Regarding current events of the world, whether they be domestic, geopolitical, environmental, or otherwise, I think there are basically two camps at this time. The first is the bucket of the majority – this group has not connected any dots and does not see anything abnormal – good folks with their nose to the grindstone, hacking out life via the routine that has worked for them for years. “Nothin’ to see here…” is the mantra, mostly because to acknowledge that there may actually be something extraordinary going on requires a huge break from one’s routine – which can be difficult, especially when your life is so tightly engineered that there’s no margin whatsoever to deviate. I was in this group for a big part of my life. The second group is the minority for sure – it’s the weirdos like me who think they are seeing trends, some disturbing, and at the least very irregular, and managed to acquire the faith to think that this matches biblical end times and that we really are the chosen generation who shall not die.
To join the smaller group of weirdos, you have to allow yourself to speak up and say that something seems out of place or abnormal. The challenge is that when you do that, the initial reply is opposition from the other camp – as your comments cause disruption of that tightly engineered process that creates “normal” for the larger group. In fact, it can cause so much disruption that often times the response is:
“Nothin’ to see here…”
Which quickly reestablishes normal for this group, at least for a time.
Sometimes, challenging people’s normal with abnormal data can actually exhibit violent reactions – and I can actually understand why. If I share “normal disrupting” facts, and someone receives it as such, they either have to a) dismiss it quickly and attempt to return to their regimen, or b) risk becoming out of balance as they take the time to explore the information. The result in some cases can be complete disruption – some of the things going on in our world right now are VERY far from normal – but here’s a hint, the Bible warned us of these things. The bible even warned us of the opposition headed our way when we try to raise the issues. It calls these folks that fiercely defend their normal “scoffers:”
1 Peter 3:3-4:3 knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after 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 the creation.
Isn’t the Bible amazing? It’s speaking the truth, telling us exactly what is happening – folks will disregard truth when it threatens their normal – and biblical end-times definitely threatens normal. And so out of fear they quickly re-establish normality, convincing themselves that the world will continue on as it is now, forever (or at least until they die.) Isn’t it crazy to think that the biblical text quoted above was written almost 2000 years ago? The bible will blow most people away if they will allow it. Unfortunately, most don’t.
And I don’t think it’s their fault.
I think the modern church plays a big part in the problem.
Watch this: Raise your hand if your church regularly speaks about end times events and prophecy…
Hmm.. No hands… What’s up with that?
Remember that snake, Satan? God’s enemy? He is not omnipotent, as God. But he is the god of this world, and he is the great deceiver (not sure if I’m supposed to capitalize any of that, but I just can’t bring myself to honor satan with caps.) Satan (capital S for beginning a sentence) has convinced the church, somehow, to ignore end times events (nothin’ to see here.) Approximately 1/3 of the bible is prophecy, and around 150 verses of the Bible (at least) are in reference to end times events. Instead, we preach on prosperity, becoming a better person, dealing with brokenness, reaching the lost – all GREAT stuff. But we’re missing something really huge, and without that mindset, we don’t have the space to accept that we might really be in end times. So when some nutcase like me mentions end times since folks have not heard it from the pulpit, their check engine light comes on, and they go into protect mode because they’ve not been taught what to do with this truth. It’s kind of like who most people feel uncomfortable speaking to a handicapped person with a speech impediment – they get uncomfortable because they’ve not been taught how to work with it. What’s even worse, some will quote some 400-year-old doctrine about end times determined by the fathers of their denomination that completely ignores the fact that Daniel was told to “seal up” his prophecy until the times of the end, and that in the end times (now) many of these scriptures are unsealed (made to make sense in our time – instead of just being considered allegory.) This, I believe, is why so many people are asleep to the times we live in – they have not been taught to even consider it.
Do you know what the bible refers to the end times as?
Titus 2:13-15: Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.”
Our BLESSED hope.
How can we not get excited about that? Or more importantly, why would we not teach about this wonderful topic? For me, the instant I started to really learn that this world is truly temporary and that I truly am a foreigner here, the easier it’s become to sort out good and evil. This is NOT my world, and I LONG for the world that I was truly designed for.
I think that may be what “woke me up” from the sleep I was in, called “normal.” Now that I am aware, I can take in events in light of that truth, and consider them for what they are. It’s taken the focus off of my routine, and onto His routine.
Now, when I hear talk of nuclear war, west coast earthquakes and tsunamis, and the like, I know this is all part of the plan – God knew of it at the beginning and caused some to write about it 4000+ years ago.
How about fake pipe bombs sent to high profile politicians? A false flag by satan and his minions to disrupt the shift in our political climate that gets closer to honoring God
Then there are thousands “marching” (in place on the back of semi flatbeds paid for by an American millionaire btw) to our borders? Satan causing dissension in our world.
It’s all part of satan’s last-ditch effort to disrupt and keep just one more of you from being with Jesus at the wedding supper of the lamb (or at least be surprised by the end coming so quickly, when you had thought you had more time to reach someone for Christ.)
Friends, don’t be surprised by end times. All of the things that have been happening lately are way too statistically improbable to be a coincidence – we are clearly a match for the end times that the bible speaks about. Do we know the day? No, not the day, but the bible says we will know the season – and those that are watching know the season is here. By the way, don’t buy this other big satanic lie- there is NO scripture in the bible that prevents us from trying to read God’s signs in an attempt to figure when He is coming for us. In fact, He commands us to watch for His return. It keeps us very engaged. And don’t worry about the other scoffers – just consider it as one more confirmation of the times, as that, too, was spoken of in the bible.
Watch with a biblical eye – there is so much more to see. Don’t be afraid of a little disruption, the God of the universe promises to be there for us – how can we go wrong with that? I know, it’s easy to slip into it all being “up to me” I can tell you about this battle first hand.
I encourage you to open your heart to Jesus’ soon-coming return. At the very least you will learn more about your bible. At the most, you won’t be surprised, and you may even take on an urgency to attempting to reach that extended family member or coworker with the Gospel. It’s not too late, but time is running out. And please remember, everyone gets eternity – the question is which eternity will you choose? The Bible, that has proven itself over and over, also promises this and tells us that the “good” eternity is only a decision, and a relationship away. Please accept Jesus and follow Him – if you need help doing that please contact me. Really nasty stuff is coming to this world pretty quick, and you don’t want to be here for that.
Be honored that you were chosen by God (because you WERE chosen) to be a part of a season of world history that has been written about, prophesied about, and generally admired by Christians for thousands of years.
TONS to see here. Truly.
With much love,