Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Soon, in 9 days that is, we will be at passover. We need to remember what the Lord did for our brothers in Egypt, what he did for us on the cross, and how in the near future, the coming destruction will "passover" us as well. This generation specifically has been given promises. Pray that you may be counted worthy to escape all thats about to happen and stand before the Son of man. Why pray that? Because only Noah's family and the animals were counted worthy to escape in the ark, and only Lot and his family were counted worthy to escape Sodom.
So many people take for granted what is written. They've heard sugar coated words from their hired hand pastors for so long now that its inconceivable to them that they could be left behind. In addition to this, there are people calling themselves "mid-trib, pre-wrath, and post-trib" who willfully deny the word of the Lord that he can and will show up any hour any day, to include today. They deny he will show up today, they refuse to pray for escape from all because they do not believe there is an escape from all, once again, ignoring the word of God in favor of their pet doctrines. I sincerely think there will be a price for that thinking and teaching and the price will be high.
The destruction coming on this world will show up from so many different angles all at once, that people will be overwhelmed. People are stocking up on food and guns, but what about stocking up on prayers to the Most High God? The bible tells us that if the Lord does not watch over the city, the watchmen watch in vain. The sense I have today is there is a withdrawl taking place. The Lord has been on this topic with me of bringing the focus in off of all the things happening in the world. The watchmen have done their job. The world has been warned, for years now. I hear the noise of bags being packed and luggage being stacked for the exodus. In our case, the escape.
Only the Lord knows how many days we have left here. Passover starts in 9 days. Moses went into the Ark on May 11th of this year (the anniversary of the event). Why do I bring that up? The Lord said just as in the days of Noah and Lot, so shall it be at the coming of the Son of man. Just like that. I am convinced that when this escape happens, we will look back on it and say "WOW...Lord, you said just like the days of Noah and Lot and you were'nt kidding.." Does that mean the Lord will show up on May 11th, who knows? What I do know is that the walls that have protected humanity from the power of evil for lifetimes, is now crumbling. The barbarians are at the gate, only this time its not human barbarians, this time they are demonic.
Those who will be counted worthy of the escape are preparing today for it. Those who will go into the time of Jacob's trouble are also preparing for it today. Death on a scale unimaginable is coming to this world very soon. As I pass by the masses of people each day I think to myself how grievous it is that most will not make it through the narrow gate that leads to life. They have been lied to, and they have believed and even loved the lies. I realize that I am nothing special, but I am loved. I realize that I could have been one of them, and if I don't watch myself carefully I still could be one of them. The "them" i refer to are those on the broad path that leads to destruction. The death of the wicked brings no joy to our Lord so it should not bring joy to us. What troubles me most is this thing the Lord keeps in the center of my mind at all times, which is: all the people who think they are "saved" yet they don't "know him" (Jesus).
Matt 7:21 tells us that many will say "Lord Lord" to him on that day and he will send them away with a rebuke saying "I never knew you." I cannot imagine anything worse than being told by Jesus "I never knew you." My heart shatters in a million pieces when I imagine the scene that will be that day. Where are the servants of the Lord today who are taking people by the shoulders and shaking them saying "WAKE UP...ONLY A FEW WILL MAKE IT." Nobody wants to hear it but everybody HAS TO HEAR IT. Why? Because Jesus, not me, sent that warning in his word, which like so many other things in the word of God, are hopped, skipped and jumped over as "inconvenient" for church growth, "tithes and offerings," the "pastor's" popularity etc etc etc.
People say "we were'nt given a spirit of fear so I'm not listening!" That's great, but they better figure out soon what the fear of the Lord means. Matt 10:28 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. <---that was written to YOU
... The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; A good understanding have all thosewho do His commandments;
You don't even start to know what wisdom is until you "get" the fear of the Lord.
... The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy Oneis understanding. ... The knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
You have no idea what understanding is until you KNOW HIM. Knowing Jesus Christ in an intimate relationship is how you get wisdom and understanding. These people who have the religious man-made, canned and packaged "degrees" are running about today chasing each others tails, around and around they go with "experts" on opposite sides of every argument, and none of them getting any closer to the truth. Why? They have degrees and man made pedigrees stacked from floor to ceiling, but they don't know HIM.
Remember today what he has done for our fathers, and what he has done for us. Know him today, make sure he knows you. If it costs you everything you have, be sure you are "in Christ" so on that day you will not hear those dreadful, agonizing words "away from me you evildoers, I never knew you." My heart breaks to the point of tears. You are dearly loved, keep the faith.
grace and peace
Monday, March 30, 2009
This morning I was in prayer and I believe the Lord showed me two things. 1. we don't have much time left here (nothing new about that news). 2. When we stand in our Lord's presence, many of us, probably all of us are going to regret we did'nt do more for him. The regret will have nothing to do with punishment, and everything to do with the awe we will have when we truly understand who he is, and what he has called us to. When we are there, we will understand with crystal clarity everything that was ever written. We will wonder why we ever doubted anything he said. The love we feel will make us wish we had spent every waking moment with our Lord in the forefront of our minds. This is a look forward at what's coming. Understanding that in the near future, we will wish that TODAY we had him front and center in our minds, why don't we put him there since today is, well...today?
The points made above about mastery, and putting him in the center of our thinking, leads us to what I believe he is speaking to us today. The question is, what is the Spirit of God speaking to the churches today? With time this short, and signs all around us that the restrainer may be removed at second, we need to use the remaining time to refocus on the fundamentals of the faith. Focus on fundamentals daily is the key to mastery. Perfecting fundamentals is something most people won't do, because they get "bored." What are the fundamentals? Is there anything more fundamental to the walk in faith than prayer?
Prayer takes effort, which is why most people don't do it. Prayer is how we get to know him, and he knows us. Prayer exposes the things that must be removed from our lives. Prayer leads us to his Word, and the Word is Jesus Christ. We must know him. If we say we know him, then we must obey him. Prayer, the Word, obedience, walking in faith, these are fundamentals.
Some of the fundamental questions that the Lord has put deep inside my spirit, and won't go away are: Why will only a few be saved (matt 7:14)? Why will many be told "away from me you evildoers I never knew you" after those people called him "Lord, Lord?"
A few, a remnant is a consistent ongoing theme throughout the entire bible. Knowing the Lord, and being known by him is another consistent theme. Here are some things to ponder:
John 8:55 And you have not come to know Him, but I
... You don't know him, but I know him. If I were to say that I don't know him, Iwould be a liar like you. But I do know him and keep his word.
Who was Jesus talking to here? Politicians? No. Tax Collectors? No. Prostitutes? Maybe.......he was talking to religious people...Yea, you know, the kind that "go to church" without ever being the church? The kind who setup men above them (pastors) so they can satisfy their flesh instead of following the Spirit of God who is unseen and demands that the flesh die.
Which leads us to this idolatrous abomination that is the nicolaitan system setup in 99% of the churches today. Do you see the word "lay people" in the bible anywhere? No, you don't. Do you see the word "clergy" in the bible anywhere? No, you don't. Who came up with this idea of "clergy" and "laity?" MEN DID. Why? To put shackles on the brothers in the name of God. To setup a satanic, centralized command and control "institution" over the brothers in order to bleed the life out of them one "service" at a time.
The fact that the Lord works within these idolatrous institutions is not proof that he approves? The Lord is working EVERYWHERE to build his kingdom, which included a frat party when I was in college, attempting to "score" with some girl I had just met, both of us were drunk and the next thing you know we were both crying with the Holy Spirit speaking through my mouth to her with words that I myself listened to as a third party thinking "hey! this is'nt going to help my original goal for the night at all!" If the Holy Spirit worked through me in that situation and he certainly did not approve of what I was doing, then you should not assume that because here and there you see Him work in your midst, therefore your idolatrous institutionalized churchianity is approved of him.
The pastoral system is idolatrous, its very simple. When the people look up at these one man show pastors and begin to idolize them in their hearts, you know there will be trouble with our Lord. You shall have NO idols before me is what the Lord said, that includes your "pastors."
A plurality of elders oversees the church-NOT one man show pastors. That is the charter given to us by the Word of God for the living body, the organic organism that is the body of Christ. Yea, I said its a one man show because there is always a worldly, Fortune 500 org chart for these so called churches that puts one man at the top...always.
A plurality of elders overseeing the flock, does'nt lead to the idolatry and pride problems that todays babylonian churches have. We are all brothers, we am not some "laypeople" to be walked over by the high and mighty "priests (pastors)" of todays babylonian churches. Those that are led by the Spirit of God are the sons of God. Notice it does not say "those who are led by the pastors are the sons of God."
Todays so called christianity is rotten from the ground up. The system, the institution calling itself christianity today is an apostate whore. (ouch!) Where is the WIFE our Lord is looking for? Clean, unspotted by the world and completely in love with HIM. Not this world, not its institutions, not its social circles...HIM ALONE.
Yep, this is the kind of message that will alienate you from the world. This is the kind of message that got the prophets killed. This is the kind of message that will lose you all your "friends." This is the kind of message that will get you booted out into the wilderness like John who cried "repent, the kingdom of God is at hand." I am a nobody, but I do strive to know and love my God. The messenger is nothing, but he who gives the message is somebody. I do believe that I hear from my God, as should you all. Should'nt communication with one's God be the rule and not the exception? Sadly, todays people expect the hired hands (pastors) to hear from God on their behalf, as if we were still under the old covenant with its levitical priesthood.
The high priest under that system was supposed to go into the holy of holies 1 time per year..1 time! To be in the presence of the Most High God. Now, we have the God of eternity living WITHIN US. WE ARE THE TEMPLE. Think about how much awe and reverence were given to the jewish temple, it was the focus point of their entire lives. Now think about us, walking temples of the Most High God. Who are we that such an honor should be given to us? We are nothing, He is everything. This leads me to my last point.
We are to remember what our God has done for us. Why were the jews commanded to observe the feast days? To remember what our God has done and will do. Everything our Lord has ever done for us should be brought into remembrance each day. Each answered prayer has a monument in my mind, a cause to celebrate and thank my Lord for things he has done. To remember what a great God he is, to remember his love and faithfulness. This world wants your attention, satan wants your attention, don't give it to them. One more fundamental of our faith is remembering what he has done, being thankful today for whatever it is you have to eat, a roof over your head (even if its a tent), and cloths on your back.
Jude 1:17 But you, beloved, ought to remember the words that were
... But you, dear friends, must remember the statements and predictionsof the apostles of our Lord Jesus, the Messiah.
Ecclesiastes 12:1 Remember also your Creator in the days of your ...
... Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth ... Remember your Creator when youare young, before the days of trouble come and the years catch up with you.
Matthew 16:9 "Do you not yet understand or remember the five ...
... Don't you understand yet? Don't you remember the five loaves for the 5,000 and how many baskets you collected
This morning as I was driving, I saw my first protest/rally/whatever it was, in person. Police were everywhere and as I was driving through I could only catch 3 signs. One said America is doomed, another said God hates you, another said God loves you. Perhaps they were different groups since they were on opposite sides of the street. Things appear to be getting more active here in babylon. Satan is dropping all kinds of hints to his people today. Many call Satan "universe" now instead of the devil. They apparently have other nicknames, but suffice it to say that the dirt, or a tree, or a rock does'nt "drop hints" to mankind, and neither does "universe." There's a face and a name behind this "hint dropping" personality people are listening to these days.
What I hear our God saying to us today is get back to the basics. Develop the fundamentals. Get ready, be watching...today, not at the mid-point of the tribulation, not after the tribulation, not at the sixth seal of Rev 6, NOW. The escape is real, the event coming will mirror the days of Noah and Lot. In one day, all hell breaks loose. Noah goes into the ark, the flood is loosed. Lot walks out of Sodom, fire and brimstone rain down. We leave this earth, and seals start opening in Rev 6. The view from the deck of the ark is much better than the view from the ground. If you are "in Christ" then you are already in the ark. The master told us to be watching and ready when he shows up. With all the tension and pressure building up in the world, I don't feel it. Why should we worry? Our trust is not in things that can been seen with the eye. Greater is He who is in us than he that is in the world. 2 Corinthians 5:7 For we walk by faith, not by sight--
The storm clouds are already overhead, the flood is ready to drop from the heavens, today would be a good time to get into the Ark which is Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
We may face some tough times in the days ahead. We are told we will have tribulation on this earth, and everyone who has ever died for Christ, been martyred etc up through today can attest to that fact. What's coming is something altogether different from what this world has ever seen before. If we live, we live to Christ, if we die, we die in Christ. He is our treasure and confidence on earth, he is our treasure and confidence in heaven. Without him we have nothing, in him we possess all things.
Great peace have they that love thy law; And they have no occasion of stumbling.
Remain in him, pray for the brothers and sisters and also for my family. You were in my prayers this morning, grace and peace
Saturday, March 28, 2009
After listening to atheists debate christians now for years, here's what their argument boils down to:
Atheist: "you can't prove god exists."
Christian: "you can't prove that he does'nt."
Christian: "you atheists need alot more faith than we do."
Atheist: "how so?"
Christian "we believe there is a being/a Creator that designed everything we see around us. You believe that somehow, everything in creation "just happened."
To illustrate how ridiculous the atheist argument is, consider this: Take any complex organism, or machine, or anything else in the world that has hundreds (if not thousands of parts) and shake them around in a box for thousands of years, and see what you get when you open the box. Somehow humans "evolved?" Well, great theory, but how? Who set the rules for that evolution? Who designed it all? The entire universe screams at the top of its lungs "RANDOM DOES'NT WORK HERE."
Can you imagine how long an engineer would last at any company if they suggested the best way to create something new was to throw all kinds of pieces and parts in a box and shake them around for a long time? That is utterly, completely ridiculous, and its also the argument the atheist uses for the existence of everything we see."
Atheist "it all "just happened, we don't know how"
Christian: "oh, so your faith is in "I don't know."
Atheist "correct, "I don't know" explains more than an intelligent designer."
Christian "ummm, sorry, but I don't know, explains nothing."
The atheist worships math and science. Great! So who set the laws that govern math and science? Math and science are based on order, so who set the order? Oh yea, I remember, the order came from "i don't know."
The universe that we live in is the evidence that our God exists. All creation is evidence that he exists. The incredible complexity, order, and grandeur of creation is the evidence, but the atheist says that "I don't know" makes more sense than a creator.
Romans 1:19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. 20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
^^^here it is clearly stated, in the bible, that all creation is evidence for the existence of our God. Atheism explains nothing, so how exactly is that worldview helpful to mankind? The atheist is a spiritually bankrupt person, running around telling other people that somehow they have a superior spiritual view from those of us who believe in a Creator? We have answers for the creation, they have "I don't know," which is superior?
The atheist has no "deathblow" arguments for Christianity, which is why they have to setup never ending debates and monologues, write hundreds of books, etc etc etc. If they had some kind of "magic bullet" argument why don't they just use it and be done with it? Since they have no "magic bullet" they go on, and on, and on, debating, writing, and rehashing the same arguments over and over again.
Here's another vexing question for the atheist: What happens after you die?
Now, can you guess what their answer is to that question? Try hard to guess now!!!!!
wait for it....
I DON'T KNOW!<-----there it is...again...the atheist answer for everything. For people who debate ad nauseum, claiming the wisdom and brilliance of mankind over God, surely they have a better answer to the most important questions in life than "I don't know?"
What's going to happen to the atheist when they die? Then, "I don't know" will become "Oh my...I wish I did know" and it will be too late. The atheist has nothing, zero to offer mankind except an endless merry go round of debate that can at its best, make more people spiritually bankrupt. Men die, that's a fact that even the atheist cannot debate, and when men do die "I don't know" goes into the trash heap of history along with all the rest of the "wisdom" of men.
The Faithful Atheist
The atheist has much, much, MUCH more faith than any member of Islam, Judaism or Christianity, and their faith is in "I don't know." We will see here very soon how far "I don't know" carries these men, as their world turns upside down on them, chews them up and spits them out. They will cry out to "I don't know" for help when their hearts are failing them for fear, and "I don't know" will watch their destruction passively with a grin on its face.
We know the God we worship. I have proof that my God exists, but my proof does nothing for the atheist. How does the atheist know that I've never had a prayer that was'nt answered? Where was the atheist when I was in deep distress and I called out to my God and he answered me over, and over, and over again? Every time, over my entire life, he has been there for me, when there was no one else standing for me.
If the atheists were honestly inquiring in their hearts to determine if our God was real, they would find him. But they ask only to answer their own questions with their predetermined agendas, and their self satisfaction in giving canned answers that other men provided for them. The bible says if we seek him with all of our heart, we will find him. For men who call science and math their gods, I am amazed at how far they ride "I don't know" when it comes to God.
The atheist's faith in "I don't know" is something to be marveled at. Time will soon tell who the wise and the foolish among us are. grace and peace
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Passover this year will be from 9-15 April.
It appears from everything going on around us today, that we should be in a state of high readiness for the days to come. The closer we get to whatever it is that's about to happen, the more we need to focus on the things the Lord has done. Forget the world and what they are doing. The world has nothing for you. Satan has a wishlist for when he would like things to happen, but the bottom line is, he has to wait, just like we do, to see what our God is going to do, and when he is going to do it.
This brings us to the idea of remembrance. Today, the atheists that have been unleashed on the world want "proof" of everything. They laugh and scoff at faith as if those of us who have it are foolish. This is not news to us, the word of the Lord clearly states that Christ crucified is foolishness to the world, but to us who believe it is salvation. The proof that scoffers seek, we have, however the proof applies only to us. As I look back over my life, and I remember every prayer that has been answered, as I review every act of kindness and faithfullness by our God to me and my family, I have proof, hard evidence for the existence of my God. Satan wants to you to forget what the Lord has done for you and ask "what has he done for you today? Does he still love you? Where is your God now? Will he save you from my hands? etc etc etc. In other words, fear and doubt, nonstop till the very end.
The word of the Lord, and our lives are testimonies, and evidence, proof of things unseen, that are more real than the things around us. Remember what the Lord has done for you. Remember the testimonies of all those who came before us "in Christ" starting with Abraham all the way through today. If the Lord parted the red sea for Israel, will he do it for you? Yep. If he fed them in the wilderness using ravens, manna from heaven and water from rocks, will he do it for you? Yep. If he raised the dead, cured the blind, lepers and sicknesses of every kind, will he do it for you? Yep. Question is, can you afford it? I mean, do you have the faith in your account to outlay for those things?
An escape from all is coming, guaranteed it is coming and its right at the door, but do you have the faith for it? Will the faithless be rewarded for faithlessness? Will you have enough oil to not have to go "buy some" when the Lord shows up (Matt 25)? Time to go on a slight tangent here: regarding the parable of the virgins, do you not find it odd that the Spirit of the Lord tells us "they will go to "buy" some oil from those who sell it? Almost everyone agrees that the "oil" we are talking about here is the Holy Spirit...oil=the Spirit of God, and the foolish virgins go to "buy some." In these last days, churchianity has become big business has it not? They perform "services" (like an oil change for your car) for a fee (tithe) then send you on your way until its time to be "serviced" again. "Service" is a business term. The word "service" has no place in the workings of a family....NONE. "Pastors" are the CEO's of these businesses who charge you a fee for service just like every other worldly business. They sell (supposedly) the kind of oil the foolish virgins went to buy.
Money, money, money and more money, buying and selling, right up to the day the Noah entered the ark...
You need to remember what the Lord has done, both in your life, and in the lives of our forefathers who we read about in the bible.
I believe the Lord gave me a small mental picture this morning, of us standing on the wooden ramp leading into the ark. Our backs are facing the ark, we are standing on the ramp and looking at the world. All the chaos, the hopelessness, the despair, the war, the theft and greed, the coming lawlessness, the demonic filth, the famine etc etc are all before us. We see it just like the world sees it. We however, are not hopeless like they are. People like to say with contempt "how can you say you are in the ark? How arrogant! You think you are going to escape all this, no! You are stuck here with us!" Uhhhh sorry, but how very wrong they are..a promise of escape from all is clearly written. It is a promise that apparently many cannot lay hold of to their own loss. I can tell you for a fact that we are in the ark today.
As we approach passover, we remember who our passover lamb is: Jesus Christ the Son of God. As we approach the day that Noah entered the ark, we remember who our ark of safety is: Jesus Christ the Son of God. If you are "in Christ" you are "in the ark." He is our deliverer, he is our promise, he is our rock and high tower against the enemy, he is our provision, he is our treasure both on earth and in heaven. Without him we have nothing but "in him" we possess everything. Satan hates you for just that reason. Everything he has lusted for from the beginning, and will not have, will be handed to us on a silver platter. Not that we deserve it, but because our God loves us more than we love ourselves, and because his Son, our God paid for it all with his blood.
If you are "in Christ" today, then remain there. Do not fear what they fear. When the world is in panic and fear, stay on your knees before him who loves you. Listen to his words for you today. You have a book full of promises that most people never bother to read. Each promise is 100% guaranteed fact, worth more than all the gold in the world. The day quickly approaches when faithfulness will be rewarded in many many different ways.
Back to the mind picture this morning: As more and more things are happening in the world, and the time draws nearer, it will not be safe to stand on the ramp and watch the world go through its pains. It will be time for us to go inside and the door will be closed. Things are heating up, all the signs are here, right now. I believe its time for the watchmen to begin looking more to the king within the walls, than outside at whats going on in the world. The Lord has been warning for a long long time now. The time has come to turn the focus fully on Christ Jesus and not so much on the signs of the times. After you have seen enough evidence that we are at the time of the end, do we need to keep looking for more?
The answer for everything is two words: Jesus Christ. There is no situation, no problem, no need, no trouble that is beyond his capacity to deal with for you. If you love him you will do what he commands. When he tells you something in his word, you are advised to heed it. Take my word for nothing, you need his words, not mine. You interpret the bible on your knees before him who wrote it. Store up his word in your heart today. That oil the foolish will be looking for in the days ahead cannot be bought....
grace and peace
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Here's the place where most people want to stop reading.....In addition to every blessing, every judgement, and every rebuke was also directed at us, and for us. In love they were recorded, as a warning. The Lord included all of it to lay out before us the cost of disobedience, as well as the promise and rewards of obedience. Everything written in that book called the bible is for us in one way or another.
Today's apostate christianity has two useful ways of dismissing EVERY warning given to mankind in the bible. They have discovered the recipe for eternal death! Part 1 of their recipe for death is to dismiss every warning in the old testament as "for the jews." They reason that since we don't live under the old covenant anymore, why bother reading and understanding any of the warnings contained in it? Part 2 of their recipe for death is to dismiss every warning contained in the New Testament through such satanic doctrines as OSAS (once saved always saved) which allows men to reason "hey, I made a 5 second decision for Jesus so I can never be lost! Jesus died so none of the warnings in the bible would apply to me anymore!"
What a masterpiece? In two easy steps mankind has effectively rendered void every single warning to men in the bible! Are you starting to understand why only a few will be saved (matt 7:14)? Are you starting to understand why many will say to Jesus on that day "Lord, Lord did'nt we do lots of great things in your name?" Then he says to them "away from me you evildoers I never knew you?" I hope its starting to make more sense to you now.
Every blessing and every punishment recorded in the bible was directed at you. The bible makes it very clear that so called christianities formula for death is a lie. We are told that if the Israelites were cutoff for their disbelief, we will be too. Cutoff from the vine, which is cutoff from being "in Christ" which means "saved" no more. "In Christ" you get credit for everything Jesus did for you. Not "in Christ" which is to say "cutoff" from him, you get credit for all your sins. Whether you are in Christ or not is between you and him. The two scriptures below are a giant wrecking ball to the two part recipe for death that most of todays so called christianity adheres to:
John 15:1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. 2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. 3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. 4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. 5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. 6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. 7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
Romans 11 And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert graffed in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree; 18 Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee. 19 Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be graffed in. 20 Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear: 21 For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee. 22 Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off. 23 And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be graffed in: for God is able to graff them in again. 24 For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert graffed contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be graffed into their own olive tree?
I cannot tell you how thankful I am for every promise our Lord has given us. I am thankful for all the good things he has done and will do for us. I am even more thankful for his warnings. He has given us example after example after example to teach us what we should and should not do. We know what pleases him and what does not please him. He has not left us guessing.
Tied into this idea of thankfulness for his warnings is this: the heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, not the house of feasting:
Ecclesiastes 7:4 The mind of the wise is in the house of
... The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning; but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth.
Why is the heart of the wise in the house of mouring? I'll tell you why, because they take seriously the warnings in the word of God. They understand what "few will be saved" means (Matt 7:14). They see the day coming when multitudes will stand before Jesus and be told "away from me you evildoers, I never knew you." The wise see the horrors of the 7 year period thats about to start and all the blind in the world who will be caught unprepared for it. As one of my friends asked me one time "why are you so negative?" My reply is a question as well: "am I negative, or is my heart in the house of mourning while yours is in the house of mirth? Why were all the prophets "so negative?"Its called "shooting the messenger" and its happened throughout history over and over again. Confront mankind with something they don't want to hear, and they will do anything and everything to silence the message.
Luke 20 Then began he to speak to the people this parable; A certain man planted a vineyard, and let it forth to husbandmen, and went into a far country for a long time. 10 And at the season he sent a servant to the husbandmen, that they should give him of the fruit of the vineyard: but the husbandmen beat him, and sent him away empty. 11 And again he sent another servant: and they beat him also, and entreated him shamefully, and sent him away empty. 12 And again he sent a third: and they wounded him also, and cast him out. 13 Then said the lord of the vineyard, What shall I do? I will send my beloved son: it may be they will reverence him when they see him. 14 But when the husbandmen saw him, they reasoned among themselves, saying, This is the heir: come, let us kill him, that the inheritance may be ours. 15 So they cast him out of the vineyard, and killed him. What therefore shall the lord of the vineyard do unto them? 16 He shall come and destroy these husbandmen, and shall give the vineyard to others. And when they heard it, they said, God forbid.
Isaiah 30:8 Leave this way, get off this path, and stop confronting us with the Holy One of Israel!
and the list goes on, but you get the point.
Today we find ourselves with the warnings and the promises before us. They all apply to us. It's hard to overstate just how serious a situation mankind is in today. The warnings are coming in from every part of the world and yet most find a way to bury their head in the sand, hoping that it will all just go away this time as it always has in the past.
I think the Lord brought to my mind this morning why all the teachers of mid-trib, pre-wrath-post-trib are useful. It's not because they understand the escape, but it is because most people will not be counted worthy of it. What does that mean? It means that many people need to prepare themselves to go through, endure, overcome the time of Jacob's trouble that lies just ahead of us. After the escape from all takes place, there will be an ongoing process of people coming into Christ here on earth.
I believe this has been the cause of much confusion relating to the "rapture" question. The people who will escape all are being prepared for it today....the people who will not escape are also being prepared today (for what they will face). Different people, different destinies. Did everyone have the faith of the centurian whose servant was healed? Jesus said not in all Israel had he seen faith as great as that centurian's. Did everyone have the faith to get themselves healed of their health issues in Israel? No, but the woman who touched his cloak did. How about the people who cut a hole in the roof where Jesus was sitting and lowered the sick man down in front of him? The Lord was impressed, so am I. Those people believed and were rewarded handsomely for their faith. Those examples will be important for the days ahead. Are you expecting to receive things you don't have faith for? If you are expecting to drive a new car that costs $10,000 and you have 1 penny in your bank account, do you think you'll be buying that car anytime soon? You have a faith account that operates just like a bank account, how much faith do you have deposited in it?
The day your faith is required of you, you will have to withdraw it isntantly at the point its demanded of you. The parable of the virgins illustrates this perfectly. The wise virgins did'nt have to go get anything to be ready for the bridegroom when he showed up, they were ready will oil to spare, but only for themselves...My faith will not get you into the ark, and vice versa. This is why you need to get your own personal word from the Lord. This is why you must know him, and be known by him today. When sudden destruction comes on this world. When men's hearts are failing them for fear, huge withdrawals will be made on people's faith accounts. If you do not have the faith to cover the withdrawal, will you be counted among the foolish virgins?
What's going to happen in the days ahead when people have nothing to eat? Famine is coming, you know that right? Read Rev 6 again. When people have no food, how will they eat? Who among men today have the faith to believe the Lord for a wilderness feeding? Manna from heaven and water from stones....Do you have the faith for it? Today's mockers and scoffers will die in their disbelief. I am absolutely confident that in the days ahead, while evil abounds, so too, grace and our Lords power will abound. Our God will not be taking a nap during the seven years of hell coming to this earth. He will be rewarding faith in miraculous ways AS HE ALWAYS HAS from the very beginning. There is a message of hope for men today. That hope is "in Christ" and it will require real faith in the face of a world and an enemy who asks daily "where is your God now?" His weapons are fear and doubt. We face him armored up, standing and swinging with the sword of the Spirit which is the word of God.
If we do not stand in our faith, we will not stand at all. grace and peace
... Rescue weak and needy people. Help them escape the power of wicked people. ... Let the weak and needy escape, From the hand of the wicked deliver them.
Rev 3:8 I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name. 9 Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee. 10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. 11 Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.
Luke 21:34 And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. 35 For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. 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.
Help a weak and needy people.....those with "little strength" to escape the power of wicked people.....pray that you may be counted worthy to escape all that's about to happen. Did you think Luke 21:36 was the only place in the bible where the Holy Spirit tells us to pray for "escape?" Psalm 82:4 ...Rescue weak and needy people. Help them escape the power of wicked people.
2 Peter 2:20 For if, after they have escaped the defilements of ...
... People can know our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and escape the world's filth.
I want to encourage you today to keep watching, and be ready for the return of our Lord. Every day that passes, more people give up. Every day that passes brings more scoffers out of the woodwork. There was a time when I said "if the pre-trib view turned out to be wrong, then I would automatically become a mid-trib advocate," but today I withdraw that. I will hold to a daily watch and readiness for the Lord until he comes, or I die, whichever comes first.
How can we putoff watching for him when he specifically told us to watch? He did'nt tell us to "start watching when this or that happens" he just said watch. What does that mean? It means, now...today.
Luke 12:37 ... How blessed are those servants whom the master finds watching for him when he comes!
What arguments can men make against this? How can men argue that we should not be watching for him today? They do argue this, but they do it in vain. Anyone who is not watching for the Lord to return today is a fool. On the day he does return, many will be caught not watching, many will be caught not ready. They will scurry off to "go buy some oil" and the wise will go into the wedding feast and the door will be shut.
For some time now I have rejected the ideas of the "mid-trib, pre-wrath, and post-trib" escape, coming of the Son of man. Why? Each and every person who holds to these views purposefully, as an act of their own free will, refuses to look for Jesus to show up today. These people have chosen purposefully not to pray for the "escape from all." They have various reasons for why they refuse to do this, but its all willfull disobedience. If the Lord told you specifically to pray for something and you refused to do it because you believe something else about the bible, what would you call that? Willfull disobedience right? Do you think willfull disobedience will ever be rewarded?
Would Noah have been rewarded had he chosen not to build the ark? What if Noah told our Father "sorry Lord, I just can't buy into this idea that my family and I get to escape this catastrophic flood. What makes me so special Lord? But Lord, who is going to "witness" to all the lost if I go into the ark? But, but, but, but....Noah did'nt argue with the Lord, he did what he was told to do. What if all todays so called christians were transported back to Noah's day, can you imagine all the bickering and debating with the Lord that would have gone on? It's just too much to ask for some people to do what the Lord tells them to do and leave it at that.
I find it amazing that the Lord tells us there is an escape from all coming, and people try to argue him out of it! Nope, there can't be an escape from all because of this, that and the other...
Will those people be rewarded for holding this view themselves, and worse, teaching it to others?
I have'nt heard a convincing argument yet for the downside of watching and being ready, day in, and day out for the Lord's return. That argument does not exist because the word of God torpedoes the argument before it leaves the mouth of man.
When the Lord returns, will he find faith on earth? That's the question Jesus asked. At the time of the end the love of most will grow cold because of the increase in wickedness. Many will depart from the faith, many already are departing from the faith and bad times have'nt even shown up yet. Today, atheism and homosexuality are honored. Critics and scoffers, the biggest crooks and liars are honored (the ones good enough not to get caught..). Today is a great day to be looking for the Lord's return. If he does'nt show up today, then the next best day for him will be tomorrow, and so on, and so on until the day he does appear.
Ask any soldier if there's any good day not to be ready for combat. As any firefighter is there's any good day to not be ready to fight fires and save lives. Give us this day our daily bread is what we pray for each and every day. What is our daily bread? It is the person of Christ Jesus. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done...we pray for that daily. Are you waiting for 3.5 years from today before you begin to do the things the Lord told you to do today? Will you start praying to "escape all that's about to happen" after you've already been through 50% of all that's about to happen?
I can guarantee you that if you are watching and ready for the Lord to return today, and tomorrow and the next day etc, you will never be sorry for it. Those who will be sorry will be those who have given themselves reasons not to expect the Lord today. We are entering a time that is unlike any other in the history of the world. It's starting to dawn on people that yea, this time it is different. This time, all the pieces that did'nt fit into the end times puzzle do fit. The watchmen are crying out from every point on the wall, be ready!
We have no idea how long the Lord might tarry, and what we will go through here on earth before he shows up. But we know we can trust him, we know that our prayers accomplish much. We know that our prayers can move mountains. So many people are asking "what can we do" today expecting answers like "go buy some gold, a rifle and build a bunker in the side of a mountain somewhere." They want to "do something" with their hands besides fold them in prayer on their knees. Somehow, these people don't believe that a person can do more on their knees in prayer than they can any other way. In prayer, you can get a personal word from the Lord that is worth more than any advice other humans can give you in a lifetime. Why are people asking other people "what can we do" when they should be asking that question to their
GOD? Should a people not inquire of their God?
Isaiah 8:19-22 -- "When men tell you to consult mediums and spiritists, who whisper and mutter, should not a people inquire of their God? ...
Men ask men to solve this worlds problems when its men that got us into this mess. When will people wake up? If the Lord tells you to go build a bunker or buy gold or a rifle, then go do it, but until then, you need to seek his face. What is one word from the Lord worth? Or two or three words? John 11:43
... When He had said these things, He cried out with a loud voice, "Lazarus, come forth."
3 words and a dead man came walking out of a tomb. How much more will one or two or three words from him bring life into your world? We have a book that is full of these words. Instead of asking men what you can do, how about you ask your God what you should do? Until you hear from the Creator, you are spinning your wheels seeking the counsel of men.
done for today, grace and peace
Monday, March 23, 2009
If they are allowing it, its to further their agenda......From what we see out of the lame stream media, you'd think somebody was trying to stoke a revolution. The media is being used today as an instrument to agitate the people of the world. Remember what was written here not too long ago about the "hounds to the hunter." The lame stream media are the hounds, driving the people of the world to the hunter. When the hunter shows up, the people will be ready for him. What happens when this hunter does the unexpected and puts some of these scapegoats we read about every day to death? What would happen if the man of sin showed up and took some of these "new world order" types and hung them out to dry? That would really confuse some people would'nt it?
The future will look like a combination of ancient egyptian/ancient canaanite "gods" worship culture and modern day science fiction combined. Who exactly is predicting that these days? What's it going to look like when the devil and his demonic princes openly walk the earth? Everything seems to be pointing towards some kind of imminent catastrophic event that will turn this world on its head. With that in mind, what should you do? You should watch and pray. That's what we were told to do. Noah was told to build an ark, we were told to watch and pray. Specifically we were told to pray that we will be counted worthy of the escape from all that is coming. Jesus and the Holy Spirit do not write nonsense. If Jesus said to pray for an escape from all, then there is an escape from all. That's a fact.
In the last days (today) scoffers have come, they are all around us. There are many people in the world today who would steal your hope, they tell you that Noah never escaped the flood, and Lot never escape the fire and brimstone. They tell you that you will not escape anything either, thus making a mockery of the word of God. Is there an escape from all or not? That's the question. Who are the redeemed and rewarded men sitting in heaven in Rev 4-5 and how did they get there? If there are redeemed and rewarded men in heaven in Rev 4-5 that means rewards were handed out sometime before we see them sitting there does'nt it? What does being kept from the hour of trial in Rev 3 mean? That trial is coming upon the entire world so how can you be "kept" from it? If Noah and Lot were both physically removed from the flood and fire, what does that mean for us at the coming of the Son of man?
Wherever the flood is, we won't be there...wherever the fire and brimstone is, we won't be there...physically won't be there. Call it whatever you want, time it out however you want, but the facts must fit. Did Noah "escape all" of the flood? Yea. Did Lot "escape all" of the fire and brimstone? Yea. When did they "escape all" those things? During days of buying and selling, planting and building, marrying and giving in marriage. Days like today.
The Lord gave us a very specific set of words to describe very specific days that tell us when the Son of man will be expected to show up. We see the seals of Rev 6 staring us in the face today and they are anything but characteristic of eating and drinking, planting and building. What are the seals of Rev 6 characteristic of? War, famine, being ripped apart by wild animals and, in general, DEATH.
So lets see: war, famine and worldwide death vs eating, drinking, planting and building....see any contrast there? It has been said here before, people will look back on days like today with longing...they will pray for a return to days like today. People think these days are bad, but bad has'nt shown up yet......
Today is a pre-flood day, today is a pre-brimstone day. See it for what it is. People in babylon (America) see themselves as roughing it these days, but they need to see what its like living in the slums in India or Africa or other places in the third world. The "poor" here live like royalty compared to others in the world.
Everything about this world as we have known it is about to change. There are large neon signs blinking over the end of THIS WEEK , into late April, early May. We appear to be on the brink of whatever it is that's about to happen. To this, let me add the fact that our Lord, nobody else determines when things happen. Here's an example to show us that things written about can change their timing: Matt 24:20 But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: 21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. 22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened
Why would the Lord tell them to pray that their flight will not be in the winter or on the sabbath day? Is the Lord talking nonsense here or does he mean what he said? Just like the "escape from all" the Lord means what he says. Obviously the prayer of people at that time WILL affect when the flight takes place. If there was no way to change the season when it happened, the Lord would not tell them to pray about the timing of the flight. But he did tell them to pray...he told them specifically what to pray for.
Then, like now, there will be scoffers, people who ignore these specific commands to their own detriment. People want to know specifics, then when the Lord gives them specifics, they ignore him. People are told to pray for the escape from all that is coming, how many are praying specifically for what the Lord told us to pray for? It's specific, its not some pie in the sky kind of general thing. Pray that you may be counted worthy to escape from ALL that's about to happen.
We are hearing warnings ring out from every corner of the city walls today. The watchmen are crying out, but who is listening?
What's required of you is not difficult. His yoke is easy and his burden is light. We are called to a simple faith in Jesus Christ...a childlike faith.....childlike.....simple. Children trust simply and completely. Do not doubt, do not waver. Figure it out today...what do you believe? Whatever it is, the time has come for you to SELL OUT to it. Get off the fence. Pick a side in this cosmic battle and sell out to it. The lukewarm will be spit out and trampled by both sides of the fight.
Time is short. Pray, pray then when you think you've prayed enough, pray some more..The prayers of the righteous accomplish much.
grace and peace
Friday, March 20, 2009
At this point, nobody can say they were not warned. I have now heard the same things, pointing to the same time frame, from so many different sources, that I have to think we are well beyond something "might" happen. I'm standing on the wall watching, and I am telling you what I see from where I stand. I have tasted in my spirit, from the Lord's own hands, what its going to feel like when this thing comes and its really really not good. Even now I find it hard to shake this feeling. I am usually really good at being able to shake the flashes and waves of foreshadowing of the times to come but this time, its here and I can't seem to shake it. Apparanently something is right around the corner. Normally I would ask the Lord to lift this off of me. I would ask him for a reprieve from this feeling of forebodeing and gloom. But if we are as close as I think we are to this thing happening, I want the Lord to give me all I can handle of this "whatever it is" if it will result in even 1 more person awakeing from their slumber.
Today I have seen 2 additional pieces of evidence that point toward the immediate days ahead, now being counted in days and weeks instead of months and years. I will be shocked if nothing happens. If nothing does happen, we can say we were ready in case it did. We are called to watch and to be ready. Our God is firmly in control of the time line for all the things that are about to happen. Our God loves us, he has given us his Son, our Lord Jesus Christ to fight for us, to advocate for us before the Father. We also have this treasure in jars of clay, his precious Holy Spirit. Realize where we stand in history, reconnect with the fundamentals of the faith. Rekindle the sparks under the fire that was and is your love for Him. We are not without hope. We stand on many promises. Whatever comes through the doors of the future at us, we face it with Him and in Him, armed and comforted by numerous promises that absolutely, positively will come to pass just as He said they would. Chances are good that a major withdrawal will be required from our "faith accounts" very soon, make sure you have the funds in the account to cover it. You are dearly loved, remain in Him, grace and peace.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
I am amazed that we have'nt even entered into the tribulation yet, and already people are treating all christians entering the time of Jacob's trouble as a foregone conclusion. As I drove into work this morning I spoke with the Lord about his word for us today, and everything that came to mind had to do with Him keeping his promises, about fundamentals of the faith, about us holding onto his promises without wavering. In the book of Isaiah it says "if you do not stand on your faith you will not stand at all," to which I say AMEN.
There are many voices in the world today who would have you believe that there is no escape. They would have you believe that Noah went into the flood, not into the ark. They would have you believe that Lot never left Sodom but stood there to be burned alive by the fire and brimstone. They would have you believe that the coming of the Son of man would occur during a time of tribulation and distress, of judgement and gloom. Guess what? None of that is biblical, not one shred of it. It could very well be that we will see some kind of faith testing event before the escape occurs. This faith testing event will lead many more to think "there is no escape" and they will give up their hope, their faith will no longer support their inclusion in the escape when it comes....and it is coming.
Todays so called christianity would have you believe that regardless of what a person believes about the rapture/escape, they will go up in the escape when it happens. Maybe that's true, but take for example the woman with the issue of blood. Let's assume she was a model jewish lady who did everything right in the eyes of the Lord, except....she did'nt believe the Lord could/would heal her. She believed everything else mind you, just not that Jesus would heal her, do you think she would have been healed? You know the answer to that don't you? The answer is NO. Her faith drew power from the Lord, he felt it leave him. She believed specifically that the Lord both could and would heal her.
There is no question, that the people who preach and teach a "pre-wrath" and "post-trib" rapture, have nothing, zero to boast over those who believe the there is an escape from all. Which point of view develops more holiness? The view that tells you Jesus will come for you 4+ years from now, or the view that tells you he could show up today for you? Which view is 100% in line with the bible when it tells us to be watching and ready today for the Lord's return? The pre-wrath and post-trib teachers complete disregard that entire line of instruction from the Lord's own mouth. They specifically do not believe Jesus, our master will show up today, or tomorrow, or even next year for us! They willfully defy the very scriptures they quote in a buffet style serving to mankind. "Here" they say, "take a little of this and a little of that, but lets just disregard everything written about that (pre-flood, pre-brimstone escape from all).
There is a price associated with disbelief. Don't take my word for it, read your bibles. When the Lord speaks a promise to us, we are to believe it without wavering. A double minded man is unstable in all he does. What does the devil come to do? Introduce doubt. Remember this one "hath God really said do not eat from the tree?" Doubt...
You can be sure that many people will enter the tribulation period. In fact think about this for a second. With the majority of so called christianity today being apostate, and that same majority accounting for the bulk of the pre-trib view, what's going to happen when most of them are left behind, along with all the people who never believed that there was an "escape from all (luke 21:36)? Think about it. The apostate church is all left behind, and even people who are believers in most things, but do not beleive there is an escape from all, and they get left behind too, what kind of situation does that create?
That situation, combined with ignorance of what Daniel 9:27 says "one week" not "he" shall establish a covenant with "many" not "israel." Could very well result in the escape from all taking place, the anti-christ being revealed and most never know it. If there has been a coverup and deception regarding Daniel 9:27 do you suppose there will be a coverup and deception regarding the escape from all? You bet there will be. Satan already has pre-planned counterfeits, sleights of hand, magical ruses, signs and wonders, and every other attention getting scheme and device at his disposal to make the systematic working out of our God's promises almost invisible to those without the faith to see them.
The first thing our Lord said when the apostles asked him "when will all these things happen" is "be not deceived...." Deception deception and more deception is the order of our day. I hear lots of warnings, and they are well warranted, but where's the remembrance of the promises? The Lord ALWAYS lays out both sides of his case, the warnings AND the promises.
Deuteronomy 30:19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:
Jeremiah 21:8 "You shall also say to this people, 'Thus says the
... "Say to these people, 'This is what the LORD says: I amgoing to give you the choice of life or death.
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free
... For the wages paid by Sin are death; but God's free gift is the Life of theAges bestowed upon us in Christ Jesus our Lord. ...
Romans 5:21 So that, as sin reigned in death, even so grace
... That as sin hath reigned to death; so also grace might reign by justice unto life everlasting, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Showing us a mystery.....Most people did not go into the ark with Noah, most people did not leave Sodom with Lot, most people will not leave this world in the escape that is coming. Just like the days of Noah and Lot, so shall the coming of the Son of man be. In this light, I understand the growing voices of warning with no entreaty to the escape that's coming. Most people are not ready today, and won't be when the escape shows up.
1 Corinthians 15:51 Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all
... Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
Being counted worthy of the escape that is coming means being ready when it shows up. As we know from the parable of the virgins, those who were not ready at the time the bridegroom appeared, who went to "buy some oil" they were left out and told "I don't know you" by the Lord. That's some harsh language is it not? Noah's preparation was building and ark, Lot's preparation was to just gather his family together for the walk out, and our preparation is TO WATCH and PRAY.....We are told to watch and pray specifically for what? To be counted worthy to escape all that's about to happen. The "pre-wrath" and "post-trib" crowds today specifically refuse to do this. How do I know they refuse to do this? To pray to escape all, while simultaneously arguing and debating till blue in the face that nobody will escape all would make them insane...
Luke 21:34 And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. 35 For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. 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.
The warning voices we hear today are well justified. I will be amazed if something cataclysmic does not happen in the coming days and weeks. One last thing I'll mention this morning is the Lord showed me that despite all the fear, bad news, layoffs, collapsing economy in the world today, today, these days are still good days...normal days. When the people of the world see with their own eyes what's coming, they will beg to see days like today again. The contrast will be so sharp, the differences so profound that men will look back fondly on days like today. The world has'nt seen bad yet, but its coming. An escape from all is also coming, and only a fool would not take the Lord's word on this, and do what Jesus told us specifically to do, which is PRAY TO ESCAPE ALL OF IT. How many more times does it need to be said before it sinks in? One of the greatest tragedies of the days ahead, aside from the human suffering, will be the chance people had to avoid the suffering but chose it anyway through unbelief.
The men who think "its escapist" to believe in an escape that Jesus told us to pray for, and mock it with derision have a day coming that will test what kind of heroic christians they really are. I count myself to be foremost among the "escapist" mentalities of our day. I hold doggedly, steadfastly, without moving an inch on the promise and command of our God to pray that we may be counted to escape all. Soon, very soon we shall see who the wise and the foolish are. There is a price for unbelief and that price can be heavy indeed.
Keep the faith, remain "in Christ," grace and peace
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
In the last days, mockers will come. These people will pay for their scorn and derision because their own lack of understanding will punish them. The bible tells us clearly that we are many things, one of those things is: soldiers. I was enlisted in the Air Force and an officer in the Army and I think I have a good idea of what being a soldier means. The mockers do not understand soldiering. Guess what soldiers do? They train for war constantly, another way of saying this is they maintain "readiness." Soldiers understand that they can be called on at any minute of any day to deploy into combat. Today's soldiers know that better than anyone. We, as children of the Most High God also maintain a state of readiness. Our eyes are open to even the slightest hints on the horizon that we may be called by our master. While others are mocking, we are maintaining watchfullness and readiness.
Each feast day that passes, we heighten our readiness, they laugh. Each time of increased tension in the world, we prepare, they mock. The weeks ahead are pregnant with something...what I don't know, and we must be ready. The day when laughter is heard no more is coming soon. We are indeed in the days of Noah and Lot. Noah built the ark while people stood around and laughed/mocked him. The day the flood arrived, they learned what laughing and mocking will get you.
My final point today is this. Recently our brother David Wilkerson said he heard from the Lord, and his opinion is we should have 30 days of food on hand. I do not disagree with him, when Peter walked on water with Jesus, the storm was all around him, his faith was tested. A theme throughout the bible is faith being put to the test. If hypothetically, the escape happened sometime this spring (late April/Early May?) then I would not be surprised by some kind of catastrophic event 30 days or so prior, which puts us at (late March/Early April?). That's days away.
Soldiers participate in drills for the "real thing." I am now,and always will be a soldier in heart, and I look at the days ahead as a "field exercise" that may "go live" at any moment. So what if nothing happens? My heart and spirit were ready for the master. We were commanded, it was not a suggestion, to watch and yet people stand around with their critic hats on slip sliding their way down the broad path. We are in a period of time where every preparatory thing we've ever done to prepare ourselves for the Lord may well pay off. What happens when Jesus does show up and we can meet him at the door and say "Hi Lord, we were expecting you :-)" That is exactly, precisely the right answer.....those are the words that should be coming from our mouths.
I have seen evidence from more sources than I can remember at this point, that a very real possibility for the near future will be a nuclear attack on multiple cities in the US and abroad. Go to the London Telegraph website and watch their 5 part slideshow called "operation blackjack." Brother Wilkerson mentioned fire in the streets of NYC and the rest of the country affected as well. When you finish watching "operation blackjack" you'll understand more of what he's talking about. Time is short.
grace and peace
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
We have been on the subject of the coming of the Son of man being just like...exactly like the days of Noah and Lot. We have explored many angles of this important topic, but we've left out a really big one. Possibly huge one. I found it interesting as I was reading Genesis 7 that the Lord told us exactly WHEN (a month and day) Noah went into the ark. Why pray tell did the Lord tell us that? The Lord (I think) has nudged me on this multiple times now, so here it is:
Gen 7 And Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters was upon the earth. 7 And Noah went in, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons' wives with him, into the ark, because of the waters of the flood. 8 Of clean beasts, and of beasts that are not clean, and of fowls, and of every thing that creepeth upon the earth, 9 There went in two and two unto Noah into the ark, the male and the female, as God had commanded Noah. 10 And it came to pass after seven days, that the waters of the flood were upon the earth. 11 In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. 12 And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights.
The second month...the seventeenth day of the month....Gosh, that's interesting, because when I cross reference that with my hebrew lunar calendar I get this:
The month of Iyar , 29 days long, with a Gregorian calendar equivalent of what? April-May
Sometime in late April....early May is where the seventeenth day of the second month, the EXACT day that Noah entered the Ark falls. It just so happens that everything I am reading, hearing, seeing seems to indicate that we are approaching something BIG happening beginning the end of this month, all the way through the end of Fall 2009. People are referring to this summer as the "summer of hell" and "summer of chaos" and it just so happens that Noah entered the ark on the exact day of 17 Iyar which falls in late April, early May?
Nope, I'm not predicting anything! But my eyes are wide open guys....Clues on top of clues on top of clues. In the last days mockers shall come. I don't have to be warned multiple times to watch and be ready. What are the chances all these "coincidences" line up for this particular time period?
So there it is, I followed the gentle nudgings of the Holy Spirit and that's what I see. Like I've said over and over again, it's not like we have long to wait in order to find out what happens.....
We have been warned. We have been told to be watching and ready. If nothing happens over the coming weeks except more Americans lose their jobs and apply for food stamps, lose their homes etc by the hundreds of thousands, at least we will have been watching. Be ready....be READY
grace and peace
Some other reasons I expect big things in the near future. The world as its going right now is unsustainable. We cannot and will not stay on this path much longer. For many people in America today, life goes on, business as usual in spite of everything going on around us. With 700,000 people losing their jobs every month, losing their homes, an entire generation (baby boomers) being raped of their retirements, people from all walks of life lining up for food stamps, do you think that's "sustainable" for much longer?
I was shocked to learn not too long ago that the man of sin or his surrogate plans to "come out" on the day the stock markets of the world collapse. Speaking of stock markets, to show how arrogant and greedy these people are manipulating things, they are not yet satisfied with what they have stolen from the people of the world. They have one more final sweep of the arm to collect ALL the remaining financial chips on the table. Think about what's going to happen when the stock market starts climbing..we've gone from 6k to 7k, then we'll climb to 8k, then 9k, at some point in there people will think "hey, we're back baby! I'm goin ALL IN!" The market may climb to 10 or even 11k then you'll hear a sucking sound like letting the bathwater out of your tub, slurp, slurp, slurp will be the sound of everything remaining of people's savings and or new debt they took on to get greedy and make a "killing" in the market, proving that they have learned nothing, even after all we've been through, and leading many to the feet of anti-christ who will promise to "fix" everything for them.
The anti-christ comes conquering and to conquer, that's the first seal of revelation 6. Disregard the so called "experts" who tell you this guy has "no arrows" because arrows or not, he goes out conquering and we are told in the book of Daniel that he "destroys wonderfully." Many will still be looking for some "peace deal" while the anti-christ has already made a covenant with MANY and is out conquering the world. Deception is the hallmark of our days....
Back to Americans living more or less as they always have. For those who have not been laid off, or taken the horns of the financial mess we are in...life goes on as usual. I can tell you that in the Washington DC area you would never know there was a financial crises if the media did'nt tell you. The restaurants are always packed. I go by an outback steakhouse routinely and every night I go by it..every night, its packed. I recently met a friend at a restaurant in a different area of Fairfax, packed full of people. We have a neighbor who goes to sell stuff at craft shows and she tells us she's made more from selling craft stuff recently than she ever has.....eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, planting and building right up to the day that Noah entered the ark, then the flood came and swept them all away...
Today is most assuredly a pre-flood day. The days ahead of us, and I mean days now, are loaded. I will be shocked if this world resembles anything similar to today come October of this year. Not that I think the changes will take that long to arrive, but so many indicators, so many signs will have to be empty harbingers for that to be the case. That said, could we make it all the way through the summer with "business as usual" still prevailing in the world? Sure we could! Why. Satan's timeline holds no water, we know he wants to get started by he is being restrained from doing so...Until our God determines that just the right day and hour has arrived, we stay on "cruise control." That means living in days that are pre-flood, pre-brimstone. Days before Noah walked into the ark and Lot walked out of Sodom. Just look at how long we have been in this climate of job less, fear mongering by the media, financial rape of the taxpayer by the government and its leeching large corporations, and all that with no end in sight......Rest assured, there is an end to it, and I believe that end is coming soon..
Alot to do today, remain "in Him." grace and peace
Monday, March 16, 2009
The answer, I believe, did not take long. There are those people who think that we who are looking for the escape, are thumbing our noses at the world as we wait in expectation for our Lord's fulfillment of his word. How little they understand.....The few godly left in this world, those who seek to know the mind of the Spirit of God, to think the way he thinks, and see the way he sees, how can they not be grieved by what is coming on this world? The souls of men, multitudes are in the valley of decision and they don't undstand the times they are living in. The day of the Lord is coming, a day of darkness and gloom where the sound of rejoicing and merriment will be heard no more. That day is almost here, and it dawned on me this morning that until the very hour we are in Christ's presence, we will share in the burden, the grieving, the knee shaking fear of the Lord, understanding what is coming. I do not expect to be part of it, but how can we as children of God not feel compassion for our fellow man?
Yes, the world is full of wickedness, greed, theft, corruption etc etc etc, and we hate the evil behavior, but what separates us from the world is we love the people anyway...hate the behavior..love the people. Part of that love is understanding the hell on earth that is coming their way while they stare blissfully into their televisions to get another "fix" of placating lies that numb the conscience and soul, preserving these people like zombies for the day of destruction. How can we not grieve for them and with them? We are not bringing what's coming on them, our Lord is, and it has been a long time in coming with much warning and much patience on his part. Which leads me to another thing this morning.
As as I was writing the date down this morning, I believe the Lord impressed something on my mind. I wrote 3/16..../2009. Something struck me about 3/16......then it hit me, the Lord speaking once again...Before all hell breaks loose here on earth, the Lord wants to put things in context in our minds and the minds of anyone who has ears to listen. What is coming is NOT what he wanted for men....today 3/16 should remind us and put in context where our God has approached men from the beginning:
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Many many men are about to perish. Men have chosen wickedness instead of righteousness, they have chosen lies over the truth, and this has gone on for thousands of years now. Nobody can say the Lord has not been patient...
I have seen a convergence that seems to indicate that this summer will be very bad. The words I have seen and heard with my own ears are: "summer of hell" and "summer of chaos" or words to that effect. An example of this was this past weekend talking with the realtor for the place we are renting. Somehow we got on the subject of what's happening in the world, and I started to say this summer...and he interupted and said "summer of chaos?" of something like that, and I said, yea, something like that appears to be just ahead of us.
The way I felt this past weekend was really really not good....the normal remedies I use to refocus my mind on the future (apart from end times issues), none of them worked, I was stuck in a grieving, troubled, weighted funk. As I look around and see and hear and listen there are many, many arrows pointing toward the near future (weeks?) that seem to indicate that we are in for a real shock. What I experienced this weekend, I believe is a foreshadowing of what's coming, and words can't describe how bad it will be. What will men do when they come to a place where nothing comforts them? Nothing.....that's what's coming. They will try to cheer themselves with whatever they can find and they will not be comforted...
This leads us back to Noah and Lot. Eating and drinking....those things comfort. Marrying and giving in marriage, joyful events..causes for celebration. Planting and building, routine things that give life a sense of normalcy...again...comforting.....all gone.
Here's the last thing, and it was another piece of the puzzle that dropped in my lap this morning. The stock market...Stocks have been taking a beating now for quite some time. Here over this past week, it has seen a bit of a rally. The people I respect who are experts on these things, seem to think we are in for another mild drop before the market seemingly explodes back up to where it was before all the doom and gloom set in in the fall of last year. Perhaps there will be no mild dropoff and it will just continue its way up to the September-ish levels of 2008. Give me your attention now.....if that happens, and there's a good possibility it will....buckle yourseat belts. That will be a time of great rejoicing in this world. People will let out a sigh of relief, they will think...ahhhhh finally..some relief! Now we can stop worrying....now we can be at "peace" again, not worrying about our "safety" anymore in this crazy world because things are getting back to "normal." Peace...safety....and then, these financial people who, by the way, saw this mess coming, say the market will drop through the floor to unheard of levels that will leave people absolutely mentally, physically and spiritually devastated.
It is at just this time, at the time of the collapse of the stock markets, that the anti-christ (or his false prophet) plans to have his "day of declaration" as they call it. Where all people in the world hear the voice of the man of sin (or one of his servants) at the same time, which is also by the way "a covenant with many." If this guy comes telling the world "I can help" and people buy into his "help" a covenant has been entered into.... They rejected the true God and will accept "help" instead from an imposter....and thus the seals of Rev 6 begin their work.
This stock market activity is already underway...if/when you see a barn burner rally in the stocks....get on your knees before the Lord. While the world rejoices, I expect to be going through an "open door" headed away from it. They don't see it coming. Once again, I state it, I am a watchman, and the least of the servants of the Most High God. However, when the Lord drops puzzle pieces in my lap and shows me how they may go together, then I put them on the table for you to consider. What I write is not gospel, someone already wrote that book. Perhaps people should read the true gospel again one more time before its too late...
Time is short. Do not fear, we are not called to that. We are called to peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. As I have said many time, we are almost on the doorstep of summer, so we will know one way or another what's really going to happen. We are to be watching in all seasons, that means today, for the revealing of the Son of man. The Lord promised an escape, you are told to pray to be counted worthy of it. My prayers are with you, please keep me and my family in yours. grace and peace
Sunday, March 15, 2009
The stories of Noah and Lot are a big deal, no, let me correct that..a HUGE deal. Why? Because our Lord clearly told us that his coming, the coming of the Son of man will be just exactly like the days of Noah and Lot, but he did not stop there, he pointed out specific elements of the stories for us to focus on.
Luke 17: 26 And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. 27 They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. 28 Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; 29 But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. 30 Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.
We see eating drinking, marrying, buying, selling, planting building right up to the day that Noah entered the ark and Lot left Sodom, then the flood came, and fire and brimstone came, and destroyed them all, it will be just like this the day the Son of man is revealed.
31 In that day, he which shall be upon the housetop, and his stuff in the house, let him not come down to take it away: and he that is in the field, let him likewise not return back. 32 Remember Lot's wife. 33 Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it. 34 I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left. 35 Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, and the other left. 36 Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. 37 And they answered and said unto him, Where, Lord? And he said unto them, Wheresoever the body is, thither will the eagles be gathered together.
On this day that the Son of man is revealed, there will be a "leaving" event just like Noah left the surroundings of the world to enter the ark, and Lot left Sodom, and there will be a destruction event on the same day. There will also be a revealing event, our Lord adds to the story of Noah and Lot the fact that on this coming day, he will be revealed. He does'nt stop there, on this same day there will be a time of decision when people will have a choice to lose his life to preserve it, or save his life and lose it. And last but not least, the Lord comes back at us with the one taken one left idea, that plugs into the stories of Noah and Lot. Now, regardless of who you think was taken or left, we know for a fact, that Noah and Lot went physically into places of safety and the godless were destroyed, so we know for a fact that the same event is coming in the future.
This future event of physical escape from flood and brimstone/fire is something we are told to pray for in 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. I can assure you with 100% confidence that if the Lord told us to pray for an escape from all, there IS an escape from all. This escape is also known to many as the rapture.
This brings us to my reading this morning and another hint, another whisper, another clue as to what we are looking for in the day of Noah and Lot and the coming of the Son of man. In Matt 25 we see the parable of the virgins. 5 were foolish and 5 were wise. The wise virgins were ready when the master showed up, and they went into the wedding and the door was shut...
Noah went into the ark, and the Lord shut the door behind him..inside was safety, outside the flood. In Rev 4 we see an open door in heaven, then we see redeemed, rewarded men in heaven (crowns and white clothing). And here's this mornings tie in within the story of Lot:
Gen 19: 10 But the men put forth their hand, and pulled Lot into the house to them, and shut the door. 11 And they smote the men that were at the door of the house with blindness, both small and great: so that they wearied themselves to find the door.
It's written all over the place there, can you see it? Lot pulled through the door, into safety....outside the door, the men were smitten....remember the parable of the virgins? 10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. 11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. 12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not
They wearied themselves to find the door....Lord open the door....the Lord says "I know you not." I know you not? Where have we heard that before? Oh yea, right here:
Matt 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you ( I know you not): depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
Its all there, tucked right inside the story of Lot, which along with the story of Noah, we know tells us everything we need to know about the coming of the Son of man. We have doors, opened when the wise go through them, then closed and the foolish are without trying to gain access. We have a few saved, Noah out of an entire world, Lot out of an entire city, we have "I know you not" told to the many....its all there. Why will so few be saved? Why will many be told "I know you not?" Why do people assume that God thinks like men think? Why do people assume that the grace and lovingkindness of our Lord equates to a license to sin and do whatever they want?
1 Chron 28:9 And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the LORD searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever.
The Lord does not change. If he expected Solomon to serve him with a perfect heart, he expects us to, if he expected a willing mind from Solomon, he expects it from us. If we seek him, we will find him, if we forsake him, he will cast us off forever. John 15:6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. 7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. 8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. It's in the old testament, its in the new testament, if you abide not "in Christ" there is a terrible price to pay. Don't let the babylonian snake oil,religious salesmen/CEO "pastors" sell you sugar coated lies.
Before us today is laid both a promise, and a warning. This is nothing new, it has been the same from the very beginning. Seek peace and pursue it, kiss the Son lest he be angry and destroy you in your way(Psalm 2). KNOW HIM and be known by him today. There is an escape from all coming, if there were not, we would never have been told to pray for it. Noah was told to build and ark for his escape, Lot was told to walk out of Sodom for his escape..you are told to PRAY for your escape. The bible is clear, and there are no idle words within it. Blow off the commands, the warnings and the promises at your own peril. Will your own pet theories of how the escape will or will not happen prevent you from taking part in the escape? If the woman with the issue of blood never believed touching Jesus would heal her, she would not have been healed. If the centurian whose sick servant lay near death did not believe that Jesus could say the word and his servant be healed, there would never have been the healing. If Noah shrugged off the Lord's command to build the Ark, the flood would have had more victims. If Lot would not have walked out of Sodom (and life as he knew it), the fire and brimstone would have had more victims. If you do not pray for the escape from all as you have been specifically told to, the tribulation will likely have more participants.
The Lord meant what he said, every word of it. The day that the Son of man reveals himself to us is close. The time for debate is over, the time to get ready and be ready is today. The signs are all around us. You are dearly loved, keep the faith. Please pray for my family and for me, you are in my prayers. Grace and peace to you who are in Christ