“Exit Strategy” (book seen below) is now available at most e-book venues.
Time is fleeting while readiness falls short.
“Dear Michael, Of all I said previously I think I failed to express how God has used your book in my life perhaps beyond what you initially intended.”
My dear brother Chuck, I continue to be grateful for any good you might ascribe to the book. It would be my hope and expectation that God would in fact take my humble (hopefully inspired) effort and do far more with it than I might ever have conceived.
“I really don’t know the extent of what the Lord revealed to you about the return of Christ being initiated by our walk in forgiveness,…”
Forgiveness or unforgiveness is such an easy topic to find ourselves in subjection to. This is why I believe the Father is pointing to it and many are preaching about it.
In a nut-shell, Matthew 24:12-14 (NASB) says “enduring love” is a requirement to be saved. 12 “Because lawlessness is increased, most people’s love will grow cold. 13 “But the one who endures to the end, he will be saved. 14 “This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.”
How do I endure? How will my Christ-like love endure such horrific lawlessness to come or seen today? We should ask this no matter what we believe about the rapture. Better to be ready. There will be no, no, no unforgiveness in heaven. No bitterness, No anger. We must empty ourselves here now before it is too late.
How do I lovingly endure anything and everything, unto salvation?
Ephesians 3:16-19 (NASB)
16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man,
17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.”
The riches of His glory are merciful grace and love that surpasses knowledge. As I am strengthened in that love, that power, then He can live in me. I am demonstrating the Father’s love just like Jesus did for us. If I do not grow stronger in His Ways, if I grow weaker under duress and lawlessness, He cannot continue to live in me. To complicate things further, if I do not know that I must grow stronger in my emulations, my Christ likeness, then I do not become rooted or grounded in His love. My love grows cold toward others. I am lost when I thought I was saved.
So why is this important? I can not endure in my love for others, especially the lawless, without growing obediently in the discipline of Christ’s love. I can not walk in the fullness of God without the surpassing experiential knowledge of God’s love.
Each successful experience I have, granting mercy, granting grace and love, teaches me the breadth and length and height and depth of God’s love which is the love of Christ. According to scripture, in becoming rooted and grounded in love, I am filled up to all the fullness of God. I am to increase, not decrease. I must be rooted and grounded in God’s love.
So what does that have to do with initiating the return of Christ?
“This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached …then the end will come.” (Matthew 24:14)
The word “this” in the original text does not begin a new sentence or idea. The word “this” refers back to the previous sentence and it’s subject, “endures” or actually enduring love or love that did not grow cold, in spite of the lawlessness.
The words “this gospel” describe the good news about the kingdom, a primary characteristic of the kingdom. The heart and the soul of the kingdom is the heart and soul of God. God is love. God is enduring love. The future citizens of His Son’s kingdom must and will “master” the power of the kingdom, grace and enduring love. The good news of the kingdom.
Matthew 24:14 (Young’s Literal Translation)
“…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.”
For centuries, the good news we thought was to be preached from Matthew 24 was the Gospel of Jesus Christ; a salvation message. Jesus, in context, is speaking about the end of our lives in Him, not the beginning. He is coaching us to the finish line with great peril along the Way. He is focusing us on the premier quality of God, the Son and the Holy Spirit. All the fullness of God is to be our goal and the Word says it is possible. How? As we walk out enduring love daily; as we grow in the fullness of His love, challenge by challenge.
When this understanding, “this gospel of the kingdom is preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations,… ” God will know we are as ready as we can get. If we heed the warning and prepare, we can endure with love and compassion. They are lost and dying!
The course of events described elsewhere, leading to Christ’s return will in fact occur. Darkness will come first and is happening already. It will get worse. So why does “this” initiate the end? It demonstrates our readiness for the hour of darkness!
God has been patient desiring that none should perish but that all should come to repentance! When we see certain things happening, we know His patience is waining. 2 Peter 3:9 (NASB) He has warned us! Those who have ears to hear, will obey.
“The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9)
Rescuing any and all of us that need to repent of any attitude or action that is not Christ-like, is the focus of God’s heart in Exit Strategy.
There are those who think their salvation is locked in by some identification with Christ, or because Christ did it all; yet they are not obeying His commandments? Yes we ask Jesus to be Lord and then…we follow Him we obey Him. Understanding this is for the seeker, the follower, those who have grown to appreciate the power. (Proverbs 8:14) Like Christ they have moved beyond themselves to the high calling which is in Christ Jesus.
How many today, attending any given church or not, have unforgiveness? They know it is wrong but refuse to release it. It is their death knell. Their love has grown cold. Disobedience reigns.
We must blow the Shofar. Paul in Roman’s 5:10 declares a two-fold plan of salvation not a single act. It was news to me but I then saw the real plan of salvation. It is a plan that includes my submission to the king. I ready myself for eternity by that willing submission.
Like Paul, in John 3:36, John also points to a two fold salvation. Check them both out. Entrusting ourselves to Christ must there-after include obedience to His Ways. Obedience by the Holy Spirit is the eternal-life qualifier. Obedience is not works. Obedience to Christ Ways maintains what was given to us freely. WE must maintain the free gift! Was it works when Christ went to the cross? Christ learned obedience from the things He suffered. (Heb 5:8, 1 Peter 1:22)
Again, all we can do is warn them. Now that we know of the danger, we must shout the warning from the house-tops. Otherwise, their blood will be on our heads.
In response, my beloved friend (Chuck), you have gained much according to your own words. By this understanding I have burdened you beyond your expectation. The power of your desire to serve God, that which I have personally seen in you, is now being called upon, not by me but by the understanding. We must not waste the power of understanding. (Proverbs 8:14 NASB, NKJV)
Souls are at stake!
Forgiveness is the heart and soul of the good news. Forgiving and interceding like Christ requires but also demonstrates enduring love. Like it did for Him, it will protect us and those who hear and do. In the face of challenges, greater and greater as prophecy is manifested, we shall shine like the stars. (Daniel 12:3).
The coming times will demand our understanding. Preparing now is paramount.
You are loved, He waits,
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