I think Todd really hit the nail on the head this week in summing up what all of us are seeing unfold around us. (If we are paying attention and studying God’s word…)
Remember, the darker it gets, the brighter and farther our little light shines!
Maranatha, Lord come quickly!
We are living in the days of what can be called Unstoppable Momentum, where most things with a connection to the last days are in a state of relentless advancement. It’s like watching a massive avalanche that overwhelms everything in its path.
It wasn’t always this way. Back in the 1980s, I remember the devil having a much harder time at corrupting the morals of a nation. The general pattern was two steps forward and one step back. The long-term trend was down, but occasionally there would be periods of reform.
The forces of darkness mostly had to operate in a stealthful manner. Any politician who would dare speak positively of sins like recreational drug use, homosexual marriage, and abortion, could instantly find himself in hot water.
Back then, moral watchdog groups had a powerful influence over America. In one campaign, they used their sway to convince several retail outlets to stop selling adult magazines. During a four year period, from 1982 to 1986, they were able to end the sale of porn magazines in 28,000 locations. During that time period, Playboy had a 35 percent decline in its total circulation.
Today, there are no Christian moral crusaders of any significant stature. The Moral Majority, Focus on the Family, Christian Coalition, National Federation for Decency, and Roman Catholic Bishops are either defunct or they are a shadow of their former selves. We live in a time so corrupted the CEO of a company can get himself into hot water for just expressing the Bible’s view of morality. Two years ago, Dan Cathy, president Chick-fil-A, was involved in a huge media storm when it was learned that he gave money to organizations fighting same-sex marriage and supporting heterosexual ones.
Here are three example of Unstoppable Momentum grabbed from today’s headlines:
1. The heavy handed tactics by the Ferguson, Missouri police has many people wondering about the militarization of the police. The image of cops with assault rifles on top of vehicles that were designed to survive attacks from mines and .50 caliber weapons generated a huge amount of media coverage.
The absurdity of heavy armament in the hands of small town police motivated Reason TV to mockingly ask: “OH. YOU THINK YOUR TOWN’S TOO SMALL FOR A TANK? Got a strawberry festival? You need a tank. Having music in the park? You need a tank. Got a community theater production of Twelfth Night? You needeth a tank, good sir.”
Unfortunately, there is no indication that common sense is going to prevail. The White House said it would review the 1033 Program, the post 9/11 program that allows the Pentagon to give civilian police military weapons, but it’s unlikely there will be any policy change. The media quickly brushed aside all concerns, by saying the police needed these weapons to fight the war on drugs and terror.
2. One of the most troubling signs of Unstoppable Momentum is President Obama’s continuous effort to overstep his Constitutional authority by going around Congress. Like a hungry predator probing his prey’s weaknesses, Obama has been crafting legal rationales to allow him to seize more power. The other day I read he was going around Congress by working with the UN to forge an international climate change agreement that would compel nations to cut their carbon emissions. Anyone who dares to call out Obama’s treasonous actions is either laughed at or ignored.
3. The hostilities between Israel and Hamas is also an example of Unstoppable Momentum. Even though the fighting has come to an end, there is no resolution to the conflict. Israel killed several top Hamas military commanders, hundreds of buildings in Gaza were destroyed, and more than 2,100 Palestinians died, and yet this terrorist organization thinks it achieved victory over the Jewish state. I’m sure the only priority in the minds of Hamas leaders is how to get more rockets.
The timing of the Rapture and the Tribulation hour are totally in God’s hands. The Lord did say we would be able know that the end was near by observing the signs. Since it seems unlikely there will be any pause in prophetic progression, the end of all things should rapidly come our way.
“So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at … This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled” (Matthew 24:33-34).
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In Romans 10 Paul lays out how salvation is open to all, Jew and Gentile. He writes:
“For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.” – Romans 10:4-5
What he is saying is now it is not about works or how closely to a “T” you follow the law. But that it is through God’s gift of grace through faith in His Son, Jesus Christ. It is really that simple, and yet a hard step for some of us.
“That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” – Romans 10:9
Christ is the narrow gate (Matthew 7:13-14), through faith in Him you will be saved. It is the only “works” that God requires for eternal salvation.