Submitted by Sharon Marglin
I will be the first one to say that I'm not a perfect person. Although I'm unashamed to point out exactly what the bible says concerning the end times, I don't claim to know all things or to be more highly favored than any other believer. So I feel comfortable sharing the following testimony with anyone who has the time to read it.
I'm not the type of person to have memorable dreams at night, so when I do have them, I make a mental note of them. Earlier this year, I had a dream that left me a little rattled. Then just a few days ago, I had another.
The first dream, was quite unsettling and it still makes my belly a little queasy when I think about it. It wasn't an extremely long dream, but it opened my eyes. In the dream, I saw scores of people moving quickly to get into the kingdom of God (New Jerusalem). I was with a group of people, which included some of my family members and neighbors. Some people were confused and I was telling them to get on the road that was in proximity to us. The road was slightly elevated and it had an unusual glow to it. A few people ahead of us were stepping up onto the road and then were being whisked away quickly toward the heavenly kingdom, which was in (I assume) Israel. Here is the unnerving part: As we were climbing up onto the road, some people that I knew were unable to get on it. They would attempt to get on the road and a force would push them back. They looked horrified and they kept attempting to get on the road, to no avail. They were crying and asking what was going on? But it was too late. Some of the people that were left standing there were people that I know, but don't know too well, so I have never engaged in a conversation with them concerning the bible. I haven't even handed them a pamphlet or anything biblical. There was nothing that I could do as I continued down the road with my family, too afraid to look back at them. Immediately I woke up from my dream and my heart sank to the ground. It was confirmed in my heart that I need to do even more, not only to share the gospel of Christ in the area that I live in, but also to let others know what the bible is really saying concerning future events.
Like many people, I struggle to manage my time well. Sometime I take on tasks that I really don't have time for, while trying to convincing myself that I do indeed have the time. But increasingly as time goes by, and especially after having this dream, I feel like there is only one thing that really matters in this day and age: getting the word out before it's too late. The world is becoming increasingly unstable on all fronts. It feels like all hell could break loose at any time; without any warning at all. Just like in the past, nobody knows the day or the exact hour... But unlike it was in the past, we really don't know for sure what generation will witness the final return of Christ (to set up His kingdom here on earth). So what if things get increasingly worse over the next 5 years or 10 years or even plus 20 years, and I have neglected to manage ALL of the facets of my life and only focus on being the canary in the coal mine. I ponder this often. I go back and forth in my mind concerning how I should mange my time, according to God's will. I pray about it often.
The idea to start up a new business has been looming in the back of my mind for quite some time now. My business idea is a useful one. It will help people live a more natural and healthy life... but my intuition is telling me there really is no time for it now. Still I begin to think... maybe I can handle both things together; ministry and business. I've been praying about it and I believe I got the answer to my prayers in the form of another dream a few days ago. In the dream, I was getting ready to go out with some people that I knew from my college days. We were all dressed up and ready to step out the door. Where we were getting ready to going exactly, I do not know. When we opened the door, some of the ladies went out first and started to scream at the top of their lungs. There was a blinding brightness outside. Although I retreated back into the house, before I could see exactly what was going on, I just knew it was the day of the Lord; It came without warning.
Those who know me well, know that I don't go anywhere fancy these days. Especially not to the places that I use to go to when I was young and carnally minded. So the dream was not telling me not to go out anymore. I believe that the Lord was letting me know that His coming is indeed near and that I need to keep focused on the task at hand: sharing the gospel and uplifting the truth. I believe this message is one for all believers. Sometimes we get so busy with our lives that we neglect the fact that we are all called to be disciples of Christ. The job of sharing the word of God should not be left on the shoulders of church leaders alone. There are people in our everyday lives that we are able to reach, that no one else can. Yes, there are those who will reject the messages found in the bible, but there are others who are hungry to hear a word from the Lord within the bible. We all have been commissioned by the Lord to share His words with all that have an ear to hear them.
In my book, The Second Coming of Christ & The Kingdom to Come, undisputed bible evidence was given to prove that Christ's second coming, to take the saints (144,000) to heaven, has already passed. This information is supported by Jesus' testimony in Matthew 24:34 (KJV) and also by what the apostles taught the people of their own generation concerning the end of the "old covenant world" and the return of Christ (1 Cor 10:11 KJV, 1 Cor 15:51-52, Hebrews 1:1-2, Hebrews 9:26, 1 John 2:18). The question at hand is: Where does the 1000 year reign of the saints fit in, in the whole equation?
Revelation 20:4 KJV And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
The answer can be found in the bible, when you fit all of the prophetic texts together correctly and keep them in their proper context. The first thing that must be understood is that not all believers are literal saints of God. In the apostle's days, a distinction was made in their writings between who were true saints and who were the faithful followers...
1 Corinthians 16:1 Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye.
Ephesians 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus:
Colossians 1:2 To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colosse: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Further weight is added to the issue in the book of Revelation where the final number of the saints is given, along with symbolic characteristics and where the saints were derived from...
Revelation 7:4 And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.
Revelation 14:3-5 And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth. These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb. And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God.
The book of Revelation also speaks of a time in the future when reward will be given to all the people throughout the generations, who belong to the family of God...
And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.
When Jesus spoke about the redeeming of His saints from the earth, during His second coming (in Matthew Chapter 24...), He was referring to the GOD appointed saints (the 144000), not all believers all around the world. As mentioned in my book, it is written that the saints would receive the kingdom of heaven first, then later all believers will receive the kingdom when it is established down here on the earth.
At the beginning of Revelation 14 we see through a vision that was given to the apostle John, that the saints will be with Christ when He returns for the final time to set up the kingdom of heaven (New Jerusalem) down here on earth...
Revelation 14:1 And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father's name written in their foreheads.
(see also Zecheriah 14:4-9 KJV)
The bible is also quite clear that it will be the saints that will judge the world, when Christ returns for the final judgment. So it is only reasonable to believe that the saints will be with Christ at His return...
1 Corinthians 6:2 Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?
As shown before, it is written that the saints were to be taken during the apostles generation long and Revelation 20 points out that the saints were to rule with Christ for 1000 years. During that same 1000 year time period, Satan was bound for 1000 years, then later released for a short season to deceive the world...
Revelation 20:2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,
Revelation 20:3 And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.
It is important to say that we cannot get caught up in man-made methods of time keeping (BC/AD, carbon dating ect...), to discern how much time has passed in bible prophecy and where we are in earth's history today. Man-made ideas and methods are prone to error, but any word that comes from God is error-free. One thing that is quite evident is that we are living in the time of Satan's final season of deception on the world.
If you allow yourself to believe Jesus' words concerning the generation that was to witness His second coming for the saints (Matthew 24:34), you will know that immediately following that generation the world fell into a period of what is called the dark ages. In this case, the historical account corresponds to what is written in the bible. After the saints were taken to heaven and Satan was bound by the Lord from having any influence on the earth, the world fell into a time period of an investigative judgment; so to say. During that time, the saints that were taken to heaven were able to see that sin was and still is very much entwined in human nature; even without Satan's influence. The final decision to destroyed everyone along with Satan, who did not and does not accept the cleansing power of Christ at the final judgment, was agreed on.
Over 1000 years have passed since the saints were taken to heaven and satan's banishment in the pit, so we are now living in the time period of Satan's final season of deception after his release. We don't know how long this season will last, but we do know that after this season of time is complete, Christ will set up the kingdom of heaven down here on the earth. Everything evil and all those who align themselves with Satan will be destroyed. After all is said and done, the earth will be made new and all of God's people will inherit the earth...
Psalms 37:9 For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the Lord, they shall inherit the earth.
Matthew 5:5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
Zechariah 14:9 And the Lord shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one Lord, and his name one.
While Jesus was still with His disciples, before His death on the cross, He made a statement to help us find greater understanding of the time and period that would follow that generation long ago. He told His disciples that the time was coming when no man could “work”...
John 9:4 I must work the works of Him that sent Me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.
The “work” that Jesus was talking about was the literal working of miracles by the Holy Spirit. The “night” was referring to the age that followed that generation; which was called the dark ages. After Christ was taken up to heaven, and the apostles and believers received the Holy Spirit, they were still able to perform miracles for all people to see. But once the end of the “old covenant world” had come to pass, and the 144000 saints were taken up to heaven, this type of work was no longer able to be accomplished by men with or without the aid of the Holy Ghost.
Once again the book of Revelation confirms what was going on during this time period; silence in heaven. This time of silence began at the second coming and continues today...
Revelation 8:1 And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour.
Yes, miracles happen today after prayer and intercession, but not in the same overt fashion that it did when Jesus and the apostles walked the earth. We have to be careful that we don't mistake the workings of miracles with the magical works of Satan. The final deceptive works of Satan is to set up counterfeits to everything that is pure and holy. In this final season of deception we have counterfeit doctrines in churches, with counterfeit versions of the bible, which lead to false versions of the gospel and false works; no matter how wonderful they may appear. This is no surprise because it has all been foretold of in the bible...
1 Timothy 4:1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
Revelation 19:20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.
If we study the bible (KJV) for ourselves, nothing will take us by surprise. The Lord has not left us in the dark. Knowledge and understanding can be found in the bible if we seek it out and call upon the Holy Spirit. When Christ returns with the saints to judge the world, the saints will continue to rule with Him...
Revelation 5:10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.
During that time, the earth will be safe to dwell in. God's people will enjoy everything that the Lord will provide; just like it was in the garden of Eden. We will all walk in the presence of the Lord without the threat of evil.
Allow yourself to believe.
No matter how spiritual or religious each one of us may think to be, there are times when others will rub us the wrong way, thus bringing out the worst in us. Weather our frustration lasts only for a moment, or if it is a reoccurring event that chips away at our nerves, there is something important that we must keep in mind. No matter how frustrating the offending individual may be, or how deliberate their actions are; God is the Father of everybody and everything that has breath. The bible tells us that God made all people, even the wicked ones for a specific purpose...
Proverbs 16:4 The Lord hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.
Without an array of people in the world, including the unfaithful, the evil and even the poor and needy, how will people of faith have the opportunity to exercise their faith? The bible is clear that faith without works is dead...
James 2:17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.
Without people to push our buttons, how will we develop temperance. Without those who are in need, what opportunity will we have to show charity? Even without people who side with evil, how will the world come to an end? It is important to treat each and every person as if they have value, regardless of who they are or what they have done. God may have placed that person in your life to test you, or to strengthen your character, or so that you can be the light in that person's life to turn them around. Those who cannot find it in their heart to love their fellow man, will have a very hard time making it into the everlasting kingdom of heaven. This is due to the fact that the only prerequisite is that you accept Christ as your Lord and Savior. And the only way to truly accept Christ in spirit, and not just in words, is to hear His voice and be obedient to His commandments...
Matthew 22:37-40 (KJV) Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
2 John 1:9 Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.
Without practicing Jesus' commandments, our faith is dead and our spot in the kingdom is not secure. It's not enough to say that you love the Lord, without showing love toward everyone who is made in the image of God: black or white, red, yellow or brown. Everyone you meet is your neighbor. The Lord requires us to worship Him in spirit and in truth, but if you don't have love, you are not walking in the spirit or in the truth...
2 John 1:4-6 (KJV) I rejoiced greatly that I found of thy children walking in truth, as we have received a commandment from the Father. And now I beseech thee, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment unto thee, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another. And this is love, that we walk after His commandments. This is the commandment: That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it.
The time has come to firmly ground ourselves in the truth and live our lives showing not only tolerance but love for all people. Not only to those that are pleasing to us, but to ALL people. We do not know who the Lord has allowed to come into our lives, in orders to determine which side of the gate we will end up on. Remember Jesus' words...
Matthew 7:21 Not everyone that saith unto Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of My Father which is in heaven.
While praying to the Lord this morning, He impressed upon my mind to write about the gospel of the kingdom of heaven…
The time has come for all believers to worship God in spirit and in TRUTH. The mis-information that we have been fed for generations now, needs to be rejected. The wheels of prophecy are once again coming around full circle and the kingdom of heaven is once again at hand.
The world is becoming the way it was in the days before Sodom and Gomorrah’s destruction. Sin, evil, the lack of knowledge of God and the rejection of God is common place in the world today. In various places throughout the world, life is how it was before the great flood in Noah's day; pure evil. When Jesus was alive He testified of how wicked His own generation had become (Matthew 12:45). And here we are today, on the cusp of something of biblical proportions. In this day and age; the end is once again near.
But those who are waiting to enter the kingdom of heaven, will have to wait a little while longer. The kingdom will not come on earth, as it is in heaven, until the true message of the kingdom reaches the whole world…
Matthew 24:14 KJV And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.
In the apostles' days, the earth was not as populated as it is today. They accomplished the task given to them, then the end of the old covenant world came to an end. At that time, they were all taken up to the kingdom of heaven, along with the one hundred and forty-four thousand saints, spoken of in Revelation chapters 7 & 14.
Romans 1:8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world.
Romans 10:18 But I say, Have they not heard? Yes verily, their sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world.
Romans 16:26 But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:
Colossians 1:23 If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister.
Now as we await the establishment of the kingdom of heaven on earth... the same must be done before the very end of the secular world. The TRUTH about the kingdom must be told to EVERYONE. But before the truth of the kingdom to come can be accepted, the truth about Christ's second coming must be known.
Our enemy satan has been deceiving the world with his lies and fables for generations and generations; so that the true message of the kingdom would be lost and not be told to the whole world. He knows that when the task is complete, his time will be up. So, it has been in his best interest to infiltrate the churches and influence the messages being taught to the people. He knows that if the people of God are not sharing the true gospel of the kingdom… who will? Therefore, the establishment of the kingdom will be delayed. There is one thing that the serpent overlooked… Jesus said that the old covenant world (heaven and earth) would pass away, but His words would not (Matthew 24:35). It is through Jesus’ testimony concerning the time of His second coming (Matthew 24:34), that we are now able to decipher where we are in the prophetic timeline.
Watch and be sober because times are changing...
The Lord is getting ready to return!
We all need to do our part to hasten the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Don't allow satan's lies to beguile you anymore. Share the truth with all those who are open to the truth, and even with those who you think may not be open to it. You will not know who the word of the Lord is destined for, until you share it with them.
Remember, not all people will accept the truth, but the truth must be told before the end will come. Very good things have been prepared for those who are awaiting Christ’s final return. Pray.
Matthew 6:10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Blessings to all believers in the name of Jesus Christ.