Month 2:2, Week 1:1 (Rishon/Pesach), Year:Day 5938:031 AM|
2Exodus 1/40, Jericho II (Shanee/Matzah)
Gregorian Calendar: Wednesday 30 April 2014
Let Not Your Faith Fail You
Continued from Part 16
Training and Practice
"When the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?" (Luke 18:8, NKJV).
Faith, like muscles, has to be trained. Prayer, like language, has to be practiced. Yet in spite of the overwhelming evidence all around them, believers are failing to respond in emunah (faith). Where is the warning voice to be heard? There is barely a squeak. The nevi'im (prophets) continue to warn but few believe in them. The world goes on as normal, splitting at the seams, and almost no one hears or sees the approaching tsunami. Most of those who have heard and seen have not made preparations and so like the petrified bird mesmerised by the cobra about to strike, does nothing but stare in horror.
Let Not Your Faith Fail You
Yah'shua (Jesus) said:
Like a Sudden Deluge
"I have prayed for you, that your emunah (faith) should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren" (Luke 22:32, NKJV).
When the current judgment happens, it will come relentlessly one event after another piling on top of the previous ones. It will be a deluge. So many of the things once taken for granted will suddenly be snatched away. Fleshy crutches will give way leaving men to stagger like drunkards. And those who did not prepare the arks they were told to make ready will find themselves shut out and left to weather the elements without shelter. The awakening will be brutal, the reality harsh, and the authentic 'doomsday' men of Elohim (God) will no longer be scorned though their blood will be sought as carnal man does what he is best at - shifting blame. And those who foolishly open their arks to these ungodly ones will not be thanked - they will in most cases be slaughtered and certainly dispossessed.
Tough times breed, inevitably, tough men and tough women. This does not mean that, in the absolutely necessity to survive, compassion ceases to exist but rather it becomes encased in a hard, impermeable shell. It has to be. Yahweh's people, if they are to take care of their families, have to become like Brazil nuts - only tremendous force will crack them open but so long as they are obedient and true, Yahweh will seal and protect these qodeshim (saints, set-apart ones). But they must not leave the arks nor admit those who did not believe when they had the opportunity to do so.
An Important Dress Rehearsal
"And as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man: they ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. Likewise as it was also in the days of Lot: they ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built; but on the day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. Even so will it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed" (Luke 17:26-30, NKJV).
Now, truly, as I have repeatedly said, this is not the final day BUT it is a dress-rehearsal. What that means is that you must respond as though it were the final day. The arks we are to enter now are not the final twelve cities of refuge. Nevertheless, we are to enter them as though they were. Those who fail the dress rehearsal aren't going to be prepared for the big event. And though that last gathering is a generation off, there isn't as much time as you suppose, because every man's time is always in the here-and-now. Postponement is no longer optional.
The Gamblers Will Lose
Too many are gambling - hedging their bets - counting on other arks to open for them when they won't. They were neither willing to prepare nor sacrifice to prepare. They expected others to do it for them. But as each man must work out his own salvation in fear and trembling, so each man must prepare his ark for himself and his family. Of those who choose to remain in Sodom, hardly any will get out as free men in Messiah, and those that do will do so by the skin of their teeth.
It Will Come Suddenly and Without Warning
If a navi (prophet) tells you that death and destruction will rain down within a few months, you don't go off on a holiday and spend your precious resources on your own pleasure. You forego the vaccation and invest those precious Yahweh-given resources on what you need to survive - indeed, you pour your energy and time into nothing less than ark-building - not a boat but a secure place with all the necessities of life and the means to rebuild again after the crisis has passed. And you do it with a sense of urgency, trusting in Elohim (God). Weeping after it is too late won't do you any good. Repentance, if it is not on time, is in vain. You all know that - there are no more stations after death at which to get off and repent, and there are none when calamity strikes and you are not under cover and provided for.
You Have Had Time Enough
I do not know when all of this will erupt. I do not know the exact day the economy will fail and the shops empty themselves of food and remain empty for months on end. I don't know when the power grid will fail and the water supply to homes dry up. I don't know when the armed looters and gangs will roam the streets robbing and killing those foolish enough to have remained in the cities or desperate enough to risk life and limb in leaving their homes in a frantic bid to find food and water to feed their starving families. I don't know when martial law will be declared, tyrants seize control, liberty crushed and citizens turned into serfs. I don't know when the weather will turn and families start to freeze in their homes or as the homeless on the streets. I don't know when the great deceptions will descend out of the skies pretending to be aliens and saviours. I don't know when the mega-earthquakes will strike or when the gigantic tidal waves will sweep tens of thousands away. But I do know most of these things are very soon and I do know that those who have not heeded the warning are going to bitterly, bitterly regret that they did not. And this is why I lift up my voice and I say these things again and again. I am simply a mouthpiece of a loving Heavenly Father who wants His own safe. You have had plenty of time to respond but that time is fast running out.
What If You lack Resources?
Personally, the response is what I expected. The nevi'im (prophets) all know that, and for this time at least this is the mantle I wear. Then there are those who sincerely want to do these things but don't have the resources or don't believe they will. My response to them is that they do have the resources if they will humble themselves and listen to Yahweh. You only have to respond to His commands on a daily basis and He will bring everything together for you, but it logically follows, does it not, that if you want to be served that you have to be at the right place at the right time? My family has experienced lots of tiny miracles as we have prepared and we have seen little in the way of resources stretched out into a lot. You can too. Where there is willingness, where there is emunah (faith), there is always a way.
Have You Obeyed Thus Far?
There are people in specific nations who have been told where they should not be because they've been told what's coming. There are those who have chosen, as they suppose, to 'weather it out' in dangerous high level radiation zones or in flat coastal areas that will be inundated with water. There are those who have chosen to remain in areas slated for war and the mass destruction caused by those wars and the inevitable diseases that follow. They will not listen either because they are the rebellious children or disobedience or because they chosoe not to exercise emunah (faith) or don't believe that Yahweh can make up for the difference that they need if only they will turn to Him in prayer. And what if they have problems with praying? All they have to do is ask:
"Master, teach us to pray, as John also taught his talmidim (disciples)" (Luke 11:1, NKJV).
Today is day #2 of this year's Jericho March. I have no idea how it's going to play out in detail or in what sequence but I do absolutely know that I have been called to pray and intercede. My family is taking this seriously and we have felt His presence already encouraging us to continue. My invitation is that you do the same - now. And if you haven't made preparations, you should be feverishly doing so - now!
Continued in Part 18
Comments from Readers
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