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20,000 Years, As It Were, From This Moment

March 7, 2009

This post must begin with two passages and a link. The link is to a post entitled BEAUTIFUL ADVICE which lives up to its title; offering a spiritual checklist that every saint should consider. As for the passages of scripture, the first has been referred to much over the history of this blog. The second gives us a picture of just how long eternity is.

II Corinthians 4:18 “While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.

Ephesians 3:20-21 “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

“Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.”

It goes without saying that for many, this present realm has become a bastion of uncetainty on a number of fronts. This should come as no surprise to anyone familiar with scripture as Jesus told us plainly of the conditions that would preceed his return. Yet while many saints understand this from a theological standpoint, they tremble at the prospects of awakening one morning to find that the structures of this world, which they’ve unwittingly been trusting in have been dissolved. Anxiety is running high (even amongst christians who, in light of Matthew 6:24-34 should not be fearful) as we see an economy in freefall, sinister manuverings in the political arena, and a society that increasingly seems void of any moral compass. Anyone who is looking to the framework of this world for stability and comfort will be profoundly disappointed and increasingly fearful as events unfold.

I like to follow the flow of events; especially in light of scripture. But to do so without maintaining an eternal perspective will cause one to go nutty; possibly to the point of their heart failing them for fear. So I’m going to take a trip into the future for a few minutes. Climbing aboard this imaginary time machine (oh no…timbob has gone off the deep end) we’re going to blast off far into the future, and take a peek at things that aren’t yet manifest, but will eventually be the ever-present reality.  We land in a place that, if it could be measured by time, would be the year 22009. (ow…my head hurts) We disembark and survey an environment that bears almost no resemblance to the one that we are so familiar with. One of the most profound observations is that the incredible events; so anticipated and thought on in our lives, have long since played out and are now in the past.

We can see, step by step, how the events prior to the return of Jesus to earth played out. We see where we were right on in our theology and we see the areas where we were misreading scripture. The timing of the rapture is no longer a mystery.

We see the replay of Jesus return to earth in power and glory. The moment when those in Christ were caught up while those who rejected him searched frantically for cover. We note how the trumpet sounded and can actually see the moment where  corruption put on incorruption. (WOW! Lets just keep watching this over and over.)

We see how the beast and false prophet, which deceived the world, were cast into the lake of fire. For the first thousand years, they were the only two inhabitants of the place that, later on, would become the final abode of all who died in their sins.

We see the millenial reign of Jesus and a world in perfect order. The knowledge of the Lord covers the earth as the waters cover the sea. We see those who had been born of the Spirit during the course of their natural lives reigning with him over the earth. A world which, during that time of unparalleled paradise, was void of any sin. This was because Satan was bound in the bottomless pit and could not influence the inhabitors of the earth.

We see the moment, following the thousand years of Jesus reign, where Satan was released and permitted to seduce the inhabitors of the earth one final time. We note how those who fell for the final deception encompassed the camp of the saints. We are utterly astonished at how many fell for this final deception.

We see the fire that came down from God and devoured all who departed from the truth and believed a lie in the final act of rebellion against the Creator of all that is. This was Satans last fling as he was taken and thrown into the lake of fire, where the smoke of his torment continues to rise; even to this point in eternity.

We witness the final moments of the physical world that we had known as the heavens and earth fled away from the face of him that sat upon a great white throne. All of the dead, small and great were there; pleading for a final chance, but finding that the second resurrection had no power. The sin that they clung to in life would forever separate them from the one who shed his own blood for them, to keep this from happening.

We see time dissolve into the fabric of the everlasting. We see the holy city, New Jerusalem. We observe the new heavens and the new earth. The final two chapters of the book of Revelation are before us in panoramic splendor. A realm where nothing has ever defiled and will remain forever and ever. We see Jesus by whom all things were created, who is the light that permeates all that is in this place. We see the saints, from every generation, in complete peace and joy on a level that defies the limits of earthly language. We hear melodies so sweet and out of this world that we cannot even find remote similarities in the world that we shortly must return to. “The world we shortly must return to? Oh….look at the time!” We had become so lost in the moment that we forgot about that thing which has so much influence over our lives. And so we return to our imaginary time machine and head back to the place where we must run with patience, the race that is set before us.

One may be wondering why this excursion was taken. To be perfectly honest, when I came out here, I had no intention of going this route. Nonethtless, my desire is that we would begin to look at events from an eternal; perspective. Not just in knowing that our time here is very short, but actually living our lives from an eternal standing. When we do this, we’ll no longer be rattled by the unfolding events in this life. Our focus will be completely upon Jesus who has gone to prepare a place for us, and we’ll earnestly compel all who are around us to “PLEASE COME INTO THE ARK BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE! It’s imperative that we understand the situation before us and what’s at stake. I pray that all of us would draw closer to Jesus, let go of our itineraries, and seek his perfect will. That we would trust him; even to the point of what the world would call “reckless abandon” because when we know his perfect will we don’t take into consideration the logistics of it.

Well it’s time to bring this to a close. Tonight was our last night of work as the entire plant is laid off from March 9 until march 16. This means that I can get some things done around here and be about the business that’s on my heart. The trip to Wisconsin has been altered somewhat. On Wednesday, Lord willing, I’m still heading into Chicago, but not going up to Milwaukee or Beaver Dam. This is actually quite a relief as I can now prayerfully focus on a single area. (Actually there are three areas in Chicago that I’m wanting to visit)  As much as I would like to meet David Meyer and the saints of Truth Tabernacle, a bigger need is in play. The saints in Beaver Dam are already saved and filled with the Holy Ghost. Chicago, on the other hand, has three million people; most of whom are currently heading into an eternity without Christ. Such is the case in virtually every venue. May we all be about our Fathers business in these critical moments. I wish to all. a blessed weekend in Jesus.

Matthew 9:37-38 “Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.”
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9 comments

  1. Godspeed, Lil’ Bro, and I am happy for you to have that opportunity as I know how much you want to be out there about our Father’s business.
    I want you to know that I think of you and pray for you and yours every day (no exaggeration).
    Although I don’t have a chance/time to tell you often, you have impacted my life and persepctive profoundly. Thank you and I love you dearly.
    No fear, just be alert and aware!

    Very creative writing here! Yes, as much as we want it to be over, and as easy as it is to seem caught up in the chaos, my heart grieves for those ‘not ready’ and without a desire to ‘be ready’.


  2. It is indeed very easy to get caught up in the here and now, the financial problems, physical afflictions, discouragement, etc. the we lose our focus on Jesus and His kingdom. We heard a preacher yesterday at No Limits Conference that talked about how he has seen the devil attack God’s people in the last 90 days like he has never seen in his life. Indeed, I think about people I know who are facing cancer and other illnesses, losing jobs and homes and battling with rebellion in their own homes, and I could concur with what he said. However, the jist of his message was just about getting back up and fighting again, doing the things we know we need to do to be victorious in living for God like praying, fasting, getting into God’s Word and witnessing. At the close of his message, he asked for pastors and their wives to come up on the platform and begin to pray. My husband took my hand, and we headed up. There was an incredible spirit of intercession that hit that place, and when I didn’t have my eyes closed praying I saw many ministers and wives weeping and just travailing in prayer. After a while the evangelists asked all the preacher’s kids to come up, boys forming a circle and girls forming a circle. A fantastic spirit of prayer hit those young people too. It was really incredible. I think God put the “fight” back into a lot of people last night. Thank God for those times when He helps us to get refocused and recharged for Him!


  3. Hi Timbob! I haven’t been over in a while and should have been, your creative task is so good! We never were on exact b/n each other on theology, but you are very true to your words and I respect that with the highest regard. I SO agree, that we have to stop dwelling in the now, I also warn about dwelling in the future… because you are SO RIGHT that our time is NOW. we are here now for a reason.
    I do imagine a scene, that WE screw it all up. That the world hits a wall because we can’t wake up our churches to bust out their walls. We are not doing even on a local scale much less a global scale what Christ has called us to do.. take care of each other, love each other, nurture each with authenticity… with true love for him.
    What I like about you Timbob, is that you are authentic. you are who you say you are, not out of fear, or upbringing, but the real deal. I sense that authenticity, not theology, is what will save people in the end… When we meet God we will be stripped of everything worldly, includung this fear… if that is what drives people onto the ‘arc’, it won’t save them… he just wants US.
    peace and care to you… cindy


  4. But perhaps you need to be encouraged too at David Meyers church. I’ll be praying for you. 🙂


  5. I subscribe to Dave Wilkerson’s blog (Times Square Church pastor). If you get a chance, read the devotionals for 7 & 8 March.

    http://davidwilkersontoday.blogspot.com/


  6. Timbob, you certainly do have a way with words. I was caught up in all you said.
    My God bless you and keep you and your family as you travel.


  7. Greetings to all. I only have a couple of minutes, so I can’t respond as I would like to. Thanks to everyone who took time to offer their thoughts here. As mentioned in the post that I just put up, our computer is temporarily fried and so I’ll be unable to interact in this venue as I would like for a couple of weeks or so. If something major is pressing, I’ll try to get to the library and update.

    Thanks again to all. Have a blessed day in Jesus


  8. FOR PRETRIB RAPTURE REPEATERS

    Congratulations! You are now fulfilling the Bible which says “Come now, and let us repeat together.”
    Be sure to repeat what Walvoord, Lindsey, LaHaye, Ice etc. repeat what their own teachers repeat what their own teachers repeat etc. etc. etc.!
    Repeat that Christ’s return is imminent because we’re told to “watch” (Matt. 24, 25) for it. So is the “day of God” (II Pet. 3:12) – which you admit is at least 1000 years ahead – also imminent because we’re told to be “looking for” it?
    Also repeat the pretrib myths about the “Jewish wedding stages” and “Jewish feasts” (where’s your “church/Israel dichotomy” now?) even though Christ and Paul knew nothing about a “pretrib stage” and neither did any official theological creed or organized church before 1830!
    You should read “Pretrib Rapture Dishonesty” on the “Powered by Christ Ministries” site to find out why you shouldn’t repeat everything your pretrib teachers repeat.
    Do I have to repeat this?


  9. Greetings Bea. Thanks for stopping by. I do not subscribe to a pre-tribulation rapture; although I can see how you may have reached this conclusion from the above post. The following link is to a post written here some time ago that outlines my view of this subject.

    https://timbob.wordpress.com/2008/03/14/rapturepalooza

    Aside from the funny name, it’s a very serious tackling of this topic. The pre-tribulation doctrine is sadly causing many to not prepare spiritually for the times ahead. Please check it out. Thanks for stopping by.

    Blessings in Jesus name.



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