End Times Hope Or Dissapointment?

Recently, I read a prophetic word given to a person regarding judgements, end times events and timing of these things unfolding. I don’t know the person who received the prophetic word, but I found much of what they wrote to be confirmation of what I’ve been hearing the Lord say. I was greatly encouraged in the Lord with another wake-up call and reminder to keep my eyes on Jesus, be obedient and alert as Jesus is coming soon.

Then I read the comments posted at the end of this person’s prophetic word. Person after person posted some version of, ‘it’s not time yet,’ or ‘not for several more years.’ Over and over people tried to explain away the prophetic word’s timing. As I read through the posts I saw a tragic trend. On the surface people seemed to convey that they believed there was much work left to be done for the kingdom, which sounds noble enough but as I read on it became clear that something much less noble was motivating the belief that we have many years before Jesus returns.
At first, I was reminded of what the Holy Spirit had Peter write to us in 2 Peter 3,
“knowing this first of all, that scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires. 4 They will say, “Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation.”
We certainly see that word coming to pass, but the Lord showed me something else was at work in the posts I was reading.
Each post was filled with someone’s idea of how things will unfold in a systematic way and how much more preparing they need to do or the Lord needs to do,  Jesus showed me two things missing:
1. Humility to be wrong in one’s understanding of how end time prophecy will unfold
2. Longing for Jesus

It’s so easy to find teachings and explanations on bible prophecy in which someone has very neatly laid out a timeline of events that makes sense to my little human brain. I’m much more comfortable thinking I understand how things will go then I am feeling uncertain of exactly what’s going to happen. Many times, the Lord Jesus has lovingly taken me by the scuff of the neck to get me off a path I thought was rightly explaining how end time events will unfold. He has so kindly brought me to repentance and shown me ideas I had accepted because it’s what I heard growing up or ideas I had accepted because they were the common teachings in many churches or seminaries.

A few years ago, I said to Jesus, ‘it seems like there’s a lot still to happen and it will take a long time to accomplish all this before you come back.’ Jesus said to me, “Do you not think I can accomplish all this in one day?”
His gentle and firm rebuke cleared my head of regarding end time prophecy and how it will unfold. Jesus took me to His parable of the virgins found in Matthew 25.

“Then the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps[a] and went to meet the bridegroom.[b] 2 Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. 3 For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, 4 but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. 5 As the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and slept. 6 But at midnight there was a cry, ‘Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ 7 Then all those virgins rose and trimmed their lamps. 8 And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ 9 But the wise answered, saying, ‘Since there will not be enough for us and for you, go rather to the dealers and buy for yourselves.’ 10 And while they were going to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was shut. 11 Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open to us.’ 12 But he answered, ‘Truly, I say to you, I do not know you.’ 13 Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.

Please consider the Lord’s wisdom as He so perfectly describes our situation through this parable. In the previous post on End Times Endurance, brother Jeremy was led to write to about a famine of God’s word and the wrestle we have in remaining watchful and obedient in such times. We can see Jesus’ fore-warning of this when He says the virgins became drowsy and slept when the Bridegroom was delayed.
In as much, Jesus calls us to be in a state of readiness for His return. This parable has a very clear warning to us if we have an I-still-need-to-do list or He-can’t-come-back-until list. The watchmen call out, “Here is the Bridegroom,” and half the virgins say they aren’t ready. The Bridegroom didn’t wait for them to get ready. He didn’t wait for them to finish anything. He didn’t change His plans to fit whatever they thought should happen. He didn’t say His Kingdom wasn’t finished because they hadn’t finished something.
Brothers and sisters, we need to get rid of our lists be they personal or corporate, or we are going to be tragically disappointed. Our hearts should be in a state of longing for Jesus with no rim of anything else.

In Peter 3 we are told,
This is now the second letter that I am writing to you, beloved. In both of them I am stirring up
your sincere mind by way of reminder, 2 that you should remember the predictions of the holy
prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior through your apostles……..
that the heavens existed long ago, and the earth was formed out of water and through water by the word of God, 6 and that by means of these the world that then existed was deluged with water and perished. 7 But by the same word the heavens and earth that now exist are stored up for fire, being kept until the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.
8 But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 9 The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. 10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed

We have absolute certainty that everything the Lord has said He will do before His return, He will do. But we must not become arrogant nor fixed on our understanding of how He will do it. Jesus tells us to watch and be ready. People weren’t watching for a baby at Jesus’ first coming. They had all kinds of ideas about what the Messiah should do and be. They were wrong on most things. We easily do the same with Jesus’ second coming. We have all kinds of teachings on exactly how things will unfold in a nice tidy timeline.
We who are filled with the Holy Spirit must submit to His explanations, not our own ideas or ability to understand. If we have a ‘not-until’ list, it would be good for us to humble lay it at the feet of Jesus.

My husband used to travel for work. When he returned, I liked to have everything ready at home, but on the occasions that he arrived early, I cannot imagine locking the door to keep him out until I had finished cleaning the house. My heart was thrilled to be united with him no matter what chores remained.
Do I have such affection and longing for Jesus?
When the watchmen call out, am I tempted to say, ‘not yet?’ Or do I find great encouragement in hearing and seeing the reminder of the nearness of Jesus’ return?

If everything changes in a single hour, if the Lord accomplishes everything remaining in a single day…..are you ready?

My friends, our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.
Be encouraged that the Lord Jesus is coming soon. He will faithfully accomplish everything He has said He will do. He will save everyone He has purposed to save. He is not obligated to our understanding of events. He does all for His Name’s sake.  Let us not strain to figure it all out, but forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, let us press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

May Jesus get us across the finish line.

Come, Lord Jesus!
Jeanette

A Famine Is Upon Us

“Behold, the days are coming,” declares the Lord GOD, “when I will send a famine on the land—not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD. They shall wander from sea to sea, and from north to east; they shall run to and fro, to seek the word of the LORD, but they shall not find it.” Amos 8:11-12

These days leading up to the Lord’s return seem far different than I imagined they would be. Sure, certain foretold events prophesied as signposts for our encouragement line up as crisp reminders to keep alert with our heads raised anticipating the face of our Lord. We can clearly see events lining up just as the Lord said they would. We know that Jesus is near. Seeing the face of our Lord will be our first best day. Our hearts will be filled with inexpressible joy, delight, contentment and peace – the likes of which having never been tasted. We will be forever free of the temptations and entanglements of sin. Our hearts will never again be conflicted or weighed down. You would think that the anticipation of such a moment would lighten every step, especially as you saw it drawing nearer and nearer. Like picking up a loved one at the airport, every step you took towards that moment would bring a greater sense of eagerness and joy. And yet, our experience waiting for our Lord proves to have a different feel.

When I pictured these days years ago, I did not anticipate the dull and silent slog of enduring day after day with little or no Word to give or receive from the Lord. Somehow I pictured these days packed with numerous and exciting opportunities to lead people to the Lord. Somehow I envisioned that most people would see the signs of the Lord’s return themselves and upon such revelation, would seek the Lord with eagerness and gladness.

It is the silence of these days that makes them so difficult.

Every day I see this famine of hearing the words of the Lord around me on all sides. Just a few years ago, it was my custom to read my bible in a coffee shop or cafe. Without fail, numerous conversations with strangers would ensue. Skeptics became soft and inquisitive. It was not uncommon to watch walls of deception come down at the simple proclamation of God’s word.
We see this famine in the church. While there have always been ample false teachers and prophets, we are seeing this at new levels. The false teacher, at one time the outlier, is now the expected norm. I could fill many pages telling of encounters where the Lord’s name has either been removed or twisted to mean something that He is not across countless churches and denominations. The name and character of Jesus is either ignored or twisted into falsehood in churches all around us. Church goers are sleepy and drunk from preachers and teachers that are speaking words lacking in conviction and truth.

We see this famine at work in the public arena in interesting ways. In the United States, practicing your religion is your right and never has there been so much propaganda reminding us of this fact. No reasonable citizen who has ascribed to this cultural code is going to tell you that you may not be a Christian. And yet the name of Jesus is absent in our land. Jesus – His sovereign way, truth and life, is not welcome or desired. The true proclamation of His Word has been silenced. Vast numbers of church goers and the institutionalism they have ascribed to have become content with dead religion and material prosperity. The Lord’s judgment has fallen on our nation and its destruction is near.

Perhaps the most difficult aspect of this famine is the closeness of it. Scripture says that when we receive the Lord, we become one with Him. He gives us His Spirit to dwell in us. He shows us His work and calls us to join Him in it. We see what He sees and we feel what He feels. This famine tears at my soul as one who is gifted to teach God’s Word. My mouth is stopped and words of life and truth no longer freely well up within my spirit. Teaching and speaking God’s truth for years have been the backbone of my calling. If the Lord sent me somewhere, it was for the purpose of illuminating His Word to someone. In this famine, I feel as if I am wandering and living in disobedience. I feel as if I should have something to say but the Lord only gives me silence.

What does faithfulness to the Lord look like in the midst of a famine of His Word?

This is the question for this hour. Throughout this famine, I will confess that I have not at times lived out the Lord’s correct answer. The Scriptures, which at one time were clearly alive and at work in me and around me, now seem dead and stale. I know that God’s Word is still alive and at work but I have not treated it as such. With my gift of teaching in recess, my inclination to seek the Lord wanes and I have given in to these inclinations. I am challenged daily to remain sharp and alert in the Lord’s Word simply because it does not feel like there is a point in doing so. The Lord’s call to endure and wait on Him in these last days must remain at the forefront of our thinking and our daily posture. This is not an easy thing and is probably why we are reminded again and again to wait on Him and endure these days. In the book of Revelation, the most frequently recurring verb for Christ followers is simply ‘endure’.

We must understand the vast difference between waiting and enduring for the Lord’s sake and waiting for anything else. When you have an appointment to see your doctor, how you spend your time in the waiting room will not effect your encounter with your doctor. If you fall asleep, the nurse will wake you up and escort you to the exam room. You could stare out the window, watch the fish in the fish tank, read a magazine, watch a movie on your phone – it just simply doesn’t matter. With the Lord, it is much different. He calls us to be sharp, alert, ready, poised to obey Him, poised to greet Him. This posture of obedient and alert waiting is the distillation of our Lord’s teachings. And it is the very work that the Lord is standing by to miraculously perform within us through the power of His Holy Spirit whom has been given to us. For we are not able to do this in our own strength and wisdom.

There is a boredom to this season that wages war against our flesh each moment. We are like the disciples in garden of Gethsemane, struggling to keep our eyes open, fumbling our way through drowsy prayers. When I was a kid, my dad would take me hunting in the dead of winter. My clearest memories of this are reduced down to endless minutes of shivering in the snow waiting for my dad to say it was time to go back to camp. Camp meant warmth and food. In those moments of waiting, I couldn’t have cared less about the hunt. I only wanted warmth and food, relief from the burden of enduring the wait for something that was giving no signs of showing up.

I know the Lord is doing a work in us during this season. His promise to us is to preserve us and present us blameless before the Father on the Day that He returns. That has not changed and that very work continues throughout this famine. The Lord is peeling back the layers, He is going deeper, He is stripping us of fleshly crutches and dependencies. He is refining, refining, refining. Several years ago, I easily rejoiced at the Lord’s work in me and around me. Today, the Lord’s work is not so easy to rejoice in. And yet our Lord has not changed, His promises have not changed, the prize has not changed. Because of this, He calls us to dig deeper, He calls us to remain alert and ready. Basecamp, filled with warmth and food lies on the other side of the hill but we are to remain faithful to our watch post through the night.

Prayerful and waiting,

Jeremy McKim

“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it.” 1 Corinthians 9:24

“I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:14

Oh Lord, Let us run, let us press on, let us hold fast to your name. Let us endure the night, clinging to the promise that joy comes in the morning. Come, Lord Jesus!

“Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints.” Ephesians 6:13-18

Confirmation

The Lord sent confirmation of the urgency of His warnings.  You can view two of these confirmations on the Lyn Leahz  YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7k4Q15PHws

 

2018…Closer To The Lord’s Return

Dear brothers and sisters, I apologize in advance for the length of this post. However, it is what the Lord has given me this January, 2018 and I cannot shorten it.
On the Gregorian calendar it is now 2018. I confess I’ve never been sure of the significance of a calendar year. I’ve never understood the celebrations as one year passes and a new calendar year begins. I’m baffled by the excitement people have as a secular New Year begins as if whatever problems they had on December 31 will vanish on January 1. I have never understood the hope people place in the calendar unless we look at the reality that we are getting closer to the return of Jesus. Now that gives me hope!

Whether one looks at the Gregorian Calendar or the Hebrew Calendar, we can most assuredly state that each year brings us closer to the return of Jesus, but this year, in a most obvious way, we are given a reminder of God’s faithfulness to fulfill everything He promises.
This year marks the 70th anniversary of Israel being a geographically located nation again.
In Isaiah 66 we read:

8 Who has heard such a thing?
Who has seen such things?
Shall a land be born in one day?
Shall a nation be brought forth in one moment?

And in Ezekiel 37 we read:
then say to them, Thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I will take the people of Israel from the nations among which they have gone, and will gather them from all around, and bring them to their own land.

Both of these passages were fulfilled when Israel was in one day granted statehood after a nearly  2000 year exile. But, even more encouraging, is that these passages are surrounded by verses pointing to Christ’s first and second comings and His perfect work of salvation. I encourage you to spend some time in these chapters and ponder the great mercy, love and faithfulness of Jesus.

On it’s own, the 70th anniversary of Israel’s re-gathering is a grand sign of Jesus’ return, but Jesus tells us in Luke 21 that there are plural signs that will happen.
“Now when these things begin to take place, straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” (emphasis mine)

Reading a blog on a website titled, ‘End Times Endurance’ lends me to believe you are familiar with the signs Jesus lists for us in Luke, Mathew, Zechariah, Revelation and many other Scripture passages. Here are just a few signs:
• nation against nation
• kingdom against kingdom
• wars and rumors of wars
• pestilence
• earthquakes
• Jerusalem being a cup of trembling and a burdensome stone to nations
• persecution of followers of Jesus

Jesus said these things would be like birth pains, increasing as the time approaches. We can without a doubt, see all these things happening on a rapidly increasing scale today. It’s very encouraging and at the same time it seems frustratingly slow as we long for Jesus to appear. In earlier articles both writers for End Times Endurance have mentioned the illustration of being on a road trip and how the signs of one’s destination increase the closer one gets but at the same time the closer one gets to one’s destination, the slower time seems to go. That’s exactly how it feels to me today. The Lord shows more signs today and I feel like time is going slower. Come, Lord Jesus!

Many years ago, the Lord showed me a clock indicating the time of the end. The clock appeared to show five minutes before midnight. Several years passed and then one day the Lord told me ask Him what time it was. He then showed me the clock had advanced to two minutes before midnight. That was both encouraging and frustrating as many years passed yet only three minutes had gone by on the clock. How long O Lord, how long?
This happened a couple of more times until last year the Lord showed me 30 seconds to midnight. At the same time, the Lord reminded me of words He gave me in 2005 and 2007. I wrote those in a post last year:

May Jesus Keep Us
This post contains words the Lord has told me to make public once again. The first was written in 2005. The second was written in 2007. At the time of the 2007 word, the Lord showed me a clock with 2 minutes on it. Years later He showed me 30 seconds on the clock. In the past week He has shown me 10 seconds on the clock. In 2006 the Lord told me watch Damascus. It’s amazing to see nations converging there and the threats of war over this small nation. Dear readers, Jesus loves you more than you can comprehend. Please hold fast to Him and may He keep us.
The Lord showed me a city in rubble.
There will be a time of great difficulty. It is not a time to fear.
The picture is one of destruction, rubble, water, fire.
I see people without electricity, plumbing, infrastructure is gone. Farms
are gone, banks are gone. It appears desolate.
There is a large house, very old and primitive in its fixtures. There is
light coming from within and it is warm. It is full of people feeding each
other, singing, reading, working.
This represents the body of Christ responding in community, shared and
loving. The Word of God, Christ Jesus loving and rebuilding lives into
Himself.
2005
I heard the Lord say this to the church:
Though you appear strong, you are weak. Though you appear fed, you are malnourished. You have looked in the physical for what I give in My Spirit. You have fed your stomach, but I will feed your soul. You have looked with pity upon those in the desert. But I say they are blessed for they have hungered after Me. While you have sought nourishment for your stomach, they have sought nourishment for their heart.
Remember I have commanded you;
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths.
Be not wise in your own eyes;
fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.
It will be healing to your flesh
and refreshment to your bones.
[Proverbs 3:5-8;]
I am the First and the Last and I have seen your works that did not honor Me. I have seen you plant and grow, harvest and worship without looking to your Redeemer. Why do you worship that which I will destroy? Why are you looking for answers in the perishable things of this world?
Who fashions a god or casts an idol that is profitable for nothing?
Behold, all his companions shall be put to shame, and the craftsmen are only human.
Let them all assemble, let them stand forth.
They shall be terrified; they shall be put to shame together.
[Isaiah 44:10-11]
Why are you looking to the sea and to the earth? Why are you looking to the hands of man? Lift up your heads and look to your Redeemer. It is I who brings nourishment when you fear Me and put your trust in Me. I will feed you with My Word which is imperishable. Do not trust in false signs and wonders. They will all leave you empty and wandering once again.
When you are scattered in the desert, it is I who will nourish you. Do not store up perishable things, but store up that which is imperishable. Do not be cut off by your disobedience. Have faith! Repent from your evil ways and believe in the Lord your God!
Hold fast to the Head, from whom the whole body is nourished and knit together through its joints and ligaments, and now grow with a growth that is from the Lord your God.
[Colossians 2:19]
Apart from the blood of the Lamb you will perish.
I am about to shake the foundations. I am about to move as you have never seen before. You will look to the wind and to the fire and to the rain, but I say turn your eyes to the Lord your God!
Prepare! For I will no longer delay. Do not hide. Cleanse and robe yourselves with holiness. Humble yourselves and take in the nourishment I am sending. Receive the discipline I am sending. Receive it with the joy of a bride preparing for her wedding feast. Does a bridegroom come for an infant? Does a bridegroom come for one who does not know what pleases him? No, in your own traditions you would find it outside your law for a bridegroom to marry an infant. How much more shall I mature the bride for whom I will return? Do you think all will be welcomed?
Hallelujah!
For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns.
Let us rejoice and exult
and give Him glory,
For the marriage of the Lamb has come,
and His bride has made herself ready;
it was granted her to clothe herself
with fine line, bright and pure
[Revelation 19:6-8]
For, Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb. [Revelation 19:9]
Listen, my children. The day of My correction and judgment are at hand. Let go of your idols, for I will not spare the hand which grips that which I come to destroy.
Repent of your sexual immorality. Take on purity. Repent of your pride. Take on humility. Repent of your selfish desires. Desire the Giver of Life. Repent of your pride and take on love. Repent of your comforts and take up your cross and follow Me. Repent of your rebellious will which opposes Mine.
I have granted you the gift of robing yourself with fine linen, bright and pure for My own name’s sake. Why are you boasting as though you have earned an inheritance? Does a child determine his own inheritance?
Repent! Receive the gift of inheritance with wonder and awe.
Where is your faith? Why do you turn so quickly to despair? Does a worker set his own wages? Have I not been patient with you? Put your trust in Me and give thanks for I will come suddenly while you are not prepared and you will be exposed.
You were asleep and I cried out to you, “Wake up” but you did not heed My voice.
You were deceived and I cried out to you, “Beware!” but you did not heed My voice.
Again, you were rebellious and I cried out to you, “Repent!” but you continued in the works of your own hands.
You have fed many off the riches of your desire for luxuries. Now I will come to feed them with My Word, lest they die from the malnourishment of your riches.
You have said, “We are strong to save!” Now I will come to reveal your weakness. Then they will see it is I, the Lord your God who saves!
You have said, “We will repay evil.” But now I, the Lord of hosts will come to repay evil.
You have said, “We will have power!” Now I will come in power to reveal My glory over the whole earth and My mercy to those who are humble in heart.
When terror comes, to whom will you turn? When darkness falls, who will be your light? When the plants whither, who will feed you? When you grow weary, who will sustain you?
Is it not I, the Lord?
Return to Me! Set aside all else, and return to Me, for I am the Lord mighty to save!

The Lord gave my mother a picture of Egypt as an indicator of end times. Before she died she was given the gift of seeing the ‘Arab Spring’ and the change occurring in Egypt which the Holy Spirit indicated to her was the marker the Lord promised her. Subsequently, the Lord showed me the so-called ‘Arab Spring’ in both Daniel 11 and Isaiah 19:

“And he shall come into countries and shall overflow and pass through. 41 He shall come into the glorious land. And tens of thousands shall fall, but these shall be delivered out of his hand: Edom and Moab and the main part of the Ammonites. 42 He shall stretch out his hand against the countries, and the land of Egypt shall not escape. 43 He shall become ruler of the treasures of gold and of silver, and all the precious things of Egypt, and the Libyans and the Cushites shall follow in his train.” (Daniel 11:40-43)

“An oracle concerning Egypt.
Behold, the LORD is riding on a swift cloud
and comes to Egypt;
and the idols of Egypt will tremble at his presence,
and the heart of the Egyptians will melt within them.
2 And I will stir up Egyptians against Egyptians,
and they will fight, each against another
and each against his neighbor,
city against city, kingdom against kingdom;
3 and the spirit of the Egyptians within them will be emptied out,
and I will confound their counsel;
and they will inquire of the idols and the sorcerers,
and the mediums and the necromancers;
4 and I will give over the Egyptians
into the hand of a hard master,
and a fierce king will rule over them,
declares the Lord GOD of hosts.” (Isaiah 19:1-4)

Last year the Lord showed me events with North Korea, China and Russia in Daniel 11:44

But news from the east and the north shall alarm him, and he shall go out with great fury to destroy and devote many to destruction.

As I sought the Lord for understanding, the Lord has continued to speak ‘war is coming’ and ‘sudden destruction.’ I do not know if this is in 2018, but it certainly would not surprise me to see it in a matter of a few months…whether war, major natural disaster, terrorist attacks, upheaval…calamity is coming.

While many are celebrating that the stock market is rising or the wealth they are gaining in crypto currency, the Lord speaks warning to me regarding all these earthly things. Here is what I hear the Lord saying:

“Come out of her My people! Why is your head so easily turned to long after the things of the world? Do you not see My great love for you? Do you not yet know how great is My great care for you? Do you not yet understand the superior and true life that is found only in Me? How I grieve to see you so easily lusting after the things in the world when My arms are outstretched to embrace you.
Come out of her My people! Judgment is upon you. You will not escape with your wealth nor with anything the world has to offer. Emptiness. Emptiness.
Come out of her My people! Take refuge in Me! What have I told you? Obey Me. Have I told you of a place of refuge? Do not wait for a worldly answer. I will supply. I will provide. Now is the time. Do not wait. Make haste to obey Me.
Why do you continue to put your hope in man? Why do you continue to put your hope in the princes of man? Do you not see I place men to fulfill My purposes and none shall be exalted in your heart except Me?
Woe to you who exalt man! Woe to you who put your hope in the wisdom of man! Woe to you who look to man to save you!
I will show you who saves. It is I alone who saves. It is I alone who lifts up and brings low.
Peace, peace they say. But I say sudden destruction comes upon them.
Do not follow the vain glory of a man. I will not share My glory. You will see Me coming in glory. Repent while it is today.
Why are you discouraged? Why have you fainted? Believe Me. Trust Me. All I have promised I will do.
You must endure. I am with you. Do not be discouraged. Do not be dismayed. Take refuge in Me. Look not at what the nations fear. Fear Me. Look to Me.
6 “As for you, son of man, groan; with breaking heart and bitter grief, groan before their eyes. 7 And when they say to you, ‘Why do you groan?’ you shall say, ‘Because of the news that it is coming. Every heart will melt, and all hands will be feeble; every spirit will faint, and all knees will be weak as water. Behold, it is coming, and it will be fulfilled,’” declares the Lord GOD.(Ezekiel 21:6-7)

I say to you now, all I have spoken is coming upon the earth. Men’s hearts will melt. Knees will be as water. Behold it is coming.
Do not fear these things. Fear the One who can cast your soul into hell.
Trust the One who died on the Cross for your sins and gives you everlasting life. Trust in Me!
Many false prophets speak promises of peace and prosperity. Many with false hearts eat their words. Spit out their words! Repent.
Listen My children. Listen to Me. Search My word. Heed My Spirit. Fulfill your ministry. Do what I have told you to do. Do not wait for the world to provide. I provide.
Behold I am coming soon!

Time To Make Merry And Exchange Gifts?

In the United States as the Thanksgiving Holiday passes, the push for ‘Christmas’ sales come on like a freight train. It’s a strange paradox in a nation where being a Christian is increasingly considered hateful. A person can be fired or sued for standing for basic Christian beliefs and even young school children are commanded not to mention Jesus lest they offend someone. Yet, municipalities around the nation put up wreaths, decorate trees and put lights on just about any stationary thing. Nearly every store pushes the gift-buying frenzy and families that have no faith in Jesus participate in the decorating of home and exchange of gifts. In fact, as the acceptance of Christian beliefs decreases, it seems the frenzy around Christmas increases.
It reminds me of the Scripture passage in Revelation chapter 11:

11 Then I was given a measuring rod like a staff, and I was told, “Rise and measure the temple of God and the altar and those who worship there, 2 but do not measure the court outside the temple; leave that out, for it is given over to the nations, and they will trample the holy city for forty-two months. 3 And I will grant authority to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth.”
4 These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of the earth. 5 And if anyone would harm them, fire pours from their mouth and consumes their foes. If anyone would harm them, this is how he is doomed to be killed. 6 They have the power to shut the sky, that no rain may fall during the days of their prophesying, and they have power over the waters to turn them into blood and to strike the earth with every kind of plague, as often as they desire. 7 And when they have finished their testimony, the beast that rises from the bottomless pit will make war on them and conquer them and kill them, 8 and their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city that symbolically is called Sodom and Egypt, where their Lord was crucified. 9 For three and a half days some from the peoples and tribes and languages and nations will gaze at their dead bodies and refuse to let them be placed in a tomb, 10 and those who dwell on the earth will rejoice over them and make merry and exchange presents, because these two prophets had been a torment to those who dwell on the earth.

This passage promises that God will have two witnesses who proclaim the true testimony of Jesus Christ and they are seemingly silenced by an increasingly hateful world. The world celebrates what it believes is the silencing of the testimony of Jesus by ‘making merry and exchanging presents.’ What a fascinating choice of words by the Holy Spirit. I can’t help but see a reflection of this passage in this season of workplace parties, gift exchanges and all the trappings of worldliness shine bright, but the testimony of Jesus is not welcome.

This causes me to ask the Holy Spirit to examine me and see what motivates me this time of year. Is the testimony of Jesus Christ-Savior-Redeemer-King-Emanuel on my lips or am I participating in traditions of man and remaining silent about Jesus?

My friends, there are many prophetic signs happening around the world at an increasing rate of speed. The return of Jesus is certainly coming, and the world will enter a time of great travail very soon. The great day of Jesus judging the world is coming. In this season of the world making merry and exchanging gifts amidst an unprecedented push to silence the testimony of Jesus, are we, His people standing firm in proclaiming the excellencies of Him who called us out of darkness and into His marvelous light?  Do you have neighbors who do not have saving faith in Jesus Christ? I do. Some of them have decorated their houses for Christmas and will make merry and exchange gifts but they are on the path to eternal separation from God. Am I grieved and motivated to share the Gospel with them or do I wish them a ‘Merry Christmas’ and politely remain silent concerning the testimony of Jesus?

Revelation 11 continues with this:

11 But after the three and a half days a breath of life from God entered them, and they stood up on their feet, and great fear fell on those who saw them. 12 Then they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, “Come up here!” And they went up to heaven in a cloud, and their enemies watched them. 13 And at that hour there was a great earthquake, and a tenth of the city fell. Seven thousand people were killed in the earthquake, and the rest were terrified and gave glory to the God of heaven.
14 The second woe has passed; behold, the third woe is soon to come.
15 Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever.” 16 And the twenty-four elders who sit on their thrones before God fell on their faces and worshiped God, 17 saying,
“We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty,
who is and who was,
for you have taken your great power
and begun to reign.
18 The nations raged,
but your wrath came,
and the time for the dead to be judged,
and for rewarding your servants, the prophets and saints,
and those who fear your name,
both small and great,
and for destroying the destroyers of the earth.”
19 Then God’s temple in heaven was opened, and the ark of his covenant was seen within his temple. There were flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, an earthquake, and heavy hail.

The silencing of the two witnesses is not the end of the story. We have this great promise that just as Jesus rose from the dead on the third day so too will He give us life eternal in Him. Man can kill our bodies, but Christ has given us life and the testimony of Jesus will never be silenced. May the Holy Spirit fill us with a renewed courage and boldness to speak the Gospel clearly and faithfully. May we not be disheartened as the world rages. Rather, may we join in  saying,

“We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty,
who is and who was,
for you have taken your great power
and begun to reign.
18 The nations raged,
but your wrath came,
and the time for the dead to be judged,
and for rewarding your servants, the prophets and saints,
and those who fear your name,
both small and great,
and for destroying the destroyers of the earth.”

Come, Lord Jesus!

Disaster Upon Disaster

We are 30 days post-solar eclipse and as I write this Hurricane Maria is bringing devastation to Puerto Rica while they are still reeling from the effects of Hurricane Irma. Some Caribbean Islands are still largely uninhabitable after Hurricane Irma last week and the gulf states of the USA are still trying to pick up the pieces after Hurricane Harvey. A large after shock struck Mexico killing over 200 people a week after the initial 8 point quake. There is flooding and fires in many parts of the world on an unprecedented scale.  Hurricane Jose is still churning in the Atlantic and no one is sure if it is going to make landfall in the USA or not. Several earthquake swarms are on going in the USA.  The beating of the war drum is getting faster and louder.  North Korea continues to boldly threaten Japan, South Korea and the USA. The USA continues to threaten to destroy North Korea as well as threaten Iran, Venezuela, and anyone who isn’t doing what the USA wants. Russia and China are in military drills together. Russia is also amassing forces on the boarder of European nations. The Syrian army crossed the Euphrates river (with the support and help of Russia) this week after the USA stated that would be a ‘red line.’  Persecution of Christians continues to rise world wide.  And this list is just a brief overview.

Dear friends, as I stated last week, the Lord made it clear the Solar Eclipse of August 21, 2017 was the beginning of a 40 day warning and call to repentance.  The Lord is calling to us to wake up before it is too late!  Wake up sleepy church!  “Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”

The warning the Holy Spirit gives through Paul in Ephesians 5 is to those who say they are Christians yet their lives look the same as unbelievers, therefore the Lord calls them asleep…they look as though they are dead just as unbelievers are spiritually dead.  May we take inventory and see where this is true in our lives!

This week I listened to a local ‘Christian’ radio station. In the few minutes I listened I heard an advertisement for ‘body sculpting’ touted by personal testimony of one of the radio host, a weight loss clinic with a personal testimony by one of the hosts and personal testimonies from hosts for laser hair removal and eye surgery to avoid wearing glasses.

What a sickening display of worldly, flesh desires. Where is the testimony of Jesus? Where is the testimony of being delivered out of the dominion of darkness and being brought into the Kingdom of Jesus?

We must repent of our arrogance,  love of the things of this world and our lack of desire for Jesus.  Are we faithful to our first love?  Are we humble and aware of our need for Jesus?

Friends, we must wake up and listen to Jesus while it is today. Very difficult days are ahead. Do we have faith to remain steadfast in Christ?  Are we making best use of the time, preaching the true Gospel to those around us?

At the beginning of 2017, many false prophets promised a reprieve, a time of blessing and prosperity and a time of power for the church.  As ridiculous as those claims sounded, the deeper tragedy is that so many of what is called the ‘church’ desire worldly prosperity, and power.

In 2006, the Lord had me write about God’s call to His people to ‘wake up.’ Here is an excerpt from one of those articles:

[We must wake up, sleepy church! Oh faithless nation. Turn to the Lord. Turn from selfish ways. Turn from greed, lust and power. Be humble before the Lord and seek Him now. Take down the idols, the high places and all false things that have taken precedence over God. Let every eye turn to Christ. Be still and let every heart listen for the voice of God our Redeemer.

The days of preparation are drawing to a close. The day of warning is drawing to close. It is time to go as our Lord directs our steps. It is time to be humble before the Lord. Coming together to seek His ways and hear as one ear in His body. It is time to lay aside foolish arguments and complacency. It is time to lay aside the applause of man, the fear of man and to boldly follow our victorious King! See His banner coming!]

Today, 11 years later, the call to wake up, humble ourselves before the Lord and obey Him is so urgent and yet it seems to fall on deaf ears. The false prophets who promise peace and prosperity have cheering crowds but we would do well to heed the word of the Lord through Jeremiah:

Thus says the LORD of hosts: “Do not listen to the words of the prophets who prophesy to you, filling you with vain hopes. They speak visions of their own minds, not from the mouth of the LORD. 17 They say continually to those who despise the word of the LORD, ‘It shall be well with you’: and to everyone who stubbornly follows his own heart, they say, ’No disaster shall come upon you.’”
18 For who among them has stood in the
council of the LORD
to see and to hear his word.
or who has paid attention to his word
and listened?
19 Behold, the storm of the LORD!
Wrath has gone forth,
a whirling tempest;
It will burst upon the head of the
wicked.
20 The anger of the LORD will not turn back
until he has executed and accomplished
the intents of his heart.
In the latter days you will understand it
clearly.
21″I did not send the prophets,
yet they ran:
I did not speak to them,
yet they prophesied.
22 But if they had stood in my council,
then they would have proclaimed my
words to my people,
and they would have turned them from
their evil way.
and from the evil of their deeds.
Jeremiah 23:16-22

 

The World Is Passing Away

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world – the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life – is not from the Father but is from the world. 17 And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever. (1 John 2:15-17)

Hurricanes And A Rebellious People

As I write this millions of Americans are evacuating the state of Florida in preparation for a direct hit by Hurricane Irma. This strong hurricane has already devastated some Caribbean Islands and several people have died. This hurricane comes to the USA while millions of lives are still affected by the destruction left by Hurricane Harvey. Other parts of the world have been devastated by flooding and landslides and storms recently, as well.

If you live in the western part of the USA you might well be affected by the fires devouring hundreds of thousands of acres of land. Smoke and ash have been falling on major cities.

On the morning of Sept 8, 2017 there was an 8 point earthquake off the coast of Mexico, most likely a result of the recent solar flares and CME hits. Electrical disruptions have affected many parts of the world….a first world problem, not a third world issue.

North Korea has tested another hydrogen bomb and is talking about perfecting a bomb to be used for an EMP.

Israel has bombed targets in Syria.

We are three weeks out from the solar eclipse that crossed the USA and events seem to have rapidly increased.
While all these things are signs of the soon return of Jesus and a merciful call to repentance, the Lord has pressed me to look specifically at the hurricanes affecting the USA.

Jesus said at the end of the age, “There will be signs in the sun and moon and stars, and on the earth distress of nations in perplexity because of the roaring of the sea and the waves, people fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world.” (Luke 21:25-26)

This verse is very visible as we had the solar eclipse followed by two devastating hurricanes. In our day, news broadcasts warn of the coming storms and show video of the raging sea. People are literally filled with fear and foreboding for days ahead of the storm making landfall.

As I’ve sought the Lord regarding the hurricanes, the Lord has reminded me of what He showed around the 2016 Presidential election. We posted an article in January, 2017 (Donald Trump And The Unfaithful Church), regarding the false prophets and people being tested to see if they would follow the Lord Jesus or the world as messages promising peace and prosperity flowed over the airways. Many well known ‘prophets’ heralded Donald Trump as “God’s Man” and a modern day “Cyrus” come to ‘make America Great Again.’

Messages of a ‘reprieve’ from God’s judgement and a time of blessing and prosperity were prolific. Millions of people swallowed these false prophecies and lived completely in worldly passion. Some believed the prophecies and were slowly drawn away from Jesus without realizing what was happening to them. They were lulled onto the path of deception.

Now, 9 months later we see that a reprieve and prosperity is not what the Lord had in His mind.

Several people have asked what the hurricanes might mean. Are the names of the hurricane significant and sending a message? Are the locations of landfall significant? Is the timing associated with talks of dividing the land of Israel?

Perhaps, but one thing we can be sure of is what the Scripture says. Ezekiel 13 provides a very clear description of what happens when false prophets/prophetesses lead people astray and what the Lord does to reveal their false promises and to call people to Himself. The Lord sends stormy rain, hail and wind.
Please consider the word in Ezekiel 13:1-14.

The word of the LORD came to me: 2 “Son of man, prophesy against the prophets of Israel, who are prophesying, and say to those who prophesy from their own hearts: ‘Hear the word of the LORD!’ 3 Thus says the Lord GOD, Woe to the foolish prophets who follow their own spirit, and have seen nothing! 4 Your prophets have been like jackals among ruins, O Israel. 5 You have not gone up into the breaches, or built up a wall for the house of Israel, that it might stand in battle in the day of the LORD. 6 They have seen false visions and lying divinations. They say, ‘Declares the LORD,’ when the LORD has not sent them, and yet they expect him to fulfill their word. 7 Have you not seen a false vision and uttered a lying divination, whenever you have said, ‘Declares the LORD,’ although I have not spoken?”
10 Precisely because they have misled my people, saying, ‘Peace,’ when there is no peace, and because, when the people build a wall, these prophets smear it with whitewash, 11 say to those who smear it with whitewash that it shall fall! There will be a deluge of rain, and you, O great hailstones, will fall, and a stormy wind break out. 12 And when the wall falls, will it not be said to you, ‘Where is the coating with which you smeared it?’ 13 Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: I will make a stormy wind break out in my wrath, and there shall be a deluge of rain in my anger, and great hailstones in wrath to make a full end. 14 And I will break down the wall that you have smeared with whitewash, and bring it down to the ground, so that its foundation will be laid bare. When it falls, you shall perish in the midst of it, and you shall know that I am the LORD.
The Lord gives us such an incredible picture of His Word as the wall of protection around us. False prophets/prophetesses come with their messages of peace and prosperity and put holes in the wall allowing the enemy to come in or our own flesh to rise up and before we know it, we’ve wandered away from the Lord and into danger or death. Even when the Lord sends someone with truth as one building a wall…someone warning of God’s judgement and coming wrath, the false prophets smear it with whitewash…they cover it over with lies.

Oh, how we have seen this in recent years and particularly in the last year. It is tragic to see how many have followed the way of this world instead of the steadfastly holding onto Jesus and His promises. Any call to repentance is quickly smothered with a watered-down message of ‘God is sending blessings’ or ‘this is a season of increase.’
Well, it might be a season of increase but not in the way the false prophets mean. The increase is in events from God’s hand of judgement.

Dear friend, please repent of your sin. Turn away from the things of this world and the passions of the flesh. Turn to Jesus, listen to Him and obey while it is still today.
These hurricanes are just the beginning. Earthquakes and war are coming. Diseases are coming. At some point the stock market will crumble. The Lord promises His judgement will be famine, sword, pestilence and beasts.  Events will continue to affect more and more areas. Even if you are spared a direct involvement in one of these events, heed the warning!

Jesus is coming soon. He is coming to gather His own to eternal glory and to execute eternal judgment on His enemies. Many who think they are His friend will find out He never knew them. Many are following a fake Jesus invented in the imaginations of false prophets who preach a worldly message or a patriotic message. Wake up oh sleepy church! Come out of the world. Come out of Babylon. Run to Jesus. The Jesus of Scripture. Open the bible and read. Test what you hear to what God has written. Stop believing the empty promises of hucksters claiming to men or women of God. Do not be captured by their greed.  Beware of the setup for the Man Of Sin and False Prophet who will demand worship and demand that people take a mark in order to buy or sell. That day is coming. Jesus has warned us ahead of time.

Please be in prayer for those who do not know the Lord. Pray for those who are asleep. Pray for those who have been led into deception. Pray for the faithful to remain faithful. Pray for the Lord to open the door for the Gospel to be preached today wherever you are.

Come, Lord Jesus.

Hurrican Harvey: Natural or Supernatural?

I write this article thousands of miles away from Houston, Texas. However, I do not feel disconnected from what is happening. Certainly I am not going through the physical challenges that folks there are going through, but all of us should be united in listening to what the Lord is telling us through this disaster.

I have read a few articles this past week from various ministers of the Gospel. Some have said Hurricane Harvey is judgement from God. Some have said it’s because of the large abortion clinic in Houston. Some have said it is ‘just a normal storm.’  Some have cautioned about saying it’s judgement when Houston has such a large ‘Christian’ community.  Others have said we need to hear a clear prophetic word before calling it judgment.

The verse of Scripture that has continually come to my mind this week is from Amos.

Does disaster come to a city, unless the Lord has done it? (Amos 3:6)

Now therefore, mend your ways and your deeds, and obey the voice of the Lord your God, and the Lord will relent of the disaster that He has pronounced against you. (Jeremiah 26:13)

Knowing the Lord brings about disaster and seeing in the Scripture that He does so to cause people to repent of sin and turn to Jesus, causes me to feel very much a part of Houston.  I don’t believe the Lord is speaking just to folks in Houston or that their sin is worse than the sin of people any where else.  He is warning all of us that a day is soon coming when Jesus will come back for those who love Him and to exact eternal judgement on those who are not with Him.  Just as He warned us with a solar eclipse a few days before Hurricane Harvey and just as He warned us with North Korea sending a missile over Japan.  The Lord is so mercifully calling us to repentance and to obey Jesus while it is today.

For many years the Lord has shown me calamity coming.  He has not shown me specific cities or locations.  He has had me plea for repentance throughout the church and to those who do not know Jesus.  Hurricane Harvey is one of many disasters coming upon the United States and the world.  Jesus said these things will increase the closer we get to His return.  In the midst of tragedy these is great encouragement that we are getting close to hearing the trumpet and lifting our heads to see Jesus coming n the clouds.

I believe we have entered a season of intense calamity.  War is coming. Weather disasters are coming.  Persecution of the saints will increase.  Deception will be rampant. Deception is seen in people calling good evil and evil good but it’s also in understanding events. As example, consider the news reports that the explosion of a chemical plant in Houston poses no toxic danger to the population.  May the Lord help us to practice discernment.

All these things will not affect everyone at once. There will be places and times that seem ‘normal’ with people eating, drinking, marrying and being given in marriage as Jesus said.   May we not get sleepy in those times!  Jesus commanded us to stay awake and be watchful in prayer. He commanded that we go preach the Gospel. The urgency of this cannot be overstated.  The Scripture says some will be taken captive, some will be martyred, some will be given time to preach the Gospel. If we are not martyred today, then let us be about our Father’s business.

It’s a bumpy road ahead but in Jesus we have a Kingdom that cannot be shaken. We are not to fear these times.  Jesus said He tells us ahead of time so that we will believe Him. It’s for our saving faith that He tells us ahead.  He fills us with faith as we see these long-foretold events unfold.  He sustains us and helps us endure faithful to the end for our salvation draws near.

Whether you are waist deep in water or comfortably sitting in a dry house, may today be a day to get on your knees and listen to Jesus.  Read the Scripture, pray and obey our loving heavenly Father.  Time is ticking down to a magnificent day when we will see Jesus face to face.  How He longs for that to be a day of joy for us because we have been born again by the power of His shed blood for our sins. But for many it will be a day of great sorrow and terror.   That day it will be too late to realize Jesus is who He says He is….God almighty, Creator, Savior, Judge and King.   He has given us today to bow before Him in repentance and receive His life giving gift of salvation.

May the Lord keep us faithful today and in the tumultuous days ahead.

Come, Lord Jesus!

Sings In The Heavens

August 21, 2017 there will be a Solar Eclipse that crosses the USA. Communities in the direct path of the eclipse are preparing for millions of visitors, traffic jams, and everything associated with an inundation of people.

Many Christian online ministries have promoted the eclipse as a sign from God warning of judgement. Many of these ministries also promote a celestial event coming on September 23, 2017 as being a fulfillment of Revelation 12 and they say a sign of the second coming of Jesus Christ or a sign of the rapture of the church.

The hype around these events has been used to sell books, tickets to conferences and to promote many so-called ‘prophetic’ ministries. There is so much hype that I’ve wanted to stay clear of the whole thing. However, the Lord has called me to pray and listen to what He tells me regarding these things.

One of the things I’ve heard the Lord say is a warning regarding the hype around the September 23 planet alignment. The warning is a reminder of how the Lord hates astrology. Scripture forbids it. In Isaiah 47:13 we read:

You are wearied with your many counsels;
let them stand forth and save you,
those who divide the heavens,
who gaze at the stars,
who at the new moons make known
what shall come upon you.

The Lord makes it clear that we are not to use the stars as a way to predict the future or direct our paths. While the Scripture does teach us that God made the sun, moon and stars for signs and seasons, we must be careful not to pursue astrology under any circumstances or to use the stars as a substitute for listening to the Holy Spirit. The heavens declare the glory of the Lord. Let our hearts and minds be fixed on the Creator—Jesus, rather than trying to gleam a message from the orbital path of planets.

Rather than predicting an end time alignment of stars, a careful reading of Revelation 12 lends us to believe it is describing the birth of Jesus from the people God set aside for Himself, the Israelites, the madness of satan as he attempts to thwart God’s plan of salvation throughout history and the loving protection God offers His people (followers of Jesus) even to the end.

As for the sun and moon being made by God for signs, Genesis 1:14 says,
And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years,

This verse indicates the Lord made the sun and moon to separate day from night, to tell time ie: days and nights, for ‘signs and ‘seasons.’ These two words in English are easily looked over. The Hebrew meaning for the word translated ‘signs’ is ‘owth [oth] and means: a signal, distinguishing mark, banner, remembrance, miraculous sign, omen, warning. And the Hebrew word ‘mow`ed [mo-ade’] translated seasons in this verse means: appointed place, appointed time, appointed meeting, sacred season, set feast.

God made the sun and moon for the physical purpose of day and night and they influence the climate and such. But the verse indicates the Lord also has a spiritual purpose for the sun and moon in which He sets them to alert the universe to appointed times He has set for His purpose.

Just as the Lord darkened the sun when Jesus was on the cross for our sins, the Scripture indicates the Lord has assigned the sun and moon a purpose of marking His return.

Joel 2:10 The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining.
Joel 2:30-31 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come. 32: And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered

Amos 8:9 And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the LORD GOD, that I will cause the sun to go down at noon, and I will darken the earth in the clear day:

Matt.24:29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:

Rev.6:12 And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; 13: And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind….

Rev.8:12 And the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise.

I do not believe the eclipse on August 21, 2017 is the darkening of the sun spoken of just before Jesus returns. But, I do believe it is a reminder that Jesus is coming and a warning that God’s wrath will be poured out on all those who disobey God’s salvation in Jesus.

I believe the date of this eclipse is significant. The eclipse falls 40 days before the Day of Atonement. These 40 days are traditionally called the 40 days of Teshuva or days of returning. These are days of a call to repent (turn from sin and turn to Jesus). While millions of people will be joining in eclipse parties, I believe we would be wise to get on our knees and submit to the Holy Spirit’s searching our hearts, repent of our sins and draw near to Jesus with all our heart, mind and soul and spirit.

Just as Moses was on the mountain 40 days with the Lord receiving God’s perfect law and returned to find the people playing and worshipping a golden calf they made, we too often set up something worldly to worship and gather together to play and indulge in the passions of the flesh instead of waiting in awe of our Lord Jesus.

There are storm clouds on the horizon. Jesus warned there would be wars and rumors of wars in increasing measure prior to His return. We certainly see that today. As the Lord has assigned this solar eclipse to cross the USA, let us head the warning that the Lord will judge this nation for her sins and abominations but His judgment starts at the church.

While many are looking to Donald Trump to save the USA, the Lord Jesus will not share His glory with another. Jesus is the only one who can save us. God has not sent us some sort of Cyrus in a president of the USA. God has sent His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ to atone for our sins and to give us life in Him.

May this solar eclipse sober us to remember Jesus is coming soon and may our hearts be humble, repentant and may the Lord fill us with a boldness to preach the Gospel in these last days that many might hear and believe Jesus Christ, the Savior and King of kings and Lord of lords.

Come Lord Jesus.