One of the people I read is in a bit of an eschatological mood, and he finds a series of links that indicate that he is not alone. There is not doubt that we are in a time of Crisis.
I have always been suspicious of those who claim that the end of the world is nigh. Too many cynical comments in my youth.
Adam, who did not have a toxic dose of Peter Cook in his youth (being too young for that) corrects me. He's referring to the neoconservatives showing the are pandering to the black, the perverse, and the global corporations, which do pay the bills.
Perhaps we have been waiting for the wrong people to take off their masks. The rot goes deep and has been an infection for 500 years. But we get to see the end times. We get to see the grand show. No living in a dusty 19th century homestead for us, raising our cattle and our good wholesome family as one. We are the blessed and the cursed. We have ring side seats to the finale but the kicker is that we are part of the show.
The question instead is what will happen. To me. To you. If we do as God commanded, the current group of leaders will double down. They will not listen. They will add tyranny to evil: they already have micro-regulated the church while letting BLM run free, and I still don't understand why the church panders to this.
Unless, like the listeners in the temple to the prophet,they have no interest in repenting.
26 In the beginning of the reign of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah, this word came from the Lord: 2 “Thus says the Lord: Stand in the court of the Lord's house, and speak to all the cities of Judah that come to worship in the house of the Lord all the words that I command you to speak to them; do not hold back a word. 3 It may be they will listen, and every one turn from his evil way, that I may relent of the disaster that I intend to do to them because of their evil deeds. 4 You shall say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord: If you will not listen to me, to walk in my law that I have set before you, 5 and to listen to the words of my servants the prophets whom I send to you urgently, though you have not listened, 6 then I will make this house like Shiloh, and I will make this city a curse for all the nations of the earth.’”
7 The priests and the prophets and all the people heard Jeremiah speaking these words in the house of the Lord. 8 And when Jeremiah had finished speaking all that the Lord had commanded him to speak to all the people, then the priests and the prophets and all the people laid hold of him, saying, “You shall die! 9 Why have you prophesied in the name of the Lord, saying, ‘This house shall be like Shiloh, and this city shall be desolate, without inhabitant’?” And all the people gathered around Jeremiah in the house of the Lord.
10 When the officials of Judah heard these things, they came up from the king's house to the house of the Lord and took their seat in the entry of the New Gate of the house of the Lord. 11 Then the priests and the prophets said to the officials and to all the people, “This man deserves the sentence of death, because he has prophesied against this city, as you have heard with your own ears.”
12 Then Jeremiah spoke to all the officials and all the people, saying, “The Lord sent me to prophesy against this house and this city all the words you have heard.
So are we to ignore this and be one with those who would kill the prophets? I pray not, but if you are not you may share their fate.
8 “And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write: ‘The words of the first and the last, who died and came to life.
9 “‘I know your tribulation and your poverty (but you are rich) and the slander of those who say that they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. 10 Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and for ten days you will have tribulation. Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life. 11 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. The one who conquers will not be hurt by the second death.
If you want some practical signs of things getting unraveled around you, look here. I have lived through cycles of deterioration -- where I hung out as a teenager is now a red light district --and gentrification. I live where the crowds are not for a reason. We are counting the number of houses with peeling paint and commercial buildings for lease as this recession turns into a depression.
there are many who are predicting revival, and I pray that they are correct. But expect opposition. Expect the church to be shamed. Do not yield. Do not apologize for breaking their synthetic, inter-sectional sins.
Those who endure to the end will be those who are saved.