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OCCUPY TILL I COME

July 22, 2010
Matthew 24:14 “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.”
How imperative it is to understand the times in which we live; being aware of the tactics which the enemy will employ and determining in our hearts to hold fast the testimony of Jesus no matter what. Never has it been more important to keep our hearts with all diligence. There is, however, a tendancy to become so focused on what’s soon to take place that we may unwittingly neglect addressing the tragedy that’s unfolding around us daily. If we are truly watching for the return of the Lord Jesus, we’ll also be aware of what the implications. When Jesus returns, multitudes will be unprepared as their response concerning the great salvation will be etched into the fabric of the everlasting. Each day, souls are slipping into eternity without having been born of the Spirit. I apolagize for sounding like a broken record, but, “there are souls in hell at this very moment who were very much alive yesterday.” Last week, I drove past the scene of a horrific accident at the intersection of US 131 and M 60. A mid-sized car had been broadsided by a truck that had been travelling at a high rate of speed. Although I do not know the outcome, such incidents remind us that “we never know when a persons final moment is about to play out.”
Over the past couple of weeks, the first chapter of the book of Acts has been in the forefront as it sheds light both on the return of Jesus and what we are to be doing in during the time of our sojourning.:
Acts 1:1-3 “The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach.
Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen.
To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infalliable proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.”
The time of Jesus earthly ministry was unparalleled in all of history, prompting John to write “that if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written.” The time following the resurrection of Jesus was equally incredible as is shown by the above passage. (Not to mention the saints of old appearing to many, as is mentioned in Matthew 27:52-53.) We are brought to the moment when Jesus is to be taken up into heaven and he is instructing the disciples:
Acts 1:4-5 “And being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me.
For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.”
The importance of this defies explanation and reveals that we truly cannot do what we are supposed to be doing in our own power. We need to be filled with the Holy Ghost and walk in the Spirit continually. In the course of this instruction, a question is posed that, in light of all that had already transpired, seemed very logical.
Acts 1:6 “When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?”
Just like us, they were pondering the future playing out of events; not understadning that a church age lasting over two thousand years lie ahead. Jesus quickly returns them to the issue at hand:
Acts 1:7-8 “And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.
But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”
This is similar to the following passage, wherein the prophet Daniel made inquiry of a similar nature:
Daniel 12:8-9 “And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things?
And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.”
Such cogitations are very relevant to those of us who are literally watching a beast system manifest before our eyes. And yet we must be about the task at hand. We must be contionually walking in the Spirit and compelling whosoever has ears to hear to know the Lord Jesus while there’s still time. In the next set of verses are enlightening:
Acts 1:9-11″And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was received up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.
And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold two men stood by in white apparel;
Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.
This was not only a comfort for the disciples, it was an indication of what the final generation should expect. While the return of Jesus will be as a thief in the night, will not be a secret event. Every eye shall behold him and everyone will know what’s taking place. This is imperative as we know that many false Christs shall rise up and deceive many. As the day approaches, they will appear like chaff; seeking to obscure the truth with an array of falsehoods. I use the word “chaff” because, while writing the previous sentence, a particular military tactic from my days in the navy came to mind. “Chaff” was a canister filled with tiny metalic particles. During a combat situation, these canisters were launched into the atmosphere, where they were detonated; thereby sending the pieces of metalic substance in all directions. The intent was to fill an enemies radar screens with so many readings that they couldn’t tell which blips were real and which were nothing more than strategically placed debris. The devil is continuously attempting to fill our spiritual radar screen with so many blips that we lose sight of the authentic.
It’s imperative to seek the Lord for clarity as spiritual chaff fills the atmosphere and the groundwork for a great falling away is firmly in place. We must be watching at all times; being careful to not over-interpret events, or resort to hyper-sensatinalism, but to properly discern what’s transpiring. Such understanding from on high will enable us to place our priorities in order and lay aside all that is frivilous. We dare not take lightly the seriousness of the hour.
Well I’ll close for now as, once again, things have become lengthy. The August issue of the Last trumpet Newsletter is posted and is entitled
A CONTAMINATED WORLD IN TRAVAIL
This is the first issue written exclusively by Samuel D. Meyer. It’s been in my heart to keep him in fervent prayer as he continues the work of sheding light on the events of the day and their prophetic implications. I perceive that he’s feeling a little overwhelmed, however, God is able to make him stand and grant discernment concerning the events that are unfolding. As we approach the time of the end and are aware of the conditions that will preceed the return of our Savior, we must walk in the Spirit continually. Below is another link to a post from Michael Boldea entitled:
THE CLOAK
This is a thorough exposing of the prosperity driven message that has permeated so much of the church. With feigned words, the merchandisers have entered in and are destroying many. Just a side note; on July 22, 2006, this venture into the blogosphere was launched. (I began on Blogger and then moved here in September of 2006) This marks the conclusion of four years in this venue. How much longer it will continue is a mystery. It’s on my heart to continue, however, we never know what tomorrow may bring. The passage at the bottome of this post has been referred to much during the course of this blog, however, I’m compelled to reference it again.
Blessings always in Jesus name.
II Corinthians 4:18 “While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal: but the things which are not seen are eternal.”
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6 comments

  1. I believe you have hit upon the Lord’s call to us to be sober and be diligent in prayer. How do we move with the Spirit in prudence, navigating between “over-interpreting” and dismissing all concept of a spiritual world? If we become too wrapped up in “seeing into the spirit-realm,” we run the risk of falling into mysticism and giving credence to the enemy of our souls in situations when, by our own evil desires, we are dragged away and enticed (as James 1 says). However, the opposite end of the spectrum dismisses God’s intimate involvement with the physical earth, and blinds us to looking for that city whose builder and maker is God–leading us to ingratitude and faithlessness. May the Father bless us with eyes to see and ears to hear!


  2. You beat me to the Last Trumpet this month. But glad his son is continuing his ministry.


  3. Hi Timbob,

    I have learned something new here about the word “chaff”. Thanks for this analogy which is good at explaining how the enemy of our souls tries to side track us. The battle truly is in our minds, and more than ever, we need to have our thoughts marinating in the true, holy and perfect Word of God. May the Lord help us to keep our eyes focused clearly on Him in these last days.

    Have a blessed day.

    Carol


  4. Hi Chrystal. Sorry for taking so long to reply. You have hit at the core of an important issue; that being one of clarity. To see the picture as it truly is. We serve a God who works supernaturally, howevr, the enemy is good at imitating that which is authentic. The primary thing is to be close to Jesus and know that he’ll grant discrnment on such matters. Hebrews 5:14 comes to mind wherein it talks of those who “through use” have their senses exercised to diecern both good and evil.

    Thanks so much for stopping by. Blessings always in Jesus name


  5. Hi Code. The words from the end of Roamns 14:4 keep coming back as I consider this situation. “for God is able to make him stand.” Samuel must be feeling overwhelmed, but it’s the Lords work and he will sustain those who are to carry it out. My prayer is that Samuel will be hearing from on high in the months to come.

    Thanks so much for stopping by, Blessings always in Jesus name.


  6. Hi Carol. Thanks so much for stopping by. It’s interesting that, prior to this post, I had forgotten all about the chaff launchers on the ship. Of the many memories from that time; most of them centered around the incredible fellowship on the ship, the chaff launchers had just never made the cut.

    Until now.

    Truly we are in perilous times and must be aware of the distractions that the enemy will launch in our direction.

    Blessings always in Jesus name.



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