Endurance at Dura
“Nebuchadnezzar the king made an image of gold... He set it up in the plain of Dura, in the province of Babylon. And whoso falleth not down and worshippeth shall the same hour be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace. And he commanded the most mighty men that were in his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, and to cast them into the burning fiery furnace” - (Dan.3:1,6,20).
“And it was given unto them to make war with the saints and to overcame them...”
“And cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed” - (Rev.13:7,15).
“that the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ” - (I Pet.1:7).
“Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you: But rejoice, in as much ye are partakers of Christ’s suffering: that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy” - (I Pet.4:12,13).
The word ‘Dura’ means (hard) and so that word ‘endurance’ means (endurable - ability to withstand hardship or adversity). And here we see the endurance of God’s three great witnesses in the plain of Dura in Babylon. They had their fiery trial of faith when they were refused to worship the golden image of Emperor Nebuchadnezzar under penalty of burning to death. We see their endurance at Dura; we see their faith in the Word of God that gave them the ability to withstand this hardship and great adversity. I want you to see the word en-dura-nce with ‘dura’ in the middle and remember these three great men of faith who refused to become idolators in the plain of ‘Dura.’
It’s very important to understand this great truth because very soon the whole world will be faced with the same great trial of faith when they are commanded to worship the image of the Beast under penalty of death. And the command of the Beast stands in direct opposition to the Word of God. “...If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone... And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up forever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name. Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus” - (Rev.14:9-12). By faith, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego were saved from hell by God’s Son.
Now is the time to become strong in the faith and good soldiers of Christ. “Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier” - (2 tim.2:3,4). Separate yourselves from the world’s snares and all the unnecessary affairs of this life and live a spartan soldier’s life. Put on the whole armour of God - (Eph.6:10-19) and grow in God’s word to a mature Christian. Time is fast running out: the time of boot camp training is almost ended. If you cannot endure hardness now, you will not be able to stand when the hard, trying time of your faith comes. Get yourself in top spiritual battle shape during the little time left before you are faced with the same fiery trail of your faith as the three Hebrews in (Dan.3). War is coming soon. God is going to soon put this whole world into a refinery to see what we’re made of - gold or dross. It is written of Christ's second coming - “But who may abide the day of his coming? And who shall stand when he appeareth? For he is like a refiner’s fire... And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver...” - (Mal.3:2,3). We here in the U.S. have not suffered much persecution for our faith, but the time is coming soon when you must suffer for your faith. The time of our ‘endurance at Dura’ is coming soon. Strengthen yourself so that you may endure.
Shadrach, Meshach and Abedd-nego were stronger soldiers than the mighty soldiers of Babylon who threw them in the fiery furnace, as they stood the test of faith as our examples to follow. We are in a great spiritual battle already, as Satan and his evil, fallen angels are throwing many darts at our shield of faith. Temptations to sin abound today as our whole nation lives ungodly and the Devil and his angels have been cast down to earth - (Rev.12). God’s furnace of fire is much more to be feared than the Nebuchadnezzar’s of this world because it’s eternal death. “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell” - (Mtl.11:28). Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego were pure gold during their refinery and fiery trail of faith - no dross at all.
“If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maranatha” - (I Cor.16:22). Former President Jimmy Carter has written a new book entitled ‘We Can Have Peace in the Holy Land: A Plan that Will Work.’ It was published on Jan.20, 2009, the day President Obama was inaugurated. All proceeds from his book will go to his home church, Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains, Ga. He is just another unsaved Baptist and consequently he knows absolutely nothing about God’s peace plan for Israel and the world when the Lord Jesus returns as the Prince of Peace at Armageddon. God has his peace plan for the world, and it’s the only plan that will most certainly work. It will never work with unholy people who have rejected God’s peace plan in Christ.
Anathema means ‘cursed’ and Maranatha means ‘the Lord cometh’ and so it means ‘cursed at the second coming of Christ’ and Maranatha is the name of Carter’s Church. But he is blind to God’s truth and has no Holy Spirit discernment in him, which is the Spirit of truth. His home town of Plains, Ga. was originally called ‘Plain of Dura’ after (Dan.3:1) and he has no discernment what this means at all. This little town of 600 people, produced a president of the U.S. And God has pointing directly to a president of the U.S. who would be the Antichrist -Beast and president of the world, and cause the whole world to worship his image under penalty of death like Nebuchadnezzar in the ‘plain of dura.’ And that’s about to happen.
Remember that the false bishop T.D. Jakes preached a special message to Obama on the morning of his inauguration as president and his text was also (Dan.3). This whole earth will soon be, Anathema Maranatha - cursed during the Great Tribulation just before the second coming of Christ. Are you watching, or have you fallen dangerously asleep in these end times?
It is written - “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). The temptation will be great to follow the world and worship the Beast instead of suffering persecution because we love the Lord Jesus. We must keep our eyes on the crown of life, the martyr's crown, for those that are faithful witnesses unto death. This crown is mentioned to the church at Smyrna - “Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried: and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life” - (Rev.2:10). The true church of Christt will end as it started, with much persecution. The church will go underground and meet in homes and miracles will abound. Our time of en-dura-nce at Dura is coming soon; our time of enduring hardship for Christ in the U.S. is fast approaching. The Tribulation refinery is coming soon.
A new Web site has been launched by the great antichrist deceiver, Norman Lear and his Christian-bashing ‘people for the American Way,’ and is deceitfully and repulsively named ‘Born Again American.’ It’s ‘hymn’ is a rock-folk song by Keith Carradine entitled ‘Born Again American.’ Lear is the Hollywood man who backed Obama’s campaign very early and introduced him to Hollywood donors in his home five years ago and made Obama a Hollywood idol. The end result of Hollywood idolatry is President Obama, the American idol with feet of clay, The Antichrist - (Dan.2 - Rev.13). And before very long, this second-class Hollywood idolatry will become the abominable idolatry of worshipping the Beast under penalty of death - (Rev.13:15). Obama is the celebrity-in-chief and the greatest Hollywood star in the world. His image is worldwide, everywhere and on everything. He will deceive and counterfeit Christ, even having his own born again Americans, who are the unsaved children of the Devil - (I Jn.3:10). Watch Obama.
Are you saved and born again? If not, repent of your sins and believe in the Lord Jesus in your heart by faith, and you will receive forgiveness of sins and be saved from hell and become a new born again creature in Christ. “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” - (2 Cor.5:17). “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth forever” - (I Pet.1:23). Jesus said that our fleshly birth is not enough, you must be born again of the Holy Spirit - “that which is born of the flesh is flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, ye must be born again” - (Jn.3:6,7). Your new birth is your down payment on eternal life - “And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son” - (I Jn.5:11).
Pastor Mike Storti
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