The Swelling of the Jordan

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Jeremiah 12:5 If thou hast run with the footmen, and they have wearied thee, then how canst thou contend with horses? and [if] in the land of peace, [wherein] thou trustedst, [they wearied thee], then how wilt thou do in the swelling of Jordan?

Are you willing to cross the Jordan River? For the Hebrews there was nothing so desired than to cross the Jordan River into the land of Canaan. As ancient Israel is a shadow of things to come the Jordan River is the last experience of trouble that this world will pass through before the saints enter into glory. There is a prophecy of a condition in the church, just before the close of probation.

The things you have described as taking place in Indiana, the Lord has shown me would take place just before the close of probation. Every uncouth thing will be demonstrated. There will be shouting, with drums, music, and dancing. {VSS 417.1}

The senses of rational beings will become so confused that they cannot be trusted to make right decisions. And this is called the moving of the Holy Spirit. {VSS 417.2}

The Holy Spirit never reveals itself in such methods, in such a bedlam of noise. This is an invention of Satan to cover up his ingenious methods for making of none effect the pure, sincere, elevating, ennobling, sanctifying truth for this time. Better never have the worship of God blended with music than to use musical instruments to do the work which last January was represented to me would be brought into our camp meetings. The truth for this time needs nothing of this kind in its work of converting souls. A bedlam of noise shocks the senses and perverts that which if conducted aright might be a blessing. The powers of satanic agencies blend with the din and noise, to have a carnival, and this is termed the Holy Spirit’s working. . . . {VSS 417.3}

Just before the close of probation in the camp meetings there will be shouting, drums and dancing. This will be termed the moving of the Holy Spirit. Music that is wrongly called Pentecostal – it has nothing to do with Pentecost – is called the moving of the Holy Spirit because the human gets a sensational feeling from the music. It’s easy to become emotional and think you are letting Jesus into your heart. In the churches of today the worship largely consists of music. The preaching is reduced to only 15 or 20 minutes and the music takes such large amount of time. When anyone preaches a sermon for half an hour is too long let alone an hour or an hour and 15 minutes. This is what will take place just before the close of probation. Is it just before the close of probation now? Does that mean we should have drums in our church today? No. This is the state of God’s church that has rejected the messages He has sent them. I believe the majority of us would not consider having shouting dancing and drums amongst us. But there’s another description that does affect us. Everything uncouth will be demonstrated. Uncouth means unrefined low grade and vulgar.

The workman for God should make earnest efforts to become a representative of Christ, discarding all uncomely gestures and uncouth speech.
{VSS 46.1}

Along with music, drums, dancing and shouting the characteristic of being uncouth will also be rampant in our day this must not be among God’s people. There is unrefined, low grade, vulgar talk describing natural occurrences of the human body in detail and then people laugh about it. That is uncouth. Or when a child passes wind and people laugh, that is uncouth. The children don’t know for of such is the kingdom of heaven. It’s just a function of the body but the adults laugh and what does that teach the children? That it’s funny? It’s not funny at all. This condition will exist just before the close of probation. The scripture says we should keep our tongues from evil and our lips from speaking guile.

Common, cheap expressions should be replaced by sound, pure words. By constant watchfulness and earnest discipline the Christian youth may keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking guile. {VSS 46.1}

What is guile? Guile is simply fraud or deception if we can talk about such low-grade things and yet with the same mouth praise the LORD it is guile. Can a mouth bring forth bitter and sweet? Should we engage in low-grade things as well as high-grade things? Not at all! The 144,000 stand before the Lord having no guile in their mouth. The apostle Peter was known by his speech. He spent time with Jesus. When we spend time with Jesus our speech changes. The LORD heavily rebuked me for my speech. The slang terms I grew up with still lingers about and the LORD said it has to stop. Low-grade, slang and common cheap talk has to stop among God’s people. The type of people living in the large majority at the close of probation is found in 2 Timothy.

2 Timothy 3:1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

Can you imagine what it would be like trying to rebuke a pleasure loving, high minded, proud, disobedient, heady (defiant disregard for consequences) self loving fierce, incontinent (unable to control themselves) religious person? What would happen – from such, turn away? This is the condition in which the Laodicean lives. Jesus says as many as I love I rebuke and chasten. Do you think these people will appreciate the love of God? Not at all. They reject the light.

John 3:20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.

We try and avoid things because we don’t like the rebuke or the light. That’s why the Spirit of Prophecy goes dusty on our shelves. This is the Laodicean condition. The rebuke given in love but not interpreted as love and is avoided. God is knocking at peoples’ hearts.

Song of Solomon 5:2 I sleep, but my heart waketh: [it is] the voice of my beloved that knocketh, [saying], Open to me, my sister, my love, my dove, my undefiled: for my head is filled with dew, [and] my locks with the drops of the night. 3 I have put off my coat; how shall I put it on? I have washed my feet; how shall I defile them? 4 My beloved put in his hand by the hole [of the door], and my bowels were moved for him. 5 I rose up to open to my beloved; and my hands dropped [with] myrrh, and my fingers [with] sweet smelling myrrh, upon the handles of the lock. 6 I opened to my beloved; but my beloved had withdrawn himself, [and] was gone: my soul failed when he spake: I sought him, but I could not find him; I called him, but he gave me no answer. 7 The watchmen that went about the city found me, they smote me, they wounded me; the keepers of the walls took away my veil from me.

It’s a sad story, but it is the reality of today.

The True Witness says, “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock.” Revelation 3:20. Every warning, reproof, and entreaty in the word of God or through His messengers is a knock at the door of the heart. It is the voice of Jesus asking for entrance. With every knock unheeded, the disposition to open becomes weaker. The impressions of the Holy Spirit if disregarded today, will not be as strong tomorrow. {DA 489.5}

Here is a woman who hears the knocking and says “Oh how lovely” and in her lovesick sentimentalism she is unable to open the door to Jesus and receive him. Then finally when there is a need to open the door Jesus is already gone. Jesus talks about the last days and says it shall be like ten virgins which took their lamps and all slept. There is a class of people who do not wake up in time. When they wake up they say “Okay LORD I want to serve you now”. But it’s too late. They run around the streets looking for Him. There is another class of people who like listening to a rebuke. The hell fire preachers get a crowd of people because it’s hard talk. Yet do they individually open their heart and accept the rebuke? When the time comes and like the woman who goes out on the street looking for Jesus she ends up being raped. This is the scenario of the time we live in today. The lord is knocking at our hearts, trying to get us to reform our lives. To cease from doing those things that are not pleasing in His sight.

Isaiah 55:6 Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: 7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.

There will come a time when probation is closed where you can open the door and you won’t find him any more. Change while you can before it is too late. Never get bitter about a rebuke lest you receive the grace of God in vain.

Hebrews 12:15 Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble [you], and thereby many be defiled; 16 Lest there [be] any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright. 17 For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears.

This scripture is talking about the close of Esau’s probation. He was a rough man. He was a hunter. Yet he was meant to receive a blessing, he was the first born. There was no reason why he couldn’t receive it but in his rough frankness he got into a position that he couldn’t get out it. Though he sought repentance, he couldn’t find it because the Lord has gone from him. The Bible shows that there are only two classes of people. The LORD Jesus gives the illustration of a sheep and goat. There is the Cain and the Abel, Isaac and the Ishmael and Jacob and the Esau. All these depict the two classes this world will find themselves in. We’re either going to be sorry because it’s too late or we’re going to wrestle with the angel all night and prevail. If we receive the grace of God in vain it means we fob God off and say it is not for me or we brood over them and spoil ourselves and spoil other people.

Titus 2:11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, 12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; 13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; 14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. 15 These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.

Jesus Christ gave himself for us so we would become pure. Not so that we can stay in our sins, be uncouth or engage in worldly conversation. He gave Himself so we could become pure in everything we do including our speech. It is written as a man thinketh the mouth speaks.
Esau was profane which simply means unsanctified, unholy, dirty. Is any of our speech profane, unholy or dirty? The LORD is rebuking and wooing His people through the Spirit of Prophecy but the church has slowly rejected or made of non-effect the Spirit of Prophecy and because of the rejection of light we become like the state Esau found himself in. This is not the only case we can find ourselves in. We can also find ourselves in a position of weariness. It is a concern to me that we get tired of the trials we go through. When trial or rebuke comes through the providence of God and things go bad how do we cope with them? When something negative bursts upon your life do you get down and discouraged? I fear that we do too much. Things try us and for the rest of the week and we’re dragging our lip on the ground. Notice what the Lord says to Jeremiah who was talking to Him about his trials.

Jeremiah 12:5 If thou hast run with the footmen, and they have wearied thee, then how canst thou contend with horses?

You’ve got problems? That’s sad. If it is hard now, how are you going to survive in the future? If we go under the cloud in the little things now, how will we survive in the bigger things?

Jeremiah 12:5 … and [if] in the land of peace, [wherein] thou trustedst, [they wearied thee], then how wilt thou do in the swelling of Jordan?

We get cast down and wonder why these circumstances happen to us. We need to look to see how we are actually dealing with our circumstances. Is it really pulling us down? We are living in the land of peace. We need to consider how we deal with our trials. If they are making you tired, how are you going to cope in the times to come? There’s more to come, much more. The trials of today compared to the trials of tomorrow are like a man running along with a horse. The LORD is asking a question. It is practical question. How wilt thou do? What are you going to do not think? Do is a practical word? What are you going to do? It’s a personal question. How are YOU going to do? Not your neighbours, your friend, your wife or husband but YOU. How will you cope in that time if we’re burdened under the trails that we go through now? This is what God is asking you. The swelling of the Brisbane river flooded our own city. It’s just a physical river. How will we do with the trouble to come upon the world ‘a time of trouble that never was’ if we are burdened under the trials of today? This is what God is asking YOU. We often have so much stress we are ‘pulling our hair out’ and it feels like it is coming up to our neck we have so many problems. This problem that we have is going to come to every single person; Jacob and Esau. This time is a time of temptation; the hour of temptation has come upon the earth to try men.

Jacob and Esau

Jeremiah 49:8 Flee ye, turn back, dwell deep, O inhabitants of Dedan; for I will bring the calamity of Esau upon him, the time [that] I will visit him. 10 But I have made Esau bare, I have uncovered his secret places, and he shall not be able to hide himself: his seed is spoiled, and his brethren, and his neighbours, and he [is] not.

What was the calamity of Esau? He went through difficulty and then wanted to repent from it. He was sorry because he was suffering not because he was wrong. So many people when they get into the consequences of what they have done are sorry. Is that true repentance? No. The dog when he vomits is sorry that it ate something bad but five minutes later he goes and laps up its vomit again. So it is with Esau. He is sorry only for the consequences of suffering but when the suffering has gone he will go back and do it again. This calamity will come upon the world that rejects the answers from Jesus Christ. All the naked parts of Esau will be revealed. This is the investigative judgement. It is a reality that our sins will be opened. Everything that we have done wrong will be revealed.

Jeremiah 49:17 Also Edom [the land of Esau] shall be a desolation: every one that goeth by it shall be astonished, and shall hiss at all the plagues thereof. 18 As in the overthrow of Sodom and Gomorrah and the neighbour [cities] thereof, saith the LORD, no man shall abide there, neither shall a son of man dwell in it.

As Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed so will the land of Esau be destroyed. Sodom and Gomorrah were just a type of what is going to happen to the world.

Jeremiah 49:19 Behold, he shall come up like a lion from the swelling of Jordan against the habitation of the strong: but I will suddenly make him run away from her: and who [is] a chosen [man, that] I may appoint over her? for who [is] like me? and who will appoint me the time? and who [is] that shepherd that will stand before me?

There’s going to be a lion that will come out from the swelling of Jordan to devour the strong, God’s people. But I will suddenly make him run away from her. There will be a threat of death, an overwhelming threat of trouble that will come out of the swelling of Jordan. Even against the strong/Jacob. Remember how Jacob wrestled with God all night? Even the strong in the Lord will have a hard time. How will you fair? You need to make a decision on what side you want to end up on. Do you want to deal with your situations now and learn how to cope and not go into discouragement now? Or be over whelmed in that time?

Obadiah 1:15 For the day of the LORD [is] near upon all the heathen: as thou hast done, it shall be done unto thee: thy reward shall return upon thine own head.

This is the same description given in Revelation where is says of Babylon reward her as she has rewarded you.

Obadiah 1:16 For as ye have drunk upon my holy mountain, [so] shall all the heathen drink continually, yea, they shall drink, and they shall swallow down, and they shall be as though they had not been. 17 But upon mount Zion shall be deliverance, and there shall be holiness; and the house of Jacob shall possess their possessions. 18 And the house of Jacob shall be a fire, and the house of Joseph a flame, and the house of Esau for stubble, and they shall kindle in them, and devour them; and there shall not be [any] remaining of the house of Esau; for the LORD hath spoken [it].

In other words this swelling of Jordan is going to take away all those that are not founded upon the rock Jesus Christ, those that have not dealt with their sins through the atonement of Jesus Christ. This water will sweep them all away. Therefore if we are suffering under the trials of today will we get swept away then?

1 Peter 4:12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:

We get discouraged in trials because we can’t see what’s happening. We don’t see beyond the trial. The Bible says don’t think the trials we are having today are strange, don’t say why is this happening to me?

1 Peter 4:13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.

In the trial we are to take of mind away from the trial and dwell upon what the trial will bring. Think on this at the very time it is happening not two days later.

1 Peter 4:14 If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy [are ye]; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified. 15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or [as] a thief, or [as] an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters.

Do we like to stick our beak in other men’s matters? We often get slapped for that. Then we say oh what happened, he’s persecuting me. That’s not persecution you deserved it. When we go through a trial don’t let it be a trial of an unconfessed sin. We must suffer for Christ but when any old suffering comes along we think we are suffering for Christ. Yet half our suffering is not for Christ is it the consequences of our wrong. Let us not suffer like Esau like a murderer if we have done wrong. Let us confess our sins and He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins. Does that excuse any trial? No the trial then is not a punishment of the sin that Jesus took but a process that will refine. We want to understand where our trials are coming from. If we confess our sins and give them up and then still suffer Christ says don’t think it strange.

1 Peter 4:16 Yet if [any man suffer] as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf. 17 For the time [is come] that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if [it] first [begin] at us, what shall the end [be] of them that obey not the gospel of God? 18 And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?

If the flooding of Jordan has to be crossed before we can enter into Canaan sweeps away most of the people and the righteous struggle, what’s going to happen to those that don’t care about it? It’s going to reap havoc. If the righteous scarcely were saved where shall the ungodly and sinner appear?

1 Peter 4:19 Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls [to him] in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.

We need to commit to God the trials and the things that happen that we have tried to prevent and the providences we never ask for. Consider not the circumstance, but what the circumstance is doing in me and think it is not strange.

Sister B must exercise faith, and wipe the disagreeable frown from the brow, and rather have it lightened up with the Spirit of God. Patience and endurance will effect a great work. {15MR 331.2}

When we have a trial think of the effect, what is going to happen, patience and endurance? A little difficulty or trial casts us down instead of developing character they sink under the cloud.

Said the angel, “If thou hast run with the footmen and they have wearied thee, then how canst thou contend with horses? and if in the land of peace wherein thou trustedst, they wearied thee, then how wilt thou do in the swelling of Jordan?” [Jeremiah 12:5]. The time of trouble is before us, and if there is lack of courage and ambition now, how will they pass the fearful scenes of that trying hour? {15MR 331.1}

We need courage and ambition that will press on. Though a thousand shall fall at my right hand and ten thousand at my left move on.

Some make their lives almost useless by thinking they are more afflicted than they really are. The Lord calls for a reform. {15MR 331.2}

The EMO attitude is poor me I am so hard done by. The Lord is saying we need a determination that whatever comes our way we want one thing only. Do we want to seek after one thing only or many things? When man has a real desire for something he does it. For example the sports man seeks to win and if he doesn’t win he keep going till he wins. Yet with Christians when trials come they say too hard sorry, I’ll take the popular doctrine that puts me to sleep. We need determination. Where does determination come from?

2 Peter 1:2 Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,

Grace teaches and also rebukes. How is grace and peace multiplied to you? It happens through the knowledge of God and of Jesus Christ. The knowledge that we have of our God is the thing that gives us the ambition and energy to keep us going. If we acknowledge his leading and yield to his counsel then he will give us the strength. They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. We need knowledge of Jesus Christ and of God and what they are doing to save us and when we know what they are doing and things come to us we know exactly what is going on.

Hebrews 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of [our] faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. 4 Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.

Consider him lest you become weary. What makes us weary of the trails even now in the land of peace? We aren’t looking to Jesus to see the sufferings of Christ in relation to my circumstance so as to identify him in my circumstance. As I consider him then I won’t be weary or faint in my mind. I won’t drown in the flood even though we must go through the flood. When we identify what is going on we will have a life that people won’t understand.

1 Corinthians 2:15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.

Spiritual things are spiritually discerned. If we are spiritual we will discern our circumstances but those who are not spiritual will not understand our experiences.

1 Corinthians 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know [them], because they are spiritually discerned.

1 Corinthians 2:16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.

Do any of you feel that you can instruct the Lord in how to run your life? How can you tell the Lord what your life needs to be like? But we have the mind of Christ in that we can discern everything that God gives us. We will be able to identify God by the way in which He conducts himself through our circumstances. This is what the latter rain is mean to do.

Hosea 6:1 Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn,

Does our God tear us? When you go through a tearing experience do you know that it is God or not?

Hosea 6:1 …he will heal us ; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up. 2 After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight. 3 Then shall we know, [if] we follow on to know the LORD: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter [and] former rain unto the earth.

These verses are simply saying let us return to the LORD for he is the one who smites and disciplines us. He will bind us up after two days he will revive us and in the third day he will raise us up. Does that remind you of God’s son Jesus who was smitten and on the Sabbath was revived and on the third day raised up? If we will follow on to know the Lord we will know his goings forth prepared as the morning and then the latter rain will have its affect upon the heart. Do we follow on? Do we go through trail and say yes LORD I can identify what you are doing or no Lord I can’t identify what you are doing but I know it is you because you are my God and I am going to rest in you as a faithful creator and I am going to keep going with you. If we keep going, then we will know his goings forth prepared as the morning. If we go through a trial and say forget this it is too hard I’m going to throw everything in will you ever know what he has prepared for you? You will never know because you have turned your back on him. If you get rebuked and hang on to the rebuke and say okay LORD if this is what you have said lets go with it you will follow on to know the LORD and your life will change but too often we throw it all out because it is too hard. He will bind us up. He will heal us just like he did to Jesus on the cross. If we know him, the trails that burn within us will decrease as we identify him. Jesus went through the cross. He was smitten and afflicted.

Psalms 69:1 Save me, O God; for the waters are come in unto [my] soul.

Sounds like He is crossing a river?

Psalms 69:2 I sink in deep mire, where [there is] no standing: I am come into deep waters, where the floods overflow me.

What will it be like when we cross Jordon in flood? Will we get completely wet? We will feel like we are sinking and we will call out LORD help me.

Psalms 69:3 I am weary of my crying: my throat is dried: mine eyes fail while I wait for my God.

This is a hard experience. This is the swelling of Jordan. If we have this experience in the little trials of life, how will we cope in the swelling of Jordan? The swelling of Jordan is going to be a hard time. There’s nothing light about it and we need to prepare for it.

Psalms 69:4 They that hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of mine head: they that would destroy me, [being] mine enemies wrongfully, are mighty: then I restored [that] which I took not away. 9:5 O God, thou knowest my foolishness; and my sins are not hid from thee. 6 Let not them that wait on thee, O Lord GOD of hosts, be ashamed for my sake: let not those that seek thee be confounded for my sake, O God of Israel.

Psalms 6:12 They that sit in the gate speak against me; and I [was] the song of the drunkards. 13 But as for me, my prayer [is] unto thee, O LORD, [in] an acceptable time: O God, in the multitude of thy mercy hear me, in the truth of thy salvation. 14 Deliver me out of the mire, and let me not sink: let me be delivered from them that hate me, and out of the deep waters. 15 Let not the waterflood overflow me, neither let the deep swallow me up, and let not the pit shut her mouth upon me. 16 Hear me, O LORD; for thy lovingkindness [is] good: turn unto me according to the multitude of thy tender mercies. 17 And hide not thy face from thy servant; for I am in trouble: hear me speedily. 18 Draw nigh unto my soul, [and] redeem it: deliver me because of mine enemies. 19 Thou hast known my reproach, and my shame, and my dishonour: mine adversaries [are] all before thee. 20 Reproach hath broken my heart; and I am full of heaviness: and I looked [for some] to take pity, but [there was] none; and for comforters, but I found none.

Do you look for someone to help you in trouble? In the swelling of Jordan there will appear to be none one to help you. It is Jacob’s trouble.

Psalms 69:21 They gave me also gall for my meat; and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.

Who is that? Jesus Christ. When he bore our sins in His body on the tree He identifies himself with us and says my sins are more than the hairs of my head. They are all before me as I know my foolishness. He was confessing our sins. He didn’t sin but as He took our sins upon Him He felt as if He were drowning. What does God say He’ll do with your sins? He’ll cast them into the depths of the sea. Do you realise Jesus was cast into the depths of the sea when he took our sins in Him? God cast Him into the depths of the sea. That was the experience of the swelling of Jordan for Him. Drinking that cup is the same thing for us.

Obadiah 1:16 For as ye have drunk upon my holy mountain, [so] shall all the heathen drink continually, yea, they shall drink, and they shall swallow down, and they shall be as though they had not been.

What drink did Jesus drink on the hill of Jerusalem? Father if it is possible let this cup pass from me. The wicked will have to drink the same cup but there is be no remedy in it. The wine of Babylon is the cup and they will be poured out on the habitants of the earth. They will have to drink and go down and be swallowed. The only difference will be that the righteous will not drown in it but they will come through it because of their knowledge of God in their trials.

Psalms 69:27 Add iniquities unto their iniquity: and let them not come into thy righteousness. 28 Let them be blotted out of the book of the living, and not be written with the righteous. 29 But I [am] poor and sorrowful: let thy salvation, O God, set me up on high. 30 I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving. 31 [This] also shall please the LORD better than an ox [or] bullock that hath horns and hoofs. 32 The humble shall see [this, and] be glad:

Do you see Jesus passing through the swelling of Jordan? If we see Him there with us in the middle of drowning we shall be glad because God will save you and your heart shall live.

Psalms 69:32 The humble shall see [this, and] be glad: and your heart shall live that seek God. 33 For the LORD heareth the poor, and despiseth not his prisoners. 34 Let the heaven and earth praise him, the seas, and every thing that moveth therein. 35 For God will save Zion, and will build the cities of Judah: that they may dwell there, and have it in possession. 36 The seed also of his servants shall inherit it: and they that love his name shall dwell therein.

Do you see the mind of Jesus going through the difficulty? Yet He praised the Lord. In all the circumstances I will praise the LORD because He will hear because He has said so. How are we to cope with the trials of today, in order to cope with the trials to come? We find the answer in Romans

Romans 6:8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: 9 Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. 10 For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. 11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Likewise Jesus died to sin and now He is living and likewise if we die under the waters of baptism but not just the symbol of Baptism. Are we prepared to go through the swelling of Jordan to be baptised truly with the baptism of the Holy Spirit?

Romans 6:11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

What do you recon? Do you recon that you are dead or not? What does that mean? It is a mind exercise a mind set in a certain circumstance. The circumstance is that Jesus suffered and now He is living and I will suffer and I will live also. Do you recon that?

Romans 8:18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time [are] not worthy [to be compared] with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

Apostle Paul recons this and so do I and I hope you do also. I pray that our problems will be stepping-stones. If you don’t think the fiery trials are strange, will you have hope of coping with the swelling of Jordan? I pray that we all as a company can cope with the horses and the swelling of Jordan.



Posted on February 3, 2011, in Divine Service Sermons, Sermons For Sabbath. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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