Waiting on the Mountain?
Have you ever wondered about those (misguided?) Christians groups who sold everything and moved up on some mountaintop to wait on the Lord’s return?
Were they just NUTS?
Or were they simply obeying what they believed to be the voice of their Lord?
Better yet, could it have genuinely been the voice of the Lord telling them to go up on that mountain for a reason other than Christ’s return even if Christ’s return was the reason they were told to go?
Is it possible the Lord had a different reason for sending these faithful Saints?
Maybe God has a different purpose, something compelling, somewhat prophetic in mind?
For centuries, one Christian group or another has gathered on near or far mountaintops simply to wait for Christ’s (imminent?) return. So far, all have failed to meet Jesus in the skies; SO FAR!
Many, if not all of these groups believed God was either instructing them to separate from the pack or just believed the time was more than ripe for Christ’s return.
So what happened?
Did He or didn’t He? Did “God” tell these individuals to remove themselves to some distant mountain to wait on His Son’s return or did He not?
IF Jesus didn’t show up, does that mean Jesus mixed up His timing or did these Christians merely miss the mark, hear wrong and therefore waited in vain?
In truth, only God knows for now. Someday, every committed Christians will know in the great by and by.
Let us say that God was speaking to these Christians. Is it possible the Lord would have sent His faithful children to wait in vain, for no good reason?
No, it is not possible God would do such a thing.
Assume each Christian group did hear from the Lord… Would God have sent His faithful servants simply to humiliate?
Again, this is not the nature of the Lord and therefore not realistic or Biblical.
I would imagine every believer who did go the extra mile and realized it was not Christ’s time to return would returned home feeling utterly betrayed by their God; embarrassed and or possibly disenchanted in their faith. I would think that most would simply move away from their previous community.
Such downtrodden individuals would likely perceive their actions as abject failure.
They would feel similar to a Bride or Groom who was embarrassingly left standing at an altar.
Take a moment to consider… there might be another reason for God to inspire a group of Christians to forfeit all and await Christ’s return on some remote mountaintop.
God could have sent His faithful servants for another important reason…
Is it possible God needed people of faith to make this difficult journey to fulfill His will?
Would the fulfillment of prophecy be reason enough for God to send His beloved children into a place of such embarrassment?
The answer is yes!
We have discussed the fulfillment of prophecy on more than one occasion.
- God told Abraham his offspring would become slaves in Egypt for 400 years and then they would be delivered; God used Moses (Genesis 5:13-14).
- The Israelites needed to endure these difficulties to fulfill prophecy and because God had other prophetic issues in play (Genesis 15:16 NKJV).
- “But in the fourth generation they shall return here, for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet complete.” (Genesis 15:16 NKJV)
- One-hundred and seventy-four years before it was time, scripture prophesied a King of Persia, King Cyrus would send the Israelites home to rebuild Jerusalem, the Temple and the Wall (Isaiah 44:28-45:1-7).
- Without this prophetic fulfillment the Seventy Weeks of Daniel could not have been properly fulfilled (Daniel 9:24-27).
- Correct fulfillment of The Seventy Weeks of Daniel prophecy required King Cyrus’ command to rebuild Jerusalem, Temple and wall to establish the correct start and stop dates for the Seven Weeks segment of the prophecy.
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- God prophesied the Messiah, Jesus, would be born of a virgin, Isaiah 7:14; born in Bethlehem, Ephrathah in Micah 5:2.
- The Covenant of Jesus Christ was portended in the Seventy Weeks of Daniel prophecy (Daniel (9:24-27 ).
- We needed the accurate fulfillment of the numbers 3 and 4 prophecies above as well as 35-40 other prophesied so we could KNOW with certainty that Jesus is the Messiah of Old Testament prophecies and Savior of our souls.
- Israel’s return as a nation was repeatedly prophesied throughout the Old Testament in Deuteronomy 30:1-3; Jeremiah 16:14-16; Hosea 3:4-5; Jeremiah 23:1-20; Jeremiah 30:1-24 and many more sections of scripture.
- The above prophecies for number 5 confirms we, the world, are living in the Latter Days at this very moment.
- The prophecy within the Parable of the Fig Tree lets us know the Latter Days is taking place and will come to an end within the lifespan of this generation.
- The prophetic elements within Psalms 90:10 informs us the Latter Days will span 80 or less years and all visions and prophecies related to Christ’s return will be completed within that timeframe before the Body of Christ flies away to be with the Lord forever.
- And the world coming to a place where few would truly believe in Christ’s return was prophesied in 2nd Peter 3:1-7 where it says:
1 Beloved, I now write to you this second epistle (in both of which I stir up your pure minds by way of reminder),
2 that you may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us, the apostles of the Lord and Savior,
3 knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts,
4 and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.”
5 For this they willfully forget: that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water,
6 by which the world that then existed perished, being flooded with water.
7 But the heavens and the earth which are now preserved by the same word, are reserved for fire until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. (NKJV)
The prophecy in Daniel 9:24 “to complete the vision and prophecy” is taking place at this very moment. Luke 21:22 agrees when it says, ““For these are the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled.” These two sections of scripture are in the process of completion as the Great Consummation is ready to begin any day now.
So, back to the question:
Could these Christians have actually heard the voice of the Lord telling them to go up on that mountaintop so they could fulfill the 2nd Peter 3:1-4 for reasons other than Christ’s return even if Christ’s return was the reason those they forfeited all and climbed that mountain in faith?
Can you see the requirement in faith necessary to make this prophecy come to pass?
- “…Scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, and saying, ‘Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.” (2 Peter 3:3-4 NKJV)
Just something to consider…
Why should any Christian feel shame for obeying what most modern Christians would never put themselves out to do in faith?
Oh, such shame they might endure and fear for just trusting the Lord.
Obeying God “even in error” is better than spinelessly saving face because WE don’t have the courage or conviction of our faith which would afford us the strength of character to risk all for our GOD.
Take a moment to consider just how rare this type of Christian and faith would be.
Who do you know that would be so obedient to such a challenging call?
Such great obedience demands applause and pride in our fellow believer and certainly should not warrant shame.
Prophecy… “Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.” (Revelation 19:7 NKJV)
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