Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Warn and Encourage

I ask the Lord frequently "what is your Spirit saying to us Lord?" He answers me in bits and pieces over the course of days. Today I believe I was impressed by His voice saying "warn those who can be warned, and encourage those who can be encouraged."

I ask Him frequently about the events in the world that we all see, like the oil spill, events in the middle east etc. I have to tell you that what I perceive from Him is the direct opposite of what we are seeing and hearing and reading from the world. Right now if I had to encapsulate in a few words what this sense is I have from the Lord it is peace and stillness. The following Words are a bullseye of where the Lord has been centered/hovering/pointing for many weeks now, at least as I perceive Him:

11The Lord spoke to me with his strong hand upon me, warning me not to follow the way of this people. He said:

12“Do not call conspiracy

everything that these people call conspiracy;

do not fear what they fear,

and do not dread it

13The Lord Almighty is the one you are to regard as holy,

he is the one you are to fear,

he is the one you are to dread,

14and he will be a sanctuary;

but for both houses of Israel he will be

a stone that causes men to stumble

and a rock that makes them fall.

And for the people of Jerusalem he will be

a trap and a snare

15Many of them will stumble;

they will fall and be broken,

they will be snared and captured.”

For people who are of this world, who love this world and the things in it, now is a time to fear. All the things men hope to get from this world are fading to a place where they are all out of reach. Instead of searching for something beyond what can be found in this world, these people throw themselves off of buildings and in front of trains.

The world is going into a tailspin, and far from being alarmed or excited I sense absolute stillness and peace from the Spirit of God. The end is not yet. Although I can assure you with 100% certainty that there will be an "escape from all" event (Luke 21:34-36), my belief is that we have to wait a little more for it. Don't misunderstand this, we must be ready for our Lord to show up tonight, but we probably have a little more waiting to do.

Each fall, the fall feasts that are so far unfulfilled wait for their fulfillment. This year, we are looking at:

Feast of Trumpets(Rosh Hashanah)begins September 8, ends Wednesday September 10, Friday.

Each and every year until our Lord shows up, I will be raising a flag during this time. If you are unfamiliar with the significance and relationship of the escape from all (harpazo/rapture) with the Jewish wedding ceremony and the feast of trumpets, I would highly encourage you to get to reasearching it. I will be posting more on that topic as we approach Rosh Hashanah 2010. As in previous years, I am predicting nothing, just that our alertness for our Lord's return should be greatly hightened during the time of the fall feasts.

I believe the Lord gave me a mind picture? years ago, of our face pressed right up against a razor thin piece of glass? seperating us from the time of Jacob's trouble. The significance of the picture is, it will require faith as we approach and step right up to the very minutes and seconds before all hell breaks loose before the great escape takes place (Luke 21:34-36).

People can argue about the timing of the rapture until they are blue in the face. What they cannot argue because they coflict with the Lord's own words is that there WILL BE an escape from all. Use the bible to interpret the bible. Noah and Lot are not condemned by today's "christians" as escapists, yet those who hold to the Lord's own words on this subject are condemned? PRAY that you may be counted worthy to escape ALL of what's about to happen (luke 21:34-36)...the LORD'S WORDS...not mine. Argue with that.

Recently the Lord brought to mind the "escape" of the people in Israel when the anti-christ is standing in the temple proclaiming himself to be god:

Matt 24:15When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) 16Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: 17Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: 18Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. 19And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! 20But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: 21For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.

Rev 12The woman fled into the desert to a place prepared for her by God, where she might be taken care of for 1,260 days.

I find it amazing that today's "christian" opposition to the escape has no problem with with any of the other escape stories in the bible, but when it comes to escaping ALL that's about to happen, oh...they have problems. Lot escaped, Noah escaped, the children of Israel escaped Egypt for the promised land, Those in Judaea who flee to the desert will "escape," Elijah "escaped," The 24 elders sitting in heaven in Rev 4-5 with crowns on their heads who are redeemed, rewarded men, they all "escaped" the time of Jacob's trouble. And last but certainly not least, EVERY GENERATION OF MEN before this very last blip on the world's timeline, they ALL ESCAPED the tribultation, ALL OF THEM, by virtue of the fact that they lived before it.

If you listen to the tired arguments of men who rail against the "escape from all," they come up with all kinds of reasons why we in this last generation (likely) "need" to go through part or all of the time of Jacob's trouble. To make these arguments, they have to ignore the whole of human history, biblical history, and the Lord's OWN WORDS which tell us to right now, not tomorrow, PRAY FOR ESCAPE FROM ALL. How much clearer could He be? Yet many spurn such commands as if I or some other man issued the command? No, the Lord commanded, yet they mock the command, and they scorn the messengers who confirm and remind you of this command.

Matt 25 speaks to us of wise and foolish virgins. The foolish were not, and are not ready. When the Lord shows up for his bride, and its at a time that the foolish did not expect, they will be left behind and the door in heaven will be shut. Re-read Matt 25 and Rev 4. When the Lord showed up thousands of years ago in the flesh, the people of Israel did not recognize Him. They were not ready for Him because they knew neither the Son nor the Father. If they did, they would have been ready. So too, today, many are not ready. Many are the foolish virgins who mock and scorn the Lord's own command for us to pray for escape. On the day that these men are knocking and pleading for the Lord to open the door (Matt 25), we will see who the wise and the foolish are.

If the Lord said it, He meant it, period. If He said something will happen, it will happen, period. Many are those today because they are so "learned" and have studied all the so called wise men of this age ("scholars") tell us that the bible can no longer be read and taken at face value. The bible no longer means what it says as a child would understand it because the "wise men" of today's age say that the bible means something different.

Those who do not enter the kingdom of heaven like LITTLE CHILDREN will not enter it at all. Perhaps today's "wise men" masquerading as "pastors" and "scholars" need to unlearn what men have taught them and pay heed to what the Spirit is speaking to the churches today. These men would do well to humble themselves and take the attitude and perspective of little children.

Matthew 18:3 ... And he said: "I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

Today is a day to warn those who can be warned, and encourage those who can be encouraged. My sense of the Lord's direction to us today is to be at peace. Do not fear what they fear. As things go from bad to worse, our witness to this world is our peace in the midst of the storm. People will run from you if you pull a bible out during a conversation but when they are around you and you are at peace while they cannot sleep at night for fear, and they live in a constant state of anxiety, they will see you and what lives in you and wonder..."what is it that they have, or that they know? I think I want some of it..."

Be at peace, stay in the Word, keep the faith. Be patient, we may have quite awhile to wait, or we may be out of here tonight. About times and date I need not write to you :-)

Blessed be His name, grace and peace