Salvation Through Judgment
As the specter of national and world judgment now hovers as never before like a thickening black cloud, the Lord more than ever wants to assure His faithful obedient disciples they have nothing to fear from the judgments, but to know rather that the judgments are meant for our own saving. I know this sounds difficult to accept. As we see the specter of economic collapse and cultural and international war grow before us, all we can think about is how the judgments will naturally affect us for the negative. After all, Elijah was affected by the same drought as everybody else.
Nevertheless, the Lord wants us to welcome the judgments on our world and to embrace them, because they are for our salvation. Two scriptures make this clear. In I Pt. 3:20, Peter notes:
20 ... when once the long-suffering of God did wait, in days of Noah--an ark being preparing--in which few, that is, eight souls, were saved through water;
Please see this carefully. Noah was not saved from the flood. He was saved through it. "Through" means "by means of," not "in spite of." The Lord intentionally used the flood to save Noah from the ungodly world of his day while he also used it to destroy the ungodly. He did not just "protect" Noah "from the flood" as we so commonly think. The instrument of judgment to the wicked, careless and unprepared is the direct intended instrument of salvation to the righteous, diligent, prepared people. (For more on this discussion in context of baptism, see Part 7 of By Blood and Water: The True Story and Meaning of Christian Baptism)
The second scripture that shows us this intention is Heb. 11:29
29 By faith they passed through the
Red Seaas though they were passing through dry land; and the Egyptians, when they attempted it, were drowned.
Here is another illustration of water as simultaneous intentional salvation and judgment. The Red Sea was the direct intended means of salvation to
through which they passed--while it was just as intentionally ordained to destroy the Egyptians. Israel
Therefore, if we are a prepared-hearted people looking for the Lord's return, we should welcome and embrace God's judgment on the godless economies and unrepentant societies of the world, despite the fact that we are in the midst of them. The word "welcome" is important. It is a measured word reflecting a tempered attitude of faith-filled expectant humility. It stands half way between the fearful denial of judgment spouted by the mainstream prophetic, and the fear-mongering declarations of judgment owned by the radical wilderness prophetic.
Both these extreme prophetic attitudes are characterized by fear. Yet fear paralyzes rather than prepares for judgment. As such, fear assures we will come under the judgments, whether we believe in their coming or deny their coming! Fear is its own prophetic force. We do not therefore want these attitudes. We do not want to deny or own judgment under the prophetic force of fear. We simply want a confident prepared heart of welcoming judgment, knowing that for us judgment is salvation.
Hiding in the Inner Chamber
The Lord tells us to turn aside and hide in the inner chamber until His calamities are past (Isa. 20:26). That was the order at Passover. The ark that saved Noah was a place of interior quiet. There were neither windows nor air holes through which Noah could see the death throws of the wicked or hear their screams.
All of you know I have repeatedly said to turn off the "news" and cut off all "prophetic" sources of fear-stoking over present events. It's bad for your ark! The "news" is filled with the screams of the wicked under economic judgment. Why do you want to hear it?
Meanwhile many of the "prophetic airwaves" are filled with the paralyzing laments of God's people looking up at
Red Seawalls crying out "The sea is falling, the sea is falling." Well, right. If you stop to gaze at these impending walls in paralyzed fear and unbelief, you will be prophetically accurate. They will fall on you! Forget the sea and keep moving. The judgment is your way out. It is your salvation, even if you don't know what is on the other side. But only if you keep moving. seaof Egyptian
Dealing with the Uncomfortable Effects of Judgment
The judgments of God do affect His people in the course of their salvation. Those effects can be and most usually are uncomfortable. It was uncomfortable for Elijah to have to move because the brook dried up. It was uncomfortable for Noah to be cooped up in the ark. Crossing the
Red Seaall night long without sleep was not a party.
Salvation is not about comfortability. However, uncomfortability is not about judgment on us nor to be feared. It is to be welcomed and embraced as part of the salvation process. It will only last a short while before we "land" at our place of established safety and new life. We should not allow the uncertainties and expected uncomfortabilities of the salvation-through-judgment process to cause us to recoil from welcoming the judgment.
This is the real reason mainstream prophets do not want to hear or welcome the word of judgment. It's not so much they don't believe judgment can't or won't happen, but simply that they don't want to have to face any of the uncomfortability they know will come to them with finding a truer salvation from this world.
This is an area all of us need to work on--discerning how to welcome the judgment that brings salvation without recoiling from the uncomfortability of the process. The real judgments have only just begun. Many of us are in uncomfortable places as a result. When God judges world economy, it affects us all. The "economic brooks" have or are drying up on us and forcing us to make moves we would prefer not to have to make.
But let's look up. It's part of our salvation--and in due time, we will be free from this system and into a new economy that will cause all our hearts to rejoice, not to mention our coming to the place of completed sonship and translation.
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