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I RAN DOWN AND JOINED THE ARMY OF GOD WHICH WAS MARCHING FORWARD THROUGH TIME

June 20, 2009
This post is primarily a pondering of things seen in part and ideas that keep coming back into the mix of daily cogitation. The title is from a line in C Alan martins “House vision of the night” to which a link is present near the top of the “End Times/Prophetic Sites” page. The wording of this particular statement has always intrigued me; almost as much as the content of the vision. Last night, after reading a couple of posts which will be linked to shortly, I was outside the house at 2:30am and this thought came to mind again. The army of God; the true remnant, isn’t an earthly organization that’s hemmed in by tradition. Its partakers have their affections firmly on the Lord Jesus and find no pleasure in those things which keep ones aspirations fixated on this world. They maintain an eternal perspective while being about their Fathers business; consistantly speaking, and compelling others to consider, the words of life by which they can be redeemed.
A few days ago, while taking care of some things in the garage, I unexpectedly came across an old copy of the Last trumpet newsletter that was dated October of 2006. It is entitled AMERICA – LAND OF THE WILLINGLY IGNORANT. As is customary, David Meyers begins each newsletter with scriptural references that pertain to it’s primary content. This issue begins with the quoting of Jeremiah 5:25-31 and II Peter 3:3-7. I began reading through this nearly three year old issue and quickly found myself focused on the following statement:
“In the second group of scriptures above, the Apostle Peter describes the same condition that Jeremiah reveal and used the words “willingly ignorant” to describe the people of earth in the last days. This is especially true of professing Christians. Very few of them ever talk about Bible prophecy anymore. One vital point regarding this serious problem that I urge you to never forget is that it is not the work of the antichrist to deceive the unbelievers of this word! Satan already has the unbelievers right where he wants them. The work of the antichrist is to deceive the Christians. When Christians stop reading the true Bible and when they no longer pray and fight the enemy, the first thing they lose is their gift of discernment. This is a gift that is given only to those who are actively engaging the enemy in battle. What follows is an inability to think for themselves and to understand the evil world that they live in.”
This is the telling of a condition that’s rampant in the church today. It’s incredibly heartbreaking when those who profess Christ seem content to settle for wood, hay, and stubble while the Lord is doing a short work in these final days. I’ve been through seasons where I was absorbed by the cares of this world; not only in the days prior to being born of the Spirit, (it was to be expected back then) but also as a Christian who simply catagorized carnal interests as “neutral ground” (kind of like a mythological purgetory of the heart)  This was another element that led to the season of rebellion as, by and by, I became obsessed with the affairs of this world. Politics, sports, work, material acquisition, and allowing the desires of family to take priority over the things of God. (I should really explain that last one in detail, but I’ll save it for a later post when adequate time can be alloted for it.) The Lord wrought a most incredible deliverance and today it’s almost physically painful to see others, not only enslaved to these things, but equating them to godliness.
A few weeks ago, during a casual conversation, Mrs timbob made the statement “None of the people at church think like you think.” It wasn’t a criticism of anyone; just an observation that she’s made over the course of time. I routinely ponder prophetic events and the manifesting of the end times senario as the return of Jesus draws closer. When CR and I are talking, the conversation flows like melted butter. But CR is one of the very few people in my vicinity with whom I can freely discuss such things. Most professing saints will quickly develop a troubled look on their face and either seek to change the conversation or vacate the vicinity. The suggestion that the continuance, in which most of us have spent our whole lives, is quickly giving way to the time of the end, seems to generate apprehension in the hearts of many who otherwise “appear very solid” in the faith. With such a widespread lack of understanding concerning the times, one begins to get a very discomforting picture of the great falling away that will precede the revealing of the man of sin.
Both of the posts in the following links, concern the remnant. Those who understand the times and are preparing spiritually for the days that are upon us. It’s been mentioned much, but it bears repeating. These ponderings should not cause fear. They should cause in us an urgency to reach the lost and enhance our desire to let go of everything that’s not of God as we draw closer to the Lord Jesus. Understanding the times in which we live should cause us to, all the more, unite our hearts to seek the Lord and abide under the shadow of his wings. Both of the following posts should encourage all who have joined the army of God as it marches forward through time. (The first post is quite long, but well worth the time that it will take to read it.)
ISAIAH 32 A NEW WORD FROM AN ANCIENT PROPHECY
THE LATTER RAIN (THE REMNANTS JOURNEY TO THE VALLEY OF ACACIAS)
Last night, after reading these posts, I went outside to spend time beneath the stars in prayer. Once again cogitating on this end times church; a church that will not conform to the images that we tend to assign to it. Then the line from C Alan martin entered in. The stars were quickly becoming obscured by clouds. Lightening began to light up the sky as a severe storm was rolling in from the southwest. In prayer I was inquiring of the Lord of where all of this is going and what we should be doing.  Time is quickly running its course and souls are in the balance. The army of God is not a stationary force that’s hanging out in the barracks and playing video games. It’s moving continuously forward. Those who maintain the testimony of Jesus are not conforming to the lofty sounding, but hollow designs of experts who profess to “know what they’re doing” but are closely following the continual promptings of the Holy Spirit. They will be tried in ways that we cannot even fathom at this time. They will endure as they have seen Jesus standing at the right hand of God. (Acts 7:55) The following passage offers an incredible portrait of the remnant church.
Daniel 11:32-35 “And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt with flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong and do exploits.
And they that understand among the people shall instruct many: yet they shall fall by the sword, and by flame, by captivity, and by spoil many days.
Now when they shall fall, they shall be helped with a little help; but many shall cleave to them with flatteries.
And some of them of understanding shall fall, to try them, and to purge, and to make them white, even to the time of the end: because it is yet for a time appointed.”
Another thought came to mind last night; partially brought on by Cindys post and partially because it’s been impressed for years. The concept of a house church. I don’t know where, I don’t know who, I don’t know when, and I have no idea of what this will look like, but this concept is somehow a part of our future. All of us will have to, at some point, separate from the matrix that is so much a part of  our lives at the present. I’m going to close for now. How imperative it is to continue staying on our face before the Lord and earnestly seek him. As Deb observed in a comment on the previous post, “is there anywhere else to be?” Amen! I’ll close for now. The second passage below has appeared dozens of times in the history of this blog. Blessings to all in Jesus name.
Acts 1:10-11 “And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel;
Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, so shall come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.”
I Peter 4:7-8 “But the end of all things is at hand: be ye herefore sober, and watch unto prayer.
And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.
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4 comments

  1. Obsessing over possible “end times” scenarios wastes the only life we are ever sure to have.


  2. Hi intolerant faith. I visited your blog earlier. You do highlight some examples of intolerance that are in need of exposure, like the couple being killed because they didn’t have permission to marry from their families. You do a good job of chronicling such incidents. (Sharia law is one of the most intolerant systems in the history of intolerant systems and is completely void of the love of God)

    In sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ, we are to present the words of life; sincerely loving others as ourselves, but it’s the Holy Spirit who works in the heart of another. There is no place for physical forcing of others to believe or accept what we are presenting. This is a matter of the heart, but is a matter which will have everlasting consequences.

    Your statement above has an element of truth. We do have one life. Our time on earth is merely a tiny portion of a continual existance which will never end. The question then becomes “where will we spend the remeinder of our time?” None of us are promised a tomorrow in this world.

    Thanks for offering input. Dialogue is good; especially on matters of such gravity.


  3. Enjoyed your post. I need to think about, “mythological purgetory of the heart”. 🙂

    It seems the momentum leading the end of time as we know is building up steam.

    God bless!


  4. Hi Archie. There is definately a shortening of the days as prophecy comes to pass. How awesome it is to have a stong tower to run into as Jesus will never leave us.

    Blessings always in Jesus name.



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