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The Daily Word of Righteousness
The Work of Restoration, #20
He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. (Mark 16:16)
It appears in the present hour there are two messages proceeding from the Throne of God. The first message is the simple Gospel message. We are living in an hour when God desires that all the peoples of the earth hear His Word and be saved. We are looking for multiplied millions to come to Christ in the day in which we are living, as God reaches down and exercises His power in preparing the world for the return of His beloved Son, Christ.
Why will God send such a revival in the end-time, just before the Lord returns? The reason is that God wants to save the world, not destroy the world. In the general sense, God is the Father of every person on the earth. God loves the world and gave His Son for it. We of the Church need to understand the enormous love of God for the world. God's plan for the Church is not to take it out of the world and bring it to the spirit Paradise. God's plan is to prepare the Church to receive the nations of the earth as they turn to God during the dark days that are ahead (Isaiah 60:1-5).
We can expect signs and wonders—the greatest miracles of history—as the Good News of God's love in Christ goes forth to all the peoples of the earth. The resources of Heaven and earth will be drawn upon as God invites every person to receive the free gift of righteousness through faith in Christ.
It is fortunate for the world, and for us of the Church, that God does have in mind to provide a glorious herald of the coming of the Lord Jesus. If the Lord were to come now, who would be ready? The world? The world is staggering about in blindness and drunkenness, groping for wisdom and understanding.
The Church? The Church is splintered into a thousand warring factions. The Church is full of hatred, competition, self-seeking, lust, envy, lying, stealing, sorcery, and every other evil work. Will God receive such a church to Himself? Not according to the Scriptures (Galatians 5:21).
The Good News is that God, in advance of the coming of His Son to the earth for the second time, is preparing a feast of salvation for the world, and a feast of righteousness, holiness, obedience, wisdom, power, and glory for His people. The world, and we of the Church, will be made ready for the return of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The first message, then, is the familiar Gospel message.
There is a second message proceeding today from the Throne of God. The second message is the call to a militant remnant of Christians who are to leave Babylon (the mixture of the world and religion) and to rebuild the Temple of God and the wall around the city of Jerusalem, to speak figuratively. For there must be a spiritual defense protecting the glory that is to be poured out upon us. More about this later.
We who are receiving the second message from Heaven are not to compare ourselves with those of our fellow Christians whom God is allowing to rest for a bit in Babylon. They will play their part shortly. But right now God is seeking a "remnant" of saints who are willing to endure the rigors and dangers of pioneering, of returning to a spiritually devastated area and restoring the Body of Christ, of rebuilding around the city of God the wall of defense against sin.
To be continued.