DEARTH and CONSEQUENCESApril 13, 2010
Hebrews 5:18 “But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.”
Two elements make this a difficult post to write which have been the primary reasons for its delay. (along with a lack of time) The first is the subject matter itself. The second is the wondering if this is of the Lord or the product of an overactive imagination. The passage above makes mention of the need to “through use” be atuned to the nature of a thing. A lot of things can obscure our perceptions such as the following:
1. Imagination. This is where I must be extremely careful because mine likes to run amock. Couple this with a routine pondering of end times events and it becomes very easy to assemble a picture that may look like revelation but is not.
2. Sound Indoctrination. This is where a person is so devoted to a doctrinal stand that they are no longer open to revelation. The most notable trait of this is the fitting of scriptures into what we already believe instead of allowing the Holy Spirit to speak to us through scripture.
3. Wishful thinking. This is where our desires may direct what we believes about things. A good example of this is the secret rapture theology, wherein many expect to not see an hour of temptation like none other. My change of position on this issue came on an evening in 2004 when I inquired of the Lord “If this is true; that we’ll see the tribulation, please grant me peace about it.” When we have clarity of things to come, we can prepare spiritually for whatever we may face.
Just a side note concerning this; a few nights ago, while driving home from work, a senario was brought to my attention for which I was seriously “not prepared” and may not be prepared for yet. A thing that, if left unattended, could result in compromise-without-remedy under the right circumstances. The Lord is faithful to alert us to areas wherein we are otherwise minded.
4. Heaping of teachers. This is the process of placing the words of others in higher esteem than what the Spirit is saying, or relying on the scriptural interpretations of others. This is another form of wishful thinking as we gravitate toward those who teach what we want to hear. There are other hinderances to discernment, but the four mentioned here are a few primary ones.
The following SHOULD NOT be classified as a “thus saith the Lord. I’m still questioning whether or not it’s valid or my mind is piecing things together. It is, however, the cumulation of several things which seem too numerous to be sheer coincidences. Over the past three weeks or so, a phrase has been repeatedly coming to mind:
“This years harvest is not a guarenteed thing”
This phrase has been popping up at work, while driving by a field wherein preperations for planting are underway, while planning out this years garden, and what have you. At first, I didn’t pay any attention to it, but it kept coming up again and again. On the natural side of this, it’s a true statement. We have no promise that the harvest of 2010 will be as expected. Anything can happen; extensive flooding, drought, disease, unforseen changes in climate, the fulfilment of Henry Gruvers vision, and what have you. And yet, despite this knowledge, the phrase has maintained continuance and I must wonder if it’s from the Lord or just my imagination. (I think on prophetic events a lot and unwittinly open myself up to imaginations)
Something else, however, is even more intriguing and has finally resulted in the writing of this. Lately, I’ve been landing randomly on passages of scripture that deal with famine; too many for it to be coincidence. Along with planned reading, I oftentimes just “open up the bible and run with whatever is presented.” Amazingly, more understanding is found through this method than anything planned. It began when I found myself routinely landing in Nahum chapter 3, however it was enhanced when I awakened one morning and haphazardly opened up to:
Ezekiel 14:13-14 “Son of man, when the land sinneth against me by trespassing grievously, then will I stretch out mine hand upon it, and will break the staff of the bread thereof, and will send famine upon it, and will cut off man and beast from it.
Though these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job were in it, they should deliver but their own souls by their righteousness, saith the Lord GOD.”
Last week, the following came unexpectedly to the forefront; albeit not from a random turning:
Genesis 26:1-2 “And there was a famine in the land, beside the first famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went unto Abimelech king of the Philistines unto Gerar.
And the LORD appeared unto him, and said, Go not down to Egypt; dwell in the land which I shall tell thee of.”
Both of thes passages speak of famine and both of these passages also speak of Gods providence for those who love him in the midst of that famine. This post has been a wrestling for several days now and I was almost minded to let this thing go; despite randomly turning to Habakkuk 2:2-4 during lunch at work one evening. That is until this morning when I awakened. There was a marker at Ezekiel chapter 14, so I removed it and backed up a little. I unwittingly landed here:
Jeremiah 5:23-25 “But this people hath a revolting and a rebellious heart; they are revolted and gone.
Neither say they in their heart, (in their heart..hmm) Let us now fear the LORD our God, that giveth rain, both the former and the latter, in his season: he reserveth unto us the appointed weeks of the harvest.
Your iniquities have turned away these things, and your sins have withholden good things from you.”
As if this wasn’t enough, I turned back further; wondering if the same topic would again be presented. I landed on:
Job 15:23-24 “He wandereth abroad for bread, saying, Where is it? he knoweth that the day of darkness is ready at hand.
Trouble and anguish shall make him afraid; they shall prevail against him, as a king ready for the battle.”
One must back up to verse 20 to get the thrust of the above passage. Incidentally; these words are spoken by Jobs friend Eliphaz. Jobs friends did appear to have much wisdom; even though they completely misunderstood the reason for Jobs situation.
The laws of averages and chance would indicate that this is too many references to a single thing for this to just be coincidence. Whether or not there’s a famine coming or whether or not it will be this year is not something that I’m prepared to say. This is simply a reporting of what’s been transpiring lately in this venue. (Wow! I just tested the link to Henry Gruvers vision and noticed that Ezekiel 14:12-14 is mentioned at the top. I had not noticed this before; despite this link being on the “end times/ prophetic sites” page for a long time. The page was initially thrown together quickly) The primary thrust through all of this has been the need for the saints to remain in a place of hearing what the Spirit is saying, trusting in the Lords providence, and having our affections on things above. We know from scripture that the times before Jesus return will be like no other time; and yet, there will be saints standing here when he returns. I don’t know how the year 2010 will unfold, but we know that things are moving along very quickly toward their conclusion.
Well I must get ready for work. Thanks to all who have been stopping by. I’m trying to remain active in this venue for as long as possible; as in “until the guys in black show up at the door at 2:30 am and say that I have five minutes go gather some personal effects and go with them to an undisclosed location.” We jest often, but such times may be much closer than most of us think. It begs the question that oftentimes comes up in prayer. “Lord we we even have a clue as to what’s currently underway and what’s about to transpire?” How imperative it is to have our affections on things above and love not our lives in this world.
Blessings always in Jesus name.