Phyllis Beveridge Nissila
I am beginning a new series on the perspectives and practical aspects of how to “occupy until Jesus comes back” (see below for the scriptural citation, context, and definition).
As many biblical scholars suggest, we might be closer than we think to Jesus’ return, prophetically speaking. For an article index pertaining to so-called “end times” (aka “end of the Church Age”) prophecies, see here.
Of course, there are various interpretations of timings and events, but the important thing is God knows and wants us to be encouraged, prepared, and about His business, i.e., engaged in the “great commission,” so that others may benefit as well and be spared from what’s to come.
After all, it is He alone Who knows “…the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come,” also assuring us through the prophet Isaiah (46:10), “My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.”*
But I should say I am continuing the series because as I re-read a recent post, it works very well as an introduction, thus this is really Part 2. Read part 1 here.
For there is much more on my heart and mind.
In this time of political revolution, as some political analysts claim, to change America from the representative republic as founded to a socialist state (others insist to an oligarchy), the Bible in its multiple literary genres offers a great deal of historical precedent of such times along with advice, encouragement, and practical information because every contest in this context, no matter the contenders or the circumstances, is at the core a battle between good and evil.
Additional biblical prophecies intertwined with this nation’s, indeed all nations, are those concerning the end-times’ one-world government, economy, and religion, known as the New World Order in secular prophecies.
Fortunately, good always wins though it takes time and often involves some blood, sweat, and tears given that the end game of evil is to steal, kill, and destroy (though evil is typically first advertised as good by means of psychological operations.)
I pray these will be of some help “on the ground,” so to speak, as well as in the mind, heart, and spirit. I know how much I personally need the encouragement and information…
And I believe such information is critical for all of us who live in “such a time as this,” as in everyone who has eyes to see and ears to hear.
To review the definition of “occupy”:
Occupy, as in “do business.” This could be in the practical sense or the spiritual, but all is strategic.
To review the context:
11 And as they heard these things, (Jesus) added and spake a parable, because he was nigh to Jerusalem, and because they thought that the kingdom of God should immediately appear.
12 He said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return.
13 And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come. continue reading…
To elaborate on the “Who” element: This is, of course, Jesus Christ, both our Commander in Faith and Commander in Chief. Consider:
Matthew 18:20, ESV For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.
Romans 8:38-39, ESV For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Hebrews 13:8, ESV Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
Matthew 28:20b, NIV And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.
In the remaining parts of this new series I will offer more on the What, When, Where, Why, and How aspects of our occupation, whether we proceed alone or with others. But to set the stage further please keep in mind the significance of God’s timing and His patterns, both discussed in Part 1.
And watch this space…
Ill be right alongside for the ride.
With my seatbelt on.
*For example, here is a summary of 47 Old Testament prophecies concerning the Messiah that were fulfilled in Jesus Christ. For another example, here is a summary of the prophecies concerning the end times.