Behold! The Lord is about to destroy the Earth and make it a vast wasteland! He devastates the surface of the Earth and scatters the people. Priests and lay people, servants and masters, maids and mistresses, buyers and sellers, lenders and borrowers, bankers and debtors…none will be spared. The Earth will be completely emptied and looted. The Lord has spoken this word. The Earth dries up and withers; the world languishes and withers. Even the greatest people on Earth waste away. The Earth suffers for the sins of its people; they have disobeyed His laws, violated His statutes, and broken His everlasting covenant. Therefore a curse consumes the land and the Earth, and they who dwell in it must bear the punishment of their guilt. Therefore the inhabitants of the land and the Earth are scorched and parched under the curse of God’s wrath, and few people are left. The wasted city of emptiness and confusion is broken down; every home is locked to keep out intruders. Mobs gather in the streets, crying out for wine. Joy has turned to gloom. Gladness has been banished from the land. The city is left in ruins, its gates battered down and destroyed. So will it be on the Earth and among the nations, as when an olive tree is beaten, or as when gleanings are left after the grape harvest. Terror and traps and snares will be your lot, you people of the Earth! Those who flee in terror will fall into a trap, and those who escape the trap will be caught in a snare. Destruction falls like rain from the heavens; the foundations of the Earth shake. The Earth reels like a drunkard, It trembles like a tent in a storm. It falls and will not rise again, for the guilt of its rebellion is very heavy. On that day the Lord will punish the fallen angels in the heavens and the proud rulers of the nations on Earth. [Isa 24:1-6, 10-13, 17-18, 20-21]
And all those upon the Earth who never knew You…the rich as well as the poor; the kings and princes and rulers of this world, as well as their subjects and slaves; the famous and the well-known, as well as the unknown and the obscure…all of these alike will run to the hills and to the mountains in abject terror, to hide in caves and to cry out for the rocks to fall upon them… just to hide them from the face of the Lamb and Your terrible Majesty. [Rev 6:15-17; Isa 2:19-21]
Gather together…yes, unbend yourselves in submission and see if there is no sense of shame and no consciousness of sin left in you, O shameless nation! The time for repentance is speeding by like chaff whirled before the wind! Therefore consider, before God’s decree brings forth a curse upon you, before the time to repent is gone like the drifting chaff, before the fierce fury of the Lord comes upon you…yes, before the terrible day of the wrath of the Lord comes upon you! Seek the Lord, all you humble of the land who have acted in compliance with His revealed will and have kept His commandments. Seek righteousness; seek to do what is right and to live humbly! Perhaps even yet the Lord will protect you from His anger on that day of destruction! [Zeph 2:1-3]
ETERNAL PROMISE: MY PROMISED REST. Embracing God’s Promised Rest III
My beloved child…are you sorely troubled and vexed by various pressures, trials and afflictions that worry and weary a human soul? You must follow the example of Christ My Son and go into the Garden, there to walk along the same Path that He walked…the Path of obedience and suffering, self-sacrifice and self-denial, death to sin and death to self. Only the Power of My Holy Spirit will enable you to walk along that Path, and enter through the Gate that bears on its header the inscription THY WILL BE DONE, that opens into the Heavenly Sanctuary and the Holy of Holies. The power of your flesh is hopelessly helpless to do so; there is no way it would even want to! My Spirit alone works in you both to will and to do. ** **, if only you would enter into My promised rest and abide there, your soul need never remain vexed.
Whenever an adversity touches your life, the first thing you need to acknowledge, and embrace in your heart, is that it comes from My loving hand. Nothing can touch your life apart from My having either Personally allowed it to happen, or having caused it to do so…and all for My Own good purpose. When I allow an adversity to touch your life, it is because I have a special blessing laid aside for you I want you to have…a blessing that can only be appropriated by your patiently enduring the particular adversity I have allowed to touch your life. I assure you…My blessings that come through suffering are the richest of rewards your faith can win!
Have you considered My Divine Son Jesus? Although He was a Son, in the character of His human nature He learned obedience from what He suffered and, once made perfect, He became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey Him. In bringing My many children into their glorious inheritance, it was appropriate for Me…for Whom and through Whom all Creation exists…to make My Divine Son Jesus, the Leader of your salvation, perfect through suffering.
In the Garden that night, Christ My Son was filled with terror and shuddering awe, “My soul is crushed with anguish and dread to the point of death.” He asked, “Abba, Father, everything is possible for You. If it is possible, within the framework of Your plans, Your purposes, Your will, may this cup of suffering be taken from Me.” My Divine Son Jesus was tempted by Satan to desire His Own will rather than the will of God in that which He was to suffer. He won the victory over Himself in the Garden that night, setting an example for you to follow, saying, “Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, then not My will, but Thy will be done.”
My beloved child, you need to embrace the mind-set of My Divine Son Jesus…for the joy that was set before Him, He endured the cross, heedless of its shame. The joy that was set before Him was the great and special blessing that I had laid aside for Him, that He could only appropriate as His Own by patiently enduring the adversity that I allowed…the suffering of the cross. For the joy set before Him…the joy of seeing sinners saved; the joy of reconciling sinners back to God; the joy of restoring your relationship with God that had been severed by sin; the joy of repairing that shattered mirror of the Almighty you were meant to be…Jesus willingly endured the cross on your behalf with a joyful acceptance of My will, heedless of its shame.
His joy was not in the anguish and suffering He was to endure, as if it were something pleasant to Him. No…My Son Jesus accepted the cross, even welcoming it, as the necessary and only means through which He could appropriate the wonderful and eternal blessings I had set aside for Him. His joy was a joyful expectation, an excited anticipation, in the blessings that were to be His…and with His heart fixed on those blessings, He patiently endured the adversity necessary to appropriate those blessings… the cross, heedless of its shame. My Son Jesus said in His heart: Father, if it is not possible for this cup of suffering to pass from Me unless I drink it…if this cup of suffering is the only means through which I can appropriate the blessings You have laid aside for Me…then not My will, but Your will be done. I will gladly accept the suffering of the cross I must endure, heedless of its shame. My child, let this same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus My Son. For the joy of the special blessings I have laid aside and desire for you to have, set your heart to patiently endure the suffering of the necessary afflictions I have allowed, heedless of their vexation.
** **, listen to the exhortation of My Son Jesus: “If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life for himself and his own interests will lose it, but whoever loses his self-life for My sake will save it. Anyone who does not carry his cross and follow Me cannot be My disciple.” Therefore, beloved, since Christ My Son has suffered in the flesh, arm yourself also with the same purpose, because whoever has suffered in the flesh has turned his back on sin, and no longer has any desire to keep on sinning. From now on, then, you must live the rest of your Earthly life controlled by My will and not by human desires.
My child…don’t become discouraged and lose heart! For your light and momentary troubles during this life are achieving for you an eternal glory beyond all measure, excessively surpassing all comparisons and all calculations, a vast and transcendent glory and blessedness never to cease! Since you are My child, then you are also an heir… an heir of God and co-heir with Christ My Son, if indeed you share in His sufferings in order that you may also share in His glory. I assure you…your present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in you!
So do not be afraid, for I am with you. Do not be distressed or dismayed, for I am your Father and your God. I will strengthen you; I will help you. I will uphold you with My righteous right hand. Beloved…because you have set your love upon Me, therefore I will deliver you. I will set you on high, because you trust in My name. When you call upon Me, I will answer you. I will be with you in trouble; I will rescue you and honor you. I will reward you with long life and show you My salvation.
Abba Father…I understand. For the joy of the great and special blessings You have reserved for me and are to be mine, that can only be appropriated by my patiently enduring the particular adversities You have allowed to touch my life, I willingly and gladly bear the suffering of my cross, heedless of its vexation. I want to know Jesus, ever more deeply, ever more intimately. I want to know Him in the Power of His resurrection and in the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed ever more deeply into the likeness of His death…death to sin and death to self…in order that I may thereby attain, more and more, to the Power of His resurrection life out from the dead.
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: