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The Staging Area



Recently, hundreds of public utility trucks gathered in or near Atlanta Georgia. Electric company, gas, and telephone trucks gathered from all over the Eastern seaboard.

This was not for a convention of public utilities. It was to get read to give aide to a disaster stricken state. The Atlanta area was where these crews prearranged to meet so that assignments could be given so each area would be given assistance.

In 1965, I was on guard duty on New Years Eve in a lonely outpost in Korea. Suddenly all the power in the area went out. No one knew why. There were no storms, just a bitter cold night. As a result, our division went on an alert. The guard was doubled but no one was sleeping. Those not on guard duty were assigned to load the trucks and we had orders to move out as soon as all the trucks were loaded. We were to move to a predestinated location. It was a staging area in the event of war. There has not been a real peace in Korea since the
Korean Conflict in the early 1950's. We all thank God that this something far less sinister then an invasion by North Korea.

There have been many staging areas throughout history from the banks of the Red Sea as a whole nation waited to cross while an army followed them in the distance, to places like Concord Square and Yorktown. Many times, these staging areas have changed the course of history. We have seen this in recent years as masses of United States and Coalition military personal gathered in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia before the Gulf War.

Soon, there will be another staging area that will be used that has been predicted for thousands of years. This place will be at the mountain of Megiddo. This is located on the north side of the plains of Jezreel which was referred to as a military stronghold in the Old Testament. We know this staging area better as "Armageddon"  Although we were told that World War One was the war to end all wars, we do know for a fact that Armageddon will be the last war for humans.

Israel has had many wars in it's history. In Deuteronomy 20 verses 1-4 declares:

1 When thou goest out to battle against thine enemies, and seest horses, and chariots, and a people more than thou, be not afraid of them: for the LORD thy God is with thee, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.
2 And it shall be, when ye are come nigh unto the battle, that the priest shall approach and speak unto the people,
3 And shall say unto them, Hear, O Israel, ye approach this day unto battle against your enemies: let not your hearts faint, fear not, and do not tremble, neither be ye terrified because of them;
4 For the LORD your God is he that goeth with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you

Thought time, this has been an awesome promise to GOD's people. We are told many times that our GOD is our shield and defender. In Psalms 18 we read:

1 I will love thee, O LORD, my strength.
2 The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.
3 I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.

Literally hundreds of times we are reassured that GOD is in control and we can trust HIM implicitly. If I were to simply repeat the times in the Psalms alone, I would have to include almost every one of them. Psalms 91 is but one of these. Verse 2: I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. Verse 5 and 6: Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.

We are told why we need not fear in verse 9: Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;

Although we have seen many staging areas throughout time, this one will be much different. In most, one or two armies were pitted against another. Here, every nation on the face of the Earth will be pitted against Israel.

We need to discuss some events leading up to this. There have been many signs leading up to this final staging area. Earthquakes, famine, drought, the rebuilding of Solomon's Temple, and many other things…all of which could take place in a very short time. This leads me to believe that this battle could well take place in our life time and I believe, most likely will.

Although in all the previous battles Israel has fought, God was represented by the priest that went before them, this battle will be different. Much different for the JESUS CHRIST the LORD OF HOST will be visibly intervening in this battle.

When my LORD came 2,000 years ago, He came as a servant…the LAMB of GOD to take away the sin of the world…to take away MY sin and YOUR sin. It ended on a hill called Mount Calvary and went on to an empty tomb.

My friend, when Jesus comes again…there WILL NOT be another Calvary for He will be returning as THE KING OF GLORY!

Psalms 24

7 Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting
doors; and the King of glory shall come in.
8 Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle.
9 Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.
10 Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah.

Jesus came as a servant. He never lifted a finger to defend His self when He was beaten for OUR transgressions. He never resisted when He was nailed to a cross. The next time, it will be different:

11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many
crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.
13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white
horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.

The staging area of this final battle may well take place soon. Another staging area will take place before then. It is heaven itself.

You see, Jesus will come for His bride and we will rise to meet Him in the air. Just before this happens, the staging area in Heaven will be very active. Let me explain my friend. In our time, at any wedding, all of the emphasis is placed on the bride. We stand to when she comes into the room to march down the aisle as her groom is waiting for her. This was not true in the Hebrew tradition and I believe satan uses our modern weddings to get us to lose sight of some Biblical truths. The groom came to the city where his bride lived and the bridal party went out to meet the groom. Often they did not know when the groom would arrive and they kept lamps trimmed and lit in case he came at night.

I believe that our LORD will be coming for HIS bride soon and just before He leaves, there will be silence in heaven just as there is in our churches just before the bride comes down the aisle.

Revelation 11
15 And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever

In Revelation 16 verse 17 we find a voice saying "It is done" (this is the 7th bowl) and at the 7th vial in chapter 8 verse one there was silence in heaven.

Could this silence be preceding the groom going for His bride?

Could it be that the Rapture is the bride rising to meet our groom in the air and then we join the Lord as told in Revelation 19:14? "And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean"

There are several schools of thought on this aspect but this is not the purpose of this message other then to give each of us some food for thought in this area.

The real purpose is to let those who do not know the LORD that there is another battle coming and it may be soon. If you have not accepted the LORD as your savior you will be on the losing side of this last great battle. Your blood will be joining the blood of so many others that it will be bridle deep in this valley.

It is so easy to enlist in this wining army. Once you are in it, you will never be too old, to fat, to skinny, to slow, too anything to be involved in this army and unlike our armies today, the Commander in Chief will know YOU by name and you will be His friend.

The army presently gives bonuses to enlist. What is the reward for enlisting in this army? Eternal life!

Come join it today!

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Psalm 24
1 The earth is the LORD's, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.
2 For he hath founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods.
3 Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place?
4 He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.
5 He shall receive the blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.
6 This is the generation of them that seek him, that seek thy face, O Jacob. Selah.
7 Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.
8 Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle.
9 Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.
10 Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah
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