A Pilgrim’s Destination

 

   “These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.  And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned. But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city” – (Heb.11:13-16).

“Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul” – (I Pet.2:11).

 

   Destination – definition (A place to which one is journeying). See the word nation in desti-nation. It fits here perfectly. (Heb.11:16) says that the saved Christian seeks a better nation. Our nation (our destination) is the heavenly country. And our lives should be lived so that all may know that we’re pilgrims on our way to heaven – our final destination. This earthly nation (U.S.A.) is not our real home. We’re strangers and pilgrims here, just passing through. A pilgrimage is a holy journey to a holy destination. And when we get born again, we start our pilgrimage toward the holy land of heaven. Keep your eyes on your final destination – don’t lose sight of it.

 

   We saints are strangers and pilgrims on a pilgrimage on this earth. We’re not to be permanently attached to this earth, but we seek a holy country, a holy city, a holy place. Our life after we’re saved is a pilgrimage. (I Pet.2:11) says the Christian is not to love the world or the things of the world, nor follow the world in fleshly lusts. The more loosely we cling to the things of earth, the more tightly we cling to the things of the world to come. We are to be a peculiar people, unlike the world. Today in America, the church is in the world and the world is in the church. There are not many Pilgrims left in the U.S. today.

 

   Each November we have Thanksgiving Day and we give thanks to the Lord Jesus and we remember our Pilgrim forefathers who founded Plymouth Colony in 1620 in Massachusetts. The Godly heritage of these Pilgrims was the rock that our nation was founded upon – Plymouth Rock. But the real foundation and rock was Christ because these Pilgrims were mostly born again saints of God. William Bradford, the leader and governor of the Pilgrims, wrote about his departure on the Mayflower from Holland. Bradford told about – “The reluctance of the saints to leave the city” and then said – “But they were Pilgrims and looked not much on those things, but lifted up their eyes to Heaven, their dearest country and quieted their spirits.”

 

Yes, Godly Pilgrim forefathers. O how far this nation has fallen. The word puritan is mocked and sneered at by the ungodly millions today. The deeper one looks at America today and back to the Godly Pilgrims at the first Thanksgiving in 1621, the easier it is to see the moral breakdown of our nation. We are not Pilgrims abstaining from fleshly lusts any longer. We should have millions of Godly Pilgrims in the U.S. today but instead there are just a few – a remnant. Don’t you know that the pilgrim name came from the Bible? You can be a Pilgrim today. It has nothing to do with how you dress. It has to do with getting born again and living a Godly Christ-like life and spurning the things of this world.

 

   Yes, our Pilgrim forefathers “declared plainly that they sought a country” and that country became the U.S. But our pilgrims knew that their dearest country was heaven – not America. And they so stated that before they came here. Pilgrim is a Bible word and its’ truth isn’t taught in our schools today concerning our heritage. And you can’t learn this truth in the bible perversions – pilgrim has been taken away.

 

   True Pilgrims look for the city whose builder and maker is God. Pilgrims look for New Jerusalem – the Holy City, built by God. But Christians today lust after the things of this world and make pilgrimages to the holy land of Jerusalem, Israel which is very unholy. The born again saint keeps his eyes of faith on New Jerusalem in (Rev.21) – not old Jerusalem.

 

   Our nation has gone from Plymouth, Mass. and godly Pilgrims with New Jerusalem in their hearts, to ungodly people with Babylon in their hearts. This Pilgrim-founded nation has ended up being the end-time Babylon - Babylon U.S.A. Because of fleshly lusts we have been carried away to Babylon because of sin like Israel of old.

 

   Our Godly forefathers in the bible who are given to us as examples of Pilgrims are Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (Heb.11:9). They dwelt in tents (not fancy houses) and owned no land. That kept their eyes on New Jerusalem. They resided as strangers and pilgrims in a country that was not theirs. They had no permanent home there – no permanent affections. They looked beyond Jerusalem, Israel, the earthly Jerusalem, to the true Promised Land by faith which is heaven. This is the Christians’ true holy land. And when we become God’s children by the miracle of the new birth we look forward and toward heaven. The earth is nothing but a place of our pilgrimage. We keep our eyes on the heavenly destination.

 

   (Gen.23:1-4) tells us that the burial ground was the only land Abraham owned. A pilgrim looks beyond the grave. He looks to the resurrection of the dead. For his final destination lies beyond the grave – it’s not of this world. The grave is just the end to his earthly pilgrimage and the entrance into the celestial city. (Heb.11:13) says “These all died in faith not having received the promises but having seen them afar off.” In (Gen.47:8,9) Jacob calls his life of 147 years – a pilgrimage. Our pilgrimage is our life on this earth after we’re born gain. If you’re not born again you are not on a pilgrimage to heaven – you’re on the way to hell. Are you a pilgrim? Do you live like it? Our new lives should demonstrate that belief that heaven is our real homes. Not becoming covetous and acquiring possessions of this earth. A Christian lives a Pilgrim life. We must war against fleshly lusts – it’s a daily battle. Our true citizenship is not of this world. And the Pilgrims of Jesus Christ will many times be persecuted by the world. We are strangers to worldly people and many do not take kindly to strangers. Our Pilgrim forefathers were persecuted in the bible and also in England by the Anglican Church and they fled to Holland and then to the new world – the U.S. The Pilgrims started in the east with Abraham in Babylon and ended on Plymouth Rock, Mass. in Babylon-U.S.A. We in America are the last bible Pilgrims before Jesus comes back. There are no more new worlds. We are the last pilgrims to travel the road to heaven, the last nation. We are the last nation to have the gospel preached and the last Pilgrims to get saved and press on to the heavenly destination.

 

The U.S. is a strange country to me even though I was born here. Now I’m a stranger since I got born again on March 17, 1972. I sojourn in a strange land. My family and friends think me strange “Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you” – (I Pet.4:4). I am become a stranger unto my brethren, and an alien to my mother’s children” – (Ps.69:8). I’m a stranger to the family I grew up with. They are at home on this earth and I’m a stranger. But they’re strangers to the heavenly home and I’m a citizen of heaven. Before I got saved I was a stranger to heaven but “Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints of the household of God” – (Eph.2:19). Praise the Lord.

 

Are you perfectly at home in this nation called the U.S.? Does the whole of your conduct, spirit and attachments show that you fit in perfectly with the world? Not me. I feel like I don’t belong here. I don’t feel at home in the U.S. This is an ungodly nation and the most worldly nation on earth. I long to be with Jesus. I earnestly look for my Pilgrim’s destination. Are you a Pilgrim like the Pilgrims in the Bible and like those that founded this nation? If you’re saved, don’t entangle yourselves with earthly things. “Set your affections on things above, not on things on the earth” – (Col.3:2). (Heb.13:14) says – “For here we have no continuing city, but we seek one to come.” We are in the world but not of the world. We mix with worldly people, but we find no fellowship with unbelievers. Things of earth are transient but we have an eternal home. We continually look for the city whose builder and maker is God. We look for a better country – a heavenly home.

 

Remember the book by John Bunyan ‘Pilgrims Progress,’ which every Christian should read. It depicts Christian’s pilgrimage to heaven. He traverses the “slough of despond,” resists “Mr. Worldly Wiseman” and “Talkative”. Survives “vanity fair” and finally arrives at his spiritual destination – the celestial city. It’s the story of a born again Christian (A Pilgrim) and his pilgrimage to his heavenly destination and his trials and temptations along the way. His pilgrimage is his life on this earth. John Bunyan was 25 years old when he got saved in 1653 in Bedford, England. He started to preach and attend an independent church not a part of the state church, the Anglican Church. He would not become a licensed preacher of the Church of England so they threw him in prison for 12 years. O the worldly church hates a Pilgrim. “If ye were of this world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you” – (Jn.15:19). It costs to be a Pilgrim.

 

   Are you a Pilgrim? Only Jesus Christ can make you a Pilgrim and a citizen of Heaven. “Ye must be born again.” Repent of your sins, turn away form your wicked ways and by faith turn to Christ for remission of sins. “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) – a Pilgrim.

 

A Pilgrim’s Destination

 

Preacher Mike Storti

5000 N. LaCholla #76

Website: BibleWatchman.com

Email: biblewatchman@aol.com

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