THE LAST CONFESSION – part 1

If there was ever a topic that I am 100% unqualified to address, it would be this one. I have never awakened in the morning; wondering if this would be the day when my testimony of Jesus would mean an end to my days under the sun. Millions “have,” and even now, “do” live in places where this is a constant possibility. I do not have a Richard Wurmbrand type story. I have never been imprissoned for my testimony of Jesus and I have never been ordered to renounce my faith of perish. And yet the topic must be addressed; even in this land where most of the citizens enjoy carefree living without fear of interruption. The time will arrive when persecution for the cause of Christ will no longer be restriced to distant lands with hard to pronounce names. Before proceeding further, it’s necessary to make available the following video presentation:

Revelation  2:10 “Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.”

Martyrdom is ones final testimony wherein they proclaim to all that their beliefs are more important to them than watching the sun rise the next morning. It’s their final act of resistance in a venue where, for a season, evil is carrying the day. Martyrdom is a topic that many like to discuss in terms of other people chosing its path over compromise. Rarely, however, does a person seriously consider that they may one day face such a moment. (at least in the westernized nations) I once heard the statement “people love to talk about those who have given their lives for Jesus, but nobody wants to follow in their footsteps.” Without a doubt, it runs contrary to the fleshly instincts of self-preservation. It’s a reckless abandoning of all that one has collected and a decided farewell to those whom they have come to cherish. It’s a submitting to something far bigger than ones self and it forces those who remain to consider their own standing.

Ecclesiastes 7:1-2 “A good name is better than precious ointment: and the day of death than the day of ones birth.
It is better to go to the house of mourning, than to go to the house of feasting: for that is the end of all men; and the living will lay it to his heart.”

It’s important to address some dangerous misconceptions concerning this topic. The first is the “a loving God would never do that” mindset. (This is a cousin to the “we’re not going to be here during the tribulation” theology) We tend to gravitate toward the warm fuzzy attributes of God and breeze over the areas that challenge our flesh. One can venture into almost any church in the land and hear a seeker-sensitive message about how wonderful our Creator is (he is indeed wonderful beyond description) and how he loves everyone. (he does indeed love everyone, but he hates sin and cannot allow it in his presence) But focusing completely upon the warm and fuzzy elements creates a lopsided view of the bigger picture and fails to prepare one for the eventuality of persecution for Jesus our Savior “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall (not might) suffer persecution.” For most of us in the west, persecution isn’t even on our radar creen; let alone thoughts of preparing for a time when our profession will cost us our place in the theater of atoms.

John 16:1-3 “These things have I spoken unto you that ye should not be offended.
They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think he doeth God service.
And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me.”

The second misconception may be even more dangerous. This is the tendancy to paint for ourselves a romantic/idealistic view of martyrdom thats void of comprehending what it means to stand, alone, when the consequences are irreversible. I believe that this is what Peter unwittingly did when he proclaimed “though I should die with thee, yet will I not deny thee.” (According to Matthew 26:35, this mindset affected all of the disciples at the time.) This is a dangerous tendancy for those of us (such as me) who have never had to make such a choice. Those of us in this camp face a very serious challenge because, up until now, our profession really hasn’t cost us anything significant. When a person in a muslim or communist country believes on the Lord Jesus, they do so knowing full well that it’s not going to be a walk in the park. They can fully “expect” to be betrayed by friends, family, coworkers, and what have you. There is no “easy believism, name-it-and-claim-it” in Saudi Arabia or North Korea. In these lands, a person being presented with the gospel of Jesus Christ, makes their decision with the cost already in the forefront.

This is the reason for writing this post. This is the reason for the epiphany that transpired in the wee hours of November 1. We are soon to face a reality where compromise in the name of physical continuance will mean eternal damnation. and yet the vast majority of us (in the west) have never EVER been confronted with such a choice. Very few of us have ever heard a single message preached on the issue. Until such a moment occurs, we are reduced to discussing this issue from a theoretical perspective. Suppose that tomorrow, it’s suddenly no longer an ideological exercise. Imagine that, around 3:00am, the black van rolls into the driveway and the agents knock on the door. They give you five minutes to gather some personal effects and then they haul you into the uncertainty. It seems crazy! Conventional wisdom tells us “such a thing can “never” happen here! We have a constitution….and besides; the rapture will take place before any of the bad things happen…..remember; we are not appointed unto wrath” This is a tactic that the enemy of our souls employs to keep the slumberers slumbering. It’s a painfully effective tactic.

Luke 21:14-15 “Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer:
For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.

Luke 21:16-19 “And ye shall be betrayed by both parents, and brethren, and kinfolks, 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.
In your patience, possess ye your souls.”

The words “all men” refers to anyone who is not born of the Spirit and walking close to Jesus. Anyone who has not prepared for such a reality will “hate us” when this season comes to fruition. Right now, we all have acquaintances who may not agree with us on theological issues, but like us as a person. As the end of the age approaches, however, this coexisting (for lack of a better word) will come to an abrupt end. Those who do not know Jesus will believe a lie. A lie so “warm and fuzzy;” so filled with divine oneness and love, that they will wonder after it with intensity. These folks will then look at us with a supernatural hatred as we dare to challenge this brave new reality. Let me bring this uncomfortably close to home. I have a really good relationship with my younger daughter. Sadly, however, whenever I bring up the gospel, she quickly changes the subject. She is a very nice and a very smart person from a natural standpoint, but she has no interest in Jesus. If this continues unaltered, there will come a time when she will embrace a lie, begin to hate me because of who I represent, and…..turn me into the authorities.

Again; it sounds crazy! But Jesus said that this would happen. We cannot fathom how complete the strong delusion of antichrist will be. With the system of antichrist already in place (for all practical purposes) it’s only a matter of time before this senario unfolds.

 Colossians 3:1-2 “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.
Set your affections on things above, not on things on the earth.”

I Peter 4:19 “Wherefore, let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.”

This isn’t even half way completed, but this part must be brought to a conclusion. There are aspects of persecution and laying down our lives for Jesus that need deeper focusing. The most incredible aspect is the uninhibited fellowship with the Lord. There is a measure of grace; a level of experiencing the presence of the Lord, that can only be experienced during persecution and/or martyrdom. On two brief occasions, I have had a glimpse of this and it’s incredible beyond description. This needs to be addressed in greater detail; along with other aspects. Until then, blessings always in Jesus name.

Acts 7:55-56 “But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up steadfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God,
And said, behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God.”

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4 Responses to “THE LAST CONFESSION – part 1”

  1. sheila price Says:

    I certainly agree that we need to be prepared for martyrdom as we may well be subject to it in times to come..perhaps even tomorrow…but I do believe in the rapture..the catching up of the saints into the air to meet the MESSIAH to participate in the wedding ceremony. There are several scriptures referring to this moment which are further acknowledged by his IMMINENT and unexpected time of return. Regardless,I thank you for your posting as either way,we need to be and remain prepared for either eventuality.
    G_D bless and keep you and all the other saints pure and without wrinkle

  2. I also believe a time is coming in this country where our faith will be met with persecution. Right now to be called a Christian is to be labeled “intolerant”. The stage is set. Christ said if we are his disciples, we WILL suffer for his sake. I believe that should it come that we are to be martyred or imprisoned for Christ, he will be our strength to face what we must. May God help us all!

  3. Hi Sheila. Thank you so much for your observations. What you mention is important; that being the rapture of the church. while there are disagreements as to the when (my church is pre-trib, but I am post trib) and we do see through a glass darkly, it’s important to be continuosly lookinf the Jesus’ return.

    Thanks you for stopping by. Blessings in Jesus name.

  4. Hi Marianne. wow; it’s been quite a while. I’ve been somewhat absent from the WordPress scene, but making moves to become more active here again. Indeed, there is persecution coming to this land and every other land as the antichrist system continues to be implemented. I wonder if any of us understand the full scope of what’s soon to break forth. I know that my understanding is lacking in many areas. But if we abide close to Jesus, he will prepare us for whatever we may face; even the things that currently do not appear on the radar screen.

    Thanks so much for stopping by. I’ll be sure to do the same. I really miss the folks in this format. Blessings in Jesus name.

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