“Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality.”
Romans 12:10-13 NKJV
There is coming a great revival. This one will not be conjured up by people, but triggered by the sudden transformation and taking away of certain saints who looked forward to the appearing of the Lord. These are those who have been afforded the mystery, for they did not see death, but were changed.
“Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed—”
I Corinthians 15:51 NKJV
Not all who have gained salvation through Jesus Christ, have looked forward to His appearing, for the pressures of this world have served as a distraction. Many of us have been tempted to yield our birthright, submitting to our baser appetites for momentary gain, like Esau, who had the blood of Issac coursing through his veins, but forsake the inheritance, opting to sate his hunger with a bowl of stew.
Those that seek the appearing of the Lord are as true sons, filled with Holy Spirit and defined by the word of God. They received the Lord, but did not stop there, for their very lives have been transformed and their minds truly made new.
“He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”
John 1:10-13 NKJV
When that moment of transition and translation comes, those that remain will be stunned and convinced that this faith, delivered to us by the prophets is true. It is in that moment that the greatest revival in history will begin.
The church as we now know it, will be no more, for the world that we live in will begin to attack. They will first go after our tax exempt status, that bargain we made with the Harlot decades ago. Many churches will fail, as they now have to pay taxes on vast properties. The church will be driven underground, meeting in living rooms, rather than grans stadiums, as the Lord takes us back to where few began.
“And with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying, “Be saved from this perverse generation.” Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them. And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles. Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need. So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.”
Acts 2:40-47 NKJV
The will reconstitute His church for the great and final work of faith in this world. In the time to come it is crucial that we be a benefit to each other, for the world will be against us. Reading Romans twelve this morning, I was encouraged at how the Lord has given us a roadmap of sorts for what is to come.
Let us examine ourselves to see that the love that we have for the saints exceeds the influence of the flesh on us, for in the coming dark times, we will be tempted to give into our more baser instincts. Let us use the word of God as a point of examination, for the Holy Spirit uses it as an X-ray to see what is truly in our hearts.
“For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.”
Hebrews 4:12-13 NKJV
There will be great signs and wonders done in those days, not for the glory of men, but for the glory of God. These will have no effect if they are not done in love.
“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing. Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”
I Corinthians 13:1-7 NKJV
Brothers and sisters, it is not too late for you to have the great love of God in your heart, that desire for true sonship. Lay aside in these times, the things that have separated you from God. The writings of Paul are provided to us as a means if instructing our hearts.
We have have been fed a comforting fable, where all Christians, regardless of their devotion to the Lord will be swept up in a rapture. This is not so, for the Lord has given us a pattern for how He prepares the saints for heaven.
He justifies us, saves us from past sin. He sanctifies us, saves us from ongoing sin. He glorifies, saving us from future sin. Those who are caught up are so because of their sanctification. Paul had the right heart, in that even as he was nearing the end of this life, he was working hard to be one caught up in the better resurrection.
“Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind; and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal even this to you. Nevertheless, to the degree that we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us be of the same mind.”
Philippians 3:12-16 NKJV
Let us press on for that upward call, to be the called to be amongst the saints called to be elders around the throne, twenty four priests, ministering before the Lord in the heavenly Holy Holies.
“Now these are the divisions of the sons of Aaron. The sons of Aaron were Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar. And Nadab and Abihu died before their father, and had no children; therefore Eleazar and Ithamar ministered as priests. Then David with Zadok of the sons of Eleazar, and Ahimelech of the sons of Ithamar, divided them according to the schedule of their service.”
I Chronicles 24:1-3 NKJV
“the twenty-third to Delaiah, the twenty-fourth to Maaziah. This was the schedule of their service for coming into the house of the Lord according to their ordinance by the hand of Aaron their father, as the Lord God of Israel had commanded him.”
I Chronicles 24:18-19 NKJV
“Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne set in heaven, and One sat on the throne. And He who sat there was like a jasper and a sardius stone in appearance; and there was a rainbow around the throne, in appearance like an emerald. Around the throne were twenty-four thrones, and on the thrones I saw twenty-four elders sitting, clothed in white robes; and they had crowns of gold on their heads.”
Revelation 4:2-4 NKJV
There is still time, my people. Let us fall in love with Jesus all over again, that we stand as those to be transfigured, transformed and translated to the throne of God. Let us not settle for fire insurance, but set our eyes on the glory of the Lord.
HAVE A GREAT FRIDAY!
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Wonderful challenge, Bernie! Thank you. Setting my eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of my faith. Hebrews 12:1–2. I am praying for you, my friend. I hope you have a great day.
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