Thursday, July 26, 2012

Back From Weeks Vacation

A M6.7 Quake hit today

and we had a 6.6 yesterday in the Sumatra

and the Olympics begin tomorrow.

We are coming back around into the major quake window and we have record setting weather all over the earth.  The servants of the enemy have advertised that 2012 will be their year.  Will they be allowed to do what they want to do at the Olympic games this year?  We shall see.  I doubt anything will happen since many have caught onto their telegraphing of events they would like to carry out.  The flip side to that is they have become so brazen they may not care that we know what they are planning.

What has the Lord counseled this writer lately?  Patience.  The home stretch to the finish line will be all about patience for us.  How do we know this?

Rev 37“To the angel of the church in Philadelphia write:
These are the words of him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open. 8I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name. 9I will make those who are of the synagogue of Satan, who claim to be Jews though they are not, but are liars—I will make them come and fall down at your feet and acknowledge that I have loved you.10Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come upon the whole world to test those who live on the earth.

Matt 251“At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2Five of them were foolish and five were wise. 3The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. 4The wise, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. 5The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep.

Notice the wise virgins prepared to wait...they brought oil in preparation to not have their lamps go out during the wait.

While we wait for what seems like a long time in coming, we must keep our lamps lit.  What happens if nothing spectacular happens in 2012?  How many lamps will go out?  How many are not prepared to wait today?  What if they Lord tarries another year or two or three or ten?  How many lamps will go out?

The Lord has cautioned us to be ready for His arrival ANY DAY.  I am not talking about the second coming, I am talking about the coming of the thief and the arrival of the owner of the house:

Rev 3 These are the words of him who holds the seven spiritsb of God and the seven stars. I know your deeds; you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead. 2Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your deeds complete in the sight of my God. 3Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; obey it, and repent. But if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what time I will come to you.

Mark 13:32No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 33Be on guard! Be alertf! You do not know when that time will come. 34It’s like a man going away: He leaves his house and puts his servants in charge, each with his assigned task, and tells the one at the door to keep watch.
35“Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back—whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or at dawn. 36If he comes suddenly, do not let him find you sleeping. 37What I say to you, I say to everyone: ‘Watch!’”

Watch-that is the command left to us.  Be patient while you watch, that is another command given to us.  As the pattern has been in this world, the arrival of the Master and sudden destruction will come with no warning so it is useless to attempt to point out one day over another.  It will most likely be an average ordinary day of eating, drinking, marrying and being given in marriage
when the Lord comes back.  It will be like this right up till when?

up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed them all.
30“It will be just like this on the day the Son of Man is revealed.

I find it difficult to write lately.  What is there to write about?  Patience and watching are the order of the day.  The world continues to stare at the abyss right over the cliffs edge where it has been poised now for years.  If there is anything to write today it is not to get caught up in all the signs and signals the enemy and his servants are putting out.  Does the enemy know "the day and hour" the Lord speaks about?  No.  Only the Father knows.

This means we find ourselves being encouraged by the enemy who would like us to leave our oil at home and give up the watch.  He would love for us to walk away from our watch and rejoin this world in its futile pursuits.  There is nothing exciting about patient waiting, it takes disciplined effort and the willingness to suffer.  This is what the Word calls us to.  

We could be very close to the end of the world as we know it, or it could go on like this for years into the future.  I have a hard time imagining this world going on much farther the way it is but I have been expecting the end for years now.  The lesson to me is its time to settle in for the long haul.  Be ready to go tonight and meet the Lord, and be ready to carry on for years.  These same things have been written here for years now and the message does not change today.

Keep the faith, pray for all the brothers, your family and for yourselves that we all may have our sins forgiven and we may be counted worthy to escape all thats about to happen and stand before the Lord.

May the grace and peace of God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.