Date this was spoken at church?
which is mysterious -
The Man Before the Storm
I dreamed I was standing in the field north of the old farm where I grew up, looking to the north and east. There, above the hill to the east-
“Immediately after the tribulation of those days
the sun will be darkened,
and the moon will not give its light;
the stars will fall from the sky,
and the heavenly bodies will be shaken."
Unlike many people, I don't conflate the tribulation with the wrath and I knew -
All those behind me looked on with sudden fear at the overpowering sight of it and my warning of what it meant. Then as we were all standing there, ours eyes fixed on the monumental spreading darkness, seeing the speed with which it approached, I suddenly noticed that it seemed not to be moving anymore-
For although I had never seen His face before, I began to recognize Him. It occurred to me He was a shepherd. He was not as handsome as all the pictures they paint. His nose was a bit broader and his jaw a bit more robust than I had thought. He was of normal height, but his very slightly stocky build made him look perhaps a bit shorter. I could see his sinews and veins in his arms and larger than average hands and see that he was stronger than average and had lived a tough life. His face was unconcerned about the storm behind him but was concerned about us and he had a sad face that seemed to have been one of suffering.
nothing in his appearance that we should desire him".
He stood between us and that darkness. Feeling increasingly overwhelmed, and suddenly realizing who I was looking directly at, I involuntarily raised my right arm, and pointing directly at Him I shouted to the others,
"This....is the greatest man who ever lived!"
The others looked at me and Him and seemed to humbly acknowledge it. "He is the only man ever to have lived a sinless life!," I continued," and because of it He overcame death and holds the keys to Heaven and Hell!", I proclaimed loudly. I do not recall the precise words but these are very close and the first words out of my mouth were "This....is the greatest man who ever lived!"
Jesus, a sunbeaten shepherd who suffered long and hard in many ways for us, and I suddenly could SEE it! I suddenly could SEE what it was like for him,... the loneliness, the fatigue, the hardship, the emotional drain to his limit,.. I could SEE that He was 'a man of sorrows aquainted with suffering'
'He was despised and rejected by mankind', 'Like one from whom people hide their faces
he was despised, and we held him in low esteem'.
Then something happened which wounds my heart even now when I re-
I was so taken that I barely realized what was happening. I was unable to fathom for a moment what was happening and why He would do this to me. I suddenly realized it was the things I said to others as His witness that Jesus really is who He said He is, which caused Him to come to me and do this. That was what all His suffering was for. To spread to everyone who He is. All He did is in vain without it. Go out and spread the gospel to "all the world", He told us. No one is saved if they refuse to hear this. But everyone who accepts what He did for them, -
Filled with emotion, I awoke.
Jesus did not speak to me. He did not smile at me. Instead, He closed His eyes and rested His head on my shoulder at what I said to others.
People saw Jesus in person during those days and Job 29:24 says:
When I smiled at them, they scarcely believed it;
the light of my face was precious to them.
Yes, all of Job 29 is also the words of Jesus though few lifeless churches believe it. I don't think Jesus smiled easily. And I think that passage shows it, -
The great and terrible Day of the Lord is coming. Are you prepared to tell the world about the sunbeaten Shepherd? The One who stands between you and the terrible Day of the Lord? Your words will mean the world to Him.
He truly was the son of God and conquered death so that we might conquer death as well
"So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ " Galatians 3:26-
We are all born under a curse. We all sin. It is appointed for each of us to die. And then, the judgement. When is that judgement? Does it come before the Day of the Lord? Or after? It comes after! Note what Paul says in Romans 14:10:
This is after the second coming. The Day when all will see Him. And again in Revelation 20 when it says:
"I saw thrones on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony about Jesus and because of the word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years."
This shows judgement is also after the Second Coming. This is called the Bema seat judgement and is when the righteous have what is worthless burned up, and are rewarded for what they did of value.(1 Corinthians 3:12-
“As for you, go your way till the end. You will rest, and then at the end of the days you will rise to receive your allotted inheritance.”
That is that same Bema seat judgement when you will receive your reward-