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THE PROMISE OF HIS COMING

July 19, 2010
Revelation 1:7 “Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.”
Revelation 16:15 “Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.”
It’s the moment that every true saint longs for; that being the time when Jesus returns and establishes the millenial reign. It will usher in a season wherein this present world will be void of iniquity and injustice. It will be a moment wherein those who embraced a lie will no longer be able to deny that Jesus Christ is indeed King of kings, and Lord of lords as they cry out to the rocks to fall on them. When Jesus appears, there will be no controversy as to what’s taking place. The time of great tribulation will be ended, the beast and the false prophet will become the first two occupants of the lake of fire, and Satan will be bound for a thousand years, during which time he will be unable to deceive another. Those who maintained the testimony of Jesus while loving not their lives in this world, will put on incorruption and reign with the Lord Jesus; forever abiding in his presence. Those who rejected him or were “almost persuaded” will be destroyed by the brightness of his coming and will forever regret having neglected such a great salvation.
For a person who dies in their sins, there’s an aspect so horrific that it surpasses even the unquenchable flames, gnashing of teeth, and all loss of hope for better times ahead. The most tormenting thing of all has to be the knowledge that they didn’t have to end up in that state. I pray that the Lord would grant each of us a greater understanding of just how serious this is.
Over the past several days, I’ve been thinking about the various ways that people consider the truth that the return of Jesus is drawing ever closer and that the moment will arrive when every eye shall behold him. It seems that the vast majority of folks don’t really think about it at all. The illusion of continuance, coupled with the worlds array of continuing sagas and lustings which can never be satisfied, has them hard wired to this temporal matrix. Even as they approach the natural end of their allotment of days, many give little heed to matters of eternal significance, other than to occasionally brush through enough ideology to convince themselves that “they’re ok” before returning to their passions. Any inquiry of their spiritual state will usually be met with intense resistance as most people view themselves to be “basically good.” And just as they have no desire to objectively contemplate eternal matters, they likewise give no thought to the return of Jesus. The following passage is as accurate as it is familiar:
II Peter 3:3-4 “Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own ungodly lusts,
And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.”
They love their lives in this present world and are beholden to the lusts thereof. Subsequently, they point to the appearance of continuance in an attempt to keep from thinking about such things. II Peter 3:5 explains that they are “willingly ignorant” as they refuse to give thought to anything that threatens their pseudo-reality. Proverbs 16:2 points out that “All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes.” Subsequently, they are quick to label such considerations as “doom and gloom talk” as it exposes the frailty of all that they have been holding in high regard and sheds light on their true sinful nature. Unless the Lord grants them repentance, these will eventually fall for a strong delusion which seems to meet all of the requirements of logic and well-being for all. They will then support efforts to silence any who dare take a stand for the truth; even to the point of abandoning natural affection, as the truth will appear in their eyes to be the problem. (And a mans foes shall be they of his own household.) These are so given over to their lusts that, even when profound judgment is being poured out upon the earth, they will refuse to repent of their deeds.
I think that we tend to seriously underestimate how strong the deceptions of antichrist will be. To those who are lost, he will appear to be the one who has all of the answers; even to the point that folks will ask “who could possibly be against this guy?”  Meanwhile, the saints will appear to be the backward ones who are believing things that will seem to have been solidly discredited. During this time, our testimony of Jesus will have to continue, when all of the collaborating evidence seems to support a false way. False signs and wonders will also seem to give credibility to this brave new system. And yet, if we abide in Christ, he is able to make us stand, even in the midst of great tribulation when the whole world has wondered after a beast. It bears repeating, that, we must consistantly examine ourselves to ensure that we’re not harboring a seed of unbelief concerning our faith in Christ. A seed of unbelief can lie hidden for years; only to rise up and lead to shipwreck when the hour of temptation is suddenly before us.
For the saints, this is just a single aspect of the perils that face us. There are other dangers that focuses primarily on those who consider issues of prophetic and eternal significance. One is that of being deceived by a false Christ or falling for doctrines that lead away from the truth. The warnings that Jesus gave us in Matthew chapter 24 clearly define a time of such deception that, if it were possible, the very elect would fall for them. Again, these deceptions seem logical and beneficial for the greater good, and will be accompanied by supernatural demonstration. We know that signs will follow them that believe, however, we must not allow supernatural manifestation to be the primary test of authenticity. We are also warned to not believe someone who tells us that Jesus is “over here or over there there.” It seems obvious at the moment, but in times of tribulation, many will fall for such deceptions. Especially vulnerable are those who emphatically embrace a pre-tribulation rapture doctrine as many of them have never given thought to the idea that they may have to one day lose their heads for the testimony of Jesus.
Again, as this is being written, the seriousness of this issue is so profound that adequate words of description are not to be found. To many, it’s just a theological disagreement (as in “can’t we all just agree to disagree”) but I view the pre-tribulation rapture teaching as being one of the most dangerous doctrines to ever enter the church. There are various differences in beliefs concerning the time of the end that aren’t really dangerous. (We all see through a glass darkly.) But the pre-tribulation rapture dortrine is causing multitudes to not prepare spiritually for the times ahead. Whenever end times conversation is met with a response such as “oh don’t worry brother; we’re not going to be here,” we know that we’re in the presence of one who’s not actively preparing spiritually for such events. These may well become the harshest opponents of those who are standing for truth and are determined to hold fast the testimony of Jesus. I write of this as one who once embraced that doctrine but is now miraculously delivered.
 As we draw closer to the time of Jesus return, or the time of our departure from this world via the way of the grave, (either way, time is running out for each of us) it’s imperative to be close to Jesus and to ensure that our heart is residing completely in heavenly places. It’s imperative to not be given to sensationalism or endless debating, but to diligently seek the Lord for proper understanding of what lies ahead. I was planning to delve into the dangers associated with sensationalism and “fill-in-the-blanks prophetic teaching, but this post is already way too long. I am compelled, however to discuss a portion of scripture that goes along with this in a follow-up posting. Lord willing, this can be addressed later this week. I’ll also make a serious effort to make the rounds of other sites. I know that we’re in a different season now, but I truly miss the routine communication with others while reading what the Lord has placed on their hearts. Until then, blessings always in Jesus name.
Revelation 20:4 “And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands: and they lived with christ a thousand years.”
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2 comments

  1. hi timbob! I randomly clicked on the Christianity link on wordpress and saw your blog on that page. I am so glad to have been reminded; i simply must get back to keeping in touch with your blog. I was on a blog reading fast of sorts (for a few years!) but i am now ready to again visit a few of the many which are a blessing of encouragement for saints, in these times we are in.

    I am so thankful, reading this blog post. Yes i also believe the Pre-trib rapture is one of the most dangerous doctrines to enter the visible church. God is giving the lost space to repent but also the saints space to prepare for what is ahead, that we may by His grace live out Rev.12:11 (and Rev.20:4)for love for Christ.

    What has the Lord placed on my heart? The honest truth is, that after 26 years, 6 months ago, He has moved me to come out of the institutional corporate church (and yes, still fellowship with the ekklesia) to separate unto Him and to learn from Him, to learn once again to have intimate abiding fellowship with Him, and to live for and serve Christ, rather than a manmade “IT” (man centered corporate business enterprise). The pressure to conform to beliefs and practices that are traditions of men became too much–(it was conflict against my conscience and the Spirit), i had to choose, and I choose Christ. This was for me a calling to walk with Him on the narrow path, away from overwhelming apostacy in the popular (visible) church. I am free indeed. with love, Loretta


  2. Hi Loretta. It’s so good to hear from you. I’ve been struggling to keep up in this venue due to other goings on, however, Lord willing, this can continue.

    One thing is for certain. We are witnessing the separating between the sheep and the goats. I know of several others who have likewise been called out of the institutions that are referred to as church.

    I’ll probably mess this up, but I once heard it explained like this. Christianity began as a movement. The Greeks turned it into a philosophy. The Romans turned it into an institution. And the Americans turned it into an enterprise. These are strange times indeed, and yet the Lord knows them who love him and who think about him continually.

    I’ll stop by when time permits. It’s really great to hear from you.

    Blessings always in Jesus name.



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