Saturday, August 9, 2014
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And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time. Daniel 7:25
Saints, are you worn out yet? And the seven years hasn't even begun. How much more of this can you take?
We are no longer imagining entirely hypothetical situations. No. We are now in direct and immediate touch with actual spiritual activities spoken of in Bible prophecy. The situation in the world - and even in the once-Christian U.S. - is dire, corrupted and evil. The great falling away of the believers is well underway in its reorganization as the Antichrist church. The false prophet and the Antichrist each have one foot poised to step onto the stage. The Middle East is one move from ignition into conflagration. Christians are being persecuted in the most vicious ways across the world and has begun even in the United States. The hard decisions are being forced upon the Church.
The evil is so palpable that a great judgment from heaven is becoming imperative. The breath of the pit can be felt moving across the entire globe at an increasingly ominous pace, with satanic forces working through human instruments to carry out God's will, just as His Word tells us will be the case.
We are entering a period of intense sifting. Purifying. Just as those who have rejected the God of creation are about to enter the time when it will be shaken to its foundations, a time of unparalleled tribulation to try them that are upon the earth. And not just the earth: "Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also the heavens." (Heb 12:26,27) For those who watch those things, they realize that the planets are not in their ordered places, nor is the earth, a situation which has been slowly happening for the past few years.
Since the beginning of the Church there has been a supreme effort to get believers detached from an earthly form of the faith and attached to Jesus Christ and the heavenlies in order to prepare for the great shaking of things on earth, and then both the earth and the heavenly. The purpose of this great shaking is to test everything as to abiding values.
In 70 A.D. the world of the Jews was shaken. Their entire paradigm was destroyed as the Temple came crashing down around them, the priesthood passed away, the temple service ended, and the people ceased to be a unified people. It was unthinkable that all would cease to be as God had ordered it, and they fought and tried to cling to a veil that had been rent right down the middle. It was finished. Indeed. God Himself caused that first shaking. What remained was Jesus Christ and the New Covenant, Christ the High Priest, the Sacrifice. God's order became a strictly spiritual and heavenly one. The material order of worship was gone. Divine Order had provided a new plan as far as their eyes could perceive. Enough of the Jews did have ears to hear and eyes to see - enough to become the spearheads of God's new plan as spelled out by Jesus Christ himself and his appointed apostles, including Paul.
And, here we are once again, 2000 years later, and the great majority of those who call themselves Christians are once again going astray, falling away into apostasy, bewitched once again by the siren call of the counterfeit christs. The "new evangelism" into that counterfeit church has replaced the evangelism of the Gospel to all the world, and the once great machine of evangelism - its framework and organized structure - has been hijacked for the use of Satan and his men. The great majority who call themselves Christian rarely, if ever, open and read God's Word, and they are in a false position. The entity which calls itself the Christian Church sits in opposition to the Bible at almost every level. It is earthly, full of lying signs and wonders, non-biblical - even pagan - traditions and religions loved by man, making a worldwide shaking necessary and inevitable, not to mention entirely justified before a Holy God. The "Christian Church" in the world today is, for the most part, God's greatest enemy. Dead.
A shaking requires that any individual who calls himself a Christian ask himself if he really is a follower - a disciple - of Jesus Christ. Is he born again, having a real walk and relationship with Jesus Christ, is he becoming more like Christ through continual study of the Word, does he have a life in the Holy Spirit? If he is following a life which has no cost involved by virtue of his relationship with Christ, if there is no dying to self, no picking up and carrying one's own cross, if one claims - and is proud of - sinning daily, then he has missed the mark, the crux of faith in Jesus Christ, which is to be called unto holiness and to "Sin not," but to "Be ye perfect." The Book of Matthew is riddled with Jesus' own words defining those who will and will not be acceptable on that day, and the bulk of those who claim to be Christians pass over Christ's clear statements, assuming they will not be among those who will hear Him say, "Depart from me; I never knew you." FEW are those who find the gate, the narrow way, according to Jesus Christ himself. Yet, everyone is 'in,' and no one seems to run the numbers.
If this is the case - and it is - then what do we actually have that, being unshakable, will remain? I suggest it is imperative that each would-be Christian ponder those words carefully. Yes, I am certainly weighing my own spiritual condition. Only a fool would not.