The Indispensable Value of Biblical Prophecy By Jonathan C. Brentner In early June of this…
The Cry of The Spirit and The Bride
By Tim Cameron
If Scripture says “The Spirit and The Bride cry Jesus come quickly” and that is not our hearts cry, might we need to ask why?
Jesus told us to “watch and pray.” For what reason? In the Jewish wedding custom, the Bride did not know what hour her Bride Groom was coming, she DID know the season and was dressed and prepared to be “taken away” by The Bride Groom.
Jesus told us in John 14 that He would come and receive us unto Himself, THAT WHERE HE IS WE MIGHT BE ALSO. That is the “catching away” of the Bride. As believer’s, by The Spirit, their should be a work of grace taking place in our hearts that causes us to “long” to be where Jesus is. And in that longing, it should stir an urgency to be about our Father’s business, in sharing that great news, that Jesus did come born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, was crucified for our sins, was placed in a borrowed tomb for 3 days and then ROSE from the grave. Today He is Risen Indeed and He did go away to “prepare a place” for all those who are His and who’s eyes have been opened to call upon His Name, and He admonished us to be found by Him, faithfully serving Him, while “watching and praying” encouraging us, “that when you SEE all these things” “LOOK UP, for your Redeemer draws Nigh” and to be faithfully sharing the great news while it is yet day, for there is coming an hour where we will no longer be able to work. It will be “too late.”
How can we know how late it really is? Israel is the prophetic clock. The Day of the Lord begins with an agreement for Peace that is confirmed between Israel and “the many” (Daniel 9). Right now at this very moment, they are once again calling for Israel to give up land for PEACE. They are seeking to divide Israel with a “two state solution.” Which includes dividing Jerusalem. Zechariah tells us that Jerusalem will become a burden upon the entire world. This is happening in real time right before our eyes!!!! “For such a time as this.”
I tell you by authority of scripture this would be a tremendously great time in our lives to examine our “heart’s cry.” Are we apathetically living through this time, believing it will just all “pan out?” Are we more concerned with “our best life now?” OR are we aligning with His Spirit, crying out ..”Jesus Come Quickly.” Are we striving to build our own kingdom, or are we looking for a city who’s builder and maker is the Lord?
You know we are called “believers” and many would say we “believe” The Word of God. But the Word of God is 28% Bible Prophecy, and it was written, NOT for us to be “in the dark” but “in the Light.” I’m amazed at how apathetic this “church age” is, considering how well defined this time is scripturally. It’s either due to unbelief or lack of knowledge or depraved indifference that we are not A. Filled with GREAT JOY that Our Lord’s Coming is even at the door and B. Majorly broken, weeping between the porch and the altar on behalf of the wickedness of our time and C. Urgently sharing The Gospel, by faith believing time is shorter than when we first believed. We should NOT be in the dark about what time it is!
1st Thessalonians 5
But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you. 2 For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. 3 For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape. 4 But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. 5 You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. 6 Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober. 7 For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk are drunk at night. 8 But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation. 9 For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him. 11 Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing.
OH that is some seriously GREAT news right there. You see many would say that The Bride will have to suffer through “The Tribulation” but they miss understand what the Tribulation is all about. It’s a time of God’s Wrath being poured out upon those whom refused His Pardon. It is NOT for those who have believed in the message of The Cross, for they are not appointed unto wrath because Jesus took our wrath upon Him!! The Day of the Lord is a time “Set Apart” for a people who have neglected such a great salvation. Those who have trampled underfoot the gift of GRACE found in Jesus Christ. There are those even now, who are shouting “turn off the Light.” They hate the Gospel, they hate the Light because their deeds are evil.
This time that is swiftly approaching is also called “Jacob’s Trouble” in large part because Israel chose Barabbas instead of Jesus. Romans Chapters 9-11 tells us that it was for our sakes that they were blinded to the truth for a time, that we might be grafted in through Jesus Christ and yet He, NOT being through with Israel, will open their eyes to their desperate plight, seeing the nations of the world surrounding them and seeking their demise, they will cry out, and Jesus will come as the response to their cry, And they will look upon Him, whom they have pierced and they will be saved.
When you read of this and hear of “the last days” is your heart stirred with a passion for the Bride Groom? Do you realize the greatness of The Cross? Do you realize those whom have called upon the Name of Jesus are “hidden” already.
Even as I type this, “Christians” are being slaughtered in Syria, Egypt, Iraq, Iran and across the globe and we are becoming the scourge of planet earth. Of that Jesus promised such. “A servant is not greater than His Master, IF they hated Me, they will hate you.” We need to be armed with a mindset that to “be absent from the body is to be present with Christ.” Only God can work that in us. IT’s a work of grace by He who began a good work in us, who will complete it. Either way, to live is Christ and to die is gain OR I tell you a mystery, we shall not all sleep, but be changed, in the twinkling of an eye. As I’ve heard it said “no one should be able to scare us with heaven.”
The clock ticks and the plot thickens.
According to Scripture and the reality of the Rebirth of Israel and its impending push to find peace outside of Christ, it appears any day now, they could be willing to confirm a treaty. Just this past Friday, Benjamin Netanyahu tweeted out Israel’s resolve and willingness to “find peace” even via a “two state solution.” The United States set a time line of 9 months back in July and continues to escalate pressure for this “deal” to be urgently pushed through. As a back drop, Iran’s mad dash for Nuclear Weapons has not let up and the famed “red line” is not years, but just months or even weeks away. I’m not going to type the laundry list of things happening “all at once” that shout to us all that these are indeed “perilous times.”
We need to look no further than God’s Word and see ISRAEL. For 1878 years Israel ceased to be a nation, then in miraculous fashion in 1948 that Biblical Promised Land was “REBORN.” In the rear view mirror or NOT, that is Bible Prophecy at its finest. And YET we can see in The Bible, that their is coming a time that Israel ..that tiny peace of real estate will become a global point of focus. Israel will be surrounded and without any ally. They will have NO PLACE to look but up. That is a set time already laid out that God has warned the whole world of. It’s a time of God’s Wrath being poured out upon earth and it will be ferocious and defy human understanding. It will be so intense that God’s Word tells us that unless God shortened the days “no flesh would survive.”
There will be a hail storm where hail stones will fall upon planet earth weighing between 90-100 pounds. There will be a things happening that are so scary that people will be begging for the rocks to fall upon them as an act of mercy. People will seek death and find it not.
But of that time, we have NOT been appointed. “As it was in the days of Lot, so shall it be.” Before God poured out His Wrath on a specific place, he sent warning, he then removed His people and THEN poured out His Wrath. During the Tribulation, the whole planet is the place of His Wrath.
I was wicked and vile and deserving of that wrath. I was living very worthy of 90-100 pound hail stones crushing me, I was chief of all sinners and headed towards self inflicted disaster, but while I was lost in sin, Jesus Christ had died for Me. It was MY SIN and His love for Me that caused The Cross. It was for my sake that 2,000 years ago ..Jesus picked up a cross and carried it and took what I had coming and laid bare, while Roman Soldiers brutalized His Body and CRUCIFIED HIM. And He told us, “that whoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Having rose from the grave and triumphing over death, I remind you of his great PROMISE! John 14:1″Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. 4 And where I go you know, and the way you know.”
And He said He would not leave us comfortless, but would send His Spirit and He did, and His Spirit is now dwelling in those whom are His and THEY CRY….”JESUS COME QUICKLY.”
IF that is not your hearts cry, again please ask why?