June 28

Beloved…be dressed in readiness, and keep your lamps lit.  Be alertly waiting for your master’s return from the wedding feast, so you may immediately open the door to him when he comes and knocks.  Blessed are those whom the master finds ready when he comes.  You also, be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour that you do not expect! [Jesus…Luke 12:35-37, 40]  

National sins bring National judgments.  When virtue is ruined and laid waste everything else will soon be ruined and laid waste too: When the land sins against Me, when vice and wickedness become epidemical, when the land sins by trespassing grievously, when the sinners have become very numerous and their sins very heinous, when gross impieties and immoralities universally prevail [as has long since been the case now in our own Nation; we have way out-sinned Sodom and Gomorrah], then will I stretch forth My hand upon it, for the punishment of it.  The Divine Power shall be vigorously and openly exerted; the judgments shall be extended and stretched forth to all the corners of the land, to all the concerns and interests of the nation.  Grievous sins bring grievous plagues.
God has a variety of sore judgments wherewith to punish sinful nations, and He has them all at command and inflicts which He pleases.  Pestilence, a dreadful disease, which has sometimes depopulated cities…by it God pours out His fury in blood (that is, in death); the pestilence kills as effectually as if the blood were shed by the sword, for it is poisoned by the disease, the sickness we call it.  See how miserable the case of mankind is that lies thus exposed to deaths in various shapes.  See how dangerous the case of sinners is against whom God has so many ways of fighting, so that, though they escape one judgment, God has another waiting for them.
Even so, in the places that are most corrupt, and in the ages that are most degenerate, there is a remnant which God reserves to Himself, and which still hold fast their integrity and stand fair for the honour of delivering the land, as the innocent are said to do. [Job 22:30]  However, when the sin of a people has come to its height, and the Divine decree has gone forth for their ruin, the piety and prayers of the best men shall not prevail with God to end the controversy.  This is what the Lord said to Jeremiah: So do not pray for this people nor offer any plea or petition for them; do not plead with Me, for I will not listen to you. [Jer 7:16]  We are encouraged, though, to keep our own integrity in times of common apostasy, that, if we do so, we shall be hidden in the day of the Lord’s anger. [Ezekiel 14:12-23: excerpts from Matthew Henry’s Commentary]

Here is a chilling video clip commentary from Tucker Carlson [Fox News] that documents the self-destruction taking place in our Nation…although he does not realize [he is not a Christian] that it is the hand of God causing it.  It’s all good…but begin particularly at the 6:30 mark of the video clip; it will break your heart: https://www.foxnews.com/media/tucker-carlson-trump-could-well-lose-election

“Quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat!  Those whom God is determined to destroy, He first infatuates.”  Lord God Almighty, You have stricken the minds of our Nation’s leaders with idiocy, so that professing to be wise, they have become fools… utter morons.  You have caused their thinking to become utterly confused, so that they actually believe they are acting in wisdom while they are in reality literally destroying the Nation.  You have caused the Nation’s leaders to engage in self-destruction; we are destroying our own selves…just as You caused the Midianites to fight against and kill one another before Gideon.  This was a Nation founded under God, with a Constitution to protect our rights and  freedoms…especially the core freedom to worship without persecution.  But the leadership of this Nation decided to remove God from the entire fabric of society…continually and methodically.  God has therefore now brought severe judgment upon the Nation…much more far-reaching than just a virus.  He has caused our very foundational Constitution to be trampled upon and shredded!  The destruction of our Nation has already taken place with God’s withdrawal of His Holy Spirit.  There is no more United States; every State does whatever it pleases…whatever seems good in their own eyes.  There is demagogue anarchy all the way down through the lowest level of local authorities…Totalitarian despots who are usurping rule and authority as “little dictators” and completely trampling over and shredding our very foundational Constitution.  America is a “Christmas tree” Nation, cut off from our roots in God, and dead.  We are watching as the needles dry up and fall off.  We are now watching it unfold as it plays out day after day before our very eyes!

Even so there is a remnant whom God is raising up for Himself…a Godly remnant who will not bow down, who will not shrink back, who will not compromise, who will remain steadfast and immovable in their commitment to follow the Lamb whithersoever He goes.  True worshipers such as the Father seeks will worship Him in Spirit and Truth.  There is only a small remnant of souls who long to live faithfully in that Sacred Covenant relationship with God for which purpose we were created, who seek to become the true worshipers that please the Father, who desire to be the mirror of the Almighty we were called to be.  There is only a small remnant of God’s children who desire to live their everyday life faithful to their solemn marriage vows as the bride of Christ.  There is only a small remnant who wholeheartedly embrace God’s Love…so amazing, so Divine that it demands my soul, my life, my ALL.  There is only a small remnant to whom Jesus alone is their crown of glory.  God enable us by the Power of His Indwelling Spirit to embrace His purposes and thereby be counted part of that remnant!

Revelation 6:1-17

I watched as the Lamb opened the first of the seven seals.  Then I heard one of the four living creatures say in a powerful voice, like thunder, filled with terror and majesty, “Come!”  I looked, and there before me was a white horse!  Its rider held a bow, and He was given a crown, and He rode out with sovereign powerswift and irresistible…as a bloodless conqueror bent on unceasing conquest, heaping fiery, burning coals of Truth and conviction upon this proud, guilty, unbelieving worldHe will shoot them with arrows; suddenly they will be struck down.  He will turn their own tongues against them and bring them to ruin; all who see them will shake their heads in scorn.  All mankind will fear; they will proclaim the works of God and ponder what He has done.1  Your people will offer themselves freely as living sacrifices unto You on the day You lead Your host upon the holy mountains.  From the womb of the morning like dew Your youth will come to You.2  For when Your judgments are in the Earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.3  Then will they realize that they have been excluded from the blessed rapture and high honors of the saints in the first translation, because their hearts were preoccupied with the things of Earth rather than longing after a heavenly citizenship, and there will be many penitent hearts finally subdued into submission to the Word and Sovereignty of God! 

3When the Lamb opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come!”  Then another horse came out, a fiery red one.  Its rider was given power to take peace from the Earth and to make men slay each other in a rampage of lawless and selfish human passion raging forth in all forms of wars, nations against nations; violence, bloodshed and bloody commotions amongst groups of citizens, neighbors, even families, all over the face of society; so that the daytime is spent in the shedding of blood, and the nighttime in fear!  To him was given a large sword, with which to cause every man’s sword to be raised against his fellow man, and everyone’s hand to rise up against the hand of his neighbor; international slaughter, civil butchery, private revenge, and murder will be the order of the day!  [Note: we are even now seeing a preview of what is yet to come.]

5When the Lamb opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, “Come!”  I looked, and there before me was a black horse, heralding the intense and unprecedented scarcity and famine the entire Earth was about to be plunged into!  Its rider was holding a pair of scales in his hand with which to carefully measure out meager portions of the bare sustenance of life during this time of unimaginable dearth and impoverishment.  Then I heard what sounded like a voice from among the four living creatures, saying, “A quart of wheat (enough for one person’s scanty daily sustenance) for a full day’s wages, and three quarts of barley (as a substitute for the wheat, due to its scarcity and lack of availability… the scanty allowance for a day’s sustenance for a slave) for a full day’s wages, and do not damage the oil and the wine,” which will then become a necessity of life for people just to find food enough to keep themselves aliveThe plenitude of oil and wine is in itself part of the judgment, forcing the inhabitants of the Earth to be glutted ad nauseam with the luxuries they had so recklessly indulged in during their times of affluence!

7When the Lamb opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature say, “Come!”  I looked, and there before me was a pale, ghastly, death-green horse, prepared to sweep through the world and trample it under his dreadful hoofs!  Its rider was named Death, and Hades…that dark region of the dead which remorselessly swallows up the living…was following close behind him.  They were given power over a fourth of the Earth to kill by sword, famine and plague, and by the wild beasts of the Earth, intensifying the work of their predecessors to still more horrible excesses, and adding to it death-plagues and the inciting of the animal kingdom to human carnage as well!

9When He opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar of Yahweh’s temple on the Earth the disembodied souls of those who had been slain during this period of God’s administration of judgment because of the Word of God and the testimony they had so zealously maintained concerning the nature of this unfolding judgmentThey proclaimed a powerful testimony which interpreted all the plagues, disorders, and horrors around them as the veritable inflictions of the Almighty, now risen up to pay off all the long-accumulating arrearages of His wrath upon transgressors.  They called out in a loud voice, “How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until You judge the inhabitants of the Earth to their final consummation and avenge our blood?”  Then each of them was given a white robe, and they were told to wait and continue to rest a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and brothers who were to be killed during this tribulation period as they had been was completed.

12I watched as He opened the sixth seal.  There was a violent shaking of the heavens and earth…as a great earthquake!  The sun turned black like sackcloth made of goat hair, ceasing to give forth its light; the whole moon turned blood red…blood-dark, dim, sickly and portentous; and the stars in the sky fell to Earth in a fearfully spectacular meteoric display, as late figs overtaken and shriveled by winter drop from a fig tree when shaken by a strong wind.  The sky receded like a scroll, rolling up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place in the wake of the terrible cataclysmic convulsions shaking the heavens and Earth!  Then the kings of the Earth, the princes, the generals, the rich, the mighty, and every slave and every free man, stripped of their pretentious self-security and composure, now overwhelmed with inexpressible fear and dread, hid in abject terror in caves and among the rocks of the mountains.  The full import of the awesome ensuing turmoil had dawned upon their souls…that God is on the Throne, that sin is a reality, that judgment is come, and that every guilty one must now face an angry Creator!  Horror-stricken, they called out to the mountains and the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him Who sits on the Throne and from the wrath of the Lamb!  For the great Day of Their wrath has come, and who can stand in the great and terrible Day of the Lord?”

Friends, brothers and sisters…

There is one absolutely necessary preparation for every living soul on the face of this Earth, for the soon coming and imminent return of Jesus Christ…the one preparation that will irrevocably determine in which neighborhood you will spend all eternity, whether in Heaven or in Hell.  You must be a born-again child of God.  I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot be in God’s Kingdom.  I tell you the truth, no one can ever enter the Kingdom of God unless you are born of water and the Spirit.  Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.  You should not be surprised at My saying you must be born again. [Jesus…John 3:3-7]

 If you have never been born again,
or you are not sure whether you have been born again,
or you have been living your life as a lukewarm Christian and would now like to recommit your life and enter into a deep and intimate relationship with Christ Jesus in preparation for the soon coming marriage supper of the Lamb…
then I counsel you to get alone with God, read the solemn marriage vows you must make to become the bride of Christ and thereby be born-again, [https://preservechristianfamily.org/2019/01/21/bride-of-christ/], and with sincerity of heart from within the depths of your being, acknowledge before God, “I DO.”

He walks with me and He talks with me:

 

 

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