PROPHECY – a sadly neglected message from our pulpits these days – IS NOT MEANT TO SCARE US, it is meant to PREPARE US!!!
According to recent survey by LIFEWAY Research¹, many pastors are apparently having an “aha” moment due to the tide of our times…. and about time too! They are beginning to see current events today as things the Bible forecast for the end-of-days. But sadly … as with others, I think their pulpits could remain silent on this subject as and when things return to the “new normal”! Why?
The research results indicate that many pastors in the survey have noted that world and church events have meaning today. They include the rise in apostasy, the love of believers growing cold, the decline in traditional morals, national conflicts, natural disasters, famines, and even the rise in Antisemitism. Even if they are Tribulation events, they are casting a shadow on the Church Age now. But sadly, despite acknowledging this, most will be reluctant to preach about it and guide their flock of whom they are overseers (as the Bible puts it clearly). [There are reasons for this, which will be covered in another blog post very soon, God willing]
In these surreal days in which we find ourselves, it is time for people, Christians AND non-Christians, to WAKE UP and realize that what is happening is warned about in the precious Word of God! What God’s Word says is TRUE and it is time to take note and believe His Word.
Almost 25 years ago, the church-growth movement said that teaching any kind of eschatology² would not grow the church. Pastors were encouraged to keep quiet about the soon return of the Lord. Pastor Rick Warren even said in his Purpose Driven Life book that teaching Bible prophecy would distract you from your purpose and make you unfit for the Kingdom of God. Tragically Pastors listened to him! ¹ Tragic!!! The most amazing thing is, if prophecy is correctly taught, it inspires people to get right with God!
The book of Revelation provides a clear picture of what will happen in the last days. It is NOT a closed book. It is a clear picture and timeline of the Lord’s dealing with the church, the catching away of believers, the rise of the Antichrist and False Prophet, the pouring out of God’s wrath on an unbelieving world and culminating in the magnificent return of the Lord with His saints to set up His 1000 year reign on earth. It explains the final destination of those who have rejected God and those who have trusted Christ as their Saviour and much more.
Why did I mention all this? Sadly people avoid Revelation and prophecy in general in their preaching – they avoid the reality of what is a crucial part of the Word of God. Many say it is merely symbolic …. not so!! The Bible is virtually thirty percent prophecy (30%) – much of which pertains to the end times …. but the churches are silent! If they were taught about these things, people would realize that what is busy happening now – today – is all part of the end-time scenario all falling into place. A foreshadowing of the time of Tribulation which is around the corner. They would start to understand the dangers lurking in the shadows. But they would also realize, if they were taught all of Scripture, what a great opportunity AND responsibility it is for those who know Jesus as Saviour, to reach out to others with the life-giving message of the Gospel of Jesus!
Joel Rosenberg states, “For too long, many pastors have shied away from teaching on birth pangs and events leading up to the Second Coming of the Lord, but the current pandemic demonstrates the need for solid, non-sensational preaching done in a biblical manner.”¹
Things might appear to be falling apart, BUT they are actually falling into place … exactly as foretold in the precious infallible and unadulterated Word of God, the Bible.
So many prophecies are being fulfilled on a DAILY basis and with increasing speed and intensity. BUT people are not being told just how relevant prophecy is today. When last did you hear a sermon about end-times in your church? I am not talking about a sermon that says the Lord is coming back someday. No urgency to make sure people come to know the Lord before it is ever too late. Seldom if ever do you hear both eternal destinations mentioned – Heaven yes, but seldom the reality of Hell and a lost eternity.
Be alert, the Lord is coming at an hour that you do not expect ... I believe VERY soon!!
We do not know the day nor the hour of His return, BUT we DO know and if you study your Bible, you will KNOW that this is the season of His return for His church, true believers in the Lord Jesus Christ. The Lord Himself rebuked the people saying: “”You hypocrites! You know how to analyze the appearance of the earth and the sky, but why do you not analyze this present time?” (Luke 12:5-56)
The Lifeway report also revealed that more than half the pastors expect Jesus to return in their lifetime. So why on earth are their pulpits not proclaiming this?
But there is still more to the survey! Almost 70% of those surveyed believe the modern re-birth of Israel and the re-
gathering of millions of Jewish people were fulfillments of prophecies in the Bible. That’s great news but that was 72 years ago. Why haven’t you been preaching that, pastors?
More than that, 40% of the pastors surveyed believe that the establishment of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem two years ago was one of the signs of the last days!
This is great sermon material! It could get a church fired up! But most pulpits I hear about are silent on the topic.
The book of Revelation tells us there is coming a one-world system run by the Antichrist. That new world order requires a crisis—a global crisis, not a local crisis. We have it—a global pandemic. Just a few weeks ago one of our former Prime Ministers urged world leaders to create a temporary form of global government to deal with the coronavirus crisis. Isn’t this more fuel for a discussion? If your eyes and ears are open, you will hear more and more the terms “One World Government”, “New World Order”, “One World Religion”, “One World Financial System” …. people have the right to know and to understand what is busy happening.
And remember, The Church is to be removed before the revealing of the lawless one, the Antichrist who will be “the man with a plan” – the “Mr Fix It”, as it were. I believe without a shadow of a doubt that what we are seeing taking place is almost like a “practice run” for the real thing …. things that will take place once the Church is removed and the 7-year tribulation begins.
Pastors, please don’t be silent! Those of us who know about this must not remain silent. Maybe this is truly something new to you. A new day! Some pastors and churches are indeed seizing the opportunity to present the Good News and are seeing thousands come to know the Lord as their Saviour. We have an open door using modern technology now. Seize the opportunity. Look around you – see how all things are falling into place. Be excited. Be truthful. Don’t marginalize such important news. Connect the dots for your people.
Jesus is returning any moment. Please stop the silence of the pulpits.
People need to get to know the Lord Jesus as their Saviour. Time as we know it is running out.
Now take action!
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¹Olive Tree Ministries. Hoofbeats of the Four Horsemen? By Jan Markell April 15, 2020
² Christian eschatology is a major branch of study within Christian theology dealing with the “last things.”