by Pastor Andrew Morgridge
In war time, your survival depends mainly one two things:
(1) your ability to identify the “danger sirens” and
(2) knowing where the bunker is located.
Matt. 24, Lk. 21, Mk. 13 speaks of various signs of the end – mentions beginning of sorrows, leading to the time of sorrows for Jacob (Israel) and by extension the world in tribulation.
We daily see the Devil contesting with Christians every bit of the way (1 Cor. 16:9) and in addition we bring so much problems on ourselves too as we copy the world (see Judges 1:11-15, 20-23, Judges 2:1-7). So we see the world plagued by problems to woo them to God. It affects us because we live among them and some of them are family – our lives are connected. Simultaneously, we are also being attacked by the Devil to derail us (Gen. 3:14).
But there is a place of safety where you are calm in adversity, and from where you launch out with God to win your battles (Ps. 48:1-5; Ps. 91; Ps. 27:1-6). We are living in dangerous times but there is a place of safety – the Secret Place (Ps. 91:1; Isa. 26:20).
God expects everybody to stay with Him in the sanctuary especially in this endtime (Isa. 26:19-21). There’s a voice in the temple as judgment is going on around the world (Isa. 66:6). You must be in the temple to hear His voice, the still small voice (Isa. 66:6).
You must dwell in God’s presence, not go and come. It is as you dwell in the secret place that your victories are assured (Psa. 27:5). Joy comes only after victories.
Prince with God explained.
In Genesis 35:1 God asked Jacob to dwell in Bethel (God’s house).
And God said unto Jacob, Arise, go up to Bethel, and dwell there: and make there an altar unto God, that appeared unto thee when thou fleddest from the face of Esau thy brother. Gen. 35:1
Jacob prevailed with the LORD and he had power as a prince with the LORD. The name ‘Israel’ means ‘God fought’. Before you can get to the position whereby God will fight for you, you must have a talking relationship with Him. In so doing, the potentials that He has put in you will come forth.
In Hosea 12:2-6, we see how Jacob prevailed with God.
“The LORD hath also a controversy with Judah, and will punish Jacob according to his ways; according to his doings will he recompense him. He took his brother by the heel in the womb, and by his strength he had power with God: Yea, he had power over the angel, and prevailed: he wept, and made supplication unto him: he found him in Bethel, and there he spoke with us; Even the LORD God of hosts; the LORD is his memorial. Therefore, turn thou to thy God: keep mercy and judgment, and wait on thy God continually.” Hosea 12:2-6
Note how Jacob prevailed here from the text:
- He wept and made supplication unto God
- He found God in Bethel
Jacob sought the LORD in prayers and supplication, with tears. He sought, knocked, asked, and won his age-long battles (Gen. 35).
The nature of the times we are in demands that with stay with God in the sanctuary just as He said in Isa. 26:20: Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast.