As the secular media tries to keep us distracted with the smoke and mirrors of the election cycle, the whole world is caught in escalating turmoil. Consider:
- North Korea, who keeps over 70,000 Christians in labor camps,
nuclear weapons. Their insane dictator brags about the ability to
“nuke “ the United States. His threats are not idle. http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/08/22/north-korea-threatens-pre-emptive-nuclear-strike-amid-us-south-korea-drills.html
- Just a few days ago the United States is suspected of bombing a Syrian Convoy killing 60 soldiers. Our Defense Department made some sort of lame denial/apology
- The Russian military answered the “mistaken” attack with an attack of it’s own. A command center in Aleppo was targeted killing over 30, Israeli, American, British, Turkish, Qatari, and Saudi officers.
- Pakistan is threatening to “wipe India off the map.”
- US now claims Israel is a bigger nuclear threat to Iran than Iran is to Israel.
Early yesterday morning, I heard the Holy Spirit say: “…in the time of trouble….” I felt He was responding to the research I had been conducting on the above world events. I decided to do a Strong’s Concordance “word study” on that phrase: “in the time of trouble.” The following is what I learned :
1) the word time H6256, means:
due season, occurrences, experiences, especially now
2) the word trouble H6862 means:
enemy, foes, opponents, oppressors, adversary distress, affliction, narrow straight, a tight place, sorrow, tribulation
For in the time H3117 of trouble H7451 he shall hide H6845 me in his pavilion: H5520 in the secret H5643 of his tabernacle H168 shall he hide H5641 me; he shall set me up H7311 upon a rock. H6697
We need this verse written upon our hearts. The Lord has promised that when we are “in” Him, we will be hidden in the day of trouble. There is a secret place that belongs to the redeemed of the Lord. We have nothing to fear as we are found on the Rock of our Salvation, which is Jesus Christ.
But the salvation H8668 of the righteous H6662 is of the LORD: H3068 he is their strength H4581 in the time H6256 of trouble. H6869
When stressful times come , the enemy would rob us of physical, emotional, mental and spiritual strength; it is the devil’s weapon against us. However, we are assured strength that comes from our salvation when the dark clouds of doubt and despair appear.; the time of trouble.
“The joy of the Lord is our strength.” Neh. 8:10
[[To the chief Musician, H5329 A Psalm H4210 of David.]] H1732 Blessed H835 is he that considereth H7919 the poor: H1800 the LORD H3068 will deliver H4422 him in time H3117 of trouble. H7451
This verse is the spiritual protocol for protection and provision: consider the poor. We have His Word that states plainly that we will reap what we sow. Providing for those who cannot provide for themselves is like storing up an abundance of provision when we find ourselves in time of trouble.
Confidence H4009 in an unfaithful man H898 in time H3117 of trouble H6869 is like a broken H7465 tooth, H8127 and a foot H7272 out of joint. H4154
If you have ever tried to walk with a sprained foot, or eat a meal with a bad tooth you understand the painful situation we could find ourselves in if our confidence is in the arm of flesh.
Let us look fully and completely to the Man who cannot fail, the One Jesus Christ; even when we are faithless, He remains faithful in the time of trouble. “There is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the Man Christ Jesus.” I Timothy 2:5
O LORD, H3068 be gracious H2603 unto us; we have waited H6960 for thee: be thou their arm H2220 every morning, H1242 our salvation H3444 also in the time H6256 of trouble. H6869
The comforting words of Isaiah the prophet encourage us to prepare our hearts every morning with the grace of the Lord.
It is the Lord’s arm that will keep us, it is His salvation we look toward in the time of trouble.
O the hope H4723 of Israel, H3478 the saviour H3467 thereof in time H6256 of trouble, H6869 why shouldest thou be as a stranger H1616 in the land, H776 and as a wayfaring man H732 that turneth aside H5186 to tarry for a night? H3885
Saints, we need to look no further than to our “hope,” our Savior, Jesus Christ. Especially in the time of trouble, let our hearts be settled on the truth of Who He Is: Almighty God, Jehovah Shammah, The God that is already there. Our hope is in the God of Hope: “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13
And at that time H6256 shall Michael H4317 stand up, H5975 the great H1419 prince H8269 which standeth H5975 for the children H1121 of thy people: H5971 and there shall be H1961time H6256 of trouble, H6869 such as never was since there was a nation H1471 even to that same time: H6256 and at that time H6256 thy people H5971 shall be delivered, H4422 every one that shall be found H4672 written H3789 in the book. H5612
This verse is explicit; the ones that are to be delivered in the time of trouble are the ones who have been written in the book. This is the Lamb’s Book of Life. Jesus instructed His disciples to rejoice that their names have been recorded in heaven. (Luke 10:20) Paul told the believers in Philippi to help those who labor for the gospel and whose names are in the Book of Life. (Philippians 4:3) Revelations, Chapter 3:5 states that, He who overcomes will thus be clothed in white garments; and I (Jesus) will not erase their name from the Book of Life , and I will confess their name before My Father and before His angels. Only the true believer will be kept from the great hour of trial. We need to make our election sure.(2 Peter I:10)
If you have never cried out to the Lord to save you from your sins, now is the hour and today is the appointed time. In it’s simplest form :
The ABC’S of Salvation
- A Admit you are a sinner . “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23
- B Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. “And to as many as received Him to them gave He power to become the children of God.” John 1:12 “And verily, verily, I say unto you, He that hears my word, and believes on Him that sent me, has everlasting life and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.” John 6:24
- C Confess with your mouth. “That if you shall confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and shall believe in your heart that God hath raised him from the dead, you shall be saved. For with the heart man believes unto righteousness and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” Romans 10:9-10
Pray this prayer:
Father in Heaven,
I know that I am a sinner. I confess my need for a Savior. I repent of going my own way and living apart from You and Your plan and purpose for my life. Please forgive me and cleanse me from all unrighteousness. I believe that Jesus is your Son that takes away the sins of the world. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sins, and rose again the third day. Thank you for saving me and making me “born again by your Spirit” today. Amen.