To understand the context of what is written below, it is essential to read the previous parts of this series. — Natan
What can the saints do in response to this tidal wave of evil that is sweeping across the planet and engulfing everything, or descending that is descending upon the earth like a giant, sticky spider web?
First, the saint must recognize the enemy and the problems we face. Ignorance is not bliss! Ignorance of what is going around us is still ignorance! It is folly to simply pull the covers over our heads and go back to sleep hoping it will all go away. Denial doesn’t change the facts on the ground.
…lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices. (2 Cor 2:11)
Second, we must resolve to stand and to fight. This is something each of us must determine to do based on a deep and committed resolve. Most people defer to others. This is cowardice and dereliction of the duty Yeshua gave us when he commanded us to stand and to fight for him.
Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. (Eph 6:11–12)
Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. (1Tim 6:12)
What would YHVH have you to do? What part in the battle do you play? Ask him, and he will tell you. Doing nothing is not an option. He’s not looking for capability; he’s looking for availability. He’ll take our weaknesses and inabilities and turn them into abilities and strengths for his glory. He’s looking for a willing heart to obey him. A slothful and unprofitable servant is not a servant of Yeshua!
Third, we must know what we’re fighting for. In a war, soldiers are fighting for an objective: a hill, a city, a country, an enemy stronghold or an ideology. If they don’t know what they’re fighting for, they will lose morale and the resolve to continue fighting. The saint is fighting for the advancement of the kingdom of Elohim—for the light of his truth to be spread across the earth. He is fighting for truth and righteousness. Anything that is opposed to that is the enemy of YHVH and the saint. If this is not clear in the mind and heart of the saint, then he, like the ancient apostate Israelites, will fall prey to the allurements of the demon-gods/elohim of the heathen nations around them.
This evil people, who refuse to hear My words, who follow the dictates of their hearts, and walk after other elohim to serve them and worship them, shall be just like this sash which is profitable for nothing. (Jer 13:10)
And it shall be, when you show this people all these words, and they say to you, “Why has YHVH pronounced all this great disaster against us? Or what is our iniquity? Or what is our sin that we have committed against YHVH our Elohim?” then you shall say to them, “Because your fathers have forsaken Me,” says YHVH; “they have walked after other elohim and have served them and worshiped them, and have forsaken Me and not kept My Torah-law.” (Jer 16:10–11)
Fourth, fortify your faith with the following promises from the word of Elohim. In these perilous times, the Word of Elohim will be our rock and fortress! We must know it well and have it deeply entrenched in our minds and hearts. Now, not then, is the time to prepare ourselves spiritually in this regard. Here are some wise instructions and promises from the Word of Elohim to the last days saints that will strengthen and encourage us in the dark days just before the second coming of our Messiah.
Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away. But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly. For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man. (Luke 21:33–36)
Seek YHVH, all you meek of the earth, who have upheld His justice. Seek righteousness, seek humility. It may be that you will be hidden In the day of YHVH’s anger. (Zeph 2:3)
But now, thus says YHVH, who created you, O Jacob, and He who formed you, O Israel: Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are Mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you. (Isa 43:1–2)
Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for YHVH your Elohim, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you. (Deut 31:6)
Then Moses called Joshua and said to him in the sight of all Israel, “Be strong and of good courage, for you must go with this people to the land which YHVH has sworn to their fathers to give them, and you shall cause them to inherit it. (Deut 31:7)
And YHVH, He is the one who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed. (Deut 31:8)
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. (Ps 23:4)
For this cause everyone who is godly shall pray to You In a time when You may be found; surely in a flood of great waters they shall not come near him. (Ps 32:6)
YHVH of hosts is with us; the Elohim of Jacob is our refuge. Selah (Ps 46:7)
A Michtam of David when he fled from Saul into the cave. Be merciful to me, O Elohim, be merciful to me! For my soul trusts in You; and in the shadow of Your wings I will make my refuge, Until these calamities have passed by. (Ps 57:1)
He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. (Ps 91:15)
But before all these things, they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons. You will be brought before kings and rulers for My name’s sake. But it will turn out for you as an occasion for testimony. Therefore settle it in your hearts not to meditate beforehand on what you will answer; for I will give you a mouth and wisdom which all your adversaries will not be able to contradict or resist. You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, relatives and friends; and they will put some of you to death. And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But not a hair of your head shall be lost. (Lu 21:12–18)
Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy. (1 Pet 4:12–13)
Here is what the saints must do to prepare for the end times. It is imperative that you take these admonitions seriously; your physical and spiritual life will depend on it. Preparedness is essential to not only surviving, but to thriving in the final days of this age. Now is the time to saddle for battle! Don’t allow yourself to fall into a false sense of secure, apathetic complacency as most will do. Peter warned us against this natural human tendency.
Beloved, I now write to you this second epistle (in both of which I stir up your pure minds by way of reminder), that you may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us, the apostles of the Master and Savior, knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.” For this they willfully forget: that by the word of Elohim the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water, by which the world that then existed perished, being flooded with water. But the heavens and the earth which are now preserved by the same word, are reserved for fire until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. YHVH is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. But the day of YHVH will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of Elohim, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless… (2 Pet 3:1–14)
Here are some practical things each saint must do in light of the perilous times we are now facing.
- As the children of Israel in Egypt got under the blood of the lamb and YHVH passed over them sparing them from his most severe judgment against the first born, so the end time saints, too, will overcome the evil one by appropriating the blood of the Yeshua the Lamb of Elohim (Rev 12:11). From this place of safety, they will be protected from evil’s onslaught because they have the seal of Elohim on their foreheads (Rev 7:3). It is true that some saints will be martyred by the demonic forces of the antichrist (Rev 20:4), but the evil one can kill the body, not the soul and spirit of man.
And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. (Matt 10:28)
- Repent of sin, so the Satan the accuser has no legal grounds upon which to accuse you before Elohim (Rev 12:10).
- Walk in righteousness (i.e. obedience to his commands), so we’ll be close to YHVH and under his covering or protection.
- Pray, pray and pray for YHVH’s wisdom, guidance and direction.
- Learn to hear and obey the voice of Elohim.
- Walk in the power of Yeshua.
- Know the Word and will of YHVH. Pray and live it.
- Know who you are in Yeshua and align yourself with that before taking a stand against the enemy.
- Submit to Elohim, draw near to him, repent of sin and from that position of strength you can successfully resist the devil and he will flee from you (Jas 4:7–8)
- Take every evil thought captive to the Word, will and Spirit of Eloihm whereby you will not come under the control of the evil one (2 Cor 10:4–5).
- Do spiritual warfare by knowing and quoting the Scriptures and using them to oppose the devil as Yeshua did when he was tempted in the wilderness (Matt 4:1–11).
- Love not your life unto death (Rev 12:11). Have no fear of anything, but walk in love, the supernatural power of the Spirit with a sound mind (2 Tim 1:7; 1 John 4:18). The devil’s only power over us is fear of death. If we’re in Yeshua, we’ll have no fear of anything.
- Learn to walk by faith.
Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of Elohim, you may receive the promise: “For yet a little while, and He who is coming will come and will not tarry. Now the just shall live by faith; but if anyone draws back, my soul has no pleasure in him.” But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul. (Heb 10:35–39)
Heed the threefold message or the everlasting gospel of the three angels of Rev 14:6–12.
Then I saw another angel flying in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach to those who dwell on the earth–to every nation, tribe, tongue, and people—saying with a loud voice, “Fear Elohim and give glory to Him, for the hour of His judgment has come; and worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water.” And another angel followed, saying, “Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she has made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.” Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of Elohim, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name. Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the [Torah] commandments of Elohim and the faith of Yeshua.