AT THE PRECIPICE OF WORLD WIDE JUDGMENT: The Great Imperative of our Times

If we believe, as scripture makes clear, that salvation is a free gift (Ephesians 2: 8, 9) then we must also grapple with the dichotomy that faithfulness is not tied to outcome. Every generation is a hostage to the times in which they live. The great imperative of my parents day was World War 11. Sons and husbands, brothers and sisters were lost as Hitler attempted world dominance. Of my grandparents it was the Great Depression which colored all subsequent experience. A family story told time and again was of the turkey that was won by my grandmother by raffle and how the family came together that Thanksgiving with plenty to eat for all.
The imperative of our time is that we are the last church described in Revelation. because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth (Rev. 3: 16).
The overwhelming challenge which impacts the current generation is the assault of stimulus which stands as a barrier between us and authentic intimacy with Jesus Christ. This is the satanic substitution, the inverse of godly intent which is the particular disease (lie) which pervades our time. The Holy Spirit; Spirit to spirit, invites relationship. The drive for significance is embedded in our humanity compelling us to seek after things eternal.
Read my blog dated January 2, 2010; THE HOMING DEVICE THAT DRAWS US TO GOD
At no time in human history has a generation ever been so pervasively in bondage to various addictions, nor felt so entitled to entertainment as a component of all experience. We are daily being inoculated against silence and stillness. Mankind rushes to fill the threatening gap with a panacea of stimulus augmented in busyness. Contemplative prayer to which stillness resonates, allows us to hear from God. Confession to the point of tears is proof that we are not merely going through the motions, but that the Holy Spirit is truly welcomed as a necessary means by which we attain godly peace; peace that passes all understanding.

So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed (John 8: 36).

Read the passage in context. Warfare in this generation is directed at the soul in self soothing overload, in over committed busyness, in the frantic shoring up of addictive strongholds. Laid waste is the family and under valued the body of Christ.

Today science is hard at work looking for changes in brain chemistry as a result of this interpersonal overload. Everything from mind-numbing television to crack; from an over indulgence of food to gambling; the subliminal messages embedded in advertising like the ringing of a telephone or a babies cry... whatever and however behaviors are seduced and which then manifests as a barrier between us and God. The imperatives of our time, over which faith has the power to overcome in Christ, is intercession as a discipline and a practice. I like to think of this level of commitment to prayer as a beautiful mantle, glaringly evident to every preternatural oppression and opposition which we encounter and which seeks us out.

We live at one of the most important junctures of world history; at the eve of Tribulation and world-wide judgement; a time like no other in human history. Matthew 24; Luke 13. And yet we allow our senses and our will to be taken hostage by the competing demands of culture. We allow our better inclinations to be circumvented by worldly cares, placing behaviors in bondage to assaults; allowing the useless waste of time, and never seeing any of this as the stuff of satanic warfare to which we'll someday answer.

Therefore be on the alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming. But be sure of this, that if the head of the house had known at what time of the night the thief was coming, he would have been on the alert and would not have allowed his house to be broken into. For this reason you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not think He will (Matthew 24: 42-44).

In preparing a lesson for Bible Study I came across the following verse.

Then he added, "Son of man, let all my words sink deep into your own heart first. Listen to them carefully for yourself. Then go to your people in exile and say to them, 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says!' Do this whether they listen to you or not." (Ezekiel 2: 10, 11)

Our being faithful is a powerful catalyst. that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father (Philippians 2: 10, 11).

The Body of Christ, irrespective of denomination, is the last Church; not only descriptive of a specific first century church, but also of the last age before the Rapture and start of the Great Tribulation. For a picture of what and who we are and a challenge to change read, Rev. 3: 14-22. All human kind has been hostage to the generational imperatives of their birth. On many levels it is an honor to have been selected to live these years at this final juncture as configured by a world history set before the dawn of time. We won't want it said that we were neither cold nor hot.

Rather we'll want it said...

I know your deeds and your toil and perseverance, and that you cannot tolerate evil men, and you put to the test those who call themselves apostles, and they are not, and you found them to be false; and you have perseverance and have endured for My names sake, and have not grown weary (Revelation 2: 2-3).

The Holy Spirit calls us to engage in spiritual battles on behalf of loved ones, the body of Christ, and the unsaved; deliverance and healing. That too many of us feel little urgency speaks to the descriptions of this last period in church history.

Ezekiel had been carried off to Babylon in one of the campaigns against Jerusalem. Daniel was already known and Esther had yet to be crowned queen. Both the Northern and Southern kingdoms were under Babylonian rule and all that remained was a shadow of the former glory within the city walls. The so called prophets still living in Jerusalem were testifying that there would be safety and peace; a bright future. God was giving Ezekiel an entirely different message, warning the people to repent and change their ways if they wanted to avoid this final and decisive invasion.

Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying, "Son of man, you live in the midst of the rebellious house, who have eyes to see but do not see, ears to hear but do not hear, for they are a rebellious house (Ezekiel 12: 2).
In the same way the Church in Germany hid from the truth of what was right before their eyes; overwhelmingly slow to respond to the moral imperatives that demanded sacrifice. Addressing the leaders and prophets in Jerusalem who spoke of peace, despite all evidence to the contrary, Ezekiel said:

 "Then you will see what becomes of all the false visions and misleading predictions about peace in Israel. For I am the Lord! I will fulfill my threat of destruction in your own lifetime, says the Sovereign Lord" (Ezekiel 12: 24).

According to the description of the last Church, the Body of Christ at the precipice of Tribulation, we are equally blind; neither cold nor hot. The body of Christ has knowledge, giving lip service, but living as if time is not winding down. Nothing stands between us and coming judgement except God's divine timing. Speaking of the last world-wide judgment Jeremiah prophesied about the coming Tribulation to which we, in this era, are very close:

The anger of the Lord will not turn back until He has performed and carried out the purposes of His heart; in the last days you will clearly understand it (Jeremiah 23: 22).
How will we respond as the Caustic Agent for change, salt and light, as we are mandated to be? No response, cold and neutral, according to scripture is a response that God hates. Our very salvation, having stepped from darkness to light, from the dominion of Satan to God, demands that we recognize the imperatives of our time. Having been transferred to the kingdom of Light by faith we are to be alert; with eyes wide open, rebuilding the walls of righteousness; fasting and praying for revival.

You have rejected us, O God, and broken our defenses. You have been angry with us; now restore us to your favor. You have shaken our land and split it open. Seal the cracks before it completely collapses. You have been hard on us, making us drink wine that sent us reeling. But you have raised a banner for those who honor you - a rallying point in the face of attack (Psalm 60: 1-4).
Amen, come Lord Jesus. The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all (Rev. 22: 20b, 21).

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