Something To Consider
by Sharon McClean
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Joel 3:14—Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision.
Isaiah 45:21—Tell and bring forth your case; Yes, let them take counsel together. Who has told it from that time? Have not I the Lord? And there is no other God besides Me, a just God and a Savior; THERE IS NONE BESIDES ME. (22) Look to Me, and be saved, all you ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other.
Well, I have made my decision, and there is no turning back for me. While the church is heading for the airport, I have firmly planted my feet on Terra Firma refusing to go. You see, I am not denying the theology of the rapture, I simply have decided that I don’t want to go. I love the Lord with all of my heart that has nothing to do with it, but what I have learned while prayerfully and carefully studying the word has everything to do with it. I have chosen to follow the path of JESUS THE SAVIOR OF THE WORLD. Has God changed His mind about saving the world? Has He spent too much time watching Jerry Springer, and Jenny Jones, till He thinks all is hopeless? Well like Fox News, I want you to be able to have a FAIR AND BALANCED look at this subject, and let you draw your own conclusions.
Have we not been admonished in the word to be diligent to present ourselves APPROVED TO GOD, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, RIGHTLY DIVIDING THE WORD OF TRUTH. (2 Tim. 2:15) So you see it is God’s approval I am after, and I do not have to fear man. (Yet I am human and still do.) God is my judge, and He knows my heart. I want to say however, that I too at one point was in agreement and overjoyed by the thought of the rapture, until one night I had a vision which totally changed my way of thinking forever. I have never had a vision before, nor have I had one sense, but let me tell you this one has left a lasting impression on my mind and heart.
The night of the vision, I had spent many hours in Bible study that day, seeking God’s truth. I was very tired when I went to bed, but upon lying down, I began to see men riding on horseback. It did not matter if my eyes were closed or open, this is what I saw! It seemed like it went on endlessly, I am not even sure what it meant! Then suddenly, in this vision the rapture happened. I was not left behind, that was not the problem, but I was electrified. I felt like every fiber in my body was so extremely tense, like a spring that had been almost stretched to the breaking point. I was standing by someone, whom I believed to be Jesus, but I never really saw Him. My eyes were riveted on the people who were passing by, in an endlessly long line of two by two. I kept watching and looking, and thinking in my heart, if any of my loved ones or any of the people I know are missing….I think I am going to die. That vision seemed to have lasted for most of the night, and I was in that same extreme tense condition the entire duration of the vision.
I was so shaken by what I had experienced, I could no longer continue being so excited about the rapture. I began to think about those who would be left behind and could not bear to think about what was going to happen to them. So I began to seek God on their behalf and asked Him to lead me in His truth and His light concerning this very grave situation. I have read many articles and some books regarding this theology. I have seen the movie, “Left Behind.” I have listened to preachers on television, as they have poured out their thoughts and related Scriptures regarding this subject. I have attended churches for many years, where this doctrine was and still is, taught very rigidly and whole heartedly. In fact almost every Christian religion that I am familiar with, does believe very strongly in this particular theology. So I realize it is a very difficult and lonesome path that I have chosen, but for me there is no turning back.
After that vision, which has been quite a few years ago, I could no longer accept at face value the things that I had been taught. I finally sat down and talked with God and told Him, “Look if You want me to live for You, then I need to know what You are talking about.” I was tired of being sent on guilt trips if I did not seem to fit into the mold of some of the other Christian’s ideas of what a good Christian should be. I was tired of coming away crushed and disappointed, after going to some of these so called meetings where people were supposedly getting healed, just to find out that it was not true. Thus I began to search for the truth with my whole heart and soul, depending on God to be my teacher. “But the Helper, the HOLY SPIRIT, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.
1 John 4:13—BY THIS we know that we abide in Him and He in us, BECAUSE HE HAS GIVEN US OF HIS SPIRIT. (14) And we have seen (In the word!) and testify that the Father has sent THE SON AS SAVIOR OF THE WORLD. The Scriptures tell us that if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally. But we are to ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For He is a double minded man, unstable in all his ways and will not receive anything from the Lord. (James 1:5-7) So this is the direction in which I have set my sail to discover the Christ, the Savior of the world.
I don’t think I realized just how risky and frightening this exploration could become. So with God as the Captain of my ship, we began our voyage on the sometimes troubled and very often, muddied, murky, water of the word. I knew that I would need an anchor, something that would keep me from going off course and ultimately off of the deep end. What He gave me almost brought me to a stop, before even getting started. He gave me the love Chapter, 1 Corin. 13:1-8! He let me know that I must never loose sight of this one monumental, important thing, this thing called love. How humbling, letting me know firsthand, that I could never measure up to the standards set forth in this chapter, so I hurriedly jumped off of the JUDGMENT SEAT and made a mad dash for the MERCY SEAT. I am not so perfect that I never think no evil, hear no evil, or speak no evil so I like the tax collector have to humbly bow my head.
Well God was gracious and let me know that I was headed in the right direction by doing that, by steering me to this word: Psalm 25:10—All the paths of the Lord are MERCY and TRUTH, to such as keep His covenant and His testimonies.(11) For YOUR NAME’S SAKE, O Lord, pardon my iniquity, for it is great. (12) Who is the man that fears the Lord? Him shall HE TEACH in THE WAY that HE CHOOSES. (13) He himself shall dwell in prosperity, and his descendants SHALL INHERIT THE EARTH.
Psalm 2:6—“Yet I have set My King on My holy hill of Zion.” (7) I will declare the decree: the Lord has said to Me, You are My Son, Today I have BEGOTTEN You . (8) Ask of Me, and I will give You the nations for YOUR INHERITANCE, and the ends of the earth for Your possession. Well here is where it seems that the water’s begin to divide! Perhaps God is getting ready to part the sea for us once again!
Isaiah 11:9—They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountains, For the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord AS THE WATERS COVER THE SEA. (10) “And in that day there shall be a Root of Jesse, who shall stand as a banner to the people” FOR THE GENTILES SHALL SEEK HIM, (Looks like the Gentiles are still here!) And His resting place shall be glorious.” (11) It shall come to pass in that day that the Lord SHALL SET HIS HAND again THE SECOND TIME to recover THE REMNANT of His people who are left, from Assyria and Egypt-- (15) The Lord WILL UTTERLY DESTROY the TONGUE of THE SEA OF EGYPT; With His mighty wind He will shake His fist over the River. (16) There will be A HIGHWAY for THE REMNANT of His people.
Jeremiah 46:7—Who is this coming up like a flood, whose waters move like the rivers? (8) EGYPT RISES UP LIKE A FLOOD, and its waters move like the rivers: And he says, I WILL GO UP AND COVER THE EARTH, I WILL DESTROY THE CITY AND ITS INHABITANTS. (9) Come up, O horses, and rage, O chariots- (10) FOR THIS IS THE DAY OF THE LORD GOD OF HOSTS. A day of VENGEANCE.
Isaiah 59:15—Then the Lord saw it, and it displeased Him that there was NO JUSTICE. (16) He saw that there was NO MAN, and wondered that there was NO INTERCESSOR; Therefore His own arm brought SALVATION for Him; and His own righteousness, it sustained Him. (17) For He put on righteousness as a breastplate, and A HELMET OF SALVATION on His head; He put on the garments of VENGEANCE for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloak. (18) According to their deeds, accordingly He will repay, fury to His adversaries recompense to His enemies; The coastlands He will fully repay. (19) SO SHALL THEY FEAR THE NAME of the Lord from the west, and His glory FROM THE RISING OF THE SUN; WHEN THE ENEMY COMES IN LIKE A FLOOD, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him. (20) The Redeemer will come to Zion, and to those who turn from transgression in Jacob, says the Lord. (21) “As for Me, “ says the Lord, “this is MY COVENANT with them: My spirit who is upon you, and My words which I have put in your mouth, shall not depart from your mouth, nor from the mouth of your descendants, descendants,” says the Lord, “from this time and forevermore.”
Deuteronomy 5:2—The Lord our God made A COVENANT with us IN HOREB. (3) The Lord did not make this covenant with our fathers, BUT WITH US, those WHO ARE ALIVE TODAY, all of us WHO ARE ALIVE.
Malachi 4:2—But to you who FEAR MY NAME THE SUN OF RIGHTEOUSNESS shall arise WITH HEALING IN HIS WINGS; (4) “Remember the Law of Moses My servant, which I commanded him IN HOREB for all Israel, (5) Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet BEFORE THE COMING OF THE GREAT AND DREADFUL DAY OF THE LORD. (6) And he will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the earth with a curse.”
Let’s compare the second verse which says: “But to you who fear My name the Sun of Righteousness shall arise WITH HEALING in His wings,” to these verses found in Jeremiah. Jeremiah 17:14—HEAL ME, O Lord, and I SHALL BE HEALED; save me, and I shall be saved, for You are my praise. (15) Indeed they say to me, “Where is the word of the Lord? Let it come now!” As for me, I have not hurried away from being a shepherd who follows You. NOR HAVE I DESIRED THE WOEFUL DAY;
For some real insight on this subject we need to look at the words of Jesus in Luke 17:26—“And as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of man: (27) They ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and THE FLOOD came and destroyed them all. (28) “Likewise as it was also in the days of Lot: They ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built; (29) “but on the day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. (30) “Even so will it be in the time when the Son of Man is revealed. Unfortunately, I am running out of space to include much more. If you are interested to get a real enlightening view on the days of Lot, please read the article on FaithWriters called, “ Looking Back At Lot In The Light Of the Word.”
Jesus goes on to say (Luke 17:34—“I tell you, in that night there will be two men in one bed: the one will be taken and the other will be left. (comment: could it be bed of affliction?) (35) “Two women will be grinding together, the one will be taken and the other left.” (comment: One could be grinding away for her own salvation, while the other one was grinding away for the salvation of others! Which one would be left? (36) Two men will be in the field: the one will be taken and the other left.) (comment: One could be taken from the field of sin, while the other was left to harvest souls.) (37) AND THEY ANSWERED AND SAID TO HIM, WHERE LORD? So He said to them, “WHEREVER THE BODY IS, THERE THE EAGLES WILL BE GATHERED TOGETHER.” I find that to be quite interesting when we view this in light of the Scripture found in the book of Job. Job 39:27—Does THE EAGLE mount up at your command, and make its nest on high? (28) It dwells on the rock, and resides on the crag of the rock and the stronghold. (29) From there it spies out the prey; Its eyes observe from afar. (30) Its young ones suck up blood; AND WHERE THE SLAIN ARE, THERE IT IS.
One quick glimpse at Noah in the book of Hebrews. Hebrews 11:7—By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world. Isaiah 54:8--With a little wrath I hid My face from you for a moment; but with everlasting kindness I will have mercy on you, (9) "For this is LIKE THE WATERS OF NOAH to Me; for as I HAVE SWORN THE WATERS OF NOAH WOULD NO LONGER COVER THE EARTH, so have I sworn that I would not be angry with you, nor rebuke you. (13) All your children shall be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the peace of your children. (14) In righteousness you shall be established; GOD DID NOT SEND HIS SON TO CONDEMN THE WORLD but that the world through Him might be SAVED.
(John 3:16-17) That is my labor in the word to bring salvation, and TO REMAIN if necessary so there will be someone to carry on the good news of the gospel. Isaiah 49:6--I will also GIVE YOU AS A LIGHT TO THE GENTILES, THAT YOU SHOULD BE MY SALVATION TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH. For my God has promised to never leave me nor forsake me. I cannot stand to think of this world being left in total darkness without our Lord and Savior, to me that is non other than hell. Psalm 139:7--Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? (8) If I ascend into heaven, You are there; IF I MAKE MY BED IN HELL, BEHOLD, YOU ARE THERE. (9) If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,(10)Even there Your hand shall lead me, and Your right hand shall hold me. Romans 8:38--For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, (39) nor height nor depth, nor ANY OTHER THING shall be able to separate us from THE LOVE OF GOD which is in Christ Jesus. I have decided TO STAY (Lord willing) and let my light shine for Him, for darkness cannot remain in the presence of light.
Romans 11:14--And how shall they hear without a preacher? (15) And how shall they preach unless they are sent? "How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, who bring GLAD TIDINGS of GOOD THINGS!" Matt.28:18--And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. (19) Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: (20) Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and LO, I AM WITH YOU ALWAY, EVEN UNTO THE END OF THE WORLD. AMEN (KJV)
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Your articles are so informative. And the basic scripture that covers everything you have said here, and the one that continually entered my mind as I read was "His mercy endures forever." He is FAITHFUL! Thank you for being so obedient as to minister what God has put on your heart despite what the "norm" may be. May our Father honor your obedience with peace that far, far surpasses all of your understanding.