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  1. Satan will desire to test Gods people to the brink whether that bond is stronger than any other bond that can exist. We now enter into a time period in this study which is one that has never been before or after. It is the time period when the embassy is in lock down and evacuation is imminent. It is a time period described as a very troublesome time. It’s the time where God’s people have made it through test’s and trials in an era when the time is very worrisome to them.
    Jeremiah 30:4 And these [are] the words that the LORD spake concerning Israel and concerning Judah.
    30:5 For thus saith the LORD; We have heard a voice of trembling, of fear, and not of peace.
    30:6 Ask ye now, and see whether a man doth travail with child? wherefore do I see every man with his hands on his loins, as a woman in travail, and all faces are turned into paleness?
    30:7 Alas! for that day [is] great, so that none [is] like it: it [is] even the time of Jacob’s trouble; but he shall be saved out of it.
    The time period here referred to is that of Jacobs’s trouble. It’s a particular experience which needs much preparation to meet it. As it says in the hymn, will your anchor hold in the storm of life? If your anchor doesn’t hold, what will happen? The chain might break. Our anchor is hooked to the rock Jesus which can’t break. Will our anchor hold in this time of trouble? For us to answer, we need to know if our anchor is strong enough, our ship. The time period referred to is the close of probation. A time when they have been sealed but they don’t know it yet.
    Revelation 22:11 He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.
    22:12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward [is] with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.
    This solemn moment in time is one that can bring fear and trepidation and uncertainty. One that no doubt will make our faces turn pale as is described in Jeremiah. To understand more about the time of Jacobs’s trouble, we read of the time as relating to our imminent future. It describes Jacob’s trouble.
    Jacob’s night of anguish, when he wrestled in prayer for deliverance from the hand of Esau (Genesis 32:24-30), represents the experience of God’s people in the time of trouble. Because of the deception practiced to secure his Father’s blessing, intended for Esau, Jacob had fled for his life, alarmed by his brother’s deadly threats. After remaining for many years an exile, he had set out, at God’s command, to return with his wives and children, his flocks and herds, to his native country. On reaching the borders of the land, he was filled with terror by the tidings of Esau’s approach at the head of a band of warriors, doubtless bent upon revenge. Jacob’s company, unarmed and defenseless, seemed about to fall helpless victims of violence and slaughter. {GC 616.2}
    In man’s warfare Jacob was unarmed, he had nothing. He wasn’t a warrior. He had a family and little children. He was unarmed. But he was armed with the weaponry needed in the spiritual warfare. Filled with fear that Esau was coming with his warriors. This is applicable to us as threats are given against our life also.
    Revelation 13:15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
    The governments of this world will receive power from that one beast which is described as the church originating from the Seven Hills of Rome. As governments unite together with the churches of the world, a death decree will be given upon those who are faithful and keep the commandments of God.
    And to the burden of anxiety and fear was added the crushing weight of self-reproach, for it was his own sin that had brought this danger. His only hope was in the mercy of God; his only defense must be prayer. {GC 616.2}
    That’s all he had. He didn’t have anything else. Prayer was his defense.
    Genesis 32:24 And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day.
    32:25 And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob’s thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him.
    32:26 And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.
    Was this presumptuous? Why not? Wasn’t the blessing already given to Jacob? We’ll get to that.
    Having sent his family away, that they may not witness his distress, Jacob remains alone to intercede with God. He confesses his sin and gratefully acknowledges the mercy of God toward him while with deep humiliation he pleads the covenant made with his Fathers and the promises to himself in the night vision at Bethel and in the land of his exile. The crisis in his life has come; everything is at stake. In the darkness and solitude he continues praying and humbling himself before God. Suddenly a hand is laid upon his shoulder. He thinks that an enemy is seeking his life, and with all the energy of despair he wrestles with his assailant. {GC 616.3}
    This is nothing unusual. Anyone in Jacob’s situation would have done the same but we’ll see how Jacob manifested his faith.
    As the day begins to break, the stranger puts forth his superhuman power; at his touch the strong man seems paralyzed, and he falls, a helpless, weeping suppliant, upon the neck of his mysterious antagonist. Jacob knows now that it is the Angel of the covenant with whom he has been in conflict. Though disabled and suffering the keenest pain, he does not relinquish his purpose. Long has he endured perplexity, remorse, and trouble for his sin; now he must have the assurance that it is pardoned. The divine visitant seems about to depart; but Jacob clings to Him, pleading for a blessing. The Angel urges, “Let Me go, for the day breaketh;” but the patriarch exclaims, “I will not let Thee go, except Thou bless me.” {GC 616.3}
    What was the blessing Jacob was seeking at this time? Something different to what he had already received. He received the blessing that through his line the messiah would come. The deception he received in Laban’s house hold was a result of the wrongs he had done previously.
    What confidence, what firmness and perseverance, are here displayed! Had this been a boastful, presumptuous claim, Jacob would have been instantly destroyed; but his was the assurance of one who confesses his weakness and unworthiness, yet trusts the mercy of a covenant-keeping God. {GC 616.3}
    This is important for us to understand and take with us. Jacob had relied wholly upon God. The particular trait of God was that he was merciful and covenant keeping. If we seek the promise in humility God will fulfill it.
    Genesis 32:27 And he said unto him, What [is] thy name? And he said, Jacob.
    32:28 And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.
    32:29 And Jacob asked [him], and said, Tell [me], I pray thee, thy name. And he said, Wherefore [is] it [that] thou dost ask after my name? And he blessed him there.
    32:30 And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.
    Here finally Jacob received the blessing. What a privilege for Jacob. In the darkest hour of his life he was able to see God face to face and his life was preserved. Because his life was preserved, he was forgiven for the guilt’s he had committed. He is called here a prince and he had power with God and man. Aren’t we also sons and daughters of God? Heirs to the kingdom. Doesn’t that make us princes and princess of that

  2. Reblogged this on witnessforchrist and commented:

    oh please unitedstates repent come back to God

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