I know the plans I have for you ...
I know the plans I have for you ...
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. - Jeremiah 29:11
Before the Foundation of the World and before the Ages of Time, Almighty God pierced the boundaries of time and looked into every generation that man would live in. He placed each and every individual in the generation of His choice and in His infinite wisdom His choice for me and you was to be arguably one of the greatest generations and ages in the history of mankind ... this end times generation at the near close of the church age. My opening statement is huge and a little hard to get your head around but when you do, you will begin to understand the importance of the task we have been entrusted as end times saints finishing the race that Paul and the other apostles and saints started at the beginning of the church age. The baton has been passed on to us and like it or not ... we are the ones that will cross the finish line at the close of the church age.
We have been set a path before us. A path that will enable us to be the most effect in serving the will of Almighty God. Any other path is serving our own will and that is far from perfect and far from His will. Remember, God has seen the future. He lives outside of time. He knows our tomorrows better than we know our yesterdays so walking the path that He has set before us is the smart way to go. Not always the easy path to travel but by far the best.
How would I know you might ask. Well, there are many ways that Almighty God prompts us or should I say directs our path and there are many ways that satan tries to redirect us. Sadly, I, like many, have walked many paths that satan has led me down. Satan's focus is to steal, kill and destroy. In straying from the path that Almighty set before me, I have faced death many times. Once as a child at Geelong which I have shared. Twice I have faced death with a gun pointed at me. Once I have had a hit man after me. And a few other times where I could have died but by the grace of Almighty God, I am still here. If I went into detail on my past I would only be giving satan glory and this article is not being written for that purpose, so with that in mind my focus will be to share a path that Almighty God foretold through a prophecy spoken over my life about twenty five years ago.
Let me explain that the word that was spoken over my life was taped and I was in possession of the tape until my house burned to the ground two years ago. I have listened to the cassette tape many times over the years but I only really understood the true meaning of it when I listened to it a couple of years after I started the Rapture Watch website, which was over twenty years after the word was spoken.
Back then I was living in a discipleship house on the south side of Brisbane. I was part of the VYC (Vital Youth Contacts) team which was run by Teen Challenge. I did a lot of my courses and training with Teen Challenge. We worked with street kids and youth at risk. I was into bible prophecy and was hungry for anything that involved prophecy. I was a prophecy nut and many might say the same of me today. If you are going to be a nut ... might as well be a prophecy nut I say. Well, I heard of a 2 day prophecy conference on the North side of Brisbane on the Redcliffe peninsula so I booked in. I think it was Bill Cloud and a team that he brought over from the US from memory. I was to find out that at the conference, a taped prophetic word would be spoken over my life. It was a long time ago now but I will attempt to share what I remember of that word:-
I am going to build a great building upon you. A place where people will come in and out. A place where people will be fed and comforted and nourished. A place of refuge. But first you will have to be fed and comforted and nourished. You will go through an intense time of learning where everything you learn will be caught ... nothing will be lost. At times you will feel that it is too much ... but you asked for it my son so I took you at your word. I am redirecting you. I am doing a new work in you. It will be a good work.
From memory the word spoken over me was longer than above but I think in essence that was it. At the time, after listening to the tape many times, my conclusion was that I would be involved with a discipleship house that many would go through. That was not the case. Over the years I have learned much and I seem to have retained much. Those that know me ... know that I can talk on a diverse blend of topics, usually with a degree of accuracy . I have experienced much, both good and difficult. I remember saying to the Lord that I wanted to be like Barry Smith, travelling the world and sharing bible prophecy and I am guessing that is what it means in the word spoken over me when it says " you asked for it my son so I took you at your word."
Many years later I started rapture watch and it was a couple of years after that when I listened to the tape again, then the penny dropped and I realized that the word spoken so long ago was speaking of a time when I would be like Pastor Barry Smith and share bible prophecy all over planet earth via Rapture Watch, a place where people come in and out, they are feed, comforted and nourished. It is a place of refuge.
I was speaking to Paula, one of our site administrators, a few weeks ago and she was telling me that rapture watch has now reached 217 nations around the world. At present we have had well over five and quarter million people on site. That won't break any internet records I know ... but our hope is that we impact our site visitors' lives. We also network over the world wide web which gives us even more of a global foot print. My prayer when starting Rapture Watch (and knowing nothing about building a web site) was and still is: Lord, you said, "ask of me and I will give you the nations". I think most would agree ... He has given Rapture Watch the nations. His word is truth.
I guess what I am trying to say in all of this is that Almighty God is true to His word. No matter what our past is, God has a path He wants us to walk. He has a future for those that are willing to walk with Him. If He tell you something ... even if it takes 20 years or more, it will come to pass. Stand on His word. We can't be effective in our own strength and in our own will ... but in His strength and His will anything is possible. Walk the path that He has set before you ... and turn this world up side down for the kingdom of Almighty God and don't forget to give Almighty God all the glory, honor and praise.
I can think of no better way to close this article than to quote ALAN REDPATH :-
"Salvation is the miracle of the moment. The making of a saint is the task of a lifetime." REDPATH