I'm still working through this Rapture series of mine. Thankfully, the Lord has seemed to have led me to those who have the ability to connect and explain all the things I've been wondering about myself lately as it pertains to this topic.
As before, it is on their shoulders that I stand and write to you today all in an attempt to give you encouragement and hope while simultaneously bring glory and honor to our Lord.
Here we see something often found in the Word of God, which is a "promise" and a "warning" tied together and presented to mankind:
2 Peter 2:4-10 - - "For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment; And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly; And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly; And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked: (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;) The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished: But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government." (emphasis mine)
What's being said here? The same thing said in John 15. That is, that a 30-second "decision" you made 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 years ago won't save you if you have been living in faithlessness, disobedience, and sin still to this day because that's not a GENUINE conversion because there was never any GENUINE repentance.
The clear promise? "The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations..."
The clear warning? "To reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished..."
As with many things in the Word of the Most High God, there are layers upon layers of meaning here. Of course, we take the face value for what it is. When we dig a little deeper to see what other treasures are hidden here, what else do we find?
In the above passages of Scripture, we see which words? "Noah" and "Lot" and "to deliver the godly out of temptations" all right there for the taking. What about the rest of the Bible? Can we find other verses that connect to all of this?
Revelation 3:10 - - "Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth." (emphasis mine)
Luke 17:26-30 - - "And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed" (emphasis mine)
We see a recurring theme here: Noah and Lot ------> on the same day they left ------> there was destruction ------> Son of Man revealed ------> keep us from temptation ------> being kept from the hour of temptation ------> lead us not into temptation.
Reassuringly, there's even more Scriptural evidence:
Matthew 6:13 - - "And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen." (emphasis mine)
Mark 14:38 - - "Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak." (emphasis mine)
Luke 22:40 - - "And when he was at the place, he said unto them, Pray that ye enter not into temptation." (emphasis mine)
Luke 8:13 - - "They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away." (emphasis mine)
Time appears to be VERY SHORT indeed. I don't know if you have perceived it, but there is an invisible horde at the starting gate, waiting to break out onto the stage of this world. I wrote about what I believe this "horde" is when I referenced Sue Bradley's latest chilling column HERE. People can sense spiritually that something's not right, something big is afoot, but many can't quite put their finger on what's happening. What we are seeing and feeling today is the close proximity of the servants of Satan; the satanic hordes who are ready and waiting to flood this world, but are being restrained. Remember - - as in the days of Noah!
1 Peter 3:20 - - "Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water." (emphasis mine)
In other words, God waited patiently while the Ark was being built. Many, many people sense something is afoot, and that something big is about to happen. Their spirit senses the impending flood or the brimstone about to fall, and they see that day-by-day, life still goes on seemingly "normal." What they don't understand and do not perceive is that our God's patience is running thin. It is He that is restraining what's about to happen. The same day that Noah entered the Ark was the same day the rain started. The same day Lot left Sodom was the same day the brimstone fell. It will be the same - - exactly the same - - the day the Son of Man is revealed.
I cannot impress upon you enough what this means. It cannot be overstated. "The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations..." is what the Holy Bible tells us. We either believe all of it, or none of it. We don't merely pick-and-choose the parts we like, and discard and ignore the ones we don't like. A Christian is someone who stands FIRMLY on the Word of God and believes it - - ALL OF IT - - to the very letter.
How does God deliver the godly out of "temptations" when He points us directly to Noah and Lot? SOME SORT OF PHYSICAL REMOVAL. There's no question, no debate, no way to weasel out of it. Both Noah and Lot were physically removed from the Flood and the fire and brimstone.
We could go round and round arguing over where we will be physically removed to, but why bother, what does it matter? Noah was physically moved into the Ark (a place of safety) and Lot was physically moved into a safe city (Zoar), and we will be physically moved into a place of safety. When will this happen. When did it happen for Noah and Lot? Before the Flood, and before the fire and brimstone.
There is a 7 year period before us known as the Time of Jacob's Trouble or Daniel's 70th Week. Week 70 is just ahead. What calls itself the "Christian Church" today is a mess. When we read Revelation 2-3 where Jesus is specifically (definitely not in veiled references) speaking to the churches, He points to one church in particular, the Church of Philadelphia, telling them He knows they are weak, but they have held onto His Word, and they will be kept from the hour of temptation coming on the entire world. How will they be kept? They will be physically removed as we have seen from the Lord's references to Noah and Lot.
That means that today we have both a promise and a warning before us. There is an escape promised to those found worthy of it (Luke 21:36). There is also a warning to those who continue to practice lawlessness (2 Peter 2:4-10). One way or another, we are about to find out soon enough what the Lord meant by "escape all." If there are "disappearances"in the near future, this world will use its "lame-stream" media propaganda arm to call those disappearances anything but the Rapture/Escape. You can count on it.
I think there will be many people who will be shocked at how many are "left behind." Heck, you and I could be one of them. I say that with a sense of real sorrow, and I hope and pray that I'm wrong. I would not wish what is coming on the worst of men. What's about to take place will appear like something out of Science Fiction books, and Ancient Mythology all combined into a Hellish cauldron, and poured out on the Earth like some epic Hollywood blockbuster film. That's why we all need to pray that we're counted worthy to escape what's to come.
Instead of choosing peace and quietness, righteousness and justice, every man has gone his own way just like in the days of Noah. The Earth was filled with violence and corruption then, and it is that way again today. Today is a "pre-Flood" day. The "Restrainer" still restrains what's waiting to get at this world. Lot has not yet walked out of Sodom, but "that day" is coming. It may be today, or it could be tomorrow. When this happens, its going to be a whirlwind of events that will cause men's hearts to fail them for fear of what has come on the Earth. The devil and his evil princes will walk the Earth once again, maybe as "gods" interacting with men openly. Our God never wanted this, but men have chosen it with their own free will.
Seek the Lord's face today while His grace is still extended. Seek Him before the rain begins to fall, and before the fire and brimstone begins its decent on this world. Be assured, it is coming.
(RESEARCH: Christian Apostasy / March 2009)
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