As first written March 21, 2011
Is it just me, or is anyone else growing weary of the “arm-chair prophets” using every disaster as an end time prophetic sign? All I am sensing from the myriad of “timely” words being broadcast by these doomsday “prophets” is FEAR! Hoarding food and supplies, end time survival kits, conspiracy theories and endgame strategies amount to scared, weak alarmist, sending the wrong message to an already alarmed world. Fear is the antithesis of faith, you either own one or the other. Just a couple of days ago, people were afraid of a “super moon!” What should we be afraid of next, being attacked by Martians, incinerated by solar flares, government death camps? One of the perks of age is… history repeats! As bad as you may think things are now, it has been MUCH worse before. Most of you reading this probably remember the Cuban missile crisis. We were one click away from oblivion… yet, we are all still here. A quick overview of Biblical history will reveal times far more lethal and morally devastating than today, yet men, like the apostle Paul took it in stride, never letting the malaise of culture deter him from his mission.
If you are living in fear, you are without faith… and outside of the Kingdom. Without faith, it is IMPOSSIBLE to please God. Without faith, it is impossible to offer hope to the world. We are called to be “Salt and Light” not “tasteless and fright!” By FAITH, those who pioneered the Kingdom before us obtained a good report.
I am not offended by the secular stereo typing of christians by the media, atheists, or alternative religions. They are looking for (and rightly so!) something drastically different from what they have seen from our “camp.” If christians act like the world, their spirituality is in vain. Romans 8 speaks of a different breed, a heartier stock, a defining species that the world has waited to see. We have been in the “End Times” since pentecost, yet sadly, first century christianity has declined rapidly since then.
Remnant theology has been a topic of controversy for years, however, not only do I embrace it, I believe the remnant is alive and well today. As in the days of Gideon, with a vast army at his disposal, only 300 were needed to “Git-R-Done! It only takes a few good men (and women) to make a difference. If you are reading this, you have a choice to make… will you be part of the problem or part of the solution? There is not a man, woman or child on Earth that actually knows what year it is or what day it is! in fact, whether you use the Hebrew, Roman or Mayan calendar to calculate your theories, you have started with a man-made, flawed, imperfect mode of measurement. NO MAN KNOWS the day or the hour of Christ’s glorious return. But you say; but we know the season. Men have been saying that for 2000 years! Jesus will return when He wants to, and when He does, He will restore all things back to His Father, that is the end/beginning. My suggestion… BE LIGHT, BE SALT, live a fearless life that stands out like a beacon of hope glorifying the Lord, making HIM famous! Does it matter if it’s tomorrow or 1000 years after we are vapor? We have made the Great Commission, the great omission!
Mark 16:14-19; Later Jesus appeared to the Eleven as they were eating; he rebuked them for their lack of faith and their stubborn refusal to believe those who had seen him after he had risen.
15 He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. 16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18 they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.”
19 After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, he was taken up into heaven and he sat at the right hand of God.
Friends, our Father did not create you to ignore so great a salvation… yours or the multitudes standing in the valley of decision. Come out of the world and be separate, so the world can tell the difference.
End times? If you don’t know Christ the day won’t mean a thing now will it? The only fear acceptable for a christian is the fear of the Lord, I pray this post helps you regain it. – M
When questioned further on this topic and the controversal statements this was the clarification:
“…what I am referring to here is people who consider themselves prophets without actually possessing the gift. If someone is instilling fear and claims that their soulish… information is a “word of God” then theoretically they have taken the Lord’s name in vain. There are actually very few that operate in the office of a prophet today. That does not discount the gift, on the contrary it makes true prophetic a rare treasure!
I think you assumed I was “throwing the baby out with the bath water” nothing could be further from the truth. One advantage/disadvantage I have is traveling every week. I get the opportunity of seeing (and dealing with!) all manner of impropriety within the church. My friend, everything that quacks like a duck is certainly not a duck.
I am a champion of the 5 fold ministry and have a personal responsibility to the prophetic, hence, of course these are the last days, of course warnings are necessary, of course true prophetic is necessary. But fear, soulish words, apathy, mayan calendars, charging up credit cards and leaving the debt for the anti-christ is unnecessary foolishness that I will not be silent about. Salt and Light… that is what the world needs… it was kindness that led this former drug addict to Christ, not scare tactics. If christians manifested more faith than fear we would be seeing revival in the streets instead of mass exodus’ from the church.
Remember, my word starts with the phrase; “arm-chair prophets”. May the true voice of God be heard from the lips of HIS prophets whether it be warning or exhortation. Did you really think that I don’t believe the prophet is an integral part of the bodies lifeblood? All I am doing is adding one word… true. Any prophesy without truth is just…BS. .. Yeshua said: His sheep know His voice… if He is speaking, those who are His will know it! Your Friend, Michael”