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Entering Supernatural Patience in the End Times
And you will be hated by all for My name's sake.
But not a hair of your head shall be lost.
By your patience possess your souls.
Lk. 21:17-19 NKJV
In the final times before us, unbridled passion is the governing attribute of the world and of the disobedient among the saints. Such passion and the refusal to confront and discipline it is the essence of lawlessness. Extreme lawlessness is the character of these times. And from it, there is no escape. In view of this, one of the most demanding virtues required of end times saints is patience. Especially so of true prophets and watchmen.
As the lawlessness increases, and as the majority of passionist believers in Christ adapt their beliefs to accommodate it under seducing spirits of false tolerance, compassion and mercy, the soul of the covenantally faithful and convictionally righteous becomes vexed past human capacity to cope. Each day, news that can only evoke moral outrage from the faithful prophetic heart crosses the screen of the conscience—begging for response, calling to action, crying for God's very indignation to fall on the wicked and the perpetrators of evil.
Yet one could hardly know where to begin prosecution. The evil is found in every quarter on every hand among every party lifting its voice in the streets and the airwaves. From Congress to the Media to Hollywood, a cacophonous slug-fest of competing moral filths now rules all theaters of public discourse. All that men have forever hidden in private, spoken in secret and committed in the dark is now fully public fare. And all the culture prophecies and intercessions cannot put humpty dumpty back together again (ie, “make humpty dumpty great again”), cannot put the evil culture genii back into the bottle, and cannot stop the Book of Revelation from coming to pass.
What are the faithful to do?
It is in this crucible that the hearts of all saints are tested for their overcoming capacity. Most saints cannot bear up under the rigor of this confrontation. We either just give up, compromising our God-inspired values to accommodate the mass slide, moving the goal posts of our own thinking and even vocabulary (what on earth is LGBTQ???), and finally acquiescing to a state of internal listlessness. Or else we are provoked one time too many into reacting from an equally untempered passion for righteousness unto executing our own actions, entering a fray in which our voice cannot compete and our actions can never bring justice or implement righteous change (anyone remember Paul Hill?).
Between these two alternatives, a paralyzing internal moral entrapment sets in. Again, what is the heart of the righteous, faithful and true to do?
Here, under these conditions, the imperative of patience is brought forth to us. We consider these exhortations of Revelation:
Rev. 1:9 I, John, both your brother and companion in the tribulation and kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, …for the word of God and for the testimony of Jesus Christ....2:2 I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil....; 3 and you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My name's sake and have not become weary....6:10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, "How long, O Lord, holy and true, until You judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?" 11 Then a white robe was given to each of them; and it was said to them that they should rest a little while longer, until both the number of their fellow servants and their brethren, who would be killed as they were, was completed....13:10 He who leads into captivity shall go into captivity; he who kills with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints....14:12 Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus. (NKJV)
These multiple exhortations to end times patience are of no ordinary quality. They are not of the patience that people proverbially “pray for more of” regarding their everyday relationships and trials. No. We are talking about a supernatural patience of another order, of another kind. We speak of an enduring patience that belongs to God Himself—a patience that has withstood the test of millenniums over the wait for a fulfilled plan in His Son. It is a patience which in that wait has withstood the face of genocidal horrors past all human comprehension, one step from hell and the Lake of Fire. This is “hell-on-earth” class patience.
Indeed, that is the character of the patience required. For the end times are about the loosing of hell’s forces upon the earth, forces of which all must taste, the righteous and the sinner alike. Such loosing is the final backstop warning to the world of what awaits all who fail to learn and come to repentance (or as we have called it, "mercy through judgment").
But what is the point of this supernatural godlike patience that we, God's people, have been mandated to enter under such force? The only answer can be—it is a Divine patience that is required for final suitability to Immortal Trans-veil Life.
Let us please remember, as we have described it before, that all earth history moves toward the climax of establishing glorified union of God with His People through the Lamb. This is how we said it then:
The key event toward which all of today's world events as well as all of earth history has been working since the cross is a birthing of a first generation of believers directly into a place of immortal union with Christ. It is by this birthing that heaven will definitively declare that the kingdoms of this world have at last come under actualized captivity to the Lord and His church.
Seeing how so much of God's ways are impossible to naturally comprehend, it should not surprise us then if God is telling us, “I have to allow hell to come to earth in order to make My People fit to be joined to My Son in wedded Glory. All I am waiting on is the completion of your patience.” This supernatural age-enduring patience is the last quality required for entrance into Brideship.
True, we have already heard it said all along that we must “by tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.” But here now we take these words beyond the ordinary daily “tribulation” we commonly think of, bringing them forward to the grand climax which Revelation unveils. We already know the demand for personal patience in personal tribulation. But this is a grand age-consummating patience wrought under pressure of hell's power on earth we must enter to come to final immortalized Brideship with the Son. Again, it is the last divine quality necessary to us.
The purpose of this article then is to give anchor to the vexed heart under what are now just the beginnings of hell's full fury on earth. Contrary to all culture prophecies and eschatologies promising otherwise, the end times grow worse to the end, not better. They grow worse in order to make us the best in fitness to be joined to our King. Hell must come first before the kingdom comes, just as the man of sin must come first before the Son of God comes.
Yes, it's counterintuitive, I know. It seems just plain wrong, I know. It seems just so opposite to the promise of the coming of the kingdom, I know. But that is the way it is. And if you are struggling under the vexation of the growing evil, while becoming equally disenchanted and even feeling betrayed by the failures of all the cultural revival prophecies, this article is for you.
Let's conclude by observing this one thing about this supernatural patience. Inside of that patience, if we overcome, rising above the present internal moral angst to enter in, we will find there all we need of God to sustain us to the final transition. All His peace is found inside that patience. All His joy is there. All His own righteousness is there, where we can see none around us. All His intimacy of true acceptance and embrace is there. All His inner healing from emotional ravages already suffered is there. This divine patience is a tower and stronghold and fortress of solitude that internally protects the soul, blinding and deafening us to all the hellish, morally reprehensible sight and sound that rages in front of our natural senses.
Grab this exhortation to patience then, and make it yours.
Overcome. Enter in. Abide there. Stay focused, whatever befalls.
You can do it.
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