The Swallows...Are Gone!
The end of the year is near. The swallows are gone; but not one swallow is left behind.
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The Basic Truths Of Life!
Everyone that ever walked on this planet must come to terms in this life with some basic TRUTHS. These will be the basic truths that no one can argue with, if they are sane. Of course, if you believe what God says in His Own BOOK about you, then you will have no problem with accepting these basic truths.
1. The Brevity Of Life
"For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away." (James 4:14b) Our life is brief! like a vapor, or like smoke. "Is there not an appointed time to man upon earth? are not his days also like the days of an hireling?" (Job 7:1) He is born, and then he will die! This is certain! (The exception being Enoch and Elijah, and also, those believers in Jesus Christ who are alive when He comes for His Church.)
2. The Brevity Of Your Remembrance
You will soon be forgotten. A man is remembered only a little while, and then he is forgotten. "He shall return no more to his house, neither shall his place know him anymore. Are not my days few? cease then, and let me alone, that I may take comfort a little, Before I go whence I shall not return, even to the land of darkness and the shadow of death; A land of darkness, as darkness itself; and of the shadow of death, without any order, and where the light is as darkness." (Job 7:10 & 10:20-22)
3. The Sureness Of Trouble
Life is bale full of troubles. I have also found this very true!!! "Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble. He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down: he fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not." (Job 14:1).
4. The Verity Of The White Throne Judgment
"And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment" (Hebrews 9:27). You will not miss this one unless YOU ARE HID in the CLEFT OF THE ROCK!
5. The Eternality And The Finality Of What You Do With Jesus Christ:
We will all be held accountable over this issue. It is a hard fact of life, my friend. Now will you take God's offer of eternal life ... purchased by His Son ... for all those who will put their trust in Him ... a thumbs down? You will everlastingly suffer the consequences!
6. That Men Never Learn From History
We learn from History That Men Never Learn From History! It is a heart problem! Men refuse to learn the "lessons" afforded by the light of HISTORY: the recorded historical events which occurred as fulfillment of Bible prophecy. Now, these are the basic truths with which we all must deal with one way or another!
7. What Should You Do?
"But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart:
that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved"; [Romans 10:8-13]
THE BIBLE :
Believe The BOOK!
The King James Bible
This is God's Holy WORD to you and I! Do you believe it? The A.V.1611 (or The King James Bible) is God's word PRESERVED in the English language for you and me. It came from the English Reformation. This Bible declares that: "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness." [2 Timothy 3:16] God's inspired word is preserved in the A.V.1611. The word "preserved" means maintained inspiration. "The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in the furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever." [Psalm 12:6-7] “PRESERVE.” .
Home In The Hills:
[Or New Jerusalem]
Everybody is going home someday. Everybody is going to their LONG HOME. When you die, you are going to go to your “long home” whether, it be in “Heaven” or in “Hell”. Do you realize that truth? “Also when they shall be afraid of that which is high, and fears shall be in the way, and the almond tree shall flourish, and the grasshopper shall be a burden, and desire shall fail: because man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets:” [Ecclesiastes 12:5]. Read More?
The Swallows...Are Gone!
The end of the year is near. The swallows are gone; but not one swallow is left behind. We saw them gathered together and they were seen to fly higher, as the time to depart drew nearer. No one saw them go. But they are gone to sunny lands of the south. The frost and the snow, the sleet and piercing winds of winter never reach them there. Very remarkable is this instinct of the birds.
“Yea, the stork in the heaven knoweth her appointed times; and the turtle and the crane and the swallow observe the time of their coming; but my people know not the judgment of the LORD.”
Is there not a lesson for us in this instinct of the birds? It was pleasing to watch the swallows as the winter drew near, gathering in companies, seeming to wait for the wanderers. Then they would fly high, as wanting to be gone. We thought, Is not the Holy Spirit now gathering Christians together in little companies to Christ? Now here, now there, a wanderer is coming in. Should we not fly higher? We, like the swallows, are about to leave this scene below. Already signs of this world’s judgment begin to flit across its autumn sky. And now every swallow soared ready to depart, moved by one common instinct. Oh, that every Christian were seen manifestly ready to depart, moved by the Spirit of God.
But will it be with the whole Church of God as with the swallows? Yes, the Holy Ghost is already gathering them in little companies to Christ. He has revealed to them afresh, after many centuries, the heavenly Bridegroom, and the heavenly calling of the Church. He is leading their thoughts and hearts, higher and higher yet. And soon, very soon, though the world will not see them go, yet everyone shall be gone, not one left behind.
“For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet them in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” [Thessalonians 4:16, 17]
Are not these sober words of inspired reality? Yes, brethren, we shall all be gone; not one left behind; forever with the Lord. If the swallows are gone to more sunny shores, oh, what will it be to be caught up away from the scenes of this world’s wintry woes, and judgments, and in peaceful rest enter the glory of our Lord!
And if God never fails to take by instinct at the appointed time, the stork, the crane, the swallow, can he possibly fail at the appointed time to take the saints to meet their Lord? Is it not sad and humbling that the Lord should have to say, that though the swallows should know their appointed time, “My people know not the judgment of the LORD.”
Is not this true now of Christendom, as it was of Israel then? What profound ignorance there is on this important subject. “My people know not.” Men go on dreaming of continual summer, yes, of increasing sunshine, peace, temperance, prosperity- just at the very time when the saints are about to be gone like the swallows of autumn, and the storms of this world’s wintry blasts are about to take them all by surprise. [1 Thessalonians 5:1-9]
It is incredible how utterly unaware the learned of this world are of the wintry judgments about to be poured out on the nations of this earth. “How do ye say we are wise, and the law of the LORD is with us?”
Never was there a day of more boasting, “We are wise.” It is quite true the word of God is in men’s hands; but WHO BELIEVES IT?
The catching away of the Church before the day of the Lord is clearly revealed. God has said it. He has made it perfectly clear, both the departure of his saints to meet the Lord in the air, and the terrible judgments that shall follow. Has He made it clear? Yes, but, “Lo, certainly in vain made he it; the pen of the scribes is in vain.” Yes, in vain has god spoken in His word; men will not believe him. “Making the word of god of none effect through your tradition”- [Mark 7:13a]
Let us now pass on to the December of this world, before the new era of the millennial kingdom begins. “The wise men are ashamed, they are dismayed and taken: lo, they have rejected the word of the LORD; and what wisdom is in them?” vs. 9
Let us now anticipate what these learned men, these rejecters of the word of God will say.
“How strange is this; those Christians we despised are all gone, like the swallows of autumn. Not one of them can be found on earth. How we laughed and hated their gatherings together! What fools we thought them because they would fly higher: as they said, their Lord was coming to take them. They spoke of their heavenly calling, and would have nothing to do with our earthly societies and politics. We scorned them because they would not join our various schemes for the improvement of man. We hated the thought that we were not to glory save in the cross of Christ. They gathered together- poor little despised companies- and told of the coming Saviour to the wanderers all around. No one saw them, but they are gone. And now the world’s wild, fierce, wintry blasts are blowing. Where is all our boasted wisdom? Peace is taken from the earth. All that we hear on every side is that men are killing one another. Famine and pestilence, sword, hunger and death are all around. Woe, woe to us, the winter of this world is come.”
“And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains and the mighty men and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in dens and in the rocks of the mountains; And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb.” – [Revelation 6:15, 16]
“We rejected the word of the Lord, but now the Christians are gone, and the great day of his wrath is come. Storm after storm has come; we seek death and do not find it" [Revelation 9:6]. Where is now our boasted wisdom? We are worshipping devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood [Revelation 9:20]. And what is the end of al our politics?
What strange events since the winter set in, and the Church is gone! It is not forty-two months yet, since the new last head of the Roman Empire appeared. But oh, what months! The dragon has given him his power. Ten kingdoms have sprung up and given their power to this Satanic head. When he opens his mouth it is in blasphemy. And all that dwell on earth worship him. And all that refuse are boycotted and put to death. It is true all this was distinctly foretold in Scripture, but WE WERE FAR TOO WISE THEN TO BELIEVE WHAT GOD SAID to his servants in Revelation 6, 9, 13, 17. Certainly there never was such a winter as this since the beginning of the world, no, nor ever shall be. Jesus said it would be so, but we did not believe him.” [Matthew 24:21]
Yes, “The wise men are ashamed, they are dismayed and taken: lo, they have rejected the word of the LORD; and what wisdom is in them?”
And now, beloved reader, where are you, and what is the condition of your soul? Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb, and ready to be gone like the swallows in autumn? Are you following the wise men of this world, who will so soon be ashamed and confounded? Is Christ the center of attraction? Are you separated to Him, and waiting for Him from heaven? Great is the last effort to draw Christians from Christ to join the confederacies of men.
Oh, let us seek to get higher and higher. The word of God is utterly disregarded. On no account will men allow it to be Christ alone. They would have Christ and circumcision, Christ and the worlds various confederacies, or even Christ and profanity. All these things hide the coming of the Lord to take his saints. Every doctrine of human improvement denies the utter ruin of man through sin, and the fast approaching winter of divine judgment on the rejecters and despisers of the word of God. It is solemnly true of the great men and the wise of the world, “They have rejected the word of the LORD.
The mark of a Christian is, “Thou hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.” [Revelation 3:8] Which is true of you, beloved reader? Whatever name you bear, if you have not kept his word you are not a Christian, and will surely be left behind when the Christians depart like the swallows that are gone.
Can you for a moment admit that the instinct of a bird is more sure than the words of the Saviour? As this world’s winter approaches, let us them dwell on the words of Jesus. He cannot fail to fulfill his promise. We may not know where the swallows go; but Jesus says to us,
“In my Fathers house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”- [John 14:2, 3]
Do we hear you saying, “Yes, Jesus says so, but our learned and wise teachers do not say so.”? Remember the word, “They have rejected the word of the LORD; and what wisdom is in them?”
It is a solemn fact that God by his Spirit has sent forth the midnight cry, “Behold the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him;”[Matthew 25:6]
May the saints of God be now gathered together like the swallows in autumn. May we love to dwell on His sweet words of promise. Has he not gone to prepare the place? Oh, those scenes of radiant glory, far away from earth’s cold wintry blasts! And will He not come to take us to Himself? With Himself! How soon, like Moses and Elias, shall we be talking with him! Glorious reality! Soon we shall be gone; not one left behind; and poor deceived apostate Christendom will be left.
“Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.”- Ephesians 5:14 -C.S.
The LORD'S Messenger
A Message To The People
“Then spake Haggai the LORD'S messenger in the LORD'S message unto the people, saying, I am with you, saith the LORD.” Haggai 1:13