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Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?

time, clock, DaliLast time, I wrote about a dream I had concerning the Church. Here is one more, with a different message:

In the dream, I woke up on the day I was supposed to have eye surgery at the hospital on the north side of our city. The surgery appointment time was 7:05. I looked at the clocks in our kitchen, and the one on the wall said 6:15. The microwave clock said 6:30. I panicked, thinking I didn’t have enough time, no matter which clock was right. And I still had to take a shower.

I asked my husband Paul what time it really was, but he didn’t seem to know. My mom changed the clock on the microwave to 7:30, thinking that was the correct time. When I pointed out the error to her, she laughed and said she would change it again. But nobody seemed to know what time it really was.

I became overwhelmed as I realized I might not have enough time for a shower before my appointment. But I was going to try anyway. I now discovered I didn’t have my clothes ready, either. They were stuffed tightly in my purse, and I couldn’t seem to get them out. I poured powdered laundry detergent into the purse, all over the clothes, and then realized I had now made a huge mess of them. The dream ended with my dad trying to help me fix the situation.

Whew! How would you like to have stress like that going on? And what does it all mean?

Here are the main points I understand: A critical event is looming on the horizon, there isn’t much time, and nobody seems to understand what time it really is.

I believe the dream is speaking of the return of Jesus for His Church, and we are not ready.

I had an appointment for eye surgery at the north side hospital. “North” often speaks of heaven, where God is.  At the appointed time, we will see Jesus as He is. We will see clearly.

1 John 3:2, 3“… But we know that when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is. And every man who has this hope in him purifies himself, even as He is pure.” (Note that I desperately wanted to get that shower in!)

1 Corinthians 13:12“For now we see through a glass darkly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know even as also I am known.”

While nobody in the house seemed to know what time it really was, I was keenly aware that the time available was extremely short — maybe shorter than we thought.  I didn’t know if I had enough time to get ready, but it seemed like I probably did not.

I am not sure if the numbers I saw on the clocks had deeper meanings, but this is what I did understand from them:

7:05 — The appointed time has been set.
6:15 — The time is very short before that appointment.
6:30 — The time is even shorter than we thought.
7:30 — Some people are totally off on the timing, expecting the appointment to take place much later than when it actually will.

My mom mistakenly set the clock for later than the appointment time. Some Christians are putting the time of Jesus’ return off with their prophecies and theology, not realizing that their idea of when Jesus will return is actually after the appointed time God has set.

In the dream, I felt very unprepared and not clean, and I wanted desperately to remedy that, but I was trying to do it in my own strength. I couldn’t lay hold of my clothes. Sprinkling dry laundry detergent over them sounds a lot like our human efforts to spruce ourselves up outwardly, but inwardly we’re still a mess — and our Father in heaven is there, trying to assist us with this, just as my father in the dream tried to help me.

Yet, we do have a part to play in getting ready. Revelation 19:7 comments, “Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor to Him: for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.”

So, is the dream saying we cannot possibly be ready when Jesus comes? No, it is a warning to wake up and understand what time it is. The appointed time for His coming for His bride is sooner than we may have realized.  We need to make adjustments now.  Jesus is returning for a beautiful bride, who is “without spot or wrinkle … holy, and without blemish” (Ephesians 5:27). While we can’t clean ourselves up by human effort (Ephesians 5:26 says Jesus sanctifies and cleanses us by the washing of the water of the Word), we do need to cooperate with Him by listening and obeying.

He’s coming sooner  than we think. You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him (Luke 12:40, NIV). We don’t want to end up like the five foolish virgins in Matthew 25.

How do we make sure we are ready? Come to the Lord for cleansing. Each of us knows the areas of compromise in our lives which need to go. We must lay aside whatever distracts us from the Lord. Seek His face, call on His name for a fresh love for Him, and eagerly look for Him. He is coming for those who “love His appearing” (2 Timothy 4:8). “Unto those who look for Him shall He appear the second time without sin unto salvation” (Hebrews 9:28).

In the dream, the time of the eye appointment was 7:05. Let me finish with Psalm 70:5: “But I am poor and needy; make haste unto me, O God. You are my help and my deliverer. O Lord, make no tarrying.

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Hearing God Through Your Dreams,
Audio teaching by Lee Ann Rubsam

 

 

 

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The Spirit-Filled Guide to Personal Prophecy,
by Lee Ann Rubsam

 

 

Watch and Pray

While in prayer today, I briefly dozed off.  I was awakened by the supernatural, audible sound of an alarm blast, similar to one made by an alarm clock.  I know what that means, because I’ve experienced it before.  It is God’s exhortation to understand the times in which we live, and to watch and pray.

I then heard in my spirit, “Take your lead from Me.”

Yet a few moments later I heard, “of the times and seasons.”  It is the beginning phrase of 1 Thessalonians 5:1-6:

But of the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I write to you. For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, “Peace and safety,” then sudden destruction will come upon them, as travail upon a woman with child, and they shall not escape. But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. You are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others, but let us watch and be sober.

We are in the last days, and it is more needful now than it has ever been for believers to understand the times in which we live, to listen to what the Lord has to say, and then to follow His lead by obediently and quickly responding to whatever He tells us to do.  Jesus has already instructed us in His Word to “Take heed; watch and pray: for you do not know when the time is” – referring to the coming of the Lord (Mark 13:33).  He also said, “Watch, therefore, and pray always, that you may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man” (Luke 21:36).  And Peter warned, “But the end of all things is at hand: therefore, be sober, and watch unto prayer” (1 Peter 4:7).

The call has been put forth to all believers to watch and pray. We must realize the seriousness of what the Lord is speaking to His Church.  He wants us to effectively use the time we have left to bring in the harvest and to build His Kingdom.  He wants us to be prepared for His return, by leading holy, blameless, uncompromised lives for Him.  But He especially wants us to keep our eyes open, to view what is happening around us from His vantage point.  We must understand how He is moving in the earth today, and then pray in accordance with His move.

Most of the Church is in a sound sleep yet, consumed with day-by-day affairs, oblivious to the time and season we are in.  But those who do see can aid the rest of the believers by calling them forth from their slumbers with our prayers.  We can plead for the Lord to awaken His Church to be all that it is supposed to be in these last days.  We can pray for His Body to become alert, ready for action, set apart unto the Lord.

We must learn to ask the Lord, “How should I pray?”  “What are Your plans, and what is Your timeline for implementing them?”  This is not a time for ineffective, empty, wishful words.  We cannot afford to ignorantly pray things which are in opposition to what God is doing in the present hour.  Where we don’t understand, we should ask the Holy Spirit to give us the wisdom needed.  We must know His heart and move with Him in our intercession.  This is His end-time call, that we would watch with Him and pray back to Him whatever He shows us.

Avoiding Deception — Introduction

Deception — it’s the problem nobody wants, yet it is a trap most easily fallen into. And the tricky part is, when you are already there, it is hard to perceive that you are deceived — although there are some definite warning flags.

Paul comments that, “in the last days perilous times shall come” (2 Timothy 3:1), and “the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine … and they shall turn away their ears from the truth and shall be turned to fables” (2 Timothy 4:3, 4).  John tells us that we are already living in the last times, when the antichrist spirit infects many (1 John 2:18).  Jesus warned that in the last days false Christs, false prophets, and false signs and wonders would abound, so that “if possible, they shall deceive even the elect [chosen](Matthew 24:24).  What are we to do, to keep ourselves from deception?

In the next few posts, we will discuss how people get into deception, how to get out once we’re there, and how to keep out of it in the first place.

I have been surprised, as I’ve prepared for this series, to find out how much time was spent by the apostles putting out fires of deception.  Deception is a major theme throughout the New Testament.  Jesus, Paul, Peter, John, and Jude hammered away at this topic.  Avoiding deception seems to have been the uppermost topic in Paul’s mind when he wrote his two letters to Timothy.  If it is that important to God, it had better be important to us as well.

We can be encouraged in knowing that God has provided ample instruction to keep us out of trouble.  It is possible for us to “walk in the light” (1 John 1:7) without fear of erring into darkness.  We can be confident that God will keep us from error, or pick us out of it if we start to go there, because He loves us so much.  It is only when we resist His promptings that we stay in deception.

Next time we will talk about some indicators that deception is going on in our lives.

Next: Deceived, or Not Deceived? (Part 2) 

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Excerpted from Lee Ann’s book, The Intercessor Manual

Out of the Fire Ministries