For Christians in Perilous Times waiting for Jesus’ Call at the Rapture

Robert Fear – Our God holds us in His Everlasting Arms

Golden Nugget Number 276

(Editor’s Note: Several subscribers have suggested this poem is of comfort at the present time. – coronavirus March 2020 )

Our God Isaiah 40

He hath fixed the set proportions of the oceans and the land
According to the details of His plan;
He hath “measured out the waters in the hollow of his hand”
And meted out the heavens with His span.”

He controls th’ unconquered orbit of “the light that rules the day”
And guides the myriad worlds that shine at night;
And brings forth the host of heaven by their numbers to display
The uncontested brilliance of His might!

But although His arm is power to the infinite expanse,
That same unerring arm is in control
To determine and to govern my every circumstance—
To claim complete submission in my soul!

Yes! And though He counts the nations as “the dust upon the scale” And soars above their triumphs and alarms,
He remembers all about us—that our frame of dust is frail,
And holds us in His “everlasting arms.”

(R G Fear: Composed en route to France for the Invasion of Europe, June 5th, 1945.)

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Be thou Faithful unto Death (Rev 2:10) – The Martyrs’ Memorial

 18 Protestant martyrs were burnt for the pure faith of Jesus Christ.  ‘They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb’ 

Golden Nugget Number 274

Martyrs Memorial

The following details are from a Memorial erected in 1878 in Stratford Parish Church, East London, “To the glory of God in His suffering saints”.

 18 Protestant martyrs were burnt for the pure faith of Jesus Christ.  ‘They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb‘  (Rev.12:11)

Patrick Packingham, aged 23, burnt at the stake on 28th August 1555. Condemned by Bonner unheard

Elizabeth Warne, widow and gentlewomen taken at a prayer meeting and burned to death on the same day.  (Her husband had been burned at Smithfield, her daughter burnt and her son died in prison).

Of whom the world was not worthy‘. (Hebrews 11:38)

Hugh Laverick, a lame man and John Apprice, a blind man, burned to death on 15th May 1556.  Hugh said, “Hold on John, It won’t be for long”.

On Saturday, 27th June 1556, eleven men and two women were brought pinioned from Newgate and burned before 20,000 people for the Word of God.

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Coronavirus –  Christians don’t panic ; Unbelievers do

in Britain we have a lot to thank God for

As if you have not heard enough of it! . . .

A few days ago, I telephoned my financial advisor to discuss the current economic situation. I opened the conversation with the words, ‘Christians don’t panic; unbelievers do!’. He replied “Amen”. Of course, he is a fellow Christian.

The media is full of nothing else at the moment. It dominates news, and it monopolises the government’s agenda. Other important matters such as the war and humanitarian situation in Northern Syria and Yemen have vanished from the news.  Politics circles around the crisis.  Here in Britain we have a lot to thank God for: there is a national health service, which for all its shortcomings is geared for emergencies like this. In the USA, the situation could be a lot different. Many poor people do not have health insurance and run the risk of infecting others when trying to work when ill.   We are told to pray for the authorities and be subject to them (Romans 13).

As we are in our 70s, we are having to curtail our activities – ‘social isolation’ they call it.  We will miss our Christian meetings much. It brings home how much we rely on meetings, and how little we rely on our individual links with the Lord.  In our pathway we are alone yet not alone.

Indeed, many churches are closing their doors.  What do Christians do? – At the start we read ‘And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles. And all that believed were together, and had all things common; and sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved’ (Acts 2:43-47).  Maybe something of the simplicity of the early Christian church will return.

Andrea Williams – The Church must repent of being ‘just another club’

Barrister Andrea Minichiello Williams, co-founder of Christian Concern, who represents persecuted Christians legally, has some forthright words. Maybe the current crisis will cause people to put Christ as the centre – not the congregation or community – and then learn what His church here really is.  Read her full article:

Andrea Williams calls the Church to repent of its silence in the face of evil

An Independent Path?

This brings me to another subject.  Some believers look on those with whom they do not meet as being on an independent path.  There is only one path for a Christian, the Christian path.  If by putting the company first we view others as ‘independent’, we must be unintentionally trying to walk on two roughly parallel paths at the same time – one foot in each.  They must slowly diverge – then where will we be?

The path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day’. (Proverbs 4:18)

Through waves, through Clouds and Storms

This morning I had an email from our brother Leonard in Secunderabad, India.  He drew attention to Paul Gerhardt’s hymn ‘Through Clouds through Waves and Storms’ or ‘Through waves through clouds and storms’

I have posted it on the site, along with Leonard’s comments:

Through waves through clouds and storms

In grace, your brother

Sosthenes

March 2020

Through Clouds through Waves and Storms

Through waves, through clouds and storms

Paul Gerhardt

Through Clouds through Waves and Storms,
God gently clears the Way
WE wait His Time: so shall the night
Soon end in Blissful Day

He everywhere hath sway
And all things serve His might;
His every Act our blessing is,
His path unsullied Light

When He makes bare His Arm
Who shall His work withstand?
When He His peoples cause defend,
Who then shall stay His Hand?

We leave it to Himself
To choose and to command;
With wonder filled, we soon shall see
How wise, how strong His Hand!

We comprehend Him not,
Yet earth and heaven tell.
God sits as Sovereign on the Throne
And ruleth all things well

Hymn no 55 in the Little Flock hymn book 1962 and 1973.

First line often ‘Through waves, through clouds and storms’

Paul Gerardt 1607-1676, a Lutheran minister near Berlin. Author of many hymns – see biography in Wikipedia.

 


This hymn was suggested to me in the middle of the coronavirus crisis by our brother Leonard in Secunderabad India.

He wrote:

These Scriptures have encouraged me

Exodus: 8:19. Land of Egypt was under plagues, but the children of God had Light (LOVE, JOY, PEACE), in their Tents.

Because: All things serve His might; His every Act our blessing is,

Phil 2:5-1, Every Disease, Plague, Sickness, Flood, has a name. His Name is above all Names you name, for He healed many, so that they beset Him that they might touch him, as many as had plagues.

Because: Through Clouds through Waves and Storms, God gently clears the Way

Exodus 12 the whole land of Egypt was going through death, His Children were keeping the Passover in their houses, death did not hold them to keep things commanded by God.

Because: God sits as Sovereign on the Throne, And ruleth all things well.

And I saw, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne and the living creatures and the elders; and their number was ten thousands of ten thousands and thousands of thousands; saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that has been slain, to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing. And every creature which is in the heaven and upon the earth and under the earth, and those that are upon the sea, and all things in them, heard I saying, To him that sits upon the throne, and to the Lamb, blessing, and honour, and glory, and might, to the ages of ages.

Your brother in Him
Leonard

 

 


Original: Thou commandest Thy ways

Befiehl du deine Wege
und was dein Herze kränkt
der allertreusten Pflege
des, der den Himmel lenkt.
Der Wolken, Luft und Winden
gibt Wege, Lauf und Bahn,
der wird auch Wege finden,
da dein Fuß gehen kann.

Dem Herren musst du trauen,
wenn dir’s soll wohlergehn;
auf sein Werk musst du schauen,
wenn dein Werk soll bestehn.
Mit Sorgen und mit Grämen
und mit selbsteigner Pein
lässt Gott sich gar nichts nehmen,
es muss erbeten sein.

Dein’ ewge Treu’ und Gnade,
o Vater, weiß und sieht,
was gut sei oder schade
dem sterblichen Geblüt;
und was du dann erlesen,
das treibst du, starker Held,
und bringst zum Stand und Wesen,
was deinem Rat gefällt.

Weg hast du allerwegen,
an Mitteln fehlt dir’s nicht;
dein Tun ist lauter Segen,
dein Gang ist lauter Licht;
dein Werk kann niemand hindern,
dein Arbeit darf nicht ruhn,
wenn du, was deinen Kindern
ersprießlich ist, willst tun.

Und ob gleich alle Teufel
hier wollten widerstehn,
so wird doch ohne Zweifel
Gott nicht zurücke gehn;
was er sich vorgenommen
und was er haben will,
das muss doch endlich kommen
zu seinem Zweck und Ziel.

Hoff, o du arme Seele,
hoff und sei unverzagt!
Gott wird dich aus der Höhle,
da dich der Kummer plagt,
mit großen Gnaden rücken;
erwarte nur die Zeit,
so wirst du schon erblicken
die Sonn der schönsten Freud.

Auf, auf, gib deinem Schmerze
und Sorgen gute Nacht,
lass fahren, was das Herze
betrübt und traurig macht;
bist du doch nicht Regente,
der alles führen soll,
Gott sitzt im Regimente
und führet alles wohl.

Ihn, ihn lass tun und walten,
er ist ein weiser Fürst
und wird sich so verhalten,
dass du dich wundern wirst,
wenn er, wie ihm gebühret,
mit wunderbarem Rat
das Werk hinausgeführet,
das dich bekümmert hat.

Er wird zwar eine Weile
mit seinem Trost verziehn
und tun an seinem Teile,
als hätt in seinem Sinn
er deiner sich begeben,
und sollt’st du für und für
in Angst und Nöten schweben,
als frag er nichts nach dir.

Wird’s aber sich befinden,
dass du ihm treu verbleibst,
so wird er dich entbinden,
da du’s am mindsten glaubst;
er wird dein Herze lösen
von der so schweren Last,
die du zu keinem Bösen
bisher getragen hast.

Wohl dir, du Kind der Treue,
du hast und trägst davon
mit Ruhm und Dankgeschreie
den Sieg und Ehrenkron;
Gott gibt dir selbst die Palmen
in deine rechte Hand,
und du singst Freudenpsalmen
dem, der dein Leid gewandt.

Mach End, o Herr, mach Ende
mit aller unsrer Not;
stärk unsre Füß und Hände
und lass bis in den Tod
uns allzeit deiner Pflege
und Treu empfohlen sein,
so gehen unsre Wege
gewiss zum Himmel ein.]

Raised withJesus

Golden Nugget Number 273

For the believer in Christ, there are few verses of scripture that could be more comforting than 2 Cor. 4: 14 (‘knowing that he who has raised the Lord Jesus shall raise us also with Jesus, and shall present us with you‘*),
because it is speaking of what God has done. The wonderful matter is that He has raised the Lord Jesus. That pathway was so perfect; so full of light to heaven. Man put Him on a cross but God has raised Him. The beauty that shone on earth now shines more fully in heaven. But then it goes on to say, ‘Shall raise also us with Jesus’. What a beautiful touch for the believer in Christ, that not only has He raised Jesus – worthily so – but He will raise the believer in Christ…the work of God is going through, that is what will be raised. What has been wrought in these bodies of humiliation; nothing will be lost, each precious gem will be raised.

Robert Taylor, Ealing, 2000

* Darby translation

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C H Mackintosh

C.H.Mackintosh

Charles Henry Mackintosh was born in October 1820, at Glenmalure Barricks, County Wicklow, Ireland, the son of the captain of a Highland regiment. Mackintosh was converted at the age of eighteen through the letters of a devout sister, and the prayerful reading of J. N. Darby’s Operations of the Spirit. When he was twenty-four years of age, he opened a private school at Westport, but it was not long before he concluded he must give himself entirely to the ministry of the Word of God, in writing and in public speaking. Soon thereafter he felt led to establish a periodical, which he continued to edit for twenty-one years, Things New and Old.

Mr. Mackintosh took a great interest in, and actively participated in, the great revival of 1859 and 1860. He died on November 2, 1896, and was buried in Cheltenham Cemetery, awaiting the resurrection morn.

From Stem Publishing

 

C.H.Mackintosh – He looked for  comforters, but He found none 

Golden Nugget Number 272

C.H.Mackintosh

How truly delightful and refreshing to turn to the only perfect Man who ever trod this earth!  His path was indeed an isolated one — none more so.  He had no sympathy with the scene around Him.  The world knew Him not.  ‘He came to His own [Israel], and His own received Him not‘ (John 1:11). ‘I looked for some to take pity, but there was none; and for comforters, but I found none‘ (Psalm 69:20).  Even His own beloved disciples failed to sympathize with, or understand Him. They slept on the mount of transfiguration in the presence of His glory and they slept in the Garden of Gethsemane in the presence of His agony. They roused Him out of His sleep with their unbelieving fears and were continually intruding upon Him with their ignorant questions and foolish notions.

How did He meet all this? In perfect grace, patience and tenderness.  He answered their questions; He corrected their notions; He hushed their fears; He solved their difficulties; He met their need; He made allowance for their infirmities; He gave them credit for devotedness in the moment of desertion; He looked at them through His own loving eyes and loved them, notwithstanding all.  ‘Having loved His own which were in the world, He loved them to the end‘ (John 13:1)

Christian reader, let us seek to drink into our blessed Master’s spirit and walk in His footsteps. Then our isolation will be of the right kind, and though our path may be narrow, the heart will be large.

(C.H.Mackintosh)

 

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Our appreciation of Christ has been through a sense of need.

Golden Nugget Number 271

William Johnson

Is there one answer to all your tears, all your desires, all your prayers?  God has one answer and that is Christ.  If you are passing through bereavement and sorrow and the heart feels it – God intends you to feel it – it is to find Christ.   Blessed compensation.  If I have been through deep sorrow and found Christ, what blessed contemplation.  I have found that He is more than enough to fill every breach.  Do you think I could, by searching with my brain, find out Christ?  Every bit of appreciation of Christ has been through a sense of need.  It is an experiential thing, not a doctrinal thing.  There is no such thing as a mere doctrinal knowledge of Christ.  No.  I beg your attention to it; every bit of apprehension you may have of Christ, you have been led into the knowledge of and the blessedness of, experimentally.

 

(William Johnson, London, early 1900s)

 

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Biography of Charles Andrew Coates (1862-1945)

Charles Coates

Charles Andrew Coates (affectionately known by his initials CAC) was born in Bradford, England, on the 7th. Dec. 1862. He died in Teignmouth, Devon, on 7th. Oct. 1945. For many years he broke bread in Rebecca St. Hall, Bradford.   C A Coates never enjoyed robust health and the many occasions when he was laid aside through illness were put to good use in prayerful meditation and the study of Holy Scripture. One of the many books that CAC wrote, “The Believer Established,” was a great help to the writer of these notes [and also to myself – Sosthenes].

A story told about C A Coates is well worth repeating. Some brethren were gathered together to consider the sad case of a brother who had been declared bankrupt. They all expressed how sorry they were for the brother’s plight. Coates placed a £10 note on the table and said, “Dear brethren I am £10 sorry. How sorry are you?” A good practical example and it is to be hoped that it was readily adopted.

Early in life  C A Coates showed that he had poetical ability. When he was 16 years old he composed this poem on his conversion:

Henceforth my lips and pen
Shall seek to spread His fame:
My hands and feet shall swiftly move
To glorify His Name.

I seek no earthly place;
My joy is all in Him;
My thirsty soul shall drink no more
From fountains stained with sin.

And when He takes me home
To gaze upon His face,
More loud, more sweet my soul shall sing
The riches of His grace.

Charles Coates has three hymns in ‘Spiritual Songs (1978)‘ – SS78 below.

In the 1962 and 1973 Little Flock hymn books there are

161 Son of God, with joy we view Thee (No 310 in SS78)
293 Thy grace, O Lord, that measured once the deep  (7 in SS78)
431 No act of power could e’er atone, (359 in SS78)

Source

I have excluded the opinions of the writer of STEM pubblishing.  The link will point to the original text.

For more information and notes refer to the biography section of ‘My Brethren’ – again any opinion is that of the late author of that site and not necessarily shared by the owner of this site.

Are we ready for the Lord Jesus to come and receive us?

Golden Nugget Number 270

 

He, the Lord Jesus, is coming for us. He is coming, too, to take up His rights, to resolve everything, to leave no question in the universe unsettled.  It is this same Jesus whom we love that will do that.  I want to be very simple about this because it is a very simple yet holy matter. Are we ready for the Lord Jesus to come and receive us so that we may be as the word is, “always with the Lord”?  Have we any expectations here that would stand athwart our hearts longing for His coming immediately?  I would say very simply, after what the Lord has graciously given us, that I would like to be at the Supper again, but I would not want to allow even that to hamper the expectancy of His coming.

Think of the glory of His Person who for us has already accomplished all that needed to be accomplished, to the point that the very next thing for us is to go to be with Him. Note the point that may have been observed as we read, the emphatic “we” of 1 Thess 4: 15; alongside of that, we have the emphatic “our” of Phil 3: 20. That is, we can rightly regard ourselves, as part of the great throng that is in the expectancy of His coming. Such are not claiming to be anything, not claiming ecclesiastical status of any kind, but just expectant that the Lord will soon come.

 

(A J E Welch)

 

 

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