Earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, volcanos, tornados, wars, terrorist attacks, school shootings, violence everywhere you look. What the hell is going on here?
Strange as it may seem, the Bible teaches that hell, or the devil, is the ruler of this world. In fact the Bible calls him the god (little “g”) of this world. But is it really that strange? Just look at the world around us. Yes, the earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof (Psalm 24:1, 1st Corinthians 10:26), but the devil hijacked the dominion God gave to Adam (first man) long ago. In the ensuing ages the devil has had plenty of time to use that dominion to release his evil, counteractive, anti-God plan into the earth. Ever since that time, when Adam forfeited his dominion over to the devil, God has sought to work through us to do whatever He does in the earth.
The one thing the devil wants to do is hang on to that dominion for all it’s worth in an ongoing effort to thwart God’s plan. But that dominion is like a property lease with a time limit on it. As we approach what the Bible refers to as the end of time that lease is reaching its expiration date. As a result, we see Satan’s anger manifesting more and more (Revelation 12:12). The devil is becoming less concerned about exposing himself, and more hellbent about doing as much damage as possible, as time runs out. God is fully intent on enforcing the time limit on the devil’s temporary reign of terror, and the pressure is on.
The shock and surprise to much of the church world will be the way God is going to carry out His plan in the end times. Religious tradition, within certain evangelical, charismatic, pentecostal circles, has adopted an interpretation of end time scriptures which depicts a certain sequence of events. Let’s refer to this as an apocalyptic view. Wherever you may fall on the rapture spectrum: pre-trib, mid-trib, post-trib, amillennial, etc. the basic scenario goes something like this…
Event Timeline of the End Times
- Wars and skirmishes continue to increase and culminate in WWIII.
- Antichrist comes into power and begins to persecute the church and the tribulation begins.
- Jesus comes back to rapture His true church out of the earth sparing them from the great tribulation (some believe this event precedes 2).
But what if God has other ideas? What if God wants to raise up a glorious church in the earth to win as many souls as possible before any of these events take place? What if God wants to bring in an end time revival unparalleled in the history of all revivals?
Well, are you ready for a shock? That is exactly what God wants to do!
While many are saying I’m just going to hold on and wait it out until Jesus comes back, God’s will is for His people to get ready for the biggest worldwide revival ever. God wants a harvest of souls coming to Jesus. The biggest harvest the world, or the devil, has ever seen! This will all come through a new freedom and openness to the Gospel all over the world as a result of America becoming great again. God’s plan is to give the devil one good beat down after another for a while, you know, just to have a little fun with him. Think of it as the hometown hero punk-slapping the neighborhood bully all up and down the block in front of all the kids he’s been picking on, and then giving him an over the head wedgie before he can run home crying.
The only thing preventing the great end time harvest is the devil’s blinders on the people’s eyes. The devil has succeeded in blinding many to the Gospel: The Good News.
If our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost; in whom the god of this world has blinded the minds of them who do not believe, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
(2nd Corinthians 4:4)
THE GLORIOUS GOSPEL OF CHRIST! This is the thing that Satan most wants to keep suppressed. He must keep the Gospel from coming out in the open. This is the one thing that will remove the devil’s blinders from the people’s eyes. Do you see it? Of course it’s not God who is keeping the people from knowing Jesus as Lord and Savior, it’s the god of this world (Satan). God has done everything He can to save us and set us free from bondage to sin, sickness and Satan. The gospel is the good news that God has made friends with the world through Jesus Christ. The gospel is the good news that God is not holding people’s sins against them anymore. The gospel is the good news about how Jesus has taken our place and given us the chance to stand in His place as sons (and daughters) of God. To become new (righteousness of God) creations in Christ, to be born again of the spirit, to have a new nature installed, to become brand new on the inside!
This is the warfare we are to engage in. This is the good fight of faith. We are getting ready (God is getting us ready as we look to Him to fulfill it by grace) to enter into a time of unprecedented prosperity, angelic safety, favorable access, and authority in the spirit realm like never before. But there will be opposition from the enemy first. You may have to fight through some things. You may be attacked in certain areas of your life. No matter! It’s time to “get off your behinds and get on the front lines” (as brother Mark Taylor likes to say). Get your head out of the sand and get on with God’s plan. This is the time to get up and get moving in some directed grooving… God has positioned you in the earth for such a time as this! You’re not born into the earth at this critical moment in time by accident. God has a special plan and purpose for your life in these last days… if you can receive it.
For you, as a Christian witness, this may mean stepping up your evangelism skills, outreach activity, or it could mean joining in an intercessory prayer group to fight in prayer for those who know they’re called into full time mission work or ministry. This is not the time to hide out in fear… this is the time to get motivated in the spirit and seek God for revival to start in your own heart first, and then light the fire in others’ hearts. This may also be a time for you to seek God as to how He would have you get involved in any number of ways that allow you to interact practically.
Maybe you are called to be active in scholastics, economics, or business, and just live a silent witness on the job. God may want to position you in ways that affect policy-making and thus thousands of lives in your respective communities. He may want you to live out your Christian witness, without necessarily vocalizing your beliefs. You may be called to serve God as a circuit court judge, an ambassador to another nation, or a local politician. In any position you serve, as a Christian you would be qualified by God. Of course, you would serve in honor and distinction as a man or woman of un-compromised integrity.
Whatever you are called to do, God will make a way as you go forward. You may find yourself doing something you never imagined you were called to do. You could end up working with the military, technology, or science, one day and working your dream gig with a worship band the next. One thing is for sure though: God has a big picture agenda in mind and it will not be thwarted. You are invited to join Him!
Nations will begin to open up to the truth of God’s word and their children will be taught the ways of God from the Bible. Miracles, signs and wonders will accompany the teachings, testifying that there is “One God and one mediator between God and mankind: the man Christ Jesus (1st Timothy 2:5).” Some may say but there are many ways to God, but the Spirit of God will show them that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life, and no man comes to the Father except through Him (John 14:6).
Remember… This end time revival has been prophesied in the Bible, and many prophets speaking by inspired utterance. The glory of the latter house will be greater than that of the first. The church will be a praise in the earth. Your sons and your daughters will prophesy, your old men and women will dream dreams, God will pour out His Spirit upon all flesh… all Israel will be saved, and it will be as life from the dead all over the world. The glorious manifestation of the sons of God is coming, and the earth is laboring to bring it forth. We are seeing many things being shaken now… This is only the beginning of contractions… Whenever there is a breakthrough in the spiritual realm there is a reaction in the physical. Do not be afraid of all these things coming upon the earth but lift up your heads and rejoice for your redemption draws nigh.
Romans 13 The Message (MSG)
To Be a Responsible Citizen
13 1-3 Be a good citizen. All governments are under God. Insofar as there is peace and order, it’s God’s order. So live responsibly as a citizen. If you’re irresponsible to the state, then you’re irresponsible with God, and God will hold you responsible. Duly constituted authorities are only a threat if you’re trying to get by with something. Decent citizens should have nothing to fear.
3-5 Do you want to be on good terms with the government? Be a responsible citizen and you’ll get on just fine, the government working to your advantage. But if you’re breaking the rules right and left, watch out. The police aren’t there just to be admired in their uniforms. God also has an interest in keeping order, and he uses them to do it. That’s why you must live responsibly—not just to avoid punishment but also because it’s the right way to live.
6-7 That’s also why you pay taxes—so that an orderly way of life can be maintained. Fulfill your obligations as a citizen. Pay your taxes, pay your bills, respect your leaders.
8-10 Don’t run up debts, except for the huge debt of love you owe each other. When you love others, you complete what the law has been after all along. The law code—don’t sleep with another person’s spouse, don’t take someone’s life, don’t take what isn’t yours, don’t always be wanting what you don’t have, and any other “don’t” you can think of—finally adds up to this: Love other people as well as you do yourself. You can’t go wrong when you love others. When you add up everything in the law code, the sum total is love.
11-14 But make sure that you don’t get so absorbed and exhausted in taking care of all your day-by-day obligations that you lose track of the time and doze off, oblivious to God. The night is about over, dawn is about to break. Be up and awake to what God is doing! God is putting the finishing touches on the salvation work he began when we first believed. We can’t afford to waste a minute, must not squander these precious daylight hours in frivolity and indulgence, in sleeping around and dissipation, in bickering and grabbing everything in sight. Get out of bed and get dressed! Don’t loiter and linger, waiting until the very last minute. Dress yourselves in Christ, and be up and about!