Saturday, February 21, 2009

Let's Talk About The Escape

We talked about the key to understanding yesterday, that is "knowledge of the Holy One" Pr 9:10. If a person does'nt really know the true son of God, they will never, ever "get" what the bible is saying because he is the key to it all. In fact, he is it all. Jesus=the word of God, the word of God=Jesus. No Jesus, no key, no understanding. We must know him today, and be known by him today or we are in bad shape.

The Escape

Luke 21:36 Watch 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.

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.

Matt 24:39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 40 Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. 41 Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left. 42 Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. 43 But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. 44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.

Luke 17: 34 I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left. 35 Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, and the other left. 36 Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. 37 And they answered and said unto him, Where, Lord? And he said unto them, Wheresoever the body is, thither will the eagles be gathered together.

Wherever the body is? The eagles gathered together? This has to make some kind of sense for the Lord to have written it yea? Try this on for size:

Rev 4:1 After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.

Notice the specific wording used above...verse 37, luke 17......eagles...."air"....."gathered together"........let those words sink in....eagles know..things that fly in the AIR..being "gathered together"? A door open in heaven in Rev 4? Come up here? What about this "body"(dead seemingly).....where is it?

Rev 5 And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth. 7 And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne.

A SLAIN lamb...........a body....where is it? It's in heaven. Who is the "slain lamb" its Jesus Christ. "Gathering together"...."in the air?" Come on....

1 Thess 4:17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

It does'nt stop there..........also notice the words "the body." Wherever the body is.....what body? The slain body? Whose slain body? Christ's slain body...what is christ's body? THE CHURCH.....wherever the body is (the church) ,there will "those in flight/in the air/eagles" be "gathered together." Where is "the body, also known as the church" in Rev 5? It's in the midst of the throne.

There are redeemed men in heaven, with crowns on. Where do crowns come from? From the rewards given at the judgement seat of Christ. Is the Lord going to have multiple judgement seats? If not, then the Judgement seat for crowns/rewards had to happen at or before Rev 5.

Most people in this world will be going through the tribulation, so when you hear people arguing that they will be going through it, don't debate them, because they probably will go through it. That does'nt mean you have to. What the Lord said will happen, will happen. If he said we should pray to be counted worthy of an escape from all, then there absolutely, positively is an escape from all coming. We will look back someday and say, "hey look, it happened just like he said it would, we escaped from all, just like Noah and Lot did."

I encourage you to take the Lord at his word today. The things coming on this world will shock and terrify mankind. The shock will come from the fact that those who are alive today have never seen anything like the coming horrors. Perhaps some of the few surviving people who were in Hitler's concentration camps will be able to relate, but few others will. The Fourth Reich is coming. It will be history repeating itself except this time it will be on steroids. This time, devils and demons will incarnate and walk the earth openly.

What I want you to see and understand here is the contrast between the relative peace we have today, and the hell on earth tomorrow. For many people, they will have their "aha, I get it" moment way too late. The Lord said its going to be bad. Mankind will be made rarer than pure gold he said. That means, lots and lots and lots of death. Death will come to most in all different manners and forms. You don't have to be part of that. We have a promise that its possible to be kept, to escape all. We have gems hidden in plain sight throughout the bible for those who have eyes to see them, like:

Zephaniah 2:3 Seek the LORD, All you humble of the earth Who have carried out His ordinances; Seek righteousness, seek humility. Perhaps you will be hidden In the day of the LORD'S anger.

Hidden in the day of the Lord's you see that? Perhaps...pray that you may be counted worthy.

Here's another clue of where some will be on the day of the Lord....

Revelation 1:10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and
... I came to be in the Spirit on the Day of the Lord, whenI heard a loud voice behind me like a trumpet ...

on the "day of the Lord" John was "in the Spirit" when he heard a "trumpet" of the the Spirit

I'm done for today. You are dearly loved. The worst is yet to come, a day of wrath and vengeance for those who are not pure of heart, those who do not obey, those with deceit in their spirit, but not for you. If you are "in Christ" then stay there. He paid the price already for your mess ups but you need to stay under his protection. Do what he tells you to do. He tells you to pray that you may be counted worthy of the escape. If you are "in Christ" then I pray this prayer for you, with you, every day. You, brothers are in my prayers, please keep me and my family in yours. grace and peace