Ephesians 6:13 For this reason, take up the full armor of God so that you may be able to stand your ground on the evil day, and having done everything, to stand.
Brothers and Sisters, read that Scripture again... let it wash over you. I know that you know it, but hear it again. For this reason, take up the full armor of God so that you may be able to stand your ground on the evil day, and having done everything, to stand.
For this reason... what reason? Ephesians 6:12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.
To stand - having done all you can, in the end to be standing.
As believers surrounded by the darkness, it can be easy to forget your armor or worse to don the chains the of the enemy (if you missed it, read Counter Terrorism in the Spiritual Realm).
I used the New American Standard because I love the phrase, This Present Darkness. I loved Peretti's classic book by the same name, it changed my life. Faced with overwhelming obstacles the heroes in the story prayed, fought, and clung to the Lord for the victory. We fear today that there will be no such victory....
The Watchers on the Wall are tired; hoarse from beseeching a world that no longer hears, fighting an enemy whose time has come, and tamping down a desire so fierce just to be done. All the while going about 8-5 life like tomorrow is going to matter and being afraid that it actually does. Simultaneously realizing that we could very easily be out of here in the twinkling of an eye but knowing that for 2000 years the bride has been waiting.
So if October 1st rolls around and we are still here... well, we'll just pick each other up, brush each other off, and stand.
Rapture Index Scores:
Lovers of Self - Day 1: 10 out of 10
Perplexities of Nations - Day 2: 8 out of 10
Mass Animal Deaths - Day 3: 7 out of 10
Revilers - Day 4: 8 out of 10
Signs in the Heavens - Day 5: 9 out of 10
Commotions - Day 6: 7 out of 10
Scoffers - Day 7: 10 of 10
Vexed Souls - Day 8: 10 of 10
Greed -Day 9: 8 of 10
Famine - Day 10: 8 of 10
Itching Ears- Day 11: 10 of 10
Rushing to and fro - Day 12: 10 of 10
Blind Eyes and Hard Hearts - Day 13: 9 of 10
Brutal Men - Day 14: 8 of 10
Wars and Rumors of Wars - Day 15: 9 of 10
Boasters - Day 16: 9 of 10
Messianic Jews - Day 17: 7 of 10
Demonic Activity - Day 18: 8 of 10
Lawlessness - Day 19: 9 of 10
Hedging Your Bets - Day 20: 9 of 10
You Make Me Want to Vomit - Day 21: 10 of 10
Earthquakes- Day 22: 10 of 10
Nobody Loves Philadelphia - Day 23: 10 of 10
Antisemitism - Day 24: 9 of 10
False Teachers - Day 25: 10 of 10
Asleep Church - Day 26: 10 of 10
Downward Spiral- Day 27: 10 of 10
American Idol - Day 28: 10 of 10
This Present Darkness - Day 29: 10 of 10
Rapture Index Total to date: 262 out of 290 or 90.34%