August 16, 2005 – PREPARATION/EXIT

I have been earnestly seeking God for this website. I am responsible before God for its content, and I have felt He wants me to wait upon Him until I get the message for this particular hour. I pray that anyone coming to this website will be edified, exhorted, comforted, and blessed spiritually.  The spirit within me is crying out for the unaware and uninformed of the prophetic times in which we live.  We are about to enter the “winding down” of God’s prophetic time-clock. This is fabulous news for those prepared, but cataclysmic for those unprepared!  I want you to know the truth and the truth will set you free. Please begin to read the word of God; particularly read the book of Revelation.  There is a blessing to anyone who reads it. Revelation 1:3  blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near. 

Last Friday, God answered my prayer as I was driving to the dentist.  He gave me five titles for the lessons He would bring to me in the next few weeks.  The first is “Preparation/exit.”  He burned it on my heart and my prayer is that you will hear the voice of the Holy Spirit as He tells us to “Prepare for our exit.” We have no promise of tomorrow and some of us could meet the Lord in death before the rapture. Even if you do not believe the rapture is imminent, we must prepare to meet the Lord.  If we fail to seek and serve the Lord with all our heart we will be left behind in a world that is going to receive God’s judgment for sin and the devil’s destruction of those not protected by Christ.  The only way to be saved after the rapture is martyrdom. Revelations 13:15 he was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that it could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed.  16  he also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead,  17  so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name.  18  this calls for wisdom. If anyone has insight, let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is man’s number. His number is 666. 

Big things are about to happen!!! Believe me when I tell you the Holy Spirit is telling the children of God to prepare for Christ’s return for His body of believers and the judgment to follow.  John 16:13   but when he, the spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. 

God has told us about Christ’s appearing and He said that we would not know the time, but we would know the season.  The Holy Spirit is telling the children of God that Christ is coming soon for His children…prepare to exit. Matthew 24:27  for as lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the son of man.  Mat 24:36   “no one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the son, but only the father.  37   as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the son of man.  38   for in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark;  39   and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the son of man.  40   two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left.  41   two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.  ~be ready for his coming  42   “therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.  43   but understand this: if the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into.  44  so you also must be ready, because the son of man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.

Perhaps you are thinking, ‘People have said we’re nearing the end since the beginning of time.’ I say unto you, through the Holy Spirit that is speaking to my spirit, and to all spirit-filled Christians, that we are to prepare ourselves for Christ’s appearing. 2Timothy 4:8  now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that day – and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.

Every beginning has an ending. God has divided his dealing with man into dispensations and the time of the exit of his body of believers is about to take place because the spirit is making us aware that these are the end times. There is nothing in prophesy to keep the rapture from taking place now.  1Thesalonians 4:15 according to the Lord’s own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep.  16  for the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first  17  after that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.    Notice that the scripture says, “The dead in Christ” and that those who are alive in Christ will be caught away to be with the Lord forever.  The world has not experienced the “catching away of His body of believers” and it is the next great event on God’s calendar.

We are here to learn to live for God through the indwelling Christ (through our invitation for Christ to indwell us) and through the Holy Spirit that indwells God’s word and is a gift to us through Christ our Savior.  John 14:26   but the counselor, the holy spirit, whom the father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to youWe are commanded to overcome our sinful nature and become like Jesus.  Heaven is a holy place and God will not allow its holiness to be corrupted by our sinful nature. Our sins must be forgiven and washed in Christ’s blood and we must be willing to put on the “new man.” Colossians 3:9  do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices  10  and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its creator. 

Do you know what the Bible says about the end time?  Believe me when I tell you that the Book of Revelation speaks of a time on earth that will be a revelation of hell itself.  If we have not chosen his gift of life, Christ Jesus, we will accept and receive condemnation and judgment upon our sinful selves.  There is no man good enough to escape by his own efforts.  Only the blood of Jesus Christ and His life within us will purge us from sin and turn us from the evil in our nature unto the Godliness ordained of God.  This preparation for heaven and our eternal life must be completed now or it will be too late.

If we knew we were going to move permanently to a new locality or country, we would want to make sure we familiarized ourselves about every aspect of the trip and its encounters. We would be foolish not to study everything there is to know about the ruler and government of that country. We would want to learn the etiquette expected. We would want to know the rules and laws of our new homeland. There is much to know about God and His laws and rules of conduct and what He expects from us.  Be prepared to meet God and Jesus Christ who is the “door” to our eternal future home.

Heaven is a place of perfect beauty, perfect purity and holiness. The earth is patterned after heaven, except the beauty on earth has been corrupted by the curse of sin and sinful man.  Unlike the earth, in heaven there will be no more sorrow or weeping, and love for our Lord and each other will reign supreme. No more wars or hate, only joy and peace. In heaven, there will be rewards given and assignments to be carried out.  It is a perfect kingdom ruled by God the father and Jesus Christ His son.

I am glad I was born again into His family and I can call God “Father.” Many of you reading this lesson also know Him personally.  If you do not, ask Jesus Christ to come into your heart today and to cleanse you from all unrighteousness.  Pray for Him to lead you into His truth and recreate you into His image.  Your life will be filled with joy!!!  The greatest invitation I ever accepted was Christ’s invitation to become a child of the living God.  God the father has showered me with blessings and I abide in the secret place of the Most High.  Phi 1:20  I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. 21 for to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. 

Revelation 22:12   “Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done.  13   I am the alpha and the omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.  14   “blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city.  15   outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.  16   “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright morning star.”  17  the spirit and the bride say, “come!” and let him who hears say, “come!” whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life.