Summary: We are at the most pivotal times in history: we are on the brink of the greatest and the worst events that have ever hit planet earth: (Are you ready) There is a shaking, and there is Glory
Lu 1:17 Isa 60:1-3
As I have heard and seen things transpiring in America that we never believed could happen, such as legalizing gay marriage selling baby body parts, people given the legal right to use whatever restroom they choose based on their sexual orientation rather than the anatomy they were born with.
And recently a Christian woman arrested and jailed because she would not issue a marriage license to a gay couple.
I heard the Holy Spirit say to me
Are you ready?
I assumed he meant ready for Jesus to come back, I thought yes Lord I've been washed in the blood of Jesus, and my confidence rests in the finished work of Jesus Christ and his crucifixion, death, burial and resurrection. My name is written down in the Lamb's Book of Life. I believe I'm ready.
But I sensed that he was speaking of something more than just knowing I was saved.
I heard it again are you ready?
Then I understood: He was asking me are you pre-pared for immediate action or use?
That's what ready means. (Are you mentally, spiritually, and emotionally, and even physically prepared for what is coming?)
Then a scripture came to my mind
Luke 1:17 And he shall go before him in the spirit and the power of Elijah to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready a people, (prepared) for the Lord.
This scripture was speaking of John the Baptists ministry as a forerunner of Jesus. Getting people ready to receive the ministry of Jesus.
In other words (preparing) them to be in a mental, emotional, and spiritual disposition so that when Jesus came in his ministry in the power of the Holy Spirit, the people could be benefited by it, instead of overwhelmed or destroyed by it.
John's ministry was the baptism of repentance from sin. (Change your way of thinking, of speaking, of living, put away your sinful lives.) I'm baptizing you in water unto repentance to get you ready, To get you prepared for the baptism of the Holy Ghost and fire.
And again the Holy Spirit said to me are you ready?
He said John's ministry was to get a people (ready and prepared) so they could cooperate and participate with Jesus ministry in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Are you ready?
I said Lord could you be a little more specific with me, and he said: I'm not speaking about getting ready for my return (this message is to my people that are already saved and prepared for my coming) and I heard the Lord say again
Are you ready?
Now I'm really thinking: Ready for what Lord?
Now before I go any farther let me say this first (I'm just like you, I want Jesus to come, I want to fly away from this wicked world right now) I’m practicing my take off right now.
But I also have to ask myself this question: why did Jesus give us the power of the Holy Spirit? The blood? The right and authority to use his name? The nine gifts of the Spirit?
Jesus said it was to make us salt and light.
The point is, while we're here living ready for his coming we're supposed to be occupying the land, Advancing the Kingdom of God, invading the darkness, undoing the devil's work, healing the sick, casting out devils, delivering the bound and the oppressed.