Shadows, Against the Setting Sun
You perceive and are concerned at the approach of what is coming. What is appearing is new to the earth’s people. No one has ever seen what is about to unfold. Yet all of God’s people sense a new and darker night.
All around you is terror, the blackness of sin. The whispers of troubles are like the buzzing of flies around a carcass; though you are not near enough to see them you hear them. The smell of blood is so pungent, it is even heard in your ears; thick and palpable.
Steady and unceasing they come. One by one the stolid are crushed by the laws of lawless men.
Wickedness assails your walls and laughs, that they enter what is sacred. They rip at what has been respected. And they mock at what has been plainly understood as Holy in ages past. With gleaming eyes of joy they marvel at the ease of conquest. It has become their day to shine in darkness.
It was spoken of them by all the true prophets of God centuries ago. And now they appear on the horizon as shadows, in the brightness of the setting sun. As shadows they advance, mute before God, all the while screaming wickedly vile words to men. They appear before us now. As the sound of an approaching army’s feet can be heard before they crest the hill. So these men are but a precursor of the lawless one. He must come, for our God has given him his proper place at the proper time. The shadow of the lawless one now fills the land.
Your children huddle against you and cry with bone felt terror. The mother of your children quakes and trembles. And the father looks about anxious at the advancing horde. With perplexity; they pester like gnats, with perplexity.
God’s people stand unsure of what is coming. For no one of us have seen this before. The weak capitulate, for they did not gain strength. Blind in their way, they give in to wicked words. But the strong will see the hand of God redeem them! With wisdom and understanding He will redeem them.
By command of law they order the end of sacrifice to the Living God, through Jesus. But they will not prevail. Those whom He has loved will not leave His side. These are blessed to endure.
Fear not! Our God has eyes to see. Do not be amazed at their bold folly. Though they tear you apart, they simply render what is God’s to God. He will take care of you forever. And He will soon enough respond to the wicked who have sent you to Him.
Stand with strength at the onslaught of wicked men. Lies are their gods, and they worship them with a fever. They will not stand before the God who will take you as His very own. He has promised salvation to all who call upon His Holy name, with a holy faith in His Son Jesus. He does not lie. And He is not powerless.
Strength my brothers! Flex your tired limbs. Prepare yourself for the sake of your children (either by blood or by Spirit). Cause them to know what “The Faith” really is. Increase yourself in “The Way” for the sake of His Holy Name. Honor His gift of salvation before men.
Prepare, for the day is approaching with speed and certainty. If you wait too long there will be no time to prepare. And you will be caught in the whirlwind of the wicked many, who even now, are plotting your ruin.
At the sound of a trumpet they will break their amassing. And they will be sent out to deliver evil in every possible form. Death goes with them. Prepare.
As it always was, it will be forever. Those who put their trust in the Living God will flourish under trial. They will rise up as victors at the sound of His voice!
You who are not prepared and have not taken understanding from the Lord, now is the time to rectify what is lacking. When it appears in full bloom it will be far too late to fortify your faith. You will become paralyzed with the fear they have come to inflict.
Do not mistake their ability, they do their duty to their master, the liar, exceedingly well.
Do not think to yourself that you can hide behind the word “Jesus” as men who stand before advancing lava with a cross. It is that very string of letters the wicked are coming to destroy. They will seek to wipe out His Holy name from this earth. But all they perceive is a word. Of the Spirit, they know nothing. And when they are finished with that task they will turn their blood thirst on one another.
They have come to perplex. But they have been born from that same weapon. They command all to lie, for they are liars themselves. A confession of faith without the resulting actions of the proof of a holy life, is but waste into idolatry.
Rise up and serve the Living God in truth, wisdom, and the Spirit of God. This is the proof He is looking for. This is the Spirit within His people. This is the saving religion of Christianity.
With their lies comes a fake (ungodly) sincerity. They work the works of their own imagination, perceiving themselves to be godly. Do not be fooled. He who serves the Living God does the works of the Living God. He who does not, stands against Him.
Stand the ground He has given you to retain. And do not be swayed by their apparent “righteousness”. They are liars who promote the welfare of man, while they have no regard for the Living God.
Do not be fooled by the sweetness of the incense they carry. It is a foul smelling incense created at the imagination of man’s desire to rebel against the will of God. They seek their own glory; an abomination before the Most High God. It is folly they burn as if to a god.
They repel at the mention of His Holy Name. His name sickens their heart. For they consider their ways far more entrancingly beautiful. They are like men who saw their way through the fortress wall, thinking a window, with a breath taking view of their gore, is better than the “perceived safety” of “The Way”. All the while they hire the enemy to do the work for them, and how glad he is to help for a price.
“Peace. Peace”, they say. But they will not promote true peace of God, nor allow others to obtain it so as to live by it. Peace is found in obeying the will of the Father in heaven through Jesus, the very thing they detest.
Do not stand with them, nor welcome their words. We live by a far greater Word. They will be shown and known by the message they bear. Prison, public rebukes, out-casting, and even death are their weapons of choice. And they will retain the power to carry them through for a season. Do not be fooled, nor allow yourself to continue sleeping.
Remember the true word spoken to us: “For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, the elect.” (Mark 13:22) The Lord Jesus has told us ahead of time what will come. And now we are seeing it unfold.
Fear belongs to the wicked. Strength remains in those who put their trust in the Living God’s Son, Jesus. There is a peace which passes all understanding. This peace is received from He who is Eternal Peace.
Though the wicked call on His name, they use only their lips, for their hearts are as hard as stone. They do not receive what they desire so they contrive their own methods of “peace”. It will not satisfy their thirst for the wickedness of self glorification however. And they will grow restless to the point of riot.
This word is sent out to encourage, strengthen, warn, and define limits. God divides what is His and what is not. If you read this and are unsure of where you stand with Him, I encourage you to make every effort to enter in now. There is a day coming when the door will be shut.
24 “Exert every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to. 25 Once the head of the house gets up and shuts the door, then you will stand outside and start to knock on the door and beg him, ‘Lord, let us in!’ But he will answer you, ‘I don’t know where you come from.’ 26 Then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in your presence, and you taught in our streets.’ 27 But he will reply, ‘I don’t know where you come from! Go away from me, all you evildoers!’ 28 There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth when you see Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and all the prophets in the kingdom of God but you yourselves thrown out. 29 Then people will come from east and west, and from north and south, and take their places at the banquet table in the kingdom of God. 30 But indeed, some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last.” (Luke 13)
Beware. Identifying yourself with the religion of man (even if it comes dressed as Christianity) does not identify you as belonging to the Lord Jesus. There is a distinct difference between traditions of man and the Spirit of the Living God.
I can do no more than post this message. I ask that it be passed to those who might benefit. Or at least the summation of this message would do well in the hands of those blessed with understanding. May God grant that it is a cool drink of pure water to a parched people.
Night is falling upon the world. And what a dense black night it will be! And may He grant wisdom to understanding for those who lack knowledge in the Spirit of God. Amen.