn’t get to. Kind of like those tests in school where a certain amount of time was granted. When time was up, the unanswered questions would remain so.  We should make the most of every encounter that we have with those outside the household of faith because tomorrow, one of us may not be here anymore. When we leave this world, or when Jesus returns; whichever comes first, our embodiment of works will be completed.

Well, it’s about time to close this up. One thing that should be evident is that when we truly become focused on heavenly things, and on the imminent return of Jesus, we’ll be of much more earthly good. When we grasp the fact that every day finds new souls in hell that weren’t there the day before, we’ll find ourselves less concerned about the football game and more concerned about the people across the street. We’ll strive to be good ambassadors for the Lord Jesus Christ and will simply “let go” of the weights that once seemed to be stuck to us like glue. I apolagize if this post sounds choppy. It wasn’t exactly anticipated. I wish to all a blessed day in Jesus.

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PEACE and CONTENTMENT

November 27, 2008

Greetings and a blessed Thanksgiving to all. I found a blog a few minutes ago that really shows what the above title means. Here’s the link:

TEAGIRL4GOD’S BLOG

Please check it out as it admonishes us to understand the everlasting perspective and to be thankful in all things. As Paul states in Philippians 4:11 “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.”  I pray that we would not regard today as merely a time to feast without ceasing before sacrificing to the god of “Black Friday,” but that we would remember to be truly thankful on every day. To discern between that which is “but for a moment” and that which is “everlasing.” To be thankful and rejoice in our great salvation which we have in Jesus Christ.

Blessings to all in Jesus name.

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“Are We Ready For This?”

November 26, 2008

Earlier tonight, Pastor Lankford (a pastor in North Carolina heard of shortwave radio) was discussing a host of topics concerning the times. One issue, however, seems needful to relay as it highlights the importance of continuously examining ourselves. As we grow in the Lord, and the years accumulate, there’s a tendancy to unwittingly consider ourselves to be….well….spiritual. We tend to look at ourselves as having reached a certain level; knowing areas that are in need of growth, and labeling other areas of our life as being mastered. Pastor Lankford mentioned a time when he had to be reminded not to be overly confident in our own perceived spirituality. It happened one day, about ten years ago. He was getting around, when the Lord told him “You’re weak.” Pastor Lankford told how this caught him off guard and unveiled a weakness that he wasn’t aware of.

The example that the Lord gave him was that of John the Baptist. John was a man who was filled with the Holy Ghost from birth. He “knew” that his office was that of one crying in the wilderness who was to announce the coming of Messiah. He saw Jesus and said “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” He baptized Jesus in the river Jordan, saw the heavens opened and witnessed as the Holy Ghost descended in in a bodily shape like a dove upon him. He heard a voice from heaven, saying “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” In short, John witnessed an incredible amount of scriptural fulfilment, with the understanding that Jesus must increase and he (John) must decrease.

Yet despite all of this revelation, when the time of Johns departure was drawing near, he sent two of his disciples to ask Jesus “Art thou he that should come? or look we for another?” Questions arose in his mind and John needed reassurance. This is important today, because some of us may be appointed to glorify the Lord Jesus through the giving of our lives. We are at the door and soon the man of sin will be revealed. We must ensure that our hearts are firmly established. On the page “Posts from other Blogs” there’s a link to a writing by Richard Wurmbrand who discusses this in great detail. (I would link to it here, but I’ve already linked to it several times on different posts.) In it he discusses how seeds of doubt may hide out in times of peace and safety, but when persecution comes, they will lead to betrayal.

There is one thing that should be linked to because we’re at the time when it will soon become relevant.

The Black Bird (war against the christians) This was given to Dimitru Duduman back in 1992 concerning the persecution that would come upon the church. Things which have been bound, will be unleashed as is told in scripture.

Daniel 7:25 “And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.”

Revelation 12:17 “And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.” 

I wasn’t planning to post tonight as I was coming out here to check on other things. Furthermore, I strive to not submit back to back postings that have an apocalyptic theme. (A self-imposed guideline that has become all but irrelevant.)  This issue, however, is pressing and I fear that none of us fully grasp the dangers of this. Any spiritual abnormalities (?) such as pride, doubtings, carnal-mindedness, and what have you, will spell disaster in the times of trying. I pray that this will cause all of us to get close to Jesus, examine ourselves, and stablish our hearts as the days are unimaginably evil. His grace is sufficient for any trial, and his peace will remain in any storm. One more passage that shows the dangers of highmindedness.

I Samuel 15:17 “When thou wast little in thine own sight, wast thou not made the head of the tribes of Israel, and the LORD annointed thee king over Israel?”

King Saul serves as a reminder of what can happen when obediance is replaced by logic and “look at me” replaces “look to Jesus. Those words “When thou was little in thine own sight” speak volumes. One more thing that bears repeating is the dangers of loving this present world. It will cause one to sell their birthright for a morsel of bread, and receive a mark for continuance in this present “temporal” world. It will cause one to cave in the hour when they must choose between their testimony of Jesus and a position in the theater of atoms. Any one of us may face such a choice in the days ahead, but if our hearts are already seated in heavenly places, Gods grace will be sufficient. May we all remember Stevens discourse and how he saw the heavens opened when his testimony was complete.

Well I’ll be going for now. The December issue of the Last trumpet Newsletter has been posted and can be read at the link provided. I wish to all a blessed thanksgiving and a blessed weekend in Jesus.

I John 5:3-8 “For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?  This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth. For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness in earth, the spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.”

 

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The Mistress of Witchcrafts

November 22, 2008

When the shift actually began isn’t clear; although elements have resided here since well before the foundation of the republic. Some point to the turbulent 1960s when halucinogenic experimentation became “hip” and the agents of theater began introducing the emerging generation to the concept of “good sorcery.” (This actually began way before the 1960s, but the age of television made mass indoctrination possible. Seeds of rebellion, planted by “nice people who use their powers only for good.”) Some point to the time when God was no longer welcomed into the education system. Still others point to a lukewarm church that has largely traded the life changing gospel of Jesus Christ for a social gospel that focuses on how to become a better “you”, how to get stuff, and how to engineer social change through the political process. I suspect that all three of these, along with a host of other factors, have contributed to the state of the Union at the end of 2008 AD. A nation and a generation that seems largely void of any biblical foundation and is poised to fulfill its role in the end times senario.

Isaiah 21:9 “And behold, here cometh a chariot of men with a couple of horsemen. And he answered and said, Babylon is fallen, is fallen; and all the graven images of her gods he hath broken unto the ground.”

Revelation 18:2-3 “And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.”

The passage from Isaiah has been added because I’ve always been intrigued by the phrase “is fallen, is fallen.” This wording also appears in Revelation 14:8

One could speculate much about what Mystery Babylon is pertaining to. Many think that it is the United States because she fits the description so well. While I tend to lean in this direction, there are certain pitfalls associated with taking a “fill-in-the-blanks approach to prophecy. Regardless of this, the fact that the United States does fit the description so well reveals that ours is a nation in deep trouble from a spiritual perspective. In an earlier post, sodomy was discussed as being a practice that enjoys widespread acceptance. In truth, we’ve reached a point where anything contrary to scripture seems to enjoy widespread acceptance. For example, fornication has been transformed from “this is to be done within the confines of marriage” to “everybody does it.” It’s as common as the morning cup of coffee. While adultry probably receives a lower approval rating overall, I know people who enjoy spicing things up with a third party and are regular practicioners of such.

When you begin to consider the occultic element, it becomes obvious that this is no longer a predominantly christian nation. Most people, when they think of occultist, envision obscure groups of people on the outer fringes of society, performing rituals and casting spells.  The problem is far deeper than this as our entire culture, largely through the machinery of entertainment, has been reprogrammed to think like a witch. (David Meyers covers this extensively; in fact that preceeding sentance is largely borrowed from him.) There are folks in my own household who see nothing wrong with “magic” that’s used for good. Yesterday I made a comment concerning a particular program that my younger daughter likes. (the one who doesn’t cause problems.) Her reply was a casual “there’s nothing wrong with it dad. It comes from Disney.” My wife holds the same viewpoint concerning this and so I’m viewed as the “bad parent who doesn’t want anyone to have fun.”

If one were to inventory all of the entertainment options available today; movies, programs, video games, what have you, they would discover that a large percentage of them promote the use of supernatural power that’s not of God. It had very humble beginnings, with such offerings as “The Wizard of Oz” and the like. However, once these ideas gained widespread acceptance, the floodgates were opened. In 1977 “Star Wars” completely blew the doors off as it presented the entertainee with a “force” that had a good side and a dark side. Today, this is widely accepted and considered harmless, (even by many undiscerning christians) and the entertainment industry has found that such programming is very profitable.  The two sides feed off each other and step by methodical step, our “erstwhile great nation” (another phrase borrowed from David Meyers) has been largely transformed into a pagan society. This doesn’t mean that everyone is casting spells and worshipping deities; it just means that a large percentage of the population views the world from this non-biblical perspective. Supernatural power that’s not of God is ok, evolution is called a theory but taught as though it’s fact, and scriptural truth is viewed as being narrow-minded and “out of touch.” Which brings up the next passage;

Luke 21:12 “But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my names sake.”

This passage has been on my mind for over a week. At some point; even in this land, those who maintain the testimony of Jesus Christ (The real Jesus of the bible; this must be emphasized) will be persecuted in ways previously considered impossible here. The reasonings will seem well founded by those who know not God, from our stand against sodomy to our refusal to embrace a globalist agenda that promises a return to peace and prosperity. But the actual reason will be our testimony of Jesus Christ and that our very presence reminds them of a Holy God whom they would like to just forget about. Our culture has already been programmed to think occultically and soon they will embrace a global leader who will cause craft to prosper corrupt by flatteries and cause people to worship an image.

Philippians 1:28-29 “And in nothing terrified by your adversaries: which to them is an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that of God. For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake;”

One more thing that I’ve been pondering and it pertains to the obsession with entertainment. We can see how the entertainment industry (industry?) has opened the floodgates for the acceptance of those things which are contrary to Gods word. It also has a large percentage of our population addicted to “a need for continuous amusement through movies, games, and what have you. Lately I’ve been noticing these games where a person can pretend to be in a rock band. I can’t put my finger on it, but something very sinister is at work with this. Undoubtedly, falls in line with keeping people so focused on amusements that they don’t take time to consider such things as “Hey; if I die tonight, where will I be?” Yesterday, I overheard a report on how kids are becoming addicted to video games to the point that they become dysfunctional. (I was busy with something else, and so I only heard bits and pieces of the report)

Video games have caused problems for years in divers manners, (many games are very occultic in nature) but with these rock band simulations, something far more sinister is in play. There is a spirit of rock and roll that has been prevailant for years and these things almost transform the participant into a close-up interraction with that spirit. It’s much darker than “a friendly game of Mario Brothers.” Well I wasn’t planning on going into that, but there it is. As for now, I must be going. I pray that every saint would understand (myself included) the lateness of the hour. I know that this is a common statement here, but I really wonder if we truly have a grasp of what’s unfolding before us. we need to be close to Jesus. I linked to this in the previous post, but here it is again:

GODS WORD WILL BE “AN ANCHOR IN THE STORM”  

Once this has been read, it will be obvious as to why I’m now linking to it for the third time. Until the next time, I wish to all, a blessed weekend in Jesus.

Nahum 3:4-5 “Because of the multitude of their whoredoms of the well-favoured harlot, the mistress of witchcrafts, that sellethnations through her whoredoms, and families through her witchcrafts. Behold I am against thee saith the LORD of hosts; and i will discover thy skirts upon thy face, and I will show the nations thy nakedness, and the kingdoms thy shame. And I will cast abominable filth upon thee, and make thee vile, and will set thee as a gazing stock.”

 

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“Heaven and Earth shall Pass Away”

November 21, 2008

It goes without saying that, whatever our current situation in this world is, be it a season of plenty or a time when we are pressed beyond measure, it will eventually pass into history. Everything that we lay claim to in the realm of atoms will one day cease to be under our jurisdiction. The cast of souls that we interract with continuously changes as people come into our lives, abide for a season, and then depart for other venues. (A large percentage of the people that are currently in my life, I didn’t even know ten years ago.) Time marches toward its conclusion, that which is new gradually becomes old, and each of us are one day closer to our final day in the land of the living than we were yesterday. These things are obvious to most, and yet we tend to place a lot of stock in the temporary statistics and accomodations.  We need to become increasingly discerning between that which is temporal and that which is everlasting.

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Colossians 3:1-4 “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things of the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.”

There’s been a thing on my mind for weeks and I really don’t know how to place it into words in such a way as to relay the profoundness of it. From the hour that we first believe, the Lord begins a work in us. He begins to transform us from what we once were into Christlikeness. Step by step and from glory to glory; we become less like us and more like Jesus. We find that the old song is true: “He gets sweeter and sweeter as the days go by.” Yet there comes a point, when we almost seem to cross over in a spiritual sense. The everlasting becomes so real to us that we are ruined to ever again conform with the baser elements of this world. We become so close to Jesus that our every thought is to be in fellowship with him and to be a good ambassador in this theater of atoms where so many are searching for truth. The fellowship becomes ever so sweet as we let go of every hinderance and rein in every stray imagination that would seek to carry us off.

It’s a sweetness and a peace so incredible that nothing in this world can shake it. When the peace of God reigns in our hearts, we’ll not be rattled by economic trends or geo-political upheaval. The manifestation of the end times senario will not cause us to be fearful, but will cause us to draw closer to Jesus. The dramas in our lives; regardless of their intensity, will not be able to move us. It’s only for a season. A few weeks ago, I was in a time of incredible closeness with the Lord and it was as though the physical world was not even here. I found myself singing a melody that can only come from on high. I cannot remember the exact words, but it spoke of desiring that all who are in Christ would enter into this place. A place of closeness to Jesus with complete contentment and peace, the likes of which has no earthly equivelant. How many trivialities would we let go of if we would just spend more time with the Lord Jesus and less time in front of a television. (There’s nothing on anyways)

This is one of those topics that I feel inadequate to write on. I wrestle daily with keeping imaginations from taking on a life of their own, and sometimes I allow certain dramas to rattle me. Yet the Lord is granting victory in both of these areas. A common prayer request, concerning this, is that the Lord would allow me to see things from an everlasting perspective and keep me from gnat straining over the irrelevant items. We have to look beyond the circumstances and see the eternal souls of the players involved in the circumstances. (This is not to suggest that we should condone sin) This present reality is soon to be no more, but everyone will stand before God. May we all grasp the seriousness of this.

Well I need to go as I’m blogging in the middle of the night and occasionally nodding off. The following link is to a vision granted to Michael Boldea and is entitled GODS WORD WILL BE ANCHOR IN THE STORM This will really encourage all who love the Lord Jesus to keep pressing onward. We’re in a time of great falling away and such encouragement is needful. Until the next time, I wish to all a blessed day in Jesus.

 

 

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“Sodomites Gone Wild”

November 16, 2008

This is not a topic that I would normally cover in any great detail, as this blog has a different focus. But because it’s become so rampant in our society, and because there’s a saint at work whose dad fellowships at Mt Hope church in Lansing, I’ve decided to link to a few articles concerning those things which are “not convenient.”  Here they are:

Lansing State Journal  This is one of several media reports concerning a band of sodomites, who infiltrated Mt Hope Church and engaged in disruptive behavior. CR (the brother at work) told me about this last week.

Dont Get Me Started (Bridget) This post discusses several incidents of sodomite (I prefer to use the scriptural title for this) disruption and intolerance of any who are seen as being in opposition to them. It also covers the media bias in the reporting of such events.

Not A Way to Make Friends…But (1godsgal) This is a new addition to the blogroll and in this particular post, we are admonished to stand up for biblical truth concerning this issue. This relatively short post created a 49 comment firestorm, at last count, over an issue that’s very clear cut. “Thou shalt not lie with mankind as with womankind.” (And vice versa for the ladies)

Gay Christian Movement Watch  One could almost make a riddle “what does a gay christian and a mermaid have in common? Answer: THEY ARE BOTH MYTHOLOGICAL CREATURES” A person cannot be a sodomite and a saint at the same time. This blog follows the inroads that sodomy is making into the evangelical community.

This issue is even more serious than most of us realize. It seems that historically, when this sin becomes widely accepted in a society, that societies days are numbered. In our society, it has not only become accepted by many, this “alternate lifestyle is oftentimes held up in admiration. I apolagize if this post sounds mean, but Sodom and Gomorrah stand as a reminder of how the Creator of the universe views this “alternate lifestyle.” Any who are engaged in such should understand that Jesus Christ paid for their sins at calvary and will make them new creations if they will repent and come to him. Just as he does for all who come to him in sincerety. The gift of eternal life is ours for the asking, however this offer expires when we do.

Revelation 22:14-15 “Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolators, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.”

 

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“Where My Haunt Is”

November 14, 2008

Many of us, if we were to remember back ten years or so, would have to conclude that our current position in the theater of atoms isn’t what we may have anticipated it would be. The best laid plans can be altered by changes in the ambience that transpired in a moment. Economic upheavel, geo-political shiftings, sudden illness, or a host of other unforseen circumstances, may leave in a place or position that we never would have expected to partake of. For many others, this may not be the case. They may have somehow managed to stick to the game plan that was placed together back in college and lived a life void of surprises, right into the golden years.  I know of people in both of these camps. Yet regardless of how we arrived at our present address, the truth is that we occupy a position in the arena of souls that only we can fill. We may enjoy it or we may pray fervently that the Lord would place us elsewhere, but as one of our high school teachers (Mr. Cole) used to say “Wherever you go, that’s where you are.”

Philippians 4:11-13 “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”

Why is this important? Because the Lord is doing a short work in the earth and he is positioning his saints to be a testimony in the times ahead. Some he may be able to gently lead to move into their place. Others, he may have to relocate, through less than desirable circumstances, into their assigned position. Our current position may seem to make no sense whatsoever, but God has a perfect plan and at the right moment, he’ll share it with us. Some of us may find ourselves dwelling in Caesers household (Philippians 4:22) while others may be tending to the homeless in an urban landscape where despair permeates the atmosphere. Regardless of our setting, we are called to be a city set upon a hill, holding fast the profession of our faith in Jesus Christ. Last week in downtown Kalamazoo, it was unexpectedly dropped in my spirit “All that is seen will soon be no more. The only aspect that will remain is the souls.” These souls are found in every venue, and tragically, most of them are currently outside of the household of faith. (Indeed the harvest is VERY GREAT!”

Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

When we begin focusing on the eternal, the temporal will no longer have any impact on our attitude. It’s become a cliche, but the truth is “IT’S ALL GOING TO BURN!”  Every single sub-atomic particle will cease to be and every trace of this temporal reality vanished. Whatever our current situation is, it will eventually give way to the everlasting realities.  Many saints today seem rattled by the manifestations in the physical realm. Economic unravelings, advances of the globalist agenda, censorship of this internet around the corner (READ THIS!) and the consequences of a generation that strives to put God out of its remembrance have many of the saints disquieted. In short, we are witnessing scriptural fulfilment and soon a world leader will emerge. This person will “make war with the saints and prevail against them” in the physical realm. Such ponderings will leave many asking “what shall we do?” The answers to this are as diverse as the myriad of self proclaimed advisors. Yet two scriptures stand out, and since I’ve been utilizing other well known verses this morning, here they are:

Psalm 46:10 “Be still and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.”

Philippians 1:28 “And in nothing terrified by your adversaries: which is to them an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that of God.”

The Lord has a custom set of plans for each of us as we find ourselves in the midst of scriptural fulfilment. Some may be led to store food for a time when strangers will be sent their way. Others may be called to abandon everything that they have accumulated and move to a location where they have absolutely no ties. We may find ourselves in physical circumstances where we wonder “How did I EVER get into this situation?” I’m certain that Joseph wondered this as he spent years in an Egyptian prison because of a lie. In any case, regardless of where our haunt is, or may be in the future, we must strive to be ever closer to Jesus, and love not this present world. This has been impressed upon me for months on end, which is why it keeps popping up in posts. “LOVING THIS WORLD WILL CAUSE ONE TO MAKE REALLY BAD DECISIONS” Loving anything more than Jesus will cause us to make really bad decisions. The enemy knows of any given persons reservations, and if we have an idol, it gives him a handle by which to tempt us. If we give him a rope, he’ll surely try to hang us with it. 

Loving not the world has another advantage. Complete liberty! When our affections are on the Lord Jesus and not the present, the fellowship is so unexplainably sweet that the temptations from the world lose their gravity. The pull that they once had on us simply ceases to be. When we come across saints who have this understanding; not from a legalistic angle (which can also be enslaving) but because they have a close relationship with the Lord Jesus, they have a level of contentment that few seem to reach. Indeed, our joy should not be based on where we are or how many atoms we have accumulated, but in the Lord Jesus Christ who redeemed us from everlasting death and has gone to prepare a place for us.

Well, it’s time to tend to some other matters around here. Something has been on my mind for a few days. Every post that we place out here should be structured in such a way that, if we can never post again, our final paragraphs will be to the encouragement of the saints and the urging of those who know not the Lord Jesus to come to him before it’s too late. A persons final moment doesn’t always announce its approach. I’m not anticipating anything in particular at the moment, but we never know what a day may bring forth. At some point, what’s soon to be implemented Australia (check out the link in the third paragraph) will reach every corner of the globe. There are simply no words in the english vocabulary to adequately describe the sense of lateness that’s in my heart. I wish to all, a blessed day in Jesus.

John 15:17-19  “These things I command you, that ye love one another. If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of this world, but I have chosen you out of this world, therefore the world hateth you.”