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Exit Strategy End Times: “The bi-fold Door, Christ’s duel purpose.”

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Paul points directly to a bi-fold salvation experience and John does also! I mean they both separate our initial experience with God through Jesus from our living experience with Jesus which leads to our actual salvation.

I mentioned in the post about Janis, that upon her passing she was truly “saved.” She had no more race to run or struggle to endure. She passed praying for others between speaking God’s wonderful attributes. This finality is truly being “saved.” We living are all on that path exercising our faith daily by God’s grace.

So look at the verses that substantiate John and Paul’s claims. These are their claims…not mine. Their credibility is unquestioned.

John said this in “John 3:36 (NKJV, NASB) “36 He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”

Compare the above to this verse of Paul’s from Romans 5:10 (NKJV, NASB) “10 For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. “

Paul is saying our being “saved” as we have called it, is actually our “reconciliation” to God by the Lord’s sacrificial death. Paul continues by saying we will actually be saved (future tense) by “His life.” Both must happen.

“…we shall be saved by His life.” Christ’s “life” is all that we heard and saw from Him. Paul means we are to be saved at a future point (like Janis) by our implementation from now until then of the Father’s teachings through Jesus. We are to obey His Words of eternal life, His instructions, by our living out the Lord’s same responses to how He was treated, especially just before and from the cross. This is the “life” of Jesus. It is to be ours also. He knows this takes determined practice on our part.

Paul said this in Roman’s 1:5, “Through whom (Jesus) we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith among all the Gentiles, for His name’s sake…” Like John did, Paul points directly to obedience. Like a bi-fold door, both halves must be opened and they open together. Reconciliation is the state of righteousness we are gifted with. Salvation occurs finally by our protecting that righteous through the commandments of Christ. The teachings will keep us righteous if we obediently implement them.

This bi-fold idea shakes our foundations but they need to be shaken. You may have never heard or noticed these scriptures before. Imagine those who do not study the word? They think they are good to go but God, desiring that none should perish, is bringing this understanding to the forefront.

These scriptures have always been there. Any assumption on our part that our salvation is already a done deal can leave us unprepared to resist the very troubling and distracting events we are already seeing. The lawlessness to come will become far worse. We know our love toward others is already growing cooler as we watch the evening news, wondering “What the heck is going on?” We are angry over the state of our nation. Again it all is a scheme of the Devil and God certainly is allowing it. It is a deadly offense meant to cause us to poison ourselves. Unforgiveness is like drinking poison, and expecting someone else to die!

Jesus told us. He warned us not to be troubled by it. “But Lord!”

He who is forewarned is forearmed. Armed with what? What was Jesus armed with?

The Love of God was sent into this world not to sustain this lost and dying world but to maintain the eternal life of the souls that would grasp love’s eternal life saving power. It sustains as  us as long as it endures within us. While training us to maintain our salvation by enduring this lawlessness through intercession, God is also preparing us for entrance into eternity and the kingdom of His beloved Son. Jesus did not simply pay a price and that was it. That price was the entrance fee for the race we must run and finish, to be saved.

Oh God let us see that the most positive point of Christ’s crucifixion was Christ’s last act. He emptied Himself by forgiving, by interceding for us. Children of God, we must also do as Jesus did, to enter the kingdom. We must rid ourselves of anything that is of this world. What things? Those spiritually paralyzing things which we know WILL NOT be in heaven.  What a clear key to the kingdom. If we know anger, bitterness and unforgiveness will not be in heaven, we know…it can not be in us if we ever expect to go there! We will NOT smuggle it in. Our being forgiven happens on this side of the door. More importantly, our forgiving others, multiplied others, does also. The seed of grace in us must multiply to others. We become a “Grace Fruit Tree,” to His glory.

Jesus was trying to show us the kingdom!  He came preaching the gospel of the kingdom. His or our dying, literally or dying to self centered self, at face value is not good news unless it leads to something far better.  Wars have been fought and men have died to protect something they considered far greater than themselves. Jesus was no different. He taught us then died to this world but didn’t really die because He implemented the Words of eternal life. We are to learn this and then die daily to this life and maybe some day die literally, but like Him, never die.  His life examples, The Way,  puts eternal life within our grasp and a reality by faith if we embrace The Way obediently. Obedience is a distressful reality but like the brother of the hero of “Unbroken” said, “A moment of pain can mean a lifetime of glory. How much more an eternal lifetime.

Jesus did what we could not do so we could do what He said to do. Jesus said, “You are my friends if you do what I command you.” John 15:14  Jesus has this expectation of us, and He and the Father are one!

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

You are loved,

Michael

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Exit Strategy End Times: Do we believe?

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What does “believe” mean? (Continued from “End Times: The Storm is coming.”

In John 3:36 NASB and NKJV, it says, “If you believe on the Lord you have eternal life, if you do not obey the Son you do not have life but the wrath of God rests upon you!”

“Whoa Michael I do NOT remember that!” If you know the King James version of this verse you will not know why this correct understanding is critical to our salvation.

Holy cow you say! ” In the KJV the first part is the same but the second part says, ” if you do not “believe” the Son you do not have life and the wrath of God rests upon you.” as most of us would have said, “I believe in Him and I believe Him too!” I know I did.

Right. My point exactly. We have seen the same word “believe”, been taught the same words but in the original text the word “believe” is two different words. (John 3:36)

The first “believe” is “Pisteuo” which means to entrust. (Strong’s G4100) If I give my life savings to a financial counselor, I am saying, I trust You and will literally follow your counsel, risking all that is precious to me. This is how we retain the eternal life that was freely given to us. Our Way to eternity is determined by our Counselor and we agree to submit to Him. No submission and we lose what was generously and freely given. We were bought with a price, with an expectation that we would increase in value and pay dividends, to our Master and Loving heavenly Father. We did not buy anything. By plan design we are to maintain His gift of righteousness to us as proof of respect and reverence for Whose we are by our conscious honoring of Him. What ever forgiveness we grant or kindness we render, HE receives the credit and glory.

The second “believe” in the KJV is the word “apeitheo.” (Strong’s G544) This word gives us the word apathetic. In the Greek it means to be disobedient or to disobey, unbelieving, obey not, believe not. Look it up.

John 3:36 once understood is pointing to a discipline that has been cast aside as some sort of works. Obedience does not purchase anything, it maintains what you have. It maintains your reconciled relationship with God. Paul speaking of Jesus said in Romans 5:10, I paraphrase, “We are reconciled (to God) by His death but we are SAVED by His life.” Again this is understanding of great significance. Doctrines fall over things like this. Fortunately, salvation is assured by correctly applied understanding. See Proverbs 8:14.

Remember the rebellion in heaven? Lucifer and 1/3 of the angels were cast down to the earth. Do you think there will ever be a rebellion in heaven again? Why would God populate His Son’s kingdom with a rebellious lot? Right…He wouldn’t. The question of our loyalty and obedience will have already been answered.

The church is about to be awakened to the discipline of obedience. It does not have to be a bad thing. It holds salvation for those who appreciate it. The Word says Jesus, yes that’s Jesus the Son of God, the Son of Man,”learned obedience by things that He suffered.”

The child of God obeys the Father and the things taught by Jesus, in the Father’s name. This is a maturing process that takes time but maybe now, in this generation, our time is growing short? This obedience proved the Son of Man’s submissive will to the Father and revealed the Father’s plan to us. Jesus saw past the pain of now into the future and the joy set before Him. That was amazing since WE are that joy. Why us? Because He loved us. He knows He faithfully showed us the Way and we will come to know and follow the Ways and yes we too will learn discipline by the things which we suffer. “Oh great Michael what an uplifting message.”  I am sure Jesus felt the same way in the Garden.

The time has come for us to embrace what our old nature rejects. This is the Way to heaven. We must start to obey the Lord’s teachings now in order to have mastered them in the coming time of distress. we must train our loved ones. As we daily pick up our cross, faithfully dying to self, we are “willing” ourselves unto Christ. We will remind others of Christ. There is a time coming when that act will save us because we will have mastered our flesh and released the love Christ gave us, in intercession. Jesus has spoken it.

So, when Jesus took that cross in our place, what was that to us? “It is eternal life! We are forgiven. It is salvation! We are saved forever!” Not quite according to John. Our first confession/submission to Christ does accomplish all that by God’s grace, if like the thief on the cross, we die shortly after. Our complete cleansing is all true because God is faithful to keep His end of the deal. John then clearly indicates there is a second half to the “deal.” assuming we live past our initial reconciliation, and most of us have, John says our obedience (to the Son) is necessary or we “have no life but the wrath of God rests upon us.” (John 3:36)

This is why “believing in Jesus” is not salvation. Entrusting ourselves obediently to His instructions, that, is our salvation. We are given reconciliation freely. We must maintain it. We are in the race. We must run it.

Our English vernacular for “believe” fails to express the critical factor of obedience. It is not works. It is obedience. It is a required discipline in heaven, to be demonstrated by us right here first. Yes, right here! If Jesus had to demonstrate obedience, how can we not know it is required of us as His brothers and sisters? Do not blame anyone because we have not been taught. We probably could have coasted along in our old thinking as we have. Circumstances have our attention now. Time is dictating our urgent need for understanding. God is bringing it on not me, although I certainly will (choose to) benefit.

Think about this and no doctrine is intended here. Once Jesus came to earth, took upon Himself sinful flesh, even though He did not sin, is it possible even His “Son of Man” side had to be tested for absolute obedience, NOT for His sake but for us to see the possibility of success? In addition, the “Son of Man” was going back to heaven in a different form than when He left heaven. He represents a God-child race to inhabit heaven. He is coming back here as the Son of Man to rule and reign for a thousand years! I am not saying His divinity had to be tested. The Word does say that as a Son He learned obedience. I think He learned it so He as King of Kings could say to us in eternity, or even now, I’ve been there and done that, having endured humanity I understand.” This is a king we can honor. His judgment will be just because of this.  He does not ask us to do anything He has not done or endure anything He has not endured.

Did you not think there is a reason we are restricted to this earth?  Those who enter into eternity will be wearing the red badge of self-denial, self-crucifixion, maybe even the bloody badge of a glorifying Christ-like death. Can you imagine the look in the Lord’s eyes as He receives you, knowing you died as He died, even interceding for those who killed us, NO, who actually helped us “accomplish our departure.”  (See Mark: The Mount of Transfiguration)

Just remember the message is distressing but it rescues those written in the book. “Why do they need rescuing?” Daniel 12.

The coming times will demand our understanding. Preparing now is paramount, as He waits for us.

You are loved

Michael

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Exit Strategy End Times: The Storm is coming.”

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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 essence He is the Storm and it is a sure thing. Bible search “storm” and find the many references to God.

Mankind’s whole experience has been about God gaining a family of faithful, obedient, loved ones that are living in the second nature of 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) Jesus learned what extreme obedience was as He suffered through the challenges. That being the case, where do we stand? Do we understand what course we are on? Is the church on course or are we flirting with the path of least resistance? Christ did not suffer these things so we would not have to. He suffered the learning of obedience so we would know HOW TO. Resurrection is the reward!

Is obedience, a condition of salvation? According to John 3:36 NASB, NKJV,  yes it is! Is obedience being taught as such in church? No in most it is not! The natural resistance to obedience in mankind’s heart still has a toe hold even in most Christians.

The most productive confrontation comes to us via understanding. So, what course are we on personally? Will we obediently endure to the end, whenever our personal end is? How do we do that? Do we know what must endure? 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 our example and proof as resurrected life became a proven truth. Life after death fueled the disciples even unto their own deaths.

Can we do anything to stop The Storm? We might as well ask, did Jesus have to go to the Garden of Gethsemane? Why would we want to stop The Storm that initiates events that are a prelude to Christ’s return? Is there any higher standard of obedience than what Jesus showed us? Are we willing to surrender to God’s will when He has told us what it is? Can we see the likeness to Christ God’s plan holds for us? It is God’s very intention toward us and sets us apart forever.

As the last of mankind to see these events do we realize “the last shall be first?” Shall we sleep for a thousand years or through our faithful stand for Christ, shall we rule and reign with Him for a thousand years? The following verse will challenge all of us yet it is His word. We do not hear this preached, but it is there. I too want to believe, “To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.” as Paul said. Dare we discount the following verse or do we prepare according to it remembering that hours pass every night as we sleep and when we wake up the time has simply passed and a new day has come? Peter Marshall told a class of Naval Cadets at Annapolis, and I paraphrase, like when a child falls asleep on the way home and Dad carries him in and places him in bed. The child wakes up not in the car as he last remembered but safe in the comfort of his room and his home, that, Peter said, is what death is like. Later that day the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor.

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 their importance with our hearts. We saw obedience  and a love that endured so much. God wants us to honor Him by honoring His Son with 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 are to grasp, to understand in order to survive the climactic and tumultuous end of this world as we know it. Only by practice now will we succeed then!

In case you are worried about dying before they might decapitate you for your faith, because you do not want to sleep for a thousand years, you could decapitate yourself and your carnal thinking now, by absolute pursuit of the Lord’s Ways. That is also taking a stand for God. In fact that stand may bring about your execution for your faith. We can do this!

“When” the Rapture is to occur is not important. Our preparation is still required. Most denominations believe in “pre-trib.” What is most important? I believe God wants us ready to go today, now. If there is room for debate about when we go, and I am not debating that, let us err on the side of caution and wisdom and “be prepared” now.  Today is the day we have. Preparation will protect us no matter when or how we go. It will also help others as we wait, enduring in front of them, sharing this eternal understanding. This is the second level of blessing God is looking for from us. Multiplication!

A prophecy Jesus spoke is yet to be fulfilled. Out of respect for servants everywhere who truly have sought God and inspiration, it appears we have evidently not been allowed to see it! Maybe God knew we could “not bear it” until now. The few paragraphs above are more than enough to rock our boat.

With God’s intent and knowledge of us, current circumstances prompt our searching for answers and peace. That peace only comes with understanding. We must be empowered to survive. What has been written by God, what we have studied for centuries is coming back to us now, expanded, revised by God not man. His Words have always been there. Now they will have the proper influence that the end times demand, for our sake.

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. Their sincerity and credibility is without question. Maybe Jesus could return, no man knows the day or hour. Knowing however what has not been preached, as a 65 year old disciple of the Word for 33 years, I have to appeal vigorously that I have seen in His Word something that clearly must happen first, and around the world.

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 like the call we too can not avoid. Traditional doctrines or accepted views, once useful, must now give way to the necessary priorities that God is pointing to. This will be an absolutely necessary change of course. Traditional doctrines have successfully gotten us this far but there are shoals outside the harbor. Our destination has not changed. Christ’s goal had never changed. The first of His journey was relatively safe, even wonderful as those last three years were lived out. The end for Christ was known from His birth because God spoke it through His prophets. How much more the path Jesus Himself has spoken for us and then walked Himself for our sake; not just dying but explaining life in the kingdom while He was dying! He knew, safe entrance past the shoals requires our obedience to His admonition, “He who endures to the end shall be saved.”

True belief results in obedience.

From God’s and Christ’s point of view, therefore by necessity, this understanding 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 imperative priority, what is it that initiates the return of Christ as it frees the darkness to expand according to God’s plan? The teaching is that enduring love in us MUST endure as Jesus said, for us to be saved, for us to enter the kingdom, and how important it is to start practicing NOW.

We are expected to let Jesus BE Lord of our lives. Our salvation requires the Christ-likeness in our soul and spirit that His Lordship will create. It always has. Obedience along with God’s grace will achieve it. Christ had the Words of eternal life which prompted the actions of eternal life which we are witness to through the Word. Do not over think this. Just do for others what Christ did for you with a fierce determination and with a knowing compassion, so that none should go to hell (including you) because of your lack of love or lack of forgiveness. Avoid the traps Jesus avoided the Way He avoided them! Rest in the assurance and rejoice in Hope, persevere in tribulation you experience, and be devoted to the prayer that delivers both you and your offender, knowing that your transition into eternity will be the same as His, guaranteed!

John 3:36 (NASB)  “He who believes (pisteou = entrust) in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey (apatheo =to disobey) 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 American Standard Translation is quoted. Look up the verse in the older KJV and you will understand the critical difference. 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 actually make Him Lord by our obedience to His Way. Jesus did not give us eternal life. He made eternal life possible, to all those who believe (pisteou). What??? That’s right.

We will discuss it next time.

The Lord gets all the glory! He who is forgiven much loves much. Can we see the hope and avoid the danger?

Start linking your friends around the world. He is waiting. We must start preparing.

You are loved,   Michael

 

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End Times: “Interest is growing.”

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More interest in my book is developing. I recommend all of it but to focus on the cover subject, you can go to Chapters 6.6 “He emptied Himself to leave.” Chapters 8, dealing with Matthew 24 and of interest to your pastor especially, chapter 9, the “Five Fold League of Servants,” and their responsibility before darkness hinders the Lord’s work from being done freely.

Please forward my site to those you love and to those you do not love, so you can show God your heart has been moved to His compassionate truth. Surely you do not want anyone to go to hell, especially yourself?  ???you say?  Forgive to be forgiven. Not works, obedience to His instructions. No doubt, He did it. How can we not? It is the crown of His Lordship.

If there is a publisher out there who wants to create printed versions of Exit Strategy or portions thereof, contact me at exitstrategydaniel12@gmail.com.

I would like to send copies to all major ministries, not to sell books (although selling helps pay for printed) but to believe someone who has a greater platform than I will grasp and share this critical message. The more who do the more who will be spared from the Apostasy. As I say in my book, “As greater men share this I may stand in their shadow. I already stand in the shadow of the Almighty.”

The Word says “believers” will fall away. Their love will grow cold. Are you a “believer?” Do not think more of yourself than you should. Be sure you are prepared. I thought I was. Now I am and I choose to reinforce my preparation by helping others to this preparation, this good news of the kingdom.

 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: “The three fold plan.”

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Several months before Janis graduated, she began quoting a verse.

“Rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer.” I had not recalled the address in the Word.

A few days after Janis passed on my sister in Illinois sent me a text. Someone unknown to her sent a verse the day Janis passed on. She kept reading it. More and more it personified Janis and how she had dealt with her struggle. Ann was hesitant to send it to me but decided to after all.

My immediate response was “Amazing! This was Janis’ favorite scripture! She has been quoting it for months.”

It was only then that I also realized the address of this verse. It was Romans 12:12.

Romans 12:12. It was like God was saying to me “I’ve got this.” My sister is a very spiritual person. I believe God knew she would share the verse with me, in order to encourage me. Janis died on the 12th of December. 12:12. Ok so that is cool and one can make the most of it that one might.

After Janis’ celebration / graduation I was invited to a Christmas party by life-long friends. They were trying to keep me busy and distracted. They all loved her /us, and were doing their best to relieve my grief.

At the party a wife /friend of Janis and I said, “Did you see Fox news this AM?” “No.””You know the young Catholic Priest they use as a go-to guy for spiritual things?” “Yes I do.”

“He came on FOX this AM and said the Catholic Church is highlighting a verse that the church believes is a critical verse for these times. It was Romans 12:12.”

Janis had picked up on it. My sister was directed to it.  The nation was pointed to it. So,… lets look at it.

“Rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer.”

As we see the prophecies of Jesus happening, in Matthew 24, our hope in Him is what we must look forward to. What is happening or will happen must not be allowed to capture our hearts. Fear will cripple us and promote doubt in our hearts. Eternal death waits for those who surrender to the trauma of this life’s persecutions in these end times.

As persecution unfolds, our Christ love must endure. We must persevere in tribulation. How? We pray for our persecutors. We win by starting now!

All of this is achieved in prayer. Thanking God in our hope, persevering in tribulation by prayer, and interceding via prayer as we forgive, forgive, forgive.

Romans 12:12 brings us to a simple three step solution we can implement. We must grasp the depth.

Tribulation is coming. Our Hope has already come. Prayer reveals what is in our heart. Out of the abundance of our heart our mouth speaks. We reject persecution for what it is. A trap! We escape the trap by intercessory prayer.

I loved Janis with all my heart. I simply was not going to be distracted from her needs. Now, I am free to focus on the message in “Exit Strategy.” She totally agreed with it and I am sure she is cheering me on now. I hope to make her proud as I serve my Lord and His children.

The message in  Exit Strategy is the message I am ordained to share just as John the Baptist had an ordained moment he was to fulfill, as Jesus met him at the river side.

As darkness has its hour, we must find our peace by rejoicing in hope, by persevering in tribulation, praying for all who persecute us, and to do all of this by devotion to prayer.

Our own hearts reveal what God wants to know. Who we are in our heart  is revealed by the words of our mouth.

This devotion takes practice. This forgiveness takes practice. Eternity demands a grace filled nature in us. Practice makes perfect.

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

You are loved.  He waits for us,

Michael

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