For the Elects' Sake by Bola Olu-Jordan
“And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened” (Mat 24:22-22).
In describing the events that will culminate the end of the age, our Lord Jesus Christ, in the four Gospels gave us the signs to look for to usher in His return in the air. Most of the signs have evidently being fulfilled right in our noses which indicates that the end is near, even at the doors! But worthy of note is a very serious clause that “the days will be shortened”, i.e. the days culminating the appearance of Jesus in the air in rapture and which will consequently usher in the great tribulation will be shortened. Why would the days be shortened and what is or are the consequence(s) if they are not shortened?
Jesus gave us answers to these questions. But before we go to the answer to these questions, let us look at the signs that Jesus gave us to look out for and see how many of them have come to pass or coming to pass.
In reading the gospels, we would discover that the disciples came to Jesus PRIVATELY asking “Tell us, when shall these things be and what shall be the signs of thy coming, and of the end of the world?” (Mat. 24: ). This reveals to us that before we can get any deep revelation from God, it has to be through a private, deliberate and conscious thirst, for the mysteries of God can only be revealed to those who have been broken and are diligent to seek Him with all their hearts and soul.
Before God could reveal to Daniel the mysteries of the ages without which we cannot fully grasp the timetable in the agenda of God for the end time, Daniel himself said: “In those days I Daniel was mourning three full weeks. I ate no pleasant bread, neither came flesh nor wine in my mouth, neither did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled. And in the four and twentieth day of the first month, as I was by the side of the great river, which is Hiddekel; Then I lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and behold a certain man clothed in linen, whose loins were girded with fine gold of Uphaz …”.(Dan 10:2-5)
This reveals to us the reason why God is no longer revealing the deep things to the church at this time because we are unwilling to pay the price. Moses did not get the deep revelation of God until he spent 40 years alone in the wilderness shepherding his father-in-law’s flock. If Paul was not ‘incarcerated’ in prisons several times, he would never write the epistles which alone have become the crucible for our Christian faith for the ages. Men at this age are so busy like Paul the Apostle was busy with the present, going from Iconium to Derbe to Lystra to Macedonian preaching the gospel with zeal and signs and wonders following, yet God wanted to do an eternal thing with him; to be still with Him so he could give the church millenniums later the epistle.
Today too, men are busy going for world missions, crusades, evangelism never having the time to be with Him and ask Him in private like the disciples did, what would be his heart for the church at this age? Men and women are rather busy asking for what they need and not what God needs!
Another book of deep and divine revelation of the Bible was written in a time of exclusive privacy with God in the Island of Patmos. John was banished into the wild Island and was expected to be eaten up by wild animals, but there, the Lord wrote through him the book of revelation, without which the knowledge of the end time time table wouldn’t have been complete.
Oh that we would have time to be with the Lord privately like the disciples did, and he would reveal to us the deep revelation of his heart. During that time of privacy with the Lord, Jesus revealed to the disciples the signs of the end time…
And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)
This is the summary of the signs of the end time:
Spiritual Deception (vv. 4-5)
International Conflict (vv. 6-7a)
Natural Disasters (vv. 7b-8)
Fierce Persecution (v. 9)
Widespread Apostasy (vv. 10-12)
Worldwide Evangelism (vv. 13-14)
Dissecting these strong points, we can come up with the following:
Increase in knowledge (Daniel 12:4 - "Knowledge shall increase and men shall run to and fro." KJV). For several centuries, knowledge had been growing in a snail rate unlike now that the pace of knowledge is growing per second. What the world has achieved within the last 100 years was not achieved for several thousands of years! No transportation can be as fast as 25,000 miles per hour to the moon as against 25 miles on the horse which remained the fastest for several centuries. Information is growing at neck breaking speed. Stupendous information technologies are achieved in micro seconds reducing the world to a global village. Great inventions, scientific breakthroughs, and mystical knowledge from aliens, shadow people and extra terrestrial forces in exchange for human lives and technology is on the increase giving rise to unimaginable alien technology in spacecraft, communications, computer, cell phones, internet.
In the same vein, godly knowledge is also on the increase. Many mysteries which were forbidden to be opened by John on the Island of Patmos would be revealed at the last days.
John wrote in Revelation 10:4: And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write: and I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not. And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven, And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer: But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets”.
Biblical Mysteries and divine revelations that has never entered the heart of man from ages past t the present but sealed up till the last days will be revealed! While many so called ‘spiritual’ and ‘fathers’ in the faith will be cynical and will not believe these glorious mysteries because like the Pharisees at the time of Jesus who were looking for signs that Jesus is the Messiah in the ‘letter’ of the Torah, they too will miss these mysteries as it unfolds at this end time, because the things of the spirits have to be spiritually discerned; not in the logos (the written words), but through the rhema, the revealed words by the Holy Ghost; for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life (2Cor. 3:6).
Jesus as the Messiah is clearly written in the Torah, but the best of the Pharisees, Sadducees, Scribes, etc couldn’t see it because “For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ. (1Co 2:11-16)
Common fisher men, unlearned men discerned and declared through the spirit : ‘thou art the Christ; the son of the living God’; whereas the title holders who were busy expecting the Messiah and prided themselves as the custodians original Hebrew mysteries could not recognize him. They could only say ‘crucify him’ because the revelation of Him did not agree with their theological and ecumenical mind. So also at the last days, many mysteries of God would be finished as God reveals it to his servants the prophets; unknown men by the religious standard of the world, common men, unsung men in the faith, with no T.V. shows or big crusades team to go from nations to nations, busy for the propagation of the gospel. While this is good, but it can be like the offering of Martha; sincerely busy preparing the meal that the master would not eat, whereas, he desired us to stay at his feet that he would reveal the mind of God to us. This is how the disciples got the revelation of the end times and unless this generation do the same, she will miss out in the revelation of the mysteries which He promised to be revealed at the last days.
Jesus looked up to God and said, “I thank thee oh father that you did not reveal these mysteries to the wise and the prudent, but babes, such as will learn”. Paul said: “For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence. (1Co 1:26-29)
Many will miss these revelations because although they are virgins, but they are foolish. The oil which they forgot to take along is the only guarantee to reveal to them that those things are true when other known logic fails.
The virgins did all they knew; separated themselves from the world, kept themselves pure and undefiled, longed for his appearing, etc, but still, they slept off when the bridegroom tarried. All their preparations failed. All they knew to do to prepare failed, nature came calling, the flesh demanded rest and they slept off. The church today is also sleeping, having kept herself pure but now weary by the iniquities of Sodom. Many saints are weary waiting for the appearing of Jesus; many have slept and many are in slumber, yet the trumpet will sound suddenly saying, ‘behold the bridegroom cometh’!
Nothing else will work at this time except the oil (the Holy Spirit). The Oil alone will light the lamp. He will bring the light. He will lead the way. He will show us the groom. He will make the groom to see us. Both the foolish and the wise virgins burned out their oil and slept off while waiting, but the wise had reserve. Except we allow the Holy Spirit to be deeply rooted in us alone would we wake up from the deep sleep. Our theology will fail. The written words will fail, doctrine will fail, only Him in us will bear witness with our spirits that we are children of God.
Although the foolish virgins were virgins all the same, they shall yield to the advice of the wise virgins: ‘But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. (Mat 25:9). The foolish virgins will go and do as advised. They were virgins, only that they ‘forgot’ to take the oil. They knew the importance of the oil, but because hope deferred makes the heart sick, they slept off and during the process, the oil got burned down because they did not expect that the groom will tarry for so long.
The foolish virgins would pay the price. They had denied themselves and waited this long and nothing would stop them. They were prepared to pay for their stupidity and foolishness. They were not giving up still, not, not at this time, so, they went to buy the oil. Buying connotes that it has a price, but how much it cost, we are not told directly, but we know through the spirit of God: 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. (Mat 25:10). That is the price: the door was shut. Door in New Testament typology represent rapture of the church – they missed the rapture!
But still they would not give up despite that the door has been closed against them, but rather they shouted” saying, Lord, Lord, open to us”. (Mat 25:11). What a spirit! What a desperation!! This will not be our portion in Jesus name. But still they would not give up, even though the rapture of the church had occurred. Jesus told them: “I know you not”, you have to pass through the fire of tribulation; for fire purifies! Brothers and sisters, even if you forget the word of God, do not forget the Holy Spirit, for he will remind you of all things for “ the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. (Joh 14:26). But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him ( 1Jn 2:27).
Without the Holy Spirit in you, you will be easily deceived at the last days, for false teachers abound, teaching lies in hypocrisy, propagating message of iniquity which makes the love of the people to wax cold. Prophets, whose god is their belly. Who truly hear from God but would not tell the people what God is saying but words of comfort and consolation, so that they will not lose them. Professional pastors, trained in the art of hunting souls like their father, Nimrod. They capture innocent soul through incising words of mans wisdom and excellency of speech which are irresistible. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple. (Rom 16:18)
Peter warned: “But there were false prophets among the people, as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly put forward wrong teachings for your destruction, even turning away from the Lord who gave himself for them; whose destruction will come quickly, and they themselves will be the cause of it. And a great number will go with them in their evil ways, through whom the true way will have a bad name. And in their desire for profit they will come to you with words of deceit, like traders doing business in souls…(2Pe 2:1-3.BBE)
Another point to consider as part of the end time signs is the financial collapse of the industrialized nations of the world which resulted into what is generally referred to as economic melt –down that have reduced the economic gurus and financial intelligentsia into a buffoon. Now all remedies are deliberately failing so as to give way to the man of sin who would proffer the much needed solution and he will be worshipped. He will take away peoples’ rights and liberties in exchange for their needs. He will sit in the temple of God and declared himself as God.
Most nations are already bankrupt, even America. Most industries have been relocated to China and the work force are been cut. Now, the much publicized health bill in America looks as juicy as it can, but no sooner would the nation come to the World Bank with cap in hands to finance it, “then shall that Wicked be revealed… even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. (2Th 2:8-12). it’s the turn of the Illuminatis!
The rise in ecumenism in the last days is also what to be wary off. When you see a dog going back to his vomit, then there is cause for concern. Pentecostal with all its charismatic gyration, prophetic and power clout is suddenly going back to the ‘vomit’ of the orthodox. She is coveting and romancing the bishopic titles with all its paraphernalia and regalia. Dioceses are returning, institutions of secular learning have become a fag and money spinners for churches with the generous donations of members.
Missions are no longer in villages but in five star hotels, cruise expedition, mega cities of the world and business forums have given way to soul winning. Raising funds for the bishop’s court and other investment opportunities are the reasons why most committees are raised, not to chart a new village that is yet to hear the gospel. The prodigal spirit, fame, display of wealth, material possession and romance with the powers that be has replaced anointing. The voice of rebuke on radio, T.V. Mega phones in morning cry, crusades and market places yesteryears has turned into story-story and display of grammar, branches across the world and joining social clubs with dividends accruing for partners.
The office of the ‘pastor mrs’ too have been upgraded to the ‘first lady’ and it has become a family affair with husband and wife posing on bill boards, luring victims to come on board with deceptive smiles and promise of a place on earth without a place in heaven. Soon, the son will take the baton to continue to run the family PLC maintained through tithes and offerings of innocent but indolent members. Many of them are elects, deceived and trapped in man-led organizations, now in deep slumber and need to be awakened before it’s too late.
The irony of it is that it is possible for some of these deceptive pastors to turn back to God at the thine minute and the all merciful and gracious God will accept them back, but what about the many thousands of souls that have been deceived! They are doomed!
The New World Order is setting in, in which Lucifer is the head. Some internet sites proudly display the logo in a corner at their website as NWO Compliant. The Ishamelite are penetrating into the both the western world with a view to raising native American offspring like that of Doddy Fayet and Princess Diana. Imagine an Arab king over Great Britain dynasty! But the offer being given to those who would successfully marry an Americans is too juicy to be resisted. Gullible and experimenting as the latter are; they are innocently falling to the bait.
An American woman popularly called Jihad-Jane (Colleen R. LaRose) of PA and five others are being charged with recruiting people on the Internet to wage violent jihad in South Asia and Europe. She was radicalized and recruited into terrorism against her own land. This is in the natural, but it is more true in the spiritual, as many so called pastors who have nothing to do with Christ have infiltrated churches, preaching heresies, new age messages of positive thinking, confession and visualization, etc and luring people to church with different juicy offers. Unfortunately, some children of God are trapped in such places, listening to sugar coated mouthed preacher, gyrating every Sunday and dazzling them with stupid quotes from past anti-christs with people clapping in orations! I am more concerned with many who genuinely gave their lives to Christ but are swept away, knowing that to bring them back will be almost impossible seeing they have crucified the king of glory the second time.
Check your first love, is it still there? Do you long for God or for his things! If benefits of healing, prosperity, breakthrough, blessings, etc are what your pastor preaches all the time, you better run, for what shall it profit you, even if you gain the whole world and your soul is lost. Secure your soul, and your life is secured, but secure your life and your soul is lost. Eternity is bigger than whatever you achieve on earth. shall a man The man of sin is recruiting, don’t be a cheap recruit. Breakthrough, healing, prosperity are good but you can go to hell with them, but you cannot go to hell with Jesus. Stop looking for solutions to your problems, look for Jesus. He is your solution!
The general moral decadence and lawlessness in the world, occasioned by the spirit of perversion in all quarters at this end time also makes Sodom and Gomorrah a better place to live. Same sex marriages are being legalized and maintained with state funds as regular couples. Men are dressing like women with ear rings, chain on the neck, crazy hair dos and still speak in tongues in the name of the Lord! How shall we sing the Lord song in a strange land! Fashion is becoming slavery and madness. Run from its grip.
Lot vexed his righteous soul in Sodom! In the same vein, the saints are growing weary, waiting for the time of their redemption which seems to tarry. The devil is waging war against genuine children of God with persecution, poverty, lack, death, injustice, etc.
How long with the suffering last with as many as will not contaminate themselves with the kings delicacies? How long, Lord, for Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.
(Luk 21:26). “Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. (2Pe 3:3-4)
I read a flyer recently where God revealed to a servant of His that heaven is loosing more people at the last days than gaining. The numbers of qualified souls for rapture are reducing everyday. Satan seems to be snatching people away with his masteries and he is having ‘success’ in the church because he is using leaders whom they believe is a man of God. Proliferation of churches today is not a good sign, it’s a bad omen. It is not God adding to the church, it is the devil. They are added to social club and not relationship with Christ. Going by the proliferation of churches, the heaven supposed to be increasing, but its decreasing daily. Most of the pastors are Nephilims, agents of the anti-christ. They have been corrupted. Many of them are alive through walk-ins, doing the bidding of their master.
John saw in the book of revelation of the antichrist as the whole world “worshipped the dragon … saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him? And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him … and he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name… And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. If any man have an ear, let him hear. He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints”. (Rev 13:4-13)
Do we now know the reason why Jesus asked: “when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth? (Luk 18:8). REMEMBER John said: And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them, therefore for this reason, if the days are not shortened, no flesh will be saved!
Do we now know the reason why Jesus said: “if I come, will I find faith? … for the elects’ sake, the days will be shortened, otherwise NO FLESH will be saved!