THE REALITY OF CHRIST AND HIS KINGDOM SHOULD BE GROWING IN YOUR HEART DURING THIS PRESENT PANDEMIC

A crisis as such we’ve been presently in can make one bitter or better, more carnal or more consecrated, more earthly, worldly, and temporal minded, or more heavenly and eternally-minded.

Question: Are you closer to Jesus now than you were before this pandemic? Is He more real to you? Is the reality of His kingdom more important to you now?

Personally, I really enjoy watching sports, but I can honestly tell you that I haven’t missed them during this favorite sports season when there are usually exciting rounds of playoffs and a new season of baseball beginning. The Lord is doing a deep work in many hearts during this pandemic. The reality of Christ’s invisible kingdom is coming to the forefront of many believers’ hearts and lives.

This is one gigantic difference between the early Church and today’s Church.

“Now about that time Herod the king stretched out his hand to harass some from the church. Then he killed James the brother of John with the sword. And because he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to seize Peter also” (Acts 12:1-3).

“And when Herod was about to bring him out, that night Peter was sleeping…” (v. 6).

Question: Would you be able to sleep the night before your execution? Peter did. Some could say that it was the gift of faith in operation, but I also believe that Jesus was so real to Peter, he didn’t care if he died and departed to be with Him. He was missing his Master.

The post resurrection appearances of Jesus to His disciples made them to know He was alive, and no longer hindered by time and space as He went back and forth from heaven and to earth and then back to heaven.

“Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. 10 And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, 11 who also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven” (Acts 1:9-11).

john lautermilch | Jesus Taken Up Into Heaven Acrylic Print By ...This is the same reality we’ve got to come to as believers in Jesus. When Jesus rose from the dead, the disciples witnessed the power of an endless and indestructible life. It forever changed them to fully pursue Christ and His kingdom, and be no longer bound to this world and all its’ enticements, entanglements, and allurements. This is the same journey of transformation we must be on.

Jesus as God the Son had no beginning and no end, just like eternity. Hungry and thirsty believers can access eternity through Christ who went before us as a Forerunner begin the veil (Heb. 6:19-20). How exciting!

The first Adam closed the door to the paradise of Eden, but Jesus opened it again when the veil was rent in two.

“ Now it [was about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour. 45 Then the sun was [darkened, and the veil of the temple was torn in two” (Luke 23:44-45).

It’s amazing that the penitent thief went into paradise with Jesus. Jesus opened the way to a new garden of Eden.

The post resurrection appearances of Jesus unveiled a mystery to His disciples, not only that Jesus was no longer dead, but that He was now alive with access to travel between heaven and earth, with zero limitations of time and space. Jesus was giving us a peek into the eternal future of the saints, who shall live and travel in both realms.

To a measure, we can learn to live that way now in both the natural and spiritual world, because we are seated in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. Hallelujah!

And so we need not fear this pandemic or any other crisis that will come in these last days, and there will be many more, as Jesus told us. Instead, let us focus on the transformation that God wants to do in us to learn to live in two worlds—both the natural and the spiritual world. This is the privilege of those believers who are hungry and yearning to follow the pattern of Jesus, the Son of God, who lived in both worlds, even in His earth walk.

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Jesus learned to walk in the NOW with His Father and we must learn to o the same—to access the realm of eternity and not be limited by time and space. Jesus is in the NOW. He is the Great I AM, and is always speaking to us from the eternal NOW. We must not relegate HIM to the future, and we must not limit Him to what He was to His disciples in His earthly ministry. We are in a different time now in the final hours of the last days. Many spectacular manifestations are just on the horizon for us—divine appearances, angelic visitations, people being translated supernaturally from one geographical place to another as Philip, the evangelist was (Acts 8), great signs, wonders, and marvels are about to happen.

Let us not focus too much on last days crisis, plagues, pandemics, pestilences, etc. Jesus said these things would come. Instead, let us keep eternity in our hearts and know that God is above time and space, and want to speak and communicate with us from the eternal now. We can experience this kind of intimacy with Him all the time, as we learn to cultivate the new garden of Eden in our hearts— acres and acres of it.

This is what it means to live our lives in Christ where we are seated in heavenly places.

May God give the reader understanding.

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THE RETURN OF THE LORD IS SHIELDED FROM THOSE WHO HAVE NO UNDERSTANDING

And so as it was in the beginning when My Son came upon the earth. And the wisdom that I had to bring Him in was in a mystery and was shielded from the enemy’s eyes, and there was no understanding.

And so shall it be in this day and in this hour when My people come together and are filled with My Spirit, that I will begin to move and set in order My Son’s return.

For there is an hour that I am calling for My sons to be revealed. Even as the earth groans, so is it the hour of the revealing of My sons and My people as they are filled with My Spirit.

There are things that are coming to happen. There are movements of My Spirit that need to be demonstrated in this hour and in this time.

And if you will say to Me, “Yes, I will; yes, I will do the will of My Father,” then I will use you and I will begin to fill you with a filling of My Spirit that was greater than when it started. — An inspired utterance from the vessel of Carolyn Farias

When Jesus was presented in the temple as an infant, there were two old saints who were there by revelation. First, it had been revealed to Simeon that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ (Luke 2:25-35). Part of the revelation he also received was that Jesus would be a light to bring revelation to the Gentiles—something unheard of in those days as the Gentiles were outside of the covenant and considered dogs by the Jews.

The other old saint was Anna, a prophetess, who also came into the temple at exactly the time Joseph and Mary came in with Jesus (Luke 2:36-38). She gave thanks to the Lord and spoke of Him to all those who looked for redemption in Jerusalem (v. 38).

Notice that she spoke to all those who were looking for redemption in Jerusalem. As it was with the Lord’s first coming, so shall it be with His Second Coming. Not everyone will be looking for Him. The mystery of His Second Coming will be shielded from many who are not expecting Him. There will even be scoffers who will doubt His coming (2 Pet. 3:3).

Here are at least three things we need to be mindful of that Peter points out concerning the coming of the Lord.

1. Do not forget that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years and a thousand years is as one day. Remembering this one thing will keep you from being among the scoffers (2 Pet. 3:8).


2. Since the earth and its elements will be dissolved with fervent heat, we should carry ourselves in holy conduct and godliness (2 Pet. 3:11), and be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless (v. 14). So much for the hyper-grace doctrine and being covered by carte blanche. Without holiness, no man shall see the Lord (Heb. 12:14).

3. Thirdly, we should always be looking for and hastening the coming of the Lord (2 Pet. 3:12), looking for the new heavens and a new earth (v. 13) and looking forward to these things (v. 14). This is an inward look that sees the things that are eternal and not the temporal. Several of the Bible’s references of the Lord’s coming speak of a looking posture that we are to remain in.


“Looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and our Savior Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:13, NKJV).

Don’t be found among those who fall from their own steadfastness and are led away by the error of the wicked, but continue to grow in the grace and the knowledge of the Lord (2 Pet. 3:17-18).

Be continually filled with the Spirit (Eph. 5:18-19), and you will stay ready for the Lord’s coming, and you will even have spiritual understanding of the time and season of it.

Here is a short video oCarolyn’s Spirit-inspired utterance followed by an exhortation from Bert.

WHEN THE RESTRAINER IS REMOVED, THEN

You can no longer play by the rules. It’s time to disembark from the ship of fools, who despise wisdom and mock sin (Pr. 1:7, 14 :9) and return to their folly again and again. Church as usual is over. Christianity as common place and conventional is over. The status quo is now a woe. Faith and fire must be the norm. Away with godliness as a form. Those are the ingredients that will cause you to rise above the storm. Like the eagle who soars into rare air, so shall  the glorious Bride arise beautiful and fair.

Welcome to the end of days. This pandemic is just the very beginning. Only the birth pangs of what is yet to come. Just as the plagues in Pharaoh’s day could not touch God’s covenant people, so this plague or any other, shall not touch the living Church of the Living God. Overcoming glory shall be upon God’s end time army who march willingly in the day of God’s  power and who shall do great exploits in this final hour.

It is time for the the manifold wisdom of God to be on display to confound the evil principalities and powers who oppose God’s plans and stand in the way (Eph. 3:10). It is time to walk in the light of His Word as children of the day (1 Thes. 5:5). Even in the midnight hour there shall be mighty deliverances and conversions. 

But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed”. (Acts 16:25-26)

Just as the antichrist spirit represented in Pharaoh’s kingdom rose up in the days of Moses, so shall it be in this dispensation of the latter day Church. But his revealing is restrained (2 The. 2:6) for now by the “He” mentioned in verse 7 – Notice: “only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way.” The “He” is the Holy Spirit who is present and most active in the Spirit-filled, on-fire Church of Jesus Christ.  Once the Church is caught away or raptured , there will be nothing left to restrain the Man of sin, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped (v.4).  

The Glorious Church – Truth in Grace

Overcoming glory will be upon the mighty church of the Living God in these end of days.

You see, the Spirit-filled, on-fire Church is the most savorous salt and brightest light on the earth. Once she is removed, all that remains will be the carnal compromising church, who was not prepared and who shall be left behind to experience the tribulation of Satan’s wrath, not God’s wrath as some have touted (Rev. 12:12). God’s wrath comes after the great tribulation (Rev. 6:16-17; Matt. 24:29), which, by the way, the tribulation saints will not suffer for there will be a post-tribulation harvest (Rev. 7:9-14)( 14:14-16). Notice also how the dragon (Satan) was enraged with the offspring or seed or the woman (Rev. 12:17). Actually, Revelation 12 is the greatest depiction of the catching away or rapture in the entire New Testament. Refer to these links for more insight:  The Manchild Rapture -7 and The Manchild Rapture-8

 

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Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words (1 Thes. 4:17-18).

I know many books have been written that all saints will go through the entire tribulation period or at least some of it, and some even believe that the whole idea of a pre-tribulation rapture or catching away of the saints was, or is, an erroneous doctrine concocted some 125 years ago, but personally,  I can’t see that.

The mystery of the pre-tribulation rapture or catching away of the saints that the apostle Paul penned by revelation were words that were to comfort us. Living in the evil day of the reign of the antichrist is not a comforting thought to even the strongest Christian.

There is probably more confusion and misunderstanding regarding 1 The. 2 than any other letters or Scriptures that deals with the last days. Stay tuned for more on that chapter in a near future blog…

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