Many social media sites are trying to inform me that doom and gloom is just around the corner, food shortages, markets collapsing, while at the same time apparently forgetting that same doom they pronounced when the so-called pandemic was supposedly going to end the life of hundreds of millions of people.
The news outlets inform me of social unrest because of, which they will not admit as truth, is that is what they are “reporting” on, accounts are offered while the cameras show only what they want you to see, polls are taken from select groups only, or fabricated to reach their intended goal. But all the commercials, those revenue producing images we all must suffer through to a degree show me happy people moving through life with great joy because they bought this wonderful product.
“Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people?” (1 Kings 3:9)
My brothers and sisters in Christ, if this has not been an earnest prayer of yours for years, it needs to become one now. I do not know the exact timeline of Matthew 24:24, “For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.” But personally, I believe it has already begun.
The lack of Christians, true born-again believers standing up to the evil of this day and instead spending far too much time on their own personal walk, and therefore their real or imagined problems, the many who will not speak the name of the Lord in public, pastors on social media sites and even in the pulpit whose main concern seems to be that those who profess the name of the Lord feel alright about themselves. Very little is taught on obedience to the will and Word of God today, very little is heard from any about not loving our lives, but of self-denial, and the worst of them do no more than show videos on their screens about the turmoil around the planet or the latest news of the previous week.
“Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.” (James 4:17)
Their best is an extra handful of change in the offering plate as it passes by, a short, quick half-hearted prayer for those poor people “over there,” and a life consumed with either complaining or living in fear of that which is indeed approaching, that which cannot be stopped. They listen to all the terrible news from around the planet and speak as if it is right outside their door, they fear that which they are not to fear, they run from that which they are to stand against, and they go to their church once a week to receive more “bad news,” along with a small dose of emotionally uplifting words.
They are not convicted, but simply encouraged.
There are indeed physical signs that the Lord is lowering the hedges, more floods and fires, earthquakes and terrible weather, but these are the only signs that many are speaking about. It is few and far apart, even rare to hear anyone either behind the pulpit, on any social media sites or in a public discussion speaking about the most visible sign of these beginnings of sorrows, the great falling away.
“Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;” (2nd Thess. 2:3)
My lovely wife and I were discussing this topic in part over dinner this evening, are those who are falling away saved or lost? It is an excellent question, and the previous verse along with Luke 9:62, “And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” makes me think that these are no more than those who are professing the Lord with their lips, but I cannot say for sure. They may indeed be prodigal sons or sheep that have gone astray, God knows, I do not.
If everything that you are hearing on those sites frightens you, that can be accepted, but only in part, for 1 John 4:18 stands as truth. “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.” Make sure it is your flesh that is the only part of you that knows this fear, your soul is safe with Christ.