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Who will stand in that day?

Posted by appolus on July 10, 2012

Hi Saints. The time is coming soon for the great separation that Jesus spoke of in the end times. In fact I believe that it is already in its beginning stages. Now what causes this great separation? How are sheep separated from goats? How are wheat separated from tares? How are the virgins with oil separated from those who have none? We see that in Mat 25:10 Jesus says “And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.”

We see here in this parable that all of the virgins undoubtedly represent all of Christendom. They are all virgins and they all have lamps and they are all awaiting the return of the Bride-groom and they all slept. Yet, it was they that ” were ready,” that entered in. Do you have oil in your lamp, are you ready? And so we see in this example two broad categories of those who profess the name of Jesus. We have already seen the various names that Jesus used to describe those in the two categories. 1. Sheep and goats. 2. Wheat and tares. 3. Those who are ready and those who are not. So how will these two groups be identified, separated in the end times, in the time of separation/persecution? Well, obviously in the ten virgins parable the one who were ready were the one who had oil in their lamps. They could actually fulfill their purpose by shining their light in the darkness. This oil in the parable is undoubtedly referring to those who have the Spirit of God as opposed to those who do not. Therefore we can conclude that one must be baptized in the Holy Spirit.

This parable of Jesus also shows that it is indeed difficult to tell the difference between the two groups until the time of Christ’s return is imminent. So we can see that there will be a great darkness prior to the return of Jesus and that the true saints of God will be required to shine their lights in this darkness. If one waits to prepare their hearts and minds until the darkness is upon them and the Lord is at the door , then Jesus is clear in what He says, it will be too late. We see the same principles of identification in the example of the wheat and the tares. Now a tare is a weed that looks very much like wheat. It is difficult to tell the two apart. Only as the time of the harvest approaches can one really begin to differentiate between the two.

Lets look at one more Biblical example of separation and identifying one group from another. In Luke 6:47-48 we see two houses. Now with a casual glance, one could never tell what house has a foundation and one does not. Yet, in the story Jesus tells there is a calamity, a flood comes. There is a bursting of the river and after the flood has done its work, after the storm is over, only one house is left standing. It’s the house that dug a deep foundation and placed the house on top of the Rock. The other house is swept away in the flood. So we see that in the parable of the ten virgins that darkness does its work, we see in the example of the wheat and tares that it is harvest time that identifies the weeds and that in the example of the two houses that the storm, the flood does its work in separating and dividing the two broad categories. Will you stand in the coming storm?

So who are the virgins without oil? Who are the tares? Who are the goats? Who are the people whose houses do not have a foundation? Php 3:18-19 (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.) We see here a group that Paul identifies as ” enemies of the cross of Christ.” It is important to note that these are a group of believers who are ” earthly minded,” who are concerned about the things of this world, people who claim to follow Jesus but specifically reject the ” cross of Christ.” The cross represents suffering and rejection and humiliation, the loss of all things and finally death. And this group of people not only reject the cross of Christ but are enemies.

Earlier in the same chapter we see Paul describe what it means not to be an enemy of the cross of Christ but how to be an embrace of the cross. Gods remnant people will not be earthly minded. They will count all things loss for the ” excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus.” To know Jesus more is the heartbeat of the children of God. They want to know HIm and the power of His resurrection. They want to know Him and the fellowship of His sufferings. Brothers and sisters, can you see what is the major identifying factors between the two broad categories of Christendom? One group is an enemy of the cross of Christ and the other group embraces the cross and seeks fellowship with Jesus in His sufferings so that they may know Him more. One counts it all joy to enter into His sufferings and the other despises the notion of suffering and dying, especially the death of the cross.

In Matt 16 we see Peter making a bold declaration by revelation. He says ” You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Yet, when Jesus tells the disciples that He must suffer and die, Peter rejects this. And right away Jesus says to him ” Get thee behind me Satan.” You see, there is no place given to those who reject the message of the cross. It is not enough to identify Jesus as the Son of God, you must embrace the cross. You must bow your knee to the things of God and to His will and not to your flesh or the things of men and this world. Jesus specifically says that in order to follow Him you must deny your flesh, deny self, take up your cross and follow Him. To lose your life is to gain eternal life. So who was the Peter that rejected the cross? He was a brave man, passionate, bold, willing to die for the cause. He was willing to fight and die for the cause but he was not willing to die for the cross. He was unbroken. Now we know how Peter’s story ends praise the Lord. How will your story end?

In the 3rd Chapter of Malachi we see a prophecy of the end days. We see a coming refining fire. And the question asked is ” Who may abide in the day of His coming?” ” Who will stand when He appears?” Who will yield to and embrace the refining fire that Christ sends? Peter had to be broken, he had to walk through His own refining fire. Have you been broken? You know that this fire is for the priests in that day. Brothers and sisters we are the priests of a royal priesthood. There is a coming fire, can you embrace it? Can you count the cost now? You see, there is a fault line that runs through Christendom. When the shaking begins and the fault line begins to open up, what side of the fault line will you find yourself on? On the one side are those who embrace the cross of Christ, who mind not the things of this world but who mind the things of the world to come. And on the other side are those who are ” enemies of the cross of Christ,” whose minds are set on the things of this world. As Christ moves ever closer to coming back, the divide will grow ever greater. The gap between the two groups will become more and more apparent as the shaking increases. Now is the time to bridge the gap and be counted on the side of those who embrace the cross. There will come a time when this gap will be too great to cross. Make your stand now under the shadow of Calvary’s cross.

6 Responses to “Who will stand in that day?”

  1. Allan Halton said

    “:So who was the Peter that rejected the cross? He was a brave man, passionate, bold, willing to die for the cause. He was willing to fight and die for the cause but he was not willing to die for the cross.”

    Hi Frank, that’s a very searching insight, for the cross is a very searching thing. That brave man Peter would have willingly died beside His Lord if only that death had been a hero’s valiant death. But the cross– the death of a despised criminal, and in the case of Jesus an unjust death– this was high offence to Peter. There was no honour in it.

    I think it was Paul Washer who said something like, “your sufferings will not be noble.”

    I like to think I would gladly suffer as a Christian… even unto death. But what if I am not being accused of being a Christian? What if it’s some trumped-up charge? Some false accusation, something very malicious?

    Or, what if your sufferings come, not from some cruel persecutor in a military prison… but from those closest to you?

    Or… Paul. He said he could have evaded the cross; all he had to do was preach circumcision– the keeping of the law. “Then is the offence of the cross ceased” (Gal. 5.11).

    There it is– the “offence” of the cross. That’s what Peter couldn’t take.

    What I am saying is, only the Lord Himself knows the secret recesses of the heart (in each of us, I mean)– and what it will take to penetrate that darkness and bring the hidden things to light.

    If that seems frightening, let’s remember that the Lord is on our side in this. We may not feel all that confident we could endure the depths of such a cross. In fact some are in trials right now that seem to be “beyond measure.” But I believe that what we’re going through today… our Lord Jesus is preparing us today for what is coming tomorrow. So we’ll be ready. Prepared. So let’s humble ourselves under the mighty (and loving) hand of God.

    And, whatever is in store for each of us, let us remember that “unto you it is given (as a precious gift) not only to believe on Him but also to suffer for His Name’s sake” (Phil. 1.29).

  2. appolus said

    Amen Allan, amen. Yes suffering is a strange thing and it comes from many different sources and it is rarely noble. It typically goes to the heart of who we are. I believe that is why we are called to embrace the cross, we are asked to pick it up daily. The cross, the life of the cross is a choice. It is up to us. How badly do we want to be more like our Lord? How badly do we want to walk in the Spirit? It did not work out very well, at least accroding to the world, for the apostles and early followers of Jesus and then Peter eventually finds an actual cross. If you watch the video that i posted a few posts back, you will see that most of the apostles were blugeoned or stoned to death like dogs in the street. not a very noble death, not , perhaps, like a death on the battle-field but of course it was , just a very different kind of battle-field. I think of my mother, and older woman now, beaten hundreds of times because of her faith in Christ. Nothing noble about black eyes and broken jaws, but she stayed the course and walked tall in the Spirit, even although she was just under five foot tall. I learned from her what it meant to suffer for Christ and go on loving your enemies. Yes brother, the cross is an offence to so many but it will be the cross bearers that are found faithful in the days ahead and in the coming storm. ……………….bro Frank

  3. W.E. Smith said

    I will gladly spend myself and all I have for you, even though it seems that the more I love you, the less you love me. (2 Cor 12:15)

    All my intimate friends detest me; those I love have turned against me. (John 19:19)

    Wonderful post my brother. It is the cross that separates certainly, those willing to endure its reproach, especially from their own (blood and spiritual family). Psalm 31 (and many others) speaks of this reproach, of this secret and deep pain that has no equal. Job’s friends knew many things, and had many words for him, but this was not part of their wisdom or experience. They were enemies of the cross of Christ and useless counselors. The whole of Christian teaching today it seems finds it root in this crossless conviction.

    Jesus came down, He empties Himself for us, for His own people (Israel) – He loved them, and the more He loved them, the more they hated Him. This is the suffering of he cross. How do you know if your suffering is merely you, your own failures as a human being, or the cross of Christ? Well here is the first clue. This is how we know Job’s suffering and David’s suffering and Paul’s suffering were felt in the fellowship of His suffering. Look at all the prophets, how they loved their people, and then how they were cast out by the very ones they loved.

    Much has to do with how little the church knows of God’s love – they have dissected every jot and tittle of the Bible and yet they know nothing of His love – hoe it moves, how it has eternity in its scope, how it makes you bleed and cry out, and bang in the windows of heaven.

    I remember many years ago standing in a rain of tears outside a church that I was just before carried out forcefully by the deacons. They picked me up and carried me out. My crime – I came to them with a message form the Lord’s heart, an appeal of love, of turning back to the simplicity and exclusivity of Christ. Many who knew me, many I had broken bread with for years rejected me in an instant. I was so confused. I was angry with God, with myself.

    When you stand for the Lord beloved saints, rest assured, you will stand alone. There is only room in the pit for one, as Jeremiah knew all too well.

    Job loved his own. He petitioned the Lord for them, and made many sacrifices. Yet on that ash heap he stood alone in the brooding shadow of the cross of Christ.

    How do you know a true prophet is among you – well, his heart is consumed with the love of God for His people. And it is on this very basis that they are rejected and scorned and hated. Oh how strange are His ways, how puny and pathetic is our won understanding of the vast wisdom of His heart.

    Shake us O Lord, shake your people, shake us like the storms recently that shook everything, the very ground beneath our feet. Shake us so that all that remains is Thee Oh Lord. Shake us now so that we might stand in that fateful day soon upon us. Shake out all of the false ones, the wolves, the pretenders, the ones who feed upon they sheep, who wax fat in their schemes to gain from the very blood of the Lamb. Shake out all religion, all tradition, all fleshly worship, all that offends Thee.

    Bro. Frank – your very words are cutting deep, between those who will go on, and those who will not. Those who will merely read and then go on with their worldly lives, and those who will let the word divide them still. Many are called but few are chosen. And even fewer still are willing to bear the reproach of the Lord’s cross, to die daily that he might live and be the very life in them; their very breath and spirit.

    Dear saints, the culmination of the age is upon us. Settle things now while there is time. Make yourself ready as His True Bride! Be like the Shulamite longing and pining for His return and embrace.

    “I am coming quickly” – saith the Lord!

  4. appolus said

    Brother Wayne writes………..
    I will gladly spend myself and all I have for you, even though it seems that the more I love you, the less you love me. (2 Cor 12:15)

    This is the story of life and the tragedy of the fall of man. Could God love us more? This burning love that sends His dearest Son to walk amongst us. Yet the longer He walked the less followers He had, and even in the end He finds Himself all alone. He faces the call of God with only God to fall back on and even then we see this wrenching cry from the cross ” My God, my God, why has thou forsaken me.” Truly to follow the Lord Jesus we too must come to a point where all is forsaken for the cause of Christ. To walk through this desert is to prepare us for usefullness in that day. The vigins with oil heard the trumpet, they heard the call to awaken and light up the path for the Bride-grooms retun. Just like the fishermen, they would have to lay everything down and light up the path in the darkness. A great darkness has enveloped the world. The trumpet is calling us to stand up and light up the world with a light that is life itself. That light is Christ and that light is the life of man. Without this light all men will die eternally. And so the bearers of that light must be refined in the fires. I visited a lighthouse one time. This truly magnificent powerful light stood atop a high tower, above the rockes, above the waves, ready to shine its light to all those who would be caught in a storm and in the darkness they would know. Yet the man said that if the glass that surrounded the light was not clean then it would defuse its effectiveness. The cleaning of the glass was a vital part of the operation. We are the glass that houses the light. If this light would shine from us unhindered into a dark and storm ravaged world then we must keep the glass clean. The refining fire of Malachi which comes just prior to the return of Jesus will leave us in a place where we can diffuse the love of Christ to the people of the world, to our persecutors, and walk in a hell shaking love. e too will cry out ” forgive them Father for they know not what they do,’ we shall be heard crying out ” hold not this against them Lord.” The more we love the more the world will hate us, yet this is an expression of what it means to love unconditionally. This love is not based on seeing results, its based on the fact that if you set something on fire it produces light and heat. We love because we are loved. All things act according to thier natures. It will be a glorious day when our natures are so one with HIs that we merely love because of the nature of Christ that burns in us………………….bro Frank

  5. abkeyte said

    Wonderful post and comments! You all are such a blessing to the Ecclesia! God bless you in the matchless and priceless name of Jesus.

    Indeed, we stand on the precipice of eternity, and we will behold the culmination of all things. What a thought! What a privilege and what an honor we have been given by our Lord! Paul was caught between the two extremes – staying and going. I believe we will be too!

    Philippians 1:21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

    The Day approaches rapidly and there will be a darkness unlike anything we have seen so far; but, we will shine the light of the gospel everywhere we go carrying that light and holding it high so it can draw all men to Jesus – the author and finisher of our faith. I like the way it is depicted in Psalm 91:

    Psalms 91:7-8 A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.

    We may suffer persecution, torture and eventually physical death; but, we win! We must not succumb to fear of any kind, especially of man because fear is of the enemy. We are not of this world. We are passing on and through to absolute heaven with our Lord. Yet, you are dead right when you say we must choose this day whom we will serve – God or mammon… We cannot serve two masters and our Lord will not be mocked. He knows us better than we know ourselves and He will separate the sheep from the goats.

    We must be pure – holy and pure – white and clean without spot or blemish. We must turn from rebellion and humble ourselves even to the ‘offence of the cross.’ The Lord is coming for a clean and pure bride, not a dingy, dirty and soiled one. He is worthy of a loyal and true bride, so let us lay down all that hinders us and press in! The time is short, the fields are white and ready for harvest and today is the day of decision and the day of salvation! Hallelujah! Praise His Holy Name!

  6. appolus said

    HI Abkeyte, yes indeed brother, we must never succumb to fear. Fear is one of the greatest enemies of the Church. To walk in the presence of God is to walk without fear. Fear must be overcome because ultimately fear is sin, fear says that our God cannot deliver. And so we must walk in trust. No matter what unfolds in our lives we have to know that the steps of a righteous man are ordered of God. When we trust God and yield and surrender our lives then situations that would cause fear actually propel us closer into the arms of our Lord. And so in every situation we can choose to be blessed by keeping our eyes on Jesus and being totaly dependent upon Him. The greater the level of dependency, the closer our walk is with Jesus. That is why we can read glorious testimonies from martyrs down through the ages. For when all things are stripped away and the saint faces even the loss of his life, he stands unencumbered. It is the culmination of the truth that we share. It puts flesh onto the bones of timeless truth. One can teach that we must love our enemies, but the walking out of this is the reality of the truth that we teach and believe………………………. bro Frank

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