Posts Tagged ‘last days’

“For he [Abraham] was looking forward to the City with foundations, whose architect and builder is God.” (Hebrews 11:10)

Abraham enjoyed many blessings and accomplished many great things while being “present” and living on this planet. But he never allowed these blessings or activities to beguile him or divert his attention from his true destiny. He knew that this place was not his home.

“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Now the dwelling of God is with men, and He will live with them. They will be His people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.'” (Revelation 21:1-4)

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.  But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your TREASURE is, there your HEART will be also.” (Matthew 6:19-21)
May the fruit of our lives matter in eternity.



“Let us rejoice and be glad and give Him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and His bride has made herself ready. Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear.” (Revelation 19:7-8)

The clearest revelation I have ever received is about the enemy’s end time strategy concerning sexual purity. As we approach the Wedding of the Lamb, there will be greater pressure to give in to sexual sin than at any time in the history of the Church. IT WILL BE BOTH A TRIAL AND A TEST! And those who come through will be the Bride, “without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.”

I’m not into GLOOM-AND-DOOM. I’m not into HAPPY-HAPPY either (as much as I would like to be). I strive to not let a personal philosophy or my own yearnings become a lens through which I define reality. My great desire is to embrace whatever God is actually saying and doing and planning to do, as revealed in His Word and by His Spirit. And I believe that what is coming will be BOTH WONDERFUL AND TRAUMATIC beyond what I can imagine.

“I watched as the Lamb opened the first of the seven seals.” (Revelation 6:1)

“…he who stands firm to the end will be saved.” (Mark 13:13)

“…the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits.” (Daniel 11:32)

“I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her Husband.” (Revelation 21:2)

I was lying in bed one day, wandering somewhat aimlessly in my thoughts, when the Spirit clearly interjected a question into my mind: “HAVE YOU EVER HEARD A TRUMPET BLAST?” I thought “Hmmm, I’m not sure.” He directed me to the trumpet blast in Exodus 19. In this account, when the trumpet was heard, there were two very different and distinct reactions: The people who were not hungry for God trembled with fear and drew back. But Moses, who was consumed with hunger for God, ran like a bride running to her wedding, to meet with God on the mountain top (even in the midst of all the shaking and fire and smoke).

Later that same day, I received what I believe is a continuation of what God was saying. I ended up going over to some friends’ house and there was a guy there that I had met only once before. And when I saw him, he immediately said “I had a dream about you last night. In the dream, there was a scary, destructive flood, and because of this flood, you and I and others were forced up a mountain to seek higher ground. I saw you on this mountain lying face down, praying. Then Jesus came and placed His hand on your head and began praying for you, and your face began to glow.”

And then I realized that there were some similarities to these two revelations. When the trumpet blast sounded, Moses also went up a mountain, where, in the Presence of God, his face began to glow, as did my face in my friend’s dream.

WHAT I BELIEVE GOD IS SAYING IS THIS: All this refers to the things that are now happening in the earth in this season. A trumpet is being sounded. And we, like all people, have a choice – to either allow passivity and fear and depression and discouragement and unbelief to overcome and overwhelm us – or to allow the events in the world to push us “up the mountain” and closer to God.

And as this watershed event continues to happen across the planet, it will be clearer and clearer who is governed by fear and who is inspired by God, as the darkness gets darker and the Light gets brighter – and then those who are overwhelmed by fear and darkness will see the Bride, shining like Moses, and MANY will run to the light of Christ that they see reflected in her face. And this, I believe, will usher in the last great revival before the Bridegroom returns.

“Men of Issachar, who understood the times and knew what Israel should do…” (1 Chronicles 12:32)

Such an INDESPENSABLE understanding — to understand the CONTEXT in which you and your family and nation and world are placed — and so, to know what to strategically do in any given situation and how to respond rightly to events. A matter worthy of time, effort and strenuous listening — even at times, a matter of life and death.

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“Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith…”
(1 Timothy 4:1)

There is a book called KINGDOMS IN CONFLICT by Chuck Colson.  Among other things, it chronicles the rise of the Nazis in pre-World War 2 Germany.  It seems hard to imagine that the Church could be so uncaring, as so many bad things were being done to the Jews by their government and culture.  But this attitude of the Church did not happen overnight.  Little bit by little bit, the political and cultural machine put pressure on Christians, every day.  It never let up.  Every week there where a few more things that Christians had to either take a stand against, or decide to merely co-exist and get along.  And the more that a person went with the flow, the harder it was the next day to break out of that momentum.

I am not saying that we should be confrontational jerks who needlessly create controversy. But for most of us, that is not a problem anyway. Most Christians in America tend to err on the side of passivity and avoiding any real conflict. The media likes to point out the militant, insensitive few, but that is a very skewed, misleading presentation of the average Christian. But we are called to lovingly, persistently invade the culture and communities around us and make a difference. And that cannot happen if we are the same as everyone around us.

That is why, everyday, we must re-connect with Jesus and the truth of the Bible and the call to the Great Commission – and the call to die to ourselves and to the world system, and to follow Him.  Because if we don’t, our end will be no different than the world’s.

“Come out of her [Babylon], my people, so that you will not share in her sins, so that you will not receive any of her plagues;” (Revelation 18:4)

“And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.  But he who endures to the end shall be saved.” (Matthew 24:12)

Indifference is spiritual entropy.  It is the heat death of the heart (to use a physics term).  And the best way to overcome it is to PURSUE MORE FIRE!!!

Jesus said we are to abide in Him — in other words, to stay or live in Him — not to be occasional visitors, but to pay the price for ongoing intimacy.  And this is the only way we will be able to survive spiritually in the days to come.  But for those who are willing to “dwell in the secret place of the Most High”, the burning glory of His Presence will be more than enough to overcome all obstacles that the world and the enemy can throw at them.

“His eyes are like a flame of fire…” (Revelation 19:12)