In launching into this post, it seems needful to bring forth a tragic, and yet accurate statement found in the May edition of the Last trumpet Newsletter. It reads as follows:
“I have been watching the signs of the times for many years, and I can say with absolute certainty that we are now in the last of the last days. We cannot know the day or hour of the Saviours return, but we can discern this time. Those who understand this and can see so clearly what is happening are often made to wonder what it will take to open the eyes and ears of the vast majority of people. When will they wake up? The sad fact is that most never will awaken until it is too late.”
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It’s a tragedy unfolding in real time before the eyes of every saint. We see the lateness of the hour. We see priceless souls; many of whom are in our own families, inching toward an eternity without Jesus, and they seem oblivious to their perdicament. Many today don’t want to hear about God or how they can have a personal relationship with him. They don’t want to hear what they perceive to be “our interpretation” of a bible that they believe to be full of contradictions, and they don’t want to hear warnings about eternal damnation or the end of the world. The majority of people don’t want to think about eternity or the Creator who loved them so much that he took upon himself a body of flesh and paid for their sins with his own blood. The result is that while Jesus Christ paid for the sins of all and that nobody has to go into eternity lost, the majority will reject this gift of salvation until the door has been closed.
Folks don’t want to talk about the things of God, but they do love to talk about their stuff, their accomplishments, and their kingdoms of this world. I know of two people who, if given a chance, will talk from sunrise to sunset about things that they want to do to their houses. Not that home improvements are a bad thing, but when something becomes a god to us, it’s a very dangerous thing) A new deck, a new three season room, a remodeling of the basement, new windows, new flooring, new this and new that. A window of opportunity opens and an endless parade of schemes are brought forth as they envision a dwelling with everything the heart desires. This same type of dedication can be applied to any number of passions; be it baseball, traveling, motorcycles, video games, the new boat, political bantoring, music, an enfatuation with the entertainment industry (industry?) or what have you. The devices of this world can carry one away from ever considering eternal matters until there is eventually no remedy.
And so, as we rush toward the end of the age; each day causing me to more seriously wonder if our current president is the man of sin (even if he isn’t, the sheer number of parallels are alarming) those who see the storm clouds gathering overhead find it astonishing that people are more concerned with their landscaping or their social status than their eternal souls. A profound hardening is setting in toward the gospel and for the saints, two things are needful. First is fervent prayer and fasting; both for the other saints and for those in our ambience whose salvation is suspect or in doubt. I’m again reminded of the brother in our church for whom consitant prayer was offered for 22 years. The Lord is the one who opens the eyes of the blind and it may well take place in a way that we weren’t expecting. (One can almost count on this) But there’s more and this is where we often get sidetracked.
Jude 3 “Beloved when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered to the saints.”
Time is simply running out and we while we must strive to not scatter, our approach to proclaiming truth must be in sync with the urgency that it demands. The day will come when the final name has been written in the book of life and the door is shut. In our conversation with those who have not been born ofthe Spirit, we should always strive toward finding ways to present Jesus to them. Actively seek conversation but always prayerfully look for ways to bring the conversation to matters of eternal significance. This will usually require steadfastness as such conversation will oftentimes not be desired. The guy next door who loves his new boat will instinctively want to talk about his new boat; not what’s going to happen if he perishes in the night and never gets another opportunity to use it. We must become almost violent (figuratively speaking) in presenting the truth of the gospel to those who are around us and not allow ourselves to be drawn into endless debatings over issues of no relevance.
That last point requires more elaboration because it entails one of the enemies most subtle workings. We cannot allow ourselves to be drawn into unprofitable open-ended debatings by those who want to sidestep the real issue. This is a common occurrance when we are with one who is in need of knowing Jesus. Oftentimes, instead of wanting to consider their own spiritual state, folks will draw us into endless parade of questions and wranglings over an array of topic; even “religious topics. Many of them may be legitimate quetions, and we should contend for the faith; in meekness instructing those that oppose themselves. But we must also recognize when the conversation has shifted from a serious desire to know truth and become a distraction that places us in a holding pattern. In other words, “We must walk in the Spirit continually.” Multitudes have died in their sins because they were ever learning but never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
Matthew 10:12-14 “And when ye come into an house, salute it.
And if the house be worthy, let your peace come upon it: but if it be not worthy, let your peace return unto you.
And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake the dust from off your feet.
Revelation 22:11 “He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he which is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.
These verses make it clear. Deliver the words of truth, but don’t park too long when it becomes apparent that the words of life are falling on deaf ears. I have to close this for now. Never has the hour been more urgent than it is now. Each day we see the coming together of a system that will, for a season, be permitted to make war with the saints and prevail against them. We are all running out of tomorrows insofar as this present stage is concerned. May we all draw close to Jesus and be granted ears to hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches in these final moments.
I wish to all, a blessed day in Jesus.
Matthew 7:13-14 “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadteth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”
Romans 10:13-15 “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?
And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad titings of good things!”