Special Report:Jail Break Has Happened!

Acts 16:25-34 MSG
25  Along about midnight, Paul and Silas were at prayer and singing a robust hymn to God. The other prisoners couldn’t believe their ears.
26  Then, without warning, a huge earthquake! The jailhouse tottered, every door flew open, all the prisoners were loose.
27  Startled from sleep, the jailer saw all the doors swinging loose on their hinges. Assuming that all the prisoners had escaped, he pulled out his sword and was about to do himself in, figuring he was as good as dead anyway,
28  when Paul stopped him: “Don’t do that! We’re all still here! Nobody’s run away!”
29  The jailer got a torch and ran inside. Badly shaken, he collapsed in front of Paul and Silas.
30  He led them out of the jail and asked, “Sirs, what do I have to do to be saved, to really live?”
31  They said, “Put your entire trust in the Master Jesus. Then you’ll live as you were meant to live—and everyone in your house included!”
32  They went on to spell out in detail the story of the Master—the entire family got in on this part.
33  They never did get to bed that night. The jailer made them feel at home, dressed their wounds, and then—he couldn’t wait till morning!—was baptized, he and everyone in his family.
34  There in his home, he had food set out for a festive meal. It was a night to remember: He and his entire family had put their trust in God; everyone in the house was in on the celebration.

I have often wondered about how I would react in different situations.  Sometimes I would muse to myself that I am not sure I could stand against some terrible event.  

As I previously mentioned the loss of my daughter and grandchildren would be horrific to face.

I and my siblings were raised with a healthy respect of police officers.  We were told that if we ever had to be brought home by the police there would be consquences.  Now it would not be abuse, but most privledges would be taken away for a period of time.

When I went through school it was still a practice for unruly students to receive a strap for misbehaving.  My mother told us once if you get a strap at school you may expect one when you get home.  I am sure it would not have happened but it was always in the back of our thoughts.

So as one could imagine I never received a strapping from the school principal nor did I ever find myself in the company of a police officer for something I did wrong.

A I launched out from under the roof of my parents and began life on my own those lessons stayed with me and I still live by them throughout my adult life.  Yet I have learned that not all people have those life lessons instilled in them as youth under the tutelage of their parents and school teachers.

I have also experienced something that other christians taught me when I ventured out into the ministry, that some are very thinned skinned when it comes to going through trials and temptations.  When you meet them and ask how they are doing, the response is a lengthy history of their battles in life and how they feel like no one understands what they are going through.

Now I cannot imagine how the Apostles Paul and Silas must have felt finding themselves in prison for the crime of spreading the message of Christ.  In today’s world if christians in North America were put in this situation the response would be, “my rights have been violated”!

I sometimes think they must have missed the writings in the Gospel where Christ the Saviour warned the disciples that they would be hated and even killed.  The killers would brag they were doing God a service.

John 16:1-3 MSG
“I’ve told you these things to prepare you for rough times ahead.
They are going to throw you out of the meeting places. There will even come a time when anyone who kills you will think he’s doing God a favor.
3  They will do these things because they never really understood the Father.

Let me say this, “tough times are just beginning for the children of God”!  We better develop a thicker skin when we are going through trials.  What would you do if your life depeneded on whether or not you deny Christ?  Would you be willing to lay down your life for Christ, or would you deny ever knowing Christ?

I have spent almost my entire life singing and playing Gospel music.  I am not to sure at times if I could be strong like the apostles and still sing songs unto the Lord.  

As I am writing this article the following comes to mind:

‘Music has charms to soothe the savage breast’?

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No, not beast – breast.
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The phrase was coined by William Congreve, in The Mourning Bride, 1697:

Musick has Charms to sooth a savage Breast,
To soften Rocks, or bend a knotted Oak.
I’ve read, that things inanimate have mov’d,
And, as with living Souls, have been inform’d,
By Magick Numbers and persuasive Sound.

Could I have such a strong relationship in my walk with the Lord that even when facing prison bars I could be found singing unto the Lord.  Even greater yet, could I have such an anointing of the Holy Ghost to see God work a miracle that would shake the prison and loose the bars that hold me in a prison cell.

In my mind I can hear the naysayers “the prison was probably built on a fault line, thus an earthquake is what made the prison shake so violently to cause the bars to move.  Either way you look at this, it is still a great miracle!

In many autocratic governments there is an onslaught already happening of christians being jailed for long periods of time.

Listen to what John the Revelator wrote of what is yet to happen on planet earth.

Revelation 13:11-18 MSG
11  I saw another Beast rising out of the ground. It had two horns like a lamb but sounded like a dragon when it spoke.
12  It was a puppet of the first Beast, made earth and everyone in it worship the first Beast, which had been healed of its deathblow.
13  This second Beast worked magical signs, dazzling people by making fire come down from Heaven.
14  It used the magic it got from the Beast to dupe earth dwellers, getting them to make an image of the Beast that received the deathblow and lived.
15  It was able to animate the image of the Beast so that it talked, and then arrange that anyone not worshiping the Beast would be killed.
16  It forced all people, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to have a mark on the right hand or forehead.
17  Without the mark of the name of the Beast or the number of its name, it was impossible to buy or sell anything.
18  Solve a riddle: Put your heads together and figure out the meaning of the number of the Beast. It’s a human number: six hundred sixty-six.

This is not limited to just a certain geographic area, but I feel this will be world wide under a world wide government.

I question even myself, would I be able to withstand this type of persecution because of my love for the Lord Jesus Christ?

You see, your privilege, status in life, all your money, power, will soon be nothing but distant memories, all these will not help you during the tribulation that is about to engulf the entire planet.  Men committed suicide by jumping off buildings during the great depression in the late 1920’s and 30’s.

Countries where their national currency lost all value people took the cash and dumped it into the streets by wheelbarrel full.

During the upcoming economic collapse and the great tribulation men will cry out for death and death will not come.

Revelation 9:6 MSG
6  When this happens, people are going to prefer death to torture, look for ways to kill themselves. But they won’t find a way—death will have gone into hiding.

I do not want to sound crass, but I have had people tell me “your scaring the hell out of me”!  My reply to them, “great mission accomplished”!

So, my question is this, how is your relationship with God, are built on the rock or on shifting sands?

Matthew 7:24-27 MSG
24  “These words I speak to you are not incidental additions to your life, homeowner improvements to your standard of living. They are foundational words, words to build a life on. If you work these words into your life, you are like a smart carpenter who built his house on solid rock.
25  Rain poured down, the river flooded, a tornado hit—but nothing moved that house. It was fixed to the rock.
26  “But if you just use my words in Bible studies and don’t work them into your life, you are like a stupid carpenter who built his house on the sandy beach.
27  When a storm rolled in and the waves came up, it collapsed like a house of cards.”

 

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