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Ask of Me by Francis Frangipane

Ask of Me by Francis Frangipane

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Lord Jesus, how blessed we are that as evil matures into full rebellion, Your church matures into full Christlikeness. Teach me to pray for my inheritance, my nation. Use me to stand in the gap until my people become Your people.
Lord Jesus, how blessed we are that as evil matures into full rebellion, Your church matures into full Christlikeness. Teach me to pray for my inheritance, my nation. Use me to stand in the gap until my people become Your people.

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by Francis Frangipane
We live in unparalleled times. Not since the first century have more Scriptures been fulfilled in a single generation.Each unfolding word brings down another mountain; it liftsanother valley. In truth, the way is being prepared for ourKing's return into this world.
The Great Revolt
 The Lord forewarned that, duringthe End Time, "many will go backand forth, and knowledge willincrease" (Dan. 12:4). Contrast ourtime with any other in history: Notonly are we traveling farther andmore frequently, but we do so in aworld inundated with increasingknowledge. It has been our privilegeto behold the prophetic return of Israel to its land (see Jer. 16:14-15), and our misfortune to livewhen "the earth is . . . polluted by its inhabitants" (Isa. 24:5).As though Jesus were reading anews summary of recent years, Hisprophecies of two thousand yearsago clearly describe our times. Thus, we are compelled to discernaccurately the significant era inwhich we live. Indeed, of the many prophetic fulfillments of our day,one in particular rises withundimmed candor. I am speakingof what the Bible calls the"apostasy." You will recall Paul'swarning:
Let no one in any way deceive you, for [the day of the Lord] will not come unless the apostasy comes first.2 Thess. 2:3 
 The apostasy has traditionally beendescribed as a time of deceptionand massive falling away fromauthentic faith in Christ.Depending upon your specific view,sometime before or after theapostasy the rapture of the churchwill occur. However, the concept of apostasy as merely "a falling away"is incomplete. The original Greekword for apostasy,
apostasia 
, whenused in classical Greek literature,meant "a political revolt." From thiswe understand that the End Timeapostasy is not just a time of sinfulness or large scalebacksliding; it is actually a time of 
 
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open defiance and warlikeaggression against divine moralfoundations. In other words, the
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is a political insurrectionagainst the laws of God. This interpretation of the apostasy is not an isolated view. The NewInternational Version, RevisedStandard Version, Philips Translation, and New English Bibleall render
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as "therebellion." The Living Bibleinterprets the apostasy as the"great rebellion," while the Jerusalem Bible assigns a propername to this era: "The GreatRevolt."As we consider the fulfillment of somany other prophecies, let uscarefully observe: mankind hasentered an era of open revolt andoutright rebellion – an apostasy – against the moral standards of God. Today, we are witnessing a large-scale rebellion against godlinessand moral values. Indeed, thisbrazen attitude has had a name foritself since the 1960s: the sexualrevolution. And "revolution" isexactly what it is. Our moralstandards have not only beenchallenged, they have beenreplaced by a nonstandard. Indeed,the great rebellion seeks tolegitimize and then mainstreamevery perversity known to man! There is much to say on behalf of those trapped in perversity andwho hate sin's effect on their lives.We must be compassionate towardthem and not strident; many aresitting in our churches afraid toeven speak of their need lest they be disowned. I am not speakingwith reference to the victims of thisadvance, but of those who areengaged in a mutiny against thesway of God in our nation. They argue the only standard Americanshave is the standard of individualfreedom. In their view, freedomitself is the "god" ruling America,with self-indulgence sitting as chief counsel.Yet, the God of Heaven desires thenations of the world. Though theapostasy will certainly intensify, wemust remember it is only one of many prophecies unfolding in ourday. The same Divine Word thatwarned of the Great Rebellion alsoassures us that ultimately God'skingdom shall crush the demonicinfluences in our world (see Dan.2:44).Yes, evil shall mature into fullrebellion, but good is also ripeninginto full Christlikeness! (See Matt.13:40-43; John 17:22-23.) True,the apostasy shall reveal the natureof Satan, but the true church shallmanifest the nature of Christ! OurKing is not only coming in theskies, He is coming "to be glorifiedin His saints on that day, and to bemarveled at among all who havebelieved" (2 Thess. 1:10). Whatseems to be Satan's hour, full of darkness and rebellion, is simply 
 
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the opportunity for grace to aboundto the glory of God in the church!
Seated with Christ!
 The Second Psalm, perhaps morethan any other Bible text,accurately portrays the spirit of ourtime. Indeed, it also proclaims ourcorrect response to Satan's boldadvance. Although it was quoted by the early church (see Acts 4:25-26),God has set its full realization forthe end of this age.
Why are the nations in an uproar and the peoples devising a vain thing? The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers take counsel together against the Lord and against His Anointed, saying, 'Let us tear their fetters apart and cast away their cords from us!' Ps. 2:1-3 
Although "the rebellion" revealsitself worldwide in many ways, inAmerica many of our leaders havecertainly been counseling together"against the Lord" in theirdecisions. We see it in the legalprotection offered the gay movement and the shelter providedfor satanic rock music. Again, ouranti-censorship laws, like armorplating, have been established todefend sin against the Lord,shielding the perversity of ourentertainment industry. Thevirulent cry of those in rebellionhammers relentlessly upon thefetters of moral restraint! This railing against God has notgone unnoticed in heaven. Is theAlmighty confounded? Has fearconcerning recent developmentsgripped the Lord's heart? No. ThePsalm continues,
He who sits in the heavens laughs, the Lord scoffs at them. Then He will speak to them in His anger and terrify them in His fury.Ps 2:4-5 
 The Lord laughs at the foolishnessof those in full revolt, as they imagine God's judgments cannotreach them. Why then, you ask,does the Lord delay His full judgment? In part, the Lord waitsfor us, His church. For while theworld shall demand, and receive,the reign of hell, the goal of thepraying church shall be for thereign of Heaven. You see, all of God's prophecies shall be fulfilled:those concerning evil and alsothose concerning righteousness. The Lord has purposed to have a"bride without spot or wrinkle" anda "kingdom" of wheat without tares. The transformation of the churchwill be fulfilled as surely as every other prophecy occurring before theLord's return. Thus, with great fear and holy trembling, we must review whatGod has promised concerning us.Let us remember, the Lord is notalone in the heavens. According to

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