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Monday, December 10, 2012
Hey Everybody, Watch This!
More often than not, that phrase is uttered by someone with
less than stellar decision making skills, engaging in some foolish, risk taking
behavior which usually results in the need for a quick trip to the nearest
emergency room.Funny thing is, one of
Webster’s Dictionary definitions of the word ‘watch’ is, “to keep in view so as
to prevent harm or warn of danger,” which seems to be at odds with the request
to have someone witness accidental carnage.
Of course, there are other meanings of the word ‘watch.’ 1.
Stay awake intentionally: keep vigil.2.
To be on the lookout for danger: be on guard. 3. To keep oneself informed
about. 4. To lie in wait for, especially so as to take advantage of something.The synonyms include alertness, heed, expect, anticipate, await, expect and hope.
Jesus tells us over and over in His Word, to watch for His
return.Actually, it’s more of a warning
to watch, so we’re not taken by surprise.However, there doesn’t appear to be very many Christians these days who
are truly watching, and that concerns me.
There seems to be two main theories regarding who will be
taken in the rapture, and who will be left behind.One states that everyone who is a professing
Christian will be raptured, with no regard given to the seriousness of their
walk with Christ.The second theory
posits that only those who are watching and longing for the Lord’s return will
be whisked to safety.
This is a touchy subject, but hey, since I’ve never been one
to shy away from a controversy, I thought I’d put my two cents worth in the
pot, stir it up and see what happens.I
can’t wait for the hate mail.OK, here
goes.It is my opinion that the latter
theory is correct; that only those who are actively watching and longing for
the Lord’s return, will be spared the Tribulation.
There are several reasons why this makes sense. Allow me to explain.First of all, let’s start at the obvious; the
relationship the Bible states the Church has with Christ.We are His Bride, the one He chose to love
and cherish forever.Think logically
here.What prospective groom wants to
marry a bride who isn’t crazy in love with him?
What groom wants to take on the responsibility of providing
for, respecting, protecting and loving a potential spouse who’s more interested
in what she can get out of him, than giving herself to him completely? She
should respect, admire and adore her fiancée, confident and resting in his love
for her.When they’re together, she
shouldn’t be looking over his shoulder, checking out other men, or thinking
about how to manipulate him into buying stuff for her.
And when they’re apart for any length of time, he needs to
be assured and comfortable, knowing she is faithful and belongs only to him;
that she is willing to be patient as she waits expectantly and joyously for his
return so they can start their lives together. Is that what is happening in the
mainstream church of today?Are you
kidding?Not even close!
The mainstream church/bride of today is out partying,
spending money hand over fist and sleeping around with every attractive male
that walks in the door.Her mind isn’t
stayed on her future groom. Now, does that really sound like the kind of
so-called, professing Christian Jesus would want to waste His time on? I don’t
No, He’s coming to take to Himself a Bride whose eyes shine
with His light; who spends her days fulfilling her earthly responsibilities,
while dreaming of Him and the new life they will share when He returns to get
Let’s look at what scripture has to say.Luke
21: 34-36 seems to have been written for the church of today.This is what Jesus said, with the Greek
meanings in parentheses:
“And take heed (be
attentive) to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts (soul, mind, desires) be overcharged (weighed down) with surfeiting (giddiness that comes from alcohol), and
drunkenness, and cares (anxiety) of
this life, and so that day come upon you unawares (unforeseen, suddenly). For as a snare (unexpected deadly trap, peril) shall it come (arrive, overtake) on all them (individually)
that dwell (a fixed abode) on the
face of the whole (entire) earth.Watch (be
attentive, ready) ye, therefore, and pray (desire, long for) always, that ye may be accounted worthy (judged deserving) to escape (flee out of) all (each, every) these things that shall (will) some to pass (happen),
and to stand (continue safe and sound)
before (in the presence of) the Son
Hmmm.Interesting.According to this,
we Christians are commanded by Christ
Himself, to take great care to stay on guard against the probability that
the responsibilities and anxieties of this life can weigh so heavily on our
minds and hearts, taking up so much of our attention, that His coming catches
us off guard.
This event is going to be so unexpected, it will feel like a
deadly trap to everyone on the whole earth who isn’t prepared to go.Therefore, we are to stay acutely aware that
He could show up at any moment, and we should pray and long for his
appearing, so we can be judged worthy to completely escape the tribulation that
is coming and be able to stand, safe and sound in His presence.
Sounds pretty clear to me.Does this, or does this not imply, that there will be some professing
Christians whose hearts are so caught up with the things of this life; that
aren’t looking for, much less LONGING for His return, that won’t be judged
worthy to escape.Gee, how many people
like that do you know? Let’s cut the baloney here.That describes the VAST majority of so-called
I get hundreds of emails from folks describing the reaction
they get from fellow believers in their social groups or church congregations,
who look at them as if they have three heads, when they express the genuine
desire for Jesus to return as soon as possible.These people make them feel like fools; as if THEY are all holy-roller
and out of touch with life.
It’s been said that when the Bible repeats itself, you’d
better pay attention.So, is this
commandment to ‘watch’ for His return, stated anywhere else in scripture?Yes, and by none other than Jesus, the one
who promised to come back.
According to Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance, the same Greek
word for ‘watch’ was used in each of the following verses. The word, ‘grhgorevw,’ means ‘to give strict
attention to,’ ‘be cautious, active,’ ‘to take heed, lest through remission and
indolence, some destructive calamity suddenly overtake one.’
‘negligent, careless, derelict, lax,’ and indolence
means, ‘lazy, idleness, sloth.’Finally,
calamity means, ‘great distress,
disaster, an event causing great harm, loss or affliction.’
The verses with the bold highlighting were said by Jesus.
Matthew 24:42, “WATCH
therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.”
Matthew 25:13, “WATCH
therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man
Mark 13:35, “WATCH
ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or
at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning.”
Luke 21:36, “WATCH
ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all
these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.”
1 Thessalonians 5:6 “Therefore let us not sleep, as do
others; but let us WATCH and be sober.” (Per Paul)
1 Peter 4:7, “But the end of all things is at hand: be ye
therefore sober, and WATCH unto prayer.” (Per Peter)
Revelation 3:3, “Remember therefore how thou hast received
and heard, and hold fast, and repent.If
therefore thou shalt not WATCH,
I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come
Revelation 15:16, “Behold, I come as a thief.Blessed is he that WATCHETH, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and
they see his shame.”
Just as a little matter of interest, the word ‘thief’ in this verse means, ‘embezzler,’
‘pilferer,’ ‘falseteachers who do not care to instruct men,
but abuse their confidence for their own gain.’Can you say, ‘Emergent Church’?
OK, let’s review. Jesus
is the one who died for us, the one who rose again for us and intercedes for us
at this very moment. He’s the one who feels the tender affection a groom does
for his bride, and who has spent over 2000 years preparing just the perfect
place for us, and he specifically told us no less than 6 times, to WATCH for
Hmmm.You reckon He
wants us to watch for His return?You think
He really meant it?Do you suppose there
is a difference in His mind between those who actively watch and long for His
return, verses those who are still entangled and enchanted by the things of
this world?I have a sneaking suspicion
the answer is ‘yes.’
There’s another reason I think the number of Christians who
will be spared the Tribulation will be surprisingly small.Take a look at Revelation 7: 9-10, “After
this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all
nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and
before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; and cried
with a loud voice, saying Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne,
and unto the Lamb.”
On to verses 13-14. “And one of the elders answered, saying
unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came
they?And I said unto him, Sir, thou
knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation,
and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.”
Here we clearly see that John witnessed in heaven, a ‘great
multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people,
and tongues.’Think about it.Again, the VAST majority of professing
Christians today in first world countries are not particularly interested in
the return of Christ.They aren’t
hearing about the rapture from their pastors, because most seminaries today
don’t teach about eschatology and end time events anymore.
Those subjects don’t fill the churches with happy, shiny
faced people who are willing to give lots of money to building projects and
community outreaches.Prophecy and the
rapture and the tribulation are scary subjects and difficult to understand, so
they pretend that stuff’s not really a part of the Bible, and just kind of respectfully
ignore it.Besides, those things
represent major life changes, and people are naturally afraid of and resist
change, even if that change is for the better.After all, the unknown is terrifying.
Here in America, people’s attention is fixated on what
another four years of this administration will bring.They’re worried about the economy and their
jobs, as well as their retirement accounts and their children’s future. Most
folks are STILL completely ignorant of what this President and his Globalist
handlers have planned for this country. Hate to tell ‘em, but their lives are going
to drastically change anyway, and if they aren’t accounted worthy to escape
these things, what they’ll face ain’t gonna be a barrel of laughs.
So, if everyone who states they are a Christian IS raptured,
where did that innumerable multitude of tribulation believers that John saw,
come from?According to the Pew Research
Center’s Forum on Religion and Public Life, as of December 2011, there are
approximately 2+ billion Christians in the world. Of course, what is included
in the term ‘Christian’ isn’t universal.
The term ‘Christian’ I am using, is a person who confesses
that Jesus is God’s only begotten Son, who was born of the virgin Mary, lived a
sinless life, died on the cross as the propitiation for our sins, rose again
the third day, ascended to sit at the right hand of God the Father, and who
offers salvation by our confession and acceptance of His grace alone.
Pew Research states that of that 2+ billion, half are
Catholic, 37% are Protestant, 12% are Orthodox and the remaining 1% belong to
sects who claim they are Christians, when they are no such thing, i.e.,
True Christians are those who strictly hold to the teaching
of Ephesians 2: 8-9 for their definition of salvation, “For by grace are
ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not
of works, lest any man should boast.”That unfortunately disqualifies an awful lot of those 2+ billion people
who profess they belong to Christ.
When we subtract the Emergent Church crowd, who are not
taught the need for repentance and trusting in the blood that was shed for
them, along with the untold millions who go to church, because they think
that’s what it takes to get in good with the ‘Man upstairs,” along with those
deceived souls in the Chrislam movement, that 2+ billion number really
Of the professing believers that remain, who are true
Christians in every sense of the word, how many do you suppose would be
included in the remnant that spend their days watching and longing for the
return of their Lord?How many
Christians have hearts that have disengaged from the things of this world,
whose greatest desire is to go home to be with Jesus?
I venture that number is abysmally small.Don’t forget that Jesus emphasized over and
over again, His desire that His Bride watch
for His return; that we are NOT to be distracted by the concerns of this world,
but to ‘pray always’ that we will be found worthy to escape the coming wrath of
God.It is more than obvious this
mindset is of utmost importance to Him.
This would explain why the number of tribulation saints John
witnessed in Revelation, will be so huge.I fear there will be untold millions of Christians who, to their horror,
will be left behind because they weren’t WATCHING as He instructed.
So where do you fit in?Are you secretly hoping Jesus will hold off coming back due to plans and
dreams you want to see fulfilled first?Do
you ever give more than a passing thought that today might be the day He
snatches His Bride home to be with Him, as He promised?Do you spend intimate time alone with your
heavenly fiancée every day, praying you’ll be found worthy to escape the horrors
we see closing in on us?
I freely admit that I hold no doctorate in theology, nor
have I attended Bible school, but I’ve been a dedicated Christian, by the
truest definition, for 42 years.In that
time, I’ve logged a bazillion hours of church services and Bible
teaching/reading and have a very solid grasp on what the Word of God
teaches.I’ve also got a decent amount
of common sense, and carry a simple belief that the Bible literally means what
it says, and says what it means.
Now, I may be flat out wrong in my opinion that the number
of those raptured will be shockingly small, but from what I see and hear about
the church of today, compared to what Jesus Himself said He expected us to be
doing in these last days, I don’t think I’m off base at all.If I’m wrong, then I’ll be wonderfully
surprised when that Blessed Hope occurs.
But if I’m correct in my assessment, most of you reading
this had better examine your hearts and make sure you’re watching and
ready to go. Disengage from the things of
this earth and look up, for our redemption draws near.Again, I could be wrong.But do you really want to take that chance?