Monday, February 02, 2009
By Ramone - February 1, 2009
It's all about You, Jesus!
Now these things occurred as examplesThe end times are about the gospel, about the person of Jesus Christ and His command to live in His agape love for all people! The end times are about His righteousness, not ours!
to keep us from setting our hearts
on evil things as they did. - 1 Corinthians 10:6
Since, then, you have been raised with Christ,
set your hearts on things above,
where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.
Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.
For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.
When Christ, who is your life, appears,
then you also will appear with him in glory. - Colossians 3:1-3
For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us,
so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures
we might have hope. - Romans 15:4
That is why the two witnesses prophesy clothed in sackcloth -- sackcloth represents repentance! We are all being called to repent for trusting in our good works (even works of the law!) for salvation and lay them down at the foot of the cross, resting in Him alone for our salvation! THAT is the true Sabbath-rest!
It's not about an obscure overlooked command, passage, or some special secret to know that will decode the "mark of the beast" ahead of time -- no, He's calling us to discern by the Spirit today. There is no "short-cut" to the end times that bypasses the gospel to tell us where to place our feet so that we'll be safe. There's no quick insurance -- "If I do this then I know I'll be safe!" Such "deep secrets" are actually FALSE insurances that will not protect us at all, but leave us in legalism and knowing less security in our salvation than they advertise. The ONLY safe place is in Jesus Christ, resting in HIS work (not even our good works!) and trusting in His righteousness instead of ours or any others'.
We discern the times NOT by following Israel or the Pope's actions or any other external "signs", but rather by proclaiming Jesus Christ and His matchless righteosuness, listening to the Spirit, and abiding in His love.
Bless you in Jesus!
See also: "The Spirit of Prophecy" (at Weeping Jeremiahs)
And especially for Adventists: "The Spirit of Prophecy" (at Heart For Adventists)
So, so true! The Spirit alone holds our assurance. We have to let go of ALL false assurances. I love that.