Your site has been such a great encouragement to me. I have been following the posts in Five Doves since Mar 09 last year, and that was the period when the Lord woke me up in regards to the timing of His soon return.
When I realised how soon the Lord will be returning, I went to tell fellow family and friends about it. Somehow it has been rather discouraging cos everyone adopts that same attitude, "We will not know the day or time that the Lord will return," and then go back to the 'more' important things in their life. There are also plenty of fellow christians that treat me as a little too 'extreme' when I talk about the end times or try to correct me that things that are in Revelations are all symbolic!
I think when the bible mentions lukewarm christians, I believe that there are probably plenty of people like that (I was also one of them before the Lord woke me up) especially in Singapore, since most of us here live rather comfortable lives and are very caught up in the daily routine of life. There's hardly any persecution and lots of churches preaching the prosperity gospel getting people to focus on being blessed materially in this life, and nothing much is spoken about the treasures in heaven or being prepared for His soon coming.
I have been feeling the divine tension lately that Steve W recently wrote (Thanks Steve, I am so blessed by your post!), like something big is going to happen really soon. Like what Steve experienced, the Lord pointed me to Matthew 25, the first time I asked Him if He was indeed returning for us soon. The Lord also confirmed the importance of being filled with the Holy Spirit and being ready for His return. I feel so blessed to be like all the fellow doves that have been 'woken' up by the Lord and be able to watch for His return.
Lately, I have been feeling a little worried about my 3 year old child. There have been so much discussion on Christian forums, and even from one post from a fellow dove a while back about children will not be caught up in the rapture. I told the Lord about this worry I had, and has been fervently praying for my child to grow in wisdom and revelation of the Lord.
This morning when my child woke up, the first thing he said to my husband was, "I had a dream, I dreamt about Jesus, I love Him and I believe in Him!." You cannot imagine how much these words meant to me, I believe that this was more than a dream and the Lord actually came to my child to give me that assurance!
I now believe that the Lord will take all our children with us...mainly those below the age of accountability. My urgency to fulfill the great commission has never been greater, and I now understand that our role is to sow the seed...and the role of the Holy Spirit is to convict. Conviction is never our role, so we just have to continue to pray for our loved ones and friends to receive Christ and trust in His perfect timing.
Thanks to the fellow doves for all your encouraging posts and continue to look up, our redemption is indeed drawing near! Soon and very soon! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=btHtiRfhP-8&feature=related
Thanks for sharing, Rachel!
I went through what you went through 14 years ago! I fully understand what you are saying. I also agree with you on young children.