Crossing the Rubicon
For the past few days the Holy Spirit has been giving me the words "Rubicon" over and over again. I searched my memory and the term "Rubicon" had some significance, but I couldn't remember what. This morning after hearing the word "Rubicon" again, I knew it was time to start researching the meaning.
In short, "Crossing the Rubicon" means to pass a point of no return, and refers to Julius Caesar's army's crossing of the Rubicon river in northern Italy in 49 BC, which was considered an act of insurrection.
I prayed and asked God to lead me to scripture and show me what he wanted me to know from this term. I was led to Matthew 16:24:28. IF ANY MAN WILL COME AFTER ME, LET HIM DENY HIMSELF, AND TAKE UP HIS CROSS, AND FOLLOW ME. FOR WHOSOEVER WILL SAVE HIS LIFE SHALL LOSE IT; AND WHOSOEVER WILL LOSE HIS LIFE FOR MY SAKE SHALL FIND IT. FOR WHAT IS A MAN PROFITED, IF HE SHALL GAIN THE WHOLE WORLD, AND LOSE HIS OWN SOUL? OR WHAT SHALL A MAN GIVE IN EXCHANGE FOR HIS SOUL? FOR THE SON OF MAN SHALL COME IN THE GLORY OF HIS FATHER WITH HIS ANGELS; AND THEN HE SHALL REWARD EVERY MAN ACCORDING TO HIS WORKS. VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, THERE BE SOME STANDING HERE, WHICH SHALL NOT TASTE OF DEATH, TILL THEY SEE THE SON OF MAN COMING IN HIS KINGDOM."
Then in Matthew 17:1-3, Jesus takes Peter, James, and John aside (come out) and surely he did show them TRULY WHO HE WAS (not who he will be in some mythical future event) in the transfiguration. In other words Jesus told them what was going to happen and then in short order actually showed them in the present what was to unfold in the future. Prolepsis, i.e., FLASH FORWARD... FIGURATIVE DEVICE BY WHICH A FUTURE EVENT IS PRESUMED TO HAVE ALREADY OCCURRED.
People listen carefully. We're standing at the river OF LIFE which decides our eternal destiny, the divide of decision making and either we cross over, come out of the world, make our stand to deny ourselves and take up His cross and follow Jesus (first by accepting Him as our Savior and then following him) OR we side with the world and lose our soul. Make no mistake, Jesus will come in glory with His angels and every human being that lives and has ever lived will be judged according to his works. THERE IS A DIVIDE, A RUBICON TO MARK CLEARLY WHO HAS COME OUT AND WHO WILL REMAIN. TIME HAS NOW RUN OUT, YOU MUST HAVE ALREADY MADE YOUR DECISION JESUS IS CLEARLY NOW MAKING THE SEPARATION, BEGINNING TO SORT OUT HIS SHEEP FROM THE GOATS.