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Monday, July 23, 2012

The Remnant Church Stuck In Babylon, And The swift Destruction and Judgments coming, A Christian Response to what’s Ahead, From 1 Peter




1Pe 4:7  But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.

Clarke:
 The end of all things is at hand; the end of the temple, the end of the Levitical priesthood, the end of the whole Jewish economy, was then at hand.

Wesely;
1 Peter 4:7
But the end of all things - And so of their wrongs, and your sufferings. Is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer - Temperance helps watchfulness, and both of them help prayer. Watch, that ye may pray; and pray, that ye may watch

Jas 5:8  Be ye also patient; establish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.

Rom 13:11  And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.

Rom 13:12  The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the amour of light.

James 5:8

coming ... draweth nigh — The Greek expresses present time and a settled state. 1Pe_4:7, “is at hand.” We are to live in a continued state of expectancy of the Lord’s coming, as an event always nigh. Nothing can more “stablish the heart” amidst present troubles than the realized expectation of His speedy coming.

Barnes 1Pet 4:7

 The word rendered “is at hand,” (ἤγγικε  ēngike,) may refer either to proximity of place or time, and it always denotes that the place or the time referred to was not far off.

The idea as applied to time, or to an approaching event, is undoubtedly that it is close by; it is not far off; it will soon occur. If this refers to the end of the world, it would mean that it was soon to occur; if to death, that this was an event which could not be far distant - perhaps an event that was to be hastened by their trials. The fact that it is such language as we now naturally address to people, saying that in respect to them “the end of all things is at hand,” shows that it cannot be demonstrated that Peter did not use it in the same sense, and consequently that it cannot be proved that he meant to teach that the end of the world was then soon to occur.

Geneva;

He returns to his purpose, using an argument taken from the circumstance of the time. Because the last end is at hand, and therefore we must much more diligently watch and pray, with true sobriety of mind.

JFB;

watch — Greek, “be soberly vigilant”; not intoxicated with worldly cares and pleasures. Temperance promotes wakefulness or watchfulness, and both promote prayer. Drink makes drowsy, and drowsiness prevents prayer.

prayer — Greek, “prayers”; the end for which we should exercise vigilance.

Gill:

and watch unto prayer; watch all opportunities of praying, or of attendance on that ordinance, both in private and in public; watch and observe both your present wants, and present mercies, that ye may know what to pray for, and what to return thanks for; and that you have a due reverence of the divine Majesty, in whose presence you are entering.

1Pet 4:7

Greek words in verse

1Pe 4:7  ButG1161 theG3588 endG5056 of all thingsG3956 is at hand:G1448 be ye therefore sober,G4993 G3767 andG2532 watchG3525 untoG1519 prayer.G4335

End-G5056
τέλος
telos
tel'-os
From a primary word τέλλω tellō (to set out for a definite point or goal); properly the point aimed at as a limit, that is, (by implication) the conclusion of an act or state (termination [literally, figuratively or indefinitely], result [immediate, ultimate or prophetic], purpose); specifically an impost or levy (as paid): - + continual, custom, end (-ing), finally, uttermost. Compare G5411.

Note: I read in the last verse of this grand epistle  written from Babylon, this really stuck out to me. The current Babylon system we live in, the lord said to me, this is of prophetic significance and 1Pet is an epistle , or hand book, for what we are now going through. What to expect, how to act, our dealings with others, our dealings with the lord. As I read the Greek on the simple word END, it confirmed my thoughts on this matter.

 The conclusion of an act or state (termination [literally, figuratively or indefinitely], result [immediate, ultimate or prophetic], purpose).

We are at the conclusion of a state the USA and other places, its end is at hand, to soon be terminated as we now know it. Immediate, ultimate, prophetic. This is so clear and what a confirmation to what the Holy Spirit  giving illumination on.

A Prophetic word of the immediate termination, the conclusion of a state.

This is everything , in a nut shell and from the word END, the spirit has been saying it is coming very fast, faster than we think, this would be the immediate termination of the nation as we know it.

Greek, Of all things;

G3956
πᾶς
pas
pas
Including all the forms of declension; apparently a primary word; all, any, every, the whole: - all (manner of, means) alway (-s), any (one), X daily, + ever, every (one, way), as many as, + no (-thing), X throughly, whatsoever, whole, whosoever.

All forms of declension, our nation, the church is in decline, no turning back, the whole thing is declined. Ps 3:11 If the foundations be destroyed what can the righteous do.

Greek- is at hand

G1448
ἐγγίζω
eggizō
eng-id'-zo
From G1451; to make near, that is, (reflexively) approach: - approach, be at hand, come (draw) near, be (come, draw) nigh.

G1451
ἐγγύς
eggus
eng-goos'
From a primary verb ἄγχω agchō (to squeeze or throttle; akin to the base of G43); near (literally or figuratively, of place or time): - from, at hand, near, nigh (at hand, unto), ready.

That is very pointed, to squeeze the throttle, putting the foot to the metal, one goes faster and this coming fall is the lord tuning up the holy throttle, in speed and swiftness. It is at hand, of place, time, it is near, it is nigh and so we have in the Greek some real insight to what is being said.

The expectation of the lords second advent was on all the Apostles minds, they thought they would live to see Jesus return, the delay, even than is why Peter said a thousand years is as one day and a day as a thousand days. The lords timing is far from ours, I wrote before, according to this verse taken lit.

To our lord, Jesus has been gone two days, His time is different from ours and so we do not understand or grasp many things.

This being a fact, Peter goes on to write, due to this swift coming of destruction what are we to be doing.

....: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.

It may not sound like much to some, but it is everything, it is our response to everything we see coming down.

 Spiritual preparation, prayer, sober minded, watchfulness, watch and pray, is what we read all through the N.T. and the word wait, is many times associated with it, so we in faith, wait, as we wait, we do what, watch and pray in a sober, clear headed mind, pray, pray, pray, we can never get enough and it is our ultimate weapon with the bible.

The verses following take on a completely new meaning when we grasp what has  been told us; it is what we are to be doing, in these last days.

1Pe 4:8  And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.

1Pe 4:9  Use hospitality one to another without grudging.

1Pe 4:10  As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

1Pe 4:11  If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

1Pe 4:12  Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:

1Pe 4:13  But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.

1Pe 4:14  If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.

1Pe 4:15  But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men's matters.

1Pe 4:16  Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.

1Pe 4:17  For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?

1Pe 4:18  And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?

1Pe 4:19  Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.


This is no small matter; Jesus said,” When the son of man returns will he find faith in the earth”. He will, but not in great abundance, this is meat and food for thought.

The day the Holy Spirit spoke and said this is a N.T. parallel prophetic word, an end time practical guide to holy living in the last days in found in this epistle.

1Pe 5:13  The church that is at Babylon, elected together with you, saluteth you; and so doth Marcus my son.

We are right now a church that is an end time Babylonian type, some think the USA is N.T. Babylon, it is convincing I do admit, I hold to it being a type, but who knows.

I feel the message I posted proves the point it is Rome, but If I am wrong, I am wrong, the deal is we are in a Babylonian system right now, our nation in all of Jer. is an exact dual prophecy against America and the West.

We are the Bride in Babylon, as we read in 1Pet, we read a lot about trials, persecution, suffering, and such and this is fitting, but it does not just say, look heads are going to roll, it gives us promises, comfort, hope and real life applications on how we are to respond in this current Babylon, we are not left hanging, we have much instruction to this modern church in Babylon, and we are told what to do, how to act, it deals with others, so we do not become cold hearted in the days ahead.

1Pe 4:12  Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:

1Pe 4:13  But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.

Practical, applicable and true, may we, the last day remnant church, and in the swift fall of this country and others read, study this epistle as it was written from Babylon and it speaks volumes to our current situation. The Christians response to all we are in and what is ahead can be found in this epistle, may the bride study it and apply it today.











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