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Some Random Thoughts (and a Plea) for Today

By Watchman | June 13, 2010

—Usually these posts begin with a quote from Scripture.  I am departing from this custom today as I have a few thoughts I believe are important and need to be shared while I still can do so.  While I may be able to publish another post or two, it is probable that I will soon be off-line for possibly as long as several months.  In the meantime, I implore all of you who have as yet made no decision to accept Christ into your hearts to do so before it is too late.  Our time is growing short.

     In case I have never made it clear in previous posts, I believe that Jesus is coming to rapture (“catch up”) His church to be with Him soon.  Of course, “soon” is a relative word.  I cannot pretend to be able to tell you if this will happen tomorrow or next week, or in the next five years or in the next five minutes.  Only our heavenly Father knows the exact day and time of His return.  However, we are given plenty of information about the general time frame in which His return will occur; the countdown began with the rebirth of Israel in May of 1948.  Mark 14 tells us that the generation present when that occurred would not pass until the prophecies were fulfilled.  Counting generations as between 40-70 years (depending upon which scholars you ask), it is clear that we are living in the final days of what is commonly known as the “Church Age.”  This does not mean the end of the world–it signifies that we are about to enter the days when Christ will return to earth to  rule and reign for a thousand years (Rev. 20:6); the period we refer to as the “Millennial Kingdom.”  Before this time, however, there is to be a seven year period of tribulation upon the earth–the last, desperate attempt by satan to  steal and ruin what God has designated as His own.  It is also the period that God has set aside to redeem His chosen people, the descendants of Abraham, and bring them back into full communion with Himself. 

     God has declared “the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure.” (Isaiah 46:10)  The prophets Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, Micah and Zechariah all warned of the tribulation hour to come in the last or “latter” days, of the satanically-driven world ruler to come (the antichrist), and the final wars leading up to the defeat of evil.  Jesus, in chapter 24 of the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 13 of Mark and chapter 21 of Luke, gave us the signs of the “birth pangs” of the end. Each of these signs (wars, fighting amongst ethnic groups, earthquakes, famines, pestilence, natural disasters) has been increasing in intensity for some years now.  2nd Thessalonians chapter 2 and chapter 3 of 2nd Timothy both relate how people on the earth will be behaving at the time of the end.  Although the rapture is only hinted at in certain passages of the Old Testament, the “mystery” (which in Scripture means truths that had not earlier been revealed) was clearly shown to the Apostle Paul as he recounts to us in 1 Corinthians 15:51-52 and  1 Thessalonians 4:15-17.  It is also implicit in the Book of Revelation, the vision John received from God during his imprisonment on the isle of Patmos.  In this vision, John was shown what had been, what was at the present time, and what would be in the latter days.  Like Paul in 2nd Corinthians 12: 2-4, John was “caught up” into heaven at the beginning of chapter 4 in order to witness the time of the end:  it is most significant that there is no reference to a church being on earth from that time forward. 

An aside here:  if some of the imagery described by John seems bizarre in light of our world today, bear in mind that John was trying to describe things of which he had no personal knowledge, and were therefore almost indescribable. Technology was basically non-existent, so the words for some of what he saw would not enter our language for another two thousand years!

     Our history as God’s people basically begins and ends with the Middle East–specifically, Israel.  Over and over again in the Old Testament it is assured that the Hebrew people were the chosen wife of the Father, and it is on the nation of Israel that He has set his name.  Though twice dispersed throughout the nations as punishment for rebellion against God, God promised that He would eventually regather His people in the nation He had given to them through the covenant with Abraham (Genesis 17).  Though the second diaspora (dispersion) of the Jews seemed to be a pretty final one, and the nation of Israel ceased to be, Israel became the first nation to regather and revive under her original name when she was “born in one day” in May of 1948.  During the Six Day War in 1968, Israel succeeded in capturing much of the land now acknowledged to belong to her.  However, Zechariah 12: 2-3 tells us that God “will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem.  And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.”  Beloved, can anyone doubt the fulfillment of this prophecy taking place in the world today?  The Islamic nations of the Middle East are surrounding Israel with no other intent than to see that Israel is destroyed as a nation and ceases to exist.  The United States, supposedly Israel’s closest ally, has at its head an administration that chooses to undermine the safety and sovereignty of Israel.  Although paying lip-service to Israel’s place as a friend of the US, the current President has behaved in an insulting manner to PM Benyamin Netanyahu, called for a halt to all Jewish building even in the indisputably Jewish sections of Jerusalem, and is insistent on a Palestinian state within the Israeli boundaries.  The recent attitude of the administration in conjunction with the United Nations in condemning Israel’s intervention of the terrorist-backed flotilla attempting to break the Gaza blockade and in signing UN legislation calling for oversight of Israel’s weapon systems without calling for similar oversight of the weapons developed in the surrounding Islamic countries proves that the US can no longer be counted upon to support Israel.  Although I believe a majority of citizens in the US are probably in support of Israel, there is little doubt that President Obama’s sympathies lie with the Muslim nations. This is not surprising: in his earliest published book “Dreams From My Father,” Obama makes the statement that he knew from an early age that if sides needed to be taken he would side with the Muslims.   He would do well to remember the Lord’s words from Genesis 12:3:  “And I will bless them [i.e., those nations] that bless you, and curse him that curse you.”  God will not long tolerate our rebellion against His word regarding that nation.  On the other hand, Scripture also makes it plain from the prophecy from Zechariah that this would indeed happen.  We can soon look to see proof positive that it is truly God Who protects His chosen people and not another nation or state.  “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem; they shall prosper that love you.” (Psalm 122:6)  Of course, when we pray for the peace of Jerusalem we are actually praying for the return of our Lord; for there will never be true peace in the Middle East until Jesus is seated on the throne in Jerusalem!

     So, you ask, what has all this got to do with anything?  As I said at the beginning of this post, I may be off-line for quite some time.  Anything can happen at any moment.  Although there are still prophecies to be fulfilled before the time of the Millennial Reign, all prophecies have been fulfilled that MUST be before the time of the rapture of the believers.  If you are still spiritually sitting on the fence, get off it NOW!  When the time comes for us to be “caught up together in the clouds” a seat on the fence will equal a “no” vote for Christ.  The rapture could come today, tomorrow, next year, or in several year’s time, but it will surely come “as a thief in the night” (1 Thessalonians 5:2). without warning.  Though many people will be saved during the seven year tribulation, most of them will pay for their new-found faith with their lives.  Now is the time to turn your lives over to the Lord; pray for forgiveness and be blessed forever by the grace given to us all through the shed blood of Jesus, our Christ.  Please, PLEASE, my dear brothers and sisters–turn to Him now, and experience the new life He will give you and the clean heart He will put within you!

I shall continue to pray for those of you who are undecided.  Jesus loves you so very, very much; so do I!

Maranatha!

Melissa

    

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One Response to “Some Random Thoughts (and a Plea) for Today”

  1. Shirley Says:
    June 17th, 2010 at 7:18 am

    Hallelujah…….Well said, good and faithful servant! Continue to shine, wherever He leads you!

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