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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

As In The Days Of Noah - The Righteous Methuselah of Our Time



The righteous are taken away to be spared from evil. Isa 57:1


Dear Saints, 
This is a guest post by one of my readers Michael Rich. I asked him to write something about David Wilkerson's impact and what he thinks his death means to us all.
In Christ, Sarah


As In The Days Of Noah - The Righteous Methuselah of Our Time
By Michael Rich


There is a strange phenomenon in the pursuit of God. God has always wanted us to be His friends and children, but we have wanted a business encounter called religion.  He desires to take us into high adventure and share with us great and mighty things that we know not.  His heart seeks our heart.  He is not a mediocre God, but a God of extremes. He loves us with everything that He is. That is why He unapologetically requires us to love Him with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength. It would be to our infinite advantage and joy.     


But most of us want just enough of Him to have our fire insurance.  Instead of extremes, we want “just enough”.  In other words, we don’t want relationship, but religion.  That was the error of the Hebrew children at the foot of Mt. Sinai when God would have spoken to them face-to-face, but they wouldn’t have it.  They told Moses, “YOU talk to Him, and be a go-between.”  They were afraid they might have to get rid of their fleshly and worldly desires and be holy in their living.  
It's the same today.  We are told that all we have to do is “be faithful” in church attendance, give tithes, and participate here and there in church activities, and in general agree with whatever the leader tells us because after all, he is the “go-between” for us to God.  If more spice is needed, a prosperity gospel is taught to keep us attached. And we don’t attract the world to Jesus because they see that we are not in relationship with Him, but observing religious ritual. The world says “you can keep that junk--give us the real thing!”  


Enter David Wilkerson. He was willing to get his hands dirty in the streets of New York. He started ministries to follow through with those rescued from bad situations. He sought the Lord’s pure and holy face, not just His giving hand. 


The Lord rewarded him with revelation about the future which caused him to weep and grieve.  When Mr. Wilkerson shared this in love with the church world, the response was mockery—I heard it and read it. But a few of us were thrilled. We who had hungered and thirsted for the “real thing” were hearing truth. We were hearing through Mr. Wilkerson and a few others the basic message of the gospel of righteousness once again.  


I will never forget the summer of 1987 when I asked the Lord who was right, David Wilkerson or a preacher who had published a brochure against him and others calling them “gloom and doomers”. After 3 weeks of seeking the Lord about this, He woke me at 3:10 am and spoke a word to me that had me weeping and trembling for hours. God confirmed the message He gave to David Wilkerson and would go on to give to anyone seeking Him with their whole heart. It seems that there are only a few who want a whole-heart relationship in any given church.  Because we keep ourselves at arm’s length from Jesus, we fail to understand the desires of His heart. I think salvation depends on how well we carry out on earth the desires of His heart.  Matthew 25: 31-46 is a very sobering example of this.

David Wilkerson prophesied of the times we are in and of infinitely more difficult times coming.  He was acknowledged to be the "last word" in prophecy concerning America.


Because of him, I finally got serious about knowing the Lord after I graduated seminary.  I incorrectly thought that most pastors and church members truly wanted the same thing.    


To me, David Wilkerson’s death signals foreboding for our nation and the world. Michael Boldea and others have been telling us, “the warnings have ended.” 


I am reminded that the name Methuselah means "when he is dead, it will come."  The same year that righteous Methuselah died is when the flood came upon the earth.  So that is one example of how God removes special servants before a great change in world events.   


I am asking the Lord to speak to us further. However, I believe Mr. Wilkerson's death is a message in itself.  Isaiah 57:1   


Michael Rich 


10 comments:

  1. Back in the early 1990s, I used to read David Wilkerson's newsletters and I used to give his ministry my tithes. I noticed that his mailing address was Lindale, Texas.

    In the late 1990s, I was hitchhiking in east Texas. I got a ride through Lindale, Texas. The guy who picked me up told me that Lindale wasn't always known as Lindale. Before they changed the name to Lindale, it had been known as Gomorrah.

    God is in the details.

    David Wilkerson's death is very prophetic for the United States.

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    AMEN, AMEN. MY HEART SANK WHEN I HEARD THE NEWS. IT DEFINITELY WAS A SIGN.

    THIS IS THE TRUTH, AND MOST DO NOT WANT TO HEAR IT BECAUSE MOST OF THE TIME THE REAL TRUTH (AS WRITTEN IN THE WORD OF GOD) HURTS, TRUTH ALWAYS HURTS WHEN IT COMES TO ADMITTING OUR FAULTS AND FAILURES TO JESUS AND ACCEPTING HIS WORDS AS TRUTH, BUT DOING SO HUMBLES US BEFORE HIM, TRULY REPENTANT, SEPARATE FROM THE REST OF THE "WORLD", LONGING FOR ONLY HIS TRUTH AND HIS PLEASURE AND HIS WILL AND HIS GLORY,

    IT IS NOT ABOUT US, IT IS ALL ABOUT HIM. ALWAYS HAS BEEN AND ALWAYS WILL BE. HIS PLEASURE AND HIS GLORY AND HIS WILL IS ALL THAT HAS BEEN, IS NOW, AND FOREVER SHALL BE.

    THIS NATION IS UNDER JUDGMENT FOR TURNING ITS BACK ON OUR GOD, THE GOD OF ABRAHAM AND OUR SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST. THE PEOPLE DO NOT REPENT AND OBEY HIS WORD, THE GOVERNMENT DOES NOT FOR THE MOST PART ACKNOWLEDGE HIS EXISTENCE, CATERS TO THE IDOLS OF OTHER RELIGIONS, SPURNS THOSE WHO FOLLOW THE TRUE CHRIST. LOOK AT THE EVIL ON TV, THE OCCULT MOVIES, THE "ME, ME, ME" MENTALITY, I WANT TO BE ABLE TO DO WHATEVER I WANT, WHENEVER I WANT, TO WHOEVER I WANT, WITH WHOEVER I WANT ATTITUDE THAT PERVADES AND OVERWHELMS OUR SOCIETY FROM EVERY VENUE, TV, MUSIC, FILMS, COMMERCIALS, NEWS, POLITICS, ROAD RAGE, SCHOOL BULLYING, DRUG USE, HOMOSEXUALITY, MURDERS, SUICIDES. IT IS ALL AROUND US, PURE EVIL RUNS RAMPANT THROUGH OUR STREETS, PREYS ON OUR CHILDREN, PREYS ON OUR MINDS. YES SATAN IS ALIVE AND WELL ON PLANET EARTH AS HAL LINDSAY STATED YEARS AGO AND OUR COUNTRY LOOKS MORE LIKE SODOM AND GOMORRAH EVERY DAY.

    GOD IS WAITING! WAITING FOR THAT TRUE REPENTANCE, WAITING FOR THAT CRY FOR HELP FROM A BROKEN HEART, WAITING FOR US TO TURN TO HIM WITH THE MOST HUMBLEST OF HEARTS, TO SUBMIT TO HIM IN ALL THINGS WITH OBEDIENCE AND HOLINESS, AND FOR US TO LOVE HIM WITH ALL OF OUR HEART, MIND AND SOUL.

    IT IS NOT ABOUT US. IT IS ALL ABOUT HIM, OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST SENT FROM THE LORD TO DIE FOR OUR SINS AND TO SHOW US THE PATH TO OBEDIENCE, FAITHFULNESS, MERCY, LOVE, COMPASSION, HOLINESS AND TO ETERNAL LIFE.

    HIS PLEASURE IN US IS THROUGH OUR LOVE FOR HIM.

    BLESSED BE THE NAME OF OUR LORD JESUS!

    THANK YOU FOR SHARING THIS WITH US

    GOD BLESS YOU
    DEBRA

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  3. I'm very much in agreement with David Wilkerson's death signaling a "foreboding". For several years now the dreams/visions/words the Lord has spoken to me have not lined up with some of the "prophets" that I had for years been around. And then I started "re-visiting" David Wilkerson. And realized that everything he had written and was hearing lined up with what I was hearing. Repentance was not being preached in the circles I was in. Yet that was the theme, if you will, of all I was hearing. And that is what David Wilkerson was preaching. Hmmmm.....Just like John the Baptist. And Just like Jesus... Would I be willing when He brings me out of the desert to proclaim "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!"

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  4. May we be counted worthy Lord to be among the Saints who are found to be vigilant and be as the virgins who had their lamps full of oil and their wicks trimmed. Ready for the Master's return. Amen.

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  5. Today's The National day of PRAYER and I'd like to please encourage everyone to humbly pray for our nation and for those who are living in darkness.

    The recent earthquakes, the Hurricanes in the South, the Floods along the Mississippi, plus the passing of Pastor Fred Stone, J.R. Church and the death of David Wilkerson and yes even UBL (closure for 9/11 families who lost loved ones) are time markers for our nation.

    But God's not finished and by my reading of God's word, I have a feeling that the Holy Spirit is about to pour out his spirit on all the world (not just believers but unbelievers)
    That we will see more signs from above.

    Today's scripture reading comes from Acts 2:14-47 and Isaiah 42:5-9.

    May the reading of God's word bring us humbly and prayerfully closer to Him.

    http://simplydivinelove.blogspot.com/

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  6. Just this morning ,I listen to David's Wilkerson sermon "The Call of Anguish", amazing How the sermon reveal that David had the spirit of Jeremaiah. I was then lead to read Jeremaiah 6 chapter how it relates to all that is happening in the world. David as Jeremaiah warning the people to repent , but to no recourse, the people, prophets and priest would not bend, So God allowed the spirit of terror release. Ironic we have offering up God a tainted offering which serves no justice of slaining Osama because a polluted offering is unacceptable to God just as it was in Jeremaiah time. I leave with this quote " You live by the sword you will die by that same sword! The king of terror blood was sacrifice slain without repentance well I believe as recorded in the word without repentance there is no mercy.

    In God We Trust.........

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  7. Sarah, I'm curious at how to know the meaning of Methuselah as "when he is dead, it will come"?

    I didn't know that Methuselah was righteous and by simply adding the years in Genesis, I thought he was drown to death during Noah's flood ...

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  8. Sam,
    Chuck Missler explains the name Methuselah here--
    Methuselah

    The Flood of Noah did not come as a surprise. It had been preached on for four generations. But something strange happened when Enoch was 65, from which time "he walked with God." Enoch was given a prophecy that as long as his son was alive, the judgment of the flood would be withheld; but as soon as he died, the flood would be sent forth.

    Enoch named his son to reflect this prophecy. The name Methuselah comes from two roots: muth, a root that means "death"5 ; and from shalach, which means "to bring," or "to send forth." Thus, the name Methuselah signifies, "his death shall bring."6

    And, indeed, in the year that Methuselah died, the flood came. Methuselah was 187 when he had Lamech, and lived 782 years more. Lamech had Noah when he was 182.7 The Flood came in Noah's 600th year.8 187 + 182 + 600 = 969, Methuselah's age when he died.9

    It is interesting that Methuselah's life was, in effect, a symbol of God's mercy in forestalling the coming judgment of the flood. It is therefore fitting that his lifetime is the oldest in the Bible, symbolizing the extreme extensiveness of God's mercy.
    Link: http://www.khouse.org/articles/2000/284/

    As to "righteous"- this is inferred because of the line. My understanding is that God chooses people and their descendants for that reason. Methuselah is the son of Enoch who walked with God. Gen 5:22. Methuselah is the grandfather of Noah who was also a just man and walked with God. Gen 6:9.

    God bless!

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  9. Thank you very much, Sarah! What a wonderful story of Mathuselah, God is so merciful!

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  10. What a blessing to read.I felt when he died that something was up ( a loss) and that the children would be turned loose to their own desires. I've read people trying to discredit him as a prophet, (though he never claimed to be one) because some of the prophecies have not come true. Well, we might as well throw out Isaiah, Jeremiah, Daniel....

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