Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Days of Grace/Days of Vengeance, The Restrainer, Pre-trib Rapture

The Lord has been giving me some real gems lately, I've been busy but need to find time to put up quick notes here more often.

Yesterday the Lord impressed upon me the reason we have not seen the world fall apart, even though it has appeared like it was imminent is because of the restrainer. Why hasn't the economy collapsed yet? The restrainer

Why didn't the gulf oil spill kill 20 million people? The restrainer

Why with all the lies and thievery and fraud we see in government and corporate america, why hasn't the social fabric torn yet? The restrainer.

When did the flood come in Noah's day? After Noah and his family went into the ark.

When did fire and brimstone rain down on sodom? After Lot and his family left the city.

We still live in days of grace, when our Lord can still be found.

Isaiah 55:6 Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near.

The days of vengeance are coming, but they are not here yet.

Luke 21:22 for these are days of vengeance, to fulfill all that is written.

The restrainer is still restraining.

2 Thess2:6And now you know what is holding him back, so that he may be revealed at the proper time. 7For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way

Something else the Lord gave me about the pre-trib rapture. The pre-trib rapture is the only position on the rapture that conforms to the idea that we need not write to you of times and dates:

1 Thessalonians 5:1 ... Now, brothers, about times and dates we do not need to write to you

Why do we not need to write about times and dates as believers in a pre-trib rapture? Because we are looking for our Lord to show up every single day, any single day...

All the other "tribbers" have dates and times and days and weeks to count till Jesus shows up. They are in error. The Lord is coming "like a thief" at a time when most people do not expect him. If we could count the days as the mid-trib, pre-wrath, post-trib folks think we need to do from key events in the tribulation till the day that Jesus shows up, then writing about "times and dates" might apply, but the bible tells us that they don't. In short, the mid-trib, pre-wrath, post-trib preachers and teachers are dead wrong, from top to bottom wrong.

The "other tribbers" preach a message of partial or no escape. The bible on the other hand clearly teaches that there is an escape from ALL coming (Luke 21:36). Luke 21:36 does not stand on its own, facts throughout the bible support the idea of "escape from all." Just as it was in the days of Noah and Lot, so shall it be in at the coming of the Son of man. Could he be any clearer? Noah, escaped ALL of the flood. Lot escaped ALL of the fire and brimstone, and some of us will escape ALL of what's about to happen. That's a 100% certified FACT straight from the Word of God.

Many things have been hidden from generations past. Read this:

Daniel 12:4But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.

Many things have been sealed up till the time of the end. During the last days things will be revealed that had not been revealed.

Unfortunately the foolish virgins of Matt 25 continue to run around without the oil they will need at the time the bridegroom shows up, and then it will be too late to go get some. Don't you find it ironic that even today, the wise virgins are attempting to tell the foolish virgins to go get some oil, but instead of heading that advice, the foolish accuse the wise or argue "who are you to tell me anything?"

What is the Lord saying to me today?

Matt 6:34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

And that ^^ fits hand in glove with everything else that has been written here today. TODAY we are looking for our Lord's return...TODAY we ask and receive our daily bread (the Lord's prayer), TODAY is a day of grace, when our Lord may still be found, TODAY is a day when the restrainer is still restraining. Do not worry about tomorrow. Ask, seek, knock (Matt 7:7) TODAY.

Seed, time, harvest

The seed that we sow is prayer. We water that seed daily by giving thanks, and planting more seed (more prayer). Plant, water, plant, water, plant, water, and then guess what happens? You get a harvest, IF you continue to plant your seed (prayer) and water it (with thanks), believing that you have received what you asked for (Mark 11:24).

I could go on, out of time today. grace and peace

Monday, July 19, 2010

Rain, Streams, Winds

Matt 7:24“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

You don't have to be a prophet to look around today and see that the rain is coming down...the streams are rising...and the winds are beating against people's "house."

Everywhere a person cares to look, there seems to be more bad news. The Lord offers us some advice for times just like this. We are told to hear the words of the Lord and put them into practice. That's it. You can "go to church" for decades, but are you 1. really hearing the words of the Lord? and 2. IF you are hearing the word of the Lord are you putting it into practice.

The rain is coming down, the streams are rising and the winds are blowing and beating against all of us.

The Lord gave me a mental picture of this recently. In fact, He has given me many things to think about recently. I was peppering him the other day with questions about the future, what's going to happen, what should I be doing, and as I was asking these questions he shot back a one liner that hit me like a shot to the gut. Amidst all my questions about the current situation and the future he asked me "you have my promises, what else do you want?"

That one stopped me cold. Does it really matter that everywhere we look there is bad news? Not when you remember that we have promises...Again, this goes back to the house built on the rock, the rain, streams and wind are beating against all the houses, but some are falling with a great crash, some are rock steady.

Do we have the faith, to believe the Lord will do what he promised to do? Just about everything in your life is going to boil down to that one question soon if it has not already. We have promises.....let that sink in real deep.

Hebrews 11:11 By faith Abraham, even though he was past age--and Sarah herself was barren--was enabled to become a father because he considered him faithful who had made the promise."

Abraham, considered by many to be the father of faith, considered him faithful who had made the promise.....And we have no shortage of promises to consider our Lord faithful for. Recently, tied in with the house built on the rock, the Lord brought this one to my attention:

Psalm 23: Even though I walk

through the valley of the shadow of death

I will fear no evil,

for you are with me

your rod and your staff,

they comfort me.

5You prepare a table before me

in the presence of my enemies.

You anoint my head with oil;

my cup overflows.

6Surely goodness and love will follow me

all the days of my life,

and I will dwell in the house of the Lord


Consider that first highlighted portion of Psalm 23....even though I walk through the valley of death, I will fear no evil for you are with me....Many people are "walking through the valley of death today," can you see it, feel it, sense it? The rain is coming down, the streams are rising, the wind is beating against our house, but we have we believe them? Do we consider him faithful who made the promises?

When satan or one of his minions is whispering in your ear one of their faaaavorite questions...."where is your God now....." as your eyes behold the destruction around you, remember, we have promises.

To take advantage of the promises, we must hear the Word of God, that is, it must enter us somehow and we must put those words into practice. The rain, the streams and the wind that are beating on people today could CARE LESS what "church" you belong to, how many social clubs you are popular in, or how "godly" people think you are. The only thing the rain, streams and wind are going to respect is the rock. We must build on the rock that is Christ. We must do what he said to do.

I was greatly encouraged as the Lord has reminded me many times over the past week, that goodness and love have, and will continue to FOLLOW ME all the days of my life, as long as he remains my shepherd. It does not matter what the stock market does, it does not matter if it rains BP death, it does not matter what the illuminati has planned, we have promises....

As the rain comes down and the streams of life rise, it is becoming more obvious by the day, which people really have faith and which do not. We do not have to "prove" our faith to each other, but we better make sure its the real thing for our own sake, and the sake of our families, and because of the fact that we want to prove to the world, that there is power in the way of truth, to the glory of our Lord and Saviour.

The world can see for itself that most of what calls itself "religion" today is a joke. The people don't really believe. When the world does see someone that really does believe, who radiates like a light on a hill, who is full of grace and peace in the midst of the storms we face today, well...they notice.

Luke 8:16 No one lights a lamp and hides it in a jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, he puts it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light.

The hour is probably late on the prophetic clock, how late, only our Lord knows. While we wait for our Lord to come back, I am finding it interesting what his Spirit is saying versus what the world is saying. I do not sense any insistence to become a prophecy scholar overnight so I can pinpoint every detail of the books of Revelation, Daniel etc. During these last days, as it has been written here from time to time over the past year+, I hear the Lord calling us back to the basic, fundamentals of the faith. I believe that's how we "go out" of this world.

I have asked the Lord numerous times to please allow me to "go out" strong. And I believe this is how he has responded. Get back to believing like a little child. Re-establish the fundamentals of what you believe based on the faith given to you. Forget the uselss arguments that religious people are having and will have till the end of time. Once you have determined what you believe, sink roots down DEEP into the ground of your faith and water your belief everyday.

Most people are not going to believe what you believe, especially if you believe the truth. This world KILLS, stones, pushes off cliffs and crucifies the truth bringers, so if you find yourself popular and your message accepted in this world, you have problems....

If your beliefs are wrong, keep a broken and contrite heart before the Lord, and he will "fix you." All things in time.

Become an expert in the promises. Repeat them to yourself and to the Lord. promised and I believe you...In my time walking this earth, the Lord has vindicated his word to me, he has been faithful. He can be trusted.

Goodness and love will follow you all the days of your life....thats a promise. Even though you walk through the valley of death, you will fear no evil, his rod and staff will comfort you, thats a promise..If you build your house on the rock by doing what the Lord tells us to do, the rain, streams and wind will not harm your house, thats another promise.

These are some of things I believe the Lord has impressed upon me recently.

grace and peace

Thursday, July 15, 2010

The Framework of Faith

Philippians 2:13 ... for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.

The Lord has recently revealed to me another change that will be forthcoming for our family. As part of that change he is teaching me about the reltionship of faith to our life, and how important it is.

I had a learning moment about a year ago about the word "desire." If you break that word down into its components you get "de" which means of/from and "sire" which means father/Lord. Interesting yea? De-sire...of/from the father.

That leads us here, testing our de-sires. I am sure that all of our desires are not of/from the father, so we have the word of God and the Spirit to test our de-sire. If we can find no explicit conflict with our de-sire and the word of God, AND we have peace inside (we have our spirit and the Holy Spirit within witnessing to us..what does our peace or lack of it say about the situation?), we can then move out in faith. We can move out in faith that it IS God working in us to will and to act in accordance with his good purpose.

This is powerful stuff. As believers, we (should) live and die by faith. We have broad latitude in our actions, that will be blessed by the Lord IF we move forward in many people do nothing out of fear...they say "what if its not the Lords will?" Did you ask him? Did you check his word? What is the Spirit saying inside you via your peace? Once you have checked the Word and the Spirit, then move foward BOLDLY in FAITH.

Your LEGAL CHARTER to do so is the Word of God. If man or God himself ever asks you why you did something, pull out your LEGAL CHARTER to act, which is:

Philippians 2:13 ... for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.


Mark 11:24Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.


James 1:5If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. 6But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; 8he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.

Remember, Phil 2:13 is not a free ticket to carry out every wicked desire your flesh and the devil can come up with then say "well, it was god's will right?" Wrong, you have the WORD of GOD and the Spirit of God to test your thoughts and actions...

The "framework of faith" is the freedom and encouragement the Lord gives us to ACT BOLDLY. Do you have a de-sire? Test it. If you cannot find a conflict with the Word or Spirit of God, then move forward BOLDLY in faith, nothing wavering and trust that the Lord will come through for you.

Psalm 37:5 Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.

I believe with all my heart that the Lord is much more concerned about seeing so little real faith in this world than he is concerned about you starting off down the wrong path. The Lord knows how to "jerk my chain" when I'm headed in the wrong direction to get me headed in the right direction so I'm sure he knows how to jerk your chain as well.

My family and I are believing the Lord for something big again. What we are believing for is irrelevant. The key is, the de-sire is there, the de-sire has been tested, and now moving forward boldly in faith is taking place. The Lord is going to have to take care of ALL the major/critical/important details for us. He has done it before, he will do it again. We have already projected ourselves to the future, we see the prayers answered, we are thanking the Lord today for what he has already done and our eyes have seen NOTHING yet. Inside, I promise you I am pregnant with this thing. I am as sure right now as if everything had already been completed and seen with human eyes that our prayers have been answered and we are just now waiting to witness fulfillment.

Please understand that none of this ^^ is written to you to tell you anything about me or my family. The things written here are for YOU and your family. What de-sire do you have today? Have you tested it against the Word and Spirit of God? If so, and no conflict has been found, what are you waiting for? That's why this was written to you today.

One last point:

The Lord has been stressing to me just how "legal" everything works in the spiritual world. There is a legal basis for everything that happens or is allowed to happen. This is part of why its so important to pray and to ask the Lord for EVERYTHING. Asking, in prayer, gives the Lord legal right to work in your life, just like the devil gets legal access to your life through your acts of disobedience and faithlessness.

Proof of this legal framework is the fact that we have not all be consumed yet by the devil and his minions. He hates us, all of humanity with a loathing that is not describable in words. The fact that he harbors this kind of overwhelming hatred and malice for us AND has not destroyed us all in the most cruel way possible is EVIDENCE of legal restraint. For now, he has a "restraining order" that is legally binding. This restraint is enforced by "the restrainer"

2 Thessalonians 2:7 ... ... For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now restraineth will restrain, until he be taken out of the way.

It was important I mention this, its been on my mind for some time now..

grace and peace

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

The Signs of the Lord's Coming

With all the things going on in the world, it has become quite popular to predict "the end is near," and maybe it is. What I believe the Lord impressed me with today though cuts completely against the grain of today's "christian" thinking.

Luke 17:22And he said unto the disciples, The days will come, when ye shall desire to see one of the days of the Son of man, and ye shall not see it. 23And they shall say to you, See here; or, see there: go not after them, nor follow them. 24For as the lightning, that lighteneth out of the one part under heaven, shineth unto the other part under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in his day. 25But first must he suffer many things, and be rejected of this generation. 26And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. 27They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. 28Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; 29But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. 30Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed. 31In that day, he which shall be upon the housetop, and his stuff in the house, let him not come down to take it away: and he that is in the field, let him likewise not return back. 32Remember Lot's wife. 33Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it. 34I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left. 35Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, and the other left. 36Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. 37And they answered and said unto him, Where, Lord? And he said unto them, Wheresoever the body is, thither will the eagles be gathered together.

First of all, this is not talking about the Lord's "second coming." If the Lord was coming back to earth to rule and reign, why would the people be warned concerning their need to LEAVE? Where would they be going? Nowhere, not during the second coming:

31In that day, he which shall be upon the housetop, and his stuff in the house, let him not come down to take it away: and he that is in the field, let him likewise not return back. 32Remember Lot's wife.

^^^These people are being warned not to go get stuff out of their house, but why? They are going somewhere...These aren't the wicked going to judgement either, why would the Lord warn the wicked getting stuff from their house if he had already decided to come take them to judgement?

The event you are reading about in Luke 17 above, has the following prophetic warning signs:


But you might say "hey those are not warning signs at all! That's stuff we do everyday!" Yep..
And those things are your warning warning at all really. The wicked will know in one day that they are done, the day the righteous leave, on that day, the flood comes.

Noah went into the ark, that day the flood came...
Lot left Sodom, that day fire and brimstone fell...

Nowhere, and I mean NOWHERE in the bible can you find "the wicked taken away and that day the flood/judgement falls on the righteous." Which is exactly what many people will tell you is going on in Luke 17 with "those taken."

Who is warned not to go into the house to get anything on that day? WE ARE. Gosh, sound familiar? On that day, don't go down to the house to get anything?, where have we heard that before? Oh yea! How about here:

Matt 25 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. 2And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. 3They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: 4But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. 5While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. 6And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. 7Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. 8And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. 9But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. 10And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. 11Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. 12But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. 13Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.

Did you see it? The warning in Luke 17 tells us don't even go down into your house to get anything? Matt 25 tells us that the foolish virgins "went to buy" and while they were away looking for something they should have already had, the Lord took away the righteous and the door was shut..

On that day, we either are ready or we are not. Our hearts should not turn back to this world for anything, no need to go into the house or return from the field, or go "buy oil," none of that. Our hearts are already stayed on the one thing we need today, and the one thing we will need on that day, our treasure on earth and in heaven: Jesus Christ, the Son of God, King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Everying else is absolute rubbish..utterly useless. What is there to turn back for when we have HIM?

The Lord greatly encouraged my heart today with this re-reading of Luke 17. He tells us in plain language that even a child could understand (and thats the key) that there is no sign preceeding his coming, but there will be a very shortlived sign for the wicked that their doom is on the way, and that sign is the departure of the righteous. Read it again for yourselves, thats exactly what it says.

Today there's a growing fad in so called christianity to try to debunk the Lord's own words on this matter? "There is no escape" they tell us, certainly no escape from ALL they tell us. Really? REALLY? They argue against a stone wall. They argue to their own demise. What happens on the day that their own arguments come back to haunt them? What happens on the day that the escape from ALL happens, EXACTLY as the Lord said it would, and they are not taken in the escape because 1. they did not pray for it as they were told to do, 2. they had no faith for it, their faith puts them in the tribulation/time of Jacob's trouble 3. they taught others to become faithless towards the Lord's own promises....

The bible is used to interpret the bible right? And yet people will argue with you until the veins pop on the side of their head that there will be no escape?

If the bible interprets the bible then tell me: how much "tribulation/flood" did Noah have to endure? Did he sit outside the ark and tread water for "half" or all of the flood? No? Then why should we expect to? "but brother D, who will witness to the lost if we all escape?" Gosh, I don't know? Who witnessed to all the lost when Noah was in the Ark? Or were the lost already given enought time before the flood and there was not witnessing necessary for them? Noah witnessed to zero lost people from inside the ark. Re-read Luke will be JUST LIKE that, Noah and Lot when the Lord comes back for us...use the bible to interpret the bible.

Again, Noah didn't stick around to "witness" when he went into the ark, Lot didn't put up an asbestos shelter so he could "witness" to the lost while the fire and brimstone was coming down, so should we expect to be here to "witness?" Just like the days of Noah and Lot, let it sink in real good....

If we are not here, who will witness? Hmmmm, how about the two witnesses? These two witnesses will have a worldwide audience:

Rev 11:10 The inhabitants of the earth will gloat over them and will celebrate by sending each other gifts, because these two prophets had tormented those who live on the earth.

How about the angel flying through the heavens proclaiming the gospel, is he not witnessing to the lost?

Rev 14:6 Then I saw another angel flying in midair, and he had the eternal gospel to proclaim to those who live on the earth--to every nation, tribe, language and people.

There will be no shortage of "witnessing" during the tribulation, its just that those of us who are "in Christ" before the time of Jacob's trouble are NOT the ones doing it....

What about the 5 foolish virgins who are left behind, what happens with them. Don't you think that a few of them may repent and witness to the world? The list goes on......

There is an event coming that involves 1. the righteous leaving just like Noah went into the ark and Lot left Sodom, and then judgement falls. The only "prophetic warning" is eating and drinking, planting and building, marrying and giving in marriage....kind of no warning at all right?

For this reason, those of us who take the Lord at his word and expect him to show up each and every day till the end of time, we strive and encourage readiness TODAY, not at mid-trib, not at 3/4 trib, not after the tribulation..TODAY. What argument can people find against that? We live for Jesus today and we are prepared to live for him each and every day till the day he shows up, regardless of what happens in those days.

"but what if the tribulation starts and everyone is still here, won't people "lose their faith?" Oh, you mean watching prophetic fulfillment fall into place like dominoes? You mean, I'll "lose my faith" by watching the bible fulfill itself word for word every day? I'll "lose my faith" watching the anti-christ stand in the temple and proclaim himself to be god" exactly as the bible said he would? What a ridiculous argument...

In fact every argument that sets itself up against the plain, simple reading of scripture is destined for failure. We learn what the scriptures mean by the Spirit of God. No Spirit, no learning, simple. Oh sure, you can learn the way the world learns, through "christian scholars" and such, but what did Jesus say about those men?

1 Corinthians 3:18 Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you thinks that he is wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise. ...

1 Corinthians 1:20 where is the wise? where the scribe? where a disputer of this age? did not God make foolish the wisdom of this world?

Indeed...the Lord HAS made them foolish. The "wise disputers" of this world are coming to nothing. For this reason, you must seek the Lord for yourselves. You must get your own revelation from the Lord of what his truth is, or is not. You must get your own revelation of the truth, no other man can give it to you.

Can you fill your belly with potato by watching me eat one? So too, you cannot fill yourself with revelation except by the Spirit of God working in you as an individual, which you must seek on your own.

Prov 2:1My son, if you accept my words

and store up my commands within you,

2turning your ear to wisdom

and applying your heart to understanding,

3and if you call out for insight

and cry aloud for understanding,

4and if you look for it as for silver

and search for it as for hidden treasure,

5then you will understand the fear of the Lord

and find the knowledge of God.

6For the Lord gives wisdom,

and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.

We may have awhile to wait until the Lord comes back, until he does, let us encourage one another and let us determine to be patient and full of grace and peace each day while we wait for our master to arrive.

We are dearly love, grace and peace

Thursday, July 08, 2010

From the Treasury of Heaven: Peace

Proverbs 16:7
When a man's ways are pleasing to the LORD, he makes even his enemies live at peace with him.

It has been written here in recent days that our witness to the world in these last days is our peace. While things go from bad to worse in the world and its people are wringing their hands and hanging their heads in despair, we who believe should be at peace.

Peace is one of the great treasures given to believers on this earth. What price, what dollar value can a person put on a heart that is at ease, resting, at peace? What would people pay for it if they could buy it? There is no dollar value because it is a treasure derived from a kingdom that is not of this world.

We read in Prov 16:7 that when a man's ways are pleasing to the Lord, he makes even his enemies live at peace with him. Another great treasure, enemies living at peace with us, yet how much of this treasure do we see in the world? We see many people at each other's throats, and many people who are not at peace and why is this?

When a man's ways are pleasing to the Lord...then he makes your enemy live at peace with you.

In recent days, I hear the Lord speaking of rest and peace. The world is boiling over, everything is falling apart, and the Lord is folding his hands, speaking peace to his people. What a marked contrast wouldn't you say? Again and again, the world is going in one direction and the Lord is heading in the opposite direction.

We who are sons of God should be seeking the Spirit of God...daily. The sons of God follow the Spirit wherever he goes:

Romans 8:14For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

What is the Spirit saying to the churches today?

Should not a people inquire of their God?

Isaiah 8:19 When men tell you to consult mediums and spiritists, who whisper and mutter, should not a people inquire of their God?

1 Peter 3:14 But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. "Do not fear what they fear; do not be frightened."

There certainly are frightful things coming upon this world, but they should frighten the unbeliever, not us. We have help that comes from beyond this world, why should we be afraid?

"Peace, peace, peace, be still...." This is what I hear the Spirit of God saying today.

May the Lord bless you and keep you, may his face shine upon you and may he grant you abundant peace.

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Warn and Encourage

I ask the Lord frequently "what is your Spirit saying to us Lord?" He answers me in bits and pieces over the course of days. Today I believe I was impressed by His voice saying "warn those who can be warned, and encourage those who can be encouraged."

I ask Him frequently about the events in the world that we all see, like the oil spill, events in the middle east etc. I have to tell you that what I perceive from Him is the direct opposite of what we are seeing and hearing and reading from the world. Right now if I had to encapsulate in a few words what this sense is I have from the Lord it is peace and stillness. The following Words are a bullseye of where the Lord has been centered/hovering/pointing for many weeks now, at least as I perceive Him:

11The Lord spoke to me with his strong hand upon me, warning me not to follow the way of this people. He said:

12“Do not call conspiracy

everything that these people call conspiracy;

do not fear what they fear,

and do not dread it

13The Lord Almighty is the one you are to regard as holy,

he is the one you are to fear,

he is the one you are to dread,

14and he will be a sanctuary;

but for both houses of Israel he will be

a stone that causes men to stumble

and a rock that makes them fall.

And for the people of Jerusalem he will be

a trap and a snare

15Many of them will stumble;

they will fall and be broken,

they will be snared and captured.”

For people who are of this world, who love this world and the things in it, now is a time to fear. All the things men hope to get from this world are fading to a place where they are all out of reach. Instead of searching for something beyond what can be found in this world, these people throw themselves off of buildings and in front of trains.

The world is going into a tailspin, and far from being alarmed or excited I sense absolute stillness and peace from the Spirit of God. The end is not yet. Although I can assure you with 100% certainty that there will be an "escape from all" event (Luke 21:34-36), my belief is that we have to wait a little more for it. Don't misunderstand this, we must be ready for our Lord to show up tonight, but we probably have a little more waiting to do.

Each fall, the fall feasts that are so far unfulfilled wait for their fulfillment. This year, we are looking at:

Feast of Trumpets(Rosh Hashanah)begins September 8, ends Wednesday September 10, Friday.

Each and every year until our Lord shows up, I will be raising a flag during this time. If you are unfamiliar with the significance and relationship of the escape from all (harpazo/rapture) with the Jewish wedding ceremony and the feast of trumpets, I would highly encourage you to get to reasearching it. I will be posting more on that topic as we approach Rosh Hashanah 2010. As in previous years, I am predicting nothing, just that our alertness for our Lord's return should be greatly hightened during the time of the fall feasts.

I believe the Lord gave me a mind picture? years ago, of our face pressed right up against a razor thin piece of glass? seperating us from the time of Jacob's trouble. The significance of the picture is, it will require faith as we approach and step right up to the very minutes and seconds before all hell breaks loose before the great escape takes place (Luke 21:34-36).

People can argue about the timing of the rapture until they are blue in the face. What they cannot argue because they coflict with the Lord's own words is that there WILL BE an escape from all. Use the bible to interpret the bible. Noah and Lot are not condemned by today's "christians" as escapists, yet those who hold to the Lord's own words on this subject are condemned? PRAY that you may be counted worthy to escape ALL of what's about to happen (luke 21:34-36)...the LORD'S WORDS...not mine. Argue with that.

Recently the Lord brought to mind the "escape" of the people in Israel when the anti-christ is standing in the temple proclaiming himself to be god:

Matt 24:15When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) 16Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: 17Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: 18Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. 19And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! 20But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: 21For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.

Rev 12The woman fled into the desert to a place prepared for her by God, where she might be taken care of for 1,260 days.

I find it amazing that today's "christian" opposition to the escape has no problem with with any of the other escape stories in the bible, but when it comes to escaping ALL that's about to happen, oh...they have problems. Lot escaped, Noah escaped, the children of Israel escaped Egypt for the promised land, Those in Judaea who flee to the desert will "escape," Elijah "escaped," The 24 elders sitting in heaven in Rev 4-5 with crowns on their heads who are redeemed, rewarded men, they all "escaped" the time of Jacob's trouble. And last but certainly not least, EVERY GENERATION OF MEN before this very last blip on the world's timeline, they ALL ESCAPED the tribultation, ALL OF THEM, by virtue of the fact that they lived before it.

If you listen to the tired arguments of men who rail against the "escape from all," they come up with all kinds of reasons why we in this last generation (likely) "need" to go through part or all of the time of Jacob's trouble. To make these arguments, they have to ignore the whole of human history, biblical history, and the Lord's OWN WORDS which tell us to right now, not tomorrow, PRAY FOR ESCAPE FROM ALL. How much clearer could He be? Yet many spurn such commands as if I or some other man issued the command? No, the Lord commanded, yet they mock the command, and they scorn the messengers who confirm and remind you of this command.

Matt 25 speaks to us of wise and foolish virgins. The foolish were not, and are not ready. When the Lord shows up for his bride, and its at a time that the foolish did not expect, they will be left behind and the door in heaven will be shut. Re-read Matt 25 and Rev 4. When the Lord showed up thousands of years ago in the flesh, the people of Israel did not recognize Him. They were not ready for Him because they knew neither the Son nor the Father. If they did, they would have been ready. So too, today, many are not ready. Many are the foolish virgins who mock and scorn the Lord's own command for us to pray for escape. On the day that these men are knocking and pleading for the Lord to open the door (Matt 25), we will see who the wise and the foolish are.

If the Lord said it, He meant it, period. If He said something will happen, it will happen, period. Many are those today because they are so "learned" and have studied all the so called wise men of this age ("scholars") tell us that the bible can no longer be read and taken at face value. The bible no longer means what it says as a child would understand it because the "wise men" of today's age say that the bible means something different.

Those who do not enter the kingdom of heaven like LITTLE CHILDREN will not enter it at all. Perhaps today's "wise men" masquerading as "pastors" and "scholars" need to unlearn what men have taught them and pay heed to what the Spirit is speaking to the churches today. These men would do well to humble themselves and take the attitude and perspective of little children.

Matthew 18:3 ... And he said: "I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

Today is a day to warn those who can be warned, and encourage those who can be encouraged. My sense of the Lord's direction to us today is to be at peace. Do not fear what they fear. As things go from bad to worse, our witness to this world is our peace in the midst of the storm. People will run from you if you pull a bible out during a conversation but when they are around you and you are at peace while they cannot sleep at night for fear, and they live in a constant state of anxiety, they will see you and what lives in you and wonder..."what is it that they have, or that they know? I think I want some of it..."

Be at peace, stay in the Word, keep the faith. Be patient, we may have quite awhile to wait, or we may be out of here tonight. About times and date I need not write to you :-)

Blessed be His name, grace and peace