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Speak To the Rock November 4, 2022

Posted by stevekerp in Uncategorized.
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It’s not “gloom and doom” if you are prepared. And I’d also like to point out that it is not just “some” of us who have been divinely designated as “watchmen.” Rather, we are ALL commanded to watch (Mark 13:37), and those who don’t see what’s coming and why it’s coming are simply derelict at their assigned post. We’re expected to be “children of Issachar” (1 Chron. 12:32) and EACH of us – sons and daughters – should have understanding of the times.

The title of this post is intended to bring Numbers 20:8 to mind:

“Take the rod; you and your brother Aaron gather the congregation together. Speak to the rock before their eyes, and it will yield its water …”

Numbers 20:8 NKJV (emphasis added)

The Israelites had been in this situation before. No water, people thirsty, animals likewise. God told Moses what to do the first time they were in this situation: strike the rock and the rock will produce all the water you need. God gave different instructions to Moses this time, but as we know Moses erred and followed the “old” instructions.

We’re now on the threshold of global disaster. This is not the first time humankind has been in this situation. Last time, God told Noah to build an ark for the salvation of his family. We know from history that Noah and his family were preserved. This time, building an ark – or bunker, or off-the-grid homestead – is NOT the direction that the Lord seems to be giving us. Rather, He has provided an ark: His Son Jesus. He has given us a promise in Rev. 3:10 and also instructions on how to enter that ark.

I bring it up because many of our well-meaning friends, and even fellow Christians, are urging some of us to start prepping (“build an ark”) rather than trust God to deliver us. Their arguments sound Biblical and valid. “Noah trusted God, but he didn’t then expect that God would build the ark for him. Noah still had to obey.” We’re urged to protect our families, do what’s prudent. Stock up on a few things “just in case” — the “case” being that this is just escalating misery and we might not be on the threshold of Revelation chapter 6.

I agree that Noah had to obey, and we’re all here because he did. Moses was disobedient when he struck the rock (instead of speaking to it), even though he followed Divine instructions given previously in a similar circumstance. Obedience to the counsel and instruction of the Lord is absolutely essential. So it’s important for both us and our well-meaning Christian friends to discern what the Lord would have us to do. Yes, we need an ark of safety, but I repeat: the ark we need has already been built. Jesus Christ is our Ark, and all who trust in Him and obey Him will be saved. (Note: this is not “salvation by works.” It’s common sense. If Jesus Christ is your Lord, you will do what He tells you to do – Luke 6:46)

In the hours before Sodom was destroyed, God’s counsel was for Lot and his family to escape from the city, NOT shelter in place and survive in a bunker. Jesus’ counsel to the believers in Jerusalem when Titus arrived was to leave the city. His counsel to us in these last day is to persevere in order that He might keep us from “the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world.” ALL of Sodom was under judgment in the days of Lot. There was no “safe space” in the city – escape FROM the city was the only option. Similarly, in the days of Titus, there was no safety anywhere in Jerusalem. In our immediate future, there will be no safe place on the planet.

Possibly the last call: Be reconciled, repent, persevere. Don’t be lukewarm. Get your head out of the world and into the Word. Become the person God created you to be. A moment after that last trump sounds is a moment too late.

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1. cindybythesea - November 5, 2022

Reblogged this on Heaven Bound and commented:
The Only Ark You Need

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2. cindybythesea - November 5, 2022

Great post and one I feel privileged to repost on my blog. My email has been acting up or I would have responded directly to you there but for some reason I can receive but not send out. Hopefully, that resolves soon

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3. Tamara Blickos - November 5, 2022

Would love to share this post. It’s such a good message! But I’m not on those major social media platforms anymore; left them long ago. Is there a way to share this to Telegram? A special thank you to cindybythesea for sharing this from her site.

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stevekerp - November 5, 2022

Hi, Tamara – I’m not familiar with Telegram. Feel free to either copy and paste, or just post the url – https://stevekerp.wordpress.com/2022/11/04/speak-to-the-rock/ – thanks for your encouragement. Hope to see you soon.

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4. Sheila Baker - November 5, 2022

Dear Brother Steve…..the only thing besides, AMEN and AMEN, is to remind that “the just live by FAITH, not by sight”. Wonderful message. Keep looking up, we are nearer now than ever!!! YSIC

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