The following is a rough brain dump of what the Lord deposited in my mind over a 2 hour period yesterday morning:
Relative vs Exact Timing
The Lord explains to us 16:2He replied,a “When evening comes, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red,’ 3and in the morning, ‘Today it will be stormy, for the sky is red and overcast.’ You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times. 4A wicked and adulterous generation looks for a miraculous sign, but none will be given it except the sign of Jonah.” Jesus then left them and went away.
The top layer meaning of this ^^ is obvious. A deeper layer of meaning is His return....the timing of His return, when we see storm clouds we know its about to rain but we do not know exactly when the first drop will fall, see the difference? Its the difference of exact vs relative timing. You know its going to rain sometime soon, but you don't know when the first raindrop will fall, you also don't know whether the storm you see on the horizon is going to end up depositing light raindrops or Hurricaine Katrina...
As in the days of Noah, people eating drinking, planting building marrying until the day Noah entered the ark. today we have food costing more and some parts of the world are already in famine, but the 3rd seal in Rev 6 will be the difference between a drop of rain and a flood. The 3rd seal and all the other seals will be many exponential levels higher than famines we have seen in this world to date, same with all the other seals. It's important to note that the Lord himself has used "floods" to destroy the people of the ancient world and to teach us about the coming destruction of the people of the present world. The Lord promised that He would never again destroy the world in the same way He did in Noah's day. However, He did say that the coming destruction would be "like a flood." Daniel 9:26 The end will come like a flood: War will continue until the end, and desolations have been decreed.
Floods "suddenly destroy" people. The sudden aspect of their demise is what hinders them from finding safety while it can still be found. By the time they realize they are in real trouble, well, they are in real trouble. What does the Lord tell us, His children about "sudden destruction" such as what is coming to destroy the world's people?
Prov 3:25Have no fear of sudden disaster
or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked,
26for the Lord will be your confidence
and will keep your foot from being snared.
Pay close attention to verse 26 there. Not only are we protected from "sudden destruction" as we see in verse 25 that includes the coming "like a flood" event, but we are also protected from our "foot being snared?" That "snare" mentioned in verse 26 bring anything to mind? How about this?
Luke 21:34And 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. 35For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. 36Watch 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.
It's hand in glove folks. No "creative" bible interpretation needed...Form your conclusions as the Spirit leads from this..
Daniels 70th week, (obviously) occurs in 70th week, it is 7 prophetic "days" (7 years) long and starts with the Lord sealing 144,000 (7*70,000) and we find it in Revelation 7. Enough "7"s in there for you to think the Lord is giving us a clue? I see a needle and thread made up of 7s sewing this all neatly together for us to form a picture. The Lord's dealing with the nation of Israel officially starts again in Rev 7 with the sealing of the 144,000. All of Rev 6 is a warm up act that appears to come on the world "like a flood" and it starts in one day. Remember Luke 17 and Matt 24, the very day that Lot left Sodom and Noah went into the Ark, judgement fell...that very day. Also remember that the angels could not let destruction fall on Sodom until Lot had been physically removed from the city. The coming of the Son of Man will be a direct, exact replica of what happened in the days of Noah and Lot. It is guaranteed because the Lord said it would happen in this way.
Rev 6 there is no way to time the beginning of it or duration of it but it appears that all 7 seals open daniels 70th week with a "bang" of sudden destruction, just as it happened in the days of Noah, they didn't see it until they were in it.
Those in Seal 5, Rev 6 under the alter are all those who have died for Christ from the beginning of the church right up to till the Lord comes in the air to receive us. They died for their testimony. Nowhere in Rev 5 does it say they died because the anti-christ persecuted them while he was on earth. These are souls from throughout the church age who have given themselves for Christ.
All of us "in Christ" do not have the same destiny, all of us are not destined to die by beheading/being shot/fed to lions etc for Christ. Some very godly men have died "in Christ" without being martyred. To paint the destinies all of those of us in Christ with one broad brushstroke (ie we will all be martyred by the anti-christ in the tribulation) would be a huge mistake that inevitably leads to errors in understanding the Word of God and therefore errors in understanding what is going to happen in the days ahead.
Nowhere in the Lord's description of the days leading up to Noah entering the ark... do we see even a hint of any of the 7 seals, we see eating and drinking instead of famine as one example of this. Only someone high on crack cocaine would equate "eating and drinking" (Luke 17, Matt 24-the coming of the Son of Man) with Seal 3 of Rev 6 (the seal judgements)And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand. 6And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine. The only explanation for this is the plain reading of the Word as it was written, the seals are not opened until the day We enter our "ark" then sudden destruction falls "like a flood" famine war disease and pestilence overtake this world and humanity in a way that causes hearts to melt with fear. The "flood" of events will be the difference of one drop of rain falling out of the sky and floodwaters covering the earth. Its a difference of intensity and duration such that it will overwhelm makind's ability to cope.
I have asked the Lord many times if I should stock up on guns and ammo and food for the coming "flood" of events that will overtake this world. The answer has been a stony silence in my spirit that tells me that we absolutely do not need, and will not need the things that people are stocking up on today. With this said, I do have some extra supplies in the house for events that could take place before "the flood" and our escape. Signs in the sun, moon, and stars point to changes coming to this earth. The changes coming will be catastrophic, read Rev 6 for the details. This inner witness that tells me there is no need to get ready for the end of the world as we know it, also fits hand in glove with the plain reading of scripture. We are watching and waiting for the return of Jesus Christ our Lord, we are not waiting and watching for the anti-christ.
There is an alternate interpretation for the inner witness I have that there is no need to stock up supplies for the time of Jacob's trouble: that is, believers will need and receive divine assistance to make it through the days ahead. Any supplies stocked up will only last for so long, and the destruction and devastation coming will be beyond anything any one of us can even imagine right now.
I will make man scarcer than pure gold, more rare than the gold of Ophir.
Mark 13:20 If the Lord had not cut short those days, no one would survive. But for the sake of the elect, whom he has chosen, he has shortened them.
Read that carefully ^^^. What is coming will wipe out most of mankind. Most of the population of the earth today will either escape out or die out. Some people will be preserved only because the days will be shortened. The Lords own words tell us that had He not shortened the days all mankind would be wiped out.
The Word of the Lord is true. His promises can be trusted. There is an escape coming. There is a day when those who are found worthy will get into a modern day "ark" just as Noah did. There is a day coming when those who are found worthy will be physically removed from the worldwide Sodom just as Lot was. Physical removal of the righteous is what happened in the days of Noah and Lot, that's a fact. Look for it again someday in our future.
It has been on my mind frequently of late that America is indeed Babylon the great we read about in scripture. Only one country in the history of the world fits ALL of the requirements listed to identify this endtime nation, and America is it. What once was a nation that at least in part sought the Lord and His righteousness has become a den of demons, a house of robbers, a refuge for every unclean spirit and everything that is dirty and filthy in this world. America is an occult nation, don't take my word for it, look at the signs and symbols she proudly displays in her capitol, on her money, in her great cities (NYC). Think deeply about the meaning of the following scripture:
Rev 18:1And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. 2And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.
It says Babylon is fallen. Don't think here of national destruction, although that is certainly coming, think in terms of "fallen" angels, a fallen nature. America, which is Babylon the great has fallen from grace. Again, don't take my word for it, the Lord Himself follows up with what "fallen" means here, He says and Babylon "is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird."
The title of this blog is Christian Apostasy. The chief trait of apostasy is denial. Today's babylonian form of churchianity is in denial. They cannot and will not believe that they participate in a babylonian form of apostate christianity. The cannot and will not believe that their pastoral system is idolatrous from the ground up. They will not acknowledge that they are fallen, as America is fallen. If all the churches on all the street corners of America today were indeed full of light, then America would not be a den of demons and a habitation of devils that it is today. The fact is, that what calls itself light, is not light, because it has not driven out darkness, therefore it is a lie and a fraud..by definition.
Another thought the Lord gave me. The fact that some true believers can live in Babylon the great today, which has become a den of demons and the home of every unclean thing, and still cling to the Lord in truth and purity, is a demonstration of the Lord's power. It is a miracle that anyone holds onto the truth in this great harlot nation. Darkness is everywhere, and yet a remnant remains as it always has, and always will. The Lord's Word is true, every last letter of it.
One last thought about the time of Jacob's trouble/tribulation/Daniel's 70th week. Many contend today that we will go through the seal judgements in Rev 6 because they are not God's wrath. Although they are positively wrong, the seals are the Lord's wrath (famine and war have been used as God's wrath in the past..look it up), another fact destroys their argument as well. The opening of the seals are judgement on this Christ rejecting world. All of what is coming "like a flood" is judgement on the inhabitants of this world. So let me ask, are we who are in Christ, children of God going to be subject to God's judgement on this wicked world. The answer is obvious and it is NO. We are not destined for God's wrath NOR His judgements on this wicked world. We are destined for the judgement seat of Christ which is a judgement for REWARD, not punishment. No wrath, no judgement reserved for the wicked, means no Rev 6 seal judgments for the children of God:
Jer 25:31 Wasting hath come unto the end of the earth, For a controversy hath Jehovah with nations, He hath executed judgment for all flesh, The wicked! He hath given them to the sword, An affirmation of Jehovah.
2 Thessalonians 2:12
... in order that all may come under judgement who have refused to believe the truth and have taken pleasure in unrighteousness
2 Peter 2:9
... the Lord knows how to rescue godly men from temptation, and on the other hand how to keep the unrighteous under punishment in readiness for the Day of Judgement
Rev 3:10 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.
Those who refuse to believe the truth are those who are coming under judgement...not us. The Word is very clear, we will be kept from the hour of temptation. The Lord knows how to rescue godly men. Remember Noah? Remember Lot? Remember their physical removal from the judgements inflicted on the wicked? Repeat performance coming to the earth some day..
Keep the faith, be patient, we may have quite some time to wait, or the Lord could knock on that "door" (rev 4, Matt 25) and those of us who hear it must immediately open it for Him. grace and peace
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