2 Peter 3:10
10But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.
The moment something is named, it begins to degrade. We see this all the time. When there is an intention to do something, and it is voiced, the desire to achieve that goal dissipates. When we speak of love, and our heart gets bruised, the reaction may be to foster animosity.
Naming something limits its capacity, it places it in a box in which it cannot grow properly.
I am reminded of the beginning,
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
Is this the point at which life itself began to deteriorate? I know the story … yet life today shows us constantly that naming something takes away its power.
Strange, isn’t it? On the one hand, if something is not named, it would never be … on the other, once named, it begins to fade.
Oh, the dilemma.
Perhaps this is the way it is meant to be, so the cycle of ever lasting learning and evolving continues.
. . . but the one who will come after me will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. (Matthew 3:11)
Whose winnowing shovel is in His hand, and He will thoroughly purge His floor, and will gather His wheat into the granary; but the chaff He will burn up with unquenchable fire. (Matthew 3:12)
38 the field is the world; the good seed is the people who belong to the Kingdom; the weeds are the people who belong to the Evil One; 39 and the enemy who sowed the weeds is the Devil . . . 40 Just as the weeds are gathered up and burned in the fire, so the same thing will happen at the end of the age. (Matthew 13:38 – 40)
Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. (Revelation 20:14)
Surely the day is coming; it will burn like a furnace. All the arrogant and every evildoer will be stubble, and the day that is coming will set them on fire,” says the Lord Almighty. “Not a root or a branch will be left to them. (Malachi 4:1)
Will Love be Salvation or Destruction?
We ought to look deep within our hearts and discover what is there … make a conscious choice to choose love over hatred, compassion over indignation, kindness rather than affront.
When we stand in an awareness and foster joy in our life it will over flow into the world. Upon rising in the morning, let us tell ourselves what a fine and glorious day it will be and then set out to see that it is so.
Change in this world begins in our hearts and minds as individuals. Until we are willing to do the work, change will not occur.
2 Sonne of man, prophecie against the shepheards of Israel, prophecie and say vnto them, Thus saith the Lord God vnto the shepheards, Woe be to the shepheards of Israel that doe feede themselues: should not the shepheards feede the flockes?
3 Yee eate the fat, and ye clothe you with the wooll, yee kill them that are fed: but ye feede not the flocke.
4 The diseased haue ye not strengthened, neither haue yee healed that which was sicke, neither haue ye bound vp that which was broken, neither haue yee brought againe that which was driuen away, neither haue yee sought that which was lost; but with force and with crueltie haue yee ruled them.
5 And they were scattered because there is no shepheard: and they became meate to all the beasts of the field, when they were scattered.
6 My sheepe wandered through all the mountaines, and vpon euery high hill: yea my flocke was scattered vpon all the face of the earth, and none did search or seeke after them.
7 � Therefore, yee shepheards, heare the word of the Lord.
8 As I liue, saith the Lord God, surely because my flocke became a pray, and my flocke became meate to euery beast of the field, because there was no shepheard, neither did my shepheards search for my flocke, but the shepheards fed themselues, and fed not my flocke:
9 Therefore, O yee shepheards, heare the word of the Lord.
10 Thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I am against the shepheards, and I will require my flocke at their hand, and cause them to cease from feeding the flocke, neither shall the shepheards feede themselues any more: for I will deliuer my flock from their mouth, that they may not be meat for them.
11 � For thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I, euen I will both search my sheepe, and seeke them out.
12 As a shepheard seeketh out his flocke in the day that hee is among his sheepe that are scattered: so wil I seeke out my sheep, and will deliuer them out of all places, where they haue bene scattered in the cloudie and darke day.
13 And I will bring them out from the people, and gather them from the countreys, and will bring them to their owne land, and feede them vpon the mountaines of Israel by the riuers, and in all the inhabited places of the countrey,
14 I will feede them in a good pasture, and vpon the high mountaines of Israel shall their folde be: there shall they lie in a good folde, and in a fat pasture shall they feede vpon the mountaines of Israel.
15 I will feed my flocke, and I will cause them to lie downe, saith the Lord God.
16 I will seeke that which was lost, and bring againe that which was driuen away, and will bind vp that which was broken, and will strengthen that which was sicke: but I will destroy the fat and the strong, I will feed them with iudgement.
17 And as for you, O my flocke, thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I iudge betweene cattell and cattell, betweene the rammes and the hee goates.
18 Seemeth it a small thing vnto you, to haue eaten vp the good pasture, but ye must tread downe with your feet the residue of your pastures? and to haue drunke of the deepe waters, but yee must fonle the residue with your feete?
19 And as for my flocke, they eate that which yee haue troden with your feete: and they drinke that which yee haue fouled with your feete.
20 � Therefore thus saith the Lord God vnto them, Behold, I, euen I will iudge betweene the fat cattell, and betweene the leane cattell.
21 Because yee haue thrust with side and with shoulder, and pusht all the diseased with your hornes, till yee haue scattered them abroad:
22 Therefore will I saue my flocke, and they shall no more be a pray, and I will iudge betweene cattell and cattell.
23 And I will set vp one shepheard ouer them, and hee shall feede them, euen my seruant Dauid; he shall feede them, and hee shall be their shepheard.
24 And I the Lord will be their God, and my seruant Dauid a prince among them, I the Lord haue spoken it.
25 And I will make with them a couenant of peace, and will cause the euill beasts to cease out of the land: and they shall dwell safely in the wildernesse, and sleepe in the woods.
26 And I will make them and the places round about my hill, a blessing; and I will cause the showre to come downe in his season: there shall bee showres of blessing.
27 And the tree of the field shal yeeld her fruite, and the earth shall yeeld her increase, and they shall be safe in their land, and shall know that I am the Lord, when I haue broken the bands of their yoke, and deliuered them out of the hand of those that serued themselues of them.
28 And they shall no more be a pray to the heathen, neither shall the beasts of the land deuoure them; but they shall dwell safely, and none shall make them afraide.
29 And I will raise vp for them a plant of renowne, and they shall be no more consumed with hunger in the land, neither beare the shame of the heathen any more.
30 Thus shall they know that I the Lord their God am with them, and that they, euen the house of Israel, are my people, saith the Lord God.
31 And yee my flocke of my pasture, are men, and I am your God, saith the Lord God.
Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed… (II Thessalonians 2:1,2)
There are some things in the Bible that are hard to understand or which are generally open to interpretation. But there are some things that are all too clear. One of these things that should be without debate is that the Second of Coming of Christ will not occur until after something Paul calls a falling away happens first.
The Holy Scriptures foretell that the current social, political, financial and governmental systems will be brought under the control of one great authoritarian, totalitarian dictator. At some point, this seemingly benevolent dictator will become personally indwelt by Satan himself, the great enemy of God, and will bring havoc down on the heads of God’s people — whether Israel or the church, or both — until God Himself removes him from the scene.
How can one escape being swept away in the deception that is coming? … We should look to our own hearts and devotion to the Lord, and to His Truth.
There are many rival voices (Matthew 24:5) clamoring for the Bride’s attention — but she will respond to only one, the voice of her Beloved (Song of Solomon 2:8 and 5:2).