Where Are We Now?
There is a convergence and concurrence of global events, as never been seen before, in alignment with Bible prophecy. The branch of the olive tree has become tender and is putting forth its leaves, so, you know that summer is near; so, too, when you see all these things, recognize that Jesus is near, right at the door!
Where Do We Go From Here?
The Bible shows us the Spiritual War that has been raging for millennia, first in the spiritual realm and then on earth. That war is intensifying and the final Judgments of God are soon to follow. After these judgments, Jesus and His armies of heaven will appear to defeat the Beast and the False Prophet. Until that final day, we, who are on earth, are commanded to join the battle. This is critical.
We are told that our first line of defense and our most effective offense is to trust in the Lord our God.
Next in order of priority is to be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might and to put on the full armor of God, so that we will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. (Ephesians 6:10-17)
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 6:10-17)
FULL ARMOR OF GOD: Therefore, we are to take up the full armor of God,
RESIST IN THE EVIL DAY: So that we will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything,
STAND FIRM: Stand firm. Stand firm therefore,
PUT ON TRUTH: HAVING GIRDED YOUR LOINS WITH TRUTH, and
PUT ON RIGHTEOUSNESS: HAVING PUT ON THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, and
PREPARE WITH THE GOSPEL OF PEACE: having shod YOUR FEET WITH THE PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE;
FAITH: In addition to all, taking up the shield of faith, with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. And take THE HELMET OF SALVATION, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
PRAY: With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints,
How Shall We Do It?
Readiness and your response become a matter of faith, obedience to His Word, walking in His Spirit and speaking His Word.
Understand the meaning of: “Jeremiah 12:5, “If you have run with footmen, and they have tired you out, Then how can you compete with horses? If you fall down in a land of peace, How will you do in the thicket of the Jordan?”
DO THESE THINGS
(Note: Luke 15 contains the description of the first five Tribulation Seals which began around A D 30, and those who are alive on earth during these times, must endure.)
“But before all these things, they will lay their hands on you and will persecute you, delivering you to the synagogues and prisons, bringing you before kings and governors for My name’s sake.
“It will lead to an opportunity for your testimony. So, make up your minds not to prepare beforehand to defend yourselves;
“for, I will give you utterance and wisdom which none of your opponents will be able to resist or refute.
“But you will be betrayed even by parents and brothers and relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death, and you will be hated by all because of My name.
“Yet not a hair of your head will perish.
“By your endurance you will gain your lives.“
- So, make up your minds not to prepare beforehand to defend yourselves;
- I will give you utterance and wisdom, which none of your opponents will be able to resist or refute.
- Yet not a hair of your head will perish.
- By your endurance, you will gain your lives.
Isaiah 54:17 says, “No weapon that is formed against you will prosper; And every tongue that accuses you in judgment you will condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, And their vindication is from Me,” declares the Lord.
- No weapon that is formed against you will prosper;
- And every tongue that accuses you in judgment you will condemn
Matthew 21:21 says, ”And Jesus answered and said to them, “Truly I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ it will happen.”
- Have faith and do not doubt
- if you … it will happen
John 15:7-8 says, “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so [d]prove to be My disciples.”
- If you abide in Me, and
- My words abide in you,
- ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.
Revelation 12:10-11 says, “Now the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, he who accuses them before our God day and night. And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death.
- Now the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come
- And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and
- they did not love their life even when faced with death.
Thus says the Lord.
Although, the things I listed below will not ‘save you’, they are some things we should consider doing while we expectantly await His Return to take us to our Eternal Home:
- Prepare the Storehouse for the Saints (Bible reference, Matthew 24:42-46).
- Come Together in Community (Bible reference, Hebrews 10:25).
- Make Disciples (Bible reference, Matthew 28:16-20).
- Find and connect with Christians (Bible reference, Hebrews 10:25).
- Plan and coordinate with families (Bible reference, Matthew 24:42-46).
- Organize “readiness” training classes, and more... Until He returns to take us to our Eternal Home. (Bible reference, Acts 2:42-47).
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Additional Resource: STAY FOCUSED
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