Excitement met with expectation met with, "Wow!" My spirit rejoiced while my mind search for all the reasons I should be afraid. I mean, have you read Revelation? Yeah, it gets ugly.
I'm not a pretrib rapture believer. There's no Bible to support it. There are 150 chapters in the Old and New Testament dealing with the second coming of Jesus. They point to the Church partnering with Him, praying for His kingdom to come on earth as it is in heaven.
Yet I know as evil increases, so will the glory and light of the Lord. The book of Revelation is the book of Acts supersized.
Isaiah prophesies this:
"For behold, darkness will cover the earthAnd deep darkness the peoples;
But the LORD will rise upon you
And His glory will appear upon you.
-- Isaiah 60:2
We have a job to do. It will be completed when Jesus returns. We are His partners on the earth, boots on the ground and our prayers and intercession will wage war against the evil rising on the earth
The Spirit and the Bride say come! Revelation 22:17. (We can't say come if we're not here.)
The buzz this week is Rob Bell's new book, Love Wins. I've not read it yet, but will when it releases. But I've read quotes and discussed the book with others. There's an idea that a loving God won't send anyone to hell.
We send ourselves to hell but not believing in Jesus. So says Bell.
While God the Father is loving eternally, Bell forgets about the Father-God who is also eternally just. Is Bell thinking deep about the Father's heart. Bell asks, "Would He send anyone He claims to love to hell?"
To which I gaze at the Cross. The Father loved and continues to love Jesus and look what He asked Him to do.
That's the point. Jesus and the Father loved each other and US so much, Jesus submitted to the Father's plan of redemption.
If you don't receive it, you receive the result. Wrath. Which includes a fiery hell.
Here's what Jesus says, "Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell."
Here's what why I'm writing this blog. Do your own prayer and study on the second coming and on hell. Expand your resources and above all, read the Word. Ask the Holy Spirit to teach you. Hang around like minded men and women who are interested in the truth, not affirming theology. There's a lot of bad theology out there.
John 14: 26: "But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.
1 John 2:27: "As for you, the anointing which you received from Him abides in you, and you have no need for anyone to teach you; but as His anointing teaches you about all things, and is true and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you abide in Him.
Hard times are coming. Our faith, our hope will be tested. Unless we are rooted and ground in Him, we just may falter.
Know Him. Know Him.