[I share this because I've read the comments from many of my friends who express the same things. There's a sense of oppression in the air (the fruit of the enemy), but there's also an exhilarating sense of excitement (the joy of the Lord)!]
I wrote part of this in my journal this morning, and expanded upon it now in order to share:
I'm sure IMPATIENT for Jesus to Rapture His own!
I get sicker of this world, and all its hassles, every day. I could
hide in the deepest forest, and still the hassles would search out my
front door. That's because the enemy knows where I go, and everywhere I
am, plus that ugly sin nature inside follows me there, too.
long for a release from this! ONLY being with Jesus in a new glorified
body will grant me that...and day by day, I wonder "How much longer
I LIVE by the Word of God. IF other people DID THE
SAME, there would certainly be less uproar in this world! BUT, that
would also mean the time would NOT be so near, either, for Jesus'
INSTEAD, the whole world IS in an UPROAR, even the
ground itself (and the mountain peaks, too), SHAKE in upheavals!
Militant Islam butchers people; bombs blast; rifles fire; rockets
explode. Bloody bodies lie in turbulent streets.
States is in a state of restless agitation. Disgruntled people
everywhere. Hated. Greed. Bitterness. Even "Christians" backbite
each other without a qualm. Crime are exploding. Protests are staged.
While on the TV and Internet, yammering and arguments seethe. No peace!
Plenty of strife. WHEN WILL ALL OF THIS END?
Along with all the roiling turmoil, God and His Word are mocked and scoffed. AND THEREIN LIES THE PROBLEM!
A satanic, antichrist spirit prevails. Oppression crushes one down. It's an unending battle to NOT become discouraged.
Evil is so strong on the earth, that it can actually be FELT. Many
Christians, me included, SENSE this. It comes as a heavy distressing
weight and a foreboding of approaching doom. I believe we FEEL this
because the Tribulation period [that time of pressure, trouble and
affliction] is soon to be truly manifest upon the earth.
ALL THAT KEEPS IT FROM FLOODING IN IS GOD'S RESTRAINING HOLY SPIRIT!
Several days ago, I had a fleeting impression [not a vision, not a
thought], but a sense of KNOWING. The dividing line between dimensions
appeared as thin as a piece of tissue paper. On the other side of that
membrane, leathery entities sought to break through, beaks and wings
battering the tissue, seeking access to our physical world. The
membrane rippled, but did it not tear. The wicked beings could NOT gain
access because the RESTRAINER held them back.
But as soon as
the RESTRAINER is "taken out of the way", the membrane will rip, and
that satanic horde of fallen angels will FLOOD the earth. IF WE THINK
THE WORLD RIGHT NOW IS INSANE, CHAOTIC AND EVIL, WHEN THE RESTRAINER IS
REMOVED, "ALL HELL" WILL CERTAINLY BREAK LOOSE.
My sense of
impending doom is IN RELATION to that NIGHTMARISH spiritual reality.
It's NOT here yet, but it IS indeed near. I BELIEVE GOD GAVE ME THAT
IMPRESSION FOR THE PURPOSE OF ME SHARING A WATCHMAN'S WARNING.
All is NOT gloom and doom, however! The other side of the coin is THE
JOY of KNOWING the Lord Jesus Christ. ONLY HE CAN SAVE US FROM THE
JUDGMENTS WHICH ARE BEING PREPARED. Bible prophecy, concerning the end
times, WILL INDEED be fulfilled. BUT ALSO JESUS WILL "KEEP HIS WORD OF
PROMISE" TO A FAITHFUL, OBEDIENT AND TRUE CHURCH!
He said to us
in the Words spoken to His disciples (during that private meeting in
the Upper Room, just prior to His Crucifixion, Resurrection and the
GIVING of "the Comforter", the Holy Spirit--in which His Church was
birthed). He declared with all authority, to those FIRST ones to enter
"Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God,
trust also in Me. In My Father's house are many mansions; if it were not
so I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you.
And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back to take you to
be with Me, that you may also be where I am."~~John 14:1-3.
also spoke a direct promise to the FAITHFUL Church of Philadelphia, who
have only a little strength [are few in number], but who KEEP His Word
and have NOT DENIED His name. He declares with authority:
"Because you have kept the word of My patience, I also will KEEP you
FROM the HOUR of temptation, which shall come UPON ALL THE WORLD, to try
them that DWELL UPON THE EARTH."~~Revelation 3:10.
TO BE KEPT FROM THE HOUR OF THAT TRIBULATION IS TO BE KEPT FROM THE TIME OF IT!
Jesus then revealed Himself personally to the Apostle Paul, and gave
that man this FURTHER revelation. To Paul, Jesus declared with
"For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with
a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God:
and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and
remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the
Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore
comfort one another with these words."--1 Thessalonians 4:16-18.
THE THOUGHT OF BEING IN THE TRIBULATION DOES NOT BRING A PERSON
COMFORT. I just describe in detail what THE CURRENT WORLD FEEL LIKE,
and it's NOT NICE. The TRIBULATION will be thousands of times WORSE.
It is NO comforting thought!
These PROMISES are WHY, as the
world becomes so dark and threatening, we Christians are able to LIFT
OUR HEADS IN JOY. We KNOW our Lord is SO SOON to appear. We have His
assurance that we will be WITH HIM in glory, VIA a Pre-Tribulation
Rapture, BEFORE the judgments and wrath of God come upon the whole world
to test them who dwell upon the earth.
We KNOW this time is near, by reading from 1 Thessalonians 5:3-6:
"For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction
cometh upon THEM, as travail upon a woman with child; and THEY shall NOT
escape. But YOU, brethren [of the Church], are NOT in darkness, that
that day should overtake you as a thief. You are all the children of
light, and the children of the day: WE are NOT of the night, NOR of
darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and
Yes, let us watch and be sober. WATCH for the
SIGNS that indicate the time is near. Be sober so that we pay
attention! WATCH! BE READY!
Our Lord indeed will arrive
suddenly, quickly. We know NOT the day or the hour, but by the SIGNS
(some of them which I shared above), we KNOW the hour is NEAR, and
indeed could occur in the VERY NEXT INSTANT.
That's WHY, even
in the midst of gloom, doom, atrocities, wickedness, insanity and
bestiality, WE CAN LIFT OUR FACES IN JOY. Jesus HIMSELF gives us this
HOPE and PEACE. And as we SEEK Him (when the weight of the world
presses upon us), He buoys us up and gives us confidence in the very
midst of darkness. I KNOW! He's done this countless times as I fulfill
the task of Watchman.
Now, let's turn to the very LAST PROMISE recorded in the Bible, where we read:
"He [Jesus] which testifies these things SAYS, 'Surely, I come QUICKLY.' [And we reply] 'AMEN. EVEN SO, COME LORD JESUS.'"
That's why we can REJOICE as the world around us darkens, and while evildoers hold such sway.
I hope this message has UPLIFTED and STRENGTHENED you. It sure brought me up and away from a downcast spirit!
WE WILL REJOICE IN THE LORD ALWAYS! THE JOY OF THE LORD IS OUR STRENGTH!