For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape (1 Thessalonians 5:3).
Being the father of two children, as well as a Teaching Pastor, I cannot help but to take pause when I look at the schizophrenic times we are currently living in and relate it directly to the above biblical admonition. I am currently teaching from the book of Daniel which contains specific prophecies that are imperative for a Christian to understand in order to navigate what I see as the current birth pangs of our day. In Matthew 24:8, Jesus said, “All these are the beginning of sorrows” as a way to categorize the local and global afflictions that would trace our day and age.
The word “sorrows” is used to describe the contractions that a woman experiences during the labor process. Consider as you get closer to delivery, the contractions increase in frequency and intensity. I’m reminded of both my children’s deliveries and as attentive as I was to the process, nobody knew more intimately and had the ability to recognize the contractions than my bride, my wife. She was the first to know the signs of soon delivery.
Likewise, with so many crises currently ravaging our world, only the true Bride of Christ will be able to recognize the signs of the times. And with every sudden contraction, Christians need to be paying attention. Yet sadly, I feel as if so many are still sleeping!
You see, our world has lost all sense of reason—churches are divided, families are divided, the medical community is equally divided. This can only be the result of a strong delusion that has been unleashed in the spiritual realm. And if I could prayerfully lend you my spiritual goggles, you would recognize that the only uniformity of opinion is from the ruling powers, the social elites, the media at large, the progressive church and all those who have caught the deadliest of all variants—fear.
I am reminded of an interesting placard that is currently being censored by social media. It reads: “It didn’t start with gas chambers. It started with one party controlling the media. One party controlling the message. One party deciding what is truth. One party censoring speech and silencing opposition. One party dividing citizens into “us” and “them” and calling on their supporters to harass them. It started when good people turned a blind eye and let it happen.”
Ask yourself, why would such a placard be censored? And that is why I am convinced there is a pervading spiritual component to the lack of discernment that is currently permeating the fabric of our day. Just one common sense example to put that thought into perspective—masking children. That anyone would think (other than the devil), that covering precious little faces is a good idea should raise the hair on the back of your neck. First off, there is so much conflicting science to support that masks work and more importantly, the data clearly shows they are unnecessary for that demographic. On the other hand, the routinely censored science has proven that masks worn by children are contaminated with bacteria, parasites, and fungi. Just think about them sneezing, spitting, touching, and breathing into them for 8 hours a day.
Where has the COMMON SENSE gone? This single issue alone is one of many of the plethora of insane mandates flooding our society faster than the operation warp speed injection. The deception behind such agendas is so thick that it can only be cut (discerned) with a knife (the Word of God). If one doesn't have spiritual insight, they will be blinded by the default of only seeing with their physical sight.
Thomas Jefferson once said, “If people let the government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as the souls of those who live under such tyranny.” Be very leery of mandates that are good for thee and not for me as we have seen virtually every tyrannical ruler toss aside such restrictions for themselves. (Most recently former President Obama’s gargantuan 60th birthday party).
We are at a crossroads. If the Church doesn’t sound the alarm, who will? Christian, you must stay alert, and you must speak up. Take your position as a watchman on the wall. Lift your gaze up to God and begin to intercede for our times. There is power in prayer which should propel us into action. Time will tell, so don't stop telling the time! The time is now and the True Church will always choose courage over compromise.