So many Christians today are oblivious of the impending judgment that looms on the horizon. Decades of “ME! ME! CHRISTIANITY” has obliterated their vision of eternity. Blinding them to the signs of the end of this age.
Woe, judgment is coming to those who drag along wickedness with cords of falsehood, and sin as if with cart ropes. Towing their own punishment.
Who say, “Let Him move speedily. Let Him expedite His work, His promised vengeance so that we may see it. Let the purpose of the Holy One of Israel approach and come to pass so that we may know it!”
Woe, judgment is coming to those who call evil good and good evil. Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness. Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!
Woe, judgment is coming to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever and shrewd in their own sight!
Woe, judgment is coming to those who are heroes at drinking wine
and men of strength in mixing intoxicating drinks. Who justify the wicked and acquit the guilty for a bribe and take away the rights of those who are in the right! Isaiah 5:18-23
“ME! ME! CHRISTIANITY” fails to teach that life on this side of eternity is a tapestry of victories AND trials and tribulations. Synergistically demolishing strongholds, ungodly thought patterns.
Many Christians fear trials, or erroneously believe that once you‘ve made Jesus the Lord of your life your home free.
As a young believer were you blindsided by any of the following?
Your life didn’t get easier.
Problems didn’t disappear.
Your character wasn’t transformed instantaneously.
Temptation continued to rear its ugly head.
Yep, that’s the life of a disciple of Christ.
Don’t think for a single moment you’ll survive this battle for your soul with a Pollyanna attitude. Sitting around the campfire, holding hands and singing Kumbaya only makes you an easier target for the devil. Yes, Papa will give you wings to fly above the circumstances of life, but you’’ll first have to take flying lessons from the master flight instructor, the Holy Spirit. He alone can teach you the skills that’ll keep you safe even amidst end time turbulence.
End time turbulence will increase in intensity and frequency as the return of Jesus nears. Turbulence that makes you question Papa’s goodness and faithfulness. Crying out as David did.
“My God, my God, why have You forsaken me? Why are You so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning?
O my God, I cry by day, but You do not answer and by night, but I find no rest.
(Then David remembers.)
Yet You are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel. In You our fathers trusted. They trusted, and You delivered them. To You they cried and were rescued. In You they trusted and were not put to shame.” Psalm 22:1-5
End time turbulence draws a line in the sand. Separating those who truly belong to Papa from the wannabes. I believe this separating is underway.
So, dear friends, don’t be surprised when the fiery ordeal comes among you to test you. As if something unusual were happening to you. Instead, rejoice as you share in the sufferings of the Messiah so that you may also rejoice with great joy at the revelation of His glory.
If you are ridiculed for the name of Christ, you are blessed because the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. None of you, however, should suffer as a murderer, a thief, an evildoer or a meddler,
But if anyone suffers as a “Christian,” he should not be ashamed but should glorify God in having that name. For the time has come for judgment to begin with God’s household, and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who disobey the gospel of God?
If a righteous person is saved with difficulty, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner? So those who suffer according to God’s will should, while doing what is good, entrust themselves to a faithful Creator. 1 Peter 4:12-19
Jesus tells us, “There are two paths before you. You may take only one path. One doorway is narrow, and one door is wide. Go through the narrow door. For the wide door leads to a wide path, and the wide path is broad. The wide, broad path is easy, and the wide, broad, easy path has many, many people on it. But the wide, broad, easy, crowded path leads to death.
Now then that narrow door leads to a narrow road that in turn leads to life. It is hard to find that road. Not many people manage it.
Along the way, watch out for false prophets. They will come to you in sheep’s clothing, but underneath that quaint and innocent wool, they are hungry wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits. You don’t find sweet, delicious grapes growing on thorny bushes, do you? You don’t find delectable figs growing in the midst of prickly thistles.
People and their lives are like trees. Good trees bear beautiful, tasty fruit, but bad trees bear ugly, bitter fruit. A good tree cannot bear ugly, bitter fruit. Nor can a bad tree bear fruit that is beautiful and tasty.
What happens to the rotten trees? They are cut down. They are used for firewood.
When a prophet comes to you and preaches this or that. Look for his fruits. Sweet or sour? Rotten or ripe?
Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven. Simply calling Me ‘Lord’ will not be enough. Only those who do the will of My Father who is in heaven will join Me in heaven.
At the end of time, on that day of judgment, many will say to Me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name? Did we not drive demons out of the possessed in Your name? Did we not perform miracles in Your name?’
But I will say to them, ‘I never knew you. Now you must get away from Me, you evildoers!” Matthew 7:13-23
End time turbulence compels you to make a choice. Choose wisely!