Yet whatever gains I had, these I have come to regard as loss because of Christ. More than that, I regard everything as loss because of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things, and I regard them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but one that comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God based on faith. I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the sharing of his sufferings by becoming like him in his death, if somehow I may attain the resurrection from the dead.
Not that I have already obtained this or have already reached the goal; but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Beloved, I do not consider that I have made it my own; but this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on towards the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus. Let those of us then who are mature be of the same mind; and if you think differently about anything, this too God will reveal to you. Only let us hold fast to what we have attained.
Brothers and sisters, join in imitating me, and observe those who live according to the example you have in us. For many live as enemies of the cross of Christ; I have often told you of them, and now I tell you even with tears. Their end is destruction; their god is the belly; and their glory is in their shame; their minds are set on earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven, and it is from there that we are expecting a Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. He will transform the body of our humiliation so that it may be conformed to the body of his glory, by the power that also enables him to make all things subject to himself. (Philippians 3:7-21)
“See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise,
redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
In March 2020 a sudden lockdown took place--in every nation--because the annual flu season was out of the ordinary.
It's impossible to get earth's 200+ nations to agree on anything--apart from an intervention by God from outside the system. Therefore God did something big--which He does from time to time.
In sovereign power Jesus currently manages the universe through a divine council of high angels--good angels and bad. It seems likely the Jesus replaced the high angel in charge of earth's health and welfare --replaced the incumbent angel with a really bad guy. March 2020.
Obviously Jesus is the CEO of the divine council and He knows what He is doing. Jesus is sovereign over all the angels, ruling over the dark-side as well as over the obvious institutions of church and state. See God and the Lockdown and The Left Hand of God, and The Management of the Universe.
The Lockdown has had huge repercussions everywhere. Debate over vaccinations is but one small pieces of the pie. Inflation, unemployment, rioting are increasingly troublesome. Covid refuses to go away. Government seems powerless to fix anything. Most of us are in denial about the world being turned upside down.
Every few decades local stirrings in some parts of the Christian Church have been accompanied by Rapturitis, Date Setting for the return of Christ, and all manner of Escapism hopes by members of the uncomfortable sector. The backlash from failed-Rapture scenarios brought a general denial of all the Bible DOES say about the return of her absent King. There is--for sure--renewed interest in the Rapture lately by a small fraction of earth's Christians. This time it's a global stirring, not merely local. But few see the big picture--which presupposes some understanding of the entire Bible.
The quality of life everywhere has dropped sharply in the last hundred years as any old-timer can tell you. Fifty years ago about a third of Americans professed to be Christians. Right now perhaps 5-10% of us are actually members of the forever family of Jesus Christ. Most followers of Jesus today are not visible, may not attend a church or stand out in a crowd. See The Church Papers
A compounding factor is today's near total Bible illiteracy! It turns out not sufficient--if you want to see the big picture--to know a few memory verses, or to merely hang out with the like-minded in a local church. See The Church Papers. See also The Body of Christ in Perilous Times.
When the Rapture does happen, probably very soon, everyone rich or poor, young of old, closeted or compromised--everyone who knows Jesus personally as Lord that is, will be caught up to a safe place--to New Jerusalem.
The references at the end of this article should help those interested to see what the Bible really says. Above all, please know that Jesus Christ is alive and well, and yes, on His way back even now. Furthermore, He wants no one to perish. He will personally confirm your membership in His Forever Family.
Because the true church is the Body of true believers--not an institution--the Great Lockdown has made it difficult for those who do know Jesus to meet, to pray, to help one another, to study the Bible.
Priority One: Make sure you know Jesus personally as your Lord. Work diligently in our immediate family to see that all know Jesus (not always possible). Connect with fellow believers in your neighborhood, at the office. Small groups are where it's at--like the early church before Constantine. Small Group Guidelines.
Keep a low profile! Stay below the radar! Hunker Down.
Earth's Near Term Future
Symptoms of a Huge Meltdown
The Great Shaking
The Great Uncovering
The Last One Percent
The Antichrist: Coming Leader of the World
Christianity Without Christ
Why Do the Nations Rage?
The Fear of the LORD
Hiding in the Rock
Your God is Way Too Small
The Excluded Ones
What is Money For Anyway?
Out of Deep Distress
Distress of Nations
Notes by Lambert Dolphin