Monday, September 01, 2008

All These Things That Shall Come to Pass

The Bible speaks about many things that "shall come to pass" Here's a list of some of them:

and what sign will there be when these things shall come to pass?

-many shall come in Jesus' name, saying, I am Christ
-wars and commotions
-Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom:
-great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.
-ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death. And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake.
-ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies
-Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.
-there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;
-Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken

The list above comes from Luke 21, everything on the list "shall come to pass." Now, after laying out the list of everything that "shall come to pass," what does Jesus say?

Luke 21:28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

Question: have these things BEGUN to come to pass? You bet they have, so what should we be doing? Answer: lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

Does Jesus stop there? Nope, he goes on to say in verse 36 Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.

Here's the deal. There's a group of people alive today that has the following characteristics:

They are WATCHING for Jesus
They are PRAYING SPECIFICALLY that they may be accounted worthy to ESCAPE ALL the things in the list that Jesus spoke about above.

There are many in the world today who want to bury Luke 21:36, to act like it had never been written. It is a HUGE monkey wrench in their machinery. These people DO NOT BELIEVE that anyone will ESCAPE ALL that's about to happen. Since they do not believe that anyone will ESCAPE ALL, they DO NOT PRAY TO ESCAPE ALL. These people call themselves the mid-trib/pre-wrath and the post-trib crowd. They either believe we will go through at least half or all of the things Jesus listed as things "that shall come to pass."

There's alot riding on this. If its true that not only the believer, but also their family will ESCAPE ALL, the command to "pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man" becomes pretty important. Noah escaped with his family, Lot escaped with his family (-1), Acts 16:31, Luke 17, Matt 24 And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.
Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; (so shall it be in the days of the Son of man).

This is a fact: THERE IS AN ESCAPE from ALLLL that shall come to pass. Luke 21:36 guarantees that as FACT. Question is, are you praying for this escape promised in the bible? If not, WHY NOT? Jesus told you to pray for it. What are the consequences for NOT praying that you may be accounted worthy to escape all that's about to happen? Guess what, I don't know, and I don't want to find out. There is an escape, I was told to pray for it, in obedience I plan to do just that.

Time is short. I see things aligning in the world that point to a HUGE collapse of the institutions this world rely's on to conduct "business as usual." I don't know when exactly the rapture will occur, but I know for a fact that there WILL BE A GREAT ESCAPE, and I plan to be part of it, with my family. I am praying for it, I am believing for it. All those who are "in Christ" are in my prayers as well. Time is shorter than you think. Don't grow complascent like the virgins who fell asleep in Matt 25. Keep your lamps lit and FULL OF OIL. grace and peace