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We’ve been…..Watching you…..Mr. Anderson

October 11, 2010
Revelation 2:10 “Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.”
When one considers the progression of technology; not only the life changing aspects of each new enhancement, but also the  rate at which these enhancements are introduced, a single concern stands out as being the most ominous.  “There is, or soon will be, no place to hide. There will come a time when no financial transaction will be anonymous and no geographical position will be “off the radar screen.” Increasingly, interaction with the internet is a requirement for filling out resumes, school work paying bills, staying in contact with others (seriously; who mails a letter these days?) and what have you. And as social networking continues to grow at an astonishing rate (the last I knew, Facebook had more than 500 million subscribers) private information will be “at the ready” for those bringing with them a sinister agenda. With little effort, the agents of this new order will be (are) able to identify and locate resistors. Most of the incriminating evidence will have been offered up freely by those who are just “fascinated with this technology.”
We know that cell phones can be located with a few feet and lately the news has been awash with stories about criminal trials in which e-mails and text messages play a pivotal role. Everything that we have ever placed out here is accesible to those holding the proper clearances and many of us have made a myriad of anti-antichrist statements on our respective sites. A humorous exchange transpired Sunday evening as Matthew, Ryan, and I went out for a walk. Following our departure from the house, Mrs timbob, Morgan, and Megan left in the van to take care of some business in Three Rivers. During our walk, I received a call from Mrs timbob asking if everything was ok. She had seen several police cars on U.S. 131 heading toward Constantine with their sirens blaring. I jokingly replied “maybe they found my blog.” And yet while I was being light about the situation (Mrs timbob didn’t find my comment amusing) the truth is that senarios of this nature could well await us in the days ahead.
Perhaps it would be prudent to depart this venue, however, such caution may well result in someone somewhere not receiving a much needed admonishment. A situation that was told of in Brother Andrews book “Secret Believers” has remained with me ever since I read it a few years ago. It was a statement made by brother Andrew to a saint in a muslim country who was hesitant to let others know about his faith in Jesus. Brother Andrew gently explained how the seriousness of salvation requires that we sometimes “place ourselves in harms way” in order to reach the lost. (That saint was in a position of authority and later on, he aided the escape of several saints who had been targeted by that nations Islamic government) I remember the testimonies of house churches springing up behind the iron curtain during the cold war era. Despite the government placing secret agents throughout society, and despite the treatment of any new converts (Christianity was treated as a mental illness) the churches continued to grow. Each time these saints shared the gosepl with another, they did so knowing that the person could be an informant.
I just did a search for Sergei Kourdekov, with the intent of linking to information, but the engine came up with no results. (I may be spelling it wrong) Several years ago, I read his testimony. He had been a Soviet naval officer who, during his schooling at the naval academy in Petropavlovsk, was also involved in rounding up newly discovered saints. He stated that, in the beginning, they found a few here and there. As time went on, however, the numbers of those being rounded up kept increasing. The authorites were bewildered and wondered how this could be possible. Years later, Sergei defected to the west; jumping off a Soviet ship and miraculously making it to Canadas Pacific coast. Later on, he believed on the Lord Jesus and began to share his story. Shortly before his death, he had stated to others that, when he was found, it would look like either an accident or a suicide.
It seems alien to most of us; that we could one day be rounded up in the middle of the night. Yet we know the times in which we live as we witness the gradual implementation of a global governing framework. The principles outlined in the opening passage weren’t exclusive to the saints in Smyrna. We place in this venue, the contents of our heart. The “whole” of who views it is a mystery, however, we can be assured that occasionally an opposer of truth will stumble upon our electronic trail. We know that key words are flagged and their sources identified. And once again, the familiar passage of Revelation 12:11 comes to mind. There really is no place to hide. We could unplug from the internet. We could rearrange our lives so that we buy everything with cash and completely minimize our interaction with the electronic beast. We could move to the mountains and live off the land (how many of us could actually live off the land if we had to? Were aleardy “tied in” to a degree) But those options are quickly dissipating. At some point, Revelation 13:16-17 will come to fruition. At some point we will have to save our lives; not by running to a bomb shelter or hiding in the desert, but “by the blood of the lamb, by the word of our testimony, and by loving not our lives unto the death.”   
Last week on a Coast to Coast broadcast, George Noory talked with a guy who follows the latest advances in electronics along with the subsequent trends that they foster. he discussed everthing from the new X-Box system coming out to the latest advances in cell phone technology. Near the conclusion of the interview, George inquired “what will our lives be like five years from now?” The guy spoke words to the effect that practically every aspect of our lives will be routed through the internet. His outlook suggested that, apart from the web, it will be impossible to function in society or even sustain ones self.  This brave new world was spoken of with an excitement that could not be contained. Such is how many, if not most view all of the latest editions of better living through science. We love the convenience, but rarely consider how such a thing could be utilized to control the masses.
And we know that a time is coming when all who wish to continue functioning in this present world will have to receive a mark. Anyone who refuses will be instantly exposed as being in opposition to the beast system and beheaded. Most of us cannot even fathom such a manifestation; let alone consider that we may one day have to lose our heads in order to possess our souls. I know that, as of late, this topic has become dominant on this blog; seemingly to the point of vain repetition. And yet, this is what has been impressed upon me to write about. It’s why every planned series of posts about a specific topic fails to be completed. Each post has to involve what has been placed on my heart at a given moment. And over the past few weeks; striving to relay the seriousness of what we are soon to face in its completed form has been weighing heavily. My sincere prayer is that all who stop by will seek to be in close to the Lord Jesus, and not become astonished when the beast is permitted to make war with the saints and prevail against them.  
Matthew 10:26-31 “Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid that shall not be known.
What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops.
And fear not them which kill the body; but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall to the ground without your father.
But the very hairs of your head are numbered.
Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.
To let go of this present world, from our heart, and have our affections set on things above, is imperative. This world is soon to pass away and regardless of what form of trials we must face, they are for a very brief season. A season that, when compared to the fabric of the everlasting, is as nothing. May we all be of sober mind and watching as we fulfil our testimony in this world.
Blessings always in Jesus name.
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2 comments

  1. The hardest part I think is to be able to accept that picking up your cross to follow him may mean death/torture/pain, etc. I oftentimes think about those who are in prison NOW that are persecuted for their faith in other countries. I cannot imagine. It is truly a supernatural place that you have to get to. I read the book, “Tortured for Christ” by Wurbrand (sp?). He’s the Romanian Jew who founded Voice of the Martyrs. Incredible hero who was sold out for Jesus up until his death.


  2. Hi Code. It is definately as you state; “a supernatural place” that we must get to if we’re to stand under such conditions. If we’re staying close to Jesus, I truly believe that the grace will be there, right on time, when such events transpire.

    Corey Ten Boom explained it like this. As a child, she told her father that she wasn’t sure if she was stong enough to give her life for Jesus. Her dad asked her “when you need money to pay the train fare, when do I give it to you? Two weeks before?” Coreys reply was “no; you give it to me right before I board the train.” Her dad went on to explain how Gods grace is much the same way. The grace to endure will be right on time. As we know, years later, Corey survived a Nazi concentration camp.

    When we think of all the saints who endured unfathomable circumstances in years gone by, we can be assured that the grace of God will be sufficient for anything that we may face.

    The book that I mentioned earlier; I didn’t have the title exactly right. It’s called “Demon: A Memoir” It’s written by Tosca Lee and is available through Amazon and other venues. My understanding is that this story uses a demons perspective to relay scriptural truths. The post that I learned of this is http://lovegracepeace.wordpress.com/2010/10/14/distracted-with-stuff/ It’s a great post.

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



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