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Edition 368: June 14th 2017.
The Great Awakening:
In this edition I’ll be discussing the various awakenings which are of great importance in these days. These awakenings are directly associated with the biblical “mysteries”, which I’ll also deal with.
This will encompass:
●The awakening to holiness now.
●The awakening of the true Christian in rapture.
●The awakening of the Jews to their Jewish Messiah.
●The awakening of the unsaved world to judgement.
Here are some of the biblical uses and meanings of the word, “Awake”:
Awake: (Hebrew): Strong’s H 5782 “Uwr” meaning: “To be aroused or stirred, to stir up, to be excited and triumphant and to arise to watchfulness.
Awake (Greek): Strong’s G 1453, “Egeiro” meaning: To appear, raise up, to arise from the sleep of death. It can also mean to be sober minded.
The mystery of the “mysteries:”
When you wake up you see. When you are asleep you don’t see! But there is a greater depth to these things spiritually. We must understand that some things for some people are impossible to see.
They are asleep or blinded because they are a God-created mystery. These mysteries are hidden to the unbeliever, but God reveals them to His own family – the true believer. But there are still certain conditions to be met before we get the mysterious password to this wisdom.
So, the awakening must be from God’s perspective. Many spiritual mysteries can only be awoken to and understood by those on the inside. It’s like having a password to a secret club. You can’t come in without it, or with the wrong password.
So, the mysteries of God are not total mysteries, they are conditional and exclusive.
Here is the meaning of the word:
Mystery: Strong’s G3466, “mysterion” meaning: “Hidden, not obvious to the natural understanding, or hidden from the ungodly”.
Just in this meaning alone, do you see why many will never be able to awaken, see, or recognise many spiritual things.
Here are some of the Bible “mysteries”:
● The mystery of Israel’s blindness. (Romans 11:25) ● The mystery of the rapture. (1Corinthians 15:51) ● The mystery of revelation. (Romans 16:25) ● The mystery of the gospel. (Ephesians 6:19) ● The mystery of Godliness. (1Timothy 3:16) ● The mystery of the kingdom. (Mark 4:11) ● The mystery of God’s wisdom. (1Corinthians 2:7) ● The mystery hidden from generations, now made manifest to the saints...Messiah in you, the hope of glory. (Colossians 1:26-27) ● The mystery of iniquity (sin). (2Thessalonians 2:7)
So, what we have here are mysteries to the outsider and the unbeliever, who is without the Spirit of God. To the insider who meets the conditions, and those who operate in the discernment of the Spirit of God, the “mysteries are revealed.”
Do you see the incredible benefits of coming to our Lord His way and why this is so important?
The awakening to holiness and righteousness:
1 Corinthians 15:34 “Awake to righteousness and do not sin; for some do not have the knowledge of God. I say this to your shame.”
Sin is one of the “mysteries” mentioned above.
Do you see why the unsaved can’t awake to righteousness? They can’t see what sin is. God has hidden its meaning from them. If you can’t see what sin is, you can’t see the only answer – the cross! You can’t get rid of something you don’t recognise.
But this verse above is also addressed to the believer who has fallen into sin, as is the verse below.
Romans 13:11-12 “...It is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armour of light.”
We are the ones who need to awake out of darkness which has come into our lives when the light of God has dimmed through sin.
This is also a powerful admonition to the backslider, and here is another:
Ephesians 5:14-16 “Awake, you who sleep, arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light. See that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise redeeming the time, because the days are evil.”
Backsliders beware! Your time is running out. Yes our Lord will lovingly welcome you back into the fold on repentance, but bear in mind that His grace has limits. Bear in mind that the days are becoming more evil and you will slide further and further away!
Renewal, revival, revitalisation, resurgence, are some of the awakenings we are seeing. Prodigals and backsliders are sliding back to our Lord. This is all the work of our Lord. It is the latter rain of the Spirit of God.
Multitudes are in the valley of decision and storming to salvation. These works are now occurring in the eastern nations of the world at an alarming rate. Jews, Muslims, Chinese, Indians and even those in Bongo-Bongo land and beyond are awakening to the saving grace of the Spirit of God.
The awakening of the Christian to full salvation:
Very soon now, all true believers will suddenly awaken in new, glorious, supernatural bodies, incorruptible, ageless and forever perfect and beautiful.
Our old lives will be gone in a blinding flash. The final enemy – death, will be dead!
What a momentous day that will be. We will awake in a peace-paradise of unimaginable glory, majesty and wonder. Serenity, joy and ecstasy will rule our grandiose new world.
This is all a great mystery, but we as true saints of the living God believe it all, while the world thinks we are crazy for believing such things.
Isaiah 26:19 “...Awake and sing you who dwell in the dust; for your dew is like the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out its dead.”
Psalm 17:15 “I will see Your face in righteousness; I shall be satisfied when I awake in Your likeness.”
Again, the rapture of the church is one of the “mysteries.” How can you believe it as an unbeliever? You can’t!
This is why the unbeliever has no hope (Ephesians 2:12) and we have that fulfilling “blessed hope.” (Titus 2:13)
The awakening blast:
The Feast of Trumpets is so called because of the many trumpet blasts that occur to herald and close the Feast. There are many different types of trumpet blasts, each with major, significant meanings. Most relate to the coming judgement of the tribulation period – the end of one dispensation and start of the next.
This feast is the next to find prophetic fulfilment, specifically in relation to the Jews. It will mark the start of the tribulation period and their mass salvation.
One of the trumpet blasts is called “The awakening blast.”
It has great, wonderful and frightening symbolism attached!
The “awakening trumpet blast” is sounded to awaken the Jews to their Messiah. It is also the herald of their judgement and of the world (but more on that further down.) At this trumpet blast the world will see the Lamb of God transformed into the Lion of Judah!
It’s not surprising then that this trumpet blast may well also signal the rapture of the church, because it occurs right at the start of the tribulation period.
The awakening of the Jews to their Messiah:
Zechariah 8:13 “It shall come to pass that just as you (Israel) were a curse among the nations, O house of Judah and house of Israel, so I will save you and you shall be a blessing. Do not fear and let your hands be strong.”
Notice who is the prime evangelist to the Jews is at this time. It is “I” the Lord Himself! The church will be gone.
As the “Awakening trumpet blast” sounds on The Feast of Trumpets, it will “shatter” the air. The mysterious reverberation will be the signal for millions of dry bones to begin flying together and to be miraculously joined to each other just at the right places. Sinews, muscles and flesh that was long thought dead, will come to life in a flash and masses of Jews, no longer spiritual Holocaust-like skeletons will awaken and arise!
Amazingly, much of the church and all of the churches of replacement theology hate this idea. They can’t see through the thick fog of the prejudice and hatred!
The Jews will march forward through walls of wailing, with golden gates open and welcoming. The new weeping and howling will be of pure joy! Jews will again dance like David danced, in celebration!
They will walk forward through a parted veil into glorious light. There standing before them will be the one whom they pierced, offering forgiveness, love and compassion to them all. What wonderful drama!
Jeremiah 31:17 “There is hope in your future (Israel) says the Lord, and they shall come back to their own borders.”
Isaiah 29:18-19 “In that day the deaf shall hear the words of the book (Lit= scroll) and the eyes of the blind shall see out of the obscurity and out of darkness. The humble shall increase their joy in the Lord, and the poor (in spirit) among men shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.”
Isaiah 29:23-24 “When He sees His children, the work of My hands, in His midst, they will hallow My name, and hallow the Holy One of Jacob, and fear the God of Israel. These also who erred in spirit will come to understanding, and those who murmured will learn doctrine.”
Israel’s spiritual blindness is one the “mysteries” we looked at above. Do you see why the unbelieving world can’t see it or understand it? Do you see why the unbelieving world, the modern demon possessed scribes – the mass-media, have no idea why Israel is blind and soon to see after miracle spiritual eye-surgery?
Poor old media! They will forever have a thick veil of hefty blindness over their eyes. They will forever serve the devil himself.
The awakening of the unsaved to judgement:
Jeremiah 6:10 “To whom shall I speak and give warning, that they may hear? Indeed their ear is uncircumcised, and they cannot give heed. Behold the word of the Lord is a reproach to them; they have no delight in it.”
Isaiah 5:14-21 “Therefore Sheol (hell) has enlarged itself and opened its mouth beyond measure; their glory and multitude and their pomp and he who is jubilant, shall descend into it...Woe to those who call evil good and good evil; who put darkness for light and light for darkness...Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!”
Isaiah 14:9 “Hell from beneath is excited to meet you at your coming; it stirs up the dead for you. All the chief ones of the earth it has raised up from their thrones, all the kings of the nations.”
The demons and devils are stirring as they awaken to their soon-doom. Their works are flooding the world. (Revelation 12:12) Multitudes in the tribulation period will fulfil the above verses perfectly! (Joel 3:14)
In many ways the doom of the unsaved is a great tragedy, and catastrophe, simply because of their blindness, which is self-caused.
Today, people are full of the burdens of sin. The hefty pressures and stresses of modern living are weighing people down all over the world. They look everywhere but to our Lord for answers. The world is awakening to a welcoming devil, whom they can’t see or even believe exists.
Sin is a mystery to the unsaved. They call it human rights and many other incorrect names. They are blind to the mystery of sin, the mystery of godliness, and the mystery of hell right before them.
They can suppress the stress with pills, but there is no pill to make sin go away. There is no forgiveness-pill. They are soon going to awaken from their nightmare-sleep into judgement and eternal destruction.
You see, the unsaved are essentially all thieves. They’ve stolen their lives, created by God for His purpose and now use it for their purposes. They are empty, cursed and doomed and a result.
One of the greatest questions anyone could ask, and often leads to great depression and psychological problems is: What is the purpose of my life? Why am I here? Is this all there is? Even the very wealthy and those who think they have arrived, must still ask the question: Is this Ferrari or Rolls Royce, all there is?
Why can’t my red Ferrari and my Rolls in the garage forgive me and make me right with God? Why can’t my car love me back and comfort me? Because it’s a car you idiot! The same is true for the entire world’s materialism.
Only our God can fill the empty void in your heart created by Him, to be fulfilled by Him. A car, a plane and yacht don’t fit in there. Even God’s beautiful natural creation can’t take away your sins.
Personally, I’m a tree-hugger, I love them, but I can tell you from experience that trees don’t hug you back. They don’t even say thank you for admiring them!
Tragically, the world is seeing a massive increase in suicides now. Amazingly the answer was right before them. The answer is fulfilment, peace and victory in our Lord! But people will rather listen to the devils demon-inspired mass-media. (Talk about fake-news!!!)
The mass-media believes that man is the measure of all things. The ways of the world are the measure, they believe! But man is devolving! His ways and world are deteriorating. The ways of modern man are like a blind man staggering around, leaning on Satan for guidance.
When you awaken to God’s plan and purpose for your life, wonderful things start happening. The world’s great mysteries begin to clear up. Hope arrives at your door and you begin to see with new eyes. Suddenly you see that the thing in your garage is a dead, cold, piece of metal.
Hell is one of the “mysteries”. The unsaved can’t see it, yet it’s their eternal home. The unsaved world will awaken soon and in an instant they will understand the mysteries of sin, hell and why they are there. They will have to say “amen” to their judgement.
If they had a vision of approaching hell, their story would change in a flash.
What do you have to do to wake up? And what do you have to do to see and understand the mysteries of God, which are inextricably linked to awakening?
You must be born-again. You must come to our Lord in absolute surrender, brokenness, and humility. You must choose the fear of the Lord and forsake your own ways. You must set your heart to know Him and follow Him.
Daniel 12:2-3 “Many of those who sleep in the dust will awake, some to everlasting life, some to shame and everlasting contempt. Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament and those who turn many to righteousness like the stars forever and ever.”
Many humans are destined for exaltation and eternal elevation, right in the face of many heading for the depths of hell.
We must awaken to watchfulness now! Many are not watching. Many remain blinded by their shameful, deceived, blind guides!
Jeremiah 5:31 “The prophets prophecy falsely, and the priests rule by their own power; and My people love to have it so. But what will you do in the end.”
Many of these things, my friends are on the doorstep!
I took this picture of the African Fish Eagle in one of our local game reserves.
Shalom and grow in His Grace!