What follows is an email I wrote to my brother in response to his message which highlighted the hardness of this life and the tenebrous world to come. Please read with an open mind and a heart bent toward Christ, His Word, and His message of hope in the gospel.
“If the world didn’t suck so much, we’d all fall off.” – Unknown 🙂
There’s no doubt that, “…we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” – Ephesians 6:12. Though many find this topic foolish, it would be most beneficial for each of us to meditate deeply on these considerations at regular intervals.
On topic, last night I watched the documentary, “America: Freedom to Fascism.” The film chronicles the worldly view of what the bible previously prophesied regarding the coming doom of world government, united digital monetary systems, and implantable microchips; all as a system of global control and domination. Check it out next time you have 2 hours to spare – better yet, make time for it. The film will not serve as an agent to bring you out of depression (sorry ’bout that,) but it is well worth watching. When viewed from a view point of biblical prophesy, you may likely be brought low with Godly repentance… in well-placed fear of God. It is humanly amazing how world events are aligning with biblical prophesy, and how 99% of our world population seems fantastically duped… egotistically discounting the reality as a string of dismissible conspiracy theories.
Continuing on the positive note of God in control… it is required that we place our lives in His hands – as Stephen did in Acts chapters 6-7. Stephen embodied the courage and faith of this verse, “…I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.” – Luke 12:4-5. Spiritually, it is imperative we keep this powerful statement close at heart, striving to fully grasp its truth and depth, which cannot come to us of our own accord, but from God alone. We cannot simply conjure Godly repentance… rather we must petition the Lord with tears of reverence and humility in hopes that he may grant us eyes to see and ears to hear.
I think it is of much value for us to consider our end as if it were to come upon us tomorrow… what would we do? What would be the focus of our efforts in our last 24 hours? Would we sleep? Would we work through our budgets? Would we go to work? Or would we swiftly dash about our domain begging those within reach to repent and fear the God of the bible? I have a mind to believe I would do the latter… so what holds me back from doing it today? What is holding you back? Undoubtedly, that is a question each of us need answer for ourselves.
“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God; Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began, But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel: Whereunto I am appointed a preacher, and an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles. For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day. Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.” – II Timothy 1:7-13
Praise the Lord for His patience and longsuffering that far exceed anything our human minds can begin to comprehend. Now let us go out and serve God, according to his purpose for our lives.