The Endtime schedule says that the train is due to arrive at a certain time, yet there is a short advisory in italics at the bottom of the page warning passengers to keep watch for signs that may indicate its actual arrival. The train will not be late, but it may be earlier than expected –in fact there is every expectation that it will. Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. It is not wishful thinking to be searching for His second coming; it is the exercising of our faith in His promise. (From Part One)
From “A Beautiful Delusion” by Bill Kinney, 2010
Chapter 12 THE SECOND EXODUS
“And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write, ‘These things says He who is holy, He who is true, “He who has the key of David, He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens”: “I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door (portal), and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name.…
“……Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth (the Tribulation). Revelation 3 (NKJ)…
(MB: They have kept the commandments, or requirements and stipulations, set out in the covenant of His Word. That’s why He will keep them, because they were faithful to keep His Word.)
How will Christ keep these believers from the tribulation (and the son of perdition)? The same way God brought the Hebrews out of Egypt. He set before them “an open door,” and they crossed over the waters of the Red Sea.
“But lift thou up thy rod, and stretch out thine hand over the sea, and divide it: and the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea. Exodus 14:16 KJV…
…The Hebrews never left planet earth; they merely “slipped away” to another place, perhaps another dimension. I can’t explain the science behind my theory, but some sort of anomaly occurred that enabled them to be on the earth, but not entirely subject to the laws of physics. They were in a place subjected to the effects of time, but separated in some degree from this physical world. I see the evidence of the existence of such a place, because of certain supernatural circumstances mentioned in the scriptures;
Your garments did not wear out on you, nor did your foot swell these forty years. Deuteronomy 8:4 5 NKJV
Normal wear and tear did not occur while traveling in the wilderness on the other side of the Red Sea.
And the children of Israel ate manna forty years, until they came to an inhabited land; they ate manna until they came to the border of the land of Canaan Exodus 16:35 NKJV
The Ninety Nine in the Wilderness
“What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety–nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it?” NKJV
This is a curious saying. I learned while studying Hebrew culture, there were sheep pastures set aside for grazing all over Israel and Judah. It was common place for these pastures to have a “migdal” (tower) that served as a lookout. This practice provided an early warning system against predators. Why would Jesus leave the 99 in the wilderness (seemingly unprotected), when it would be more sensible to leave them in a pasture under a migdal? I believe the wilderness that Jesus is speaking of, is the same type of “intra–dimensional” space that God lead the Hebrews into after they crossed the Red Sea.
And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days. Revelation 12:6 KJV
This wilderness (of Luke 15) is a safe haven, prepared in advance by God, to keep his sheep from harm during the first 31/2 years of the Tribulation (or last half) (and out of the reach of the Anti Christ). The sheep that remain on earth during the first three and a half years of the tribulation, were not able to discern the signs of the times, being caught up in the desires of this world. They will be purified, made white, and refined; (end of excerpt from A Beautiful Delusion)
The Lamb’s Wife
The woman in Revelation 12 is the Lamb’s wife, His beloved, she whom He laid down His life to save. Above all, she is what the battle between good and evil is all about–the soul of the bride, her affections, adoration, her worship. As His Word says, He came, not to save her flesh, for it profits nothing. It is her spirit that quickeneth (lives on). The flesh is as grass, here this day and tossed into the oven the next. Now, earthly marriage is a representation, and just like on earth, within the Heavenly marriage relationship, we find the faithful, the cold, and the lukewarm. The lukewarm are the ones God says He will spew out of His mouth, yet we also find God declaring that He is married to the backslider. He remains faithful although His bride is oft times faithless.
Jesus desires in His bride the type of love that He has for His Father, a love that comes from the heart, soul and mind. It’s a complete love, one that loves the person, not for what the person has or the person’s status. (Matthew 22:37) It is this wife that Jesus is going to build the future with. It is she whom He desires to share His Kingdom with. Nevertheless, being a faithful Husband He will not cast out the faithless wife, but will with patience and love, teach her the ways of a good wife (yet learned she obedience through the things that she suffered). This is where we understand the parables of the 5 unwise virgins, the prodigal son/daughter, etc.
I believe the wife we find described in Revelation 12 however, is she whom through her suffering has deepened in her relationship with her Spouse. She knows Him intimately and trusts Him implicitly. (See John 15:2…every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. (Download “What Is Jesus Worth To You”)
Let’s take a look at some chosen verses in Revelation 12 to see if this be so.
Revelation 12:6 And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days. MB: Now the faithless bride has not fled into the wilderness. She savoreth the things of this world. Her desires are toward the things of the flesh, and as a prodigal has fled into the world to fill her immediate wants. But this is not the case concerning the bride in this verse. As a wise virgin, she hath made herself ready and kept her lamp full and trimmed in preparation for the Bridegroom’s soon arrival. The faithless bride has partaken of the world and is lost within the world’s system, but will very soon discover her desperate need for the Good Shepherd’s hand.
Revelation 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. MB: This could mean her physical death but more often than not it concerns her spiritual well-being. For the spirit to grow there has to be a certain putting away of the flesh and its desire to dominate the spirit.
Revelation 12:13 And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child. MB: What does “to bring forth the man child” mean? Well, Mary brought forth Jesus, but how do those that follow Mary bring Him forth? By telling others about Him! They go to the highways and byways of earth to share the good news. These are the ones the dragon hates. As for the faithless wife, well, she is already in Satan’s bag. Having given herself over to worldly pursuits, she is now trapped. The world has entered the Last Days, so the serpent is requiring a more binding commitment from those lukewarm ones who, up until now, have been fence-sitting between hot and cold. From here on in, for the kingdomites of Satan it is either “hot for him or out you go.” Satan doesn’t operate as Jesus does. This foul one demands worship or death. In 2020 through the “needle’s eye” he began a program that is committing the uncommitted to his cause by force.
REV.12:14 And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent. MB: The faithful brides have a place of refuge, not to hide away from the Beast, but a place where she will be nourished her during her extended mission on Earth–1260 days. The last great tribulation of the church has begun in earnest, and Jesus has set up base camp behind the spiritual 35th meridian where His commandos, the last two witnesses, conduct forays into enemy territory to snatch back the last few lost sheep before the closing of the book.
REV.12:17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ. MB: This verse is not talking about a lukewarm Laodecian church, hopelessly trapped within a system they love. This is talking about the vibrant seed that keep the commandments of God, the movers and shakers that have a testimony they want to share with the world. But where are they? Obviously not tucked safely away somewhere behind the veil; with that notion there would be no reason for wroth. They have the Keys to the Wilderness, and they use them to slip in and out of the spiritual realm at will. There is nowhere else to run or hide. The exits are covered, supply lines are controlled, travel is restricted to the preferred, and everyone and every item is tagged, marked and numbered. The remnant are on Earth purely due to the will of God.
Now the purpose of the wilderness becomes more apparent. It is a secret tunnel of escape, but instead of a network of underground catacombs, it is the spirit world. Not with random exit and entry portals set at specific geographical locations, but anywhere, anytime the user calls on the Keys of the Kingdom a portal opens, right at the point of request. So it’s elite guerrilla warfare with the finest of weapons and equipment, hand crafted in the halls of Heaven, with crack troops behind every portal, sourcing an endless line of information, supply, protection, you name it, and according to God’s will, it’s theirs for the asking.
I certainly agree that many of the “sheep” or seeds that fell on stony or thorny ground will also go through this time of refining and making white as described in Daniel 11:32-35. It is during this time of Great Tribulation that they will finally understand the meaning of faith and experience a love for their Savior that was not previously found in their flesh pots of Egypt.
The Endtime cadre of elite witnesses, (the two witnesses, two olive trees, and two candle sticks are churches) who are called to go out with Jesus to plead for their lost brethren, as Bill points out in Part Three, from “another place”. This other place, of course, is the Spirit of God. Those that have passed on, “that great cloud of witnesses” (Hebrews 12:1) speak through their chosen channels on Earth, (those that have taken up the spirit of prophecy) thus making a powerful Endtime team that will boldly seek out the lost sheep in the dark and stormy Endtime days. This Endtime team, wielding the Keys of the Kingdom, are given the ability to translate between the spirit and the flesh and will be the overcomers in the Last Days that are now upon us.
“Activate the keys of unwavering faith and trust, and in the Spirit you can scale any mountain, walk through any fire, and cross any canyon with My full protection and indestructible determination.”