The Lord has spoken to my heart this morning instructing me to go ahead and tell you the Way we are to initiate the return of Christ. Urgency is what I am feeling. I felt I needed to build your understanding toward this fact so you could grasp it easier. Your heart will determine how receptive you are to these facts; to the part you will play in His return. You can read more later, in the book.
At the end of this post I will share a scripture pointing to our place in the time line of God.
In Matthew 24:3-23, Jesus speaks of the trials we can expect to go through. These are frightening things, threatening things, deceiving things. We will be hated by all nations because of Him. It is He that we will cling to and declare. This will convict people unto either salvation or damnation. Some will be those we would have called “saved.”
Set aside for the moment your position on the rapture and consider something that will matter, no matter when He comes for us.
In verse Matthew :10 it says, “And at that time many will fall away…” (to fall away you must have believed at some point.)
In verse 24: 12-13 it says, ” And because lawlessness is increased, most people’s love will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end, he shall be saved.”
We shudder as we ask ourselves if we can endure the terrible forecast of Christ? We have trouble enduring the evening news without a curse if not from our lips, hidden in our hearts! Woe, woe, woe unto us. Lord please help us.
Everything we are seeing in life that provokes us to anger or unforgiveness is the plot of the enemy to capture us by having us violate the Word of God. What Word? The Word that set Jesus free and will set us free also. ” For if you forgive men for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.” Matthew 6:14 NASB (Read: The time has come #5 .)
“But God forgave me of my sins when I got saved!” Yes, He did; all the sins committed up to that point in your life. “This was to demonstrate His righteousness, because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed.” (Romans 3:25 NASB) From this point forward the Ways of Christ are to cover the sins we commit. Post 5 speaks to this but there is more to come.
So what does this have to do with initiating the return of Christ?
“This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world for a witness to all the nations, and then the end shall come. (Matthew 24:14 NASB)
Alone this verse makes us think of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The get saved news of Jesus. That is not what it says. It says, “this gospel of the kingdom” and it is Jesus speaking to us. This, Jesus considers important enough to preach it to all the nations as a witness, as an initiator of the end! A witness? The world will have already heard, by this point in time, about Jesus. So what witness?
I believe clearly the witness being pointed to is the witness of enduring love. This is not any kind of love. This is death-defying Christ love, merciful interceding love. The kind of love that slams into our carnality like a freight train. Never-the less, it is what He is asking for, having set the standard.
For the nations to see this love as a witness, the church must hear it from pastors and witnesses who grasp the insight. It will be righteousness and eternal life to those who receive and implement the understanding. To others it will be everlasting contempt.
The obvious context of the verses leading to 24:14 is not about our beginning. It is about our ending! Context is critical. Jesus has not shifted topics. How we have missed this I do not know and I do not care. Now, God is pointing our way to His Way.
The word “this” is paramount as it describes what Jesus is calling the “gospel of the kingdom.” What is “this” referring to? Ask any English teacher. The subject Jesus is pointing to is “enduring love,” in the previous sentence. “Well Mike it says, “but the one who endures to the end he shall be saved. Why do you say enduring love?”
I say enduring love because love is what grows cold in the group Jesus is comparing the saved to. The enduring love of God is the saving power that delivers us. The love of God is what we show others as a witness to what God has done in us. Do we realize it was never just about the love we received? That love was a seed, an investment, a hope and a future God has held dear as He waited for a harvest from the field of our hearts.
The original text from Young;s Literal translation reads this way. ” …but he who did endure to the end, he shall be saved; and this good news of the reign shall be proclaimed in all the world, for a testimony to all the nations; and then shall the end arrive.”
Enduring love is the premier characteristic of the kingdom and of our Christ. Love reigns in the kingdom. Within love is grace, forgiveness, patience, kindness, mercy, compassion, the fruits of the Spirit, (Gal 5:22) all of which function as laws within the Law of the Spirit of Life found in Romans 8:1-2. Is that law at work in us now, setting us free? If so, it will continue to do so in eternity. THIS is why our demonstrating a proficiency (Christ likeness) here, makes our entrance there possible. Because of my pledge of allegiance to Jesus as Lord, if I lack love, grace, forgiveness, patience, kindness, mercy, compassion, the fruits of the Spirit, then I shall not receive them again from God. He gave them freely to me when I was reconciled to Him through the death of Jesus. All this was just so I could distribute them freely, glorifying Christ and His selfless love. My enacting these laws of Christ was always supposed tobenefit me first with a view of eternity. This is the message of enduring love that Jesus pointed to and said “shall” be preached. Until it is, souls are in jeopardy that are not aware of their eternal life threatening condition. This is why I beg you to forward this message to all you know. Pray that men of great influence will take up this standard with profound enthusiasm and conviction.
As we prepare by practice, we die to self in little things daily. Growing, we die to greater things as time passes. Like a doctor, we become more and more accomplished. We become more and more like Christ.
Should the day come where we must stand and deliver our relentless witness for Christ, we will be prepared to “love not our lives even unto death.” We will know our Lord waits for us and the many we helped prepare for this worse case scenario.
Those centuries we have spent leading the unsaved to God, thinking that is what this verse told us to do, were not wasted! There are plenty of scriptures telling us to share Jesus. Just not this one. “Go onto all the world and preach the gospel” is spoken by Jesus in Mark 16:15. Is there any doubt He means more than tell them about “Me?” There clearly was more to His message, the Gospel, than “ask me into your heart.” Doing so is only the beginning but we have missed this! I believe this is why Jesus inspired Paul personally. God has used us to bring people to a possibility of salvation as they are reconciled through Jesus and His death. Jesus and Paul are saying there is more.
We must admit we have somehow known that more was required of us than a simple confession inviting Him to save us. Our reconciliation was the beginning. The life of Jesus, what He taught and demonstrated saves us; according to Paul in Romans 5:10. Our obedience to His ways is required according to John 3:36 NASB. “He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him. ”
The book Exit Strategy covers all this in-depth and many of the scriptures that will help us help ourselves and others be saved and avoid damnation via the Apostasy.
Where are we in time? “The fourth angel sounded and a third of the sun and a third of the moon and a third of the stars were struck, so that a third of them would be darkened and the day would not shine for a third of it, and the night in the same way. Then I looked and I heard an eagle flying in mid-heaven, saying with a loud voice “Woe, woe, woe to those who dwell on the earth, because of the remaining blasts of the trumpet of the three angels who are about to sound!” Revelations 8:12-13 NASB.
In Revelations I believe the first three angels are the first and second world wars and the third is the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl Russia (Wormwood). Of course these are speculations even though the third is pretty specific. The world still does not know the ongoing effects of this disaster.
The fourth angel speaks of days and nights being one-third shorter. I think we all have felt like the days have become shorter although the clocks remain steady. Midway in the verse, it refers to an eagle saying “Woe, woe, woe to those who dwell on the earth,” warning them.
I believe this is the same warning you find in Exit Strategy. These are God’s Words that will awaken and empower some to survive all to come. Since our government has separated itself from God and many of our citizens are voting against Godly principles, I believe the church in America is the single Eagle that will embrace this calling and warn as well as witness to the nations of the earth. Much of the church around the world will heed and prepare.
This is a distressing message! The time has come. We MUST get past the distress and denial. There is no Egypt for us to go back to. We are in the current of flowing prophecy. We must embrace our prophesied future and trust in that future of righteousness. Jesus trusted. We too are to be those without spot or blemish, holy and blameless! “We must be willing to die before we die, to live after we have lived!”
I call to you as a guardian. You too can be a guardian of souls that are in jeopardy. Many worked hard and died to evangelize them. Let us not forsake them now. All who claim to be Christians must be made aware of what God expects of us. Enduring love is our salvation, as Christ showed us from the cross. It must be preached. We must learn to avoid the pitfalls of our Exit Strategy. The book contains much more help.
Pray for a heart to courageously share this message. Pray, for those who reject this message outright. DO NOT SPEAK OTHERWISE about them! You may be the seed planter or the one who waters from the pulpit. There is prophecy for those who emphatically reject the Spirit who calls to them in love, to love, as they were loved.
Please consider reading all the postings.
Please..spread this to others around the world. Once preached, “then the end will come.”
As one guardian to another, He waits,