Saturday, October 7, 2017

Hearts, Homes, & Heaven


Today we stand in the midst of the Feast of Tabernacles. This fall harvest feast is one of the most celebrated feast of the Jewish year and a very special time on God’s calendar. Each year the Feast of Tabernacles reminds us of two things, one past and one future.
1.   The first is the fact that God brought the children of Israel out of Egypt and made them to dwell in booths or tents in a wilderness totally dependent on Him for every need.
2.   Also the future when Messiah will rule and reign on the earth for 1000 years and every nation will come to worship Him in Jerusalem.

It was during this feast, also referred to as the Feast of Ingathering, in the second year of Jesus’ earthly ministry when He said:

John 7
37  On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink.
38  “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”

Jesus has always had An “Open Door” Policy. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is a “Whosoever will,” “He who has an ear,” “Lest at any time,” invitation. If anyone thirsts, let him come! As long as the door is open, anyone who believes can come on in … The Apostle John also wrote concerning a spiritual experience he had with another open door in the book of:

Revelation 4 NKJV
1  After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven. And the first voice which I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me, saying, “Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this.”
2  Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne set in heaven, and One sat on the throne.

By the way, I believe in a pre-tribulation rapture of the Church and I see this as a blueprint paralleling that moment … or less than a moment really.
·        An open door in heaven
·        A voice like a trumpet
·        Come up here
·        Immediately I was in the Spirit
·        And I saw Jesus!

This further reminds me of the conversation Jesus had with a group of Pharisees in Jerusalem only 3 days before His crucifixion.

Luke 17
20  Now when Jesus was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said, “The kingdom of God does not come with observation;
21  “nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.”

24  “For as the lightning that flashes out of one part under heaven shines to the other part under heaven, so also the Son of Man will be in His day.

26  “And as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man:
27  “They ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all.
28  “Likewise as it was also in the days of Lot: They ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built;
29  “but on the day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all.
30  “Even so will it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed.

Seems scary that it all could end in just the twinkling of an eye … as fast as lightning strikes … just when things are going well, people eating and drinking and marrying and doing business and building houses … then …

But thanks be to God! The door is still open now and will be open right up until the moment God closes it Himself – Just like He did on the ark.

Not only is the door to heaven open today but so is Every Heart and Every Home. Refuse to believe what the world, the news media, others or even your own experiences have to say about Hearts, Homes & Heaven

Believe God … The doors are wide open … come on in! Witness, and win souls for Christ … Harvest time is here! Happy Feast of Tabernacles …