Saint Augustine said, “To fall in love with God is the greatest romance; to seek him the greatest adventure; to find him, the greatest human achievement.”
I continue to receive questions regarding events, times, and seasons, not just in America but around the globe. Terms like “The Great Reset”, “Globalism”, and “The New World Order” are now being used to reflect the current zeitgeist and are being advanced by many as the essential pathway to the future. Thus, many Christians have asked, “How does that align with scripture and the timing of the last days?”
It is a good question that every serious Christian should be concerned about, and every Pastor should be addressing with their flock. Let me give you my quick answer and then some illustrations as to why I answer that way. So, do the events going on in the world and our nation point to the season prior to Christ’s return? Yes, without a doubt. The time frame however is harder to discern with any kind of precision… and that fact, by the way, is biblical as Jesus clearly told us of that day and hour no one knows. At the same time, Jesus also made clear that discerning followers would be able to know the season of the last era. How long is that last era? Again, only God knows. But it is obvious that the pace has quickened, and it is certainly remarkable how fast things can change and are changing all over the globe. Here are some practical and biblical characteristics to watch for…
1. Most economic experts agree that the American economy (which is the basis for the global economy) cannot continue its current course.
Inflation and debt are at all-time highs, and close, if not already unsustainable. Many Bible teachers understand that this may easily lead to a global economic collapse that will usher in a new kind of global currency. (This topic can be easily researched from financial and economic experts that have no “Christian” agenda… there is so much information, the limited space in this column will permit)
The average age for the greatest empires in history is around 200 years. Only the Roman empire exceeds that average. America is 245 years old, has it reached its apex? Rome collapsed from political corruption and immorality within. The very same issues that now characterize America. By the way, most prophecy scholars agree that there is little to no evidence of America in the last days… perhaps only as Mystery Babylon—but even that has a disastrous outcome.
Nothing illustrates it better than the current global pandemic. Don’t misunderstand, COVID-19 is real, I’ve had it. Let’s do away with COVID! But a nation that begins to arbitrarily and unilaterally, restrict the freedom of its citizens is in danger of becoming autocratic and socialistic, even if the spoken motive is to protect its citizens. This is a foreshadowing of the anit-christ system (Matthew 24:8) (Rev. 13:2). This is hard for many to swallow, you may not believe this now, but you will if you live long enough to see the return of Christ.
Several have told me that the events of this past year and a half have divided and created tensions in their families. And in a couple of cases severely damaged the relationship between parents and children. Luke 12:53 says of the last days, “They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.”
"But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,” (2 Timothy 3:1–4)
It’s time to be prepared! Even more so than when Jesus told His followers—“But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only. …Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming.” (Matthew 24:36, 42) There is plenty more to say, but no more space. (Maybe the next column) Just remember, God is always trying to take you someplace new.
I love being your Pastor! For God’s Glory Alone,