We are 30 days post-solar eclipse and as I write this Hurricane Maria is bringing devastation to Puerto Rica while they are still reeling from the effects of Hurricane Irma. Some Caribbean Islands are still largely uninhabitable after Hurricane Irma last week and the gulf states of the USA are still trying to pick up the pieces after Hurricane Harvey. A large after shock struck Mexico killing over 200 people a week after the initial 8 point quake. There is flooding and fires in many parts of the world on an unprecedented scale. Hurricane Jose is still churning in the Atlantic and no one is sure if it is going to make landfall in the USA or not. Several earthquake swarms are on going in the USA. The beating of the war drum is getting faster and louder. North Korea continues to boldly threaten Japan, South Korea and the USA. The USA continues to threaten to destroy North Korea as well as threaten Iran, Venezuela, and anyone who isn’t doing what the USA wants. Russia and China are in military drills together. Russia is also amassing forces on the boarder of European nations. The Syrian army crossed the Euphrates river (with the support and help of Russia) this week after the USA stated that would be a ‘red line.’ Persecution of Christians continues to rise world wide. And this list is just a brief overview.
Dear friends, as I stated last week, the Lord made it clear the Solar Eclipse of August 21, 2017 was the beginning of a 40 day warning and call to repentance. The Lord is calling to us to wake up before it is too late! Wake up sleepy church! “Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”
The warning the Holy Spirit gives through Paul in Ephesians 5 is to those who say they are Christians yet their lives look the same as unbelievers, therefore the Lord calls them asleep…they look as though they are dead just as unbelievers are spiritually dead. May we take inventory and see where this is true in our lives!
This week I listened to a local ‘Christian’ radio station. In the few minutes I listened I heard an advertisement for ‘body sculpting’ touted by personal testimony of one of the radio host, a weight loss clinic with a personal testimony by one of the hosts and personal testimonies from hosts for laser hair removal and eye surgery to avoid wearing glasses.
What a sickening display of worldly, flesh desires. Where is the testimony of Jesus? Where is the testimony of being delivered out of the dominion of darkness and being brought into the Kingdom of Jesus?
We must repent of our arrogance, love of the things of this world and our lack of desire for Jesus. Are we faithful to our first love? Are we humble and aware of our need for Jesus?
Friends, we must wake up and listen to Jesus while it is today. Very difficult days are ahead. Do we have faith to remain steadfast in Christ? Are we making best use of the time, preaching the true Gospel to those around us?
At the beginning of 2017, many false prophets promised a reprieve, a time of blessing and prosperity and a time of power for the church. As ridiculous as those claims sounded, the deeper tragedy is that so many of what is called the ‘church’ desire worldly prosperity, and power.
In 2006, the Lord had me write about God’s call to His people to ‘wake up.’ Here is an excerpt from one of those articles:
[We must wake up, sleepy church! Oh faithless nation. Turn to the Lord. Turn from selfish ways. Turn from greed, lust and power. Be humble before the Lord and seek Him now. Take down the idols, the high places and all false things that have taken precedence over God. Let every eye turn to Christ. Be still and let every heart listen for the voice of God our Redeemer.
The days of preparation are drawing to a close. The day of warning is drawing to close. It is time to go as our Lord directs our steps. It is time to be humble before the Lord. Coming together to seek His ways and hear as one ear in His body. It is time to lay aside foolish arguments and complacency. It is time to lay aside the applause of man, the fear of man and to boldly follow our victorious King! See His banner coming!]
Today, 11 years later, the call to wake up, humble ourselves before the Lord and obey Him is so urgent and yet it seems to fall on deaf ears. The false prophets who promise peace and prosperity have cheering crowds but we would do well to heed the word of the Lord through Jeremiah:
Thus says the LORD of hosts: “Do not listen to the words of the prophets who prophesy to you, filling you with vain hopes. They speak visions of their own minds, not from the mouth of the LORD. 17 They say continually to those who despise the word of the LORD, ‘It shall be well with you’: and to everyone who stubbornly follows his own heart, they say, ’No disaster shall come upon you.’”
18 For who among them has stood in the
council of the LORD
to see and to hear his word.
or who has paid attention to his word
19 Behold, the storm of the LORD!
Wrath has gone forth,
a whirling tempest;
It will burst upon the head of the
20 The anger of the LORD will not turn back
until he has executed and accomplished
the intents of his heart.
In the latter days you will understand it
21″I did not send the prophets,
yet they ran:
I did not speak to them,
yet they prophesied.
22 But if they had stood in my council,
then they would have proclaimed my
words to my people,
and they would have turned them from
their evil way.
and from the evil of their deeds.