As things begin to accelerate around the world towards a perceivable prophetic fulfillment of the Bible, our thoughts and actions must shift. For those living a life of Biblical faith, it means that now is the time to act. For those living partially in the Spirit and partially in the world, now is the time to make the commitment. It’s not just about believing or even proclaiming. Now is the time to live as the Bible declares.
We are living in a special time. Some continue to say that it’s no different now than in the past, that every generation felt like theirs was the special one and possibly the start of events prophesied in Revelation, Daniel, and other books of the Bible. The difference today is that the settings are primed for Biblical prophetic fulfillment. Israel is a nation, a burdensome stone to all other nations.
2 Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem.
3 And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.Zechariah 12:2-3 (KJV)
We saw a strong representation of this in Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to the United Nations this week.
This isn’t the time to try to convince you that we’re entering or soon to be entering the end times. Regardless of whether you believe it or not, our purpose is the same. The world has gone from appreciation of Christianity to neutrality in just a few decades. Now, we’re seeing it shift much more rapidly from neutrality to hatred and attacks.
Abroad, being a Christian can bring hardship, torture, and even death. We’re seeing this start to emerge in western culture as well. It’s not just the crimes perpetrated by individuals such as the militant-atheist Chris Harper Mercer who attempted to single out Christians. It’s more than the subtle shift in sentiment against business owners who espouse Christian values in their businesses against the secular whims of the government. It’s bigger than that. It’s quickly turning universal. It has become acceptable.
As Judeo-Christian believers in our Lord and Savior, Yeshua Ha-Mashiach, called Jesus Christ in western culture, it is our responsibility to shift our mindset. The majority of believers today are satisfied with living mostly secular lives with the Bible in one hand for reference on Sundays and occasionally when problems arise. It’s time to shift to put the Bible firmly in both hands held out in front of us to lead us through everything we do.
A Journey of Spirit
One of the most important parts of our spiritual journey is to acknowledge that it really is a spiritual journey. That’s not double talk, nor is it meant to sound confusing. This acknowledgement changes the way we perceive and act upon everything in our lives.
When we start to view our lives in full service to our Messiah, we can allow our hearts and minds to be fully guided by the Holy Spirit. This is imperative; the changes that are happening are so powerful and happening so rapidly that it’s easy to fall for the delusion that is sweeping across the world. One of the clearest illustrations of this is in the dramatic shift in sentiment towards gay marriage in America.
Life is a spiritual journey. In the past, it was easier to keep both a secular and a Biblical perspective simultaneously because the secular aspects of America were tolerant of the Christian perspective. Kids could pray in school. Lawsuits weren’t filed if a photographer didn’t want to shoot at a gay wedding. Protests weren’t held if police departments put the words “In God We Trust” on their cruisers.
Many Christians are “going along to get along.” We’re making our spiritual lives more private and personal and justifying it with a false belief that it’s not our right to impose our beliefs on others. That’s not the case. The secular world and other religions are actively imposing their beliefs on us and so many believers are letting it happen to avoid conflict.
That’s not what Jesus instructed.
19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.Matthew 28:19-20 (KJV)
This isn’t a call to have every believer proselytize. It’s not for everyone. However, we must start allowing the Holy Spirit to guide all of our actions, all of our beliefs, and all of our decisions. By living our lives as the Bible instructs, we can be a light to others simply by setting the proper example.