“Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.” Matthew 24:34
When Jesus spoke this He was warning us, to watch and notice all the different things that would proceed His second coming.
He told us of false Christs, false friends, father against child, and child against parent. He warned us of natural disasters, great varying earthquakes, and tsunamis as the “sea waves roaring” and He told us of the iniquity (sin) that would spread and be rampant and destroy the love and goodness of many as their hearts turned against God because of these things rather than turning to him.
And I have written numerable posts dealing with all the varying degrees of all those things and troubles and pestilences that were told to come and have come and are here and are not going to let up but are going to actually grow more severe.
And now I just want to hit a little on the term “this” generation. Have you ever really thought about it?
The troubles did start before the end of the lives of the disciples, they were hated, arrested, tried, and murdered for the Gospel.
But the New Testament that was given to us as part of “this” generation and the words, despite being written almost two thousand years ago, are STILL so alive, so timely and their instructions and their warnings are even NOW being fulfilled because they were written for those of us who are here NOW.
And just as those of the past could not quite understand just how the entire world would be able to see the dead prophets of Revelation chapter eleven, lying in the streets or how the entire world could see and chose to worship the Antichrist or how those without the mark of the beast could be forbidden to purchase food, shelter, or medicine. I had even wondered at this, once upon a time, but I never doubted that it would happen.
Now we ALL know that through technology what once seemed impossible is now virtually a piece of cake.
And with that same technology no generation has actually passed away.
ANYTHING you want to know, ANY period of time, ANY ancient artifact or pagan deity you chose to research can all be found at your fingertips.
Bombarded with times, and seasons, styles, and much worse THOUGHTS and DOCTRINES of devils, SEDUCTION of spirits that logically should have long passed away.
People were once influenced mainly by their own personal cultures and those of their community but now that influence is worldwide and this accounts for much of the hatred and squabbling we see now and the media is more than glad to spread it.
And many have probably see the latest media”commentaries” on the latest tragedies to hit our country that echo the no prayers sentiment and as I listened to the hosts of a CBS morning show yesterday morning, I just could not believe my ears.
The show hosts just took it and ran with it to further to express their opinion that prayers are NOT needed and adding what they felt was needed instead, now we will have a new movement of backlash against even the act or OFFER of prayer for another person.
And that is a scary proposition and again I want to be clear that I am in no way minimizing the tragedy or feelings of those who experienced it.
I am trying to shed light on what many have known for a very long time, these thoughts an attitude are intentionally spread by those who have their own agendas and just exploit the latest news story to influence societal thinking, spreading it far and wide, and soon everyone is echoing that same thought.
And it is so hypocritical especially considering the fact that prayer and “spirituality” comes and goes like fashion with the media and entertainment industry and for a brief bit a few years back stories of heartache were often ended with statements such as “Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.”
During one such major natural disaster a certain mega famous reporter ended his live update by requesting prayer for the victims, HOWEVER, this man is openly gay and that is another big problem with this generation. WHO exactly are they praying to? What is the criteria to allow access to that place of prayers being heard?
Christianity has become a social club with rules and regulations varying based on what “club” you CHOOSE to attend.
“Ministers” have watered down the Gospel and candy coated scripture to appease virtually ANYONE and to suit ANY lifestyle with no repentance or salvation required. It has become about the numbers, the pressure, and the NEED to fit in, look good and ATTRACT the world to get “them in” but the funny thing is, when the WORLD DOES GET IN, the world does NOT change, but the church DOES.
And not for the better.
Maybe popularity and the “respect of men” and larger crowds and certainly a bigger treasury but when the time comes and all work is tried by fire the leaders of these place will be left behind with nothing more than piles of ashes.
So if people aren’t changed, aren’t converted to Christ, WHO are those prayers being addressed to? WHO is going to answer them?
The church contorts itself to appeal to the world when actually the word tells us to NOT conform to the world but that we must conform to the image of the Son of God.
1 Timothy 4:1:”Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times ( last days, NOW) SOME shall DEPART from the faith, giving heed to seducing, and doctrines of devils.”
It is easy to see how that happened also, every generation coming down, going deeper and deeper into sin and farther and farther away from God until now we have millions who truly believe that God is some sort of fairy God father and that somehow He owes them something and they should do and say and LIVE exactly how they want, (whether it violates His word or not) and two things happen, you have those who pray and pray for others, while NOT EVEN SAVED THEMSELVES and those who get mad at God and hate him because he did not answer those prayers.
Jesus told us that there are even that things that “only go by fasting and praying”, now that was to his children, those who know Him and yet somehow people who don’t even serve Him think that they are entitled to ask him for whatever they desire, and become ANGRY and OFFENDED if that wish is not granted, that is what it is, acting like God is some “sort of three wish genie” that they can access when needed.
He hears us when we ask for forgiveness and he does love us and watches over us when we are “lost” but being in the world and NOT living for him or serving him or honoring and then to be so vain and self-possessed to believe that we have a right to his promises is just crazy.
Your not going to hear that preached on though, now are ya?
WITHOUT repentance and the acceptance of Jesus Christ there is NO forgiveness for sins and there is NO access to the Father and there is NO way anyone will get to heaven.
They want the promises, they want the security but they do NOT want the Son nor do they want to LIVE by His rules, because they are completely taken over by that same spread rebellion, and it is not that they do not believe in God, it is that they do not want to live by his word or live to his standards in dying to their own desires and sins.
Can’t have both and if anyone truly wants God, they WILL ask Him to save their sins and save their soul and then they WILL live for him and serve him to the best of their ability.
But as long as these attitudes are spread and those who know the truth refuse to speak that truth, it will only get worse, the violence and hatred ARE spreading but they are spread BECAUSE of the lack of God, not because of the inefficiency of prayer.
Again every sick act imaginable fed through the internet and video games depicting graphic violence and rewards for killing and ENTIRE television channels DEDICATED to twenty-four hour a day, seven days a week, three-hundred and sixty-five day a year murder, rape, and violence, complete with REAL crime scenes REAL photos of victims and not one standing up to point out the fact that NO ONE should subject there mind to these things because ALL things also carry spiritual implications.
People are in effect allowing that horror, and fear that someone else faced and the evil, demonic possession that took hold of someone in order for them to commit these crime to be broadcast into their home, their environment and influence their mind. That is what causes violence and we as a society can lay the blame on anything and everything but until we find those old paths and change what we are willing to allow and willingly limit, even if only ownselves, what we spread, the blame still lies on us as a society.
It’s just like Face Book and other social media, people will say and post the most hurtful things, words they’d never dare say to someones face and post every ounce of anger or injustice and share posts containing the thoughts and opinions of others, others they often do not even know, but hey if it sounds good, monkey see, monkey do, whatever happened to common courtesy and showing grace?
What we “feed” is what we will grow, and the Bible tells us in Philippians 4:8 to ONLY think on good things, beautiful things, holy, honest and with virtue. We are also told in Isaiah 26:3, that we will be KEPT in perfect peace if we keep our MINDS upon God. And we are TOLD in Proverbs 4:23, to GUARD our minds.
We are told seven times in the Book of Revelation “to hear what the Spirit” says to the churches and the word has been repeated several times to the scripture to “Humble ourselves” and pray and that the Lord will hear us and he will HEAL our land but instead we are continuing to allow all these influences in our homes and in our hearts and turning from God rather than to God in failing to point the cause of all our woes, we are responsible for our own actions, each and every one of us and we can choose to honor God or we can choose the world but at no time should we stand in silence while the world is hating on God and the very act of praying is held as worthless contempt.
Those before cared for their fellow-man and the rule of the day was two things were not to be discussed, politics and religion, the lock is off that cage and we are getting a taste of what is coming out and it is truly sad, and you can see the smoke rising and now is a good time to just kinda watch “play out” because that hatred and that self-willed self-centered arrogant hatred is now giving birth to the true God haters. And this is only the beginning, as Jesus also told us that we would be HATED for his name.
God commanded us to pray for them, I guess we just better do it very secretively unless we want smacked with protest sign and our faces spat in.
This new-found contempt for prayer, I personally believe is going to help “seal the deal” on this passage from Revelation 18:2b: “… and IS become the habitation of devils (home to demons), and the hold of EVERY foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.”
So keep on your guard because already warned us, THIS generation will not pass until ALL that he spoke comes to pass and that includes his return. And KEEP PRAYING!
Φλογιζω NBJ 2018