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AT THE PRECIPICE OF WORLD WIDE JUDGMENT: The Great Imperative of our Times

If we believe, as scripture makes clear, that salvation is a free gift (Ephesians 2: 8, 9) then we must also grapple with the dichotomy that faithfulness is not tied to outcome. Every generation is a hostage to the times in which they live. The great imperative of my parents day was World War 11. Sons and husbands, brothers and sisters were lost as Hitler attempted world dominance. Of my grandparents it was the Great Depression which colored all subsequent experience. A family story told time and again was of the turkey that was won by my grandmother by raffle and how the family came together that Thanksgiving with plenty to eat for all.
The imperative of our time is that we are the last church described in Revelation. ...so because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth (Rev. 3: 16).
The overwhelming challenge which impacts the current generation is the assault of stimulus which stands as a barrier between us and authentic intimacy with Jesus Christ…

RESCUE FROM JUDGMENT

Throughout scripture God shows a pattern of rescuing His people from judgement. Most of us think of Sodom and Gomorrah and the rescue of Lot and his family. Abraham asked the messenger (the pre-incarnate Christ): Will You indeed sweep away the righteous with the wicked?" (Genesis 18: 23). God's answer then and today was, no.

During the flood God saved Noah and his family; a total of eight people from which to build back the human gene pool. This following verse in 1st Peter has reference to the Nephilim of Genesis Chapter six; the flood "during the days of Noah." Peter reveals that after the victory of the cross Jesus descended the depths to proclaim His victory and subsequent divine judgments and condemnation over those fallen angels that had been imprisoned since the days of Noah. And not only these very powerful demons, but also Christ's supremacy over all angels, demonic authorities, and powers. Power that we, as His delegated inheritors through faith, have …