Saturday, February 27, 2010
This world would tell us all the quakes are part of "global warming" or any number of other excuses/explanations. The one single reason they will NEVER tell us for the quakes is.....our Lord. Consider the word of God:
1 Corinthians 10:26 "The earth is the Lord's, and everything in it." ... ...
Psalm 24:1 The earth is the LORD's, and everything in it, the world, and all who live
in it; ...
1 Samuel 2:8 He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy ... ... "For the foundations of the earth are the LORD's; upon them he has set the world. ...
Matt 24:4Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. 5For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Christ,a’ and will deceive many. 6You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. 7Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8All these are the beginning of birth pains.
The Lord warned us about these things a long time ago. As it was written here yesterday, the Lord has spoken clearly about what was written in Matt 25. We are to be ready, and watching (wise virgins) and we are to be doing something....ANYTHING with the "talents" he has given us so we have something to show when he comes back.
This world and sadly many who call themselves christians are watching for everything BUT Jesus to show up. People are looking for the anti-christ, the tribulation, economic collapse, global warming and everything else BUT Jesus. What a huge mistake. When Jesus tells us to WATCH, he is clearly telling us to watch FOR HIM....The "wise virgins" went out to meet who? The BRIDEGROOM, and who is the bridegroom? It's Jesus.
We are to be watching for our Lord to come back for us at all times. All the world events around us should be seen in the context of the word of God and the soon return of our Lord Jesus. Earthquakes are birthpains. Earthquakes stacked right on top of one another could be signaling BIRTH. We may have a long time to wait for our Lord to come back for us, or he could show up tonight. Either way, lets have our jars of oil lined up and our LIGHTs burning in this world until the moment we are taken out of it.
Matt 5:13“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.
14“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. 15Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.
These are the things I hear the Lord speaking today. May the Lord bless you and keep you. Grace and peace.
Friday, February 26, 2010
1. we should be ready for his return and watching for it
2. we should be doing what we can, with what we have, according to what he has given us.
That struck me like resonating strings, I thought "man, that sounds familiar" when I finally realized that is already laid out for us in Matt 25. First in Matt 25 we have the parable of the virgins (readiness and watching), then we have the parable of the "talents" (doing something with what we've been given).
In addition, today the Lord shed a bit more light on the parable of the virgins when he tells us about the foolish virgins:
Matt 25:7"Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. 8The foolish ones said to the wise, 'Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.'
Notice the key phrase there at the end. Their lamps are "going out." What does that mean? Well, a lamp that is "going out" is not producing ANY LIGHT. As we look around at this world we see darkness encroaching everywhere and the ONLY WAY darkness can advance is for light to be absent.
This absence of light IS the evidence that what calls itself christianity today (churches and "pastors" on every street corner) has something terribly wrong with it. How can there be churches on every street corner and darkness is still advancing in this world? How and WHY? Because lamps are going out. Where there is no light, darkness advances, its just that simple.
The Lord doesn't stop there with this idea of lights and lamps, we see it again in Rev 2 when our Lord is speaking to the churches:
Rev 2:4Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken your first love. 5Remember the height from which you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place. 6But you have this in your favor: You hate the practices of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.
What happens if your lampstand is removed from its place? Again, no light. We know from the parable of the virgins in Matt 25 that running out of oil, leading to lamps going out, leading to no light will put you in the "foolish virgins" category if you are found in this condition when the Lord shows up, which could be tonight or 10 years from now.
The lesson here is, we do not want to be caught in dark institutions, without oil, without light when our Lord returns. The lights in this world are fading fast, and that is not my opionion, that is empitically based fact derived from observation of the world around us.
The Lord has spoken to us in his word about what we can and should be doing today. We should be ready and watching, our lamps should be filled with oil, producing LIGHT and we should have jars of oil to spare sitting beside our lights so we can make SURE our LIGHT is not dimming when the Lord shows up. We should be doing something, anything with our "talents" today so when the Lord returns we have SOMETHING to show him as a return on investment in us. Read the parable of the virgins and the talents again. They were written to us for a reason.
May the Lord bless you and keep you and prosper you even as your soul prospers. Grace and peace.
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Grace and peace
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Matt 7:13“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.
Only a few find the narrow gate that leads to life. As this writer has explained many times over the years, this blog was started in part by the disturbing question: WHY will so few be saved and WHY do so few today want to address this issue?
I've read all kinds of excuses over the years as to why today's religious teachers refuse to address this issue. One excuse is "I don't want to give anyone a "spirit of fear."" Well, apparently the Holy Spirit does not have that problem because he, not I put Matt 7:13-28 in the bible.
I was reading the Word today and came across this again:
Luke17:17Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? 18Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?”
There it is again, a FEW. One out of TEN came back to give thanks to God. Is 10% "a few." I'd say so. We have many examples of "few" being saved, Noah, Lot, Matt 7:13-28, the story of Israel being destroyed by the Lord over and over again and only a remnant (a few) being saved each time. The pattern is well established for those with eyes that "see."
Why bring this up? Because it is WRITTEN and NOBODY wants to remind people of the unpleasant, non-sugar coated words written in the bible. Our God does not limit his encouragement to us to sweet promises of pleasant things, he also encourages us with a boot to the rear-end. Our God pushes us, pulls us and does everything in between to get us to follow him, to do what is right and just and yet still, many remain on the broad path that leads to destruction.
There are many many people in the religious world who strongly disagree with the writing you find on this blog. That makes perfect sense to me. Whatever the truth is, MOST people will disagree with it. The way of truth is a NARROW PATH, REJECTED BY MOST which is why so FEW will be saved. This world sings a constant refrain:
9These are rebellious people, deceitful children,
children unwilling to listen to the Lord’s instruction.
Isaiah 30:10They say to the seers,
“See no more visions!”
and to the prophets,
“Give us no more visions of what is right!
Tell us pleasant things,
11Leave this way,
get off this path,
and stop confronting us
with the Holy One of Israel!”
I can hear people saying already, but the Lord was speaking to Israel! And I would counter with "that's true, but how many in christianity today tolerate the preaching of our God's FULL counsel? Very few....very few. People like the cherry picked bible, you know, the one with all their pet doctrines "in" and everything else left "out." The cherry pick bible says things like "don't worry about the Lord's warnings, just focus on all the positive things." Right, because we wouldn't want anyone to get a "spirit of fear." Let's just forget that the words we don't like were ever written to begin with!
I don't think the Lord is pleased with few being saved, and it brings me no joy to remind people of it, but the Word of the Lord will NOT be buried by "positive preachers" like Mr Osteen and his ilk. I think the "positive preachers" in todays christianity do a great job of preaching the PARTIAL gospel that they preach. They sell the positive very well indeed. What stirs up the wrath that is coming on this world though is everything else that has been written and is NOT being preached.
Read the book of Revelation for yourself. Our God IS a God of love mercy and compassion, but he's not ONLY that. He is a God of WRATH and VENGEANCE on people who do not OBEY and do not KNOW HIM.
2 Thessalonians 1:8 He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.
Of all the things I read in the bible today (most of them very positive) WHY did the Holy Spirit highlight 1 out of 10 people coming back to thank God for a miracle (luke 17:17)? I think the Lord is exasperated by the lack of real faith in this world.
Luke 18:8 However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?"
If the Lord expects to find faith, why is he asking us about it? Will he find faith on earth when he comes?
The wrong time to find out about all the parts of the bible you didn't like to think about is when you are standing before Jesus face to face. The wrong time to ponder why you got left behind in the great escape from all is AFTER the escape happens and the door in heaven is closed. Our God is a God of mercy and he warns us BEFORE so we don't have to find things out the hard way. Ultimately though, its up to us. Will we continue to bury our head in a hole by listening to "partial gospel preachers" then wake up one day confronted with the Lord's judgement?
What is going to happen when the escape from all happens just like the bible says it will, and MOST self described christians are left behind? What are all the "pastors" going to tell people then? How will they explain why THEY got left behind too? The pre-trib escape from all will devastate what calls itself christianity today. Few will have the heart to "face the music" and make the real changes necessary even after they get left behind. Playing church is one thing, BEING the church is another.
Re-read Rev 2-3 and see for yourself all the wonderful things the churches did. Really, they are commendable, and YET the Lord tells all but two of them, you have some fatal flaws that WILL cause you some major problems (like Jesus vomiting you out of his mouth...see the talk with Laodicea). Even with these warnings todays "positive preachers" will tell you "yea, but you're still saved, even if Jesus VOMITS YOU OUT of his mouth." I would laugh at how ridiculous that statement is if it wasn't so very sad. WHY will so few be saved...WHY?
grace and peace
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Question: What is it that Jesus did not accomplish on the cross that makes it 'necessary' for the last generation church to go through the tribulation? Is the argument that somehow the church needs some kind of "purification" or something else in that line of reasoning in order to be worthy of heaven? If the "other tribbers" argue that the church needs ANYTHING else besides Christ alone to be worthy of heaven then they have huge doctrine problems that basically nullifies large portions of the bible.
To illustrate how absurd the idea is that the church just before the tribulation begins somehow "needs" the tribulation to be ready for heaven, we can ask "what about all the believers who died "in Christ" up to the time of the tribulation? Why is it that they did not "need" to take part in the tribulation to be worthy of heaven but we do? If the church must be in part or all of the tribulation then why is it that the dead "in Christ" rise and go directly into the sky to meet Jesus instead of digging bunkers in the earth to fight off the anti-christ? WHY? The reasoning it takes to "go there" is utterly absurd.
The only reason that the "other tribbers" could possibly stand on that does not put them in danger or heresy by diminishing what was done by Jesus on the cross is "who is going to witness if the church is in heaven?"
I seem to recall 5 unwise virgins who are left behind to ponder their ways in Matt 25, are we to believe that none of them have a change of heart and go "all in" for Jesus even though it will cost them their lives? I seem to recall 144,000 Jews sealed in Rev 7, are they not witnessing to the world? I seem to recall ANGELS flying through the heavens proclaiming the word of God to everyone and anyone who will listen:
Rev 14:6 Then I saw another angel flying in midair, and he had the eternal gospel to proclaim to those who live on the earth--to every nation, tribe, language and people.
I also seem to remember 2 witnesses who the entire world will despise for preaching the gospel non stop for 3.5 years.
Then to put the cherry on top, there are those who actually do repent of their ways and decide to give themselves to Jesus. We see a picture of these people under the alter in Rev 6.
So again, HUGE problems for the people who have decided that for some reason Jesus did not do quite enough for the church on the cross. According to these people, the church needs Jesus AND the tribulation to make it across the threshold for heaven. How utterly and completely absurd.
There are many facts in the bible that are beyond debate. Here are some of them:
An escape from ALL is promised by Jesus to those found worthy of it (luke 21:36)
The coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah and Lot and Noah endured ZERO judgement in his day. He went into the ark and "escaped" the flood. The same can be said for Lot, he did not get a single burning ember on his cloak, he escaped ALL of the fire judgement on Sodom and Gormorrah.
There is a promise to be kept from the hour of trial coming on the entire world in Rev 3:10.
There is an open door in Matt 25, Rev 3 and Rev 4 that SOMEBODY is going through, otherwise the Lord is opening and closing doors in heaven for amusement?
There are REDEEMED MEN IN HEAVEN before the seals of Rev 6 are opened, thats a FACT that is most vexing for all the "other tribbers." How do they explain how a group that numbers MUCH MORE than 24 ends up in heaven? The group in heaven is from EVERY NATION, TONGUE, PEOPLE, TRIBE and we know for SURE there are more than "24" people in each of those categories.
Here's another unpleasant fact. Noah and his family were the only ones, the FEW who had the faith to believe the Lord and escape the flood of his day. Lot and his daughters were the only 3, the FEW to escape the fire judgement on Sodom. We see in Jesus speaking with the church of Sardis and he tells them there are a FEW who have not soiled their clothes and are worthy. We see only half of the virgins found ready for the bridegroom when he shows up. These are all FACTS, not open for debate or conjecture..FACTS that stand on their own merit for your consideration.
It does not surprise me in the least that it has become a growing fad these days just before the tribulation for people to attempt to steal other people's escape by shipwrecking their faith in an escape. If God said something (like there is an escape) and you don't believe it, who has the problem, God or YOU?
People rage on and on about the "rapture debate" but I don't think there's a debate about the rapture at all. This debate is about the integrity of God's word, pure and simple. And yes, I take tremendous offense to those who would tell me that God's word does not say what I read it to say in plain language. Our God says there IS an escape from all, either that is true, or God is a liar. I apologize if I get upset when people suggest that our God is a liar...
If people want to convince me that there is no escape from all, then re-write the bible with luke 21:36 out of there, re-write the bible to show Noah swimming his way through the flood into the ark, re-write it to show me Lot with scorch marks all over his body and a narrow miss during his trek out of Sodom, re-write the bible to close the doors in heaven in Rev 3,4 and Matt 25. While people are busy re-writing the bible go ahead and re-write the whole "no wrath for the church" thing and write in somewhere that we will endure "satan's wrath" and some of our God's wrath so somehow we, the last generation will skid into heaven's door with the seat of our pants on fire while ALL THE OTHER GENERATIONS WHO DIED IN CHRIST "just" endured the tribulations normal to this world.
People who argue that somehow the church needs to go through part or all of the tribulation have NO IDEA just how BAD that time is going to be. We who are praying for an escape from all in OBEDIENCE to the Lord's command while under constant attack for naysayers have no reason to tread water (Noah), dodge fire and brimstone (Lot) or endure any of the other judgements coming on this world. If we somehow "needed" something else then Jesus left unfinished business on the cross....now do you really want to argue that?
The fact is, there never has been and never will be ANY OTHER preparation for the tribulations of this world OR the tribulation to come OTHER THAN CHRIST ALONE. Us "in him" and him "in us" PERIOD. We who pray for the escape are living in obedience to our Lord's command, can the "other tribbers" say that? NO, they can't and they won't.....
The people who argue "yea, but if you are praying to escape and it doesn't happen you will abandon your faith once the tribulation starts!" Really? You mean seeing the anti-christ show up, watching the abomination that causes desolation, watching the roaring of the seas and mens hearts failing them in fear, and watching all the other numerous prophetic events unfold like clockwork will be the reasons for me to say to myself "nah, I don't beleive that bible anymore.." How utterly absurd. The people who are most "ready" for the days before, during and after the tribulation are those who are looking to Jesus alone for everything TODAY. He is our protection and provision now, and every day that we walk this planet, tribulation or not.
Last but not least, lets talk about the area of "watching." We are told over and over and over and over again to WATCH. For what, for who? For JESUS, that's who. The "other tribbers" are looking for everything and everyone BUT Jesus today, so what are they going to do when he shows up and they have not been watching for him? I guess we'll find out.
We were told to watch and pray for an escape from all that is 100% guaranteed coming to this world in the days ahead, so I suggest we do what we were told to do and watch and pray, NOW. We were also told to wait patiently for our Lord's return, also known as keeping the "word of his patience" in Rev 3:10. An interesting word from our Lord just after Rev 3:10, speaking of us being "kept" from the hour of trial is this:
Rev 3:11 I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown.
Read that over again until it sinks in please. Hold on to what we have? So no one will take our crown? That suggests someone...people..who would attempt to steal/thieve something of importance from us. If we let them take it, it will be gone. "What we have" is something faith based, we take nothing physically with us when we leave this world. From the context of what we read there, we see "being kept" in Rev 3:10 and "don't let them steal it from you" in verse 11. Think about it...really think about it.
grace and peace
Thursday, February 11, 2010
The is a growning fad within todays form of "christianity" to question whether there will be an escape from all or not. These people who question the escape from all, refuse to believe God's word at face value and so they believe and teach a lie, to their own detriment and the detriment of those who hear them. The people who attempt to debunk the escape from ALL tell you that the church will go through all or part of God's wrath, also known as the time of punishment, also known as the tribulation, also known as the time of JACOB'S trouble. I cannot think of a more unbiblical concept.
Why do these people (mid-trib/pre-wrath/post-trib) fall into such grievous error? They refuse to know and love the truth. Not only do these people disbelieve the plain written word that teaches us about the mystery known as the escape from ALL/rapture, they do not understand basic fundamental truths about the church. What am I talking about?
The same error that causes men to perpetuate the idolatrous "pastoral system" also causes them to not understand the escape from all. For a more extensive treatment of this grievous error that men committ today (nicolaitanism) please see the 10 articles written on "pastors" under articles of interest on the right hand side of the blog. The pastoral system is an idolatrous system that men have created and perpetuated for generations to nico-lait (conquer thelaity). What does this have to do with understanding the rapture/escape from all?
ELDERS not pastors are to oversee the church. Period.
Titus 1:5The reason I left you in Crete was that you might straighten out what was left unfinished and appoint elders in every town, as I directed you. 6An elder must be blameless, the husband of but one wife, a man whose children believe and are not open to the charge of being wild and disobedient. 7Since an overseer is entrusted with God’s work, he must be blameless—not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain. 8Rather he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined. 9He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it.
Notice with me that Paul did not appoint "pastors" he appointed ELDERS, plural to oversee the church. Today's fortune 500 style, CEO/pastor centered "christianity" has fallen into such error, and darkness has advanced so far in this world because men have decided for themselves how they think the church should look instead of relying on the perfect Word of God to be the example of how the church should look. Men want "idols" they always have from the very beginning. Read the history of Israel for more details.
The Lord instructed the church to appoint a plurality of elders to oversee the church so pride would not be lifted up in the heart of any one man and idolatry would not sprout in the hearts of the sheep. Again, read the articles on "pastors" on this blog for a more extensive treatment of this subject.
Okay, so get to the point please! Elders? Pastors? The Rapture/escape from all? Link it up for us please?
The church is in heaven before the judgements/seals of Rev 6 are opened. That's a fact. How did the church get there? The "open door" of Rev 3, Rev 4 and Matt 25, that is in heaven.
Rev 5:8 And when he took the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell before the Lamb, having each one harps and golden vials full of perfumes, which are the prayers of the saints, 9 and they sing a new song, saying, 'Worthy art thou to take the scroll, and to open the seals of it, because thou wast slain, and didst redeem us to God in thy blood, out of every tribe, and tongue, and people, and nation, 10 and didst make us to our God kings and priests, and we shall reign upon the earth.'
Rev 5 is absolute, irrefutable proof that redeemed men are in heaven before the seals or anything else in the book of Rev is poured out on the earth. And who are these "redeemed men?" They are elders. Todays form of "christianity" would have you believe that there were 24 "pastors" circling the throne of revelation, but there are no "pastors" mentioned, there are elders. These elders oversee the church. If there are any men who represent, guide or direct the true church on earth, it is elders, not pastors....
A common error perpetuated by the people who beg and argue to go through the tribulation is that the 24 elders don't really represent the full church so the rapture did not really occur before Rev 6? To that I say ....really? Based on what, their opinion? Consider all the problems these people have explaining these things:
1. Who exactly is going through the doors in Matt 25 (wise virgins), Rev 3 and Rev 4? Doors are open for people to go through them. No complex analysis of suspension of common sense needed for that one.
2. How do they explain how the 24 elders got into heaven? A "micro-rapture" that only raptured 24 people?
3. How do they explain the "us" that the Elders speak to the Lord about that consists of "every tribe, and tongue, and people, and nation?" Please follow me on the 1st grade math we'll use to figure this one out. If we were to forget about all the different tribes and peoples and nations of the earth and only focus on the "tongues" we would know that AT A MINIMUM, there are over 6 thousand redeemed men in heaven in addition to the 24 elders speaking to the Lord. There are at least 6,800 languages spoken in the world right now. (if we take the minimum of 1 from each "tongue" that puts a minimum of 6,800 additional people in heaven in order for the statement "thou didst redeem us to God in thy blood, out of every tribe, and tongue, and people, and nation" to be true. Again, that leaves out all the different tribes and peoples and nations, thats just tongues spoken.
4. Fact: there are many many more than 24 peoples, tribes, tongues, nations on this earth so fact there are many more than 24 redeemed men in heaven that make up the "US" the elders speak to the Lord about in Rev 5. No calculus needed here folks, 1st grade math.....
5. The church is not mentioned after Rev 5. Where did they go? Yea, I've read all the ridiculous thousand plus word essays and arguments used to place the church in Rev after Rev 5, but none of them hold water. If the Lord spoke specifically to the churches in Rev 1-3 then he could speak specifically to the churches after Rev 3, but he didn't. In Rev 7 we read about 144,000 Jews from each of the tribes of Israel being sealed, where is the church during this time? I see Jews fleeing from Judea during the abomination of desolation but where is the church at this time? There are no idle words in the bible, if the Lord purposefully addressed the churches in Rev 1-3 then purposefully does not address the churches ever again, there's a reason, its not a whim or a mistake.
ELDERS should oversee the churches today, but instead, men have appointed "pastors" for themselves. This has led to pride and arrogance in the pastors and idolatry in the sheep. This pastoral system IS the sin of the nicolatians specifically mentioned by the Lord in Rev 2-3. Jesus says he HATES the deeds and teachings of the nicolaitans, but men seem to love them. For the same reason that men have not rejected the nicolaitans, they have not understood the escape from all/rapture. They do not understand the position of elders in the church today, and they do not understand the position of elders in the throneroom of heaven in Rev 4-5.
Maybe if the Lord said his throne was surround by 24 "pastors" they would understand what he was talking about. But neither the Lord, nor Paul ever once appointed a pastor, spoke to one, ate with one, referenced one in all the travels we see in the entire new testament. Men offer to "service" the Lord every SUN-day the way a prostitute "services" her clients. The Lord is not looking to be "serviced" though, he is looking for a faithful wife. The true church does not "go to church" because it is impossible to "go to church" when we are the church 24/7/365 days a year. The true church gives generously as "cheerful givers," they do not give "under compulsion." Todays "christianity" uses the iron of the LAW to place a yoke over the churches neck by ordering them to "tithe" which is compulsory giving.
2 Corinthians 9:7... Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
Once again we see no levitical priests in the churches and yet the order to "tithe?" What was the tithe ordained for? Who was the tithe for? The short answer? It was not for "pastors."
The compulsory giving that todays "pastors" have imposed on the sheep is one of many examples of their faithlessness. These men do not trust the Lord to provide for them so they pull a yoke from the past out to slap it on the church, just like they invented the pastoral system and "services" and everything else that is allowing darkness and not light to take over the world while the true church becomes smaller and smaller corresponding exactly with the Lord's statement in Matt 7:13-28 that only a few find the narrow path that leads to life....few is the word he used, that's not my word.
Every day, there is more and more irrefutable proof that the church will be in heaven, not on earth when the seals of Rev 6 are opened. The "other tribbers" are terribly vexed when they are forced to explain how the church can both "escape from all" and go through part of all of the time of jacob's trouble. They are terribly vexed when asked to explain how redeemed men are shown in heaven in Rev 4 and 5 without a rapture/escape from all to put them there. These people are terribly vexed when they are asked to explain exactly who is passing through these "doors" we read about in Matt 25, Rev 3 and 4. Did the Lord open the doors for no reason?
The "other tribbers" along with many other occult groups do everything in their power to create DOUBT in the minds of men regarding one of the most fantastic gifts that the Lord will ever give men short of salvation. There IS an escape from all coming...thats a fact. There are redeemed men in heaven from every tribe, tongue, nation and people before the seals of Rev 6 are opened, that's another fact.
The naysayers and doubters who refuse to take the Lord's word at face value are likely the foolish virgins who come knocking on the Lord's door later and are told by the Lord "I never knew you." Later is the key word here. It takes absolutely zero faith to believe in an escape from all after it happens. Notice that the Lord does not tell the virgins who were shut out in Matt 25 to "come back at the midpoint or end" of the tribulation to enter the marriage feast. They are told "I never knew you." Big difference would'nt you say? If there were later raptures, why wouldn't the Lord tell the foolish virgins to wait for them? Again, the key words to focus on are: the foolish virgins came later knocking on the Lord's door:
Matt 25:10“But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut.
11“Later the others also came. ‘Sir! Sir!’ they said. ‘Open the door for us!’
12“But he replied, ‘I tell you the truth, I don’t know you.’
13“Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.
Notice what the foolish virgins ask the Lord for...they ask "open the door for us!" Does that look familiar at all? Open the door for us?
Rev 3 These are the words of him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open. 8I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name. 9I will make those who are of the synagogue of Satan, who claim to be Jews though they are not, but are liars—I will make them come and fall down at your feet and acknowledge that I have loved you. 10Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come upon the whole world to test those who live on the earth.
Rev 4:1After this I looked, and there before me was a door standing open in heaven. And the voice I had first heard speaking to me like a trumpet said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.”
What do we know about the foolish virgins? They were not ready. They end up coming later to knock on the Lord's door. Do you think that people who argue with people day and night trying to convince anyone who will listen that there is not an escape from all, there is not a pre-trib rapture, we will go through part or all of God's judgements on the ungodly, do you think that these people will be counted worthy to escape from all? Are they obediently praying to escape from all? Does their faith and belief put them in heaven or in the tribulation? What you do or not believe makes all the difference in what is done for you. According to your faith things are done to you and for you.
Matthew 9:29 Then he touched their eyes and said, "According
to your faith will it be done to you";
This is no trivial subject as so many would make it out to be. If there is a worthiness based "escape from all" that the Lord clearly tells us about in Luke 21:36, and there are people who actively try to debunk it, and those people do create doubt in the minds of people, thus shipwrecking their faith for one of the greatest events the church will ever see, then those men are guilty of theft and the work of the enemy who has been creating doubt and fear from the very beginning.
These people ask you "hath God really said there is an escape from all?" Gosh, that sounds sooooooo familiar:
Gen 3:1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, "Did God really say, 'You must not eat from any tree in the garden'?"
If there is anything at all I am sure of about our God, it is this: our God rewards faith. He rewards those who believe that his word means what it says it means at face value. We don't need thousand word essays to explain to us what God's word means in a few words. If God said there was an escape from all then you can bet the farm the goat and the family that there IS an escape from all, guaranteed.
The Lord has restoked this fire within me. Our God meant what he said he meant in the bible in plain language. If your understanding of the bible comes from "spiritualizing" the words to mean something other than what they mean at face value, I truly believe it will come at a frightening personal cost to you.
The Lord is coming like a thief, at a time that most will not be aware of. We are told to be servants who are watching and ready like the 5 wise virgins. We are watching TODAY unlike so many who would tell us that the Lord can't show up until later because of their pet doctrines. Let us be found as wise virgins, ready for our Lord every day so when he shows up we are not caught unprepared.
grace and peace
Friday, February 05, 2010
There is an insistence within me to stand firm on what the bible clearly teaches, there will be a pre-tribulation rapture/escape from all event where those found worthy will be just like Noah and Lot who escaped all of the flood and all of the fire and brimstone in their time.
In Rev 3:10 above we see that the Lord commends those servants who "keep the word of my endurance." Did you ever stop to think of what he means? He's talking about being surrounded by naysayers and critics and yet holding onto his word in spite of it all. Holding on is the key. I am amazed to see what a growing fad it is for christians to abandon the plain reading of scripture when it comes to a topic as important as the rapture. We are told clearly that there will be an escape from all and yet thousands upon thousands of people who call themselves christians attack this idea. It's as if Jesus did not say anything about an escape from all but we know that he clearly did. We also have the clear encouragement of the stories of Noah and Lot. People can argue and twist all they want to but the clear teaching of the bible in the cases of both Noah and Lot is, the righteous were spared from all of the wrath/judgement that the wicked received.
Being spared from wrath is a promise repeated over and over again in the bible, but the bible twisters would have us believe that we will experience our God's wrath. I can't think of a more unbiblical concept. These people take God's wrath and tell us its "satan's wrath" for example (another satanic/unbiblical idea) to twist the plain meaning we read in the bible.
I find myself on fire again within about this topic. For quite awhile I did not, but the fire is re-kindled within me. Many people may not be sure about what's going to happen, but they really really need to settle the matter for themselves. I am 100% absolutely positive, that we will see a pre-tribulation rapture of the few who are found worthy in this world. How can I guarantee such a thing? The bible clearly teaches it and I have an inner witness now on this subject that is just short of breathtaking.
Satan wants to get his hands on everyone during the 7 years of hell coming to this earth, that's no surprise. What is a surprise is that so many people calling themselves "christians" are helping him through twisting the plain meaning of scripture to shipwreck the faith of many. That makes me angry, its theft. As you believe, so you receive and if people can be convinced by other people to give up hope and faith in one of the greatest promises made by God to us in the bible, well, that would be tragic.
I believe its time again to watch and warn people. The people who don't want to hear any of this will argue till blue in the face with their same old tired arguments that hold no water. Debating and arguing with these people is useless. I have tested all of their arguments and found them to be wanting. They twist and turn the word of God to fit their own agenda and doctrine but they cannot hide true meaning. This is reinforced by the idea that taking the bible at face value is the only way to read it. "Spiritualizing" the words in the bible is a satanic tool used to make the bible say whatever a person wants it to say.
In the end, we will see who is found wise (virgins) and who is found foolish (virgins ala Matt 25). It takes no faith at all to figure out that the bible meant what it said it meant after an event takes place. So will it be with the escape from all/noah/lot experience coming to this world. After it happens, the foolish virgins will come knocking on the Lord's door and we know what they will be told. Again, don't shoot the messenger, I'm not judging anyone, the Word of God also known as Jesus himself judges men. The events of history will prove this out.
I have read severe attacks by people who say "how dare you judge anyone" when it comes to salvation by telling people that only a few will be saved! Wait a minute, I never said that a only a few will be saved...Jesus did, so the problem is with God has written not me "judging" somebody. We are to remind each other of what has been written and clearly many people cannot handle that. They can only handle the cherry picked portions of scripture that fit their own private pet doctrines and anyone who challenges those doctrines is personally attacked. People attack the messenger personally because they have no biblical ground to stand on to attack the message. Few will be saved, I wish it were not true but that is clearly what the bible says...re-read Matt 7:13-28. Attack that, not me.
Today is a day of warning and watching. Warning people is not judging them. Warning people is an act of grace, not judgement but how few have the eyes to see or ears to hear what the Spirit is saying to the churches today.
Blessed be the name of the Lord, grace and peace
it be in the days of the Son of Man.
Matthew 24:37 As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.
The Lord has given me a troubling question for all the naysayers who would have us believe that we will all go through part, most or all of the time of Jacob’s trouble.
That troubling question is, how much “tribulation” did Noah endure in his days? If the days ahead are going to be just like the days of Noah AND naysayers are right that we will all go through at least part of the tribulation,then we should see some “tribulation” that Noah went through comparable to what we see in the book of revelation, but do we? Where exactly do we see in Noah’s experience plague, famine, the righteous being hunted down and slaughtered etc? If we are to believe the naysayers that tell us there is no escape from the coming days of hell on earth, shouldn’t we see the things that will happen during the tribulation in Noah’s experience as well? Well, we don’t. The fact is, we see nada, zip, zero, NOTHING about the description of the days of Noah that would in ANY WAY compare to the days of the Daniel’s 70th week/time of Jacob’s trouble.
Here’s another troubling fact, Noah was in the ark, a place of physical safety while the rest of the world was punished with the flood. So again, I ask you, where was Noah’s “tribulation?” The mid-trib/pre-wrath/post-trib crowd can only respond with a stunning silence. It’s the same with Lot, where were Lot’s “tribulation” events? If the naysayers are right shouldn’t we see tribulation kinds of events happening to both Noah and Lot? Yea, we should but we don’t, so what can we conclude? The mid-trib/pre-warth/post trib crowds are wrong, dead wrong.
The coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah, and in the days of Noah life went on as usually for everybody right up to the very day that NOAH ENTERED THE ARK. Then all hell broke loose, but not a moment before:
People were eating, drinking, marrying and being given in marriage up to the day
Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed them all.
Noah entered the ark, THEN the flood came and destroyed them all. What part of that don’t people understand? If the coming of the Son of man is going to be just like the days of Noah, then we will enter our “ark” and THEN the “flood” of judgment will come and destroy the world. If Jesus said it he meant it. If the days ahead are going to be just like the days of Noah, then life will go on as usual until the very day we are physically separated from this world by the walls of our “ark” whatever that is. Since we use the bible to interpret the bible, does this jive with what we are told in Luke 21:36?
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.
Yes, it fits like a glove. Noah escaped ALL, Lot escaped ALL and those of us found worthy will escape ALL as well. The how and when of all this are the Lord’s department, but the “what” has been clearly spoken to us. The wise virgins will keep their lamps full of oil, WATCHING for the Lord and praying in obedience to the command we were given to pray that we may be counted worthy to escape all that’s about to happen and stand before the Son of Man.
It’s going to be a very very bad day for those foolish virgins who only come later, after it is painfully obvious that the bible means what it says in plain language, to knock on the Lord’s door asking to be let in. He will tell them “I don’t know you.”
Today is a day for watching and warning. The Lord dropped these words directly into my heart yesterday. Ask the naysayers to prove their point by comparing the days of Noah and Lot to the days of the tribulation. If there was no plague famine or flood inside the ark, NONE, then how exactly is it that we should expect these things for ourselves? If people want to argue until they are blue in the face that they will go through Daniel’s 70th week, then perhaps they personally will get what they argue for.
Every day the facts continue to stack up in support of what the bible says at face value. There is an escape from all and we should pray for it. Many will likely not be watching and ready when the escape shows up, so they will go through part or all of the tribulation. As far as they personally are concerned, they are right to argue that they will go through the tribulation because they probably will, but not everybody will….according to your faith it will be done unto you.
Just imagine what it will feel like to know that some people did escape just as the bible teaches, but you were left behind because your faith and belief placed you in the middle of the tribulation. How will you feel then? How will all the people feel who bought into the idea that there was no escape even though the bible clearly teaches there is one? Perhaps people need to spend a lot less time listening to their “pastors” and spend more time listening to the Holy Spirit. I could truly care less about what most men have to say about God. I want to know what God has to say about God. There’s just way too much deception in this world to be listening to naysayers at this late hour. Determine for yourself what you believe and why you believe it. It would be a pity to miss an escape from the worst days this world has ever seen because some man talked you out of it….
Grace and peace
Thursday, February 04, 2010
11“Later the others also came. ‘Sir! Sir!’ they said. ‘Open the door for us!’
12“But he replied, ‘I tell you the truth, I don’t know you.’
13“Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.
Luke 21:34“Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with dissipation, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you unexpectedly like a trap. 35For it will come upon all those who live on the face of the whole earth. 36Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.”
We are told to be watching. It is very clear, yet many today would argue with you till they are blue in the face that there's no reason to be watching today. To be fair, people are watching for all kinds of things aside from the one thing Jesus told them to be watching for...HIS RETURN for us. It is also very clear that there is an event coming that you can call whatever you want, but that event will see us PHYSICALLY SEPARATED from the masses of humanity in order to allow us to "escape from all" exactly the way that Noah escaped ALL of the flood and Lot escape ALL of the fire and brimstone of his day. Of particular importance in both the story of Noah and Lot is the physical separation from the places of judgement.
I have no idea how the Lord will do what is about to happen. Will it be by "rapture" or some other method? Frankly I don't care because I know for a FACT , with 100% certainty that the word of the Lord is true, flawless, perfect and this coming separation event will occur EXACTLY as it was written to do exactly what the Lord said he would do. There is a 0% chance that anyone to include all the "other tribbers" (mid-trib/pre0wrath/post-trib) will be able to look back and say there was not an escape from ALL. When it happens it will be clear, but it will also be too late for these people who a. are not watching, because they do not believe Jesus is coming back for us anytime soon, and b. Are not ready, their faith puts them in direct conflict with the Lord's own words, for example they refuse to pray for an escape from all because they do not believe there is an escape from all, nor do they believe there is any need to be watching for Jesus today.
The people who are watching for the tribulation, the anti-christ and everything else BUT Jesus are NOT ready to meet him today, how could they be when the refuse to believe his words? How many times must they be told to WATCH? Watch for what? For HIM.....of particular note here is verse 11 in Matt 25:11“Later the others also came. ‘Sir! Sir!’ they said. ‘Open the door for us!’
Notice the use of the word "later" here. This group that is found not ready comes knocking on the Lord's door AFTER he has come back to take us where he is and what does he tell them?
12“But he replied, ‘I tell you the truth, I don’t know you.’
13“Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.
He tells these "virgins".....christians presumably ..I DON'T KNOW YOU. That will come as quite a shock for these people won't it? I don't know you? They end up coming to the Lord's door and knocking LATER...AFTER it has become obvious that the Lord should be taken at his word. The bible makes it very clear that those who show up knocking at the Lord's door AFTER it has been opened (see Rev 3-4 for "open door" in heaven) were not ready when it opened. Why? They were not watching when the Lord told them to watch? Why? Their pet doctrines trumped the clear reading of the words in the bible and they chose their doctrines over the plain meaning of scripture.
There's nothing complex about any of this. We are told to watch and be ready for the Lord's return TODAY. NOT at the mid-point of the tribulation, NOT 60-80% through the tribulation, NOT at the end of the tribulation, but right NOW. These people do not believe what God said. If Jesus said there will be an escape from ALL that's about to happen then you can bet life and limb it will there IS an escape from all, its a fact. These people are victims of their own disbelief, which suppresses them and does not allow them to "see." Belief is half of being and ALL of "seeing."
There is no way that those who take God's word at face value will be disappointed. Go re-read Hebrews 11 about all those who believed God and were credited with righteousness for it. The kingdom of heaven has not been given to Ph. Ds and "christian scholars" and the "learned" and "experts" of this world. The kingdom has been given to little children, to those who believe with a childlike faith. The bible clearly teaches us that our Lord actively frustrates the wisdom of the "wise" in this age. I suspect that many "christians" today will be terribly vexed to hear from Jesus' own mouth "I don't know you."
Don't attack the messenger because I am not the one who says Jesus will say "I don't know you" to the virgins who came late. Jesus said that. I am not the one who said that only a FEW will make it through the narrow gate that leads to life, JESUS said that (Matt 7:13-28).
I do not know how, or when the "escape from all" luke 21:34-36 and being "kept from the hour of trial" is going to happen, but I know they will be fulfilled LITERALLY and I know for a FACT that many "virgins" will show up AFTER it happens knocking on the Lord's door asking to be let in and they will be turned away. The Lord is not pleased with disbelief and faithlessness that should be evident.
Could you imagine what you would feel like if your children were about to be faced with the greatest crisis of their life, and you sent a means for them to escape it and most of them snubbed their nose at it? Think you would get upset at them?
According to what you believe, things will be done to you. According to your faith or lack of it, things will happen in your life:
Matthew 9:29 Then he touched their eyes and said, "According to ... Then he touched their eyes and said, "According to your faith will it be done to you"; ...
grace and peace
Tuesday, February 02, 2010
There is an escape from all coming. That's a FACT. There is a worthiness factor attached to it, that also is a fact. Many people will not be counted worthy of this escape from all, just like many people will not make it through the narrow gate that leads to life (Matt 7:13-28), did you ever stop to ask WHY?
It's become quite a fad in todays so called christianity to cast doubt on whether or not there will be an escape from all. This fad also calls into question how much of the flood Noah escaped. It calls into question how much fire and brimstone Lot had to endure before he escaped. It also calls into question how much the Philadelphia church (Rev 3:10) will be kept from.
The fact is, Noah escape ALL of the flood. Lot escaped ALL of the fire and brimstone. Some people will escape ALL of the coming judgement and some people will be kept from the hour of trial coming on ALL the earth. Those are facts, not my opinions..FACTS straight from God's mouth as written in the pages of the bible.
According to men's faith things happen to them. Doubt sticks a rapier through the heart of faith. Doubt is a tool of the devil who has been asking "hath God really said" from the very beginning. Few will escape, and few will be saved because few take the Lord at his word. Few will be "ready" like the virgins of Matt 25. Few will be WATCHING and PRAYING in FAITH at the time of Luke 21:36 is literally fulfilled.
Just before the command to pray to be kept from all in Luke 21, we see this in Luke 18:
Luke 18:8 I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and ... ... Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”
Belief is a major part of "being." Men's disbelief supresses them, they aren't blind, its just that they won't see. What they do not believe, they will not receive. Be careful of what you believe, especially when it conflicts with the commands of God. If we were told to pray that we may be counted worthy to escape all, I would suggest we do it. Silly me?
grace and peace