Robert Belanger (20 Oct 2011)
"Re: Jean - Crowns"

Dear Jean,
 
I enjoyed reading your message titled:
 
Jean Stepnoski (19 Oct 2011)
"Simchat Torah: Rejoicing in the Torah Means Rejoicing in Messiah/Christ"
 
The time for the resurrection/rapture as you stated is very close upon us at this time of the Feast of Tabernacles and specifically Simchat Torah. Like you I pray that our journey here during the Age of Grace is approaching its terminal day, hour, minute and second. Truly, October 21 will be a special watch day with highest importance amongst the many dates that have been identified in the last few years.
 
During these last few years, you and others here, have been so very helpful in keeping the watching spirit alive by calling attention to many signs and shadows that should remind us of the return of Jesus for the glorification of the saints, the dead first and then the living, before joining Jesus in heaven where our mansions await us.
 
You and many others here have truly earned the crown given to those who are waiting and watching for His return. "henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing." 2 Tim. 4:8
 
As we wait and watch, we need to be strong to resist temptations that come upon us from Satan and his followers. "Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him." Jam. 1:12
 
Of course, we should prayer for the pastors and elders. "The elders who are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed: feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly, not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being ensamples to the flock. And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away." 1 Pet. 5:1-4
 
Of course, we should all strive for temperance in all things, too. "Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible." 1 Cor. 9:24-25
 
We watch and pray for the Lord's return and are candidates for a crown of righteousness. You and others here are very likely to receive other crowns as well in that wonderful day. We have that hope and it keeps us going.
 
Let us not forget, however, that many will not receive a crown, and will not be invited to enter heaven, having ignored or discounted the offer of salvation that comes only to those that willingly and knowingly accept Jesus as permanent and everlasting saviour who bore our stripes and died for us on that cruel cross at Calvary. They need our prayers always.
 
Keep up your excellent messages here, and elsewhere, Jean and know that many are being blessed and strengthened in their faith because of your efforts for the Lord and His Kingdom.
 
May God bless you and strengthen you and cover you with His comforting love and peace.
 
YBIC,
 
Robert