Right now we are witnessing massive economic losses, job losses, government overreach, and social unrest like nothing our generation has experienced before. There is much uncertainty about what the future holds for the next few months and even years. We are being told to prepare for a “new normal.”
Last week I wrote I believed the foundation is being laid for the coming mark of the beast and the appearing of the lawless one. I continue to believe this is the case. However, I have been diligently praying every morning God would bring a great revival and a great awakening.
However, is revival what we should expect? If we are indeed living at the end of days, or the beginning of the end, then the bible warns us that a great apostasy is what’s truly to come. We should expect more and more people to reject the faith, and more and more Christians to become lukewarm, followed by the revealing of the lawless one, the son of perdition.
“Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.” 2 Thessalonians 2:1-4 KJV
I think we should always pray for revival, always pray for a great awakening to happen across our land and within our communities. It’s our mission to share the good news of Jesus and proclaim the kingdom of God. However, let us not be oblivious to the times we are living in. We are witnessing a culture and a level of wickedness within that culture which hasn’t been seen since the times of Noah. The great falling away is here and has been happening for many years now.
The Apostle Paul describes what society will look like in the last days and I believe his description fits perfectly with what we are witnessing right now.
“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.” 2 Timothy 3:1-8 KJV
This is not to say everyone everywhere acts in this manner. However, I think we can agree that with each passing day, Paul’s description of society continues to become more and more accurate.
May we not be filled with a spirit of fear about the times we are living in. Instead, let us look up with expectation and joy at the prospect that our Lord’s return is near. May we be reminded that God’s remnant is not appointed to His wrath. With that said, may we also not be ignorant about the times we find ourselves in. These are challenging times and they will only get more strange and more difficult. Hold fast to your faith, cling to the Savior, and rest under the wings of God. Our redemption draws nigh.