Gen 6:13 And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.
People could argue this translation or that translation but look for yourselves at the judgements coming on this world. Look to the book of Revelation for a preview of coming events. What do we see? Plague, famine, the sword, hail and fire..and thats just for starters. All of it is quite natural to the eye isn't it?
What's the point? Maybe its possible for us to judge the season we live in. We do not know the day or hour but perhaps we can correctly judge the season in which our Lord will arrive for us.
I haven't been feeling normal lately. Careful observation of the people around me tells me I'm not the only one physically feeling/sensing that all is not well. I've been hearing strange sound quake/earth quake sounds to the west of where we live yet nobody feels the ground shaking. I've been noticing IT issues that go well beyond the normal IT problems. I've seen direct TV signals with steady "pulses" going through them at a number of different locations. What does any of this mean? What kinds of shenanigans are being cooked up? What is going on that we all sense but just cant put our fingers on?
These are questions that I ask myself. The Restrainer continues to restrain today, but while He is restraining I have analyzed what He has allowed as well as what has been restrained. The most obvious and big picture restraint has been that all hell has not broken loose yet. We have not seen widespread systemic collapse yet. We have seen pockets of it but not widespread collapse. The big picture Restraint that we all should thank the Lord for is still in place.
What has been allowed in spite of the Restrainer? 9/11 was allowed to happen. That was a big deal. That was a large scale satanic sacrifice and it was allowed to happen. Japan, the quake and tsunami that resulted in the nuclear poisoning of the world was allowed to happen. Those reactors have been spilling unimaginable amounts of radiation poisoning into the land sea and air. That was allowed. How much longer till widespread cancer cases begin to show up? The Lord knows, we will find out. What does this mean?
The Restrainer will continue to restrain until we are taken out. Right up till the rain started falling the people of Noah's day continued buying and selling, planting and building, marrying and giving in marriage, so it will be in our day. In our day however this writer believes a clock is ticking in the background. Israel being reformed in 1948 is a clock. The events of 9/11 and the growing police state is a clock. The poisonous saturation of the natural environment with radiation is a clock. The record setting floods and drought and earthquakes and tornadoes and volcanoes are a clock (you like to eat right?) The global economic fleecing of the people resulting in civil unrest (its already started) is a clock. What do clocks do? They tell you what time it is in some cases. In other cases they tell you how much time you have left.
We could argue that with all these clocks ticking at the same time the days of business as usual are quickly coming to an end. The pre-flood world appears to be witnessing the first few drops of rain that would indicate for us the need to listen for that voice that would call us into our "ark" just as the Lord God called Noah into the ark and shut the door behind him.
In Matt 25 the virgins who were ready went into the wedding and the "door" was shut behind them, just as it was for Noah and it was the Lord in both cases that shut the door. In Revelation 3 there is an open door:
8I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.
Who opened the door? The Lord did. In Rev 4 the first thing John explains to us is an open door in heaven.
Are you getting this? As it was in the days of Noah? An open door closed by the Lord after the righteous have entered their place of safety?
This writer is "looking up" these days. As a result of this upward gaze, this writer is fixated on those things that could be coming from above. The Lord Jesus could call us out of here any moment. The destroyers sent to lay waste to this world could be on the way. The Lord sends them all (seals, trumpets, vials).
What should we do about it? Well, what instruction did the Lord give us in Matt 25? What was the parable of the virgins about? What about the parable of the talents? I am convinced that the Lord does not want us living in worldly fear (which kills) but we are certainly to fear the Lord. We are to remember the Lord's kindness and mercy as well as his judgement and severity (Romans 11:22).
What is the Lord saying to the churches today? Does the Lord still speak to men? Is He a "silent God" as so many accuse Him of or does He speak to us daily? That bible in your house if full of God's Word to us. The bible is living and active and sharper than any two edged sword. That tells me and you that living Words await us in that book. If we want to know what the Lord is saying to us today we need to pick up that book (the Bible). The Words in there are living and active. The Lord God can and will speak to us through that Word.
I would like to encourage you today as much as warn you. This writer is warned and encourage with you. The Lord has confirmed his presence in my life with many miracles but I still tremble just like you do. The fear of the Lord is very real to me. I am struggling in my imperfection just like you are today. When I write to you that I am the least of the brothers (and sisters) in Christ I am not practicing false humility, I mean it. Keep the faith, dont give up. Things have grown difficult in recent days. The Lord has provided for this family richly, but the difficulty I speak of is something else.
Watch, be patient, pray, be persistent. Stay in the Word take no mans word for anything (including mine). What are men? They are weak and short lived like the grass of the field, here today and gone tomorrow, of what account are they? The Lord God who is not like men should have our full attention. Don't worry about your trials and tribulations and all of your imperfections. Take another baby step forward today in the direction of your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and don't give up. These are the words this writer is impressed with today. grace and peace