T h e G r a n d I l l u s i o n
"Surely men of low degree are vanity, and men of high degree are a lie: to be laid in the balance, they are altogether lighter than vanity...God hath spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongeth unto God." Psalms 62:9,11 (Please allow me to encou
rage you to prayerfully read the 12 verses that make up Psalms 62.)
Notice that "men of high degree are a lie" and that "power belongeth unto God." Those presently elevated in this sand-founded world system "are a lie." The power to lift one up and put another down is in the hand of the One who made and sustains all life. The status symbols and economic class rankings of this world system which permeate the thinking of most, even of those who profess to be Christians, is a temporary vanity. It is a fleeing illusion which will soon be vanquished forever as the one who holds a place of temporal power, "the god of this world", is put into "the lake of fire and brimstone.” (1 Cor. 4:4; Rev. 20:20) Those who have knowingly or unknowingly served him who now love and reign in this world system, will be demoted to damnation in the next life - that which is for keeps.
“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.” 2 John 2:15-17
We see here is living color that all those who love this present passing world, lusting after its riches and fleeting pleasures, forsake the LORD of Heaven and purchase to themselves the place of eternal perdition. The Bible is clear that the love of the Father is not in those who are not crucified with Christ and dead to this world.
Some are going up and the rest down. Here is the nature of God's judgment captured in Ezekiel 21:
"...this shall not be the same (status): exalt him that is low, and abase him that is high." Ezekiel 21:26
This is the nature of divine judgment - to demote those who are lifted up in this world system whose god (ruler) is Satan, and to exalt those who know and trust Him through trial and tribulation to the end of their earthly life.
“And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased (humbled); and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.” Matthew 23:12
Remember what Jesus told us about the rich man and Lazarus? See Luke 16:19-31. The man who was rich in this world never stopped long enough to consider what lied ahead for him. The roles of the rich and poor man flip flopped permanently. Selah!
This world as we know it may end today...where will you be? What reward will ye have?
"Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away." James 4:14
If we truly knew and saw what lies just ahead of us in eternity, we would beg to hear the real divine Word from fasted, truth-speaking men of God who fear Him alone. If we had but a glimpse of the "the terror of the LORD" which will soon be "poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation", we would then see how false most are who hold ministry platforms in the modern church in this last hour of great apostasy (2 Cor. 5:11; Rev; 14:10-12; 2 Thess. 2:3). I also suspect that we would cease supporting them in any way.
“Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample. (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly (selfish appetites), and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.) For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.” Philippians 3:17-21
These who serve self instead of Jesus, serve their own bellies (selfish appetites) and will pay the ultimate eternal price for it. The mark of the beast is the mark of antichrist and those who follow him - knowlingly or unknowlingly. He is animated by the great deceiver, the master illusionist. All those who reject Christ, taking the mark of the enemy of all souls in their hearts and minds by not dying to self, will be turned over to their own lusts, and soon be experiencing the eternal prison of fire from which they shall never escape (2 Thess. 2:10-12). “The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God.” (Rev. 14:10)
"The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name. Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus." Revelation 14:10-12
During the temptation in the desert, the grand ullusionist himself took our very LORD high atop the mountain overlooking the kingdoms of this world and offered Him power over in the world system. Jesus spoke the divine Oracles and fully prevailed.
“And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, showed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it. If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.” Luke 4:5-8
Satan has been given temporary, limited ability to grant power in this world, but he will soon lose it all at the return of the King (1 Cor. 4:4; Eph. 2:2; 1 Jn. 5:19). All who bought into his lies by reveling in the lusts of this earth will perish with him (Rev. 20:10-15).
Most people who serve their own self interests and yet claim to be Christians, have little idea that they are actually following the pied piper himself who has been given power to seduce their unsubmitted souls and march them right into the lake of fire which will forever feed upon their helpless and remorseful conscious souls.
Great and grand and unspeakable reward lies just ahead for those who love and serve the King of kings as their "first love" (Rev. 2:4-5). All tears, heartaches, hurt, pain, anguish, torment, and loss will be forever forgotten in the Heavenly kingdom!
“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” Revelation 21:4-8
God bless your precious soul to wait upon Him and to expect upon Him and to draw close to Him that is your salvation and refuge in this last hour.
“My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defence; I shall not be moved. In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God. Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.” Psalms 62:5-8
Jesus is coming for those who are looking for Him in fervent expectation of the Reward of the ages (Heb. 9:28). Beloved Saint of the Most High, press in and hold on tight to Him, fight the good fight of faith - just a little bit longer. Relinquish any sin that would disqualify you (Mk. 9:42-49). Win the lost to Jesus! “... knowing in yourselves that ye have in heaven a better and an enduring substance. Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward. For ye have need of patience (endurance), that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise (Heaven). For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry. Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.” (Heb. 10:34-39)
LORD, bless us this day to abide in Thee and with an ever-deepening hunger and thirst for Your righteousness. Amen.
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