Monday, January 12, 2009

Patience the Key

... <<>>. ... So be patient, brothers, until the coming of the Lord

Romans 12:12 Rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation ...
... Be joyful in hope, patient in trouble, and persistent in prayer.

2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some
... The Lord is not slow about his promise, as some people understand slowness, but is being patient with you. ... Rather, he is patient for your sake.

Romans 2
5 But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God; 6 Who will render to every man according to his deeds: 7 To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life: 8 But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, 9 Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile; 10 But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile: 11 For there is no respect of persons with God.

Over the past week I've kind of sensed a change or shift in my spirit about what the Spirit is saying to us. Right now one of the most important things we can do is fortify ourselves with the word of God so we can endure. Remember that Jesus could come back today, but be mentally, physically and emotionally prepared to wait out the Lord. Over and over again in the word we see the admonishment to be patient. In Rev 2-3 where Jesus is speaking to the churches, we see that every church is told "he who overcomes" gets to enjoy the promises. Overcomes implies going through something. I am convinced we will NOT go through the tribulation, however living in todays world requires "overcoming" alot.

It would be great to be with Jesus in heaven today, maybe we will be, but we need some patience with our hope. Our hope of what's to come in Christ is a lifeline. This world is not our world, this world is run by the evil one, which is why we are told not to love the world. Those who love this world are enemies of God.

The more I look at information on the Dec 21,2012 date, the more I think there's some merit to "something" of substance taking place then. I have no idea how the 7 years of tribulation lays out on this world's calender, but we can see with our eyes that the groundwork is being laid to bring forth the anti-christ. Is Obama "the one?" Probably not, but he may be the one who sets the stage for the man of sin.

We may have a few more years before we depart this evil place, we may not. This is a difficult situation which calls for preparation and readiness today combined with the patience and longsuffering to wait out a few more years.

There's an interesting parallel here concerning the rise of anti-christ. Hitler, who was a type of anti-christ rose to power exactly 4 years from the onset of the last "great depression." There are many things about Sarah Palin that make her fit into the picture for 2012 as a really evil player (not the anti-christ) but his sidekick in some way. Ironically it was so called christianity that was telling you to "get involved" with the political process to get her into office. Between now and 2012 I think the shortsightedness and absolute spiritual blindness of so called christianity will be manifest. If Palin turns out to be as wicked as I think she will be, then we have recently seen proof of how todays form of christianity will support the forces of anti-christ in the future.

In the name of God, the apostate church will most likely vote in the anti-christ. I've had a nagging feeling that Obama will be like Bush, completely incompetent and just another rung in the ladder to enable the satanic powers that be to bring forth the man of sin.

I don't think Obama is "the one" but he is laying the groundwork for "the one." As far as we've fallen, standing on the edge of an economic abyss, I don't see how we'll make it through the next couple years. The good news is this, we don't need to know how, "how" is Jesus' department. Our God is faithful, things will work out for our good if we remain "in him."

Be ready to go today, be ready to stay for tomorrow. This is the message of Matt 25 and the wise virgins. Remember, the wise virgins took oil in their lamps. They were prepared to WAIT for the bridegroom.

Luke 21:19 In your patience possess ye your souls.

grace and peace