The Illusion of Safety

While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.   (1 Thessalonians 5:3 NIV)

Last January, a report surfaced from the U.S. West Coast that billionaire businessmen were building a secure underground community. Though they don’t fear God, these Silicon Valley titans of technology want to be saved from that which they do fear.

Mentally, American Christians are being encouraged to take a similar approach. They live under an illusion of peace and safety. “If there is a disaster, Jesus will keep me safe” –or so they believe. The Lord will shelter them “from” rather than his actual promise to take them “through” (ex. Isaiah 43:2-3a).

God’s desire for his servants is to obey and believe, not doubt or fear. Escaping trials is the exception for the saints, while enduring them is the rule.

In the last days, teachers of the Pre-Tribulation Rapture (PTR) position will be responsible for a great multitude of those who fall away. They paint a picture of safety that does not square with Bible prophecy. Amillennial teachers will be accountable also. Denying the literal warnings of the Bible’s prophets, with intellectual-sounding arguments, is the devil’s work. The signs of a looming day of disaster are unmistakable or why would rich people be digging big holes for condos in Kansas?

Doing nothing is not an option. Noah’s ark of refuge had to be under construction long before the deluge began. What the saints need to build are self-supporting communities around prophets in the mold of Elijah, watchmen who are sounding the alarm of impending disaster. (God has raised up contributors to this blog for this purpose.)

One of Satan’s schemes for destroying God’s people is to cause them to sin, so the Lord himself slays them as punishment for disobedience (Exodus 32, Numbers 25, Joshua 7, 1 Kings 13, et. al.). The peace and safety crowd are rebelling against God’s Word by ignoring the commands to be ready, to watch and to pray (Luke 21:34-36). They add more guilt to their sin by ignoring judgment and proclaiming disaster will not befall them. They are being deceived. They live under an illusion of safety.

 All the sinners among my people will die by the sword, all those who say, ‘Disaster will not overtake or meet us.’ ” (Amos 9:10 NIV)

One Reply to “The Illusion of Safety”

  1. Our Church has instituted a prayer team and on the first Thursday of the month we are having a concert of prayer to intercede on behalf of our country. We have prayer groups on Tuesday morning, Wed, afternoon (women), Wed, evening and Sunday (8 am and 5pm). We acknowledge that the church cannot do anything if the Holy Spirit is not leading us. We have a call for repentance and obedience. It all goes with what your excellent post tells us to do in building our ark. It has to be within the protection of Jesus.

    John 17:15 should be a wake-up call to any position that says Christians of the last days will not have to endure the 70th week. This is what Jesus himself prayed for his disciples and for us.

    ” I AM NOT ASKING YOU TO TAKE THEM OUT OF THE WORLD, BUT I ASK YOU TO PROTECT THEM FROM THE EVIL ONE……… I ASK NOT ONLY ON BEHALF OF THESE BUT ALSO ON BEHALF OF THOSE WHO WILL BELIEVE IN ME THROUGH THEIR WORD, THAT THEY MAY ALL BE ONE. AS YOU, FATHER, ARE IN ME AND I AM IN YOU, MAY THEY ALSO BE IN US, SO THAT THE WORLD MAY BELIEVE THAT YOU HAVE SENT ME ” ( JOHN 17:15, 20-21, NRSV).

    The perseverance of the saints is what glorifies God. We must have the mentality of being willing to die for our faith. Western Christianity is so watered down and weak that it brings tears to our LORD. The church must pray to have our spiritual ears and eyes opened so we become faithful watchman. I promise you that mainstream Christianity will despise us but those we help to snatch out of the fire will be eternally grateful. Well Done, Brother O!! EJ

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