Continued 3
 
Interpretation: Cabin In The Sun
 
& Tidal Wave
 
 
 
By Lee Y. Martin, Ph. D., Copyright 2011

 

 

©2011

 
 
God Honors Those Who Honor Him
 

God wants us alone so He can talk with us and show us in the Bible where we are missing out on His blessings. He wants to show us where we are compromising our faith convictions and possibly forfeiting a place in the Bridehood. The Lord will not tolerate compromise. When Saul compromised by not killing ALL the Amalekites as God instructed, God rejected him to be His king. He had no second chance. The secret to holiness is to get rid of EVERY sinful behavior and especially the one that so easily besets us [Hebrews 12:1].

When Eli was God's High Priest, he compromised his duty by not disciplining his wayward sons who were committing gross sexual sins right in the Temple compound. As a result, God rejected his lineage to be His High Priest even though God had promised it would be his forever. Does that mean God breaks His promises? Absolutely not! The Bible teaches that God loves those who love Him, and He honors those who honor Him. God's favor and blessings are a reflection of who we become like and how we act.

Today, too much of what goes on in the church is compromise. We are brainwashed into believing that God only acts towards us in love because we are in the Age of Grace and can do what is right in our own eyes. But that is not true as we are finding out with our problematic world situation. Let's not forget that Jesus warned the first church of Ephesus in Revelation that He would put their candle out if they did not remember ...from whence thou art fallen, and repent and do the first works [Revelation 2:5].

Checkup On Your Lifestyle

Many church people have difficulty in believing their lifestyle is displeasing to the Lord and other believers are unaware that their spiritual fervor for the Lord has diminished. Still others equivocate when asked if they are assured of their eternal salvation, implying that there is no Holy Spirit indwelling presence. In apposition to unassurance, many other Christians rest in the doctrine of 'once saved always saved', but this gives rise to sloppy living. All these types of believers presume upon God's Goodness.

God will not be presumed upon nor can one manipulate Him to fit into one's mode of doing what is right in his own sight. Salvation is easy, but walking with God is not. It takes diligence as well as vigilance to die daily in order to keep oneself in the love of God [Jude 21]. Believing one ought to change is not doing it, and here is the rub. That's where getting alone with God is important.

The flames of the cross into which Jeannette entered prefigure the laying down of ourselves on the brazen altar where we present ourselves as a living sacrifice in God's service [Romans 12:1]. It symbolizes the death of our flesh as we voluntarily refrain from certain practices and give total commitment to God. It takes a true heart dedication to living a godly life away from the world in order to stay ready for rapture and our wedding to Jesus. As you can see, the wedding and the rapture are synonymous. It is the most glorious and important day on God's calendar, the day all of heaven has been waiting for.

Wherefore, as the wedding is close at hand, God sent these two visions as a last minute midnight call for His children to awaken and return to their first love with excitement as acute as when they first got saved. For others it is a first step into a beautifully holy life with the altogether lovely one, Jesus. People in the crest of the wave are jubilantly praising and worshipping God as they sing, "lovely, lovely, lovely is the Lamb of God". They radiate extreme gratitude for being chosen to be in the Bridehood of Jesus as shown by the tears rolling down their cheeks.

 
A Wilderness Experience
CHURCH, Frederic Edwin Cross in the Wilderness 1857 Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid
 

There is no fear associated with cleansing because God has promised to be merciful to our unrighteousness, and will no more remember our sins and iniquities [Hebrews 6:12]. When the Lord calls a person to enter the sanctuary to meet with Him, it is to strengthen one's resolve to forsake sin and walk by the spirit and not the flesh.

The secluded cabin is analogous to a wilderness experience. He wants to clean us up so He can anoint us for His use. God did not use Jesus until He was led into the wilderness by the Holy Spirit [Luke 4:1] to obtain strength.

  Luke 4:14
  14 And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about.

The wilderness is where a person learns about God. It is a place of quiet devotion where God can teach us how to rely totally upon Him. Is that not why the children in the wilderness had to wander 40 years away from the world in the desert? Wasn't it to learn to trust Him? God was proving His dependability for their every need [Exodus 20:20]. Having proven it, He does not have to do it to us again in a prolonged fashion. We accept by faith what He did for His children in the wilderness.

Moses also spent 40 years alone in the wilderness tending sheep before God called him into service to deliver His people out of Egypt, a type of the world throughout Scripture. So, God's call to us to spend time with Him is for the purpose of getting to know Him.

Jesus said the five virgins who did not make the rapture did not have an intimate relationship with Him.

  Matthew 25:10-13
  10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.
11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.
12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.
13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.

Had the wedding been first place in their thoughts and motivated their every activity, those foolish virgins would have been fully prepared for the groom's return. In stating that He did not know them, Jesus intimated that they had not spent much time with Him. He was not uppermost in their minds. This should give every Christian pause to think about how much time he or she has spent with the Lord. Are you among those who give lip service to God but whose heart is far from Him [Mark 7:6]?

Intimacy cannot be measured by the quantity of time one spends reading or studying the Bible, but rather how eager one is to get with the Lord. God calls every person who names the name of Jesus into the cabin, but not all respond. This is why the Bride of Jesus is composed of a remnant of a remnant of the church! God's responsibility is to make us righteous. Our responsibility is to make ourselves holy. This we do by entering the cabin and purging out everything that hinders the Word's commands. How does one do this?


One way is to put down all religious activity. God is less interested in your works for Him than He is in fellowshipping with Him. He waited 4,000 years to be able to fellowship with people in a personal way. That's why Jesus said the hour had come when God could now seek people who will worship Him in spirit and in truth [John 4:23]. Jesus' ransom qualifies us now.

Before the demands of justice were satisfied, God's holiness and integrity kept Him from becoming intimate with people. Without a new spirit like God's, people were locked up in a dead spirit received from Adam and were unable to keep from sinning. That is why we had to be born again – to obtain a new spirit which could fellowship with God. Since sin does not have dominion over us any more [Romans 6:14], we can fellowship with our Father as often as we want, and He is seeking such who will.

  John 4:23
  23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.

God is not seeking anointed worship leaders in churches although they may qualify; He is seeking children who will come and fellowship with Him in the privacy of their hearts. Hallelujah! What a time to be alive! Not only do we have a perfect redemption through Jesus who has made all things in our rich inheritance possible for those of us who believe, but we are also on the verge of departing this dark world in the twinkling of an eye to glory land.


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