BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
Image from the TV series 'Beauty and the Beast'.
The tales of 'Beauty and the Beast' have always been a perennial favorite in the poetry, art, and literature of western Christendom. It is a seductive psycho-sexual fantasy entering from the beautiful side of great evil. These sinister dream-scapes are now well established in the popular culture through books, theatre, movies, and television.
Moses prophesied concerning the covenant people of God as they came into the latter days. He clearly stated what would happen in the 'Song of Moses'.
Jesus tells us much the same. He says that the bulk of His people will forsake Him in the end. They will desert Him and choose another, even a 'prince' who comes to the woman of Israel and the Church very seductively in the spirit of an insidious Luciferian selfism. Oh yes, it is a story that goes back to the Garden and then on to Balaam and continues on with the Nicolaitans in today's Church who want to please the crowd. It is a story of compromise and betrayal.
"I have come in my Father's name, and you do not receive me;
If another should come in his own name, him you will receive."
- John 5:43
This 'great falling away' or 'great apostasy' explains how and why God's people being drawn out of Israel, the Church, and the nations will choose the ways of Gomer and so end up going through great tribulation. They will be as a woman in travail before they finally embrace their true Prince, the Holy One of Israel, Jesus Christ/Yeshua Hamashiach.
In spite of the great falling away and the encroaching darkness there will be a magnificent End-Time Revival. There are those who will find the oil for the lamps to light the way ahead and even a song in the night. These wise virgins will remain faithful to Jesus/Yeshua. And after the midnight hour they will be going out to meet the Bridegroom. This is the essence of the end-time drama. It is a story of grand adventure and divine romance. These, and other more glorious events, will then unfold into history as this age comes to its appointed climax.
It was the prophet Micah who prophesied that our Messiah would return as 'the Breaker". When the Day of the Lord opens at the end of the age He will come back in a decidedly cosmic sort of way. Right here on earth His coming will be seen and experienced by mortal men. He will pour out His wrath on the wicked. Evil angels (Ps.78:49) will be hovering over their own. At the time appointed they will snatch up the wicked, even as the tares are gathered first (Mat.13:30) and bundled off for the fires. Our Messiah will re-enter the time-space realm and here on earth He will deliver all His covenant people. Our Messiah will be calling in to attend to some business north of Jerusalem. He will be straitening a few things out with the armies of the nations over on the plains of Megiddo or Armageddon. His actions will be seen from Jerusalem and then out to the ends of the earth.
Most of Messiah's covenant people at that time will be across the world at a place (or places) referred to in Micah 2:12-13 as 'the sheepfolds of Bozrah'. It will be there that the most magnificent story of deliverance ever seen on this planet will take place. We might call it the BOZRAH DELIVERANCE. We can put it in capital letters because news of this glorious event at the end of the age has either not been discovered or has been hidden by our Bible teachers.
Dear saints, this is some encouraging Biblical truth.
It needs to be shouted about!
It is good news!
The church should hear about it!
The Holy One of Israel is not slack concerning His promises. He will gather His Elect, just as He promised. (Mat.24:29) This action of the returning Messiah will happen "immediately after the tribulation of those days". He will come back as a Deliverer just as He said He would in the Olivet Discourse. He will gather His people from the four winds, from both sides of Calvary at the Resurrection-Rapture. Immediately after the Resurrection of the righteous dead He will "catch-up" or "rapture" His Bride. His covenant people, His beloved remnant Elect, will then be all together at last. And they will be carried across the threshold into a realm beyond anything that can be imagined. His action in deliverance at that future time will even surpass the wonder of the former Exodus from Egypt. This will be a deliverance more glorious than anything ever seen before.
By Gavin Finley MD
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