Genesis 6:5 “And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.”
Genesis 11:4 “And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.
All of us were born with a sinful nature and a desire for an identity that’s apart from God. It’s rebellion that stems from pride; the original sin, which caused Lucifer, along with a third of the angels to leave their first estate. This rebellion was introduced to Adam and Eve with the words “Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof,then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil” We know that, after the fall, the world became unimaginably wicked as the population expanded. The Lord had to destroy that first world by a global flood, of which there were only eight survivors. After the flood, the very meteorlogical patterns were altered, the fear of man came upon every animal, and that the life span was greatly reduced.
We also know that subsequent generations went about to make a name for themselves by remaining as a single human community. On a plain, in the land of Shinar, they set out to build a tower that would reach unto heaven and the Lord determined that nothing would be restrained from them. This construction project resulted in the Lord introducing multiple languages into the population, causing them to scatter across the face of the earth. As we depart the book of Genesis and consider the time of the present, we are reminded of what Jesus revealed to us concerning the times prior to his glorious return:
Luke 17:26-27 “And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in mariage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.”
The days prior to Jesus return will be defined by rampant iniquity (II Timothy 3:1-5) departures from the truth (II Thessalonians 2:3) and the uniting of the world behind a single man whose coming is after the working of satan. II Thessalonians 2:8-9 and Revelation 13:4-16) The fact that the first two are well underway is undeniable. The third, however, is quickly coming to be and I’m convinced will be greatly accelerated in this coming year. We must use every hour of every day wisely; being about those issues of eternal significance and forgoing our own agenda. Time is simply running out and, eventually, “it will be gone.” Before going any farther, a segment of the January 2010 Last trumpet Newsletter must be quoted. Here’s another link, followed by the quote from David Meyer.
“A major world event took place on November 19th, 2009, and very few people took notice. The European Union, or United States of Europe, emerged as its first permanent President was selected. This is the position that was to go to former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, but another man was selected by the European Parliment. The man selected is Herman Van Rompoy, who was the Prime Minister of belgium. In his aceptance speech, Van Rompoy stated the following: ‘2009 is the first year of global governance, with the establishment of the G-20 in the middle of the financial crisis. The climate conference in Copenhagen is another step towards the global management of our planet.”
The truth is that a global governing body is beginning to function, and in time, everything will be brought under this mechanism. A precious few seem to be even remotely aware that this process is underway. One of the things that always astonishes me is the timings that David Meyers always brings forth each month. Timings which most of us would never notice, but are undeniable insofar as their significance, such as that mentioned in the following paragraph:
“I recently received a letter from one of our subscribers in the United Kingdom, and she wrote the following words: ‘Well, the United Kingdom is now officially not a sovereign state anymore. As of midnight last night, we became integrated into the European Federation…’ The nations of Europe are now one, and this is most certainly a latter day revival of the Roman Empire. The original Roman Empire fell in the year 476 A.D. No king or emperor was ever able to revive that empire. In 1534 King Henry VIII of England caused an even greater rift by breaking away from the Roman Catholic church and starting the Church of England. Thus there was a physical and a spiritual rift, a deadly wound, which seemed impossible to heal. When we add those numbers of 476 and 1534 together, we have the number 2010, the first full year of the revived Roman Empire.”
Also mentioned in this newsletter was the fact that Herman Van Rompoy was born on Samhain (October 31) in the year 1947. The date alone is significant, which subsequently, caused me to wonder about what other events transpired in that year. Other developments, taking place in the year 1947 include the following:
1. Chuck Yeager breaks the sound barrier 2. Invention of the transistor 3. India and Pakistan gain independance 4. The crash in Roswell, New Mexico 5. Discovery of the Dead Sea scrolls
The first two fall in line with Daniel 12:4. (It should be noted that, with the present state of technology, the logisitcal hurdles to implementing a global marking system have been effectively cleared) The third could be significant insofar as Revelation 16:12. The fourth would fall into the “last days deceptions” catagory while the fifth offers physical evidence to the truth that the word of God endures unto every generation. We know that in the following year, (1948) the nation of Israel was officially recognized. This event effectively established the truth that we are witnessing the end of the age. Time will tell, insofar as how Herman Van Rompoy plays into all of this. (Prior to being mentioned in the newsletter, I had never heard of this guy) I do not want to suggest anything that would facilitate a “jumping to conclusions.” Nonetheless, the following passage of scripture that has been stuck in my mind ever since reading of Herman Van Rompoy:
Daniel 11:21-23 “And in his state shall stand up a vile person, to whom they shall not give the honour of the kingdom: but he shall come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries. And with the arms of a flood shall they be overflown from before him, and shall be broken; yea, also the prince of the covenant. And after the league made with him he shall work deceitfully: for he shall come up, and shall become strong with a small people.”
The words “a small people” have been the focal point of this. Belgium is not a large country. It’s over 11 thousand square miles in size and has a population in excess of 10 million. It is, however, the home of the B.E.A.S.T supercomputer, located in Brussels, and is now the country of origin for the first European Prime Minister. I’m not trying to manufacture connections or read anything into all of this. I could be completely barking up the wrong tree. Nonetheless, there are some strange anomalies to all of this. Below are a couple of links concerning the supercomputer in Brussels:
So what does this all mean? It means that we must be about our Fathers business NOW! We must make the most of the remaining time that we have as the hardness is already setting in. Earlier tonight CR and I were having one of our “normal discussions” when something came up. In the days to come, we may well find ourselves isolated from any like-minded saints and surrounded only by those who have bought into the lie. It will be just us and the Lord Jesus. We must ensure that our relationship with him is solid and that we’re not entertaining thoughts of unbelief. It bears repeating: the package of illusions, which are soon to be unleashed, will make perfect logical sense and appear to have, at their core, the welfare of all humanity. The worlds population has already been conditioned to believe the lie. Those who maintain the testimony of Jesus are going to be made to appear completely out of touch, silly, mean-spirited, and “worthy of death.”
This topic has become more involved than I anticipated and I need to wrap it up before making any more potential connections. A while back I saw an animated feature which involved a guy who was obsessed with conspiracy theories. A lady visiting his study was looking at a layout of information on the wall. After a couple of moments, she stated “I had NO IDEA that the girl scouts were responsible for crop circles.” (I wonder if they have a merit badge for that) An imagination-run-amock can manufacture all kinds of senarios, and then piece together enough evidence to support it. Kind of like the practice of adopting a theological view and then arranging scriptures in a way that will support the view. We need to be hearing from on high as we venture into the new year. May we all be atuned to the Holy Spirit and have our affections set on things above.
Philippians 3:10-11 “That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death. If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.”
Ecclesiastes 1:18 “For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth in knowledge increaseth sorrow.”
In the midst of the ambient hecticity, it’s always a blessing to simply “pause to reflect.” To consider the unparalleled joy that results from knowing Jesus as Savior and Lord. The peace, the contentment, the indescribable liberty of no longer being a servant of sin, and the blessed hope of an eternity in his presence. We remember the former times, when we were without hope in the world, and we give praise unto God for the hour when we first believed. The moment when our sins were washed away by the precious blood of Jesus and our names recorded in heaven. As we grow in the Lord and are granted insight concerning the deep things of God, it becomes ever sweeter; even to the point that we may feel overwhelmed by the mercies of God who inhabits eternity, and yet loves us so much that he took upon himself the form of a servant and redeemed us with his own precious blood.
Over the past few weeks, as these truths were being visited, something else became a point of consideration. With a closeness to the Lord Jesus, there also comes a sorrow. Sorrow for the multitudes that know not the Lord and weeping for those who, despite every plea to consider their situation, continue to reject the words of life. Sorrow over the indescribable tragedy that’s unfolding all around us, every hour of every day. I’m convinced that it’s not possible to get in close to the Lord without this sorrow becoming more pronounced. If we love our neighbor as ourselves, the thought of those neighbors being lost for all of eternity should stir us to intervention and intercession. A godly sorrow as the understanding of this war leaps from the confines of our theology and becomes embedded into our heart. We begin to see the lost as Jesus sees them. It’s an anguish that will shake us from our comfort zone and lead us up to the front line, where these eternal ones hang in the balance.
When the Lord grants us understanding of this magnitude, (this is not to say that I’ve obtained; it’s merely an observation of a place that we must strive for) all remaining fragments of lusting, which had somehow slipped past every mountaintop rendezvous, unexpected joy spike, and increase in wisdom from on high, will meet their demise. In this place of revelation, priorities are set straight and the real issues emerge. It’s as though we can almost hear the screams of hopelessness and torment that fill the habitations of the eternally lost. It’s no longer theology; it’s countless individual souls who once walked the earth. They loved, they dreamed, and they obtained a level of notoriety. Souls who could have been saved because their sins were paid for by the precious blood of Jesus. We begin to realize what has already transpired and how many folks are facing such a fate.
Suddenly our aspirations for personal legacy and loot become all but pointless. Our collection of trophies serve only to remind us of squandered time slots and victories which carry no weight in eternity. This understanding doesn’t bring with it euphoric feelings of “Hey; the Lord just revealed something to me.” It’s heartbreaking, it’s painful beyond description, it reminds us of how unworthy we are……and it’s necessary. Upon my first visit to our new church, Pastor Miller made the statement “if you don’t have any compassion for those who don’t know Jesus, I would seriously question your salvation.” This statement resulted in ponderings which brought forth a very troubling conclusion. Many professing saints seem to be completely absorbed by their life in this world and unconcerned for the lost and I began to wonder “am I lacking in concern for the lost?” The following post was written in the summer of 2009, but it makes a very important observation:
EVANGELIZING ME (Entrusted With) In the post, the lady explains how, even though she is born of the Spirit, she’s greatful when someone cares enough to inquire as to whether or not she’s born again.
The following paragraph comes from BILL WEISS’ ‘ book “23 Minutes in Hell.” Here’s the backdrop. One evening while sleeping, Bill was taken into to hell for about 23 minutes. During the first portion of this visit, the Lord removed from him, the knowledge that he was a Christian. During that time, he experienced hell as an unsaved person would. The book is “sobering” to put it mildly. The following quote tells of when he was allowed to see the dropoff. (I remember hearing that, during his ministry, Lester Sumrall was likewise granted a view of this)
“I was instantly sobered as he allowed me to see a steady stream of people falling through a tunnel-one after the other, after the other, after the other-into an open cavern, into the terror that I had just escaped. While I was watching this scene, Jesus allowed me to feel just a small amount of the sorrow He feels for His creation that is going to hell. His love is far beyond our capacity and is infinately greater than our love. I couldn’t stand feeling even a fraction of the anguish He feels.”
Mark 16:15-16 “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.”
Understanding the seriousness of this will bring forth sorrow, but it will also bring forth action. There’s another aspect to this sorrow that hasn’t been touched on and is the purpose for the passage from Philippians at the top of this post. I’m convinced that this is a form of fellowshipping with Christs sufferings. It will exceed suffering caused by physical hardship or persecution. When we truly begin to see the lost as the Lord sees them, it’s absolutely heart-wrenching. We could not handle the “whole” of this.
I must start wrapping this up as it’s well past 2:30 am. On December 24, I received a spiritual “shot across the bow” so to speak. Our daughter, Megan, and her friend Susan drove into a ditch less than a half-mile from the house. They were both ok, but this accident wasn’t the troubling part of the story. While we were all around the site where they had gone off the road, two guys, who are acquaintances of Megan and Susan, stopped by to offer assistance. (Their names are Jesse and Brian) Casual conversation, surrounding the current situation dominated and I never sought an opportunity to share the gospel. Finally we all departed the scene to our respective places. Less than an hour later, Susan called to tell us that Jesse and Brian had just slammed into a tree and came within inches of leaving this world. Truly the Lord had mercy upon these guys, upon their families, and upon me as well. Had either of them not survived, I truly think that I would have gone nutty.
The souls in our ambience are dependant upon us being faithful ambassadors for Christ. I’m still rattled by the transpirations of December 24. The Lord was letting me know that “THIS IS FOR REAL” and that missed opportunities; even the tiny ones that we may not think about, can have everlasting consequences if we allow them to pass. As we approach the new year, I’m determined to not allow such opportunities to slide by. “Lord Jesus; please open our eyes.” Another situation that’s underway: even as I write this, concerns Morgans fiance, Dustin. He’s in the hospital battling a serious Merca infection and we’ve not heard anything for several hours. Another priceless soul whom I’m keeping in prayer; not only for healing from this infection, but also that the Lord will get his attention.
Blessings always in Jesus name.
Jeremiah 13:17 “But if ye will not hear it, my soul shall weep in secret places for your pride; and mine eye shall weep sore, and run down with tears, because the LORD’S flock is carried away captive.”
Romans 14:5 “One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.”
Each December seems to be more frustrating than the one previous. The focus on trappings and tradition become increasingly profound and subsequently, many invest an incredible amount of time, energy, and financial resources into manufacturing an “ambience.” Many will openly proclaim a belief that “Jesus is the reason for the season” however, their actions will clearly reveal a heart that appears beholden to the season for the seasons sake. This is not a blanket observation by any means as many observe Christmas by worshiping the Lord Jesus in spirit and in truth. (As we should do every hour of every day) For others, however, the “atmosphere” is the primary focus and they will drive themselves nutty to acquire it. This has become increasingly painful to behold and I’ve struggled to understand why I’m so disheartened. My desire for engaging in the usual festivities not only continues to diminish, my heart cries out all the more “Even so, come, Lord Jesus.”
And therein is the answer. My heart is no longer in this world. It’s not in agreement with the worlds agenda, it no longer lusts after the worlds wares and it finds no common ground with the proponents of such. As we draw closer to the Lord Jesus and begin to receive by faith “glimpses” of the age to come, anything that promotes the elements of this world will leave us cold as ice. The temporal simply cannot compete with the eternal and when our time in this world is completed, we have an eternity; a “world without end” with the Lord Jesus. When this understanding takes up residence in our heart, it will cause us to discard the former things and will fuel our desire to be about our Fathers business. A heavenly minded person will desire to busy themselves with things that have eternal significance. The traditions and rudiments of this world will simply fade away as the everlasting truths become front and center.
Yesterday, our household was a scene of unparalleled craziness as the others under this roof maintain a much more conventional view of Christmas. I went out to the truck in preparation for heading up to Three Rivers when an old mailing caught my attention. It was a monthly newsletter from Faith Mission in Elkhart, which routinely features tesitmonies from residents. On the front of the envelope there was a quote from a lady who is currently residing there, which reads “A PLACE WHERE I’M CLOSER TO GOD…” It seemed to tie in perfectly with several cogitations that have been going through my mind lately. An expensive holiday with unbridaled lusting after trappings is not the way to the heart of God; regardless of how much Christianesque marketing we employ. But to reach out to a dying world; to meet the needs of those who have “fallen through the cracks” and have reached their wits end “IS” a way to touch the heart of God.
Matthew 25:35-36 “For I was an hungered, and ye gave gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.”
It’s both staggering and disheartening to consider how much time and energy we have placed into the holidays. For me it’s a precarious balancing act as I don’t want to scatter the souls in this household and extended family away from the gospel. For example, if I were to get into a discussion with Mrs timbob over Jeremiah 10:2-5 at this juncture, the resulting damage would be profound. And so I endure much that I would prefer to forgo; so long as it doesn’t entail compromising the gospel, and keep in prayer the priceless souls who reside in the vicinity. When we encounter one who is beholden to certain elements of this world, we know that either the person is in need of salvation or, in the case of one who is born of the Spirit, there’s a need for greater revelation of the Lord. As such, I have a standard prayer request for the saints; that we would receive from on high, such a profound revelation of the Lord Jesus and the age to come that the besetments in our lives just fall away.
Revelation 1:17-18 “And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last: I am he that liveth, and was dead; and behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.”
What’s interesting about this is that John was a man who walked close to Jesus. He was present on the Mount of transfiguration and literally leaned upon Jesus at the last supper. When we read his epistles, we receive much understanding about loving one another and discernment. And yet, despite Johns embodiment of understanding, when he saw Jesus on the isle of Patmos, he fell down as dead. Without a doubt, he was never the same after this encounter, wherein he not only saw the Lord as he is, he witnessed the end of this age, the millenial reign of Jesus, the little season following the millenial reign, (where Satan has one final opportunity to cause deception) the fleeing away of all that currently is, and the new creation which is not yet, but will follow the present one. It’s most likely not practical to pray that everyone around us would receive this level of revelation, (most of us couldn’t handle it) however, here’s an embodiment of understanding that all of us are in need of; especially in these final hours.
John 6:67-69 The said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away? Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God.”
The level to which we understand this will not only be manifest in our daily priorities; it will determine whether or not we remain faithful in the dark days ahead; when a mark will be required to buy or sell. A theological “head knowledge” of scripture will not prepare one for the times ahead. We must be certain of our belief that Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Any wavering in our belief of this will open the door to potential calamity without remedy. The interesting thing about the above passsage is that it followed a situation where an entire gathering had left Jesus and only the twelve remained. (This incident is worthy of a post as there was much more in play than is being commented on here)
Well I must be going for now. There’s much more that’s weighing on my heart, but it’s after 3:45 am. I pray that all of us would keep our eyes upon Jesus and not allow drifting to transpire. The coming year is certain to be one of much acceleration as the global governing body continues to consolidate power. I used to make such statements with reservation, however, things are coming together so fast now that denial is no longer possible to those with eyes to see. The global governing system is, for all practical purposes, already functioning. This understanding should cause us to, all the more, be reaching out to the priceless souls that are around us. Please check out the January edition of the Last trumpet Newsletter entitled:
Daniel 10:16-17 “And behold, one like the similitude of the sons of men touched my lips: and then I opened my mouth, and spake, and said unto him that stood before me, O my lord, by the vision my sorrows are turned upon me, and I have retained no strength. For how can the servant of this my lord talk with this my lord? for as for me, straightway there remained no strength in me, neither is there breath left in me.”
The following is a link that should cause every saint to seek the Lord and be about the issues of eternal significance:
It goes without saying that a lot of strange developments are underway as scriptural fulfilment continues to transpire before our eyes. If we were to see the “whole” of what’s soon to break forth upon the earth, it’s possible that none of us would be able to convey it to those around us. We know that, after receiving the first vision, Daniels cogitations much troubled him and he initially kept it to himself. After the second vision he “was sick certain days.” When a person begins to understand the gravity of such things, a profound “sadness” enters in for the multitudes who aren’t prepared. Millions upon millions who, despite the warnings from scripture and signs everywhere, carry on with no regard for their souls. We are rushing headlong into a global governance (antichrist) senario and even many saints seem oblivious to it. It’s like the old saying “ignorance is bliss.” That may be true for a season, but ultimately, that mentality is fatal.
Last Monday, (Dec 14, 2009) My wife had a root canal performed by Dr. McLaughlin in Kalamazoo. The time involved with this procedure meant that I had well over an hour to hang out in the waiting area. Unlike most waiting rooms, this one was very quiet and filled with soft plushy furniture. It was, without a doubt, a portal into the land of nod for anyone who doesn’t get adequate sleep. I was trying to read Daniel chapter 11 (the most intriguing of Daniels visions) but struggling to stay awake. Behind the counter, there were two ladies who are employed there. Both were probably in their early to mid thirties, and there was no outward evidence that they were unlike the multitudes of undiscerning folks with whom we associate daily. Professional courtesies and casual conversation; much of it surrounding holiday activities, seemed to be the primary attributes.
Then, a window of time opened up when nobody else was in the lobby, except for me; half asleep in the plushy chair, yet semi aware of the ambience. The conversation of the two ladies changed. They became somewhat quieter and began to speak in more sobering tones. I began to pick up on words unexpected from such a situation as this. Oh…how to relay this in print without sounding nutty. It was like:
“Blah blah blah blah, Martial law in 2010, blah blah blah….”
I was like “zzzzz….huh? What?” This instantly put the drowsy tendancies to flight and I began to train my ear in the direction of the counter. They were talking quietly, as to not freak out any clients, and so I had to really listen:
It’s not often that one hears such conversation transpiring in the ambience. I thought of going over and entering into the conversation, but first I wanted to find out where they were coming from. Are they Tea Party people? Perhaps they are avid listeners to Coast to Coast AM or Alex Jones and gather information from such venues. Are they saints who really understand what’s transpiring in our world today and look for Jesus’ appearing? I began listening for scriptural references in the conversation that would offer clarity, however, the window closed quickly. The mailman came in with the days assortment and from that point on, everything was back to routine conversation. Whether they are in the household of faith, or simply ordinary citizens who see the intrusions of a global governing entity, this was an unexpected glimpse into the world view of these two ladies.
Just a note: I know a number of people who “see what’s happening” but don’t understand the spiritual significance, and tragically, don’t know the Lord Jesus. If a person enters eternity without knowing Jesus, all of their “understanding and intentions” will avail nothing.
I do think that, in some venues, there’s an awakening to the truth that things are not as they once were. And yet, by and large, the conversations of choice; even amongst many saints, suggest an almost “blind allegiance” to the status quo that most of us were born into. The arguements are rampant. “These things are cyclical.” “This country is too big to fail.” (As was the Roman Empire) “God wants us to enjoy our best life now by heaping to ourselves the goods of this world.” The arguements for continuance are loud. One would desire to believe them, because, when calamity arises suddenly, souls perish. The verse at the top of this post reveals that these are not pleasant things to talk about. But it’s imperative to have a clear understanding if were to not be taken by the deceptions of our day. Deceptions that will appear rock solid, but be a falsehood. This following passage seems to become more profound each time it’s visited:
Hebrews 3:12-13 “And take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God. But exhort one another daily, while it is called Today; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.”
Last year, we were attending a high school football game as our younger daughter is in band. A play was executed and the running back was brought down close to the first down marker. My wife asked “did he make it?” I jokingly replied “I don’t know; I can’t see the big yellow line.” This is a reference to the computer generated yellow line that appears in televised football games to show where the first down marker is. It looks real; as though it’s painted right on the field, but it’s an illusion. We are daily bombarded with illusions as the lines between real and simulation continue to become more obscure. An investigation into the Blue Beam Project will cause one to realize just how deceptive these times are; even before the supernatural fireworks begin in full. The only thing that we can cling to is the Lord Jesus and his unchanging truths.
It’s a troubling thing. None of us can fully grasp the level at which the “big lie” will operate. The deceptions of the end are going to be so compelling; seemingly so scientifically stable, grounded in common sense, and beneficial to the well-being of all humanity, that one will seem utterly backwards for adhering to the old paths. If we’re trusting in anything other than the Lord Jesus and his word, we’ll likely be moved by such overwhelming presentations. A good exammple of this would be the extraterrestrial connection. (They are not extraterrestrials; they are fallen entities) In the hearts of many, such a “disclosure” would seem to supercede scripture. “After all” the arguement states “how can we be the only ones in a universe that contains hundreds of billions of galaxies; each of which contains hundreds of billions of stars?” I’m so concerned about our not grasping the panoramic intensity of these falsehoods that I consistantly pray about it.
Speaking of extra-terrestrials; here’s a link that I found a few days ago, which has also been placed on the “Spiritual Warfare” page:
This involves people who, upon finding themselves in an abduction situation, have called upon the name of Jesus; which causes the entities to depart quickly. Sadly, however, this isn’t widely embraced by the “UFO comunity” as it challenges their preferred world view. For many, the lie is prefereable to the truth whereby they can be made free.
Well, it’s time to close for now as the conversation is drifting all over. To be close to Jesus is imprative. We cannot navigate these waters on our own, but we can do all things through Christ. May we be mindful of the multitudes all around us who know not the Lord. I can see a number of folks in my venue whom the Lord is working on, making it all the more imperative to walk in the Spirit. I praise God for the work that he’s doing in this household; despite all of the damage that I’ve done in the past. It’s amazing how razor-thin the line can be that separates gathering unto the Lord from scattering. An unkind word, a selfish agenda, even an untimely facial expression can cause an unbelievable amount of damage.
Galatians 5:16 “This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lusts of the flesh.”
Isaiah 57:15 “For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and lofty place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.”
Colossians 1:16-17 “For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in the earth, visible and invisible,whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.”
My thoughts wander toward things which are not, but someday will be. Places like a new heavens and a new earth wherein a New Jerusalem will be established forever. A creation that has never been contaminated by thoughts of iniquity or ill-will toward another. An everlasting kingdom where God himself will be the light that permeatres every portion of space and the saints will forever abide in his presence. Many would classify this as either an imagination run amock or the cogitations of one who seeks an escape from the real world. Perhaps there’s an element of truth in both of these. I do have an imagination that requires containment (I die daily) and I openly confess a desire to be absent from this world and present with the Lord. When the scriptural references concerning the age to come begin to resonate within us, it becomes increasingly difficult to find satisfaction in the superfluity of vanities that dominate this fallen world.
Last thursday, on a blustery and cold afternoon, I was laying across our bed as I still had an hour or so before having to head off to work. Looking up at the ceiling, my thoughts shifted to the deep things of God. Things that, try as we may, we cannot even begin to understand, and they, subsequently, leave us with overwhelming sensation of “My God; How Great Thou Art!” I wandered to the farthest reaches of the universe; seeking a place from which to measure, but found none. I travelled back through eons past; searching for the beginning of his way, and discovered it not. I ventured hundreds of millions of earth years into the future and yet failed to locate a diagram that explains “timelessness.” Without a doubt, Our God fills the heavens and the earth. He inhabits eternity past and will remain, without varience or shadow of turning throughout the eons yet to be. He is, without a doubt, the same yesterday to day and forever.
The concepts of space, time, past, present, future, and the loving Creator of it all, cause one to become all but speechless. We see God, who is omnipotent and eternal, perfect in every way, and is the embodiment of truth and righteousness. We enter into his presence and suddenly, “all-that-is” seems to merge toward a center and then vanish, as it were, into the fabric of the everlasting. Time and all that it entails, is eclipsed by the realities of the everlasting and we begin to understand that “our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh in us a far more exceeding, and eternal weight of glory.” The peace and absolute contentment that one finds here is beyond description and we desire that all of the brethren would find this place. To let go of the earthbound ways and begin to embrace the eternal. An eternal perspective, granted by the Lord, will overhaul our perceptions of this temporal residence.
It’s in moments such as this, when the eternal eclipses the physical, that something else begins to manifest. Something so heartbreaking that it’s almost too much to bear. One begins to fathom the unspeakable tragedy of countless souls heading down the road to a much different end. Priceless souls, created in the image of God, who continue to walk in darkness. Beautiful, eternal, chaotic souls who, at this very moment, are being held captive by the devices and lies of the wicked one. Suddenly, for a brief moment, the clouds are parted and we are allowed an increased clarity of the whole. The everlasting joy and peace, enjoyed by those who know the Lord, and the everlasting lament of those who neglected the great salvation. The revelation makes all of the little campaigns of this life, into which we tend to sink so much time and resources, seem as nothing. This realm shall remain, only for a short time, before taking flight from the presence of the one who sits upon the throne. (Rev. 20:11)
We return to ourselves; still in the same physical posture, but forever changed. The love for the Lord Jesus is enhanced. The bond with likeminded saints is strengthened. Our compassion for the lost is amplified and the only thing that we desire is to be about our Fathers business. We are “betwixt” in every sense of the word; desiring to be with the Lord, but desiring to reach out to those still walking in darkness. Earlier tonight (Dec 12) I was thinking of places that I would like to be and things that I would like to be doing. For example, if it were possible, I would love to sell everything, move to Chicago, (or any major metropolis) and share the gospel in the streets every day. I’m not a city person, but I desire nothing else but to further the gospel. I was then reminded that, if I were there, this household, along with many souls in my ambience, would not have an ambassador for Christ in their midst.
It’s kind of hypocritical on our part. We will often say to those without, that Jesus would have gone to the cross to save a single soul from hell. But when it comes to our going forth in his name, we look at numbers. A soul in Chicago or Kalamazoo is of equal importance to the soul of a person who’se fishing off the bridge in Mottville. (population: around 200…..kinda) A few weeks ago, I was thinking about Philip the evangelist. A great revival was taking place throughout Samaria, when he was prompted by the Spirit to head out into the desert. From a natural standpoint, it may have seemed much more needful to remain in Samaria where many were being added to the church. But for the sake of the souls in Ethiopia, it was imperative for him to go and join himself to a certain chariot where a man was struggling to understand the words of Isaiah. The bigger picture is usually far more profound than we can envision.
Ephesians 5:17 “Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.”
Well I have to close for now. The following link is to a blog site that I came across recently through a link on STEVE QUAYLES site. In fact, they seem to cover similar types of information. It’s been added to the blogroll, however, here’s a link to the December 10, 2009 posting:
This post links to a numbr of articles; including video footage of the bluish glowing object that appeared over Norway hours before Mr. Obama arrived in the country to receive his “peace prize.” The media quickly attributed this anomalie to a failed Russian rocket launch , but it looked much more like some kind of….portal….opening. It was completely uniform with spiral-like arms, somewhat resembling a galaxy. (Why does Daniel 11:21 and Luke 21:25 come to mind?) I’m certain that, in the January issue of the Last Trumpet Newsletter, more information will be offered up.
At the top of the post, there’s a picture of giant remnants. Biblical type giants, such as:
Deuteronomy 3:11 “For only Og king of Bashan remained of the remnant of the giants; behold, his bedstead was a bedstead of iron; is it not in Rabbath of the children of Ammon? nine cubits was the length thereof, and four cubits the breadth of it, after the cubit of a man.”
Og, the king of Bashan was about fourteen ft. tall. It’s an interesting site; not only for one who is curious about such things, but also for any who strive to be watching in these final hours. Indeed, the bigger picture is far more profound than we can envision.
Numbers 13:33 “And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.”
I wonder if, upon seeing such occupants in the land, many of us would have likewise feared to enter in. How imperative it is to trust in the Lord and not be dismayed by physical manifestations. The ensuing disobediance resulted in forty years of wandering in a wilderness.
Blessings always in Jesus name.
Revelation 4:11 “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.”
Several months ago, I heard a message in which the topic of spiritual pride was being discussed. It was very thought provoking as the various pitfalls were presented and elaborated upon; many of which I have battled in the past. (and still must keep a diligent watch for) How imperative it is that we guard against becoming full of ourselves. As if the message wasn’t sobering enough the preacher then issued a warning:
“As we grow spiritually, the danger of succumbing to spiritual pride grows proportionally.”
In other words, the danger of becoming full of ourselves doesn’t diminish as we receive understanding; it becomes increasingly greater. I thought to myself “Oh NO!” Without a doubt, knowledge tends to puff a person up. Likewise, spiritual growth, rather authentic or perceived, tends to do the same thing as we may unwittingly take on an “I got this” mentality concerning particular aspects. It has to be one of the most difficult areas of our lives to police as pride can be tucked away safely within the confines of our spirituality. It can be so well hidden that we may unwittingly dismiss (without even realizing that we are doing it) the promptings of the Holy Spirit which are bringing attention to the problem. My past contains a lengthy season in which I was in a backslidden state; brought on partially because I didn’t recognize that I had become overly confident and prideful.
During that dark season, choices were made which continue to affect my life and will for some time to come. It did, however, result in the abandoning of many idols (which I previously hadn’t recognized as being such) and a more eternally-focused world view. These adjustments were necessary, however, it would have been much easier to take heed to the promptings that I was being given and repent, instead of traveling down a lengthy trail of tears. One of the biggest lessons, however, to come from that season is the incredible mercies of the Lord. He could have turned me over to my own ways. And yet, at the perfect time, on the perfect evening, he began to call this wandering child back to himself. Today, it’s as though my love for the Lord is on a deeper level than in the early years, while memories of the dark season stand as a reminder that we must keep our hearts with all diligence.
I Samuel 15:17 “And Samuel said, When thou wast little in thine own sight, wast thou not made the head of the tribes of Israel, and the LORD annointed thee king over Israel?”
Esther 5:13 “Yet all this availeth me nothing, so long as I see Mordecai the Jew sitting at the kings gate.”
Luke 18:11 “The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterors, or even as this publican.”
When we think of spiritual pride, an assortment of images may come to mind, such as King Saul. A man annointed to be king over Israel; who even prophesies along with a company of prophets, but spends his final day seeking advice from the witch of endor. A bitter spiral downward that ended in disaster. And Haman; a man so consumed with himself that he sought the destruction of the children of Israel because one man refused to bow to him. We all know how he ended up being hung from the very gallows that he had constructed to hang Mordecai upon. (This wasn’t actually spiritual pride, but the mechanics are the same) And we are all familiar with the pharisees who would pray on the corner and fast for show, in order to receieve attention. And likewise today; spiritual pride can pop up in the most unsuspecting of places and is a thing that none of us are immune to.
Spiritual pride will cause a person to say “I see” when they don’t see and “I’m doing God service” when they have never been born of the Spirit. It can lure those who know the Lord into seeking promotion and honor for themselves, under the banner of “serving the Lord” and, if not dealt with, will bring about shipwreck. Sometimes modern day Pharisees are obvious, while at other times they can remain undetected for a lifetime. Either way, a terible thing has been made manifest. Self has become the first love and this love will oftentimes be fiercely defended. In Luke 18:11, mentioned above, the Pharisee is “talking with himself about himself” and in the following verse, he goes on to list his religious works. The following passage reveals that many will find that they’ve been trusting in works, instead of the finished work of Calvary.
Matthew 7:22-23 “Many shall say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then I will profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”
I’ve been thinking of writing up a tract that has the words “UH OH” printed on the front in a bold format. The thrust of the tract would be “are you sure that what you are trusting in, whatever it may be, is true? Because when you enter eternity, you do not want your first words to be UH OH.” In the passage above, the most tragic word of all is “many” as in “there are going to be a lot of surprised professors of Christ (along with the professors of other things) on that day.” THIS SHOULD KEEP ALL OF US ON OUR KNEES! Many are unwittingly trusting in themselves that they are righteous. They are doing many good works, and even giving glory to God with their speech, while secretly basking in the attention that’s aimed in their direction. They love the uppermopst rooms at the feasts, to be admired by those around them, to have their face on television, and to be called Pastor, or Doctor, or Reverend. It’s a danger that we all must be aware of, from the most prominent leader, to the pricelss soul that was redeemed by the blood of Jesus last week.
THE DANGER OF YOUR HOLINESS (Scottish Warriors) This post is a more thorough discussion about this most serious of spiritual conditions.
There is one thing that will always bring to nought the tendancies of spiritual pride. It’s a topic that was planned for an upcomming post, but needs mentioning here. First, however, a visit to another familiar passage.
John 13:23-24 “Now there was leaning on Jesus bosom one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved. Simon Peter therefore beckoned to him, that he should ask who it should be of whom he spake.”
“That disciple whom Jesus loved.” John seems to have had such a love for the Lord that he simply desired to be close to him. Self-serving desires had been abandoned as his only desire was unto Jesus. It’s fascinating that, in his twilight years, he is shown the very end of all that we see and the bringing about of the new creation. A new heavens and a new earth, which will never be contaminated by sin. I wonder if John was the only one who could receive such a revelation and keep a proper perspective. I certainly don’t know, but one thing is for certain. If our love for Jesus is where it should be, even the most obscure intrutions of pride will fail to take hold of us. A standing prayer request is that, each day, my love for Jesus would be stronger than the day previous.
Well I have to go for now as the clock is ticking and I must head off to work shortly. These are such serious times and it’s imperative that our heart is where it should be. Seemingly minor issues can spell disaster in the hour of trying and spiritual pride is a serious form of drifting. The following post was linked to on Steve Quayles site yesterday, and is very timely indeed:
Before going into this post, it’s imperative to link to a writing that is actually on the blogroll. (only from a different site) It’s possible that most who stop by here are already familiar with it, however, the times at hand make this message all the more urgent. It’s a letter, written in by Corrie Ten Boom, that addresses the issue of enduring unto the end. Although it was written back in 1974, it may well be even more relevant today. This particular link, I found on Steve Quayles site and was labeled as:
If one is pressed for time, I would seriously ask that they forgo the remainder of this post and focus on this letter.
Romans 8:18 “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”
Lately much has been written concerning the times that we are in and the events that are looming on the horizon. Sadly, if there’s a continuance in this venue, such topics are certain to be addressed as we witness the fulfilment of scripture. It’s imparative, however, that in visiting such topics, we don’t become fixated on them. Regardless of what circumstances we may find ourselves in, they are but for a very short season. We all will admit to understanding this, however, physical manifestations are loud and in our face. The seemingly infalliable “logic” that’s certain to stand in agreement with the final deceptions, will call out to our compassion and our capacity to reason. The ridicule of those who have been corrupted by flatteries may cause us to appear “mean spirited and backwards” because we do not embrace this new “consciousness” that appears to have solved all of the worlds long standing ills and contentions.
A very short season. From an eternal perspective, a lifetime isn’t even a drop in the bucket and the time of tribulation is even shorter. And all we have to do during this time is to endure. To maintain the testimony of Jesus Christ; even if it means a departure from the theater of atoms at the hands of those who know not the Lord. We have the Holy Spirit abiding within who will comfort us in all our tribulation and provide us with dialogue which our adversaries will be unable to resist. The grace of God will be sufficient to any situation. (Corrie addresses this in the letter) If we are in Christ, we are already equipped to face the times ahead, but we must walk in that provision. One of the primary elements of walking in that provision is having our affections on things above and to be looking for Jesus return. Multitudes will be tripped up by a promise of continuance in the flesh and as such, we must ensure that we have abandoned our affections for the “here.”
Hebrews 12:16-17 “Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who sold his birthright for one morsel of bread. For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited a blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it diligently with tears.
Another thing has been pondered much in recent days and it ties in with enduring. We have examples in the natural world as when we first fall madly in love with another. (Of the opposite sex of course. The fact that this must be clarified reveals, all the more, the lateness of the hour) We would do anything for that person. We would think it a small thing to alter our own agenda to be with that person. They begin to fill our thoughts continuously as we inventory the traits that make this person so special. Eventually, if all goes well, we begin to plan for the day when our paths become one. External resistance from others serves only to strengthen the bond. We no longer view the days ahead with a “lone wolf” mentality, but rather envision a life in which this special someone is an inseparable part.
This is a sidetrip, but I remember when my parents passed away and the comments that many gave during the respective eulogies. Everyone who knew them, viewed them as “one.” It was like you couldn’t think of one without also thinking of the other. Actually they are my aunt and uncle, but they raised me from the time that I was three months old and, as such, they were my parents. (Their youngest daughter was 18 when they took me in.) They met in 1940 while working in a hotel in Sturgis MI. Three weeks later, they were married. They remained together for sixty years and three months; until Mom passed away in 2000, following a lengthy battle with cancer. They had a lot of contentions over the years, but they remained together through it all. (Sorry; it seemed important to throw this information into the post)
It’s a perfect model for our relationship with the Lord. We should love him so much that we’ll do anything he asks of us. We’ll think it a small thing to alter our agenda to be where he wants us to be. Our thoughts will gravitate continuously unto the Lord and we will find ourselves diligently learning of him. We will long for the day when we are absent from the body and present with him forever. External resistance will only serve to strengthen our resolve to be faithful to our first love. We will no longer view life with a short-sighted “grow up, get a job, collect things, retire, move to Florida, play shuffleboard, and fade away” mentality. We will fully understand that “if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, etrnal in the heavens.”
I John 3:2 Beloved, now we are 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.
I John 3:3 “And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.”
Although these verses are in sequence, I separated them because the content in I John 3:3 is key. If we love Jesus and have our affections in the age to come, the besetments of this world will lose their mastery over us. All of us have a diversity of issues that we struggle with as we are still growing. But as our love for Christ grows and the reality of the age to come is increasingly manifest, we’ll find that these struggles begin to diminish. (Not that we can ever become lazy; this flesh still contains the whole of the old nature which longs to stage a comeback) The primary desire in writing this is that we would all set our affections on things above and that we would love the Lord Jesus with all of our heart. When we fully grasp this, the other issues (such as “what will I do when the agents come for me in the middle of the night?) will become non-issues as our eyes are steadfastly upon Jesus.
There’s another aspect that needs covering. It involves loving our neighbor as ourselves, but it needs its own post as the cogitations are too vast and currently somewhat scattered. The last few days, I’ve been experiencing almost a profound “sorrow;” like an increased understanding of just how few people are truly born of the Spirit. It’s not like depression, or an absence of the peace of God. It is, however, a sadness that defies words as we see so many eternal souls rushing headlong toward the dropoff. More on this later; if it can be placed into words.
Well it’s about time to go. Earlier I came across the following link on Steve Quayles site and it addresses a very troubling trend. There can be no doubt that we are witnessing the final moments of the age. Here’s the link: