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The Time Has Come.  How do we prepare for the end of the end-times we are living in? 

 

Renette Vermeulen

 

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THE EXACT HOUR NO ONE KNOWS. BUT PRACTICALLY, HOW DO WE LIVE THROUGH THESE DAYS JUST BEFORE JESUS RETURNS? (2 Pt. 3:10-14.)

The ‘rapture-rescue’ plan is a lie because it is certain that we are already going through the “Great Tribulation,” which is going viral right now, and Jesus Himself emphatically stated He will only return once, and as the whole of Matthew Chapter 24 and relating passages state, that will be “AFTER the great tribulation,” (Mt. 24:27-31.) Meanwhile, many believers think we must follow “doomsday preppers;” hide in fortified bunkers, and stock up water, food, and medicine (oxygen too!) until the ‘apocalypse’ is ‘past.’ Well, the apocalypse will not ‘pass,’ but be swallowed up with fire when Jesus returns… (2 Pt. 3:10-14; 2 Ths. 1:6-12.) So, should we use our brains and flee if we can? Yes – but only in the guidance of the Holy Spirit, while we must realize that physically, there is really nowhere to flee to because the apocalypse is global, (Mt. 24:1-31.) The only flight left is spiritual and emotional - as in fleeing to higher emotional ground through faith in Jesus, and knowledge of, and obedience to the truth of His Word, (Rom. 2:1-3.)  Working on our personal relationship with God and sorting out our lives on a multilevel, (with other people also as far as possible,) is all important, (Jam. 5:16: Mt. 5:23-26.

So, is it unbelief to hoard up water and food? It is true that believers must not hoard up provisions in unbelief and desperation. Yet, to store necessary supplies within reasonable amounts is a good idea while living under communist and other threats. We must take care of our physical needs while, and as we can.

Proverbs 6:6-11 commands, “Go to the [hard-working] ant, you sluggard, and... be wise.  Having no captain, overseer, or ruler, [with foresight and planning,] she provides her supplies in summer and gathers her food in the harvest.” Wow, this is truly amazing!  A little “mindless” insect takes better care of herself and her offspring as billions of people across the globe, who, with intelligence that surpasses every living thing one earth, lacks the vital wisdom of an ant. 

Must we defend ourselves when attacked? Of course, as far as humanly possible, (Ex. 22:2-3.) Our physical lives here on earth is also a precious gift from God. As for the rest, we must trust the Most High Creator God to take care of us and our loved ones as He Alone can do the impossible. 

Key to overcoming these times is the surety that in all things, our Father in heaven will always remain our Protector and Provider. He multiplied bread and fish for the multitudes and gave water from a rock in the desert. He is not a man that He can lie. He meant it when He commanded, “Do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat, drink, or wear?’ For after all these things the [unbelievers so desperately] seek. Your Heavenly Father knows that you need all these [vital things to live.] But [make as your highest priority] the Kingdom of God and [obedience to] His [Moral-law] righteousness, [and just because you are His children,] these things, [needs not greeds; read the passage for yourself,] shall be added unto you,” (Mt. 6:26-34.) 

Must we sell or give away everything and live like vagabonds to solely focus on heaven? No, we must always give as the Holy Spirit leads us, but That [One] Day when Jesus returns is Judgment Day as well.  That Day He will also ask an account of everything He had entrusted to us, as explained in the parables of the talents, (2 Cor. 9:5,7; Mt. 25:14-29.)  Heeding Jesus’ directives is the rule of thumb to live on this earth while “heaping up treasures in heaven.” Tremulous times do not diminish our accountability before God in any way. So, “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with diligence [without being fanatical about the things on the earth…]” and God will take care of the things beyond your control, (Eccl. 9:10.) 

Now you might say, “Good, but how do we practically achieve this?” 

1. Know and understand that Jesus is God Himself; the Beginning and the End, Who Is, Was, and Is to Come, [our “blessed hope is on His appearing” on the clouds, or when He calls us through death,] the Alpha and Omega, the Lord God Almighty;” the Creator God and Keeper of His entire Universe, (Rev. 4:8; 1:8; Heb. 1:1-14.) Jesus is able to carry all those who belong to Him and rely on Him through the water, fire, mayhem, oppression, and murder that are rampant on the earth. The fact that each one of us is here, right now, on this troubled, sin-destroyed planet, is no coincidence.  Jesus is the One Who oversees it all.  Isaiah 30:15-17 gave the following answer, “Thus says the Lord God… ‘In returning [wholeheartedly to Jesus] and rest [in His full provision and guidance,] you shall be saved.  In quietness [calmness,] and confidence shall be your strength…”  So, “return in complete transformation of your heart and soul, and rest in complete submission to Christ.  Be complacent in God.  Keep your spirit and mind calm and sedate by a continual dependence upon Him and rest in His sovereignty over you.  Suppress all turbulent passions and keep the peace in your own mind.  His is how we are saved from the evil and calamity in the world.”  (Spirit Filled Bible 1991 KJV footnote.) 

2. Remember always that Jesus said, “Those who endure [in the truth of My Word] to the end shall be saved,” (Mt. 24:13.) Know that God takes special care of those who follow Him above all else as the Truth and the Light of the world, (read Isa. 43:1-7.) Accept the truth that as His disciple-follower, you “will never [be alone or] walk in darkness, but have the light of [eternal] life [and His full Holy-Spirit anointing] in you," and you will thus be able to “stand by faith,” (Jn. 8:12; 1 Jn. 2:20, 27; 2 Cor. 1:21-24.)

3. Stop and refuse all panic, hopelessness, desperation, and the urge to run around, searching for safety, peace, assurance, provision, protection, healing, happiness, outcome through the so-called ‘Kingdom-Now’ restoration of the country and the earth, or escape through the false ‘rapture,’ (2 Pt. 3:10-14.) Never move without the clear direction of the Holy Spirit.  Jesus commanded, “Be not like the heathen,” and disobedient Christians “who run to and fro,” (Dan. 12:4,) ranting and rambling in ritual prayer, turning to church, false preachers, other witchcraft, and feverishly following everything that seems like an instant solution, “for your Father knows the things you need even before You ask Him,” (Mt. 7-13.) “Be sober-minded, [calm,] and watchful.”  All the answers you need you will find in the full, contextual truth of Bible Scripture. 

4. Make sure that you are right with Christ. Whole-heartedly accept Jesus and His full atonement in your place, (Jn. 1:12-12; 3:3-5.) Decidedly die emotionally to anything and everyone that can keep you from living in, and following Jesus according to the truth of His Word, (Lu. 16:26-33.) Confess all sin on a daily basis to God and to those who were wronged, and repent from all moral sin such as deception, oppression, fornication, lies, adultery, unforgiveness…  Know that only the blood of Jesus “cleanses us from all unrighteousness” if we obey His Moral Law, (Jam. 5:16; 1 Jn. 1:8-10.) 

Follow Jesus through the water baptism of disciples as an open declaration of the spiritual rebirth in your ‘heart,’ to bury the old man of sin, and to rise in a new life in Christ, (Col. 2:9-15; Rom. Chapter 6; Mt. 28:18-20.) Reject and forsake all false doctrine, church systems, (Rev. 18:4,) man-made interpretations of the Word, and those who block your life in Christ.

Then, submit and dedicate yourself spirit, soul, and body, (1 Ths. 5:23,) your whole life, everything and everyone God had entrusted to you, your time, finances, talents, and everything else to our Father Who is in heaven. Seek now, while there is still time, the entire truth of the Scriptures. Make it yours. Live in it. Obey the Moral Law commandments of the New Covenant as far as humanly possible to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ. 

5. Understand, and face the truth of Scripture and the truth about what is really going on in your own life, and in the whole world, so that you will be able to really have empathy with others who are suffering, and have a burden for the lost. As always under all circumstances, “the truth [about everything] will set us free.” If not physically, then emotionally – which is the most important part of liberty in Jesus.

Those who do not  have true faith in Jesus run and hide in times of trouble without the Holy Spirit leading them to do any such thing.  Real believers in Jesus obey Him to stand as calm, truth-speaking, Scripture-obeying, prayer-interceding witnesses to Him as the Living God of the entire universe.  The times we are living in right now is crunch-time for those who profess the Name of Jesus. We can only be brave when we have nothing to lose because it all belongs to Jesus.

6. We stand on the Rock is we adhere to the truth that true believers are Jesus’ own, blood-bought, saved, delivered, and blessed ones, who live inside His Spiritual Kingdom here in this dark dimension, (1 Pt. 2:9-10.) They were “called out of darkness” to shine His marvelous Light: His truth, hope, faith, and practical love in truth and deed.

A sure and safe Word, on which Jesus’ true disciples must always stand, is Ps. 28:7, “…The Lord [Jesus Christ] is my strength and shield; my heart trusts in Him, and He helps me…” (Ps. 28:7.)

Even if we have to lay down our lives, He is “the Resurrection and the Life, [and because we believe in Him and follow Him as His disciples through the truth of His Word in Holy-Spirit leading everywhere He leads,] though we must die, we shall live [for all eternity; worshipping at His feet in heaven.]”

Life in Christ is not according to the false, money-making prosperity dogma that has polluted nearly all believers.  Surrendering to Jesus in totality means that our lives, we ourselves, and everything else, no longer “belong” to us, but to Him.  He never promised us the proverbial rose garden, but commanded us to ‘heap up treasures in heaven and not on earth.’  This does not mean we must live as homeless paupers on a physical level.  It means our highest priority must be life in heaven with Jesus for all eternity.  And we keep that hope by faith and not by focussing on the things on the earth as our priorities.  It is as Paul cried out under life-threatening persecution in Rom. 8:38-39, “I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, angels, principalities, powers, things present, things to come, height, depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Hallelujah!

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