F I R E S O N G

Revelation 12:11 “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.”

This post must begin with a link to the April 12, 2011 edition of Trunews with Rick Wiles. While this broadcast is a good source for news from a prophetic standpoint, the following episode features a discussion with Dr. C R Oliver wherein he talks about what the saints must do to remain faithful in the days ahead. This is very sobering, but it should not strike fear in the heart of one who is born of the Spirit. Instead, it should, cause us to draw closer to Jesus, lay aside all that’s frivillous, and strive to hide his word in our heart. Here’s the link to the broadcast from Tuesday, April 12, 2011:

TRUNEWS (April 12, 2011) with Rick Wiles

One of the issues which Dr. Oliver touches on is how suddenly the status quo can come to an end. In the west it almost seems unthinkable. “After all,” the reasoning goes, “people have been saying things like this for years and yet, everything continues on.” The ideas of a sudden interruption of our lifestyle or persecution for the cause of Christ seem alien to us. We embrace it from a theological standpoint, however, our heart then “reminds us” that “those things only happen in places like Pakistan or Eritrea.” Whether or not we choose to come to terms with it, the truth is that we are on the fast-track toward scriptural fulfilment. While much of the church in the west tells herself  “I am rich and increased with goods, and have need of nothing” the beast system is being implemented at an accellerated pace. We will soon be forced to make a choice between a morsel of bread and our eternal souls. Yet in most venues, the pastors focus on massaging the itching ears of their flock, instead of offering messages that will prepare them for the hour of temptation.

II Peter 2:3 “And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.”

One thing is in need of mentioning at this juncture. We must maintain a love for truth; even when it runs contrary to what we personally want to think or what we have been taught. If we are indeed going to experience betrayal, persecution unto death, and the rolling out of deceptions so thorough that “if it were possible they shall deceive the very elect” we must face this reality in order to prepare. For weeks now, there’s been this overwhelming desire to get in closer to Jesus, burrow into the scriptures, and be in a place of hearing from on high. This is where we go for preparation, revelation, discernment, and comfort. This is a must for all who are born of the Spirit. We cannot navigate these events in our own strength or understanding. Without a doubt, Gods grace is, and always will be, sufficient for anything that we may have to face. It’s up to us, however, to keep our heart with all diligence; lest unbelief and fainting enter in. (Hebrews 3:12.)

Many of us are going to face situations that we never dreamed would manifest in our lives. Many of us are going to become martyrs. All of us, who maintain the testimony of Jesus, are going to be hated and betrayed by those who chose to wonder after the beast. That beast is going to make war with the saints and pevail against them in the theater of atoms. (Daniel 7:21-25, and Revelation 13:4-8) If our heart is not fully abiding (as in 100%) in heavenly places; if our eyes are not fixed completely upon Jesus,we’ll buckle under the pressures of offense and want. It’s sobering but true. The vast majority will sell their birthright for a morsel of meat; including many who once held the testimony of Jesus. (II Thessalonians 2:3.) These will then turn on the remnant.

Luke 21:16-17 “And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolk, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death.
And ye shall be hated of all men for my names sake.
But there shall not an hair of your head perish.

Luke 21:19 “In your patience possess ye your souls.”

Revelation 6:9-11 “And when he had opened the the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:
And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, faithful and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?
And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.”

It seems overwhelming; in fact, many will be overwhelmed to the point of fainting. They will hear warnings to prepare and respond in one of three ways. Some will explain it away; through doctrinal wrangling, such as “Oh; we’re not going to be here” or “God loves us too much to allow that.” Some will simply ignore the warnings. Just go about their routine as though the routine will always see them through. Still others (I’m still referring to professing christians) will go to more extreme measures, such as questioning the authenticity of the bible (well if you read that in the original greek) proclaiming that these things all played out in the first century, concluding that there are many paths to God, denying the existance of an eternal lake of fire where torment is everlasting and what have you. For one who is determined to keep their head in the sand, the sky is the limit.

We can choose from the array of deceptions and coping mechanisms. Or we can come before the Lord Jesus, who has promised to be with us always, and allow him to prepare us. Through strengthening our relationship, hiding his word ion our heart, being atuned to the promptings of the Holy Spirit, and being ready to move at a moments  notice, we can trust that he will sustain us. Whether we abide until Jesus returns (that means enduring the tribulation) or being led up to the gillotine (Revelation 20:4,) we can be confident that he will see us through. (Even if, up until this point, we have had a continuance of relative peace and safety.)

A few days ago, a saint in another city and I were discussing these issues. of persecution and maintaining the testimony of Jesus regardless of the cost. For several hours afterwards, I replayed portions of the dialogue in my mind while considering these things. I was at home preparing for bed, when i remembered reading about saints in the middle ages who were burned at the stake for their testimony. as the flames began to wrap around them, they were singing. The glory of God shone in their faces as they sang of our blessed redeemer. A thought was dropped into my spirit. “You need a firesong.” I’ve been thinking about this ever since. A special song; be it one that we’ve heard, or one that we have written that’s exclusively between us and the Lord Jesus, it’s a melody from the heart that we set aside for times of trying and ultimatel departure. We need to give thought to the time when our testimony is complete, which should compel us to be about our Fathers business in the short time that remains.

Well, I need to be going. Tomorrow is Good Friday. We are continually mindful the incredible price that Jesus paid for us. He who knew no sin, bore on his body the sins of all. Through faith in his blood, we have forgiveness of sin and eternal life. Our salvation is so incredible that words cannot do justice. Each of us were on the wide path that leads to everlasting torment. But one day, we heard about a Savior; the very one who created all that we see, who left glory and took upon himself a body of flesh. We heard how he went to an old rugged cross; despite having the option to call ten thousand angels. He died and entered into the lower parts of the earth. He defeated Satan once and for ever. Three days later, he arose from the grave as it was impossible for him to see corruption. He appeared to many and they saw him ascend into heaven. And then they heard two angels say “Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.”

Jesus is returning and every eye shall behold him. “Wherefore comfort one another with these words.”

Blessings always in Jesus name.

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Update: April 22, 2011. Please listen to the following broadcast. It ties in with the content of this post:

THE END OF TIME (Interview with Augusto Perez)

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4 Responses to “F I R E S O N G”

  1. Gods the Bomb
    regards from the Bandit

  2. Your word was a good encouragement to me … I feel a division happening between those who profess to believe and those who truly do. It is hard as I feel God calling me to separate myself a bit more to Himself.

    Thanks and have a wonderful weekend abiding in His eternal love.

    Rachel

  3. I’ll have to think of a song now. How about David Meyer’s, “Keep on walking by faith…”

  4. Another sign of the times…

    Cow-human-breast milk stretches the bounds of decency

    http://www.denverpost.com/opinion/ci_17847469

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