Proverbs 11:30 “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.”
Acts 5:20 “Go stand and speak in the temple to the people all the words of this life.”
The four day span of time that’s comprised of Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and the ensuing weekend, was a busy time, however, most of the business is of a temporal nature. The span of time between Thanksgiving and the the pinning up of next years calendar is more troubling than any other season, due to the emphasis upon materialism under the banner of a “Christian holiday.” My heart is no longer in this world; nor does it follow after the traditions that folks enslave themselves to. This is the result of an incredible deliverance that the Lord Jesus has worked in my life. Subsequently, thoughts and desires gravite toward eternal issues while those in the ambience are wanting me to “not be so heavenly minded that I ruin their holidays.” With precious souls in the ambience, it’s imperative to walk in the Spirit and not do or say things which will cause unnecessary scattering.
Despite the hectic nature of the past few days, there has been much reflection; primarily in the form of increased observation of those around me. Priceless souls who are imprisoned on the hell-bound train, wherein each of us were once passengers. The strongholds often appear inpenetrable; almost intimidatingly so, and one struggles to find openings in which to plant seed. We often find ourselves interceding “spontaneously,” as it were, for the precious ones in our ambience whose lives are being ravaged by sin and confusion. The devil is a cruel taskmaster who seeks only to destroy and we see the evidence of his campaigns at every turn. This is a war that cannot be fought in the arena of ideologies, ten-step programs, and clever slogans. It’s a supernatural conflict that transpires 24/7. Wherever there’s a soul who hasn’t believed on Jesus and wherever there’s a saint who strives to be about their Fathers business, the enemy will be striving to cause disruption.
Sunday morning, Pastor Jeff Zacchary (Because Pastor Miller was on the east coast) made a couple of observations before getting into his primary message. First he mentioned how astonishing it is that, from a day of giving thanks, we go directly into a day of unadulterated lusting after material goods. Secondly, he mentioned the statistic of how the suicide rate literally doubles during this time of year. Precious ones who could have been saved, but for whatever reason, never believed on Jesus. Finally, they were driven to a point of such despair that that an immediate departure from the valley of decisions seemed to be the only solution. Once again I’m wondering “Do we have even a remote understanding of how serious this is?” While we purchase material goods, plan our family gatherings, and deck our halls with boughs of folly, (misspelling intended) eternal souls are dropping away from the surface of the earth at an accelerated rate.
And so, while oberving those around me, I often wonder what kind of thought are being entertained. I know of a girl named Courtney, (she used to work at the plant) who has made several attempts on her life. I “never knew” that this was going on while she worked with us. Has Morgan had thoughts of checking out? Her life has much self-inflicted drama and one can never be certain as to what’s going on behind the facade. I’m genuinely fearful that some incident will drive her to the point of no return. The same is true for her boyfriend. Although he complicates our daughters life, I can’t look at Dustin as simply somebody who causes problems. He has a soul and that soul is eternal. There are fragile souls all around us who are at varying stages of despair. Each one is fearfully and wonderfully made in the image of God, and each one is targeted by an enemy who relentlessly seeks whom he may devour. While we often respond to things as they appear on the surface, the enemy is striving to hang on to his captives by any means possible. His task is easier when we become distracted by skirmishes around the perimeter.
This will seem a strange place to find words of significance. During the weekend, I came across an album by Trans-Siberian Orchestra. While some of their offereings raise questions concerning scriptural understanding, they routinely employ some “very intriguing lyrics” in their songs. The following words address the storyline which is woven into this album, however, these eighteen words unwittingly touch on something far more profound:
Here the tragically beautiful And the beautifully tragic Drift through this night In a last quest for magic
In this fallen world, beautiful souls are drifting through the darkness. Wandering to and fro; looking for something that’s authentic, but not knowing where to turn. This is what came to mind when I first encountered these words. We are surrounded by beautiful eternal souls who are in need of an encounter with the Savior. Outwardly, they identify with a theme and put on a show for the world. Oftentimes they are loud and appear confident. But inwardly they are crying out for deliverance; even though they may not realize it. This course, if left unaltered, will lead to hardness and despair. The prisoner will continulusly seek more of the devils trappings in an effort to fill the empty void that only God can fill. At the end of this road, there’s wailing and gnashing of teeth. Again one must wonder “do we really understand the seriousness of this issue?” We often hear about the seriousness of the times from a prophetic standpoint, but this is a tragedy that’s unfolding every single minute of every single day.
Several years ago, Lester Sumrall was granted a view of the dropoff. It’s a place where, upon leaving the physical body, a lost soul enters the realm of the damned. He saw this endless procession of souls; like a continuous waterfall, dropping into the pit. They were flailing around and grabbing in vain for something to stop their descent. Every account that I’ve ever read or heard of someone who was granted a glimpse of this place; they were never the same afterwards. I have prayed; asking the Lord for an increased understanding of how serious this is, however, I do not desire to see what Lester Sumrall, Bill Weiss, and others have reported. Yet we have friends, neighbors, relatives, co-workers, teachers, and divers acquaintances that we pass by every day, who know not the Lord. Eternal souls for whom, should they go into eternity without knowing Jesus, will meet such a fate.
In writing this, I’m reminded of how negligent I’ve been in past years. The situation in my houehold today is largely one of my own making.
II Corinthians 4:3-4 “But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of god, should shine upon them.”
Well it’s time to end this for now. I sincerely thank everyone who has been keeping us in prayer. I know that the Lord is working in Kimberlys heart. We only see a small portion of what’s going on in a situation and, if we’re not careful, we can become frustrated when things don’t progress at a speed that we would desire. Yet God is in control of each situation. We need to continuously walk in the Spirit, keep these souls in prayer, and be ready to give an answer to anyone who asks of the hope that is in us.
The following is a link to a post that hits home on a number of fronts, including gossip. It’s a new blog, but the wisdom that the author has been granted is undeniable. (This blog is now on the blogroll) Here’s the link:
Tuesday night (dec. 1) and into Wednesday morning, L.A. Marzulli will be the featured guest on Coast to Coast and will discuss natural phenomenon (earthquakes, tsunamis, etc) wars, rumors of wars, and other harbingers of the great end times deception. Here’s a link to his blog site:
This post will be troubling to some due to its apocalyptic thrust. (The title will be explained later) There are three reasons for delving into such a topic. First: it’s been laid on my heart to do so. Second: it’s a warning to all that “change is coming.” Third: it’s done so with a fervent desire that the saints will draw close to Jesus and set their affections on things which shall endure forever. First, however, it’s necessary to link to a writing which will seem to contradict the above title. It involves ones telling of a dream. Since accounts of this nature cannot be verified by physical means, prayerful discernment is a must. Does it fit within the confines of scripture? Does the Spirit bear witness? Is there an agenda or an ego attached to it? We’re in an age of unimaginable confusion and we cannot rely upon our own reasoning or understanding. (Hebrews 5:14) Here’s the link:
A few days ago, I picked up a copy of a book by Cormac McCarthy, entitled “The Road” It involves the travelings of a man and his son in an apocalyptic setting. A physical world that has undergone a catastrophic event; leaving a grey and dead landscape that’s covered in ash. At the time of the account, one is given the impression that, while initially there were many survivors of the anonymous calamity, now only a precious few remain. The landscape routinely offers up reminders of the former times such as pieces of infrastructure, empty buildings in various stages of decay, miscellaneous items such as tools, cans of food, blankets etc, faded signs that continue to broadcast images of sunnier days, and what have you. The man and his son are heading southward to escape the cold (even the snowflakes are grey from the ash in the atmosphere) and toward the sea; not knowing if anything will await them.
I apolagize for the depressing theme. Please read Revelation chapters 21 and 22.
The reason for picking up a copy of this book was for the purpose of pondering. It entails circumstances not unlike those which may soon be upon us, however, it does so through the eyes of folks who do not profess to know the Lord. (The story is written from a predominantly secular angle) We strive for understanding of the times at hand and the events soon to unfold; all the while wondering “do we really grasp the seriousness of this season?” We read the scriptural references concerning the end of the age, but do we really understand even a fraction of it? How will folks react when the true nature of everything that they had attached their security and happiness to is made manifest? What does a panoramic unfolding of “mens hearts failing them for fear” look like in real time? Even though “The Road” is a work of fiction, the following paragraph from the book speaks volumes:
“In those first years the roads were peopled with refugees shrouded up in their clothing. Wearing masks and goggles, sitting in their rags by the side of the road like ruined aviators. Their barrows heaped with shoddy. Towering wagons or carts. Their eyes bright in their skulls. Creedless shells of men tottering down the causeways like migrants in a feverland. The frailty of everything revealed at last. Old and troubling issues resolved into nothingness and night. The last instance of a thing takes the class with it. Turns out the light and is gone. Look around you. Ever is a long time. But the boy knew what he knew. That ever is no time at all.”
There is a forth reason as to why I ponder such things. I know so many people in my ambiance, whom I love dearly, that currently know not the Lord. I know of many professing saints who are thoroughly loving their lives in this world. Many are in church every time that the doors are open, and yet the thrust of the conversation concerns earthly things as opposed to heavenly things. The situation is dire. We watch the play-by-play of this world and interract as though this present reality is going to go on forever. But the time comes when everything that is wood, hay, and stubble ceases to be and “everyone has a specific checkout time.” One of the most painful of things for any saint to endure is to see eternity bearing down, and all the while, folks around us remain oblivious. “They don’t want to hear it.” The dream in the first link mentions a tidal wave that’s in plain view, and yet many cannot see it.
The morning of November 16, was interesting. Steve Quayle had been on Coast to Coast the night before and I stayed up for the whole broadcast. Such conversation always enhances my soberness and desire to be closer to the Lord Jesus. The following morning, I was pondering a plethura of the topics covered and going over various scriptures. My wife, on the other hand, (I love her dearly) was intently focused on planning for the hoilidays. Do we have everything for Thursday? What time do we head out to distribute tracts… oops… I mean “shop” on Friday? What about this and what about those? We were both at the kitchen table and yet we were worlds apart. And so it is wherever there are those who acknowledge the times in which we live. The separation is well underway and we frantically call out to those who are gravitating toward calamity.
By this time, one may be wondering why a posting of this nature would have such an uplifting title. It’s simply to demonstrate a truth that all of us should already be adhering to. For those who know the Lord Jesus, there is a peace and joy that transcends all of the elements. The world cannot add to it and the world cannot steal it. There is a contentment that will remain, in the darkest hour, and on the coldest night. (Even if the snowflakes are grey) If our affections are as they should be, we’ll have such a love for Jesus that unthinkable circumstances will be viewed as opportunities to share the gospel with those who have been awakened from their slumber. When our complete desire is unto the Lord Jesus and our affections are in heavenly places, natural goings on will not move us and the peace of God will reign in our hearts.
Matthew 5:14-15 “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.”
“A city that’s set on a hill” is what Jesus called us to be. The darkest hour is when such a city is the most noticable. This has been appearing much in prayer time; a crying out to be in a proper place spiritually as to be a city that’s set on a hill. That folks in the vicinity would see Jesus and not timbob. Because when the bottom falls out of the commonly held illusions, we need to be positioned to call out to those around us “Come over here; this is the way.” In that time, a few will “finally listen.” According to scripture, most will not, (Revelation 9:20-21 and Revelation 13:3) however, we must be ready for the stragglers. Those who believe on the Lord Jesus in that time, and every day beforehand.
Well it’s time to wrap this up for now. Thank you very much to all who have kept us in prayer. Although things have become more complicated, our immediate family situation has stablized for the moment. Beneath the surface, intense spiritual battles are ongoing. Earlier tonight while pondering the complexities in this family, Matthew 10:34-39 came to mind. As events accelerate toward scriptural fulfilment, there will, at some point, be an abrupt end of any “peaceful coexistance” between those who love the Lord Jesus and those who love their lives in this world. We can all expect the line of demarcation to fall in places that we never would have imagined. Such cogitations should cause us to pray fervently for the oblivious ones and be ever so diligent about sharing the good news of new life in Jesus.
Blessings always in Jesus name.
Hebrews 3:13 “But exhort one another daily, while it is called Today; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.”
As I link to the following stories from “News With Views” it should be noted that, because of time constraints, I’ve not read either one. (I do, however, plan to copy both and take them to work tonight.) The first involves the proponents of a global spy agency. Anyone with even a scant understanding of bible prophecy can see where this is headed. The other involves the idolatry of worshipping other people. (Kind of like the Corinthians; some of whom proclaimed “I am of Paul” while others replied “I am of Apollos”.) I link to these because they point to the seriousness of the times.
In an unrelated matter, I ask that prayer be offered up for this family as a major battle is raging in the spiritual realm and manifesting in the physical. It could potentially result in this family being dissolved. It is so imperative to ensure that the Lord Jesus is our first love in everything; regardless of what the fallout may be in the natural. Lately I’ve seen incredible strides forward, but all of that seemed to unravel this morning. I apolagize for speaking in such ambiguous terms, but it’s imperative to not go into detail. “SOULS ARE IN THE BALANCE!”
My thanks to all of the saints in this venue whose fellowship is most needful in these times. In the previous post, a mention was made of the early church in Jerusalem and how the intense fellowship in the early days was a needful time of growth as they would soon be scattered. The same is true for us in this venue. I find a lot of encouragement and exhortation here that would come from no other place. The time will come, however, when this forum will cease and we may eventually find ourselves without any fellowship in a world that has wandered after the beast. Without a doubt, the Lord is preparing each of us for the times ahead and the age to come. The age to come wherein we shall be forever in the presence of the Lord. WOO HOO.
This post must begin with the following passage from a chapter that we should visit on a regular basis:
I Corinthians 13:4-7 “Charith suffereth long and is kind; charity envieth not; charith vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.”
This is being brought up because of the phrase “hopeth all things.” Whenever I visit a new fellowship for the first time, there’s always a “hoping” that this will be the final stop in a quest that has gone on for years. That perhaps I have finally found a place,whose phone number and address can be confidently rubber stamped on the back of gospel tracts, distributed throughout the communities, and any seekers will have a solid point of contact. (Lately, out of frustration with shallow sounding church answering machines, I’ve been stamping tracts with my cell phone number.) That this place will put Jesus first in all things, (everyone professes to be doing this, but few are actually doing it) where there’s a real burden for the lost and that the rest of my household will consistantly hear truth and come to faith in the Lord Jesus.
Any first visit to a new fellowship is made with such hopes; despite knowing that there is a profound famine in the land today. These hopes may cause one to unwittingly not use discernment as they should, do to the almost overwhelming hunger for fellowship in heavenly places. And yet, despite an acknowledging of this danger, I think that we may finally have a church home; that is, until conditions reach a point in which the remnant must go underground. (This is another aspect that requires prayerful monitoring. When the real persecution begins, the hearts of all will become manifest and the lines of demarkation will run through the local fellowship. We may well see supposed pillars of the faith seek to save their lives in this world) One thing that I noticed right away was that the pastor, Steve Miller has a real heart for souls. It’s a small church, and while, at this point, I don’t really know anyone I’m looking forward to returning.
Pastor Miller was preached a message about serving God because we love him and not just to get things. (Although he wasn’t exactly aiming to do so, he thoroughly exposed the error of the prosperity gospel) Later on while addressing the need for repentance from dead works and the need for a relationship with Christ I could tell that my wife was under conviction; a truth that she relayed to me later on. I think that she’s almost persueded and yesterday we had a conversation that probably wouldn’t have been possible a month ago. It’s a most critical time and I find myself all but walking on egg shells. I do not want to scatter at such a critical juncture. Such moments cause us to really grasp what’s at stake and where the true battles lie. As David Meyers often writes in his newsletters, “eternity is just ahead.”
And yet while we had an awesome time Sunday, the thing which produced the most reflective pondering didn’t take place at the church. During our visit, we picked up a magazine that’s offered to anyone who comes in. In this magazine was an article about Evan Roberts, an evangelist who was mightily used of God during the Welsh revival of 1904-1905. I have since read this article over and over. Evan Roberts was only on the scene publicly for about a year, before going into seclusion to spend all of his time in intercession. (More on this later) But during those few months, roughly 100,000 souls in Wales came to Jesus. He also met with Pastor Smale from Los Angeles who, later on, was used mightily of God in the Azuza street revival. (I remember reading Frank Bartlemans account of this revival and how he had put together many publications about the Welsh revival prior to the outpouring at Azuza street.)
One thing that really struck me was the refusal of Evan to accept any form of honor. He insisted on giving all glory to the Lord Jesus and oftentimes, if he perceived that a gathering was more to see him than to seek the Lord, he would not show up. As the revival progressed, Evans messages became increasingly brief; sometimes only seven minutes or so. He would often simply find an empty seat and pray while folks were seeking the Lord. (How often does this happen in todays climate of celebrity preachers and mega-churches?) It was a most increible time, and just as when one reflects upon the scriptural accounts of the early church, when we think of the mighty outpourings at the turn of the 20th century, it’s heartbreaking to see what the church has been reduced to these days.
Acts 2:44-47 “And all that believed were together, and had all things common; And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple and breaking of bread from houe to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.”
This was a very critical time as later on these saints would be scattered by persecution and would carry the gospel of Jesus Christ into the nations of the world.
In early 1906, Evan Roberts went into seclusion to spend the bulk of his remaining time in intercession; with a few exceptions. During one such exception he offered the following reply to the charge that a great part of his life was wasted. He stated “I work as hard at prayer as if I had undertaken any other form of religious work…By preaching, I would reach a limited few – by and through prayer I can reach the whole of mankind for God.” This is something that’s been a cogitation as of late. When we go into prayer; letting go of our agenda and just seeking the Lord, we are in the presence of the King of glory who knows the hearts of all and has the very hairs of their heads numbered. It’s the perfect time to bring up the people in our ambiernce. Folks at work, people on the street, the Jehovahs Witness guy who keeps stopping at CRs house; each time with one of his new proselytes, and what have you.
In our secret chamber, away from the intrusions of this place, we can literally alter the course of lives and change the world (not us but the Lord Jesus) by spending time in his presence. I fear that very few of us truly understand the power of interceeding for others. Being in the presence of the Lord Jesus and assaulting the kingdom of darkness where the captives cry out for deliverance. We are so easily distracted in this age that offers up so much in the way of distraction. The souls around us, who, if they don’t awaken tomorrow morning will be in everlasting despair (it’s amazing how we often use friendlier sounding words in the place of “hell”) are in need of deliverance. The saints must remain close to the Lord Jesus and be in a place to offer up the words of life to any who ask “what must I do to be saved?”
One thing that I gathered from last Sundays visit to New Hope is that Pastor Steve Miller understands the seriousness of this. I haven’t had a chance to really talk with him, but this will come about in time. Well I must be going shortly. First, however, here’s a somewhat humorous thing that I read in the article about Evan Roberts. Humorous and yet another reason to give glory to the Lord Jesus:
“Roberts’ world was not one of privelege. He was accustomed to the dark confines of the Welsh coal mines. It was a hard life, and the atmosphere was profane. But God changed that. It was said that as miners were saved, the pit ponies became confused. Accustomed to hearing coarse commands laced with profanity, they did not at first respond to the elevated speech of the recently saved drivers.”
II Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new.”
The following is a detailed account of Evan Roberets ministry and the Welsh revival.
And now for a completely unrelated link; although it really is relevant when one considers the times in which we live. The Tuesday, Nov 17 broadcast of Coast to Coast AM featured William Thomas who investigates the dangers associated with RF frequencies, chemtrails, and what have you. This danger is present whenever we use our cell phones, microwaves, portable land lione phones, wireless laptops, and other things that most of us “simply couldn’t do without.” (or so we have convinced ourselves) Here’s a link to his web site in case anyone is interested in this:
It’s another topic in which coverage overseas (primarily in Europe) is much more extensive than in the U.S. It’s not really a new topic, but one that most of us, including myself, have not looked into seriously.
Revelation 3:14-16 “And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew thee out of my mouth.”
This passage from Revelation goes on to describe a body of saints who have convinced themselves that they are rich because of material abundance. It’s a trend that is all too pervasive in the opening decade of the twenty first century and the final moments of the church age. Consequently, a person who loves the Lord Jesus and has their affections set firmly upon things above will have an increasingly difficult time in finding others who are likewise minded. It’s a situation that may cause one to move from church to church; hoping to find a body of saints with whom they can bond. As saints who once were lost, but now have been redeemed by the precious blood of Jesus, we not only desire an ever deepening relationship with him, we desire fellowship with other saints. Those who, from the moment that we encounter them, the focus is instantly in heavenly places.
There’s a special bond between saints who are sold out to Jesus. Those who find themselves “betwixt between the two;” having a desire to be with the Lord Jesus, but desiring also to be about the Fathers business in this world. On our last trip into Chicago, CR and I ran into a saint on Adams street who was doing the same thing that we were doing. The encounter was ever so brief, however, there was that inner witness and joy of encountering a fellowlaborer who was proclaiming truth in that city. There’s a sweetness in such fellowship that defies our ability to explain to others. The apostle John referred to it like this:
I John 1:7 “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.”
There’s a sweet bond with saints who walk in the light. Who worship the Lord Jesus in spirit and truth. They don’t seek preeminence or acquisition and have abandoned, from their heart, all attachment to this temporal world. Their foremost desire is to be about the Fathers business and will not be content to settle for a mere form of godliness. Feigned words and fleshy campaigns will be almost too painful to endure for any length of time. Please understand that this post is addressing a level of spirituality that I have not obtained, but seek to obtain. I’m often fearful that writings such as this come across as sounding overly-confident or even arrogant. I have “a lot” of growing to do, however, I desire to grow; not sit back and go along with the prevailing winds of compromise. I pray that all who share in this desire will understand where I’m coming from.
One reason for this being in the forefront is that tomorrow, we are visiting a new church. In times past, it was always exciting to visit a new fellowship. Each time there would be the hope that “perhaps this place will be just like the church in Norfolk Virginia.” The fellowship in that place, the sincere hunger for the deep things of God, and the compassion for the lost was on a level unlike any church that I have been a part of since. I keep looking for another True Vine Church, but there are none to be found. And I fear that the fellowship currently in our sights will be more status quo, however, this remains to be seen. A visit to their web sight did not provide any profound insights concerning this felowship, however, a determination cannot be made on this alone. (A number of church web sites seem to offer little in the way of substantive information)
I seriously desire a local fellowship, which is why I keep looking. I know that apostasy and compromise is the order of the day. I know that many prefer smooth sayings and seminars on relationships as opposed to the words of life. I know that there’s a prevailing mentality of “being like the world in order to reach the world.” Yet the search goes on. I long for a church home, however, it’s more tolerable to be without a definitive address than to settle for compromise and showmanship. My faith is firmly in the Lord Jesus Christ; not the establishments of this world. The body of Christ is made up of those who have been born of the Spirit and have their names written in heaven. It’s not a building with a denominational title hanging over the door, where seminars are held on “living our best life now.” The “true church” is a holy remnant of believers who have, from their hearts, let go of all that is in the world, that they may win Christ. One more familiar passage:
Hebrews. 10:24-25 “And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.”
This passage has been abused much over the years. Simply put, we are to fellowship one with another and exhort one another whenever possible. It’s not a schedule or a timetable; it simply means that we are to seek fellowship because the days are evil and “the day of the Lord is approaching.” However, fellowship with folks who are half-hearted or compromising can not only wear us out (if we’re serious and understanding of the times) it can be dangerous at times. Please read Rachels posting on healthy fellowship as opposed to unhealthy ones. I’m looking for a church home, however I already find fellowship in other places, such as when CR and I head into the streets. The fellowship of two likeminded saints is awesome. When we meet; we don’t talk about the weather or football or automobiles, or any other topic of irrelevance. The focus is on the Lord Jesus, the age to come, and the task at hand. (because the laborers are few)
Well I need to go as it’s very late. Please keep my wife Kimberly in prayer. This morning, she made an interesting statement. She said words to the effect of “I need to get back into a church. I’ve had a couple of dreams and…..I need to get back into church.” She didn’t offer any details of these dreams, but I keep her in prayer; knowing that the Lord can bring a person to himself in a moment. Oftentimes our biggest struggle in such cases is to keep praying and not allow discouragement to set in. And to always walk in the Spirit; lest we bring about unnecessary scattering. (Regardless of how spiritual we may think we are, when we’re walking in the flesh, we’re like the proverbial bull in a china shop) May we all have our eyes opened to the battle for eternal souls that’s raging all around us.
Malachi 3:16-18 “Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name. And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him. Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.”
Psalm 90:12 “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.”
Today, I have reached the halfway point in my journey toward the age of 90. While birthdays are generally more looked forward to when we are younger, they become more significant as we pass throughthe seasons of life. Each one reminds us that our time here is dwindling and that we should be about our Fathers business while residing in this valley of decisions. To lay aside everything that besets us and run with patience, the race that is set before us. To fully grasp the temporal nature of this present situation and understand that we are not our own. And so, on this annual day of reflection, I offer up a few things which have been on my heart. Some may sound redundant as they are visited here often. Others will seem to be more of a “thinking out loud” process; bringing into consideration things which are seen “through a glass darkly.”
( 1 ) TIME TO GROW UP AND LET GO OF THAT WHICH IS FOOLISH! Over the years, I’ve discussed my besetment with foolish jesting. In recent months, the Lord has brought me to a new level of soberness; especially when out in the streets, where one recieves a glimpse of just how many souls are heading toward an eternity without Christ. Yet during the past couple of weeks, the following passage has been continuously popping up in my mind:
I Corinthians 13:11 “When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
We are being called to sober-mindedness in these final moments. To not be slumbering or dull of hearing, but to be always watching and abiding close to the Lord Jesus. To let go of every possible distraction and attachment to this temporal worlds alurements. (Remember Lots wife.) To be strong and do exploits while preparing spiritually for the days when our testimony of Jesus will cost us everything in this world; including our lives.
( 2 ) MANY PROFESSING SAINTS ARE NOT EVEN REMOTELY PREPARED FOR THE HOUR OF TEMPTATION! Whether we give thought to it or not, ours is the generation that will witness the end of the age. The beast system is in place; awaiting the moment when events will foster the rising of a son of perdition. He will deceive by flatteries and supernatural fireworks, those who received not the love of the truth. For the saints, it will be a time of trying like none other and many will be deceived. Yet presently, many professing Christians consider themselves to be rich and increased with goods, and in need of nothing. They are more concerned with “living their best life now” than keeping their hearts with all diligence, and are expecting to be secretly raptured away before any real shaking.
This is a primary problem with the pre-tribulation rapture doctrine. It permits (almost encourages) folks to “not prepare” for the coming trials and persecution. (Revelation 13:7) Subsequently, those who embrace this doctrine (many in the west) regard such conversation as being little more than an academic exercise; never giving thought to the idea of having to actually endure such events. We are so accustomed to each day closely resembling the one before it that many of us don’t take seriously the possibility that tomorrow may very well not resemble today. At some point, the illusion of continuance, which most of us have spent our entire lives observing and analyzing, will come to nought. Here are a couple of links that touch on our precarious economic picture. This single aspect should reveal the shakiness of the present status quo.
The post at flee The Wrath offers a great illustration. The author tells about construction companies in Canberra that would appear rock solid; even as they were rushing headlong toward insolvency. In a moment, in a single day, the truth would be revealed and these companies would be done for. I saw this happen when I worked for a HVAC contractor in Norfolk VA. A large commercial HVAC company in that city folded in a moment. Shortly thereafter, the HVAC company that I worked for was called in to finish up a large project at Norfolk General Hospital which this now insolvent contractor had been working on. Picture this same senario on a national level.
( 3 ) A COMPANY OF TIME BANDITS! Folks today give themselves to every form of irrelevant distraction that one can imagine. I know of people who are so enfatuated by sports that they “eat, drink, and sleep it.” Others are so consumed by material gain that they spend all of their energies on securing acquisitions. Still others are obsessed with entertainment, politics, endless home depot prophecies (this is the continual renovating of ones dwelling) cars, horses, divers social causes, miscellaneous pastimes, and what have you. The diversity of tactics is as great as the number of souls who are currently passing through the valley of decisions, and yet they all have a common goal. To keep folks from considering the words of life. Likewise, every vain philosophy, every false religious structure, and every twisting of the scriptures is set forth for this purpose. To keep folks occupied with diversionary themes; lest they call upon the Lord while he may be found.
Psalm 119:37 “Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken thou me in thy way.”
( 4 ) SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE This post has become longer than I expected, so I’ll have to begin wrapping it up. One thing is needful; even though it’s been quoted before. It’s a segment from the July 2009 issue of the Last Trumpet Newsletter. Here’s another link, followed by the segment which has remained in my heart ever since I first read it:
“As I watch and pray fervently according to the instructions of our Saviour, I see something very amazing is happening. It is an unmistakable truth that can be clearly seen by true and discerning Christians everywhere. I am referring to the fact that the separation of the small but powerful true remnant of Almighty God from the multitudes of deceived antichrist population is becoming more pronounced as we near the end of the world. The people of Almighty God are getting more and more like the place they are going to. They are sick of this world and are vexed by its corruption. A new heavens and earth occupy the minds of the little flock of the last days, and eternal glory with Jesus remains the hope of their hearts.
We also know that those who are surrendered to Satans will are getting more and more like the place they are going to, and hells society now predominates the earth. People are preparing themselves for an eternity of damnation, and the forces of hell draw near to meet them. The primary question that arises to all who are reading this newsletter is this: which way are you going? It is an urgent matter, for time is about to expire. All salvation happens in the realm of time, not in eternity. You can callupon the Saviour right now, and then follow through with obediance to the Gospel and a full and true conversion. Hell is no doubt full of people who would give anything to have the opportunity that you have right now. The Saviour will receive, and we at Last trumpet Ministries are here to help you! Do it now!”
David J Meyer
Well I have to go. It is time for seeking the Lord Jesus and being in his perfect will; even if it seems awkward to the flesh and is greatly misunderstood by the brethren. (As the age draws to a close, we can expect an increasing number of brethren to not understand us.) I’ll close with some familiar but needful passages.
John 12:25-26 “He that loveth his life shal lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.”
II Timothy 2:4 “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”
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 the multitude of sins.
Here are two more sites which have been added to the blogroll. The past few days have seen the introduction of some serious saints in this blogosphere. The following two were found at KINGS BRIDES FORUM are offer up much encouragement for the end times church.
Proverbs 14:15 “The simple believeth every word: but the prudent man looketh well to his going.”
Whenever material, such as the first link in this post, is offered up, it’s done so with the hope that discerning saints will take it to the Lord in prayer. This prophetic offering, concrning the future of the Colorado River is no exception to this. The material contained in this link will seem “out there” to many and I’m not going to determine whether or not I think it’s authentic until such time as I know for certain. Nonetheless, I do know that sin is a reproach to any people and that judgment is in this land. It is truly of the Lords mercies that we haven’t been consumed by this point. Each day that remains is a day in which an eternal soul, somewhere in this land, will believe on the Lord Jesus. And now, here’s the link to a prophetic writing that was on Steve Quayles site today:
This tells of a situation in which fresh water will become more precious than oil because it will be scarce and is essential to life. We know that, due to the incredible amount of water that’s taken from this river, it all but disappears several miles short of the Gulf of California. If the information presented in the above link is valid, one cannot even begin to grasp the scope of the ensuing calamity. I bring forth this information, only to increase awareness of this senario; hoping that the saints will take it before the Lord and understand the lateness of the hour. I no longer use the term “the end is near.” The truth is, we are seeing it manifest before our eyes.
I also want to make known some new additions to the blogroll:
Please take time to check out these sites which offer up much needed encouragement to the remnant saints. Seriously; EACH ONE OF THESE SITES ARE WORTHY OF REGULAR VISITS. Until the next time, I wish to all, a blessed day in Jesus.