Monday, March 13, 2017

Diversity and Inclusion?

One of the many evils Mr Obama brought to this world was this push for "diversity and inclusion."  What do you mean brother D?  Isn't that racist, xenophobic, sexist, islamophobic, and all the other labels today's world like to hurl at people who oppose them?  They can call it whatever they want but one thing we need to realize is what this push for 'diversity and inclusion' is really about.  You can be sure it goes well beyond skin color and sexual orientation.  So why are they pushing it?

They are pushing it because we are called to be separate.  We are called to be holy, set apart from this world and its wickedness.  Proof?  Sure:

2 Cor 6:14 Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?

Why have the Jews been persecuted from the very beginning?  Because they have always set themselves apart from others.  And what was the result?  The world hated them for it.  So it is today with anyone who opposes mixing light with darkness.  If you oppose it, you are a racist, xenophobe, blah, blah, blah, etc.

Or does the Lord tell us this for nothing?

John 16:2 They shall put you out of the synagogues; yea, the time cometh that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.

Yes, the calls for diversity and inclusion are everywhere-even in the Church.

This year, 2017 will be 500 years since the reformation.  The catholic church will be celebrating with the protestant church the counter-reformation.  What is the counter-reformation?  Its religious 'diversity and inclusion.'  That is, lumping everyone into one big pot and saying "this is good!"  The reformation was about separation and the counter-reformation is about reversing it.

We, like the Jews were called to be set apart and the world will hate us for it.  The satanic strategy here is desecration leading to destruction through compromise.  Unfortunately I do not see any compromise in my Bible.  I don't see where our God tells us to give one inch when it comes to His commands and His Word.  We are to love, yes, but not through compromise.  We display our love through obedience, not compromise:

John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.

This is going to be a very large stumbling stone for those who find themselves deeply tied into this world.  Those who love this world and the things of this world will find it nigh impossible to overcome.  What will happen when 'pastors' and entire church congregations give themselves over to this 'diversity and inclusion?'  Go along with them?  Wrong answer.  Right answer=oppose all of them.  Again, it will be a tough pill to swallow for many but it does help illustrate why our God told us this:

Matt 7:13Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:14Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.


Matt 7:21Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.22Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

I spent years in the churches and never heard this ^^ honestly preached.  Not one single solitary time....Why not?  Shouldn't these pastors be shouting it from the rooftops?  No?  No, because its bad for church attendance and therefore bad for the collection plate.  It does not fit todays seeker sensitive church growth model so out the window it goes!

I submit to you that worldly diversity and inclusion has everything to do with destroying souls through compromise.  Heaven will be perfectly diverse through obedience to our God's commands, not this world's 'diversity and inclusion:'

Rev 5:9And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation10And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.

grace and peace

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Mid-Tribulation, Pre-Wrath, Post-Tribulation=False Doctrines

Only one proof is needed to prove mid-trib, pre-wrath, post-trib rapture theories patently wrong.  What is that one thing?  This:

1 Thessalonians 5:9           
... For God has not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain
salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ

So, if we can prove without a doubt that our God's wrath shows up before mid-tribulation, pre-wrath, and post-tribulation timeframes for the rapture, we have conclusively proven they are all wrong.  Here is the conclusive proof that they are all wrong:

Revelation 6King James Version (KJV)
And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see.
And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.
And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see.
And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.
And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand.
And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.
And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see.
And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.

This is absolutely positively the wrath of God ^^.  Here is the proof:

Ezekiel 6:12 "He who is far off will die by the plague, and he who is near will fall by the sword, and he who remains and is besieged will die by the famine. Thus will I spend My wrath on them.

Plague, sword and famine are the wrath of almighty God.  Those who say this ^^ is the 'wrath of satan' have zero proof for their claim, zero.  The proof of whose wrath it is, is in the opening of the seals.  Who opens the seals?  Our Lord Jesus Christ does.  That's it, case closed.

Famine is seal 2, and the sword is seal 3.  Famine and sword are the wrath of Almighty God and we are not appointed to wrath.  One would think this is good news for Christians but unfortunately when many Christians hear this they gnash their teeth, their faces turn red and the veins pop out of their necks in their fury to 'debunk' the Word of the Living God.  Where does this anger come from?  Where does their hatred come from?  The Lord God told us we are not appointed to wrath and He has provided an escape for us and this just makes these people all the more angry.  But this is being written to you, not to them.  This is a note of encouragement.  Every promise will be fulfilled exactly as it is written.  Our God cannot and will not lie to us.  If He promised us an escape from all, there 100% certainly is an escape from all.  If He promised us He will come for us on an unexpected day and hour, He will show up for us on an unexpected day and hour.  If He told us to be watching and ready for His return all the time, meaning today, we better be ready for His arrival today.  We do not make the mistake of conflating the 'second coming' with our Lord's coming in the air for His Church.

Be encouraged today, you were not appointed to wrath and wrath is exactly what is coming on this earth in the form of famine and the sword.  Be watching in prayer and ready for the Bridegroom when He shows up to take us out of this place.  Glory to God.

grace and peace

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

One Thing I Am Sure Of

There are some things we know to some degree or another and there are other things we are sure of.  One of the things I am sure of is this:

Mark 13:32But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.
33Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is. 34For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch. 35Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning: 36Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. 37And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.

I do not know the day or hour of the escape from all promised in Luke 21:36 but I am 100% rock solid certain on this fact:  we are to be watching, right now.  Not tomorrow, not mid-trib, not post-trib, now.  Watching for what?  For the return of the Lord.  There is a large group of Christians who are in error today.  Their error lies in this word:  conflate.  This word conflate has become popular in the news media today and it is the perfect word to describe the error of many people in the Church.  What is this error?  First of all what does conflate mean?

Conflation happens when the identities of two or more individuals, concepts, or places, sharing some characteristics of one another, seem to be a single identity, and the differences appear to become lost.

And here is the error.  Too many people conflate the 'second coming' with the Lord's coming in the air for His Church.  This are two distinct events that too many people conflate into one.  There is nothing, absolutely nothing that stands in the way of the Lord coming for His Church in the air today.  There is absolutely nothing standing in the way of the escape from all our Lord promised to happen today.  Unfortunately, this error is likely to haunt many people in the Church in the days ahead.  Matthew 25 speaks clearly of 10 virgins, 5 wise and 5 foolish.  What tripped up the foolish virgins that makes them foolish?  They were not ready.  For what?  For the coming of the Lord. 

Our Lord could not have said it, or emphasized it any more than He did already.  He clearly tells us He is coming at an unexpected day and hour and we are to be ready to meet Him when He shows up for us.  How hard is that to understand?  Apparently is like understanding rocket science for some.  Read Mark 13:32-37 until it sinks in:  We are to be watching and ready for our Lord's return right now.

What is going to happen to those people who teach and preach against the pre-tribulation rapture, if they are left behind and the believing Church who were prepared and ready leaves this earth to be with the Lord in heaven?  They don't like to ask that question.  It will be devastating.  They like to ask us what will happen to our faith if the pre-tribulation rapture does not happen and I like to ask them what will happen to their faith when it does and they are left behind....

Wait a minute brother D are you judging these doubters?  Nope, I am applying the objective evidence of the Word of the Lord to their condition.  The Lord treats us according to what we believe, according to our faith.  No faith, no delivery on the promises.  That is not my opinion, that is the Word of God:

Hebrews 6:12 That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

No faith=no promise, its that simple.  The Lord wrote an entire Chapter in the Bible to drive this one home=Hebrews 11, it is all about faith.  Some say it doesn't matter what the doubters believe, they will still be caught up in their unbelief whether or not they have no faith to do what the Lord clearly told them to do (be ready, right now today for His appearing).  Here is the proof that they should be worried:

Hebrews 11:4By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh. 5By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God. 6But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. 7By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.

Enoch was translated?  Yes, how?  By faith.  What else does it say?  Before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.  So let me ask, does it please God when His servants willfully, knowingly disobey His commands to watch and pray continually for the escape He promised?  Does it please God when His servants preach and teach others that He cannot come back today when He clearly told us to watch always for His return?  Always means right now. 

Those who preach and teach others not to be ready today because 'the Lord can't show up until later' have a major problem.  They know what the Lord told us to do but they disregard it in favor of their manmade doctrines.  How will they explain themselves to the Lord when they stand before Him?  Were the commands too confusing?  Was there something about the commands they did not understand?  No and no, they just chose to ignore them.  Let God be true and every man a liar:

Romans 3:4 God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.

There are some things in the Bible that I am not 100% sure of (that is, not sure of my understanding) but this is not one of them.  We were told to watch, period.  Now, period.  Full stop, let this soak in.  For anyone out there who still doubts whether or not we are to be watching right now I leave you with this warning:

Rev 3:1And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead. 2Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God. 3Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.

Many are those who refuse to watch.  They are in grievous error.  Be watching, be ready.  The Lord God was very clear about this: be watching, be ready right now.  Not tomorrow, not mid-trib, pre-wrath, post-trib, NOW.  He will come at an unknown day and hour and He will catch many unprepared.  Woe to the foolish virgins...

grace and peace

The Escape From All is Coming

The amount of demonic hatred that is stirred up when someone mentions the rapture or the escape from all is one more piece of evidence that it is rock solid and it is coming.  What is more amazing is that most of this hatred comes from so called Christians.  I say 'so called' because we do not know who really is in Christ and who is not.  From the enemy point of view I can understand this hatred.  He despises the Lord our God but he cannot fight directly against our God.  The next best targets are the Lord's children, that would be us.  The idea that the whole assembly of the righteous currently living on earth will escape the enemy's 7 year satanic party drives the enemy crazy.

This writer has been stirred by the Spirit of the Lord to pick this back up again.  The more opposition to the escape grows, the more insistent the Spirit of the Lord is that it will absolutely positively happen just as it is written.  Today we add another piece to the mountain of evidence in the Bible that tells us there is an escape from all and it is coming.  Here is today's evidence:

Genesis 18:22And the men turned their faces from thence, and went toward Sodom: but Abraham stood yet before the LORD. 23And Abraham drew near, and said, Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked? 24Peradventure there be fifty righteous within the city: wilt thou also destroy and not spare the place for the fifty righteous that are therein? 25That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee: Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?

^^ Far be it from the Lord to slay the righteous with the wicked.....And what is this ^^?  This is the record of what happened with Sodom, and Lot.  And what does the Word say about Lot?

Luke 17: “It was the same in the days of Lot. People were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building. 29 But the day Lot left Sodom, fire and sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all.
30 “It will be just like this on the day the Son of Man is revealed. 31 On that day no one who is on the housetop, with possessions inside, should go down to get them. Likewise, no one in the field should go back for anything. 32 Remember Lot’s wife! 33 Whoever tries to keep their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life will preserve it. 34 I tell you, on that night two people will be in one bed; one will be taken and the other left. 35 Two women will be grinding grain together; one will be taken and the other left.”

The fact is, an escape from all that is about to happen IS coming and the world hates it.  What is so sad is that so many Christians hate this escape as well.  When they argue against it, they do not argue against man, they argue against the Word of the Lord.  Yes, the Lord God, not man wrote that an escape from all that is about to happen is coming.  And the Lord God told us to pray always that we may be part of that escape.  This writer can tell you that the Spirit of the Lord that lives inside me that He is saying YES and AMEN to His own Word about this escape.  The escape from all promised to us in Luke 21 may or may not be the harpazo/rapture of the Church.  If it is, then glory to God.  If it is not then the escape deniers have one more huge problem to deal with as now we are looking at an additional escape for them to deal with.  Instead of solving one of their problems, they just added to their problems.

Just remember, we do not have to convince anyone else, we just have to convince ourselves.  The proof we see in the Word of the Lord is being confirmed by the Spirit of the Lord as these words are typed out for this blog post right now.  Yes, there will be believers in Christ during the tribulation but the question is, who are they?  We know with 100% certainty who they are not.  They are not 100% of the dead in Christ who have died in the Lord up through this very day.  Thats right, 100% of the Church in Christ who has died in the Lord through this very day have escaped the tribulation.  How did that happen?  Didn't they "need" to go through the tribulation for some arbitrary man made reason or another?  Obviously not.

So, again, who will the believers in the tribulation be?  3 groups come to mind immediately:

1.  The foolish virgins
2.  Those who believe they will be in the tribulation
3.  Jacob/Israel

1.  The foolish virgins:

Matt 25:1Then 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.

Note that all were virgins betrothed to the Lord but only half made it in.  Which half made it in?  The ones who were ready to go in.  Also note the door.  We see a door in Revelation 3 and 4:

Rev 3:8I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name. 9Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee. 10Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.

Rev 4:1After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter. 2And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.

2.  It is a Biblical fact that we receive as we believe.  We cannot be "in Christ" if we do not believe in Christ.  Its very simple.  This law of belief or faith applies across the board to everything.  The Lord illustrates it perfectly for us here:

Matt 8:5And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him, 6And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented. 7And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him. 8The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed. 9For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it10When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel. 11And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven. 12But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 13And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour.

As you believe, so you receive ^^.  If that is not enough, how about we add this one:

Mark 11:24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

So yes, what you believe does matter.  Unfortunately for many who refuse to believe the Word of the Lord just as it was written, there are consequences for unbelief just as there are for belief.

Hebrews 3:12
... See, brethren, lest there be in any one of you a wicked heart
of unbelief, in turning away from the living God. 

3.  Jacob/Israel

The coming 7 years of tribulation is known as the time of Jacob's trouble.  in Revelation 7, we see 144,000 Jews called out by name from each of the tribes of Israel.  What we do not see is the Church called out by name to be sealed just as the tribes of Israel are being sealed.  Did the Lord forget to seal the Church between Revelation 2-3 and Revelation 7?  Surely if the Church was on earth they would be mentioned by by name again and again after Revelation 3, at least as the sealing of the servants of God on earth is concerned but we do not see the Church, we just see Israel.

Rev 7:4And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.
5Of the tribe of Juda were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Reuben were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Gad were sealed twelve thousand. 6Of the tribe of Aser were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Nepthalim were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Manasses were sealed twelve thousand. 7Of the tribe of Simeon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Levi were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Issachar were sealed twelve thousand. 8Of the tribe of Zabulon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Joseph were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Benjamin were sealed twelve thousand.

What I do see ^^ is "all the tribes of Israel."  What I do not see is a single solitary mention of the Church.

The fact is, an escape from all that is about to happen is coming and no man can stop it.
The fact is, the rapture/harpazo of the Church is coming and no man can stop it.
The fact is, those who kept the Word of the Lord's patience (Rev 3:10) will be kept from the hour of trial/temptation and no man can stop it.

Just as Noah escaped the flood, and Lot escaped the fire that destroyed Sodom, and 100% that has already died in Christ has escaped the tribulation, so also the remnant that lives on earth today will escape all that is about to happen.  Any argument against this is a direct argument with and against the Lord God.  It is the Lord God who made the promises to us His Church, it is for us to believe what has been written.

It is the Spirit of the Lord who has brought the escape back to the forefront of this writer's heart.  We are to be prepared for it, praying for it always (Luke 21:36).  Our eyes are to be on the skies, looking up.

Luke 21:And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

Fix your heart and thoughts squarely on the Lord Jesus Christ.  Time is short and it grows shorter each and every day.  Every promise will be fulfilled to the letter causing some to rejoice and many to groan.  All glory and honor and praise be to the Lord our God who has given us His Words of encouragement.  Keep the faith.

grace and peace

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Kept From The Hour of Trial/Temptation

The other day the Lord gave me something to share with you while I was out on a walk.  I was excited to receive it but by the time I got back home it had slipped my mind again but this morning the Spirit of the Lord brought it back to my remembrance.  Glory to God for His encouragement to all the saints.

This is encouragement from the Lord, not from the mind of this writer.

The Lord spoke specifically to the Churches in the very beginning of the book of Revelation.  Then He speaks specifically to the Churches no more in the book of Revelation.  There are people who try to explain this away but they do it to their own shame.  Either our God is all knowing and all powerful or He is not.  Either He does everything with absolute perfection and clarity of thought or He does not.  Our God does not make mistakes, nor does He forget, nor does He commit oversights.  There is a reason He speaks specifically to the Churches in the beginning of the book of Revelation then you cannot find the Church and instead by Revelation 7 He is speaking specifically to the tribes of Israel, not to the Church....

Here in Revelation 7 we see the tribes of Israel on earth and the Church in heaven:

4And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.
5Of the tribe of Juda were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Reuben were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Gad were sealed twelve thousand. 6Of the tribe of Aser were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Nepthalim were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Manasses were sealed twelve thousand. 7Of the tribe of Simeon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Levi were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Issachar were sealed twelve thousand. 8Of the tribe of Zabulon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Joseph were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Benjamin were sealed twelve thousand.
Praise from the Great Multitude
9After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; 10And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb. 11And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God, 12Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.
13And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? 14And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. 15Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them. 16They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. 17For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.

Israel is on earth, the Church is in heaven.

What promises has the Lord made to His Church?  How about this one:

Rev 3:10Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.

So, here is what the Lord spoke to my mind out on that walk about "the hour of temptation" we are to be kept from.  We cannot make stuff up, the Word has to interpret the Word so what exactly does the Word tell us about this 'hour'?

He tells us about an unknown day and hour here:

Matt 25:13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.

but what the Spirit specifically brought to my mind was this:

Rev 17:12 And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.

Arguing about the rapture is pointless.  The harpazo/rapture is going to happen in the Lord's time but the rapture is not the only escape we see in the Bible.  So those who have so fervently dedicated their lives to "debunking" any escape have had their entire argument torpedo below the waterline and their ships are sinking.  What will the Church escape?  The unassailable facts presented not from man but by the Word of God are:

1.  Some will escape all that is about to happen:

Luke 21:35For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. 36Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.

Here ^^ the Lord tells us about an escape and there is no direct link to the rapture so instead of making their case for them it digs them a double grave.  How so?  Not only is the rapture and escape from this world but now we have at least two escapes from this world (if Luke 21:36 is not the rapture...) and this one is an escape from all that is about to happen.  Did the Lord elaborate on what "all that is about to happen" actually is?  Yes, He did.  Its right there in context, in the previous sentence.  All that is about to happen is this:  a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth.  What event is coming that is going to be a snare on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth?  You do not have to be a Bible scholar to figure it out.

2.  The Church of Philadelphia will be kept from as the Lord puts it to us "an hour"

Rev 3:10Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.

And once again, the Lord gives us some detail on what this hour is that the Church will be kept from.  What is this hour?  Its right there in the same sentence "which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth."

Once again what we have is the Church being kept from some event that 1.  will come upon all the world.  2.  to try them/test them.  And once again you do not have to be a Biblical scholar to figure out what this event is.  The Lord goes on to elaborate on this 'hour' here:

Rev 17:12 And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.

Does this ^^ help fill in the blanks about this 'hour'?  Sure it does, its exactly what we thought it was and we will be kept from it.

There is in fact a lot of escaping going on in the book of Revelation and elsewhere which must terribly vex those who want to see the Church drug through the tribulation for the sake of their own manmade doctrines.  If it was the Lord's will that the Church was to go through the tribulation, why are the tribes of Israel sealed and the Church is not?

We have already covered Revelation 7 where all the tribes of Israel are called out by name and sealed, what we do not see is the Church called out by name (which did happen in Rev 2-3 but does not happen in Rev 7 or anywhere else in Revelation).  So, the tribes of Israel are sealed in Rev 7 then in Revelation 9 we see this:

1And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit. 2And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit. 3And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power. 4And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads.

Problem?  Yes, but only if the Church was still on earth....

We see escape from all, we see the Church kept from the hour of trial, we see the woman escaping the beast in Revelation 12

5And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne. 6And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.

and the child being "caught up unto God", another escape from the dragon.  Yes, I see alot of escaping here which does cause a vexing problem for those who tell us that God's people get dumped wholesale into the time of Jacob's trouble (not the Church's trouble, but Jacob's trouble).

While we do not see the Church called out by name in Revelation 7, we do see the tribes of Israel called out by name.  Meanwhile back in Revelation 5, right before the seals are opened in Revelation 6 we see elders in heaven described by our perfect all knowing God as being from every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation.  Here we have to put our math hat on.  24 elders but how many nations are on earth?  24?  No, alot more than 24.  How many tongues are there on earth?  24?  No, alot more than 24.  So, has our Lord made a mistake?  He does not make mistakes so its for us to figure it out....

The fact is, there will be believers in the tribulation but the million dollar question is which ones?  Obviously all Christians will not enter the tribulation, nor live through all of it.  The fact that the Spirit of the Lord brings back to my remembrance over and over again is the fact that up through this very day, not single living soul that dies in Christ will have entered the tribulation.  Not one...let that sink in.  So much for this 'need' for the Church to be on earth during the time of Jacob's trouble, most of the Church (those who have already died in Christ) have already escaped it!!!

Glory to God.  You should be encouraged today.  Those who see the dark days of the tribulation coming and are already down on their knees in prayer and repentance do not "need" the tribulation to get them where they need to be (in right standing with our Lord).  The tribulation, as with everything else our God does has a purpose and that purpose is not to grind the Church into the ground.  We know that because the Bible does not tell us that.  Tribulation comes from tribulum which is what they used to grind the hard shell off of wheat.  Those who are on their knees in prayer and repentance today do not have a hard shell to thresh off.....its already off.  There are those who will need the tribulum and the tribulation to grind off their hard shell but it is not the Church in right standing with Christ today.

Our God has made us many promises.  Those who inherit the promises are those who receive them by faith and patience.

Heb 6:12 That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

We can take His promises to the bank.  Through faith and patience we will inherit every single one of them because our God cannot and will not lie.  Millions of Christians have already escaped the tribulation through death in Christ up through this very day.  Many of us will escape the tribulation with our brothers though not necessarily through death.  Our God has promised many escapes to come in the days ahead.  It is for us to be in right standing with our God today.  We are to be a people of prayer and repentance in a world filled with gross darkness.

Our Lord sent this message of hope to you through these fingers that type it out on a keyboard.  There is an escape from all that is about to happen and we are to pray for it

Luke 21:34And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. 35For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. 36Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.

grace and peace

Saturday, February 04, 2017

Spiritual Warfare

This writer has been waging spiritual war for some time now against the powers of darkness arrayed against us.  Why wage spiritual warfare?

1Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, who in presence am base among you, but being absent am bold toward you: 2But I beseech you, that I may not be bold when I am present with that confidence, wherewith I think to be bold against some, which think of us as if we walked according to the flesh. 3For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: 4(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) 5Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

The spirits that operate against us here, and their human vessels have no problem whatsoever with waging war against us 24 hours a day, 7 days per week and at some point each of us should decide enough is enough and begin dishing out the spiritual warfare to those war against us.  How do we do that?

It starts with binding evil spirits and loosing the angels who serve our Lord Jesus Christ:

Matt 16:19 And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

We add to that our spiritual armor:

Eph 6:10Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 11Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places13Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.14Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

Then we add to that individual requests such as this one:

Lord I pray that George Soros will be brought to justice for crimes against humanity.  Your Word says:

Prov 6:16These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:
17A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,
18An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,
19A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.

Lord, this man is likely guilty of all 7 abominations listed above that he has committed against you and against all humanity.  So, I pray bringing you my faith and your Word that George Soros will be exposed and shut down.  Lord I combine my faith with each and every believer who prays this prayer with me according to your Word which says:

Matt 18:19 Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.

This spiritual warfare aspect of our walk is something the Spirit of the Lord impressed upon me coming into this year.  In case you haven't noticed, 2017 has been a year of warfare and we are only one full month into it.  It is time to start praying about everything.  Everything includes having our skies sprayed day and night to alter the earths weather and atmosphere (which is destroying it).  Why pray about that?  Its destroying our health and the earth at the same time.  Does the Lord have a problem with that?  Yep:

Rev 11:18 The nations were angry, and your wrath has come. The time has come for judging the dead, and for rewarding your servants the prophets and your people who revere your name, both great and small-- and for destroying those who destroy the earth."

How about all the companies (like Starbucks, CNN, Target, Campbells Soup and the list is growing exponentially by the day) that have taken an anti-Christian stand and are proud of it?  They are on the list too to go out of business:

Deut 22:5 The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman's garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the LORD thy God.

Lev 20:13 "'If a man has sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They are to be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.

We do not wage war as this world does.  We war in the spirit.  Last time I checked there was a growing movement to arrest George Soros and CNN has ratings lower than some of the cartoon networks.  The prayer and the warfare works.  Please join with me in the spirit to do what we were called to do.  We are to pray day and night.  To what end?  To this end:

Luke 11:1And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.
2And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.
3Give us day by day our daily bread.
4And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.

This ^^ , glory to God, is inevitable.  The enemy will lose this war.  What does it matter is you seemingly win all the battles but still lose the war?  We win this war (in the end) and to the victor go the spoils:

2 Thess 2:6And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. 7For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. 8And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: 9Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, 10And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 12That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

13But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth14Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 15Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.
16Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace,17Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.

Rev 3:21To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. 22He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

Notice with me the Word our Lord uses here:  overcome.  What does overcome mean?  Well to start with it implies there is a fight:

to get the better of in a struggle or conflict; conquer; defeat:

We are in a conflict, there is no doubt about that.  We are called to overcome and part of the way we do that is in spiritual warfare.  The Lord has given us everything we need to do what we were called to do (which includes warfare in the spirit):

2 Peter 1:3 His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.

Those who wage war are called soldiers.  What has the Spirit of the Lord called us?

2 Tim 2:3  Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.

grace and peace