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“Michelle Shock”

March 27, 2009

There’s nothing like the fellowship that we find with those whose affections are fixed steadfastly upon things above. Those who, whenever we encounter them, instantly take to conversation to heavenly places as the reality of “Christ in us, the hope of glory” outshines all of the worlds institutions, treasures, and so-called promotions. They are not fearful of the events coming to pass upon the earth; rather, they embrace the truth that our salvation is closer now than when we first believed. They look for every opportuinity to share Jesus; the way the truth, and the life. The only name under heaven, given among men, whereby we must be saved. 

Acts 4:12 “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”

Over the years, I’ve come to recognize that most saints prefer not to discuss prophetic events or consider the times and seasons. Many have a theological understanding of the times but seem to become disturbed over anything that would suggest a discontinuation of business as usual. For those who love this world this uneasiness may well carry over into discussion about the return of Jesus; even if presented a trial-free, pre-tribulation format. (Let alone a post-tribulation discussion; the view that I believe to be accurate and employ whenever discussing prophetic events) I fear that all of us, to one degree or another, have an attachment to the status quo and expect each day to closely resemble the one previous to it. For several months the importance of loving not this world has been so heavy on my heart that words fail to convey the whole of it.

My wife has noticed a particular facial expression that our pastor makes whenever I unwittingly blindside him with a comment that would suggest an abrupt discontinuation of the commonly expected flow of events. Perhaps occupying the office of a pastor requires that he discuss such issues from an angle of “embracing continuity in the present matrix” as he must address the issues that weigh on the hearts of those in the fellowship. Yet sometimes it appears that there’s an over-adherance by many to the present snapshot of reality. The economy must be stablized, the career path must be maintained, material acquisitions must be secured, America is too big to fail, and “the show must go on.” So whenever I come across a saint who’se been delivered from any alliance with the status quo, it’s a breath of fresh air.  

Michelle has been in department 94 for a long time and her position as a jobsetter usually means that she’s continuously busy. Its a position that’s become more complicated ever since the “engineers” (they’re a comical bunch) incorporated a number of robots into the line which make the whole assembly process “slower and more costly” (It hasn’t gone according to plan but they will never-ever admit this.) Michelle stands about 5’5″ is notably younger than me, and is a relatively quiet person. She always seems to be diligently working to keep the line flowing as smoothly as possible. So last week when we had a chance to talk, I was nearly blown away at the incredible depth of understanding that she has concerning the times and seasons. (I’ve only been in this department since the end of January)

CR, Christine, and I were sitting at the break table when Michelle joined into the conversation. She told how the past couple of years, the Lord has brought her to such a place that she has absolutely no desire for the things of this world. Her heart is truly on the deep things of God and she expressed frustration at the incredible lack of discernment by many. “The antichrist system is rising before our eyes and nobody; not even most christians, seem to understand what’s happening all around them.  We see it coming; we have the very real peace of God that passes understanding, and yet very few seem to grasp it.” I cannot remember her exact words, but this was the primary idea.  Her manner of speech revealed a complete confidence in Jesus; despite an understanding of what these times may entail. 

Over the past several years, I’ve only met a handful of saints who have such a level of understanding and embrace the truth without fear for their lives in this world. Each time it takes place, however, there’s a bearing witness that defies explanation. This initial five minute conversation with Michelle resulted in a joy-spike that lasted for the remainder of the evening.

And yet, such discussion has become routine amongst the saints at work; not only for those who have worked there for years, but also those who have been recently hired. It’s a diverse group of saints who “hunger and thirst” for more of Jesus and desire to draw ever closer to him. They are not fearful of the times and have committed the keeping of their souls unto Jesus as unto a faithful Creator. (I Peter 4:19)  Each month I print off several copies of the Last Trumpet Newsletter to take into the plant. Not only do the saints look forward to this, a number of others who make no such profession also look forward to it. I pray that these cases of “passing interest” will lead to authentic conversions. CR is one who read it routinely; even before he came to Jesus in November of 2007. (Although other more prominant circumstances were in play which the Lord used to bring him into the household of faith. He has an incredible testimony)

Speaking of the Last trumpet Newsletter, the April 2009 issue is posted. Here’s the link:

WHEN OUR ONLY TRUE HOPE IS REJECTED

I know that this current season is a very short one and as such, we must be atuned to what the Lord is doing. To let go of our own agenda and seek him with a sober-minded fervency like never before. There’s simply no more space to be half-hearted or double minded. It’s truly all-or-nothing time and when the shaking reaches its maximum, we’ll either be on the side of the Lord Jesus or will have gone back to save our lives in this world. The Lord is doing an awesome, howbeit short work in the world today and AAM is merely a single piece of an incredibly complex battlefield. Trying to wrap my mind around all that’s taking place is simply not possible, but the Lord is doing a work in the hearts of many in these final moments of the age. I continue to pray that all in my household would be saved and that the stragglers will continue to come into the ark before the Lord shuts the door.

And therein lies the conclusion of the whole matter. Souls; eternal ones for whom Jesus suffered and died, passing through the valley of decision. The enemy is warring against the saints and fighting to hang onto every captive as he sees the final seconds of the age running out. This present snapshot of “life as we know it” is soon to be superceded by a season of unparalleled tribulation that few are even expecting (despite a bible in every room of every home) let alone preparing for. In years past we could speculate on how events might unfold, but today we’re witnessing the antichrist system manifest in every facet of society. The vast majority buy into the flatteries of the hour and they willingly embrace the utensils by which the man of sin will lead them into perdition. Truly the frustration that Michelle shared with me last week over the lack of discernment is shared by all whose eyes the Lord has opened.

Well, I’ll close for now. There’s so much more that could be written, but this post has already exceeded the normal limitations. This weekend, Kimberly and I will be celebrating our 17th anniversary. (March 28) So many times the enemy has sought to dissolve this family but we’re still together. I pray that all of us would seek the Lord with a fervency like never before. This age is quickly running its course and the glorious return of Jesus is truly at hand. Please check out the Last trumpet newsletter. I wish to all a blessed day in Jesus.

Daniel 12:3 “And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.”
I John 3:2-3 “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purefieth himself, even as he is pure.”
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5 comments

  1. Hi Timbob,

    I do find it amazing too that so many who call themselves Christians seem to be unaware of the hour in which we live. It seems to me that since Y2K hit, things have been on a rapid decline morally, politically and spiritually. Perhaps many do not see it, because they are not really looking into the Word of God.

    As I read this post though, another thought crossed my mind. I love that first Scripture that you quoted.

    Acts 4:12 “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”

    I believe, and I think you believe this way too, that Jesus is the saving name of God. Why then, would some choose not to be baptized in this name? I know some who will pray over their food in Jesus’ name, pray for healing in Jesus’ name and do just about everything in Jesus’ name except baptize. Perhaps too, this is because of a lack of understanding concerning baptism and who Jesus really is. It just is so clear though when you read the book of Acts where people were actually baptized. Without exception, everyone was baptized in Jesus’ name. Sorry if I’ve opened a can of worms here, but it was just on my mind.

    Congratulations to you and Kimberly on 17 years! In this day and age, that really is an accomplishment. I hope you’re able to do something nice together to celebrate. In closing, I hope you don’t mind if I leave you with a link. Before my husband and I were married, he insisted that I read this tract by Keith Green. I was hesitant at the time, because on the front of it in big bold letters were the words, EVERYTHING YOU SHOULD KNOW BEFORE YOU GET A DIVORCE. Anyhow, I read it, and I like to go back and read it from time to time, because it gives such a great perspective on love and committment. I hope it will be a blessing to you.

    http://www.mission.org/jesuspeople/divorce.htm

    Hope you and your wife have a great weekend.

    Blessings,

    Carol


  2. Congratulations Timbob and Kimberly. Seventeen years is just the beginning for you two.

    Keep preaching this message. It’s important. There is no telling the seeds you are planting and when they might sprout.


  3. Hi Carol. You have touched on something that I’ve really wanted to write about but struggled with how to go about it. I’m convinced that baptism should be done in Jesus name. In fact, Matthew 28:19 was fulfilled when they baptized in Jesus name, thereby further revealing that Jesus was indeed God manifest in the flesh. For me this has never been a controversy and is why I was baptized a second time in the early fall of 1984.

    Yet I wrestle with how to discuss this issue in blog form; other than to comment whenever an opportunity arises. I’ve seen much contention over the years about an issue that is really straightforward in scripture. Thanks for providing an opportunity to talk about this.

    I don’t know if it was proper but I have baptized one person in my life. I was really young in the Lord and a guy on our ship professed Jesus as Savior while we were at Guantanamo Bay, so I baptized him in Jesus name. I didn’t know what else to do. There didn’t appear to be a church there and our ships chaplain was of a denominational background that would not allow for this to be done in accordance to scripture. So we just went down near the mouth the bay, amidst the sea urchins and I baptized him. Later on, I learned that there was a Jamaican Apostolic church on the west side of the bay.

    Our anniversary was memorable and the post just completed tells a little about it. Just getting away from the daily chaos at home was awesome; although Morgan called us a lot; sometimes about every two hours or so. (She was watching the house while we were away.)

    Thanks for stopping by. Have a blessed day in Jesus.


  4. Hi Jerald. Thanks for taking time to stop by and for always offering encouragement. Amazingly, seventeen years of marriage doesn’t seem like a long time at all. Yet in these days, a lot of marriages fail within the first five years. The Lord has been merciful and often kept me from reacting to situations in a way that would have caused this one to fall apart. So imperative it is to always keep an eternal perspective and consider the souls around us.

    Thanks for taking time to stop by. I’ll swing by when I can. Have a blessed day in Jesus.


  5. 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?



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