Swing low | Corrie’s ticket | All aboard?

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Below, Daniel Valles from Informedchristians.com teaches on how our given time to repent, turn from our sins and prepare ourselves and one another for the Lord’s soon coming is almost running out.

The celestial and Scriptural reminders point to only a few days and hours away! We’re nearing the end of the proverbial line. 

Of trains and tracks

After studying Scripture and the etymology concerning trains and tracks, a beautiful prophetic picture emerged. I discerned that the root wording of ‘train’ can be used as a means to draw out (reminiscent of the Lord calling and drawing us out of the world and its systems), in addition to referring to a trailing part of a (wedding) gown, moving on a pre-designed straight and narrow path, securely two tracked (thy rod and staff comfort me), drawn by an engine (designed and guided by the engineer/locomotive, a type of the Lord), progressing behind and in line with Him, waiting for the conductor’s (type of Holy Spirit, our helper) time cues and other directives who goes by strict protocol (the written Word and celestial signs) and attentive to our unique pathways, to bring us to a desired state (being remembered with the Lord, His body and reunited in heaven) by means of instruction, discipleship and fellowship.

Applied in the realm of photography and vision it also indicates a clear point of aim and focus over stretches of land or water in addition to being a precursor of human development. It also refers to the little book of life (God’s Word, the Spirit indwelling us and a type of DNA or scroll) tucked securely away in our minds, hearts and cell nucleus (Holy of Holies), jointly conducting our collective and personalized pathway to salvation, deliverance, healing and liberty in Him. In addition to conducting our travels, The Holy Spirit also provides guidance in our prayer life and our songs of praise and worship.

Underground railroad and songs

The underground railroad songs, like the one the featured in the Informedchristians’ video above, were used in everyday life by African slaves in the United States. Singing was a tradition brought from Africa by the first slaves; sometimes their songs are called ‘spirituals’. Singing served many purposes such as providing repetitive rhythm for repetitive manual work, inspiration and motivation. Singing was also used to express values and solidarity with each other and during celebrations.

Songs were also used as tools to remember and communicate since the majority of slaves could not read, in addition to serving as coded language amongst their helpers (called conductors) to not alert their masters during their struggle for freedom using the ‘underground railroads’, a network of secret routes and safe houses used to escape to free US states and Canada with the aid of abolitionists and allies who were sympathetic to their cause.

Songs used Biblical references and analogies of Biblical people, places and stories, comparing them to their own history of slavery.

Listen for a bit…..eyes closed….

Now, open up and please enjoy these inspiring words and images which came to mind after studying how many Biblical and historical accounts of captives, conductors and their joint progression towards deliverance and liberty in Christ form such a wonderful last days image ..

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Up and leave | Are you ready to surrender, forsake all and cross the Jordan?

A dear friend gave me the video ‘The Hiding Place – Corrie Ten Boom’ a while back, containing the below mentioned story (click here for the film’s free online version), not knowing at the time that Mrs. Ten Boom – on various occasions – visited the church I attended myself for a few years as well.

Cornelia “Corrie” ten Boom (15 April 1892 – 15 April 1983) was a Dutch Christian who, along with her father and other family members, helped many Jews escape the Nazi Holocaust during World War II. She was imprisoned for her actions. Her most famous book, The Hiding Place, describes the ordeal.

From “The Hiding Place” by Corrie Ten Boom with John and Elizabeth Sherrill (Spire Books, Fleming H Revell CO, NJ), 1971

“Corrie Ten Boom was one of two unmarried daughters out of a family of four children who grew up in a narrow three-story house in the center of Haarlem, Holland. She and her unmarried sister were living with their father, a watch repairman, at the time of the Nazi invasion into Holland in 1941. She was a driving force in hiding and helping with the escape of many Jews who would have otherwise been deported and probably killed. On Feb 28, 1944, she was taken by German authorities to prison and was later transported to Germany (Ravensbrook concentration camp) where she barely escaped death. Here is one of her stories of faith and trust.

Corrie joined her mother as they brought a basket of fresh bread up to a family who had just lost their baby. As her mother headed over to the young mother, Corrie stood frozen on the threshold when she saw that the homemade crib off to the right contained the dead baby. Her sister went over carefully and then touched the baby’s cheek; it took a while, but Corrie at last put one finger on the small curled hand that was so cold.

Still shivering from that cold feel, she followed her sister up to their room and crept into bed beside her. She couldn’t even begin to fall asleep until her father came up to arrange the blankets in his special way and then lay his hand for a moment on each head. As soon as he stepped through the door, however, she burst into tears and cried out “I need you! You can’t die! You can’t”. Nollie then explained to their father about visiting Mrs Hoog and touching the dead child. She also reported that Corrie hadn’t eaten anything since that experience.

Her father sat down on the edge of the narrow bed and gently began to ask Corrie a question: “When you and I go to Amsterdam–when do I give you your ticket?” She sniffed a few times before responding with “Why, just before we get on the train”. Her father then went on, “Exactly. And our wise Father in Heaven knows when we’re going to need things, too. Don’t run out ahead of Him, Corrie. When the time comes that some of us will have to die, you will look into your heart and find the strength you need–just in time”.

Unlike Corrie at the time, most believers currently living in the western part of the world currently do not face severe persecution or the risk of dying, unlike many of our brothers and sisters in less fortunate parts of the world. The Lord has nonetheless called upon all of His children in any and all way fathomable to repent, lay our lives down and prepare ourselves and one another for His soon coming.

Waiting and serving patiently, with great anticipation, we have come to discern the heavenly chariots, just like in Ezekiel’s days, are coming for us soon.

Corrie’s ticket

During our final preparations, Corrie’s profound lesson on forgiveness (7 mins linked here) is sure to bless our hearts (and those who may have harmed us) greatly. Let us join her in her ‘trained’ perspective of the cross and how she, through the teachings by her earthly and heavenly father, developed a deep gratitude of sharing in the Lord’s life and sufferings.

Many blessings!

Lord, come quickly.

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7 comments

  1. Thank you for this beautiful essay! 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17
    16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. I love how this patchwork quilt is coming together. Freedom is coming!

  2. The picture of a train is that of a powerful engine pulling powerless cars containing valuable cargo behind it. It is another way of expressing the truth that Jesus spoke in John 15 about the vine and the branches. Unless the railroad car is connected to the engine it cannot accomplish its intended purpose. Likewise, unless a branch is connected to the vine it can bear no fruit.
    Forgiveness equals Mercy. Mercy is one of the most ubiquitous topics in the Bible. From my childhood I’ve had a mental image of myself lying prone before the Judgment Throne of Christ and pleading for Mercy. The voice I hear asks, “You ask for mercy…did you SHOW mercy?” I know that if I cannot answer that question affirmatively and honestly that I have no grounds to expect it.

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