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READY OR NOT—HERE I COME!
Tuesday, October 6, 2020 by Leona Choy

A Slice of Fresh Daily Bread

EXTRA

In the Hide & Seek game we played as children the child who was “It” closed his or her eyes and did a loud countdown while the other children hurried to hide. When he finished, he alerted everyone in earshot with a shout as the above title. He warned them that he was on the way to find his friends wherever they were hiding. At least, that's as much as I remember of the familiar-to-all-generations game.

We are all aware that the season in which we are living separated from our previous way of life will eventually terminate in one way or another. We will emerge from our (months?) of lock-down to face—what? A possible unfamiliar UPSET local and global venue that has been choreographed deliberately by certain forces while we have been sequestered. Their agenda seems to be bent on the destruction of civilized society and a RESET in a radical direction of their power-hungry choosing.

Nevertheless, “Man proposes but God disposes.” Things may look to be out-of-hand, but they are not out of the hands of the Creator of this spinning blue Planet. God is still completely in control even as man, in his God-given free will, thinks he is exercising his exclusive rights.

God has a plan. He has been historically revealing it through the millennia. It has a beginning and an end. In its totality it is hidden from us, and we experience only the slice of time in which God has chosen for each of us to live. Some of the broad sweep of His hand we can observe through history unless man succeeds in rewriting history and destroying the accurate records.

We are incorrectly concluding that “we don't know what is coming.” Do we expect to be blind-sided when we leave our hiding places? Our loving Heavenly Father has not left us without knowing quite a bit about His Master Plan. In Scripture we CAN know what's coming down the pike—but not when and exactly how. The third chapter of the apostle Peter's second letter, in its entirety but specifically verses 10 and 1l below in the MSG translation are clear and vivid and incredibly precise. The entire chapter informs us how we should try to live in view of such startling news. Read it for yourself.

“But when the Day of God’s Judgment does come, it will be unannounced, like a thief. The sky will collapse with a thunderous bang, everything disintegrating in a huge conflagration, earth and all its works exposed to the scrutiny of Judgment.

“Since everything here today might well be gone tomorrow, do you see how essential it is to live a holy life? Daily expect the Day of God, eager for its arrival. The galaxies will burn up and the elements melt down that day—but we’ll hardly notice. We’ll be looking the other way, ready for the promised new heavens and the promised new earth, all landscaped with righteousness.” (2 Peter 3:10,11)

Has a loving God ever before executed judgment on His own people? Even used other unrighteous nations to carry it out? Many times. Search the Scriptures. Not all judgment is reserved for our eternal state. As an example, do a quick read of the three chapters of the Old Testament book of Zephaniah. (Many of us never knew there was such a book or where to find it. It's just a few pages before the end of the Old Testament. Have you ever heard of parents naming their son after that true prophet?)

The nation of Judah, identified with the chosen people of God, was nevertheless a corrupt and godless nation and God is a just God. The time had come for God to bring justice. The prophet was sent to warn the nation and call for repentance. God is no respecter of persons. As He wills, He can use another unrighteous nation, Assyria, in this case, as His instrument to bring about Judah's destruction. It was “the great Day of the Lord” when His righteousness would be vindicated. But Zephaniah prophesied HOPE and mercy at the same time. Deliverance came to the remnant who turned to Him.

SeriouslyI invite you to read Zephaniah and compare our current scenario in this country with that of Judah. Then read 2 Peter chapter three. Only four chapters in all. A half hour read at max. Could the end times fulfillment of “The Day of the Lord” prophecy be close at hand? Read it in the light of the perspective below:

Countdown time is almost up. Everyone in earshot has been warned and called to repentance. Fear not. Hope and mercy are available. Listen for His shout, “READY OR NOT—HERE I COME.” Let's be READY! No more hiding places. He wants us all to safely “Come Home.” No childhood game—the “It” is He, Jesus Christ, Son of God, Messiah.

“'Behold, I am coming quickly and My reward is with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done.' Amen. Come Lord Jesus!” (Revelation 22:12, 20)


Comments

Patricia Barry From Bowie, Maryland At 10/8/2020 12:19:28 AM

Leona, I wrote a similar article but it quoted another prophet. I haven't heard anyone name their son HABAKUKK.. ? Have you ? My article was for a much smaller readership but I would like to send you a copy as I would LOVE to hear your opinion of my "writing" ..I will email it to yo

Reply by: Leona Choy

I will look forward to reading your writing, Patricia. Keep stewardshipping your gift from God.

Linda Ann Fumea From Florida At 10/7/2020 5:35:05 PM

Our lives are hidden in Christ (living by faith, not by sight). When Christ appears, who is our life, then shall we also appear with Him in glory. (Colossians 3:3-4). We have nothing to fear ... hiding in-Christ.

Reply by: Leona Choy

Amen. We are safe in the hollow of His hand anchored in Christ the solid Rock. Fear not!

Jean From Driscoll At 10/7/2020 7:30:31 AM

Yes and Amen( from someone as a little girl played this game often).

Reply by: Leona Choy

...and if we made it back to HOME BASE, we would touch it and COME IN FREE! What great rejoicing we will have when the Gates of Heaven are opened to us and we will be truly FREE of our mortal bodies and at HOME in our Father's House.

Catherine Huegel From Narvon PA At 10/7/2020 4:52:41 AM

Way to scare me! I thought you might have pre-written this for when you passed and were headed to heaven. I know my Mom would love being with you again, but please give us more of your insight awhile longer. ??????

Reply by: Leona Choy

Our times are in HIS hands, Cathy. Your Mom is celebrating a bit ahead of us but life is short at best even while I'm celebrating longevity so I can serve the Lord a little longer and offer Him more in my Fruit Basket. Fond memories of Paradise, PA.

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