You say it, but do you believe?
I’ve had this message for awhile, but it is now that I have your input in which to blog…
“These are end times.” “It’s the end of the world” [age 12]. “I’ve heard of miracles, it must be the end… There was this young girl with stage IV cancer… and she was healed” [store associates]. “Children are prophesying.” And… “So many people are ‘dying to take their own life’.” “Seems like everyone is getting divorced [or wants to].” “Did you hear about the pastor who…?” “Whatever that was that came out of her, it wasn’t the good Spirit.” “What about the “two” (couple) who traveled the world passing out Bibles, that were killed on their boat by pirates?” “My friends at school said the worlds gonna end in 2012” [age 9]. “Obama……” Oh, and the whole Osama Bin Laden thing… They can sell it, but I’m not buying it. And…
“For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect… So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near—at the doors!” … Matthew 24 “Behold, I [Jesus] stand at the door and knock. Anyone who hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.” … Revelation 3:20
I could go on and on about all the signs of the times that even I have seen and believe… but it is not about me. It’s about God, and only He knows the hour. The truth [to me] is, every one of us are living in our own end times, and should consider to live like we are dying… to and from this world. Whether Jesus comes back in an hour or in half a century, each of us should be living like He’s coming… now! Are your “new linens” packed? Is your heart found where your treasure lies?
Having endured the scare tactics of religion and “the great tribulation” to come, that dates back to my childhood, I will not partake in them. I have nothing to fear from my Father, my Lord, my guiding Spirit. We talk, with little ceasing. So I KNOW I will be given what I need to know, when I need to know it… And when “it’s time”, my spiritual bags [my heart, soul, mind, and strength] that I have entrusted to the Lord… are packed. As for loving my neighbors as myself… we are talking now, while the branches on the trees “has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near”…. “at the doors”. …Matthew 24:32-33 “He who has an ear, let them hear.” Revelation 2 & 3
And someone said to Him, “Lord, are there just a few who are being saved?” And He said to them, 24“Strive to enter through the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able. 25“Once the head of the house gets up and shuts the door, and you begin to stand outside and knock on the door, saying, ‘Lord, open up to us!’ then He will answer and say to you, ‘I do not know where you are from.’ 26“Then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in Your presence, and You taught in our streets’; 27and He will say, ‘I tell you, I do not know where you are from; DEPART FROM ME, ALL YOU EVILDOERS.’ Luke 13
When I first read these Scriptures, like with Matthew 7, I felt a degree of panic. “What if He is talking about me? I know how bad I am. I didn’t just ride the sin wagon, I drove it. And I know that Jesus came into this world to save sinners, but I am chief!” And this past Sunday… I saw the cup once again. It was raised before me and I could see through the cup… to an enlightened eye. I heard Him say again “Are you ready? Will you drink from this cup” And as I would previously speak from my heart ‘yes’ without hesitation, this time, an unfamiliar thought came to me… “May I see what lies in this cup, before I answer?”
“Oh my God, what is going on?” “Lord, don’t let this deception of detachment, cloud my spiritual judgment.”
I want to reiterate the Lord’s viewpoint on detachment… It is not Him that leaves us. It is us, who leaves or walks away, from Him. Jesus will never leave us or forsake us. We do, however, have a clever enemy that thoroughly e_n_j_o_y_s to tell us different… to lead us away, to conquer us. [This enemy is a dirt bag… a bottom feeder. Don’t let him win. Fight with Jesus!]
“Once the head of the house gets up and shuts the door, and you begin to stand outside and knock on the door, saying, ‘Lord, open up to us!’ then He will answer and say to you, ‘I do not know where you are from.’ 26“Then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in Your presence, and You taught in our streets’; 27and He will say, ‘I tell you, I do not know where you are from; DEPART FROM ME, ALL YOU EVILDOERS.’ “
“We ate and drank in Your presence, and You taught in our streets”. This statement speaks to me as… ‘You have enjoyed the love, blessings, and protection that I’ve [God] given by My free gifts of Grace and Mercy, but you have chosen not to seek, listen, or know Me… the Lord of the House. You have so loved the gifts, and not the Giver.’
I have said this before, and I’ll say it again… Why would anyone expect to live in God’s House in Heaven, when they have chosen not to live with Him here? If you knock on the door of a neighbor’s house, of whom you have never invited into yours, do you expect that they would open their door or that they would recognize you at all?
My intent in sharing is not to alarm you, but to sound the alarm… ‘If we confess from our heart that Jesus is Lord and repent of our sins, Jesus is faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us of all unrighteousness.’ With Jesus as our true Savior… we are covered. When God looks at us, He will see… His Children.
“Do not be afraid or dismayed because of this great multitude, the battle is not yours, but God’s.” (2 Chronicles 20:15) And I heard a word of instruction and direction, from my cry for help having responded with “May I see what lies in this cup, before I answer”…
“Do not look to the right or to the left, but fix your eyes on Me [Jesus], and you can do all things. All I ask of you, is that you… “Get on your face before Me and tell Me who it is that you love.”
PS (Prayerfully speaking): So then, “the end is near, at the doors”… what now?
When the flood gates open, will you be ready? Posted on April 30, 2011 by jams4JESUS]
Scriptures for your reference…
Jesus Predicts the Destruction of the Temple
1 Then Jesus went out and departed from the temple, and His disciples came up to show Him the buildings of the temple. 2 And Jesus said to them, “Do you not see all these things? Assuredly, I say to you, not onestone shall be left here upon another, that shall not be thrown down.”
The Signs of the Times and the End of the Age
3 Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?”
4 And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. 6 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all[a]these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences,[b] and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.
9 “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. 10 And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. 11 Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. 12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But he who endures to the end shall be saved. 14And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.
The Great Tribulation
15 “Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’[c] spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place” (whoever reads, let him understand), 16 “then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 17 Let him who is on the housetop not go down to take anything out of his house. 18 And let him who is in the field not go back to get his clothes. 19 But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! 20 And pray that your flight may not be in winter or on the Sabbath. 21 For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. 22 And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened.
23 “Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There!’ do not believe it.24 For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. 25 See, I have told you beforehand.
26 “Therefore if they say to you, ‘Look, He is in the desert!’ do not go out; or ‘Look, He is in the inner rooms!’ do not believe it.27 For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. 28For wherever the carcass is, there the eagles will be gathered together.
The Coming of the Son of Man
29 “Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 30 Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
The Parable of the Fig Tree
32 “Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. 33 So you also, when you see all these things, know that it[d] is near—at the doors! 34 Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place. 35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.
Call to Repent
1 There were present at that season some who told Him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. 2 And Jesus answered and said to them, “Do you suppose that these Galileans were worse sinners than all other Galileans, because they suffered such things? 3 I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish. 4 Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them, do you think that they were worse sinners than all other men who dwelt in Jerusalem? 5I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.”
The Parable of the Barren Fig Tree
6 He also spoke this parable: “A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none. 7 Then he said to the keeper of his vineyard, ‘Look, for three years I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree and find none. Cut it down; why does it use up the ground?’ 8 But he answered and said to him, ‘Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and fertilize it.9 And if it bears fruit, well. But if not, after that[a]you can cut it down.’”
A Spirit of Infirmity
10 Now He was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath. 11 And behold, there was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bent over and could in no way raise herself up. 12 But when Jesus saw her, He called her to Him and said to her, “Woman, you are loosed from your infirmity.” 13 And He laid His hands on her, and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God.
14 But the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath; and he said to the crowd, “There are six days on which men ought to work; therefore come and be healed on them, and not on the Sabbath day.”
15 The Lord then answered him and said, “Hypocrite![b] Does not each one of you on the Sabbath loose his ox or donkey from the stall, and lead it away to water it? 16 So ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound—think of it—for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath?” 17And when He said these things, all His adversaries were put to shame; and all the multitude rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by Him.
The Parable of the Mustard Seed
18 Then He said, “What is the kingdom of God like? And to what shall I compare it? 19 It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and put in his garden; and it grew and became a large[c]tree, and the birds of the air nested in its branches.”
The Parable of the Leaven
20 And again He said, “To what shall I liken the kingdom of God? 21 It is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures[d]of meal till it was all leavened.”
The Narrow Way
22 And He went through the cities and villages, teaching, and journeying toward Jerusalem. 23 Then one said to Him, “Lord, are there few who are saved?”
And He said to them, 24 “Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able. 25 When once the Master of the house has risen up and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and knock at the door, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open for us,’ and He will answer and say to you, ‘I do not know you, where you are from,’ 26 then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in Your presence, and You taught in our streets.’ 27 But He will say, ‘I tell you I do not know you, where you are from. Depart from Me, all you workers of iniquity.’ 28 There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, and yourselves thrust out. 29 They will come from the east and the west, from the north and the south, and sit down in the kingdom of God. 30 And indeed there are last who will be first, and there are first who will be last.”
31 On that very day[e] some Pharisees came, saying to Him, “Get out and depart from here, for Herod wants to kill You.”
32 And He said to them, “Go, tell that fox, ‘Behold, I cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I shall be perfected.’ 33 Nevertheless I must journey today, tomorrow, and the dayfollowing; for it cannot be that a prophet should perish outside of Jerusalem.
Jesus Laments over Jerusalem
34 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, but you were not willing! 35 See! Your house is left to you desolate; and assuredly,[f] I say to you, you shall not see Me until the time comes when you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!’”