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DAY SEVENTEEN

Posted in Autism, Christianity, Discernment, Eternity, Gods Word, Jesus Christ, religion, Spiritual warfare, Tribulation Saints on February 5, 2012 by timbob

I Corinthians 7:29-31 “But this I say, brethren, the time is short: it remaineth, that both they that have wives be as though they had none;
and they that weep, as though they wept not; and they that rejoice, as though they rejoiced not; and they that buy, as though they possessed not;
And they that use this world, as not abusing it: for the fashion of this world passeth away.”

Perhaps that seems a strange passage to begin this post with; especially since it is primarily an update as to what has been transpiring in my proverbial “neck of the woods.” And yet, when sitting down to tell of the goings on here, this passage instantly came to mind. Anytime I’m faced with uncertainty or in need of direction, a passage of scripture is always brought to remembrance. For me, this has always been a prioritizing scripture. A placing of urgency on things eternal and setting temporal things in their proper perspective. Many seem to have this in reverse. Many seem to place more emphasis on careers, family, trappings, and even sports than the deep things of God. While they adamently profess to love Jesus, their conversation consistantly seems to gravitate toward temporal matters. The bulk of a persons dialogue will reveal what they spend the lions share of their time meditating on.

Lately, I’ve not not been spending much time in any of the social networking venues. It was not a planned thing; at least not on my part. January of 2012 arrived and suddenly we had a myriad of complexities to contend with. Vehicle complications, financial issues, Matthew (our autistic son) needing an ever-increasing amount of attention while the costs of taking care of him continue to rise, a looming foreclosure which, from the natural perspective seems unavoidable, and other issues which  are far too complicated to convey here. The limited time that I once had to check out links, read through threads of dialogue, even a few seconds to wish a “happy birthday” to a friend whenever facebook alerted me to the event, seemed to vanish into a sea of neverending obligation and manuverings. And yet, these dark clouds of complexity have had a silver lining, and it is that silver lining which is in need of focusing. 

As I write this, I honestly do not know where we will be living six months from now. I know that the Lord could supernaturally provide resolution to this situation. Yet I’m not compelled to ask this in prayer. I have done so a few times, but it seems like an empty request; as though my heart is simply not in it. Instead, the fervent prayer request has been “Lord Jesus, my affections are with you; and not on a physical location. I want to be in your perfect will and if you are moving us elsewhere, I’ll be content.” The possibility of physical loss and uncertainty in the days ahead has not been bothering me. Oh I think on it sometimes, but I prefer to meditate on eternal issues with everlasting ramifications. The peace is beyond description and it’s almost like an adventure; not knowing what will transpire, but knowing that God has already made provision. There is, however, one remaining concern. Is this profession of faith a legitimate reflexion of my heart, or just an idealistic euphoria that will vaporate in the event of a worst-case senario?

Jeremiah 17:9-10 “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.”

The recent event-induced internet drought has been quite an unexpected blessing. I seriously doubt  (though I could be wrong) that I’ll ever again be as heavily engaged as I once was. It was getting to the point that I was reading so much input from so many sources that It was becomming a massive chorus of noise. I needed to step back and allow the Lord to put things back into perspective. In Ecclesiastes 12:9, we read how the preacher (Solomon) sought out and set in order many proverbs. In a way, I needed to have some things put back in order. There are wars, rumors, and multiple reportings on both; each report being slanted toward a particular world view. If we spend our time reading these reports and not enough time seeking the Lord, we can drive ourselves nutty. It’s very important to stay informed of events. It’s important and spiritually needful to be in fellowship with like-minded saints as much as possible. But it’s imperative to maintain and continuously build up our most holy faith. For me, the past few weeks have seen a level of sweetness in the presence of the Lord that had been lacking.

February 4, of 2012 was in interesting milestone. First of all, it was Matthews 17th birthday. Despite all of the complexities that he presents, he really is a fascinating guy. En eternal soul, created in the image of God. Last year, I began taking him into the streets while sharing the gospel. He now loves to go into the city, and walk around, which frees me up to tend to eternal issues. Matthews love for getting out in this manner has resulted in many souls being presented with the gospel. Also on Feb 4, Matthew and I embarked on the 17th such outing for the year of 2012. Many of these outings would not have transpired if Matthew was not autistic because these blocks of time would have been consumed by seemingly important obligations. In years past, every trip into the streets had been a real battle just to get away from the daily grind. Now Matthew “needs” to get out in this fashion, otherwise he becomes uncontrollable in the evening. (autistic people have a need for “routine” and, once something becomes a part of their routine, it has to be reckoned with.) He goes anywhere; from well-maintained parks, to busy downtown areas, to dangerous neighborhoods.

If I have peace about an area I go; if I don’t have peace, I don’t go. I also monitor Matthews behavior (which is always very easy-going in the streets) and can usually operate within his perimeters. And yet, even though I know how Matthew will respond to most situations, he does have the ability to occasionally do the unexpected. Last fall, we were in an alley approaching a group of people who were hanging out. They were not at all interested in hearing about Jesus and one of the guys informed me to “just keep walking.” I prepared to continue up the alley and motioned for Matthew to come. As I turned, I saw that he, with all of his happy-like mannerism, had quickly waded deep into the crowd and was about to have a seat. I casually went in to get his attention and we then proceeded on our way. This could have created an ugly confrontation, but ended without incident. The peace of God was present the entire time.

Well I need to be going for now. There is a lot of uncertainty in our lives at the moment, but this uncertainty is restricted to the theater of atoms. I know of a pastor who used to tell about the “hundred year test” which goes like this. Whenever we find ourselves getting apprehensive or agitated about a thing, step back and ask “will this be important a hundred years from now?” If the answer is “no; it will not be important a hundred years from now,” than it’s not really that important now. It seems simple, and yet I have often employed this when things were getting to me. It’s easy to become overcharged by issues that have no bearing on eternity and subsequently, remove ourselves from the battle. The temporal seems so real, and yet we know that heaven and earth shall pass away. Well; it’s after 3:00 am. Blessings always in Jesus name.

Colossians 3:1-4 “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.
Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.
When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.”

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THE LAST CONFESSION – part 3

Posted in Christianity, End Times, Eternity, Gods Word, Jesus Christ, religion, Salvation, Tribulation Saints on November 14, 2011 by timbob

The following passage gives us a glimpse into the life of the apostle Paul and his final days on earth.

II timothy 4:5-7 “But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.
For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.
I have fought the good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.

II Timothy 4:8 “Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown or righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them that love his appearing.”

If a single phrase could be used to describe the mindset of the apostle Paul as his departure from the physical world was fast approaching, it would have to be “it is well with my soul.” For years affliction and hardship had been relentless companions. The II Corinthians 11:26 perils continuously manifested in his life and each day carried with it a profound element of uncertainty. In Miletus, he told the Ephesian elders who had travelled to meet with him “And now, behold, I go bound in the spirit unto Jerusalem, not knowing the things that shall befall me there: Save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions abide me.” From a natural standpoint, it would have seemed a most chaotic existance that no rational person would embrace. But Paul knew that the Lord Jesus had called him to this office. He had not conferred with flesh and blood before travelling far hence into the Gentiles and he did not approach spiritual issues from a platform of natural reasoning.

And now, this man, who had suffered the loss of all things and whose sole desire for being in this world was to be about the Fathers business, was nearing the end of his journey. Soon he would make his last confession; that Jesus Christ is Messiah. The only begotten Son of God, who paid for our sins with his own blood, and has gone to prepare a place for those who receive him by faith. There is a level of grace; a level of fellowship with the Lord, that is only present at the time of ones departure at the hands of those who know not God. History is filled with stories of those whose faces shone like the sun as they were living out their final seconds. From the midst of the flames, in the arena overrun by lions, and kneeled before the business end of the gillotine, they testified of a Savior whose presence is so real that everything else was merely a formality. These truly understood the words of Steven; “Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing at the right hand of God.

This level of departing grace will not be found by one who is lukewarm or half-hearted. Those who retain any love for their lives in this world or have neglected to build up their most holy faith will not be prepared to endure the final chapter of their testimony and many will seek our a compromise. These will justify their actions in various ways; from “I have to take care of my family because we know what I Timothy 5:8 says” to “God is loving and he understands my situation.” At the critical moment, millions will discover how powerless and deadly a form of godliness can be. It is important that none of us take this issue lighty; especially those of us who came to repentance and faith in Jesus without having to face any real consequences for doing so. But even though we have yet to be tried at the ultimate level, if we let go of all things frivillous now and draw close to the Lord Jesus; ensuring that he is our first love above all else, he will sustain us. Our God is able to keep us from failing in the hour of temptation, if we are abiding fully in him. 

A while back, a missionary with a very unique story visited our area. After spending years in the corporate world, he is now working as a missionary inside China. He sold everything here and moved overseas in obediance to the heavenly vision. Naturally, there are limitations to what can be done due to the political situation, but the Lord has been opening doors unexpectedly. It is reported that, nationwide, 20,000 souls are coming to Jesus every day and the need for discipleship is incredible. It takes Matthew 9:37-38 to an entirely new level. As he was telling his story, he mentioned five primary things that are being emphasized to the saints in China. These five things are equally important for us as we may well  have to face similar circumstances in the future.

1 – “Intentional. Always be ready to testify about Jesus.” We never know when a divine appointment will be present and when someones heart will be recieptive. The missionary then issued a challenge. “Do we awaken each morning prepared, and looking for, opportunities to share Jesus? Or do we just go about our day and give it little thought?” I have to admit that many times I just want to be alone and that I don’t seek opportunities as I should. This has caused me to re-evaluate the way that I approach the various venues of my life. It’s easy to say “I’m so busy” while souls are perishing. We have to let go of the excuses and be about our Fathers business. Eternal souls in the U.S. are perishing; just as eternal souls in China are perishing. 

2 – “Always be ready to memorize more scripture.” Many don’t place a priority on this here. In a land where the average professing christian has a bible in every room, one in their vehicle, and one in their workplace. It’s always been there; along with a strongs concordance and a myriad of study materials, and we take it for granted. If we were to suddenly be deprived of such convenience, many would be ill-prepared to endure. Hiding the word of God in our heart is a must.

3 – “Always be ready to suffer for the sake of the gospel We never think about it here. In the west; particularly the U.S. the cost of following Jesus is little more than being called a name or two and perhaps not getting a promotion at work. We need to be close to, and love the Lord Jesus on such a deep level that we’ll stand up to any form of persecutiopn; regardless of its intensity or length of continuance. The missionary told of a pastor in China who spent 50 years in prison. At any time, he could have been set free by simply renouncing his faith in Jesus. But he held fast his testimony.

4 – “Always be ready to flee the authorities.” We know that, prior to his conversion,  Saul was making havoc of the church in Jerusalem and commiting any that he found to prison. Acts 8:4 tells us “Therefore they that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word.” The time may well come when we have to flee, and this flight may result in the furtherance of the gospel.

Matthew 10:23 ” But when they persecute you in this city, flee ye into another: for verily I say unto you, Ye shall not have gone over the cities of Israel, till the Son of man is come.

5 – “Always be ready to die for the testimony of Jesus.” This is a very real possibility; not only in China, but in any country where there is institutionalized hostility to the gospel. It’s not so evident in the west right now. We know, however, that as the return of Jesus draws closer, the world is going to become increasingly hostile toward anyone who maintains the testimony of Jesus Chirst. He told us in Matthew 24:9 “Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all (not most) nations for my names sake.” We really need to take seriously; and prepare spiritually, for this possibility.

This post could end here, however, one thing more needs to be added. It’s a segment from a recent Voice of the Martyrs mailing in which a letter is shared. Below is the introduction by Voice of the Martyrs, followed by a letter from Lizzie Atwater – August 15, 1900:

During Chinas Boxer Rebellion at the turn of the twentieth century, no foreigner was safe. The Boxers opposed all foreign influences, including Christian missionaries. Diplomats fled to a compound in Beijing, but missionaries in the outer provinces had few choices.

Local officials in Fenzhou, Shanxi province, were relatively accepting of missionaries, so a number of missionaries fled there in hope that they would be safe until the uprising ended. After they arrived, the governor of Shanxi, a noted Boxer sympathizer, assigned a new magistrate to Fenzhou. The magistrate promptly posted an armed guard over the foreigners. One of the missionaries, Lizzie Atwater, was pregnant at the time. She wrote a final letter to her parents on Aug. 3, 1900:

“Dear ones, I long for a sight of your dear faces, but I fear we shall not meet on earth…..The Lord is wonderfully near, and he will not fail me. I was very restless and excited while there seemed a chance of life, but God has taken away that feeling, and now I just pray for grace to meet the terrible end bravely. The pain will soon be over, and oh the sweetness of the welcome above!

My little baby will go with me. I think God will give it to me in heaven, and my dear mother will be so glad to see us. I cannot imagine the Saviors welcome. Oh that will compensate for all of these days of suspense. Dear ones, live near to God and cling less closely to earth. There is no other way by which we can receive that peace from God which passeth understanding.

My married life, two precious years, have been so very full of happiness. We will die together, my dear husband and I. I used to dread separation. If we escape now it will be a miracle. I send my love to all of you, and the dear friends who remember me.”

Twelve days later, Lizzie, her husband, their unborn baby, and six other missionaries, were hacked to death by their guards.

Source: www.asiaharvest.org

In her final letter, Lizzie Atwater writes about the peace that we have when the end is upon us. For it is not the end. All who are born of the Spirit, will be forever in the presence of the Lord Jesus following their final breath. We move instantly “To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you.” We need to lay aside every sin, every weight, every distraction, and every agenda that ties one to this worlds system. We must determine in our hearts to maintain the testimony of Jesus Christ regardless; even if it costs us everything in this life. “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”

“Dear ones, live near to God and cling less closely to earth.”

Blessings always in Jesus name.

THE LAST CONFESSION – part 2

Posted in Christianity, Discernment, End Times, Eternity, Gods Word, Jesus Christ, religion, Salvation, Tribulation Saints on November 9, 2011 by timbob

Hebrews 11:36-37 “and others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment:
They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, they were tempted, were slain of the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented;

Hebrews 11:38 (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.”

It’s possible that there are multitudes of professing saints, have never considered the implication of these passages. They portray a life of continuous tribulation and uncertainty in the physical realm. A life lived largely in the outskirts and greatly misunderstood by the status-quo loving contemoraries. To some, these overcomers little more than a curiosity. Others will choose to mock them; “Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you.” On the other hand, to those who are fully given to wickedness, it’s not a joke. They understand the threat that these saints pose to their dark agenda, and will relentlessly seek to silence them. For those who walk close to Jesus and have abandoned the former conversations, trouble awaits around every corner. For them, survival isn’t secured by the arm of flesh or a carefully plotted out course of action. They may spend many of their days in anguish and uncertainty; not knowing where they will at days end or who will become the next person to rise in opposition to the truth. Yet they streadfastly maintain their testimony as they look for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.

Acts 20:24 “But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.”

It’s a familiar passage, and yet  many struggle to understand it full meaning. Psalm 116:15 reads “Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.” It reveals that God, whose ways are not ours, does not view departing this world the way that we tend to view it. While we know that he takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked (Ezekiel 18:23, Ezekiel 18:32, II Peter 3:9) the passing of the righteous is “precious.” In fact, there is profound benefit; both in persecution and in martyrdom. There are several positives to persecution and/or ultimate martyrdom that carry over into eternity. The following is a partial listing (I’m sure that there are more) of the positives that accompany the trial of our faith.

1 – It validates our profession. A person will not lay down their life for an uncertainty. Choosing death over compromise states to the curious and serves warning to the implementers that everyone has a moment of departure from this place. Richard Wurmbrand once told about a house gathering in romania during the days of the Ceseacau regime. Soldiers broke down the door and announced that everyine was to be executed at that moment; unless they renounced their faith in Jesus. Most remained, but some elected to leave. After the compromised ones were cleared out, one of the soldiers told those who remained, words to the effect of “We wanted to know if your Jesus is real and would like to learn more of your faith.” Their method of approach had cleared the air of half-hearted ones and diminished the potential for betrayal. Sadly, those of us who have never looked down the barrel of a gun are unable to say how we will react. We want to believe that we will stand firm. We MUST stand for Jesus regardless of circumstances, however, when the prospect of a tomorrow is removed, ones true character instantly becomes manifest.

This is why we must continuouslty examine ourselves and ensure that our hearts are on things above. All who have died for Jesus, did so after relinquishing their hold on all that was temporary. 

Mark 8:35-36 “For whosoever shall will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the goslep’s, the same shall save it,
For what shall if profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?”

2 – The name of Jesus is glorified. When a saint chooses physical demise over abandoning their profession, it relays a myriad of truths to the observers. It testifies that the person loves Jesus more than all of the worlds offerings of comfort and prestige. (Philippians 3:7-8) It reveals a power that’s greater than all of the worlds methods of persuasion. (John 16:33) It says to the wicked, you have lost. I did not turn and today I am delivered from your hand.” (Daniel 3:16-18) But most importantly, the name of Jesus is lifted up and warning of a moment when each person must stand before him.

John 21_18-19 “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, When thou wast young, thou girdest thyself, and walkest whither thou wouldest: but when tho shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry thee whither thou wouldest not.
This spake he, signifying by what death he should glorify God. and when he had spoken this, he saith unto him, Follow me.

3 –  An exceeding and eternal weight of glory. Suffering for the sake of the gospel is grievous to the flesh, but the reward for enduring such will remain. Long after the present creation; with all of its monuments, and treasures, has been dissolved, those of us who know Jesus will be in his presence forever. Oue works in his name will remain forever and our affliction will turn to everlasting reward. In the myriad of passages that reveal this truth, the following is a favorite:

II Corinthians 4:17 “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.”

“The words “for us” show who benefits from this and how how long the benefit will remain. Jesus told us ” For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” When we from our heart, begin to live continually in heavenly places; being in the world but not of it, the threatenings of this world lose their power over us. The apostle Paul openly confessed “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” In his letter to the Philipians, he expressed this desire to be absent from here and present with the Lord. His only attachment to this world was the overwhelming needs of the early churches.  

4 – Blessed of the Father. “Precious in the site of the LORD is the death of the saints.” When a person forfeits the lure of sin for a season and lays down their life for the cause of Christ, it does not go unnoticed in heaven. This is actually an expansion of the previous point. While we are called to love not our lives in this world, there is a special blessing to those who actually fulfil this. Laying down our lives for Jesus is a testimony of our relationship with the Father and exposes those who may profess to know him but do not.

John 16:2-3 “They shall pit you out of the synagogues: yea the time cometh, when whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.
And these things will they do unto you, because they have not kown the Father, nor me.”

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.”

That final verse in I Peter chapter 4 touches on the final aspect that I’m wanting to touch on. However, it will require a third installment in this series of posts in order to proprly address it. There are also some highlights from a message that I heard on Nov 6 which are in need of visiting as they touch on the topic of enduring until the end. I did not expect this subject to become so drawn out. As for now, I’ll post this and begin work on what (I think) will be the final installment.

Revelation 14:13 “And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.”

Blessings always in Jesus name.

THE LAST CONFESSION – part 1

Posted in Christianity, Discernment, End Times, Eternity, Gods Word, Jesus Christ, religion, Salvation, Tribulation Saints, Uncategorized on November 3, 2011 by timbob

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.”

THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN

Posted in Christianity, End Times, Eternity, Gods Word, Jesus Christ, religion, Salvation, Spiritual warfare, Tribulation Saints on August 25, 2011 by timbob

Many of us memorized Psalm 118:24 long ago. It reads “This is a day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” It’s a call to be grateful and rejoice in our Creator, who holds in his hand the breath of life and appointed for this day to be; even before the foundation of the world. As we approach the end of the age, a more ominous dimension is added. We don’t know how many days remain until peace and safety is swallowed up by unfathomable upheaval. In many parts of the world, this has already transpired. And while mystery Babylon sits precariously upon a foundation of illusion, devices have been forecast that will bring her down in a moment. (Revelation 18:8-10) It’s not only judgment against a nation that has gone astray, it is the fulfilling of scripture. We should be thankful for every day of continuance that the Lord allows. Each one carries opportunities for folks to believe on Jesus and each one presents opportunities for us to lay up treasure in heaven. Very soon, however, this temporal season that will give way to what Jesus described as great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.” 

Giving thought to the end of everything familiar is by no means pleasant; nor should it be. It will mean billions going into eternity; with no warning, and without having a relationship with Jesus. It will be the undoing of millions of professing Christians, who, in the day of trying, discovered that their roots never grew beyond the superficial. It will be a time of shaking like the world has never seen and the hearts of all will be revealed. It will be season in which we will be hated, betrayed, and even killed by those closest to us. I once read the statement that, as the time draws near, a person will either completely love the Lord Jesus or they will completely hate him; along with those who maintain his testimony. In addition to this, we may well face situations where those in our own household may say to us “we’re starving dad; please can’t we just go along with the system (receive a mark) to get something to eat. God is love; he will understand.”

The question remains; do any of us have even a clue as to the treacherous nature of these times? Even while writing about it, I don’t grasp the whole of what is being discussed here.

During the August 17, 2011 Omegaman broadcast,  (there,s a link at the bottom of this post) Steve Quayle mentioned the number seventeen as representing Gods protection of his own during times of judgment. Out of curiosity, I looked up the words “seventeen” and “seventeenth.” In Genesis 7:11 we find that “in the second month, on the seventeenth day of of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.” A perfect picture of Gods protection when everything is being swept away. In Genesis 8:4, we find that “the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat.” In Genesis chapter 37, we find that Joseph was seventeen when he had his dream; a dream that would set in motion the chain of events that led to surviving a famine of epic proportions. In 2011, as the finishing touches of the antichrist system are being set in place, we can place our complete confidence in the Lord Jesus who has promised to be with us even until the end of the world.

II Corinthians 5:1 “For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.”

This post is primarily a revisiting of passages that many know well, however the urgency of the topic makes a revisiting of them a needful endeavor; beginning with:

II Chronicles 20:12 (2012?) “O our God, wilt thou not judge them? for we have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee.”

In Jehoshaphats day, the Lord wrought a mighty deliverance from the invading armies of the Ammonites, the Moabites and the children of Mt Seir. In our day we will be facing overwhelming circumstances; even to the point of being overcome in the physical (Revelation 13:7) in like manner, we will have to keep our eyes fixed firmly upon Jesus. “But our eyes are upon thee.”  Any compromise of this steadfastness will sow the seeds of compromise and shipwreck. Oftentimes I revisit the example of my own household being in severe want (aka “starving”) because I refuse to accept a mark. In our own strength, we cannot possibly endure such a situation, where even natural affection is pleading with us to “stop grandstanding; your children are starving…..and you know what I Timothy 5:8 says about that.” We must prepare spiritually for the time when such a decision will be demanded of us. We must maintain our testimony of Jesus and not be swayed by any temptation to compromise. (We should remember that temptation will often present itself as “the morally right thing to do”) This isn’t easy to write about as I have unsaved loved ones in my own household.   

Luke 21:16-19 “And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, (people turning over their own children) and brethren, and kinsfolks, 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.” 

Psalm 91:1 reads “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” To “dwell in the presence of the Lord. Some of the definitions of “dwell” that Websters offers are “to live as a resident, to keep the attention directed,” and “to speak or write insistantly.” It’s the place where our affections are maintained. With the shaking that is soon to remove everything build upon a sandy lot, we must determine to dwell in the presence of the Lord Jesus. During our recent (and still ongoing) financial crisis, I often said in prayer, “Lord; regardless of what transpires here, my eyes are upon thee. My affections are in heavenly places; even if we have to live in a van down by the river.” It was, and is, a determination to look at the eternal and not be sidetracked by the temporal. To dwell with the Lord Jesus continually; regardless of goings on in the neighborhood. This will be the level of commitment required to survive the comming upheaval. As one proceeds through psalm 91, they see that the Lord can sustain us in the most inhospitable of senarios.

Psalm 91:5-8 “Thou shall not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;
Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.
A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.
Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.”

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 of the earth..”

Matthew 6:21 “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

Well I have to be going for now. The following links are to four broadcasts which transpired from August 16 to August 18, 2011. They discuss the times in which we live and offer encouragement to those who love the Lord Jesus.

CHOOSE THE LORD JESUS TODAY (Shannon Davis and the Hawk)

WORLDWIDE CHAOS (Shannon davis and Steve Quayle)

AMERICAS SECOND PEARL HARBOR (Shannon Davis and Nathan Leal

SURVIVE 2 THRIVE BROADCAST Aug 17, 2011 Nathan Leal and Steve Quayle)

Blessings always in Jesus name.

AND THE INTERPRETATION THEREOF

Posted in Christianity, Discernment, End Times, Eternity, Gods Word, Jesus Christ, religion, Salvation, Spiritual warfare, Tribulation Saints on July 2, 2011 by timbob

Luke 21:15 “For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.”

Wisdom from the everlasting Creator of all that is. “But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hipocrisy.” When one ventures into the book of Daniel, they see this truth playing out in full. Up until recently, my understanding of this was similar to a black and white photograph. You can make out many of the details, but the fullness is lacking. Since going through some of the teaching at Shatter The darkness this precept has been transformed into a full color 3D image. I didn’t realize the extent of this, until my daily bible reading brought me to the book of Daniel. (Lately I’ve been reading through the books of the bible in alphabetical order, starting with Acts, then Amos, I Chronicles, and so on) Admittedly, previous focusings of this book have always gravitated toward chapters 7-12. But as one reads these first two chapters, they see playing out, a pattern that has persisted ever since the fall, when a finite created being, became full of himself, and sought to overpower the infinate God who inhabits eternity. All of the chaos, woes, and heartache in the world today, are fallout from the moment when Lucifer said in his heart “hey; check me out.”

It’s astonishing to witness arrogance in play. It clouds the thinking of one given to it; even to the point wherein they will attempt the impossible, as Lucifer did when he sought to exalt his throne above the stars of God. As we visit the book of Daniel, the striking difference between finite and infinate is put on full display, beginning with:

Daniel 1:9 “Now God had brought Daniel into favour and tender love with the prince of the eunichs.”

Satan cannot do this. He can manipulate, deceive and make empty promises. He can utilize the three lusts (I John 2:16) and he is very proficient at doing so.  But he cannot bring one info favour and tender love with another, in a way that’s void of advantage. But this is just the beginning of the account. As we continue, we find that God granted wisdom from on high to Daniel, Hananiah, (Shadrach)  Mishael, (Meshach) and Azariah. (Abednigo) This wisdom was pure and not subject to distortions. The same cannot be said for the non-human enhancements (a Russ dizdar term) that folks receive from fallen entities. Regardless of what the enties feign themselves as, (ascended masters, extra-terrestrials, goddesses, or what have you)  they are very limited and the information that they offer is finite-at-its-best. The enhancement that they offer is not dependable because it has but one purpose. To lead souls away from God and into eternal damnation. These beings have a complete hatred for their Creator, a hatred for those whon are made in the image of God, and they are unremorseful in their decision to follow the fallen cherub.

Daniel 1:17 “As for these four children, God gave them knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom: and Daniel had understanding in all dreams and visions.”

Daniel 1:20 “And in all matters of wisdom and understanding, that the king enquired of them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers that were in all his realm.”

These men had wisdom and understanding for which the enemy had no remedy and this was about to play out before Nebudchanezzar. We know the story well, but it bears repeating. Nebudchanezzar had a dream…a very disturbing dream….but he could not remember the details. Neverhteless, his sleep departed and he quickly turned to his trusty magicians; asking them to reveal the hidden things and resolve the perplexity.

Daniel 2:4-6 “Then spake the Chaldeans to the king in Syriack, O king, live for ever: tell thy servants the dream, and we will shew the interpretation.
The king answered and said to the Chaldeans, the thing is gone from me: if ye will not make known unto me the dream, with the interpretation thereof, ye shall be cut in pieces, and your houses shall be made a dunghill.
But if ye shew the dream, and the interpretation thereof, ye shall receive of me gifts and rewards and great honour: therefore shew me the dream, and the interpretation thereof.”

Suddenly, the Chaldeans were in a bind. Despite the promise of either reward or destruction, they knew that the entities with whom they interracted, could not reveal this. The Chaldeans couldn’t even “guess;” that is, give an interpretation that seemed to line up with the details of the dream, in an attempt to appease the king. Nebudchadnezzar quickly recognized this tactic and called them out.

Daniel 2:9 “But if ye will not make known unto me the dream, there is but one decree for you: for ye have prepared lying and corrupt words to speak before me, till the time be changed: therefore tell me the dream, and I shall know that ye can shew me the interpretation thereof.”

Again the Chaldeans pleaded their case with “there is none other that can shew it before the king, except the gods, whose dwelling is not with flesh.” In his anger, king Nebudchadnezzar commands that all the wise men should be slain; supposing that this limitation is present with all who are called as such. I wonder if, in addition to this, Satan saw an avenue by which he clould eliminate Daniel and his three friends. Without a doubt, he knew the danger of their presence. And so, he undoubtedly fueled the anger of Nebudchadnezzar to the point that he determined to do away with all who were viewed as having understanding of such matters. However, as is always the case, God is several steps ahead of the created fallen cherub.

Daniel 2:14-15 “Then Daniel answered with councel and wisdom to Arioch the captain of the kings guard, which was gone forth to slay the wise men of Babylon.
He answered and said to Arioch the kings captain, Why is the decree so hasty from the king? Then Arioch made the thing known to Daniel.”

Daniel makes this known to his friends and asks of the king for time. Daniel knows that nothing is hidden from God and that he can make known such a thing. We don’t know how much time passed after the request for more time was granted, however we do know that the seemingly impossible took place. “Then was the secret revealed unto Daniel in a night vision.” We know that Daniel went to the king, revealed this matter. The result was  the sparing of life (for all the wise men) coupled with  promotion for Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. Imagine what could have transpired, but didn’t. If Nebudchadnezzar had remembered the dream, the Chaldeans would have offered up a fitting interpretation and this dream (which has significance for our time) would have never been known to any others. If Daniel had perished  during the kings rage against his advisors, the prophetic portions of the book of Daniel would not have been forthcoming. (at lest not in the manner that we know them.) Every attempt that Satan makes in thwarting the truth ends up returning back on his own head. Yet his arrogance will continue to drive him, along with those who kept not their first estate.

Isaiah 14:16-17 “They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, and did shake kingdoms;
That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners?

Russ Dizdar has explained this in many of his series. Satan is no longer what he was created to be. There’s not a shread of truth in him, nor is their a single element of the previous nature. I remember something that Bill Wiese discussed in his book “23 Minutes in Hell” In describing the demons that he encountered, he stated words to the effect of  “they had no capacity for compassion. They were incapable of feelings for another and knew only hatred.” They thrived on tormenting another, just as Satan thrives on sorrow, destruction, and lying. This is the nature that he willfully adopted when he derailed himself. Now his time is nearing its conclusion and he will soon indwell a man,  whom the world will wonder after. The individual commonly referred to as “the antichrist” is most likely walking amonmgst us now (though we cannot say decisively. This has not been revealed) and is awaiting the moment when he will fulfil his destiny. A short and violent road toward perdition and everlasting torment.  

Revelation 19:20 “And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he ceceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.”

Well it’s time to be going. I’ve missed greatly the interraction here. Circumstances have not been condusive to blogging, however, this appears to be changing. The past few weeks have been chaotic, but also a time of incredible enlightenment as to the battle that’s before us and just how perilous the times are. The biggest challenge is striving to awaken the slumbering brethren in my venue. Most of them get a strange look on their face whenever one even mentions “the end times” let alone issues involving spiritual warfare and deception. May we all be alert and watching; lest Satan get an advantage of us. Lest we become tangled up in endless debatings and wrangling over issues which have no eternal significance. Thanks to all who stop by here. Below are some links wherein one can find an abundance of information and insight. 

Blessings always in Jesus name.

WATCHMAN RADIO Richard Keltners site.

MORE STRANDS IN THE WEB OF DECEPTION This is the site of DBF and this post discusses the myriad of dangerous teachings which have made their way into the church.

NEW AGE DECEPTION  Gaz Parker. I just learned of this site two hours ago. Please visit the post NOT ALL SPIRITS ARE BAD ARE THEY

BOOK OF ENOCH with preceeding commentary This will be controversial. I really don’t know how to classify the book of Enoch. I’ve read part of it and must admit….it’s fascinating. Nonetheless, the bible continues to be the gauge by which we mesure anything.  According to II Timothy 3:16-17, we have been thoroughly furnished.

SOLITARY REFINEMENT

Posted in Christianity, Discernment, End Times, Eternity, Gods Word, Jesus Christ, religion, Salvation, Tribulation Saints on May 30, 2011 by timbob

Good afternoon in Jesus name. It’s been over a month since I last interracted here and, while there is much on my heart that needs to be turned into words, two things are working against this. The first is the amount of time that it requires. Such spans of time are simply not available at this juncture; although this may become less of a problem in the weeks ahead. The second is the promptings from on high to seek the Lord with greater diligence. For the first time in four and a half years, I do not feel “tied” to the blogosphere. While this is a great place for fellowship, encouragement, and dialogue over issues that few like to consider, it’s also a very temporal thing. At some point, all of us will conclude our interractions here. I’ve not made such a decision yet. There is “much” (I mean MUCH) that needs to be written here and, Lord willing, I’m desiring to attend to it when possible.

And yet time is so very short. Subsequently, we must give all diligence to carving out specific times in our day to just seek the Lord Jesus without distraction or agenda. To be hearing from on high is imperative as we proceed through the season that will come to an abrupt end when Jesus appears in the clouds. He’s going to appear in like manner and everybody will know who it is. It won’t be a secret thing; nor will he make his appearing on television. (That seems necessary to point out) “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.” I know that it’s an often recited passage, but it’s imperative that we abide in such a place. None of us have a complete picture of what we will face in this season, and despite all preparation, surprises are sure to abound.

Matthew 10:19-20 “But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak.
For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your father which speaketh in you.”

We cannot do this through our own intellect or preparation. We need to be close to Jesus and filled with the Holy Ghost. We must be completely persueded that Jesus Christ is “the way, the truth, and the life.” We must diligently examine ourselves; lest an evil heart of unbelief enter in or we begin to follow the enemies diversionary campaigns. 

One other thing has added to the lack of activity here. I’ve been going through some of the teaching series on Russ Dizdars site SHATTER THE DARKNESS and, currently, I’m proceeding through the series CONFRONTING THE POWERS. It’s a great course on spiritual warfare that not only offers instruction, it stirs one to action. Russ outlines the battle before us in great detail, along with how we are to address these things. As for now, I have to be going. Although it’s memorial day, we have to work today. (Must be GM is selling a lot of trucks) Blessings always in Jesus name. 

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