Saturday, September 23, 2017, has come and gone by the time you get this. I’m writing this on Sunday, September 17, 2017. If you are reading this when it is posted on the evening of September 24, 2017, or later, and you know Christ for salvation, the Rapture hasn’t occurred. If you aren’t reading this because you are no longer on the planet, or it was never posted because there was no one here to post it, then my commentary is inconsequential. But if you are a believer and you invested heavily in the notion that the date, September 23, and the Revelation chapter 12 Scripture pointed to the Rapture of the Church, you might find the considerations herein worthy of your time.
This is not to point fingers of shame at those who were invested in the September 23 date as tied to Revelation 12. There were many chronological and astronomical/astrological statistics and postulations to support a case that the date and the signs in the heavens meant something of prophetic significance was afoot.
Many–including some colleagues and friends of mine–believe that the sign in the stars that converged on September 23 didn’t necessarily point to the Rapture. They believe these strange comings-together of astral bodies is a confirmation from the Lord that the end times are here and Christ coming to put an end to man’s rebellion is imminent. These same colleagues and friends, thus believe–and I agree–that they haven’t violated the “doctrine of imminence” regarding the unknown time of the Rapture of the Church.
I won’t attempt to defend those who did dogmatically predict that September 23, 2017, was definitely when the Rapture would happen. There is no pinpointing the exact day and hour of Christ’s coming for the Church. Jesus said so.
To make such predictions is to enter into the folly that so many down through the years have entered. The result is the same. The Rapture did not occur on September 23. What else can be said?
Their disappointment, if they were totally invested in the proposition of Rapture on September 23, is no doubt profound. I, myself, wish it would have happened on that date. As a matter of fact, I prefer that the Rapture happen right now while I’m writing this on September 17.
Now, what do we do from this point forward? I believe we go from disappointment to determination.
We don’t have to look at perceived astronomical, astrological, and other anomalous signs to know that Christ’s return is imminent. We don’t have to look longingly each year for the Jewish holy days–the feasts, etc.–in thinking on the Rapture of the Church.
There are signals of the prophetic stage-setting sort that make it crystal clear concerning the time and season in which this generation finds itself.
The Gog-Magog coalition is practically 100 percent formed. Russia (Rosh), Iran (Persia), Turkey (Torgomah), and all the Arab world of the Middle East are gathering north of and surrounding Israel.
China and the kings of the east are growing in strength and leering westward.
The globalists elite and their minions are in a rage to bring in the Antichrist regime, even though they perceive their quest as attempting to establish Utopia.
The nations of the world are in economic and civil chaos. They are in perplexity with great distress at the center of their troubles.
There is a developing religious universalism in which the pope and many so-called Protestant pastors are proclaiming many ways to God and salvation.
Nature seems to be spinning up as part of the great end-times storm that is most certainly on its way.
Rather than suffer in the throes of disappointment because dates and prophetic events don’t work out to fit human calculus, let us be determined to serve our individual and corporate–heavenly–purpose. Let us lift the Name of Jesus during the time between now and when He comes for us who are called by His Holy Name.
We are not left without understanding of the lateness of these last days.
Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. (1 Thessalonians 5:5)
Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
42 Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
43 But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.
44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.
45 Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?
46 Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.
47 Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods.
48 But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming;
49 And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken;
50 The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of,
51 And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
We are so beyond Blessed among the entire history of our Brothers & Sisters in Christ! God Almighty Himself has allowed each one of us to be born into this time, at the edge of all time. He knows us each by name, while we were in our Mother's wombs, even the number of hairs on our heads. He has dwelt within us, the love of Prophecy in these Las Days, and that Blessing is a privilege beyond imaginable.
With this Blessing, comes a HUGE responsibility, where in fact Souls are at stake. satan also knows this, and just as Jesus said, satan is feeding MANY MANY FALSE teachings, using so called "Christians" to lead the lost away from God, from being Saved. Man is fallible, Gods Word is not. We are Blessed by God with His Holy Spirit, to give us much needed, critical, discernment in these times. THAT is who we need to rely on when studying, reading His Word, it is our defense He gave us against these false teachings.
So what does this privileged position we have in these Last Days mean? What is His Purpose for us in these times? It is for leading the Lost, the fence sitters to the Lord, not preaching to the "choir" as they say. Again, it is a HUGE responsibility to Witness for Jesus at this time of the closing of the Church Age. He chose each and every one of us for this privilege, and He has great confidence in us! Should one Witness false teachings to a Lost person, or to someone undecided, and that teaching is proven false, that diminishes the Blessing of someone being Saved! We have to be extremely careful, call upon the Holy Spirit, know His Word, VERY WELL, to Witness TRUE Prophecy to others, their Souls are at stake!
Again it is not about those already Saved, but those who are not.What are we going to say, when we are Raptured and face to face with Our Lord? What will we say when He says to us that He gave us such a privilege of Witnessing in the Last Days, and we did nothing but chat among other Believers? We are the Good Servants, waiting with great anticipation of our Master, Our Beloved Bride Groom to come. We are to be about His Great Commission with a fervency in these Last Days, for the time is short to bring the Lost to Jesus....We watch with knowing joy & excitement, and at the same time work for Him as His faithful and wise Servant...
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