This post will focus on two passages of scripture that have been on my heart for several days. First, however, it’s necessary to establish a few links, beginning with the December issue of the last trumpet Newsletter, entitled WORLDLY SLAVERY OR SPIRITUAL FREEEDOM? Please keep Samuel Meyer in prayer as he continues to bring us this monthly newsletter. Here are some other links:
OMEGAMAN and STEVE QUAYLE Nov.27,2010 This interview is archived and available to any with ears to hear. At the time of this broadcast, events were heating up off the coast of Korea, however, U.S. military units in the area had been ordered to stand down. (A contradiction to be sure; something strange is going on) The broadcast focuses primarily on whats facing the saints in the days ahead, the incredible apostasy in the land, and the third hour is devoted primarily to warfare prayer with Romy entering the dialogue. (Romy is an intercessor who spends several hours daily before the Lord)
WE HAVE BEEN BEWITCHED (dontbefooled666) This post discusses how we have all been seduced by a pseudo-reality through the media and a plethura of distractions that keep our attention on that which is not real. Please visit this posting which paints a sad-but accurate picture of our present state.
IS YOUR TV STEALING YOUR SOUL? (dontbefooled666) This post identifies the dangers of sitting in front of images with our minds in “comfortably numb” mode. This danger seems all the more profound with the new high definition technology. I watch very little tv, but even the few programs (very very few) which seem harmless and even informational have an almost hypnotic effect. One sits before what seems a worthwhile broadcast and the next thing they know, three or four hours have seemingly vanished.
THE FALLLING AWAY (rjperalta) This posting identifies the apostasy that’s transpiring even as this is being written and read by others. We often think of this in futureistic terms, however, it’s been going on for quite a while. Without a doubt, the falling away is gaining momentum as the separating between the sheep and the goats becomes manifest.
The final three links are to a September 8 broadcast featuring Omegaman and Nathan Leal. Susana alerted me to these in a comment on the previous post. The information presented here is so important that I wanted to link to them a second time:
This is an unusual time of day for me to be operating in the cyber-reality. Following the conclusion of the broadcast mentioned in the first link, I was in prayer and continued so as I went to bed. I was unable to sleep; not so much from the broadcast, but rather from two familiar passages that have been on my heart for days. I was minded to do write at a more normal time, but this refuses go away. (And then matthew woke up; ensuring that my venture into the land of nod would not be forthcoming) The first passage is:
Luke 6:25 “Woe unto you that are full! for ye shall suffer hunger. Woe unto you that laugh now! for ye shall mourn and weep.”
When one considers the surrounding context of this, it becomes even more astonishing. We are told to rejoice when we suffer persecution and want for the cause of Christ. Indeed the trial of our faith is more precious than gold (I Peter 1:7) and will result in everlasting treasure. Prolonged seasons of plenty, however, can lull us into a precarious situation. Many of us in the west have never suffered extreme want or persecution and few professing saints with whom I have contact will even consider the idea that “this age is coming to its conclusion.” To one degree or another, we buy into the illusion of continuance because it’s all that we’ve ever known. The mail has always arrived, the consitution has always been seen viewed as infalliable, the military has maintained a “superpower status” for as long as we can remember, and every economic downturn has been followed by a recovery. The media rehearses the globalist party line and we take comfort in the notion that a jobless recovery will benefit us all.
But this passage goes far deeper than material availability, or the lack thereof. It actually addresses the conditions of ones heart and a relentless pursuing of comfort. It speaks of those whose god is their belly and who mind earthly things. Today in the west we have a church that loves pleasure and acquisition. Thoughts of persecution for the cause of Christ, betrayal by neighbors and loved ones, or firey trials that leave them within an inch of crossing over, are never given consideration. (after all; the pastor said that we weren’t going to be here and we sowed a hefty seed-faith offering) I seriously inquire “Lord how do you see us?” I’ve been visiting this much because while we spend our days buying, selling, consuming, and engineering our private empire, those of like faith in other lands are being counted as sheep for the slaughter. This land is soon to experience in full, the consequences of rampant sin and striving to put God out of remembrance. Here’s the second passage that’s been at the forefront:
I Peter 1:17-18 “For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it begin at us, what shall be the end of them that obey not the gospel of God?
And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and sinner appear?”
“If the righteous scarcely be saved” reveals the seriouslness of the judgment that awaits all who have been born of the Spirit. Every step will be counted as we give account of words, attitudes, how we spend our allotment of days, and how we utilized our resources. A minute lost is gone forever. Three hours spent in front of a television can be repented of, but never reclaimed. This is all the more profound when we consider the contemporaries in our ambience who are without God and facing an eternity of relentless torment. I visit this a lot. When at home, I consider the spiritual situation in my own household and know that I’m largely responsible for the current state. At work, I too easily retreat into my own little world or select goofing around over being ready to share Jesus at the drop of a hat. In the streets, upon seeing the despair that so many are living in, I’m reminded of just how little I do for the kingdom of God.
II Corinthians 5:10-11 “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.
Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.”
Well I need to be going for now. It’s after 7:00 am and I’ve pulled an all-nighter. (When Matthew is awake, someone has to stay awake with him.) The hour is so late and the issue is so serious. I know in my heart that the illusion of stability in the theater of atoms is about to be shattered and multitudes will be caught off guard. May we place our complete confidence in Jesus and be atuned to the holy Spirit at all times. Letting go of the temporal issues that serve only to distract and seeking every opportunity to be about our Fathers business.