13 days left till the Feast of Trumpets 2011...what if the Lord does call us to Himself this month? Will we be found watching and ready? What if ELE-nin and whats following behind it are world destroyers? What if this is the year that the escape and destruction both fall?
Every year, at this time of year, we recognize this time for what it is: special. Only the fall feasts of the Lord are left to fulfill prophetically and the next event on that feast timeline is the feast of trumpets which occurs in 13 days. As a reminder, we are practicing watchfulness and readiness here not predicting anything will happen. As good soldiers we are exercising constantly, doing those things our commander told us to do, that is watching and being ready. Every day of every year we must be doing these things but this time of year we should step our efforts up a notch.
Two things the Lord shared with me today (I believe He did)
1. The watchmen watch in vain unless the Lord watches for them. This one really grabbed my attention. We are watching and ready today right? At least we are trying to do these things. While our focus is watching, something should come to our mind. We have discussed watching through prayer here when we addressed "how do we watch?" The Lord pointed out to me that although yes, we do watch through prayer, to explain it in more detail we are watching through Him or through His eyes. Another way of saying it is, He is watching for us and we are connecting up to Him to see what He sees . Where is the proof of this? Here:
Psalm 127:1 Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain.
It has been proven through analyzing the Lord’s Word here that we watch and are ready through prayer and the Word of God. What has the Lord revealed to us above? That our watching and the sight gained from it if you want to look at it that way is a byproduct of our connection with Him.
So, pray and stay in the Word. Why? To stay connected to Him. Why? Because only through our Lord can we do anything we are supposed to do. Again, revolutionary insight? Not hardly, its about as basic and fundamental as it gets but it has to be revealed to us or even when we are staring right at it we dont "get it."
2. Praise Him 7 times a day
Psalm 119:164 Seven times a day do I praise thee because of thy righteous judgments.
Don't get hung up on the number 7 here. The point that I believe the Lord made to me about this keeping His praise in our mouth constantly. We dont necessarily have to do marathon praise and worship sessions. Short and frequent works great too. Let the words come out of your mouth, this is not done silently. Its called the fruit of our lips for a reason. Having praise come out of our mouth constantly appears to be a big deal with the Lord here recently. As judgements and wrath are about to fall, praise and worship should be flowing like a river from our mouths. This has been a constant theme that has been impressed upon me by the Lord now for months. I think He is serious about this.
Heb 13:15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.
Eph 5:20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
There are too many places to cite them all here. Pull up your online parallel bible and type in praise or rejoicing or thanks or thanksgiving and see how many hits you get.
Another thing along these lines along a more sober note. This writer has no idea what or when is going to happen. When the tribulation does start and even before it starts many many people are going to die. That's a fact. Look up the book of Revelation for yourself. Without the tribulation just with whats going on in the world today, death is swinging its sickle like never before. Radiation famine, wars you name it and the tribulation hasnt even started. Okay, whats the point? The point is servants of the Lord have reasoned with the Lord in the past. I wont go into more examples than the one Im going to show you now but you can look them up. This has to do with praise from your mouth as a reason you should be able to live to see tomorrow...if you are taking tomorrow for granted you are a fool. This has been impressed upon this writer recently and I take it very seriously. Consider:
Isaiah 38:18 For the grave cannot praise thee, death can not celebrate thee: they that go down into the pit cannot hope for thy truth.
Psalm 30:9 What gain is there in my destruction, in my going down into the pit? Will the dust praise you? Will it proclaim your faithfulness?
Psalm 6:5 For in death there is no remembrance of thee: in the grave who shall give thee thanks?
You know what thats called ^^^? Thats called reasoning with the Lord for your very life. You know what else thats called? A really really good reason to start audibly with your lips moving praise the Lord constantly.
We should not fear the world but a healthy fear of the Lord is something we need to get a firm grip on. Do a search on "fear of the Lord" and see how many hits you get in the bible. Todays babylonian churchianity will tell you not to fear anything! "Why fear the Lord?" they ask...Thats reason 1,000,001 to avoid todays churchianity like the plague. They will get you eternally killed, not just killed in the flesh.
These things are written to you by the least of the servants of the Lord, a nobody who prays that he will be counted worthy along with you of the escape from all that is coming (luke 21:36). Keep the Lord's praise always in your mouth. Every time you think about it get your lips moving regardless of the time of day or night. Reason with the Lord for your life as the wise men in the bible did. Does the grave praise you Lord? No, but my lips will praise you day and night.... Let this be in the forefont of our minds in the days ahead. Start praising Him right now, don't wait.
PS This writer has reason to praise the Lord. This writer has lost count of all the many miracles and blessings that have come his way. If you are thankful for anything in your life then you have reason to give Him praise. We are not just praising Him because we have to, we are doing it because HE DESERVES OUR PRAISE. He has earned it many times over. Lift it up to Him now, I'm pleading with you as a brother...