Left Behind!! Who Me?

Written by Paul Griffitts

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Afterrepparttar man-child is taken up to Godrepparttar 135629 woman flees intorepparttar 135630 wilderness. So in Matthew 24, afterrepparttar 135631 period spoken of asrepparttar 135632 beginning of birth-pains, which synchronizes with Revelation 12:2, we hear of affliction and hatred, of offence and betrayal, of false prophets who deceive. This is atrepparttar 135633 same time a gospel activity is indicated witnessing to all nations beforerepparttar 135634 end comes.

Revelation 12:6 Andrepparttar 135635 woman fled intorepparttar 135636 wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.

About this same timerepparttar 135637 abomination of desolation spoken of by Danielrepparttar 135638 prophet (Matt. 24:15) will be set up inrepparttar 135639 holy place. This evidently refers torepparttar 135640 image ofrepparttar 135641 Beast; Daniel's prophecy (Dan. 11) indicates thatrepparttar 135642 setting up of this abomination occurs inrepparttar 135643 midst ofrepparttar 135644 final seven years there referred to. This would leave 3 ½ years forrepparttar 135645 tribulation to run until "the end."

So, in perfect harmony, we read thatrepparttar 135646 woman is fed 1,260 days (12:6), or (as in 12:14), "a time, times and a half," in line with Daniel's cryptic utterance.

Three years and a half therefore beforerepparttar 135647 end, and beforerepparttar 135648 revelation ofrepparttar 135649 Lord,repparttar 135650 man-child is caught up. This isrepparttar 135651 escape ofrepparttar 135652 overcomers. Some will be "accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass" (Luke 21:36).

The man-child caught up and escapingrepparttar 135653 tribulation,repparttar 135654 woman who flees intorepparttar 135655 wilderness, andrepparttar 135656 remnants of her seed which are attacked byrepparttar 135657 dragon, cannot possibly representrepparttar 135658 same group of people.

There arerepparttar 135659 overcomers who are destined to rule; there isrepparttar 135660 woman, shielded, fed and protected inrepparttar 135661 wilderness; there arerepparttar 135662 seed that are left, who are persecuted. It is evident that some believers are left to endurerepparttar 135663 fierce wrath ofrepparttar 135664 last days.

Our attention however must be kept forrepparttar 135665 present uponrepparttar 135666 overcomers. Verse 11 adds a detail as torepparttar 135667 character of these overcomers:

Revelation 12:11 "And they overcame him because ofrepparttar 135668 blood ofrepparttar 135669 Lamb, and because ofrepparttar 135670 word of their testimony, and they loved not their lives untorepparttar 135671 death."

The sign is a child born underrepparttar 135672 menace of satanic destruction;repparttar 135673 reality isrepparttar 135674 faithful testimony of those who loved not their lives untorepparttar 135675 death,repparttar 135676 overcomers. The dragon waiting to devour is interpreted in verse 10 as "accusingrepparttar 135677 brethren before God day and night." The moment of escape of these overcomers is atrepparttar 135678 sounding ofrepparttar 135679 seventh trumpet:

Revelation 12:10 ''Now is come salvation and strength, andrepparttar 135680 KINGDOM of our God, andrepparttar 135681 power of His Christ, forrepparttar 135682 accuser of our brethren is cast down".

The words "our brethren" should attract our attention. Who is it that says these words? The speaker ("I heard a loud voice saying in heaven") is unnamed, but it is clear, from all other similar references, that it cannot be a man. In Revelation 22:9 an ANGEL says to John:

Revelation 22:9 "I am a fellow servant with thee and with thy brethren,repparttar 135683 prophets, and with them that keeprepparttar 135684 sayings of this book."

When looking at this verse 9 we would like to adoptrepparttar 135685 translation given inrepparttar 135686 Emphatic Diaglott. "I am a fellow servant of thee," sounds like a contradiction in English. It means thatrepparttar 135687 angel and John andrepparttar 135688 brethren are all upon one common level in this aspect. An ANGEL, therefore, appears to berepparttar 135689 one who callsrepparttar 135690 overcomers "our brethren."

The overcomers are to be identified withrepparttar 135691 Church ofrepparttar 135692 first-born who are enrolled in heaven (Hebrews 12:22). These have come to Mount Zion (so hadrepparttar 135693 one hundred and forty four thousand, Revelation 14:1); and untorepparttar 135694 city ofrepparttar 135695 living God,repparttar 135696 heavenly Jerusalem. This is also said ofrepparttar 135697 overcomers. These had also come unto an innumerable company of angels,repparttar 135698 general assembly. The casting out ofrepparttar 135699 great dragon torepparttar 135700 earth ushers inrepparttar 135701 third and last woe:

Revelation 12:12 "Rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them, woe torepparttar 135702 inhabiters ofrepparttar 135703 earth, andrepparttar 135704 sea! Forrepparttar 135705 Devil is come down, having great wrath, because he knoweth he hath but a short time".

The woman is carried away to a place prepared for her, and nourished inrepparttar 135706 wilderness forrepparttar 135707 rest ofrepparttar 135708 period untilrepparttar 135709 kingdom is set up on earth. To this period appliesrepparttar 135710 LORD'S PRAYER. "Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven." These words will berepparttar 135711 heartfelt utterance of this persecuted company, and while experiencing againrepparttar 135712 manna inrepparttar 135713 wilderness, they will pray with real understanding, "Give us this dayrepparttar 135714 bread that cometh down upon us." The word rendered "daily" epiousios {ep-ee-oo'-see-os} inrepparttar 135715 prayer occurs nowhere else in Scripture, nor, as far as we know, in any writing inrepparttar 135716 Greek language. It is a word which can only he fulfilled byrepparttar 135717 repetition ofrepparttar 135718 miracle ofrepparttar 135719 manna, and this is what does take place.

The Scriptures speak of several categories of believers, some ready, some unready, some watchful, some asleep, some like wise virgins, some like unwise, one taken,repparttar 135720 other left, one child ofrepparttar 135721 woman caught up to God and His throne, other of her seed sufferingrepparttar 135722 wrath ofrepparttar 135723 dragon, some sheltered in heaven andrepparttar 135724 secret of His presence, others sheltered inrepparttar 135725 wilderness. The Church ofrepparttar 135726 One Body, while not connected with these events ofrepparttar 135727 great plan revealed in Revelation, should be aware of these differences and thereby seek to learn from them.

Paul Griffitts is a writer and teacher as well as a biblical researcher for over 30 years. Paul writes for www.believer.com. Download a free ebook as a gift from Believer.com. http://www.believer.com/paul/ebook_free.html

Connecting Chicago and the Image of the Virgin Mary

Written by Roger Wright

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With Veeck there to join in it was most certainly a party now and in Chicago there was just so much music to swirl up from all these winds---Muddy Waters yieldedrepparttar stage in this street shrine to an elf of a man who reached to about John Coltrane’s waist---Steve Goodman walks up to Coltrane and says, “Hey, how’srepparttar 135409 weather up there.?” And once again a miracle. Coltrane laughs! Then Goodman strums:

“The streetlights are on in Chicago tonight And lovers are gazin at stars The stores are all closing and Daley is dozing Andrepparttar 135410 fat man is counting his cars!”

And whenrepparttar 135411 crowd gets torepparttar 135412 chorus of “Lincoln Park Pirates” (He, hey blow um away! The Lincoln Park Pirates are we! A new line forms underneath that bridge withrepparttar 135413 Virgin onrepparttar 135414 wall: and a parade begins to form!

Deep underrepparttar 135415 Kennedy Expressway above: every single St Patrick’s Day Parade---allrepparttar 135416 politicians, allrepparttar 135417 floats. Allrepparttar 135418 marching bands. It’s a parade!

And onrepparttar 135419 reviewing stand—there he stands---The Mayor. Richard J Daley! Look him straight inrepparttar 135420 eye and allrepparttar 135421 political power is no where to be found. Look him straight inrepparttar 135422 eye and what do you see? You see a kid. A great big kid who gets to watch a parade!

Nowrepparttar 135423 place is jammed!

The parade marches thru then back then around every square inch of that underpass withrepparttar 135424 Virgin onrepparttar 135425 wall. But just when you think it is about to wind down---still another voice. This one lifts uprepparttar 135426 corn fields of Iowa,repparttar 135427 woods of Wisconsin,repparttar 135428 rich farmland of southern Illinois,repparttar 135429 pure crystal tones and unlimited range of Bonnie Koloc joining those who come before with those here now. She sings

“I’ve got to believe In all my love songs”

And as that voice soars up and out encompassing everything and everyone who even thought about what was going on underneathrepparttar 135430 expressway next torepparttar 135431 image ofrepparttar 135432 Virgin Mary---Bonnie Koloc gives way to a voice who’s origin is now off with Coltrane. Fromrepparttar 135433 very deepest part ofrepparttar 135434 faith, fromrepparttar 135435 very kernel ofrepparttar 135436 faith, a gospel sound of Mahalia Jackson:

“We are travelin inrepparttar 135437 footsteps Of those who come before And we’ll all be re-united.”

Then she is surrounded by Pops Staples, Mavis Staples and her sisters there too

Oh whenrepparttar 135438 saint Go marchin in Oh whenrepparttar 135439 saints go marchin in!

And as they all parade together, swirling in and aroundrepparttar 135440 expressway underpass, dancing Chicago spirits all, it isrepparttar 135441 same song,repparttar 135442 same “Whenrepparttar 135443 Saints Go Marchin In” segued over torepparttar 135444 Weavers, a crazy haired Woody Guthrie marching along right next to Pete Seeger, Fred Hellerman, Lee Hays, and Look, there’s Win Strache up leading everyone who ever even thought about picking up a guitar atrepparttar 135445 Old Town School of Folk Music. . . .

Some say this world of trouble Isrepparttar 135446 only world we’ll know. . But we’ll all be re-united. .

All hands clapping nowrepparttar 135447 music andrepparttar 135448 words just resounding! That white haired crazy man inrepparttar 135449 fedora---Saul Bellow right inrepparttar 135450 middle of it all still writing, drawing out some grand idea. Royko holding a softball, looking for a game.

Pete Seeger leadsrepparttar 135451 crowd!

Oh whenrepparttar 135452 saints! Go marchin in!

Pete and Woody having sleptrepparttar 135453 previous night on kitchen floor ofrepparttar 135454 grey haired, stooped over man inrepparttar 135455 red checkered shirt who comes along atrepparttar 135456 end of this parade. . .the last man inrepparttar 135457 line. . .

Studs Terkel walks over to where Obdulia is praying, cocks his head and smiles, then he walks torepparttar 135458 east, out from underneath whererepparttar 135459 Kennedy Expressway crosses over Fullerton Parkway, Studs Terkel walks intorepparttar 135460 light ofrepparttar 135461 sun coming up overrepparttar 135462 lake torepparttar 135463 east---waves his arm motioning us all inside underneath that bridge and in that grizzled old voice of time and what’s best about Chicago, Studs Terkel, says:

C’mon in. Join us!

Roger Wright can be found on the blog Church Food Chicago.


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