Thursday, 27 May 2021

This Is Not A Drill

 Scripture: 2 Peter 2 v 12 - 13: "But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption;

13 And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count it pleasure to riot in the day time. Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you;"

Luke 15 v 13 - 15: "And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living.
14  And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want.
15  And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine."

All over the world we are observing serious reaction to governments that have ceased to function in a democratic way.  In South Africa during the pandemic our trains were looted and stripped, railways stations were demolished by the impoverished.  

The ruling party has been shown up by the Commission into State Capture where almost R50 billion was siphoned off our economy into the bulging pockets of one Indian family now hiding in Dubai.   A second severe cyclone is marching down on India which is suffering a severe third wave of Covid 19.

The British Parliament is under fire after an investigation shows that the Health Minister has deceived them and the whole country over pandemic readiness, which cost the lives of thousands unnecessarily!  

The ISIS militants are on the upsurge again using their violent atrocities to get their own way in different parts of Africa right now.  People flee in terror and these murderers take over towns and territory.

What do we do when there are storms, floods, riots, erupting volcanoes, many earthquakes, economic upheavals and no end in sight?   When do we begin to understand that this is not a drill?  This is not a practice run to see how prepared we are for the end times prophesied by Jesus Christ.

Satan has lost his dominion over this planet and like any loser he wants to trash the place before he leaves.  He has always wanted to destroy the Earth but has been stopped by the Holy Spirit who put boundaries he cannot cross.  After the Rapture these restraints will be gone, and Satan's unholy trinity of the Antichrist, the Beast and the False Prophet will wreak havoc in the Great Tribulation aka The Wrath of the Lamb.

His wrath is against those who made the choice to trust Satan, the Great Red Dragon, more than the Saviour and Redeemer who died to set them free.  He will allow Satan to do as he pleases until the people left behind will become martyrs to be saved.

Everything happening right now from pollution of air, land, sea and rivers, to anarchy, apostasy...a falling away from Christian living, and rebellion against authority, is orchestrated by our enemy.  He hates us with a passion, he hates every human being created by God, because he hates God and everything He made and loves.  Us in particular.

He especially hates Christians because they love Jesus, and the Father, and the Holy Spirit.  They are obedient to the Lord and oppose Satan by rebuking him and binding his demons, as well as taking captured souls away from him. So he sets up many persecutors and some are not afraid to kill, maim or destroy us.  They may hurt our flesh but our spirit is eternally safe in God's heart.

Only the Father knows the exact day and time of the Rapture, and the Second Coming of Jesus.  We only know the season.  We know when that season is upon us, and it is definitely here.  This is not a drill!  This is the real thing.

Churches everywhere are slumbering under a delusion that this too shall pass.  There may be respite for a short while here and there, but now is the time to assess where your heart lies, and if you have ticked all the boxes to ensure where your destiny lies.

I say this because Jesus sadly said there will be much weeping and gnashing of teeth on the Day of Judgment.  This means that some who think they are perfectly secure, aren't.  There is some sin unrepented of that will trip them up.  There is some doctrine of man they cling to that will cause them to regret that choice for eternity.

Signs following a believer....cast out demons, speak with new tongues, snakes can't hurt, poison can't hurt, heal the sick.   This does not mean that you go out and deliberately try this, no!  It means that if your enemy tries to destroy you, Jesus will protect you. 

Acts 28 v 3 - 6: "And when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks, and laid them on the fire, there came a viper out of the heat, and fastened on his hand.
4  And when the barbarians saw the venomous beast hang on his hand, they said among themselves, No doubt this man is a murderer, whom, though he hath escaped the sea, yet vengeance suffereth not to live.
5  And he shook off the beast into the fire, and felt no harm.
6  Howbeit they looked when he should have swollen, or fallen down dead suddenly: but after they had looked a great while, and saw no harm come to him, they changed their minds, and said that he was a god."

It was good staging by the Lord because Paul could now tell these barbarians about Jesus and heal their sick folk.  So even the island where the ship was wrecked was planned by God.

Here is an excerpt from the 1974 writings of the late Corrie ten Boom.  She and her sister Betsy were in the Ravensbruck concentration camp for hiding Jews in their home in Holland.  The Jews were being rounded up for extermination.

"The world is deathly ill. It is dying. The Great Physician has already signed the death certificate. Yet there is still a great work for Christians to do. They are to be streams of living water, channels of 
mercy to those who are still in the world. It is possible for them to do this because they are overcomers.

Christians are ambassadors for Christ. They are representatives from Heaven to this dying world. And because of our presence here, things will change.

My sister, Betsy, and I were in the Nazi concentration camp at Ravensbruck because we committed the crime of loving Jews. Seven hundred of us from Holland, France, Russia, Poland and Belgium were herded into a room built for two hundred. As far as 
I knew, Betsy and I were the only two representatives of Heaven in that room.

We may have been the Lord's only representatives in that place of hatred, yet because of our presence there, things changed. Jesus said, "In the world you shall have tribulation; but be of good cheer, 
I have overcome the world." We too, are to be overcomers - bringing the light of Jesus into a world filled with darkness and hate."

Let us be mindful and look on every event as an opportunity God is making to display His power.  This is not a drill so we must use the time well to bring Jesus into action where the devil is trying to scare everyone.

Be honest with yourself.  If you knew we only had a few weeks till the Rapture, would you gather the people you truly love, friends, family, colleagues and speak earnestly about salvation?  Or would you ask God to send someone else?  Remember its not a drill. Jesus said, What you do unto the least of these, you are doing it to Me!

I exhort you family of God, do not be confounded like the British Parliament, nor uncaring like the ANC  government of South Africa.  You have the ability, duty and knowledge to save souls on the street where you live.  You have resources to rescue the lost rather than spending it on saving whales.  Much as I love whales, I love people more.

Jesus said, By this shall all men know that you are My disciples, if you have love one to another.  For sure, this is how He will know if we have ticked all the right boxes.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I ask that this blog, or any other manner that You can use, will raise up Your people to reach out strongly to people they know who have never met Jesus and are trapped in Satan's world system, whose minds are confused and distracted by sin and lust.  O God, have mercy upon them and send Your people in. In Jesus' name. Amen.