Friday, December 13, 2019

Patient Endurance

This mornings post is a reminder that the Lord God Jesus Christ our Savior is coming back at an unknown day and hour and we are to be watching and ready for Him:

10Because you have kept my word about patient endurance, I will keep you from the hour of trial that is coming on the whole world, to try those who dwell on the earth. 

Luke 21:36But stay awake at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.”

Mark 13:32“But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 33Be on guard! Be alert e ! 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 their assigned task, and tells the one at the door to keep watch.
35Therefore 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!’ ”

He told us over and over again to watch for His unexpected coming.  So, while things go from bad to worse on this God rejecting world, we are not to fret like them.  We have a hope that they do not have.  We believe something they do not believe.  We are waiting patiently for the arrival of our Lord God and King.  While this is exciting stuff for us, it throws them into apoplectic rage.  They tell us "who are you to think you will escape anything?"  They taunt, rant and hurl insults with an otherworldly anger for our patient optimism.  Where is their anger coming from?  If we are out of our minds and the lunatic fringe why not just write us off instead of writing book long essays trying to dislodge us from our hope.

It all makes perfect sense.  We are in a war, a spiritual war.  The enemy and those who serve him work in direct opposition to the Spirit of the Lord, the Word of the Lord and those who put their hope in trust in the Spirit and the Word.  So while we rejoice in patient expectation, they howl with rage.  The Lord Jesus Christ is coming back for us on a day and hour we do not expect.  His Word makes that very clear and anyone, anywhere that has a problem with that has a problem with the Lord God who promised this would happen.  We do not have to get creative, we just have to put our eyes on the promises and believe the Lord God will do what He said He will do.  Its that simple.  Oh, it vexes them to no end to think a group of quietly confident believers will escape the hell on earth they created.  They want everyone to suffer with them in the mess they have made.

Lets be very clear about where we are and where this is going.  The true believer in Jesus Christ today did not ask for this wicked, anti-Christ, God hating world.  We, the body of Christ did not ask for or endorse the removing of God Almighty from our schools, our courthouses and every other square inch of public space.  No, quite the contrary we want the opposite.  What we want is the Lord our God involved in EVERYTHING.  That's pretty much the direct opposite of what this world wants and is working toward.  So, back to hell on earth-they created it.  They made this bed, they get to lie down in it.

If the problems in this world stem directly from removing the God of Peace from it, and we never asked for that or wanted it, is it true justice that the believer should wade neck deep into it with the people of this world.  That is not what I read in the Word of the Almighty:

Isaiah 3:8For Jerusalem has stumbled,
and Judah has fallen,
because their speech and their deeds are against the Lord,
defying his glorious presence.d
9For the look on their faces bears witness against them;
they proclaim their sin like Sodom;
they do not hide it.
Woe to them!
For they have brought evil on themselves.
10Tell the righteous that it shall be well with them,
for they shall eat the fruit of their deeds.
11Woe to the wicked! It shall be ill with him,
for what his hands have dealt out shall be done to him.

There it is ^^, very simple.  We reap what we sow do we not?  Indeed we do.  A God hating world has sown wickedness, lies, deceit, cowardice, faithlessness, pride, arrogance, Godlessness and they wonder why things appear to be falling apart.  They are perplexed that the closer they get to their earthly "nirvana" (a world without the Creator in it), the worse things actually get for them.  Make no mistake, the Lord God has no plans of allowing these people a moments respite as they create their new world satanic order.  He has made Himself very clear:

Is 48:22 “There is no peace,” says the LORD, “for the wicked.”

In case we had any doubts we could flip back to the last chapter of our Bibles for more clarity on what the days will be like during this "new world order" with their "dear leader"-the King of Babylon in charge.  All the green grass will be burnt up a third of the water will be poisoned, the sea will turn to blood with a third of the ships ruined, burning mountains will fall from the sky, day will be turned to night and all kinds of other "fun" stuff will be the daily routine for the inhabitants of this world during their beloved new world order.  Problem is, it does not sound like nirvana to me.  No, they rejected the God of peace so they will have war.  They rejected the God of love so they will have hatred and death.  And we, the believer did not ask for any of this.

This  ^^ is NOT what we wanted.  No, we pray our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.  May thy kingdom come and thy will be done here on earth just as it is in heaven."  That is what we are asking for.  That is what we want.  We want our God to come down from heaven and straighten out the absolute calamity being created on this earth by a God hating world.  Rejecting the Creator is the problem this world has, not economic or political or social troubles.  It is all, 100% spiritual and it has been from the very beginning.  Spiritual problems are not solved through political solutions.  Spiritual problems are solved with spiritual solutions.  Perhaps this is why Babylon (the west) hates Russia so much.  While Russian spetznaz troops march through Red Square with crosses and bibles, in the west we see LGBTQABCDEFG parades instead.  The results of each are predictable.

The Lord Jesus Christ is coming back for His people and we are to be watching and ready for Him each and every day.  Yes, it will be a "secret" coming.  When Jesus Himself doesn't know when that day is, yes you can call it a secret.  Those who mock this unexpected coming of the Lord mock only their own foolishness and ignorance.  The Lord God is not mocked, a man reaps what he sows.  Be watching, be ready.  You do not have to convince anyone else what you believe you only have to convince yourself.  Read the Word for yourself, how do you read it?  What does it say to you?  The answers to those questions will determine your destiny.

grace and peace