SPIRITUAL PEACE AND SAFETY!!
I know that most of us see this phrase as pertaining only to the world and the unbeliever right before Christ comes, but I feel this relates to the spiritual condition of the modern day church because it has lost its love of the Truth.
First, it is interesting to note that there is only one verse in the whole of the Bible that uses the exact words “peace and safety”, only one!! There is one other verse that uses both words, but not together, and I will end this post with that verse.
We must keep in mind always that the Bible was written to and for believers.
It is to BELIEVERS that these verses were written:
1Th 5:3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.
1Th 5:4 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.”
The lukewarm, foolish virgins are the ones thinking they have SPIRITUAL peace and safety…they are baptized, they go to church, therefore they think they are saved….adhering to man made traditions and not the Holy Word of God. These are the in name only Christians that will be thrown into the great Tribulation because they are not born-again and indwelt with the Holy Spirit. They are not walking with Christ; don’t have a PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM. You have to walk with Him and talk with Him and follow Him wherever He goes, not where you want Him to go.
The Harlot fallen away Churches of the end-times are the foolish virgins…that is why Christ has told born-again believers to come out of her. This is the church that believes that by its own efforts, it is saving mankind. This is blasphemy….but it plays right into the one world religion, the religion of the antichrist.
It is to them that Jesus also says:
Rev 2:22 “Behold I will cast her into a bed and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds.”
No one on this earth, in their right mind, is thinking that the world is a peaceful and safe place!!! Jesus is not talking about a physical feeling of peace and safety in this world. It is spiritual!!! It is people who think they are saved by this false gospel, and are no longer worried about their eternal destiny.
It is ALL ABOUT THE SPIRITUAL…THE RACE WE RUN IS A SPIRITUAL RACE. That is why I feel that worrying about what the NWO is going to do is worrying too much about the PHYSICAL. God is always going to be in charge and we must believe His Truth and not the false doctrines of men. Believing that He is coming in secret to take His people out of Tribulation is having faith in these false doctrines and not the Truth. And, by doing so, think that one has peace and safety from what is about to come upon this world, when that certainly is not the case!! Judgment starts at the House of God. He will test and try us to see if we are truly His.
And while I am on the subject, I think people are wrong to keep asking for a signs from God….especially about what the enemy is going to do…it is limiting and distracting. If you ask in prayer and receive what you asked for, that is good, praise the Lord with thank-you!! If you are truly His, He anticipates your every need; therefore asking for signs seems a sign of a lack of faith and total trust in Him.
I feel there is nothing wrong with speculating and seeing the signs that appear, but date setting and gnat staining are not signs of anything spiritual, and takes away from time spent in His Word where one lets Him speak to you, PERSONALLY. Granted, it is so exciting to be learning new things everyday about how everything fits together, and then sharing these things with other people…it is awesome and very addicting. I am one of those addicts, so I have to keep remembering to leave some space between, to let His Spirit speak to me directly. I am trying to become more addicted to that!
Psalms 4:8 is the only other verse in the Bible that uses the words peace and safety in the same verse. The following verses are for the wise SPIRITUAL virgins, that KNOW that their only peace and safety is by resting in the Hand of Jesus. And, I for one, stand it awe of that!!!!
Psa 4:4 Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.
Psa 4:5 Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the LORD
Psa 4:6 [There be] many that say, Who will shew us [any] good? LORD, lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us
Psa 4:7 Thou hast put gladness in my heart, more than in the time [that] their corn and their wine increased
Psa 4:8 I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety.”
If we are His we have His Peace and abide in His Safety, no matter what is happening in the world. Worldly Christians think they have the peace and safety of being raptured out of Tribulation, and this is a false peace and a false security.
JESUS IS ALL AND EVERYTHING!