Practicing the Books of 1 & 2 Thessalonians
|Week 20 --- May Your Spirit and Soul and Body Be Preserved Complete|
|Saturday --- Scripture Reading: Rom 12:1-2; 8:29-30, 37-39; Rev 12|
"But in all these things we more than conquer through Him who loved us." (Romans 8:37)
Be Part of the Overcomers
There are many items given to us by the Lord in His organic salvation. In Romans 12:1-2 we have consecration, reconciliation, justification, sanctification, renewing and transformation, and in 8:29-30 we have conformation and glorification. At the end of chapter 8 there is reference to the overcomers (vv. 37-39). As overcomers, who can separate us from the love of Christ? Who can separate us from the love of God? We are more than conquerors. Therefore, the overcomers are those who habitually practice these eight points. We don't know how much we have already practiced this; 30%, 50% or perhaps even 80%. We must complete it in whatever way until we reach 100% and will be overcomers who are raptured early.
Today we are waiting for the man-child to be brought forth. The man-child represents all of the overcomers collectively. When the man-child is brought forth the overcomers will be raptured and there will be war in heaven. Satan with his armies will fight against Michael and his angels. Satan will be defeated and there will be no more place for him in heaven. His place will be the earth and he will be filled with great rage and persecute the universal woman ( Rev. 12), who represents all the people of God, both in the Old Testament and the New Testament. The crown of twelve stars refers to the patriarchs, the moon beneath her feet to the people of God in the Old Testament, and her clothing, which is the sun, refers to the Christians in the New Testament. This universal woman is mainly constituted of God's people in the New Testament.
The dragon in verse 3 is the ancient serpent and refers to Satan. His tail dragged away the third part of the stars of heaven ( v. 4). When Satan rebelled against God a third of the angels joined him and became the fallen angels in the air, the rulers and the authorities of the powers of darkness (Eph. 6:12). The man-child in Revelation 12:5 represents the overcomers. In the entire universe we see two things: the universal woman and the dragon. There is a fight in the universe. The universal woman includes those who belong to God and the great red dragon, who is called the Devil and Satan, and his angels are the rulers and authorities, the dark powers. They are waiting for the birth of the man-child to devour him, but he will be raptured.
The devil will go after the woman, who will flee to the wilderness where she will be nourished during the great tribulation ( Rev. 12:14). It has been about twenty years since we received the vision of the eagle and the dragon that are fighting against one another. At the time of the life-study of Revelation, brother Lee said that the dragon referred to Europe and the two wings of the great eagle to the United States. A continuation of this vision is that the wilderness may be South America. This is why we have the burden to preach the gospel in all the cities on this continent, to prepare a place for the Christians who will not be raptured to flee during the great tribulation.
Let us take care of the saints so they can grow and mature. We will be mature when we have experienced organic salvation and been conformed to the image of the Son of God. We will be completely filled with the divine glory. We will be the overcomers, raptured from the earth with all the overcomers. Two will be in the field, one will be taken and the other will be left. Those who will be taken will be the overcomers. May we all be part of the overcomers!
Be raptured in our normal living
Your Key Point:
What does it mean to be an overcomer today?