Friday, January 02, 2009

Preparing For the Worst in 2009

I've read things written by people who call themselves christians that tell you you should be buying survival equipment and building a bunker in your backyard for what's coming on the world. Coincidentally many of the people telling you to buy and build these things also SELL the very things they say you should buy...go figure.

I've asked the Lord many times what we should be doing to get ready for what's coming, and I can tell you that I draw an absolute blank when it comes to survival equipment. I think its probably prudent to do some small things for natural disaster preparation, but what can you actually do to prepare for the end of the world as we know it?

Here's an example the Lord gave me, that I now pass on to you of "preparation" for what's about to happen to this world:

Rev 12: 6 And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.

Our bibles tell us that GOD, not Israel, has prepared a place in the wilderness for this time that's coming. Likewise we know that Jesus coming will be like what happened with Noah and Lot (Matt 24, Luke 17). Noah was given exact specifications and instructions to build and ark. Lot was escorted out of Sodom by angels. Noah took refuge "in the ark" we take refuge "in Christ."

Luke 21:36 tells us there is an escape coming. Matt 25 tells us we have to be ready if we expect to go into the wedding feast. Rev 3:10 tells us that a weak church that has held onto the Word will be kept from the hour of trial that is to come on the entire world. We are in 2009 now, it's time to take our readiness to a higher level. The virgins counted worthy of the wedding had oil in their lamps, that is, they were filled with the Holy Spirit, which means they are "in Christ."

Be not deceived. Read Luke 21:36 it is:

Luke 21:36 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.

What I want you to pay attention to is "accounted worthy" and "stand before the Son of man."

Next, remember this? Matthew 5:8 "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.


Psalm 24:3 Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place?
4 He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.'

When you stand before the Son of man, you will be seeing God. Matt 5:8 and Psalm 24 point out to us that those who are PURE IN HEART will see God. So, at a minimum, being "accounted worthy" of the escape includes being PURE IN HEART.

Contrast that to the so called christian teachers who tell you that homosexuals and people who "sin all the time" will be raptured. I don't want to pick on any one sin in particular, I want to point out the peril of all sin. If you are not pure in heart, and you expect to see God, are'nt you deceived? I did'nt say the pure in heart will see God...JESUS DID.

This is another reason why Matt 7:14, Matt 7:21 and Rev 2-3 were written. Few will be saved. Why? Love of deception rather than love of the truth. Matt 7:21 tells us many who call themselves christian will be called evildoers and told to go away. Rev 2-3 tells us that 1 out of 7 churches of Revelation gets to be kept from the hour of trial coming on the entire world.

These things written to you today are to remind you of what God said, not to beat you down. Our minds need to be continually renewed so we do not conform to this world.

Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Prepare your minds and hearts for whats coming. We live in this world but we are not of this world. Be ready for the escape, the FACT is, ITS COMING. We are closer today than we ever have been to it. We have been patiently waiting for it, and its almost here. We have to have the patience to enable us to wait years into the future and the prayerful readiness that will enable us to leave here today. It's a double edged sword. If you are ready today but lack patience, you'll fall into the "cry wolf" trap and tomorrow fall away from your readiness. If you are patient, expecting the escape years in the future, but do not have the readiness today to leave today, you may fall into the "foolish virgin" trap of Matt 25. You need both, patience, and readiness. Test yourself today to determine if you are "in the faith" as Paul said. I'm not the one told to test you, YOU are told to test you. Your test today is to determine if you are pure in heart, because only the pure in heart will see God.

You are dearly dearly unimaginably loved. Time is very short, grace and peace