“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”
Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves.
“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.
“I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.” Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, “Lord, how is it that you will manifest yourself to us, and not to the world?” Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not mine but the Father’s who sent me.
“These things I have spoken to you while I am still with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. You heard me say to you, ‘I am going away, and I will come to you.’ If you loved me, you would have rejoiced, because I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. And now I have told you before it takes place, so that when it does take place you may believe. I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming. He has no claim on me, but I do as the Father has commanded me, so that the world may know that I love the Father. Rise, let us go from here.
Dear ones – hear me please, lean into the Spirit for just a moment, and hear what He is saying to us here, in these profound and precious words. Our Lord has not left us unprotected and unloved in this cruel world, as orphans; He has left us in the care of the Father who is greater than He is, and under the provision and protection of the Holy Spirit that is filling all things with Himself and preparing a place for both He and the Father to dwell.
All is thick darkness in this hour, and the darkness is increasing and subsuming all light. It is manifest on the surface of things yes, but it is a spiritual darkness anticipating the very emergence of the false one, the seed of the serpent who will (unlike our Lord) accept everything his father offers him. He is coming dear ones, and everything is being staged and prepared for this very thing. This is why the words above, from the heart of our Lord, are so very timely for us all, those who love Him, and live by every word that He is breathing into our hearts and lives.
Evil, cruelty, sodomy, violence, deception, seduction, narcissism, spiritual adultery and fornication, demonism, despotism – all is increasing and intensifying. The nations, indeed, the nations are being dragged to a place and position where they will literally scream out for a savior, a deliverer, a messiah.
Then he will surface – the Assyrian, the Beast from the sea, the Anti-Christ who comes up out of the abyss to deceive the nations and indeed everyone who does not believe or appropriate the Lord’s words above.
“for the ruler of this world is coming” – yet was not Satan already there when the Master spoke these words? It seems to me (and I could be mistaken) that this is not referring to Satan exclusively, but to another king also, another ruler, and my brethren – he is coming. Man’s ultimate prince, full of the very pride of his father and the corrupted ambition, and the power of hell – he is coming!
And I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one. While I was with them, I kept them in your name, which you have given me. I have guarded them, and not one of them has been lost except the son of destruction, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. But now I am coming to you, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves. I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth. (John 17)
In this high-priestly prayer, the Lord asks three things on our behalf, three things that are more urgent and pressing in this time than ever before – that the Father would keep us in His name, that the Father would keep us from the evil one, and that the Father would sanctify us in truth.
I have been praying with Him in agreement and amen to all these lately (moreso in fact as I see the Day approaching), that He would keep us (hold fast to us, grip us tightly not letting this world or its spirit claim us), that He would protect us spiritually from the spirit of anti-christ that is rising and growing and penetrating all things (yes even the testimony of Christ on this earth), and that He would secure us in purity and holiness, close to his heart, in amongst this adulterous and corrupted generation.
Dear ones, all those who name the name of the Lord, who love Him with a first love, who have rejected the adulterous path of the many – the time of reckoning, of separation and identification, of fierce shaking is upon us. Whose side, I ask all of you – are you on? Whose mark will you receive? Whose name will you claim? Who holds the keys to your very heart and life?
ANTI-CHRIST IS COMING! THE RULER OF THIS WORLD IS COMING! THE SEED OF THE DRAGON IS ABOUT TO SURFACE!
And I dare say with the full heart of the Lord, that this small-c, low-calorie, saccharin, christianity-lite that so falsely and insidiously represents the Father’s Beloved Son will not stand in that hour. They will cry out for their Saul to be king, just like all the others. They will reject the Lord as their King for their own.
And so what are you, yes you reading these very words, doing about all of this? Are you ready? Are you awake? Are you watching on the wall? Are you praying intensely with the Lord that the Father would keep you in His name, keep you from the false one, keep you in truth and holiness, separated unto Himself alone? Are you interceding for all of His people, with the heart of a prophet, of a Daniel, of a Nehemiah? Are you devastated that the testimony of the Lord has fallen, that the walls and gates are broken down and burned by an enemy? That His beloved, blood-bought and redeemed people would rather suckle at the tit of Babylon and Sodom, than be fed by the bread from heaven? That they are sacrificing their own little ones for Baal, for the good and easy life, for the American dream?
Will you go forward with Him, or do you need to go back and say goodbye to all your loved ones and your earthly treasures, your stock portfolio, and career, and place in this tangled garden of a world?
Have you even died to all of this? Do you even know what that means? Do you die daily to this festering dung heap called a world? Has your flesh gone up to that cursed tree, has it been pierced and splintered, has it cried out “nevertheless Thy will be done Lord?” Why are you still residing within the city when He has already judged it and called His own outside the wall? Take the angels hand and go! Just go! Damn it all and go! And don’t look back!
Dear ones, redeemed by the very blood of the Lamb, your little christian psychology books and 12-step bible courses won’t help you when the seas separate and the beast rises up to consume this world and all things in it, to deceive and destroy! What alone matters is that you are identified and claimed by the Lord – NOT YOUR CHURCH, NOT YOUR GROUP, NOT YOUR TEACHER OR PASTOR, NOT YOUR THEOLOGY – These won’t keep you, only the Father can do that. And He will if we go to Him with tender and undivided hearts, agreeing with the Lord in His prayer.
Oh Lord, open our eyes, our ears, our hearts, press down upon us in all Thy weight of reality and glory, surround us and encompass us in this dark and desperate hour? Keep Thy little ones in Thy Name oh Lord! Keep us, Hold fast to us, even and especially when we let go of Thee! Insert Thyself into our very spirit, that every idol, every hidden idol and adulterous love be banished forever from our hearts. Breathe on us Lord, breathe Thy Living Word on each and every one of us who claim Thee as our portion. Separate us from all of this mixture, this corruption, this baalism among Thy people – separate us unto Thyself oh Lord! Mark us with Thy spirit! Build a fence around us to keep the Lie from penetrating our hearts.
Oh Lord – Thy Kingdom come, and Thy will be Done in all Thy Creation!
Make all the world Thy footstool, O’ Mighty King! Thee and Thy Bride Made Ready! Put all Thy enemies under Thy feet of Gold!
Come Lord Jesus, Come!