Take Heart, and Be of Good Courage

Dear Father,

We pray for Your comfort and Your peace to fall upon us tonight.  We yearn for You, we pray for Your kingdom to come.  Oh how we long for You to come back and make everything better!  This world needs fixing!  Human hands will not do; the world needs Your touch.  Encourage us as we grow weary watching and waiting.  Provide us with tasks to keep our minds on You and our hands busy with Your work.  We come against all doubt and despair in Jesus’ Name and by Your power we will NOT let the enemy succeed in breaking down our spirits.  We will NOT let him steal our joy.  Our joy is not dependent on external experience, but on a deep-seated hope and trust in You.  We love You, Father.

Amen.

My dear watching brothers and sisters,

You are my treasured family.  I can hardly wait to meet all of you in person!  And yet we continue to wait on the Lord together down here.  We continue to wrestle with feelings of excitement, discouragement, insight, defeat, and above all – hope and faith in our coming Redeemer.  To be honest, doubt lurks on the doorstep of my heart – knocking.  It is prowling all around me, banging on the windows, looking for any cracks to slip through.  I choose to resist it with all my might.  I continue to refuse to let it in.  If doubt is creeping around your heart, don’t let it in!!!!!  Stand firm in your faith – both in Jesus your Savior, and in Jesus the coming Redeemer!  He is coming for us!  He WILL COME!!!!

This momentary period of watching may feel like an eternity, but eternity will feel like only a moment 🙂

Therefore, having this ministry by the mercy of God, we do not lose heart.  For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.  But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.  We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed;  always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies.  So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day.  For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison,  as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. 

2 Corinthians 4:1,6-10,16-18 ESV

The disappointment that we are still here is palpable.  We aren’t wrong to watch, we aren’t wrong to hope.  Jesus wants to find faith when He comes back.  He wants us to be watching and waiting and longing for Him!  As I said before,  I would rather be jumping at the window with excitement when Jesus comes than not watching at all.

That’s why we’re here, right? We’re the Watchmen!  The welcoming committee — for JESUS!! WE are the ones who have the bubbling up joyful anticipation. WE are the ones scouring the skies for Him to appear.  WE are the ones keeping our ears peeled for the hint of a trumpet call. We’re the cheerleaders!!!

When Jesus comes, will He find faith on earth?  Faith that He is coming?

YES!  Amongst His faithful Watchmen!  WE will be the ones leaping up at His call – not surprised, but bawling and laughing and shrieking and beside ourselves with joy.

He is not delayed.  Nothing can hold back or stop the will of God!  Jesus will come at the appointed time.  We watch and wait together, encouraging one another, until He comes!  I love you all.

xx Stephanie Dawn

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Staying Awake and Watching Post-September 23

My dear watching friends,

Greetings in the Name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!  As a follow-up of my letter to you all earlier this month (For My Watching Brothers and Sisters), I feel like I want to talk about what watching has looked like for me in this post-September 23 era.  It’s actually only been 6 months, but it feels like an era to me and I imagine many of you can relate 😉

First of all, my hope is in Christ.

My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus Christ my righteousness.  He is the rock on which I stand.  I know that however and whenever this plays out, I am secure in my faith that God is good.  All the time.  I *choose* to trust Him.  I *choose* to place my faith in Him.  No matter what.  Without a solid foundation of faith, we can be “blown about by winds of doctrine” and be carried away on waves of emotion.  Keep your eyes on Jesus.  Always.

In Christ Alone – Lauren Daigle:

My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less

My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus Christ, my righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.

On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand,
All other ground is sinking sand.

When darkness veils His lovely face,
I rest on His unchanging grace;
In every high and stormy gale,
My anchor holds within the veil.

His oath, His covenant, His blood,
Support me in the whelming flood;
When all around my soul gives way,
He then is all my hope and stay.

When He shall come with trumpet sound,
Oh, may I then in Him be found;
In Him, my righteousness, alone,
Faultless to stand before the throne.

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Secondly, I am watching.

Jesus wants us to watch and to eagerly anticipate His call.  I continue to wait for Him in anticipation, while watching for the signs of His coming.

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Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?  Luke 18:18 ESV

Blessed are those servants whom the master finds awake when he comes. Truly, I say to you, he will dress himself for service and have them recline at table, and he will come and serve them.  Luke 12:37 ESV

What I am specifically watching for includes the “beginning of birth pains” as defined by Jesus in the Olivet Discourse:

  1. Wars
    1. Wars and Rumors of Wars – Possible lineup of WW3.
    2. Wars and Rumors of Wars centered around Israel and the Middle East, including a specific interest in Damascus, Syria.
    3.  A lineup of players matching the nations found in Psalm 83 and Ezekiel 38-39.
  2. Earthquakes and Volcanic Activity
  3. Famines
  4. Pestilences / Plagues
  5. Terrors and Great Signs from heaven (I believe Sept 23/17 fulfilled the “great sign”)

When the Time of Jacob’s Trouble (“Tribulation”) arrives, it will be marked all at once by the arrival of widespread war, global earthquakes, famines and pestilences, terrors and great signs from heaven.  Collectively, “all these” are the “beginning” of the birth pains, and seem to be a result of Seals 1-6 opening.  Thus, I don’t believe we are seeing birth pains yet.  What we are seeing are still the “Braxton Hicks’ contractions”.  However, I do believe we may see the *very beginning* of the birth pains as they begin.  So I am scouring for signs of a rapid upsurgence in all of these things at once.

Now when these things begin to take place, straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near. Luke 21:28 ESV

I have detailed on my blog that I believe the pretribulation rapture of the church is described in Seals 5&6.  I believe all the seals will open all at the same time, and we will be snatched “away from great anguish” as the effects of the seals unfurl in our wake.  You may even describe this great anguish as similar to the pains found during childbirth… 😉

Thirdly, I am studying.

For the Lord GOD does nothing without revealing his secret to his servants the prophets.  Amos 3:7 ESV

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The Lord gives us clues all throughout scripture about what is to come.  I continue to try to connect these and meditate on them in prayer, as well as discussing them with other watchmen.  I read and watch what other watchmen are posting.  I feel like significant clues are held in the sequence of harvests and the Feast days.  My personal high watch feasts are Pentecost and Feast of Trumpets (and lesser so, Yom Kippur).  I am so excited to write a new post about Pentecost, but I need a day where I can sit for a number of hours to do so with no distractions!

I am not following number studies, day counts, or other heavenly signs.  I respect my fellow watchmen who are doing so, but I personally feel like it won’t be that complicated.  I think the clues are there, we just have to look for them and then patiently wait and watch for them to unfold.

I believe that on the day and in the hour, we will KNOW to look up.

Fourthly, I am gathering together with the saints.

That’s you guys 🙂  I don’t have anyone to watch with locally, so fellowship with my online brothers and sisters is precious to my heart.

Let us not neglect meeting together, as some have made a habit, but let us encourage one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching.  Hebrews 10:25 BSB

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Last, but not least, I am spreading the gospel.

I will tell you that finding the Revelation 12 sign of September 23 spurred me on to spread the gospel like I never have before in all my life.  Far from “losing faith” when we found ourselves still here, I consider each extra day a gift to plant seeds and water sprouts.  There is a harvest out there waiting to come in – pray to the Lord of the harvest, “Here am I, send me!!!”

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.  Matthew 28:19 ESV

So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth.  1 Corinthians 3:7 ESV

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Take Heart, and Be of Good Courage

This momentary period of watching may feel like an eternity, but eternity will feel like only a moment 🙂

Therefore, having this ministry by the mercy of God, we do not lose heart.  For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.  But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.  We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed;  always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies.  So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day.  For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison,  as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. 

2 Corinthians 4:1,6-10,16-18 ESV

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Further Resources:

Are you CERTAIN of your Salvation, beyond a shadow of a doubt?  Do you KNOW that no matter when the rapture occurs, you will be counted worthy to escape?  If not, please read What Must I do to Be Saved.

The Bible is infallible.  I am not.  I am merely challenging traditional models and testing them against Scripture.  I believe that traditional pretribulation teachings provide a solid backbone upon which to lay the musculature of details, some of which I think might need to be adjusted slightly.  I encourage you to consider my thoughts as you also examine the scriptures to see if these things are so!