End Times Exit Strategy Daniel 12

Return of Christ, Rescuing our own from the Apostasy


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End Times: “Surrender, the act of submitting to the power of Another.”

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In looking through a letter I wrote to friends back in 1992, I found something interesting. My friendship with them was before I was married and the couple had been and are (in the memories of my heart) dear friends even though it has been years since speaking with them.

I found written there a discription of struggle that might be helpful to you. On the other hand it may seem way out there. For whatever it is worth I am couching this in light of the struggle we often have in forgiving others and ourselves. Which is harder to forgive is not really debatable only discernable by our own heart. Who is pressing us to forsake the bondage we have put ourselves under should never be a mystery but sometimes is because of our point of view.

“Those happy memories fade to sparce details only seen through a veiled memory, often mistold by forgetfulness, or purpose. But the struggles compared are so vivid, as though the adrenalin that flowed contained a fixer that eternally froze the details, a mural of cycloramic proportion.  And who was there?”

“In relentless repetition I review to find it was I…like a perspiring wrestler, fatigued, dripping that saline solution squeezed from my guts, the blood rushing to my hanging head as I look to see that the mat is really a mirror and I am in mortal combat with myself.”

“So can I surrender to this mirrored, maligned, mutant or shall I claw at he which was never meant to be my adversary, he who only stares angrily,…because I am and only gives up…when I do?”

“Who will ring the bell? Who will throw in the towel? It is I who am the time keeper. It is I who am the trainer. It must be I who rolls on my back in submisive surrender, to find that the power that pins me…is from above.”

Romans 5:17 (KJV)
17  “For if by one man’s offence (Adam) death reigned by one; much more they which receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.”  (added for emphasis)

Let us not remain the Adam of our life bringing offense and death to ourselves and others when grace received and grace distributed can reign in our life and righteousness be our covering through both the death and life of Christ our Lord, to eternal life.

Romans 5:21 (KJV)
21  “That as sin (my unforgiveness toward anyone) hath reigned unto death, even so might grace (was supposed to) reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.” (added for emphasis)

The coming times will demand our understanding. Preparing now is paramount.

You are loved as He waits for us,

Michael

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End Times: “Owe no man anything…?”

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I am reading the new book by Rabbi Jonathan Kahn, The Mystery of the Shemitah.

We have heard many times to “Own no man anything. Romans 13:8. There is no doubt God had no problem with debt. He established a policy to expunge or forgive debt in the seventh year, the Shemitah year.

My wife and I have made a policy, as much as possible, of not going into debt. Interest free purchases were not debt. We simply used someone else’s money for a season, paying it off before interest could be imposed.

The context of Romans 13:8 points to (as you might have guessed) a real debt we have toward everyone. That is, to love. 13:1 speaks of the government and how they are empowered by God. When it is not Godly and God has allowed it, that should tell us something. What is that? God is allowing ungodly to rule over us because we asked for it or it fits His plan or both! They (or we) will further the tempestuous times God has prophesied through His prophets and Jesus Himself.

13:3 says, “For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wow, today good is called bad. Right is called wrong. Policies are flying in the face of God. Again what should that tell us? 13:6-7  points to paying in several different instances. Many debts to pay are respectful or honoring not monetary. Monetary debts are easy and we are legally bound by some, insuring our debt is paid or else. But what about the unenforceable debt? Then again does God enforce it? 13:8 reveals the heart of what Paul is teaching. ” Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.” Paul is saying love is required lawfully! He is pointing to The Law as something we need to fulfill and how to fulfill it! Not all 631 laws.

“Wait a minute we are not under the Law!” Oh yes we are. Paul is declaring it. Paul is saying what Jesus said. We owe love to everyone and anyone. Forgive the debt of unforgiveness anyone has incured against you. Jesus said love God and your neighbor as yourself. To do both we must forgive from our heart. Do we really want someone to go to hell? Do we not realize, we will go also!

These are declared as the two most important laws of Moses (and Jews and God and Paul). Luke 10:27. Look it up. Some day the Jews will recognize that Jesus did not go against the Law of Moses. He simplified it, focusing on the truly (according to God) important message in the Law.  The righteousness they sought is fulfilled in our loving even our enemies. The Word says to be merciful to the ungodly because God is! WE should know. He was merciful to us! Luke 6:35-36 (NASB77)  “But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men. 36   Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.”

Paul points to the Law in Romans 9:31 (KJV) as “the law of righteousness.  ” But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness.” Paul also says in Romans 8:4 ” That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. ”

I have spoken of the Romans 8:1-2 scriptures in earlier posts. I said there is no condemnation 8:1, IF the Law of the Spirit of Life IS at work in you 8:2, as Paul did also. The Law of sin and death is superceded by the Law of the Spirit of Life if we are being led by it. Look it up.

As most of my posts are declaring, mercy, grace, forgiveness, all are forms of love and are required of us. Our entrance into heaven requires that we function “naturally” in these powerful Christ-like qualities.  Yes. Our nature must change. It must be the born again nature that has submitted to God in Christ and His guidance, His Lordship. Any resistance and we are dooming ourselves.

Rejoice! The love God showed you holds all the ingredients others need. Like the vessel of oil that kept flowing, you will have plenty of mercy and grace to give. You should know. You have not run short of God’s mercy and grace, have you?

The coming times will demand our understanding.

He waits for us but once it is preached,

Michael

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End Times: “Truth can be a trap.”

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“In light of Jesus’ temptation and His example in the desert, we also must know the truth that supersedes the truth, rightly dividing the word of our God.”

In our sincere desire to know and walk in the truth we must remember the test Jesus had to endure. He did not endure it alone. The Holy Spirit led Jesus into the wilderness after John baptised Him. It was not a surprise that He was going either.

Sure Christ’s experience was unique in most ways but we too need the help Jesus received. We can imagine Holy Spirit watching as hunger started to overtake Jesus. 40 days of determination must have thrilled the Father. When the Devil tested Christ, by the Holy Spirit, Jesus the hungry, weakened Son of Man still discerned the intent behind His temptation. The truth presented by Satan had a foul intent and Jesus recognized it. A simple “it is written…” countered the thrust of His opponent while delivering a riposte back. As the Devil’s temptations escalated, as the attempts to deceive Christ probed deeper into His Son of Man soul, remembering Who sent Him there became His premier defense. He was not sent there to lose. He was sent there to blaze a trail for us! Knowing why He was there became His primary and life-long goal. This would be the first of such lessons He would endure and teach us.

The devil tried to make it about Jesus. It was a futile approach that hoped Christ’s carnality would prevail. To the devil’s chagrin, the Son of Man made it clear just Who He would serve always. We must also in our future challenges.  It is written Satan departed from Jesus. How many of us would like that! In the troubles we are living, it often seems Satan has won somehow. Why does he have to win even one battle? He did not with Christ. Do we realize Satan left Jesus to find other targets? So, what did we learn or not learn from Christ?

Matthew 4:9-11 (NASB77)
9  and he (the devil) said to Him, ” All these things will I give You, if You fall down and worship me.” 10  Then Jesus •said to him, “Begone, Satan! For it is written, ‘ YOU SHALL WORSHIP THE LORD YOUR GOD, AND SERVE HIM ONLY.'” 11  Then the devil •left Him; and behold, angels came and began to minister to Him. 

Jesus is quoting Deuteronomy 6:13. He is referring to Himself! Until now I believed Jesus was telling Satan to worship God. Resenting the rebuke Satan left. In fact Jesus was not speaking of Satan. I believe it is clear that the Devil will never get the chance to worship God ever again! He blew his original chance big-time. No, Jesus was referring to Himself and us when He quoted Deuteronomy 6:13. By His obedience Jesus knew His future. The Son of Man successfully submitted, endured and in doing so demonstrated His love for His Father in heaven and for us!

 “Resist the Devil and he will flee.” is scripture we often quote. The verse actually says, ” Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7 (KJV) Then in addition context says, ” Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?  But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. 7  Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. ” James 4: 5-7 (KJV)

These are the qualifiers to the Devil fleeing from us. Jesus resisted the Devil but first He submitted to the Father. We must also but do we know what that means? Do we think the “Son of Man tests” were only for Jesus? No, no, no. His tests were “souly” for our benefit. Jesus has shown us the road map, the Way we must follow ourselves. God has offered us power that has been diminished by our thinking only Jesus could or had to do these things. 

Jesus totally and humbly submitted Himself to the Father and demonstrated so by being “led” by the Spirit into the desert temptation. He knew of the prophesy about John the Baptist, His cousin. (Isaiah 40:3, 43:19 KJV)  Jesus believed (Pisteo) the Word entrusting Himself to it and also to the Holy Spirit’s guidance.  This wasn’t even about the Devil. It was about us!

Scripture, “the truth”, was used against Jesus. The devil hoped for a carnal response and still does when coming against us. Jesus avoided the trap we all must avoid. The tickling of our ears today can be just as deadly. 

Do we recognize our potential weakness to this tactic? What might we discover in what we thought was truth, which seemed to be functioning as truth, but now is clearly different. Also, what if what we now understand is not bad, it is deeper and more meaningful even confirmable by the Word? What if it was prophesied that we too would enter a desert of such temptation that only by the Holy Spirit and the foreknowledge we possess would we endure it? Oh God let us see the Way clearly.

Young’s Literal Translation reveals a motivator in Christ that I believe we have not seen. It is in the prophecy about John the Baptist and became the goal of Christ through His entire ministry.

Isaiah 40:3 (YLT)
3  A voice is crying–in a wilderness–Prepare ye the way of Jehovah, Make straight in a desert a highway to our God.” 
 
In most translations it says “highway for our God.” (KJV, NASB, ESV, NKJV). One can question how all those could be wrong but determining the correct answer is not that difficult if you ask the right question. Strong’s Concordance does not address the conflicting words, “to and for.”  
 
Jesus knew His goal and ours. He was to “make straight” in our deserts of temptation, a highway to our God. Isn’t Jesus the Way, the Truth and the Life. The verse above in YLT points to the small but critical difference that is confirmed as the truth.

 The question specifically in this case is, “In our times of trouble and temptation has Jesus made a highway FOR our God or TO our God.” No one comes to the Father but through Me.” (John 14:6 NASB) It is us who must run this race not God. Yes the Holy Spirit runs with us to advise us along the Way but will we heed the wisdom? 

So here is the question in general. What have we called, “the truth?” Is it the truth or have we been taught that it is the truth? Will we rightly divide the Word or cling to what we have been taught for centuries, trusting others who meant well, letting others and traditions restrict our ability to be moved by the Holy Spirit? There are “many” who will be lost for this reason.  Why is it important to see this now? Look at the skies these mornings. Preparation takes time. The Ways of Christ are being pointed to by the Holy Spirit. We must restore these Ways within our own hearts.

God waits for us. There is a highway that must be traveled. There is no standing still except to “stand firm against the schemes of the Devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood…” Christ fought His own Son of Man flesh and blood even if only because He had fasted 40 days. I can “imagine” the Devil making that part of some bet with God like he did with Job. “Well God this Son of Man You have begotten is still a man. Make it “fair” have Him fast 40 days and then even Your offspring will fail in the sinful flesh You put Him in. Your plan for mankind is futile!”   

Will we let Jesus and the Holy Spirit train us or not? Like Jesus we can survive our personal temptations, IF we submit ourselves to the guidance He has generously and graciously provided. There is no other Way out of our deserts and into our supernatural lives and eternity.

At the end of His earthly ministry nothing had changed during Christ’s final and fearsome temptation. He had fully submitted Himself to the Father’s plan. He humbled Himself to the curse of the cross. Regardless of what He went through, beaten almost senseless, no matter what the “truth” of the situation was, our absolute guilt not His; Jesus spoke the truth that supercedes the truth. He spoke from His heart Words that delivered Him and will deliver us to the Throne of God. It is a High Way TO God. “Forgive them Father, they know not what they do.”

The coming times will demand our understanding.

He waits for us but once it is preached,

Michael

    Exit Strategy

   We initiate the return of Christ!  (The E-book)

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