Do You Know What Time it REALLY is?
The night is far spent and the day is at hand.
My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord; neither be weary of His correction: For whom the Lord loveth He correcteth; even as a father the son in whom He delighteth. Proverbs 3: 11, 12.
You’re probably wondering what has the frog got to do with this article – it is depicting the frog in the ‘boiling water syndrome’ and as the temperature rises the unwary frog becomes oblivious to the danger. It eventually perishes as it doesn’t have the sense to jump out and save itself. This analogy is exactly the same in human behaviour and so many are blind to what is happening in this perishing world and is all increasing exponentially. And people are also oblivious to the fact that we are now standing on the very edge of the Tribulation precipice, which will come upon so many unawares and just as the frog took no notice of the danger associated with the hot water, they too, are in ignorance and unaware of their fate.
And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. Romans 13: 11.
Sadly for the majority in the world, there doesn’t seem to be any urgency about what Paul is saying. People are both unaware and in complete ignorance that the whole world around us is degenerating into a downward spiral from which there is no hope for so many who are just comfortably asleep – anaesthetised to the late hour in which we find ourselves and time is rapidly coming to an end. They care more for the things of this world than things above yet those things are only temporary, even riches, which are soon to fade. The five foolish virgins thought there was still plenty of time and they slumbered on while their sisters were and remained awake and had their lamps trimmed. They had recognised that the night is far spent, the day is at hand: and at midnight, when the call was made they were ready. In saying that the call was at midnight tells us it would be the least expected time and it serves as a warning to expect Him at ANY time and scripture says, He shall come like a thief in the night. Every day is bringing us closer to Jesus yet some are so blind or too desensitised to understand the Tribulation that awaits this perishing world, which is so clear to so few.
Thinking about the transition from night to day, it is the first small beam of light visible above the horizon when the new day dawns. It has been said that ‘the darkest hour is just before the dawn’ and many may wonder what that is really saying. Yet if you just stop and apply it to the hour in which we live, it becomes clear. The worsening things we’re seeing and happening all over the world will only become darker – and they will get much darker yet before the morning star, which is when Jesus finally returns. So the night really is far spent.
2nd Timothy 3: 1 – 5 & 7 tells us some of the things that are happening even today, This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of Godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. And, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
There are many things that we read of that Paul and others endured in their day, some of which were far worse than what afflicts many today but that will all change in a few short years and knowing this, we must hold fast to what we have been so graciously given. The alternative cannot even be considered. Salvation is the only thing that really matters, everything else is just dross.
If we look at ourselves through a critical lens – are we reflecting Jesus in our lives? Believing in Him is only the beginning, there is so much more and the more we submit our lives to Him, the more He will reveal through His word and the Holy Spirit and listening for whatever He calls us to do. And He not only calls the qualified, He often calls the unqualified, we only have to be willing.
Scripture tells us that Jesus in His grace has given us the Holy Spirit to guide us in all things if we just submit our own rebellious nature to his will. But even so, many who are just lukewarm know this truth but still wonder why the Spirit is dormant in them and they are yet to experience his still soft voice. And yes, it is a very soft voice and can easily be missed if we’re not paying attention, which is simply being conscious that he may speak at any time. And it may not always be audible; it is sometimes in the form of a prompting, as in you become consciously aware of something but either way, you will know. And for most, it’s just a matter of having a true desire to open your heart and mind by doing what is required in scripture, which is a spiritual thing and not physical and then training yourself to recognise him in whichever way he speaks. If you are honest and examine yourself, there may be a couple of reasons why you’re not hearing him and I’ve already mentioned the two main things in the first two sentences of this paragraph – being lukewarm or half-hearted, which is rarely reading about Him and you haven’t really submitted your will to His will. Being lukewarm is easier to fix, submission is much harder and is the key to it, which is respecting His authority. So many have forgotten what obedience and surrendering mean and we all need to think carefully on these things deeply and it all depends on your true desire. (We should remember that we are not our own, we belong to Him – He is the father of our spirit, it was Him who made us.) It means being serious about repentance and changing your ways to show a soft heart toward others – a hard heart will never hear the Spirit. In the latter days he will be trying to warn us of the impending danger and for those not attuned to his voice, you may miss an important message. In the midst of all the ‘noise’ that is in this world it can easily drown out the Spirit’s soft voice if you’re not conscious of it – you have to concentrate on any inward prompting that he is trying to tell you something, so always keep at least one ear open for him.
Our own spirit was implanted by God at birth, which makes us ‘alive’ at that moment and our body is just the vehicle that carries it around. So it stands to reason that the Spirit of God can and will certainly communicate with us through our own spirit into our hearts and minds, which in turn causes us to know and recognise him and then correctly understand his message. If you want to know the Spirit working in you, you have to play your part and God is not interested in part-time soldiers.
We are living in a time that I find reflected in scripture in so many places and in particular I like to think on things found in the 1st and 2nd Epistles of Peter and starting with 1st Peter I: 4 he explains, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this verse Peter mentions an inheritance incorruptible and is reserved in heaven, which means it is guarded in heaven for us but it is also in two parts – in heaven and here. And as God is guarding it there, we must do all we can to guard it here. This gift must never be taken lightly; it is the most precious and valuable thing that we will ever be entrusted to guard and the battle field is here in your mind and Satan well knows it and he will do everything within his power to wrench it from your grasp.
Thinking of an earthly inheritance, which is usually associated with money or an object left to you by another. It cannot in any way equal the inheritance that is freely given by God through the sacrifice of His dear Son as a ransom for us that none of us could ever rightly deserve, which was such a high payment that we can never repay. It goes on to say, That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: And then, Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see Him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: And further, Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls. Just thinking of God’s awesome keeping power – I cannot help but love Him because He first loved me.
This is the beauty of faith that is simply indescribable in words in the English language but yet in the older Biblical language no longer used, it portrays a beautiful flavour once you get used to it and I love these verses. I personally think that if the older language style were removed, the beauty and flavour is removed as well and sometimes with modernisation, the intent of the message is lost as well, even to the point of being somewhat clinical. And further down it says in part, which things the angels desire to look into – and if angels want to know what the Spirit is imparting, shouldn’t we have that desire too?
In 1st Peter 2: 9 he tells us, But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an Holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into His marvellous light: Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but have now obtained mercy. And in Titus 2: 14 it also says, Who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto Himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
In Ephesians it tells us what we were by nature and what we are by grace, which is also what Peter is saying in the above verse and the gift of salvation that we have received from Him is to be ferociously guarded simply because Satan is never far away from all of us. And he is ever quick to take any advantage to strike as soon as we let our guard down, even for a moment and it may end in misery if we don’t stamp on it and stop it quickly. Satan is NOT our friend, he is our sworn enemy and he also knows that his days are numbered and his mission is to take as many as possible with him to his end. As every boxer knows when they enter the ring, if you let your guard down and take your eyes off your opponent, even just for a moment, that’s when he will hit you. It is imperative to keep our eyes firmly focused on Jesus and Satan is just waiting for any of us to look away for a brief moment. I think that’s what happened to Peter on the ship when he saw Jesus walking on the water and Peter, being impetuous, said Lord, if it be thou, bid me to come unto thee on the water. And Jesus said, Come. Peter was excited and got onto the water and began to walk toward Jesus and he may have even turned around to see who was watching and at that moment he began to sink. It could have been that Satan was also watching and the moment Peter took his eyes off Jesus, Satan struck. When Peter took his eyes off Jesus his faith wavered for just a moment. If Jesus had wanted to He could have just 'appeared' on the ship but it could also have been an important message to Peter and the disciples and us. It’s a twofold warning for all of us – never take your eyes off Jesus and keep hold of your faith no matter what.
Peter mentions a peculiar people and isn’t that how the world thinks of us? He also says to show forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness . . . and means we are to be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear. If someone should enquire of the light within us, we should try to think carefully on how best to do so and try to season our words with enough salt to create a thirst for Jesus. It might be someone who knows you and is aware that you have something that they don’t and in dealing with their own internal problems they could be reaching out for help and it should always be with a genuine; softly-softly response and the slightest aloofness or unfriendliness will only be rejected. If we show kindness it is difficult to reject.
In thinking of the word meekness and what it means, it usually has two connotations. Some can think of meekness as being submissive or gentle, timid or shy and Jesus described Himself as being meek and lowly in heart but He never backed down when confronted by His enemies. A meek person is not always quiet; he is quiet when he should be quiet and bold when he should be bold. Ecclesiastes 3: 7 tells us in part, a time to keep silence, and a time to speak. And further, For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? But if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God. For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example that ye should follow in His steps: And further, Who His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye are healed. For ye were as sheep gone astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.
Peter tells us to submit ourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake. He is meaning to submit to human authority and he isn’t telling us that those authorities are necessarily good but we’re to show that Christ is good. We shouldn’t allow ourselves to get involved with politics but to tolerate and obey them and avoid useless dissensions as they are worthless and unprofitable. Remember the story of paying tribute to Caesar when Jesus was asked whether they should pay tribute and He said, show me a penny, which they did and He said, whose image is on it and they said, Caesar’s. He then said, Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and to God, the things that are God’s. Worrying about politics will not benefit anyone; Jesus wants us to cast all our cares upon Him. Matthew 11: 28 – 30 tells us, Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
I love how Jesus is entreating us to come and learn of Him and I can’t think of a more beautiful invitation and it creates a wonderful picture. Can we find a better rest?
For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and His ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil. It’s a wonderful thing to know that He is watching over us and His ear is always attentive to any plea and He will bring to naught all those who are against us. Let not your heart be troubled, John 14: 1. Jesus is reassuring us not to be afraid of anything around us in the approaching end of all things. And in these days soon to come you may know of some, Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you. And further, Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when His glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part He is evil spoken of, but on your part He is glorified. Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf. And further; Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.
It is sad to see in this day and age the rise of cults also represented by the increase of mega churches and the multitudes that blindly follow them, which has been prophesied that they will come. And with many celebrities who are ignorant of the truth pouring money into them, which only furthers their growth, not to mention their own corruption and leading many unsuspecting souls to their end as well. For many whom swell the numbers in these polluted churches are those with itching ears, they have long since fallen away from true Christianity and they believe whatever they hear. They think these churches, with so much hype and glitter is resurgence or a revival in Christianity and they are lead like lambs to a slaughter. 2nd Timothy 4: 3, 4 is a good example and is clear. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. There are so many false teachers in this age who are only in it for the money. They are wolves in sheep’s clothing but none know it.
In 2nd Peter 1 he tells us more, he speaks about the divine power of Jesus to establish you and keep you: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience Godliness; And to Godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. And further, But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. And he tells us to give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. These are all worthy examples of how we should conduct ourselves before others and he is encouraging us to diligently strive to be partakers of the divine nature, which is having the mind of Christ and if we can do that we are putting off the old man to be renewed again and is clear in these verses. I particularly like that he says if we do these things we shall never fall, which is to strengthen us. I think the last sentence is a reference to the strait gate verses in Matthew 7: 13, 14.
He then tells us about the false teachers and the punishment that will come upon them and their followers. And in this late hour, these days are here even now and we must be very careful about where we place our trust – you do not want to share in their end. But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that brought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And through covetousness they shall with feigned words (with pretence) make merchandise of you: whose judgement now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.
I have already mentioned above about the rise of cults and these verses are also confirming it and Peter took great and exceptional pains to instil this message in us as he knew about them, exactly as Jesus did and Amos 8: 11 – 13 is a perfect example: Behold the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord: And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the Lord, and shall not find it. In that day shall the fair virgins and young men faint for thirst. And this was realised and spoken over 2000 years ago.
And further, Peter is exhorting us all to be aware of what is happening around us saying: For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the Holy commandment delivered unto them. He also confirms further, Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. There were doubters then as there are doubters now and I sincerely hope they may have a change of heart before it’s too late while His patient hand is still outstretched in love.
As I have told you before in another article that I once belonged to a cult and I have been brought out of it by His mercy and I will no longer put my trust in any man made religion – instead my only trust is in my Bible and ichthys.com. That is my church.
John 14: 6 is clear and says in part: I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the father, but by me.
ichthys.com has so much more.