I had an unusual dream last night. A lot of it I do not remember clearly, but some of what I remember really had me thinking today. In the first part of the dream I was in the presence of the Lord, a feeling of being surrounded by him. I had a sense of things happening that will only occur at the last day, only after the days of the great tribulation. I remember saying to the Lord that these things cannot be happening now, we haven’t been through the 7 year tribulation! What he said to me and asked me, shocked me. He asked, “How do you know that the 7 year tribulation isn’t over now? You have been in Babylon; do you know what has been going on in the rest of the world? You have not put yourself in a position to be persecuted for the sake of the gospel; you have been living in ease in Babylon.” I believe this is a warning to us. “If it were possible even the very elect will be fooled.” It will be possible to be so involved “in” Babylon that our eyes can be blinded and not even recognize when tribulation starts.
We only have two spiritual authorities working in this world today, Christ and anti-Christ, as Jesus said in Luke 11:23: “He that is not with me is against me: and he that gathereth not with me scattereth.” 1John 4:3: And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.
Acts the 4th chapter came to my mind:
Ac:4:18: And they called them, and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus.I am not a school teacher, but here in Babylon (America) they tell Christian teachers in public schools the same thing they told Peter and John.."do not speak or teach in the name of Jesus Christ". Why are there not more Christian school teachers being fired for “hearkening unto God?” and speaking the things of God and doing as Peter said “we cannot help but speak” It has become the acceptable thing in Christianity to "obey the laws of the land" and not "ruffle feathers". This is just one small example of how the lines are already being drawn in one area and how easy it is to avoid persecution by just conforming to the world. Just wait until such laws are spread to every area of our lives. Who will stand then?
Ac:4:19: But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye.
Ac:4:20: For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.
M't:10:32: Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.
M't:10:33: But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.
Lu:12:8: Also I say unto you, Whosoever shall confess me before men, him shall the Son of man also confess before the angels of God:
Lu:12:9: But he that denieth me before men shall be denied before the angels of God.
This is not our world. Jesus said in John 17:16: “They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.” Like Abraham (Hebrews11:10: For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.) We are still looking for that city. We do not fight with the sword or with flesh and blood as EPHESIANS 6 says, our fight in the spirit.
We need to face the fact and realize that the very principles that control and run this world, this Babylon system, this anti-chirst system, is against God. As long as we conform to the ways of this system, to this world, we will not be persecuted, but that would also be denying Christ. James 4:4: Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.
The school teachers that conform to the laws of this world’s system are just one obvious example of this. I only use the school teachers here because if there were enough Christian teachers in public school sharing their faith as we are all commanded to do, there would have been so many teachers being fired that it would have been all over the news.
But I say every one of us face this same type of thing in our jobs. Not all of them will fire us for breaking the government’s laws, but in the private world many times compromises have to be made so that the “bottom line” is met. The examples could go on and on, but you know where the compromises are, the things that would separate us from the world but would negatively affect our physical lives if we obeyed God.
We don’t even realize how deeply we have been sucked into this world. Even the Christian Churches are governed and operated with the same worldly system. But, there is a shaking coming; God is going to pull his people out of this system. It will be a lot easier on us if we do it willing now, before the shaking comes.
Heb:10:38 Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.
Five times the Bible say “the just shall live by faith” for a reason. It time to start living by faith in God, not faith in our jobs, faith in the government, faith in the doctors or health care, but faith in God! Obey God and let the chips fall where they fall.
Like the three Hebrew men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, said: Daniel 3:17: If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.
Daniel 3:18: But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.