What shall we say then, the Word of God is not true? The skies are red these mornings. Do we not know what that represents? Jesus, the Messiah, stood right in front of them and they knew Him not.
Is the church ready for The Storm that is approaching? Yes, I am saying The Storm because God prophesied it, so in essense He is the Storm and it is a sure thing. Mankind’s whole experience has been about God receiving a family of faithful, obedient, loved ones that are immersed in His Son’s likeness. The Storm will prove Whose we are. Trials, testings, obedience versus disobedience, will do that. The Son of God, God in the flesh, learned obedience by the things that He suffered. (Hebrews 5:8 KJV) That being the case, where do we stand, what course is the church on? Is obedience, a condition of salvation? (John 3:36 NASB) Yes it is! Is it being taught as such in church? No in most it is not! What course are we on personally? Will we obediently endure to the end, whenever our personal end is? How do we do that? Without knowing the truth, some will not! Jesus warned us so we might endure and then showed us, by obeying the Word of God Himself! His enduring intercessory love was example and proof to us.
Can we do anything to stop The Storm? We might as well ask, did Jesus have to go to the Garden of Gethsemane? Is there any higher standard of obedience than what Jesus showed us? Are we willing to surrender to God’s will? Can we see a likeness to Christ, God’s intention toward us, that sets us apart forever? Shall we sleep for a thousand years or through our faithful stand for Christ, shall we rule an reign with Him for a thousand years?
Revelation 20:4-5 (KJV)
4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.
We know the anguish Jesus went through and Whose will He submitted to. God’s will encompassed far more than the sacrificial death of His Son for us. God’s will was for us to see the keys to the kingdom of heaven in action and grasp them with our hearts. We saw obedience and a love that endured so much. God wants us to honor His Son by our own obedience to His teachings and example. Christ’s reward will be our reward, guaranteed!
Jesus was The Way, The Truth, and The Life. He not only taught the details of those points but He lived them. He was the object lesson we would grasp, to understand and survive the climactic and tumultuous end of this world as we know it. Only by practice now will we succeed then!
“When” the Rapture is to occur is not important. God wants us ready to go. If there is room for debate (about when we go) let us err on the side of caution and wisdom and “be prepared” now. This will protect us no matter when we go.
A prophecy Jesus spoke is yet to be fulfilled. Out of respect for servants everywhere who truly have sought God and inspiration, we have evidently not been allowed to see it! Maybe we could “not bear it” until now. Now circumstances prompt our searching for answers and peace, the peace that comes with understanding. What has been written by God, what we have studied for centuries is coming back to us expanded, revised by God. Now it will have its proper influence.
These are instructions to be revealed in the end times according to Daniel 12. They will rescue those written in the “book” by awakening them to the means of their rescue. Some will receive it, some will not.
Many truly great preachers say Jesus could come at any minute. Maybe He could but I have seen in His Word something that clearly must happen first, around the world. From God’s point of view, therefore by necessity, it redirects the ship of the church so she can safely enter the harbor of eternity. What is that preparation, that change of heading, that revelation of God’s imperitive priority?
On a trip from New York to London the course is pretty direct until the ship approaches the coast of London. We still have the same destination but to arrive safely we must turn the ship to a different heading. This is a call we can not avoid. Traditional doctrines or accepted views, once useful, must now give way to the necessary priorities that God is pointing to. There are shoals outside the harbor. Safe entrance requires our obedience.
True belief results in obedience.
John 3:36 (NASB, NKJV) “He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”
Even this scripture above has been misunderstood by translation. Note the New King James Translation is quoted. What you just read is the correct translation of the Greek words and calls to everyone who has asked Jesus to be Lord, entrusting Him with our eternal lives, to make Him Lord by our obedience. Jesus did not give us eternal life. He made eternal life possible, to all those who believe. So, what does “believe” mean?
We will discuss it next time. You will be shocked that we have not known this until now.
Invite your friends around the world. I am coming to you in the spirit of Daniel 12.
You are loved, Michael
The book (see first blog) “Exit Strategy We initiate the return of Christ” is available in e-book form. Printed versions are forthcoming.