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Standing in that Day

Posted by appolus on April 22, 2013

There is a great tide of evil coming that will spew out threatening’s against Gods people. And yet God has a people that He has established and strengthened in the fires of affliction. He has separated a people from the system of the world and called them to Himself. A people who love God and Him alone with their whole hearts. They have been hardened and tempered to the things of this world by trial and by affliction. They come from every walk of life, every traditional background. The Body of Christ is shortly to face its greatest test. Indeed the Word of God tells us that there is such a time coming, that if it were possible, even the very elect would be deceived and for the elects sake God will shorten those days.Will you stand in the evil day brothers and sisters? Have you forged your own independence from the world? Are you wholly dependent upon the Lord? Now is the time to be forged in the fire, to be purified, to be purged of the dross of this world. For if this world has a place in your heart, a foothold in your life, then the challenge will be so much more difficult. Are you truly ready brothers and sisters to stand in the evil day that is almost upon us? Its time to take up the armor of the Lord. For our battles are not against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers, against the worlds rulers and the darkness of this age , against spiritual wickedness in high places. So let us take on Truth and put on the breastplate of righteousness. Let us walk in the Gospel of peace and shield ourselves from the enemies blows by our faith in God alone. And always remember that we have salvation in Christ Jesus that can never be taken from us and the Word of God that delivers and defeats all of our enemies as we walk in the Spirit.

6 Responses to “Standing in that Day”

  1. W.E. Smith said

    Yes, my brother it is coming and dare I say it is probably here already. Once the many forsake the heart-real and faithful few then the world will reject them. It is an act of divine judgment from our Lord. Once Israel rejected Elijah and Elisha, the Assyrians came shortly after. Once Judah rejected Jeremiah, then Babylon. The holy protection is lifted from His testimony. But Christians today seem to learn nothing from these precedents. They go on, day after day, pretending, heaping up teachers that will tickle their ears and affirm them in their soft and superficial complacency. Yet in the end they will be offended by a suffering savior and they will stumble because of Him. Maybe even me my brother, I dare say I know not my own heart. I have not your boldness to be sure, or your confidence. I am very much like John in the prison wondering if He is really the Christ. Yes even after all I have seen and heard and experienced. The truth is I am nothing without Him, and the old man is always there ready to surface, ready to give me away. But Lo He does know our frame, that we are but dust and ash even on our best days.

    Religion wont save you in this hour.

    Church will probably keep you from truly following Him outside the walls, beyond the Jordan where He sleeps at night.

    Your pretty love songs and religious ballads won’t secure you in that dread hour.

    The time for sermons is over. The time for books is over. This time for always learning and never really coming top know Him is over. We have had all this for 2000 years and where has it brought us?

    Only that place upon His bosom will save you. Only that place within His heart.

    Wake up saints. Stop pretending! Stop following and groups and ideas! Stop bedding down with Jezebel and this world’s putrid religion. Put away your american idols and your calves and your politics and your personal dreams. The only dream that matters is the dream the Father has dreamed for His Beloved Son! Stop bowing down to Mammon. Sell all you have in your heart and follow Him naked and unburdened.

    LAY DOWN YOUR LIFE – LAY IT ALL DOWN, LAY IT AS A HEAP ON HIS BLOODY ALTER! HOLD NOTHING BACK!

    There are real prophets of the Lord among you (like our brother Frank) – listen to them, Heed their message!

    If you don’t, If I don’t then He will spew us out of His His mouth!

    ( A supporting word from Bro Sparks (yes another Scotsman who in my view is the greatest messenger of the Lord since Paul, and I say that will full consideration) –

    Blessed is the one who is not offended by Me. (Matthew 11:6 ESV)

    The Word of God does take account of the possibility of our being offended with Him. It does not say anywhere that that possibility should never arise and will never arise. The Lord has no where said that we shall never have any occasion for being offended with Him. He HAS indicated that there will be PLENTY of opportunity for so stumbling at Him, falling over Him, coming down because of Him – if you like: crashing because of Him. There will be plenty of occasion or opportunity for doing so. He has never said that it will never be so. It is as well for us to recognize that.

    The Lord sent no word of rebuke to poor John the Baptist in the prison when he was perilously near to being offended with the Lord because of his situation. The Lord was not hard on John because of his question. He might, had He been another, have said, “But John, did you not point Me out as the Lamb of God? Did you not proclaim Me as the One, the Messiah? Haven’t you preached about Me to multitudes? Have you not made the strongest declarations and affirmations as to what you believed about Me? And here you’re asking a fundamental question about Me. John, what’s gone wrong with you?” No, nothing like that. The Lord knows our frame, that we are dust. And the Lord, I’m saying, takes account of this ever present possibility, in our weakness, of being offended with Him. But He does attach to this matter a particular blessedness if we don’t crash over the Stumbling Block of His ways with us, “AND blesse d is he whosoever shall not be offended in Me.”

    • appolus said

      Yes indeed brother. Consider even a prophet of God. What is a prophet of God? A mere messenger? Yes. One who receives then gives what he heard. Not one who knows everything, not one who is all wise, not one who is privvy to the mind and knowledge of God. Consider agabus. He tells Paul what is going to happen to him. Yet, then he goes on and begs Paul not to go. The first part was right, the second part was his flesh. In any transaction, the important participants are the giver of the message and the receiver of the message. God can use anyone to deliver a message, even a reluctant fellow like Jonah. Yet the important thing is what God has to say. What is God saying to His people right now? That is what is important. Christendom must realize that God speaks to His people and He speaks of the now……………bro Frank

      • W.E. Smith said

        Bro Frank – I shared this some years back regarding the heart of a prophet –

        But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming for baptism, he said to them, “You brood of vipers, who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? (Matt. 3:7)
        You are near to their lips, but far from their mind. (Jer. 12:2)
        I am quite sure that those who have any knowledge whatever of the times, spiritually, will agree with me when I say that the crying need of our time is for a prophetic ministry. There never was a time when there existed so extensively the need for a voice of interpretation, when conditions needed more the ministry of explanation. One does not want to make extravagant statements or to be extreme in one’s utterances, but I do not think it would be either extravagant or extreme to say that the world today is well-nigh bankrupt of real prophetic ministry in this sense – a voice that interprets the mind of God to people. It may exist in some small degree here and there, but in no very large way is that ministry being fulfilled. So often our hearts groan and cry out, Oh, that the mind of God about the present situation could be brought through, in the first place to the recognition of His people, and then through His people to others beyond! There is a great and terrible need for a prophetic ministry in our time. (T. Austin-Sparks, from, The Prophetic Ministry)
        Dear saints, we urgently petition our gracious Father for all of you that you will be found patiently waiting and watching in the Lord Jesus, as the hour closes in on midnight, and the Thief is at the door. Oh how so many saints are asleep, or drifting into soul-seducing slumber as the world races onward towards its date with destiny and the awful judgment of the Lord of all the earth. And where, brethren, where are the teachers, the shepherds, the prophets of the hour providing that much needed meat in due season, fervently exhorting the children of light to all vigilance and separation from this present evil world? Where are they indeed? Heaven help us in this dread hour dear ones. When brother Sparks wrote many years ago, that “there is a great and terrible need for a prophetic ministry in our time”, we concur completely. Where are those with the prophet’s heart, utterly abandoned to the purpose and perspective of their god? Where is this broken heart of supplication, of intercession, of pleading and pouring out? Where is the heart solely given over to restoration, recovery, reform and rededication? Where is the heart willing to antagonize the devil himself and to incur his violent attention? Where is the voice lifted up above the noise of human opinion and earthly interest and interpretation?
        But You know me, O LORD; You see me;
        And You examine my heart’s attitude toward You. (Jer. 12:3)
        Oh dear saints, read all of Lamentations slowly and carefully, carried on by the Spirit, and perhaps by the grace of the Lord, you will be inspired by this heart of the prophet. Perhaps you will see that it is very much a broken and shattered heart that we see here; a devastated heart. Perhaps you will see that this heart, this prophet’s heart, is really nothing less than the heart of our Lord being poured out for the ones He loves.
        Recently, I found myself revisiting the lives of the great ones among our kind – the prophets of old. For whatever gripped them and held them is what I want and need. I want nothing and no one out before me but my God; to be utterly abandoned to His will and purpose, to His moment-by-moment direction and leading. To have a power able to divide light from darkness and soul from spirit, and the complete and utter loss of all that I have become in this sin-plagued world. I wanted so very much to get inside this strange and secret life; inside their experiences with God, to truly comprehend what moved them. For very clearly, there can be no prophet without the prophet’s heart.
        So strange and so utter are these characters my friends, the Elijahs and Jeremiahs and John the Baptists of the world, moving alone in the shadows with their God, breathing in His words and breathing out His fiery pronouncements; utterly rejected and forsaken by their own, yet always sustained by the Lord who preserves them by His irresistible strength and purpose. Oh how we would all do well to have this heart dear ones; to be utterly poured out into His cup. Oh that we would see what they saw, and comprehend the days in which we live, and be ever willing to stand for the Lord when so many others have fallen.
        Notice how Austin-Sparks captures this so powerfully in reference to Elijah –
        That is what comes very clearly before us at the outset in the case of Elijah. There is no doubt about God’s sovereign choice, and there is no question as to God having endued Elijah with Divine power. Nevertheless, we see him at every step under the hand of God, and those steps are all steps which are a disciplining of the man himself. God is dealing with His servant all the time, and bringing him, all the way along, under His hand, so that he never becomes something in himself, but has everything in the Lord, and only in the Lord. We make a great mistake if we think that it is enough to have the Divine thought as to Divine purpose, that is, to have the knowledge of what God desires to do. That is not enough, that knowledge of the thought of God is not sufficient. There has to be a dealing with us in relation to that Divine thought, and that dealing with us is usually in a way which is altogether beyond our understanding…
        That kind of ministry, born out from that secret history with God, needs very special government by God to preserve its safety, to safeguard it from all those forces which can destroy it, and that is why Elijah, having such a ministry, needed to be governed in every step by God. There must be no generalization of movement in his case, there must be specific movement, God dictating every step. So God preserves that authority as He produces it, that is, by a hidden life. Such a life and such a ministry must not be exposed, otherwise it will be destroyed. (from, The More Excellent Ministry)
        Indeed, we read much of the prophet’s public ministry, but behind it all there must be this “hidden life” nurtured and sustained by the Living God!
        You see, here is a man, having had this deep, secret preparation with God in much prayer, who finds himself brought out in Divine authority to make a great announcement which represents a crisis in the purpose of God. You would expect that, from that point, he would go straight on from strength to strength, from place to place, would at once become a recognized authority, a recognized servant of God, and be very much before the public eye. But God would guard against any servant of His taking up a Divine purpose and a Divine commission in himself, taking it up in his own energy. That will destroy it, and there must be a hiding, a very real hiding. If a geographical hiding is God’s way of getting a spiritual hiding, well, be it so. If God chooses to send us out of the realm of public life and ministry into some remote and hidden place, in order to take us away from the imminent peril of our becoming something, of our being taken up to be made something of, our going on in the strength of our own self-life, that is all well and good; but whether it be geographical or not, the word of the Lord to all His servants would always be, “Hide thyself!” (from, The More Excellent Ministry)
        Dear saints, we don’t need to formally be ordained a prophet to have a prophet’s heart, and to be hid away in the secret chambers with our God. Here is sublimity and power my friends, and yet to have such a heart we must also be willing to bear a prophet’s scars – REJECTION, LONELINESS, ISOLATION, BEWILDERMENT, ABANDONMENT, DEPRIVATION, ESTRANGEMENT – that strange sensibility that this world is not our home and that we were never meant to be established in it. Oh there are many like Lot and Demas among us content to dwell in the walled city with the gates and the painted splendor of the world – but that can never be for us. No career, no wife, no children, no happy home for Jeremiah living so close to the time of judgment. Rather, to the smug, the indifferent, the cold, the blind, the worldly, the servant of the Lord must be content to provide this “meat in due season”, to prepare a remnant who will forsake the easy, formalized way of the many, and follow the Lord into the pathless wilderness.

        For the burden of the prophet – to restore, to recover, to set upright that which has toppled, is not an easy one to bear; in fact it is a great mystery how they bear it at all. Only the Lord knows His strange working upon the human heart. The prophet of the Lord must always oppose the false, cold religious establishment of his day, even at the price of being hated and hunted for it by those who take their Lord for a fool and refuse to believe He will fulfill all that He has declared. Can there be any greater courage found in a man, as that which was found in the Lord’s prophets, both of the Old and New dispensations? Never! These are the true and only heroes, and of course we must realize that all of the prophets, whoever they were, merely foreshadowed the One who was the Prophet; the One greater than Moses – the Lord Jesus Christ (Heb. 3:3).
        Here further, are some penetrating insights from one (Leonard Ravenhill), who himself was something of a prophet crying in the wilderness –
        The prophet in his day is fully accepted of God and totally rejected by men. Years back, Dr. Gregory Mantle was right when he said, “No man can be fully accepted until he is totally rejected.” The prophet of the Lord is aware of both these experiences. They are his “brand name.”
        The group, challenged by the prophet because they are smug and comfortably insulated from a perishing world in their warm but untested theology, is not likely to vote him “Man of the year” when he refers to them as habituates of the synagogue of Satan!
        The prophet comes to set up that which is upset. His work is to call into line those who are out of line! He is unpopular because he opposes the popular in morality and spirituality. In a day of faceless politicians and voiceless preachers, there is not a more urgent national need than that we cry to God for a prophet! The function of the prophet, as Austin-Sparks once said, “has almost always been that of recovery.”
        The prophet is God’s detective seeking for a lost treasure. The degree of his effectiveness is determined by his measure of unpopularity. Compromise is not known to him.
        He has no price tags. He is totally “otherworldly.” He is unquestionably controversial and unpardonably hostile. He marches to another drummer! He breathes the rarefied air of inspiration. He is a “seer” who comes to lead the blind. He lives in the heights of God and comes into the valley with a “thus saith the Lord.” He shares some of the foreknowledge of God and so is aware of impending judgment. He lives in “splendid isolation.” He is forthright and outright, but he claims no birthright.
        His message is “repent, be reconciled to God or else…!” His prophecies are parried. His truth brings torment, but his voice is never void. He is the villain of today and the hero of tomorrow. He is excommunicated while alive and exalted when dead! He is dishonored with epithets when breathing and honored with epitaphs when dead. He hides with God in the secret place, but he has nothing to hide in the marketplace. He is naturally sensitive but supernaturally spiritual. He has passion, purpose and pugnacity. He is ordained of God but disdained by men.
        GOD’S MEN ARE IN HIDING UNTIL THE DAY OF THEIR SHOWING FORTH. They will come.
        The prophet is violated during his ministry, but he is vindicated by history.
        There is a terrible vacuum in evangelical Christianity today. The missing person in our ranks is the prophet. The man with a terrible earnestness. The man totally otherworldly. The man rejected by other men, even other good men, because they consider him too austere, too severely committed, too negative and unsociable.
        And here we were worrying about our stock portfolio, or not being able to take that next family vacation, or the sports standings. Oh Lord help us! Grant to us by Your grace the prophet’s heart and the prophet’s separation, the prophet’s tears and the prophet’s faith and the prophet’s love for your wayward people in these dark times.
        Arise, cry aloud in the night
        At the beginning of the night watches;
        Pour out your heart like water
        Before the presence of the Lord;
        Lift up your hands to Him
        For the life of your little ones
        Who are faint because of hunger
        At the head of every street.” (Lam. 2:19)
        The prophet is one who is poured out and emptied by the Lord, and his blood is precious to the One who sent Him and keeps him. One day, brethren, He Himself will exact awful vengeance on all those who have spilled it (Rev. 16:6). This is certain, for the Lord God is a just God, and He will forever advocate for His beloved servants.
        And I heard the angel of the waters saying, “Righteous are You, who are and who were, O Holy One, because You judged these things; for they poured out the blood of saints and prophets, and You have given them blood to drink. They deserve it.” (Rev. 16:5-6)
        Another who had also seemingly glimpsed the strange and wonderful world of the prophet wrote the following regarding Jeremiah –
        In a time of national calamity and moral collapse there was a heart that burned with this fire of repentance and righteousness. In the midst of riot and rampage through Israel’s streets, stood one lone prophet with the message of the hour mixed with tears. Like Ramah, he refused to be comforted. Like his Lord, he could not ignore the plight of his people. He witnessed and pleaded on the corner of every street and hedge of Jerusalem for their lives and their liberties, to truly return to the Lord. Echoing through the alleys and lanes of the city it could be heard,
        “Arise! Cry aloud in the night! At the beginning of the night watches; Pour out your heart like water before the presence of the Lord! Lift up your hands to Him, for the life of your young children who faint because of hunger at the top of every street!” Lamentations 2:19)
        See, Jeremiah was no stranger to his nation’s sin and pain. He did not observe from a terraced temple treasury at the passing of the publican and prostitute that paraded through the streets of Jerusalem. He did not stand as high priest and judge to the agony and cry of Zion’s children, but to the contrary, he walked with them, he pleaded with them, he wept with them! Like his Messiah, he was no stranger to their desperation; he stood with them at the threshold of their judgment and cried.
        “…Call upon Me and come pray to Me! And I will listen to you! And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart…” (Jer. 29:12&13.)
        Judgment never falls without the tears of the prophet falling first –
        ‘And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it…’ (Jesus over Jerusalem) (Luke 19:41) (Chad Taylor from, Why Revival Still Tarries)
        And so what is the prophet’s heart? Indeed, it is nothing less than the beating heart of the Lord God Himself; He who searches the hearts and knows all those named by His name, yet who seek everything else but His Kingdom and His righteousness.
        My soul, my soul! I am in anguish! Oh, my heart!
        My heart is pounding in me;
        I cannot be silent,
        Because you have heard, O my soul,
        The sound of the trumpet,
        The alarm of war. (Jer. 4:19)
        Dear saints, as we consider the imminence and gravity of the Lord’s appearing for the watchful among His people, and as we look upon the almost hopeless state of the Laodecian church in this age, let us be faithful in providing the solid food of His prophetic word in due season, that we too might be found faithful at His coming.
        Who then is the faithful and sensible slave whom his master put in charge of his household to give them their food at the proper time? “Blessed is that slave whom his master finds so doing when he comes. “Truly I say to you that he will put him in charge of all his possessions. “But if that evil slave says in his heart, ‘My master is not coming for a long time,’ and begins to beat his fellow slaves and eat and drink with drunkards; the master of that slave will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour which he does not know, and will cut him in pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. (Matt. 24:45-51)
        The meat (or food) is the word of exhortation and the season is upon us, to be sure. And yet we must also recognize that, like the times of the ancient prophets, the many in our day will not receive this strong meat, and ultimately come to reject the ones dispensing it –
        For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you the elementary principles of the oracles of God, and you have come to need milk and not solid food. For everyone who partakes only of milk is not accustomed to the word of righteousness, for he is an infant. (Heb. 5:12-13)
        In closing, I will leave you with the words of Elijah to the people of Israel, spoken at a time grimly similar to our own in the Church of Christ. The time for choosing, brethren, is at hand, for the Lord will soon descend into His Presence, and the midnight cry will go forth –
        Elijah came near to all the people and said, ” How long will you hesitate between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him.” But the people did not answer him a word. (1 Kings 18:21)
        Not a word! And so what is your answer, my brethren? Did you know that you are either for the Lord your God or against Him? Pray that the Lord might grant you this heart of the prophet, undivided and true, willing to forsake everything that a remnant might be spared; that the Lord’s heart might come forth in this dark hour.
        Where are the prophets among us today, dear saints? Why have all the prophetic voices been silenced – the Austin-Sparks, the Tozers the Ravenhills? What is the Lord saying to us at the tail end of this age?
        Oh Lord, help us! Please help us!

        • appolus said

          Awesome brother. The key thing for the prophet is humility. He speaks what he receives. Jesus is all important , preeminent. I believe the prophet is humble because he has stood before the throne. To stand before the throne of God is the most humbling experience. We live in a day when men exalt themselves. I wonder when the last time anyone rent their clothes because men were flattering them and giving them even the tiniest part of God’s glory? He must always increase, and we must always melt back behind His shadow so that only He can be seen…………bro Frank

  2. W.E. Smith said

    Yes humility but more than that brother – the total emptying and evisceration of the all that they were in themselves. No Jeremiah you will not be a priest, you will not have a wife and children and quaint little plastic house in the suburbs. Your very family, your father will forsake you. Your identity as an Israelite will be taken from you. You will not be one among this forsaken people. I will bring you out, and empty you and nullify all that you are in yourself, and make you question everything you have every known. You will be brought to the place where you will plead for death, and your very breath will flow from my grace alone. Your blood and tears and sweat will flow down together and no one will care for your soul. Your bones will be broken. Your heart will be pierced. You will be alone, and all of your companion who love their religion and comfortable complacency will come to hate you. You will even come to hate me. You will rue the day you were even born.

    Dear brother – only such a man will stand in the day that is coming! Only these will be truly ready and awake. Every steeple in this land will be torn down but these will not stumble.

    The darkness is rising and with it the false one who will lead even the elect astray.

    The time for tinkering is over. The time for hyphenated christianity is done. The time for safety and tradition is at an end.

    The life is in the blood! The life is in the blood! Only those who truly know what this means will live.

    No these are not some kind of spiritual elite, far from it – they have rather come to realize, that only Christ will stand when the purging, cleansing fires will come. All dross will be burned away, and all that we are in Adam is dross.

    In order to save us He must eviscerate (there is a word you will never hear in any church in this land) us. In order to fill us (with Himself) He must first empty us. He must blind us before He can open our eyes. He must bring us to the place where nothing in Him will offend us or cause us to stumble.

    Do these words frighten and intimidate you? Are they extreme, morbid, fanatical?

    Yes they are, so turn back now if you wish to preserve yourself. Go home. Stop pretending. Huddle in your groups.

    He is coming! But He is coming in a cloud of witnesses before He comes in manifest glory!

    Who is represented in this cloud?

    Who are His witnesses?

    Who are among the prophets of the Most High?

    May that day come when they are revealed.

    May we each be one of them.

  3. appolus said

    Dear brother, we agree. My use of the word humility would encompass all of that. We are reminded that Jesus humbled Himself and left the glories of heaven to come down and walk amongst the lost and the dying and a sin sick world. He further humbled Himself as He not only died, but died the death of the cross. He hung there naked and broken in body and rejected. There is no greater an example of humiliation than this and we praise God that His name, the name of Jesus is exalted above every name because His willingness to die in such a manner for us. This is our example and this is who we follow and our Master knows how to prepare us and is faithful to complete the work He has begun in all of His genuine children…………bro Frank

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