Just as God raised up a remnant of just 1% of all the men Gideon had marshaled to fight against the Midianites, even so there is a holy remnant whom God is raising up for Himself in these Last Days…a Godly remnant of the 1% of His children 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.
God’s holy remnant is called to life of self-sacrifice and self-denial. “I am telling you the truth: a grain of wheat remains no more than a single grain unless it is dropped into the ground and dies. If it does die, then it produces many grains. If anyone would come after Me, he must sacrifice and deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow Me. Those who treasure their physical life on Earth, serving only themselves and their own interests, will lose it; those who place no value on their own self-life in this world willingly exchange it for treasure in Heaven…an eternal life in glory. Whoever has no regard for his physical life here on Earth…has no possessive love for this world, neither cherishes the things this world has to offer, but willingly and voluntarily lays it all aside…as a result stores up for himself the treasure of an eternal life in Heaven. If anyone serves Me, he must continue to follow me and cleave steadfastly to Me, conforming wholly to My example in living and, if need be, in dying. Wherever I am, there will My servant also be. If anyone serves Me, My Father will honor him.” [Luke 9:23-24; 14:27; John 12:24-26]
A large crowd was following Jesus. He turned around and said to them, Whoever loves his father or mother more than Me is not fit to be My disciple; whoever loves his son or daughter more than Me is not fit to be My disciple. Whoever does not take up his cross and follow in My steps is not fit to be My disciple. Whoever tries to gain his own life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for my sake will gain it. But don’t begin until you count the cost. For who would begin construction of a building without first calculating the cost to see if there is enough money to finish it? Otherwise, you might complete only the foundation before running out of money, and then everyone would laugh at you. They would say, There’s the person who started that building and couldn’t afford to finish it! Or what king would go to war against another king without first sitting down with his counselors to discuss whether his army of 10,000 could defeat the 20,000 soldiers marching against him? And if he can’t, he will send a delegation to discuss terms of peace while the enemy is still far away. So you cannot become my disciple without being willing to sacrifice one’s desire for anything and everything you own. [Matt 10:37-39; Luke 14:25-33]
Abba Father…Not my will, but Thy will be done. Nothing that I do or say in the way of my expression of worshiping You is good or pleasing or acceptable to You if, first of all, before everything else and above everything else, “not my will, but Thy will be done” is not the supreme characterization of my life…in everything. Nothing that I am engaged in doing is good or pleasing or acceptable to You if it did not originate from the leading of Your Holy Spirit.
If it did not originate from the leading of Your Holy Spirit, then its origin is my human spirit, and is therefore an expression of “my will be done.” I am then holding on to my self-life and my self-interests…things that are pleasing to me. Your Divine Son Jesus, Father, emphatically said, “I only do what My Father shows me to do; I only speak the words My Father gives me to speak.” In His discourse with the Jewish authorities, Jesus said, “I have much to say about you, much to judge and condemn you for. The One Who sent Me, however, is truthful, and I tell the world only what I have heard from Him.” [John 8:26]
Obedience is what characterizes the life of Your child…obedience continually and unceasingly day and night. Obedience was the point of Adam’s failure; obedience was the point of Christ Jesus Your Son’s perfection, Father. His perfect obedience in the character of His human nature…even unto death…was absolutely necessary in order to qualify Him as the Redeemer of Mankind. In bringing many sons and daughters to glory, it was fitting that God, for Whom and through Whom everything exists, should make the Author of our salvation perfect through suffering. [Heb 2:10] Although He was a Son, He learned obedience from what He suffered and, once made perfect, He became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey Him. [Heb 5:8-10]. And having taken upon Himself a human nature, He humbled Himself and became obedient unto death…even death on a cross! [Phil 2:8] And to this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in His steps. [1 Peter 2:20-21]
I am called to a life of obedience…and obedience originates with the leading of Your indwelling Holy Spirit. Because you are My child, I have given you the Spirit of My Son to dwell in your heart, and He continually cries out, “Abba, Father!” All who are indeed My children are continually led by My indwelling Holy Spirit!
Obedience to the leading of the Holy Spirit always brings the blessings of God. And obedience must be characterized by faithfulness in order to be good and pleasing and acceptable to God. Faithfulness is nothing more than obeying what the Holy Spirit has given me to do wholeheartedly, with intensity, and to completion. Obedience and faithfulness go hand in hand. Only when obedience is carried out with faithfulness will my Father commend me, “Well done, good [obedient] and faithful servant! [Matt 25:21]
I am called to be obedient and faithful to every leading and prompting of the Holy Spirit. Even so…it is His work and not mine. It is not my work to do…I am called to participate together with Him in His work, in the ways He shows me…not in the ways I think I should do so. And the results belong to Him, not to me. I am not to look for results in the object of the work I am given to do. If I do that, I will be drawn into living a results oriented life rather than a Spirit-led life, adjusting what I do according to what results I see. No…the results I am to look for are in the subject of the work I am given…me. The results I am to look for in me is faithfulness…doing the work wholeheartedly, with intensity, and to completion. Those are the results I am responsible for.
Abba Father…Your children are continually being led by Your indwelling Holy Spirit. And You have so lovingly assured me, Your child, that I needn’t be like a cowering, fearful slave in Your Presence. Your Holy Spirit, God’s eternal gift, doesn’t make cowards out of us. He endues me with power and love and a sound mind…that I should freely abide with You as Your very Own child, adopted by birth into the bosom of Your Family, crying out unashamedly without reservation to You, “Abba, Father!” For Your Holy Spirit speaks to me deep in my heart, reassuring me that indeed I really am Your child! [Rom 8:14-17; 2 Tim 1:7]
After this I heard what sounded like the roar of a great multitude in Heaven shouting with inexpressible adoration and joy:
Salvation and Glory and Power belong to our God,
for true and just are His judgments!
He has condemned the great prostitute
who corrupted the Earth by her adulteries!
He has avenged on her the blood of His servants!”
3And again they shouted:
The smoke from her goes up for ever and ever!”
4The twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down in profoundest adoration and worshiped God, who was seated on the Throne. And they cried:
5Then a voice of authority and admonition came from the Throne, saying:
“Praise our God, all you His servants, you who fear Him,
both small and great!”
6Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, celebrating the Lord Jesus Christ’s physical assumption of His role, and the inauguration of His Personal reign on Earth, as King of kings and Lord of lords over its daily administrations of government, and shouting:
“HALLELUJAH! For our Lord God Almighty now reigns as the true and only Sovereign Ruler over all the Earth!
Let us rejoice and be glad and give Him glory!
For the time for the wedding of the Lamb, the glorified Lord Jesus Christ…the glorious Bridegroom…has come, when He will formally take unto Himself as co-partners of His Throne, dominion, and glory, in a sacred and eternal union of love, relationship, and status, all those faithful ones who have been faithful to their betrothal, thenceforward to be with Him, reign with Him, and share with Him in all His grand inheritance forever! And His Bride…those people of pre-eminent saintship and watchful preparedness who were “taken” in the initial rapture while others were “left”…has made herself ready.
Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear, so that she may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of her own that comes from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ…the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith.”20 (Fine linen also stands for the righteous acts of the saints, for as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead. You see that a person is justified by what he does and not by “faith” alone; “faith” by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.21)
9Then the angel said to me, “Write: ‘Blessed, also, are those who are part of the Bridal company as guests and as her sublime and glorious train, invited to partake of the glorious Heavenly banquet that follows in celebration and in their honor…the wedding supper of the Lamb!'” And he added the indelible mark of Divine Truth and Authenticity, “These are the true words of God.” 10At this I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, “Do not do it! I am a fellow servant with you and with your brothers who hold to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”
11I saw Heaven standing open, and there before me was a white horse, whose Rider is called Faithful and True. With righteousness and justice He judges and makes war, and He comes forth to judge the quick and the dead. His eyes are like blazing fire, penetrating the very depths, the deepest most hidden secrets, of a persons soul and spirit, and on His head are the many crowns emblematic of His sovereign authority over all the nations of the Earth. He has a majestic and glorious Name written on Him descriptive of incomprehensible Godhead that no one but He Himself and the eternal Father knows. He is dressed in a robe dipped in the blood of enemies already vanquished down through the ages, and His Name is the Word of God. His Bride, assembled together to form the armies of Heaven, were following Him…His called, chosen and faithful followers…riding on white horses and dressed in the fine linen, white and clean, that had been given her to wear for the occasion of her marriage to the Lamb. Behold the Lord cometh with ten thousand of His saints to execute judgment upon all.22 Out of His mouth comes a sharp sword of infinite and invincible Almighty Power with which to strike down the kings of the nations and their armies…all the confederated kingdoms of man mustered in rebellion against the anointed and rightful sovereign over all the world…and thereby take forcible possession of the Earth, dethroning forever and ever the enemies and usurpers who occupy it! The very words He speaks carry within themselves the power to carry out what is spoken… immediately, completely, continually. “He will indeed rule over (poimanei[NT:4165]-shepherdize) them with an iron scepter” His administration which follows up the battle, gathers the remaining populations of the Earth into their proper flocks, assigns them their laws and rulers, thenceforward allows no more disobedience. At the battle on the great Day of God Almighty, He Himself treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty; the righteous shall rejoice when he sees the vengeance. He shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked23…a river of human blood flowing out of the winepress, rising as high as the horses’ bridles for a distance of 1,600 stadia (160 miles)! On His robe and on His thigh He has this Name written, emblematic of His supreme authority, majesty, and dominion:
KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.
17And I saw an angel standing in the sun who, in anticipation of the results of this battle on the great Day of God Almighty, cried in a loud voice to all the birds flying in midair, “Come, gather together for the great supper of God, so that you may eat the flesh of kings, generals, and mighty men, of horses and their riders, and the flesh of all people, free and slave, small and great.”
19Then I saw the Beast and the kings of the Earth and their armies gathered together to make war against the Rider on the white horse and His army. They had been marshaled together by the three evil spirits that looked like frogs that had come out of the mouth of the Dragon, out of the mouth of the Beast and out of the mouth of the False Prophet. These spirits of demons, performing satanic miraculous signs, had gone out to the kings and armies of the whole world, inciting, deceiving and seducing them with their lying wonders, preaching, and oracles, so as to gather them together in one universal movement for the battle on the great Day of God Almighty. Thus it was that God had sent them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.24 He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; the Lord shall hold them in derision.25 They had sold their hopes and their future to Satan, but the Beast was captured, and with him the False Prophet who had performed the miraculous signs on his behalf. With these signs he had deluded those who had received the mark of the Beast and worshiped his image. The two of them were taken by the Rider on the white horse, all of their resistance proving to be utterly impotent and powerless, helpless in the grip of the Lord God Almighty, and thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur to be imprisoned there forever and ever. The rest of them…the kings from one end of the Earth to the other along with all their armies…were killed in an awe-filled slaughter with the sword that came out of the mouth of the Rider on the white horse, and all the birds gorged themselves on their flesh. Thus ends the present administrations of this world, and begins the rule and reign on Earth of the King of kings and the Lord of lords…the Prince of Peace Himself!
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: