Welcome to Closure for Jesus

Welcome to Closure for Jesus

"..Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight." Mark 3:4

It is with much prayer that we begin our blog here in an effort to make men and women the world over aware of the needs of Jesus at this time.  The “norm”, as we think of God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit and angels, is that THEY meet OUR needs.  While this is true, it is not the entire truth.  Being made in His image, we know that our God has needs and desires that can be met or neglected.  It is incredible, for example, to think of God as needing rest.   Yet, He asks the question in Isaiah 66:1, “Where is the place of My rest…?”  Can we imagine GOD needing rest?  Yes, and He defines that rest as being in the hearts of the humble and contrite (see Isaiah 57:15).  Does He rest in YOU?  If not, He needs closure.  Your heart and mind (Heb. 8:10; 10:16) are His chosen places of rest.  This was His plan from the beginning of time, but that plan has been hindered, delayed.

The idea that man can interfere with God’s plans may seem to some inconceivable.  Yet it is true.  Look at this passage in Psalm 78:41, “Yea, they turned back and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel.”  The children of Israel did not cooperate with God’s plans to take them directly into the promised land, but thwarted His plans, thereby “limiting” God.  Incredible!  This shows the humility and longsuffering of our Father and Redeemer.   2 Peter 3:9 brings out that God isn’t slack about His promises, but longs for all to come to repentance.  The context of this passage is the second coming. Then, in Revelation 3:19-20 we hear Him inviting us to repentance that He may come into our hearts with the ultimate goal that we may join Him at that great feast in His kingdom and have a seat IN His throne WITH Him.  In Hosea 5:15-6:3 we see that God says He will go and “return to His place, till (we) acknowledge (our) offence and seek His face.  Then is the promise in chapter six of revival, early and latter rain, which represents the Holy Spirit’s work of bringing the SEED in our hearts to complete fruition.  Mark 4:29 shows that “when the fruit is brought forth, IMMEDIATELY He putteth in His sickle…”.  So, 1) it is possible to limit God. 2) God is waiting for us to come to repentance before He returns. 3) He is standing, knocking, inviting to repentance. 4) When this happens, He will pour out the latter rain. 5) This will ripen the harvest and He will “thrust in His sickle.”  So we can see that the whole thing is contingent on our cooperation in heeding the message of the “True Witness.”  By treating this message casually or indifferently, or as though it does not mean ME, we are delaying God’s plans.  This message most definitely does mean ME; every single ME for whom the dear Lord gave His life.  Consider the following from the book,  1 Selected Messages, pg. 69   “For forty years did unbelief, murmuring, and rebellion shut out ancient Israel from the land of Canaan. The same sins have delayed the entrance of modern Israel into the heavenly Canaan. In neither case were the promises of God at fault. It is the unbelief, worldliness, unconsecration, and strife among the Lord’s professed people that have kept us in this world of sin and sorrow so many years.”  God grant us understanding.

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  1. Your article reminds me of another quotation with the same message:
    “Christ is waiting with longing desire for the manifestation of Himself in His church. When the character of Christ shall be perfectly reproduced in His people, then He will come to claim them as His own. {COL 69.1}
    “It is the privilege of every Christian not only to look for but to hasten the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, (2 Peter 3:12, margin). Were all who profess His name bearing fruit to His glory, how quickly the whole world would be sown with the seed of the gospel. Quickly the last great harvest would be ripened, and Christ would come to gather the precious grain.” {COL 69.2}
    Thank you so much for your valuable insights. Surely Jesus longs for us to be ready. I am encouraged to see revival taking place in many places. May God bless your faithfulness.

  2. Very good quote (COL 69)
    I read this wonderful quote that compliments the above.
    “2 Pet 3:9 not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”
    We should feel Christ desire as our own!
    ” “I have graven thee upon the palms of My hands.” He says Is 49:16 It cost something to engrave them there. It cost untold agony. If we would HUMBLE ourselves before God and be KIND and COURTEOUS and TENDERHEARTED and PITIFUL, there would be one hundred conversions to the truth where now there is only one. But though professing to be converted, we carry around with us a bundle of self that we regard as too precious to be given up. It is our privilege to lay this burden at the feet of Christ and in its place take the character and similitude of Christ. The Saviour is waaiting for us to do this.” 9T 189, 190

  3. “Had Adventists, after the great disappointment in 1844, held fast their faith and followed on unitedly in the opening providence of God, receiving the message of the third angel and in the power of the Holy Spirit proclaiming it to the world, they would have seen the salvation of God, the Lord would have wrought mightily with their efforts, the work would have been completed, and Christ would have come ere this to receive His people to their reward. But in the period of doubt and uncertainty that followed the disappointment, many of the advent believers yielded their faith. . . . Thus the work was hindered, and the world was left in darkness. Had the whole Adventist body united upon the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus, how widely different would have been our history!”
    “It was not the will of God that the coming of Christ should be thus delayed. God did not design that His people, Israel, should wander forty years in the wilderness. He promised to lead them directly to the land of Canaan, and establish them there a holy, healthy, happy people. But those to whom it was first preached, went not in “because of unbelief.” Their hearts were filled with murmuring, rebellion, and hatred, and He could not fulfill His covenant with them.
    “For forty years did unbelief, murmuring, and rebellion shut out ancient Israel from the land of Canaan. The same sins have delayed the entrance of modern Israel into the heavenly Canaan. In neither case were the promises of God at fault. It is the unbelief, the worldliness, unconsecration, and strife among the Lord’s professed people that have kept us in this world of sin and sorrow so many years.”–Manuscript 4, 1883. {Ev 695-6}

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