Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Will We Have Need of Anything to be Written to Us About Times and Epochs?

To underscore just how important it is to know about the times and the epochs, Paul wrote the following.

1 Now as to the times and the epochs, brethren, you have no need of anything to be written to you. 2 For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night. 3 While they are saying, “Peace and safety!” then destruction will come upon them suddenly like labor pains upon a woman with child, and they will not escape.
1 Thessalonians 5:1-3

Most folk still read that passage in the same way I formerly did, in the dim light of a 20 watt bulb. We don't want to think destruction might come suddenly upon us, but most will find this very thing, even among those who now find themselves reading here! If you suppose the destruction of verse 3 comes upon those who simply aren't Christians, or perhaps upon some who fail to meet some criteria that has been imported into the passage from some other context, you will be in for a rude awakening. Under a brighter light, you can identify and accept the criteria provided right there in the context. Think about it. If you still read verse 2 and don't get that the Lord is the thief who comes in the night for His Bride, you're still in darkness.

But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day would overtake you like a thief;
1 Thessalonians 5: 4

When the Lord opened to me a stunning truth about how some will know the times, the meaning of this passage in 1 Thessalonians 5 became very clear! Noah confidently knew the time of the coming destruction in his day. According to that very example, others will know even the time of coming destruction when the Lord Y'shua comes as a Bridegroom to steal His Bride. When the Lord revealed how some would know, just like Noah had previously known in advance, it was HELLO 100 WATT BULB! Under the brighter light, I saw that the times and epochs the Lord had been opening to me for many years was confirmed as being every bit as special as I had perceived it was. What Paul wrote in 1 Thessalonians 5 makes a point very emphatically, that this knowledge is a dividing line, a primary factor in separating the Bride from those not found worthy. The barley will be ripe, and harvested, but the wheat remains in the field to mature for a later harvest. The knowledge that is so prized is beyond simply thinking that the Lord comes like a thief to surprise everyone. Those for whom he comes will not consider him a thief, but a Bridegroom, and they will not be surprised at his coming.

Knowing the time is a guard against being deceived. Seek the Lord for it as great treasure. It represents salvation and entrance into great reward.

for there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and they shall give great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, also the chosen.
Matthew 24:24

It's not possible to lead the chosen astray. The verse further tells us what will distinguish the chosen from those who are not. See the delusion and deception as an effective filtering agency, one appointed to screen out all but a small number who will discern with the most acute perception with eyes that see as in the bright light of day. They will be sons of the day, not needing to be written to about times and epochs. They will have been proven trustworthy and made privy to the Lord's above top secret schedule of appointments.

To be able to be trusted with His schedule of appointments is HUGE! The Lord Himself extends invitations and qualifies you and I. His qualification is essential. Few will have true insight into the deeply hidden times and epochs and what it means. Will you obey Him even at the cost of your life? Are you sacrificing your life daily? If not, how can you be trusted? Do you really love Him?

To know about the times and epochs is a matter quite far beyond the merely superficial learning of a calendar date. What this knowledge involves is a confident understanding of what the events really mean. The when opens the what, who, how and why of it. This represents the development of an intimate relationship with the Revealer of secrets, one where a level of trust has been built of the kind that only exists between friends whose relationship has been tested and found to be true. I'm convinced that it's not enough for us, for those of you drawn here for this word, to seek one without the other. His secrets are learned as you seek and find the Revealer of secrets.

He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me; and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will disclose Myself to him.
John 14:21

When I recently heard Tom Horn openly identifying 2012-2019 as the season of note, you might suppose I would rejoice, because he's right - and lots of folks are paying attention. Well, we can rejoice in it, not because he and Steve Quayle are going to be herding the masses through the narrow gate but because it's a witness to how near we are to when the Lord will have a people refined as pure gold. I'll explain shortly. There's a definite limit to how far Tom and Steve can go simply because they are popular voices. Bear with me, please. Some will think I'm being too critical, or jealous, perhaps, but it's absolutely required of us to be critical, discerning matters to the finest degree, according to the standards established by the Lord that we learn while abiding in His presence, seeing with His eyes, perceiving with His mind and His heart. I must say how much I respect and appreciate the work of a small number of men who have a large following, but yet I must also declare that a following of the way of the popular will ultimately result in being disqualified for the greatest prize.

I don't know how to express just how important I feel it is to grasp this dynamic I'm sharing now. Repeating what I wrote above: See the delusion and deception as an effective filtering agency, one appointed to screen out all but a small number who will discern with the most acute perception with eyes that see and ears that hear. The Adversary's screen must get finer and finer. The following appeared recently in the post titled Countdown - Pesah 2012 - “THREE”!.

“It must be said that, as the time draws ever nearer for the revealing of the lawless one and Bride Theft following eight days after, the enemy's schemes escalate, working to obscure the paramount truths and to blunt the sharp end of the spear by every means. The counterfeit must become more and more like the genuine. The brighter the flame of the Lord's activity, the brighter the counterfeit in appearance, and the more dense the obscuring smoke blown around it. The Lord's crux moves are of course the most critical, and the Adversary's counter to them must rise to meet them with effective challenges. It only makes sense. It has to be this way.”

When you understand how the Lord has appointed the work of Satan, of Mystery Babylon and even the spirit of antichrist and its agencies in the Beast and False Prophet agendas to accomplish His own purposes, to run the filter mechanism, if you will, you have attained to a mature perspective on what's really going on in the world. A love test is underway, a most rigorous qualifying of those who will rule and reign with the sovereign God. The matter of proving obedience even unto death then requires no further explanation. The worthy must be separated from the unworthy. Those who will qualify at the highest level are as a people tried in a furnace seven times, purified. Some among us will endure such a furnace for some seasons before “opting out,” yet some will endure to the end. The Lord will have a people refined as pure gold. They won't be deceived by any snare of the Adversary set to disqualify them by one means or another. Few are deceived by the obvious but many by the subtle. You've noticed how counterfeit $100 bills don't bear the face of Mickey Mouse, right? Those who will not be ensnared will be able to discern the finest detail of the genuine and thereby recognize the counterfeits.

So, as we approach near to the critical junctures, the Lord's own crux moves, the filtering screen gets really fine. Among those ministering to the saints, the “other offerings” must continue to improve to nearly match the genuine more and more closely, pacing it, approaching the essential qualifying truths yet ever falling just a little short. Are you following me here? It must be so.

You can dismiss what I'm about to write if it's not for you, but odds are, it is. If you're still entertaining rapture theories and celebrating pagan holidays and holding gender commands in low regard, you're not getting the point I've been making. If you're betting tomorrow will come and that it will be like today, you're missing the point.

I've got nothing to lose and everything to gain by being so bold. It is far better for you to hear it now from someone who loves you while there is still an opportunity to change. It may be known that I have many enemies within the church. I believe I'm in good company.

If you still need to be written to about times and epochs, don't fill your name in the blank for receipt of any of the good stuff coming - you're still in darkness. Cue the cold shower. Cue the ice water in the face. This season of our interaction is passing quickly. The Sound You Hear Is Not A Waltz I mean to tell you, the dance is over. This is not the only message coming from this blog, but it may well be the most vital at present.

Much of what I do on this blog is for revealing the nature of and condition of the world to those who will perceive it, and, as entertaining as some of it might be, it's not enough. The work of great value here is the preparing of a small people, in number and in their own assessment of themselves. It's a preparation for this season into which we now are entering, a season during which those who will not prepare are going to be exposed in their failure. Those who think they see but really don't are in grave danger. If you read where I link to Beyond the Veil studies and have found yourself in the habit of dismissing my strong recommendations to pursue what's there to get what the Lord might have for you, well, time is just about up. This window of opportunity the Lord has so graciously provided us is closing. Some need to know, some need to “stock up on provisions,” and that's why it's here! Whether this knowledge can be acquired in some other place from some other person, I don't know. I've wanted think so for a long time, but after all these years with no one else to point to for a second witness, I press on, undaunted.

I don't know everything but I know some things, enough, I'm assured.

My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me
John 10:27

Addenda: After I posted this, I read what my buddy Aaron had posted earlier today on his Revelation of Babylon blog. I'm compelled to include a link to it here, for a one-two punch in the enemy's gut. Good news, folks - our God reigns! Patient Endurance: Becoming Hardened and Battle-Ready

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