Some may like to argue this out but I truly believe we are the last-day Christians who are charged with the duty of preparing Christ’s Bride, the Church, for His second coming. For anyone who cares to really look at the world with open eyes, it is clear to see that we are fast approaching a critical time based on biblical prophecies.
So how prepared are we for such a critical and demanding phase in the history of mankind? Revelation 12:12 says ‘Therefore be glad (exult), O heavens and you that dwell in them! But woe to you, O earth and sea, for the devil has come down to you in fierce anger (fury), because he knows that he has [only] a short time [left]‘!
Satan who is the leader of the army of darkness clearly knows that his time is short and will be expected to raise his level of warfare against the saints. Thankfully, God has not left us without help. He promised to pour out His Spirit on all flesh in Joel 2:28. His Spirit equips us for victory just as the prophet wrote in Isaiah 59:19b: When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him.
Ladies and gentlemen we are at war but the troops are fast asleep! In a book written in 1973 by David Wilkerson titled The Vision and Beyond, the author takes a peek into the future Christian, who is essentially you and I today, and paints a somber picture that isn’t far from the truth. It goes:
“Look at the last day Christian, the television addict! look at him – hours and hours for soap operas, comedies, sports – but no time to get alone with God. He turns God off with a dial. He hunts, fishes, travels; plays golf, tennis and basketball. He goes to movies and parties, and has become a gadabout, but he has no time to read his Bible or pray. Is this the last day Christian who is supposed to walk by faith? Is this the one whose faith will overcome the world? Is this the one who is to prepare for a coming day of persecution and world chaos? Are these the playboy Christians upon whom the ends of the world will fall? The greatest sin of the future against God is not abusing the body, indulging the flesh, or even cursing His name. The greatest sin against God is simply to ignore Him in a day and age when He is calling so clearly.”
Wow. I don’t know about you but I was deeply convicted by David Wilkerson’s words written decades ago. I am that Christian he so vividly described. Each individual will know where they stand in their hearts. I definitely know its time to wake up and smell the warfare!
Therefore He says, Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall shine (make day dawn) upon you and give you light. – Ephesians 5:14
- 1973 Prophecy – The Vision by David Wilkerson – A Must See! (lynleahz.com)
- 1973 Prophecy – The Vision by David Wilkerson – A Must See! (vineoflife.net)
- David Wilkerson: An Excerpt From His Sermon “A Call to Anguish” (arminianperspectives.wordpress.com)
- The Christian Life Is a Battle (justinrossow.com)
- Spiritual Warfare (wdednh.wordpress.com)