As I read alternative media articles on the economy, there are many out there that can’t believe that we haven’t had another crash yet. I totally understand where they are coming from. Nothing changed from 2008, but you wouldn’t know that the way the government and MSM report. Many Americans seem to have short memories as others are watching for the shoe to drop.
This happens in the Christian community too!
I haven’t really been too big on Biblical Prophecy, but after doing some research and searching online, I’ve stumbled on a whole segment of the Christian community on the internet that is talking about all things prophecy. Of course, you have to be careful. And when I see people giving dates and stuff, well, that is a big turn-off for me. But it did remind me of Mark 13:32-37.
“32 “Now concerning that day or hour no one knows—neither the angels in heaven nor the Son—except the Father. 33 Watch! Be alert! For you don’t know when the time is coming. 34 It is like a man on a journey, who left his house, gave authority to his slaves, gave each one his work, and commanded the doorkeeper to be alert. 35 Therefore be alert, since you don’t know when the master of the house is coming—whether in the evening or at midnight or at the crowing of the rooster or early in the morning. 36 Otherwise, he might come suddenly and find you sleeping. 37 And what I say to you, I say to everyone: Be alert!” Mark 13:32-37 (HCSB)
How many Christians are really “watching” and “alert” for the Second Coming? We won’t know the exact time and hour, but we can have our eyes open and looking! We can watch!
I’m afraid that most Christians will be caught “sleeping” instead of watching and being alert.
To be Christians that are watching and alert…and not “sleeping” what does it take?
It takes more than going to church on Sunday morning. It takes more than reading the popular Christian book of the time. It takes more than sending some money to a good cause. It takes more than “feeling” good about yourself. It takes more than sacrificing from time to time. It takes more than…
It takes accepting Jesus Christ as your LORD and Savior, reorienting your whole life to live for God. It takes allowing Him to be your first love. It takes making your relationship with God your first priority above everything else. It takes desiring to learn and grow in His knowledge. It takes walking in faith and trusting when you don’t see the next step clearly.
The point is that when you focus on the things of God, you more easily see Him moving in your life and in the world.
And where the world is right now, is pretty
scary curious from certain perspectives….
Spiritual – If you’ve read this far into the post, more than likely you are a believer who would agree that the state of the church is pretty jacked up. We are weak and beaten down, at least here in America. In many areas, the church has allowed sin to run rampant, not only in society, but in our pews without saying anything or pointing to God’s Word. I’ll stop here since I posted a spiritual rant last week.
Israel/ The Middle East/ War – I’m not a student of Bible prophecy, but if you can’t tell that things are heating up over there, well, you’re not “watching” and “alert!” But, the potential for turmoil has always been there. But this time, the US is looking like it is NOT a friend to Israel.
I recently learned about a book called Eye to Eye: Facing the Consequences of Dividing Israel by William Koenig. Koenig is a White House correspondent. In his book, he details events where the US wasn’t friendly to Israel or tried to force Israel one way or the other and how soon after, some disaster befell America. Yes, this happened under Democrat and Republican presidents. Coincidence? I’ll let you be the judge!
Economic – They don’t even try to hide it anymore. By “they” I mean even mainstream economist. The only thing up in the air is how long can they keep the boat afloat! When it goes down, there is going to be pain! Pain like we haven’t seen here in America before!
Droughts – I don’t think there is enough concern coming from the state of California yet. But we will soon feel the drought in our pockets when we go to buy fresh fruits and vegetables in the grocery stores and they are way more expensive than in the past because of the lack of water there!
I can go on, but I know you get the picture! If there was ever a time to “watch” and “be alert” it is now!
Don’t fall into the trap that everything is fine and be lulled to sleep! Every Christian should do a spiritual checkup from time to time, a fruit inspection if you would…
- How much time do you spend “in the world” vs. “in His world?”
- Are you watching things on TV and the internet that a Christian should not be watching?
- Do your words and actions match your heart and mind?
- Are you spending more time with Christian friends vs worldly friends?
- In your free time, what do you do?
- When you consider the future, where do your thoughts take you?
- Are you reading the Bible?
- Do you fear the future or do you have faith?
- Consider, have you grown in your faith in the last year, 5 years, 10 years?
- How would your close friends describe you? Does your faith even come up?
- Is church easy to skip out on or do you never miss church?
- Are you serving?
These are just questions to consider to help you evaluate where you are, they are not a formula for spiritual growth!
I’ve said this before, as Christian preppers, we are not only considering all the craziness in the world, but we are looking at it from a spiritual perspective. We are actually prepping for two scenarios, we are prepping for natural disasters, personal disasters and SHTF scenarios, but we are also prepping for the ultimate bug out – Heaven. And that is worth watching and being alert for!
12Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand
or marked off the heavens with the span of his hand?
Who has gathered the dust of the earth in a measure
or weighed the mountains in a balance
and the hills in the scales?
13 Who has directed the Spirit of the Lord,
or who gave Him His counsel?
14 Who did He consult with?
Who gave Him understanding
and taught Him the paths of justice?
Who taught Him knowledge
and showed Him the way of understanding?
15 Look, the nations are like a drop in a bucket;
they are considered as a speck of dust in the scales;
He lifts up the islands like fine dust.
16 Lebanon is not enough for fuel,
or its animals enough for a burnt offering.
17 All the nations are as nothing before Him;
they are considered by Him
as nothingness and emptiness.
Isaiah 40:12-17 (HCSB)
Have you determined that God is your all? If not, why not?