Dearest Brethren of the Faith in Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, the Savior of the World:
I’ve been meaning to post for over a week but time and circumstance continued to prohibit me. My heart longs to express some things to you and I cannot do it in my normal, “N4TM” mish-mash style. This is not a report, this is a letter to those who love Him, who are watching the things of the world unfold and are asking themselves, “Could this be? Is this what I think it is? What is going on out there?” Have you cried that cry recently saint? Have you felt the weight of darkness encompassing you, or is that just me? I know I’m feeling a much stronger opposition, an oppression, a sense of these things that are happening are unlike other times. Could I be wrong? I am nearing 40 years old, I think I’m old and yet an elder saint may think I’m young. I can see things taking drastic turns, how do you elder saint view things today as opposed to 40 years ago? There has always been “Wars and rumors of Wars,” there has always been “pestilence, plagues, culture clashes, generations against generations, and nations against nations.” So, what’s so different about today, this time in history? I tell you it’s not just that “Ebola” or “Dengue Fever” has hit our shores, it’s not just because ISIS and ISIL are beheading Christians in record numbers and are on their way here to do the same. It’s not just because Ukraine and Russia are at war, Hong Kong is in turmoil, or that evil has come within inches of my own close family. No, it’s not because of one thing or another but it is the combination of things, the climax of things. I’ve wanted to sit down all week and tell you, “Nothing to see here, it is as it always has been, keep moving, things will be ok,” but then as I sought in my flesh to do so, my spirit would war and say, “you know very well things are not ok, and they will not be ok, it will get worse than this.” Before you begin to think I’m crazy, or that I talk to myself, I’m referring to the fact that God’s word hidden in my heart comes to my mind before I’m allowed to type such false prophesy. I was reminded even today as I read a newsletter about Ahab and how he surrounded himself with 400 counselors, false prophets, who would tell him only smooth things, that our flesh and our hearts are deceitfully wicked, we long for the smooth things to be said, for our ears to be tickled, but you and I, saints, we know differently. We know too well that the Word of God has spoken. His timeline is in the book. He has given us a means to know (somewhat) to discern the times, to watch and wait. Lately I’ve been holding on to promises because the darkness of the world has been so heavy at times, like a thick fog where you can barely see your own hand in front of you. We walk by faith, not by sight! Oh yes, how true that is. When everything about us feels so pervasive, and it’s negative all around, there’s hope and there’s victory, and it’s IN Christ alone. I’m not going to speak of a rapture on the horizon. I’m going to speak of a hope you can have right now, that is, our salvation (Jesus the Christ), that we are His and His alone. We have His power and might available to us. He will shield us and give us flight when need be. He is our comforter when even our fellow saints fail to lift us up with kind words, a helpful listening ear, or that magical scripture bullet that has helped before. It is IN Him alone. No one else can carry this to the end. In Revelation 5 the angels and the elders cried out “Who is worthy to open the book?” no one was found in heaven, in earth, or under earth to open the book, save ONE. “Behold, the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, the root of David…. behold stood a Lamb.” Source
People will say, “This can’t be the end, God has not destined us for wrath…” Ok, then it’s not the End because you say so, and I agree, God has not destined us for wrath, in His mercy we may die a witness to him, like Stephen, like the countless others who gave their life as a witness. It’s incomprehensible to think you may have to suffer pain, and death before seeing Christ face to face. It’s lucid to think that after centuries and a millennia that this time is any different than in the past when it “looked like the end.” I honestly pray I’m wrong. I pray this is like all times in our history that we will see a reprieve and life will go back to “normal,” but if it doesn’t, what then? Do you have hope in the solid rock of the chief cornerstone? Do you anticipate and delude yourself with self-perpetuated denial of what’s going on in front of your eyes? Or, do you fall down on your face before a Holy and Just God who knows the end from the beginning, and submit yourself wholly unto Him, saying, “whatever your will be, let your will be done.”
Our government cannot control “ISIS or ISIL or AQ.” Since September 11,2001 when things were sent into motion there has been a false sense of security, a facade that “the enemy” was being beat back into a corner when in reality the flames of hatred were being stoked. The US has done more to ensure what is happening today than to prevent it. The government of the US and all governments of the world cannot contain what the Lamb will lose when the seals are broken. Does that mean I believe Ebola is a judgement? No. There will be certain things that happen, don’t forget to read through your bible and follow along God’s order of events. More is to come. I can say with a broad stroke that the end is near, all false prophets say such things whenever something little happens that resembles the end days. I am not a prophet, God help me from being a false prophet. I’m here to say read your Bible. Get it right. Don’t say things are going to get better, because frankly if you truly read the Word of God you know it will not get better! But do encourage one another, pray for one another, equip your family and friends with the Armor of God. While the time permits, share the Gospel of Christ!
Friends, Family, Saints, be strong, do not fear, take courage and know the LORD IS WITH YOU!
I’ll probably go back to posting regular N4TM type stories but know this, I am praying for you, so please pray for me.
In Christ Jesus, My Lord, My Savior, The King of Kings, whose blood bought me and paid for my sin penalty,