Saturday, February 19, 2011

A Word of Encouragement

The Pre-tribulation rapture/escape from all will happen, just as the Lord said it would. There is absolutely, positively an escape coming. Tell me there is no rapture? Okay, call it an escape, call it whatever you want. The fact is, the Lord said there is an escape coming, and we are to pray that we are counted worthy of it. That is a fact. That is a direct, non "spiritualized" reading of the Word of God from Luke 21:34-36. In the presence of 2 or 3 witnesses let all things be established right? Luke 21:36-1 witness. The story of Lot-2 witnesses (Matt 24, Luke 17, Gen 6, Gen 19). The story of Noah-3 witnesses (Matt 24, Luke 17, Gen 6, Gen 19). The door open in heaven and redeemed, rewarded men sitting on thrones in heaven-4 witnesses (Rev 4, Rev 5). Wise virgins allowed into a "door" while the foolish coming knocking on that door and are not allowed in-5 witnesses (Matt 25, Rev 4). Nowhere in the bible...NOWHERE do you see an example of the righteous sharing in 1. wrath, 2. vengeance, 3. judgement that is poured out on the wicked-6 witnesses, and I could go on....

Wrath, vengeance and judgement are what the tribulation are about. The time of Jacob's trouble (not the churches trouble, Jacobs's..) that time has a purpose. Is the purpose of the time of Jacob's trouble to somehow "purify" the church? If you answered yes to that, you have no revelation whatsoever of what Jesus did on the cross. What did Jesus accomplish on the cross? Read up on it. The true church is in "right standing"=righteousness, right now because of what Jesus did. Are our sins covered under the blood right now or not? If you are "in Christ" then they are. Are you completely forgiven right now if you are "in Christ" or not? Yes, if you are "in Christ" then your sins are completely forgiven. Does the church need to be tested in the tribulation or has the testing of the church been ongoing since Jesus ascended into heaven?

This testing below, is the testing you and I go through each and every day:

James 1:3 because you know that the testing of your faith develops ...

because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. ... for you
know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. ...
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Hebrews 3:8 do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion ...

do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion,
during the time of testing in the desert ...
// - 16k

The testing above is the testing of the church. There is a different kind of testing coming for the world, not the church, the world, and we will be kept from it because we have already been tested and found worthy (or not-reread Luke 21:34-36)

Revelation 3:10 Since you have kept my command to endure patiently ...

... "Because you have obeyed my command to persevere, I will protect you from the great
time of testing that will come upon the whole world to test those wh
Each passing day, more people come out of the woodwork to bad mouth, deny, etc the escape from all that is coming. The hatred is demonic. Those who hate the idea of an escape, hate it in part because they have no revelation that they will take part in it, and if they are not going to escape, they do not want anyone else to escape either. Sorry to inform them, the escape IS coming, just like Noah escaped the flood of his day, just like Lot escaped the fiery judgement of his day, just like the Philadelphian church is told they will not be "tested" with the fiery trial coming on the entire world. The door of the Ark is wide open today, the ramp is down, and myriads of people, many of whom call themselves "christian" refuse to step foot on the ramp.

We can enter the Ark of our day by faith alone. You will not see those people "on the way up" who have no faith in the promises Jesus gave us.

Hebrews 11:7 By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.

As you believe you receive, they do not believe, they will not receive. I did not say that, Jesus did:
Then Jesus said to the centurion, "Go! It will be done just as you believed
it would
." And his servant was healed at that very hour

Matt 25 tells us about wise and foolish virgins. The foolish virgins had not the faith, the preparation to take oil in their jars. People say the oil signifies the Holy Spirit, and that is partially true. They skip over the obvious meaning to arrive at a deeper meaning without first taking into consideration the first, most straightforward, literal meaning.

What did the wise virgins do? They brought oil for their lamps. Okay, great, why do you need oil in your lamp? Literally, what is a lamp used for? To WATCH, to SEE, to LOOK. Occam's razor, the simplest most straightforward meaning wins the day. Lamps are used to create light so people can see. Why the need to see? Because the wise virgins are WATCHING. Oil is needed for light, light is needed for sight, sight is needed to watch. Our Lord told us to watch...Oil is needed to watch. He told us that He was coming back for us to take us where He is and He told us to be watching for His return.

Mark 13:33 Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is. 34For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch. 35Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning: 36Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. 37And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch

The foolish virgins are the pre-wrath, post-trib, naysaying, scoffers who call you a fool for watching for the Lords return today and every day, but who are the fools really?

Are the "other" tribbers looking, watching for the Lord's return today? No, they are not. They are not watching, therefore their lamps are not lit, which is why they brought no oil for their lamps, which is why they are the foolish virgins of Matt 25. Why would people watch for an event that they do not believe will happen? Why would these people bring oil for their lamps to watch today, when according to them, they have time to get oil later (after all their supposed pre-requisite events take place)? While these people go off to "buy" oil later, the Lord comes to take us through the door in heaven. Re-read the parable for yourself (Matt 25). That is exactly how it happens.

Know this, the satanic scoffers foretold to assault us in the last days are out in full force:

2 Peter 3:3 First of all, you must understand that in the last ...

First of all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will
come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. ...
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Jude 1:18 They said to you, "In the last times there will be ...

They said to you, "In the last times there will be scoffers
who will follow their own ungodly desires

These people are spiritually blind. This writer is 100% sure, absolutely, positively, rock solid convinced that an escape from all is coming. When it will happen, how it will happen is the Lord's. "What" will happen is for us to receive by faith just like everything else written in the bible. Do not let the last day scoffers take away from you one of the greatest last day events this world will ever see.

Shifting Gears

I believe the Lord reminded me this evening to pay attention to the small things. The Philadelphian church is weak, for many reasons (Rev 3). The Lord knows this. In spite of its weakness, we are reminded to do what we can with the little remaining strength we have. Can't pray for 6 hours today? Okay, pray for 2 minutes. Something is better than nothing. Remember the parable of the talents (Matt 25). The Lord is not a hard taskmaster. His yoke is easy and His burden is light but we are yoked, and we are burdened which means we are expected to do something instead of nothing. Be strong with the remaining strength you have, be courageous. You are weak, so am I, the Lord knows this however He will not be pleased with us rolling over and playing dead. This does ****not**** mean "getting involved" with the world. Our kingdom is not of this world and it never was. Determine what "talent" the Lord has given you and do the little you can with it today. The people of this world, who belong to this world will take care of the affairs of this world. They are the many, the majority. We are the few and we are to be looking to our Father's kingdom, what He requires of us.

This world is falling apart, but the Ark is on the ground with the door not let anyone steal your hope. Do what you were told to do, pray you will be counted worthy of the escape that is coming (Luke 21:36). Not because I said so, because Jesus said so. Trust His Word. Trust the promises, till death do us part. That is what I hear the Lord saying today.

Grace and peace