If you are a follower of Jesus, it's only natural as we enter a new year to contemplate if the prophecies of the Bible [regarding the return of Christ] will begin to see their fulfillment. Yes, I understand that we are not to know the day or hour, but we are told to "stay awake" and "be ready" so that the thief will not undermine God's gracious plan for humanity.
I must tell you that I don't obsess over the timeline of the Anti-Christ's appearance, nor am I preoccupied with looking for specific "signs" that forecast the End Times. But, as an ambassador for God behind enemy lines, I would be negligent if I didn't pay attention to what's going on in the world, and our nation, with a spiritually discerning eye.
Jesus has a lot to say in Matthew 24 about how we are to conduct
ourselves until His return; I believe both as individuals and as a
nation. In verse 45 He says, "Who is the
one qualified to oversee the master’s house? He will be a reliable
servant who is wise and faithful, one He can depend on. The master will
want to give him the responsibility of overseeing others in His house,
for His servant will lead them well and give them food at the right
As believers in Jesus, we are to be wise and faithful in our service to Him and the Father's Kingdom. But can you also see that this applies to the leaders of our country, who are responsible for overseeing this nation? I know there are a lot of people in this country praying for our nation and for our elected President. And whether you voted for him or not, I'm sure you are familiar with what Romans 13:1 has to say on this subject: Let every person be
loyally subject to the governing (civil) authorities. For there is no
authority except from God [by His permission, His sanction], and those
that exist do so by God’s appointment.
That may be difficult to digest, especially when we see so much going on in our country that seems ... well, so not what would be pleasing to God. Are you like me, and find yourself asking these questions ... Could God really be orchestrating the government of the United States? Or has He totally abandoned us because we first abandoned Him?
It is not hard to see some of the things the Bible warns us about -- the anti-God rebellion of ancient Babylon will once again become a world system as we get closer to Jesus's return. Ancient Babylon promoted a common language and social unity; and a universal economic and political unity, as well. If you look closely -- if you are awake and ready and watching -- you can see the similarities of this Biblical prophecy and the efforts of the world political and religious leaders to promote economic globalization, and an ecumenical and universal faith. All this leads to a breeding ground for the rise of the Anti-Christ spirit.
Let me be clear that I am not advocating that we recognize our current political leaders as working under the authorization or with the approval of God. The Lord knows I am not qualified to make that judgment. Only He knows if His plans and purposes are being accomplished by our elected leaders. What I do know is that we Christians need to do our part to prepare ourselves and our nation to be aligned with His purposes and what is dear to His heart.
For me that means being His servant and overseeing the commission He has left for me in the spheres where I have influence. It means being His instrument as He continues to set the captives free from their bondage to Satan. It means encouraging the Body of Christ to walk in their power and authority, instead of a powerless form of godliness. While I trust God to have His hand in our political and economic futures, I'm not focused on that aspect of the world. Instead, I am committed to being alert to the spiritual signposts that indicate the promises of the Bible, while fulfilling the assignment(s) He has given me.
Yes, the calendar page has turned and we have entered a new year. Our culture celebrates that milepost as the start of a new beginning. My flesh acknowledges the commencement of another year, but my spirit is crying out for the end to the rule by the god of this world. So, in this time of new resolutions, let us resolve to examine our hearts and service to our Lord; and let us ask God how to respond in prayer to what our spirits discern is a growing anti-God climate in the world. Let our commitment to God's Kingdom continue to grow as our field of labor expands and impacts our world.
Matthew 24:26 What joy and blessing will come to that faithful servant when the master comes home to find him serving with excellence!