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AND THE DRAGON WAS WROTH

September 26, 2010
Daniel 8:24-25 “And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practise, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people.
And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand.”
Revelation 1:3 “Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.”
Revelation 13:1 “And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.”
This is another visit to a question that has been at the forefront for months. “Do we have even a remote understanding as to the seriousness of the hour?” We dutifully execute the routine that’s expected of us; working, buying, selling, and filling our leisure time with an array of pastimes. We’re in church every time the doors are opened, we shout when the right song is sung, we laugh when the pastor tells a good joke, and we leave the building right on time. Day after day, week after week, and year after year, we run through the motions in a matrix where the end of the age is always “near” but never actually “here.” I’m equally guilty of this. As I write this, my heart fully expects to wake up tomorrow morning, head to Kalamazoo (after paying the electric bill) share the gospel on Rose street, pick up hay on the way home because the goats are almost out, and be at work by 3:30. Will this happen? I don’t know; we may awaken tomorrow to learn that the constitution has been suspended and that a world ruler has stepped forth. But we never expect the unthinkable to actually manifest. Despite knowing the lateness of the hour, despite our continual monitoring of a beast system that’s all but completed, and despite our profession that every word from Genesis to Revelation is divinely inspired, we go about our tasks as though every tomorrow is going to resemble every yesterday.
We watch as, step by methodical step, the machinery for global governance is installed and activated. We observe as our contemporaries who receive not the love of the truth are being prepared to embrace a false deliverer. And yet, so long as there appears to be “a few steps remaining” between now, and the moment when “he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand or in their foreheads,” we set the consideration aside in favor of more pressing issues. (like paying the electric bill and purchasing hay for the goats.) Despite the perception of continuance; despite the fact that such talk has gone on for generations ( Sir Isaac Newton lived in a time when many saints believed that theirs was the final generation) despite witnessing one detailed timeline after another be discredited when events didn’t manifest as expected, the integrity of scripture remains solid. This means that a moment will arrive when the Restrainer is removed and a son of perdition will be permitted to make his move. Every person who is alive at that moment will have to make a choice. They will either have to embrace this world ruler, or maintain the testimony of  Jesus Christ.
There is an incredible danger associated with the pre-tribulation rapture teaching. (Which I adamently supported prior to April of 2004.) If one is expecting to be raptured away before all of these things take place, and suddenly they have to choose between feeding their household or standing for Jesus, that person will be in a situation which they’ve not prepared for. A person who embraces a pre-tribulation rapture will not prepare for enduring conditions such as those which transpire in the tribulation; any more than a person in Constantine will see to it that their roof is strong enough to withstand hurricane force winds. We must search the scriptures diligently; whether these things are so; not only on this issue, but on all things seen in part. None of us have a complete picture of the things being discussed here.
 This is something that I had to come to terms with in the spring of 2004. I was in the back room and began to seriously inquire as to the timing of Jesus return. (not the day and the hour, but rather it’s place in the order of prophetic fulfilment) A simple prayer was offered…”Lord, if this is true, then this is how it’s going to transpire; rather I believe it or not. If it’s true, I ask, in Jesus name, that you would prepare me for whatever I may have to face in the days ahead.” Of all the navigational corrections that the Lord has had to make in my life over the years, this was one of the most dramatic. The result was the incredible peace of God on a level never before known and an enhacerd desire to be as close to Jesus as possible. This does not mean everything is figured out, but my trust is in Jesus and not  in escaping the trial of my faith. (which no previous generation was able to do)
 One more thing before concluding. It involves CRs brief employment at Graphic Packaging  in Kalamazoo, during the late spring and early summer. He had been out of work for some time and, with a wife and three children (the oldest of which is nine) the finaicial situation was becoming critical. A position was secured with this manufacturer and it looked to be an answer to prayer. Until he learned that they utilized hand scanners. One had to place their hand, palm down, on this scanning device and it determined if the person was supposed to have access to the facility. CR was so disturbed by this that he nearly refused to accept the position. During the two weeks prior to starting, we discussed this. “Do you think this is like taking the mark?” he would inquire. Of course, not being directly involved, I was at greater liberty to theolagize. My reply was that the mark, whatever form it manifests, will be a global thing. Such technology will certainly play a role in the final network that will make it impossible to buy or sell without allegiance to the antichrist,however, this single incident isn’t it. 
This caused a lot of cogitation on the part of us both. While I was certain that my observation was accurate, I didn’t want to mislead anyone. (These are incredibly dangerous times) Then a greater realization came forth. There will be a time when we’ll have to make a decision like this; only it won’t be a dress rehearsal. There will be a real beast who, in the eyes of those under strong delusion, will appear to be an entity of light. He will demand real allegiance and he will put into place a real mark which, in order to buy or sell, one will have to accept. Real households will be divided, saints will be betrayed by loved ones, and heads will roll. One has only to observe the ambience to know that this moment is fastly approaching.
Revelation 12:17 “And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.”
“I know that this has become an often-visited topic, however, the urgency is overwhelming. The great falling away is acellerating and multitudes are asleep. Within the walls of our cathedrals, a seeker sensitive gospel has largely replaced the blood of Jesus and taking up ones cross, while our cities are filling up with souls who are at their wits end. Jesus described the time of tribulation as exceeding every other season of upheaval; both before and after. And yet, despite the events that lie in our future, we should not be discouraged or fearful. These considerations should cause us to draw close to the Lord and examine ourselves. They should provoke us to forsake eveything that’s frivillous and be about our Fathers business. These events should motivate us to store treasure in heaven instead of accumulating mountains of wood, hay, and stubble. This is where we’ll find peace and unspeakable joy. This is where we’ll be able to truly love not our lives in this world as we patiently wait for the moment when we enter into the presence of the Lord. And as I Thessalonians reads, “so shall we ever be with the Lord.”
 I Thessalonians 4:18 “Wherefore comfort one another with these words.”
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, which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.”
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10 comments

  1. I also think often of the dyas ahead of us,and it’s a fact that we will see and go through more than we are ready for.This is also made clear in Matthew 24 which I read often.Yuo’re so right we to have got caught up in doing our thing more than seeking God’s will for now.Each day brings us closer and closer to the coming of our Lord Jesus,but before that we will go through some hard test.Only God knows how much weill endure before Jesus returns but we’ve been warned to watch and pray and to stay faithful to God.It’s so sad to hear of so many Christians complaining about what’s going on in the world now,but if we live long enough we will see worst things happen than we have.God will do whaever is necessary to get his peoples attention,because it is not his will that any should perish.And as Chistians we should know this,trouble and hard times draw us closer to God so that we will want to do his will,and draws others to Christ for repentence to salvation.I truly enjoyed your post and have a wonderful day.


  2. last trumpet is out


  3. Hi Pat. Thanks for taking time to stop by. You bring up an important point. Hard times draw us closer to God which subsequently will draw others to Jesus. This was on my hear last evening; how we often view events from a “now” perspective, while God sees the whole picture . He operates from the eternal perspective. Late in the evening, I found myself praying “Lord…Romans 8:28 really is true. We quote it all the time, but often don’t apply the truth of it to our own situations.”

    I felt kind of strange when words like that came up in prayer. (I mean; OF COURSE ROmans 8:28 IS TRUE) But it was like the truth contained in this familiar passage was manifest in my heart on a deeper level.

    Thanks again for stopping by. Blessings always in Jesus name.


  4. Hi Code. Thanks for the update. I have to get the printer hooked up again so that I can resume copying the newsletter. To be honest, I’ve not taken copies into work since the June issue and this is neglegence on my part.

    I keep Samuel D in prayer; asking primarily that he’ll be hearing from the Lord and responsive to the will of God. In such a situation, there would be a natural tendancy to remain consistant to the issues and format that David Meyer was known for. I truly believe that Samuel is doing fine and if he stays atuned to the Holy Spirit, it will be reflected each month.

    When Pastor Meyer was taken from us in June, I knew right away that we were entering a different season. May we all be atuned and watching.

    I’m keeping everyone in prayer. Blessings always in Jesus name.


  5. Hi Timbob

    I have only just had the chance to stop by today to read this post. It never ceases to amaze me how the same issues appear at the same time half the world away. Only a few days prior to your posting this, I posted some links to scanning technology which I discovered cropping up in local stores. Truely these things are being ushered in at an alarming rate preparing the way for the mark. It is so obvious, it is incredible. I must say, I was excited after discovering the scanner in the store…I knew my Lord was coming soon! 😀

    In light of this, I read a scripture this morning which pertains to this exactly:

    “You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.” James 5:8

    In this hour we are to “establish our hearts”. Establish = set up on a permanent basis; make secure or permanent; prove; cause to be accepted. This speaks of securing what we believe and being fixed foundationally in Christ that we may be able to stand in the face of end time events.

    You have admonished us many times, Timbob, and it has never been more pertinent than it is today. We need it more than ever.

    Thanks again for a great post. (Sorry for the lengthy reply – sometimes I get carries away 😛 )

    Blessings.


  6. Hi Timbob

    I have only just had the chance to stop by today to read this post. It never ceases to amaze me how the same issues appear at the same time half the world away. Only a few days prior to your posting this, I posted some links to scanning technology which I discovered cropping up in local stores. Truely these things are being ushered in at an alarming rate preparing the way for the mark. It is so obvious, it is incredible. I must say, I was excited after discovering the scanner in the store…I knew my Lord was coming soon! 😀

    In light of this, I read a scripture this morning which pertains to this exactly:

    “You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.” James 5:8

    In this hour we are to “establish our hearts”. Establish = set up on a permanent basis; make secure or permanent; prove; cause to be accepted. This speaks of securing what we believe and being fixed foundationally in Christ that we may be able to stand in the face of end time events.

    You have admonished us many times, Timbob, and it has never been more pertinent than it is today. We need it more than ever.

    Thanks again for a great post. (Sorry for the lengthy reply – sometimes I get carried away 😛 )

    Blessings.


  7. Oops – I couldn’t have done that any worse! Argh! Sorry.


  8. Hi timbob, while I am still a pre-trib believer, you brought up a point that made me think. I appears that we all do sometimes put more faith in that supposition that tomorrow is certain than we do in trusting the ways of God. No one is guaranteed a minute more in this life and yet we ALL live as if we do. I keep watching the skies because somehow, in the midst of all my own plans, I just know he is coming to call us very soon!!


  9. Hi Fivepeas. I like the way that you approached the situation with the scanners. It all points to the soon return of Jesus. And as the scripture that you mention states, we must establish our hearts now and not when things get dicey. This falls in line with much of what’s been on my heart over the past two days. Thanks.

    Oh; and I’ve double-commented in a few places. At first i thought it was just from my getting accustomed to this smaller keyboard, but I think that it may be a wordpress issue. (or….maybe they are watching us)

    Thanks for stopping by. Blessings always in Jesus name.


  10. Hi Marianne. You hit on the primary thing; to just keep watching; knowing that Jesus will be with us always. So much isn happening and we all see a portion of the whole. To look to Jesus always and, if something transpires in a way unexpected, to be in a place spiritually that it doesn’t throw us off. As events continue to unfold all of us are going to see things which don’t conform to what we kinda expected. (To use a Morgan term; she says “kinda” a lot lol)

    Thanks so much for stopping by and highlighting the importance of always looking to the skies.

    Blessings always in Jesus name.



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