I was reading some remarks that came out of an economics conference recently, where it was said by one economist "stop pretending you understand what's happening in the world today (economically), because nobody understands it."
In one way, I guess he's right, but in another way he's wrong. We can understand what's going on around us. We are hearing "new world order" over and over again these days to the point where I suspect this economic malaise we are in was planned. Looks to me like the agents of the enemy have 'pulled the trigger' to begin the process of implementing their master's government. The dream men have had for controlling the world is an old one. It started with the tower of Babel, and ever since men have been working to make the dream a reality. Babel, Babylon, its all about one world control. The problem these men and their master have had is our Father's Restrainer. Our God has a time in mind for when he will allow events to move forward.
Judging by where we sit today, we have gone beyond the point of no return. To turn around the trainwreck that is happening before our eyes would take a miracle. It would take divine intervention and so far, we do not see an intervention. At a minimum it will take a couple of years to hit bottom, then gradually work our way out of the economic mess we are in today. Here's something else we know about what's going on today, we are on the fast track to the tribulation. We are to be watching, right? Well, when Obama was elected president, that was an indicator that we are on the fast track to the tribulation. When our government decided to pump money into the banks instead of allowing them to 'take their medicine' it is an indicator that we are fast tracking into the tribulation.
At any point along the way, the Lord could have caused men to act in a way that would slow down the train wreck, instead we see the throttle being edged forward each and every day. We are speeding up, not slowing down toward some calamitous end, that end is the tribulation.
One thing, that could change the landscape of our world fairly quickly would be war. As we have seen with Israel in the past, their wars start and end quickly. No other nation on earth gets angels with their infantry brigades. All appearances are, that we are headed for war. War 'fixes' many problems, and it transforms the landscape. War has always been the answer for economies gone sour, so when you have a global economic problem, the answer is a global war.
There are many prophesies in the bible that are yet unfullfilled, many of them involve war. Read the beginning of wrath in Rev 6, it involves widespread death and destruction through war, famine etc. If there is going to be any return to prosperity, either it will be years away or its going to take war to achieve it. From what the Lord has allowed to happen so far, it appears we are headed, without restraint, for war.
Bad times produce people like Hitler and Lenin, but they also turn some people's hearts back to their maker. The tough times this world is going through should be a wake up call, a time to turn back to the Creator, a time of repentance. Tough times can be a blessing or a curse, all depends on how you react to it. Will men use this time to return to the true God or will they remain in idolatry (pastoral system)? There is one mediator between God and man, and it is not your pastor.
The weak church is another indicator of where we sit on the end time timeline. There is no 'end time revival' in the bible.
1 Timothy 4:1 .. But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons
Matthew 24:10 ... Then many people will fall away, will betray one another, and will hate one another.
Fall away from what? You know what. How many will fall away? Many...
What will people pay attention to in these days...our days? Deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons. I always find it amazing that people will admit that we are living in the last days, and yet ignore all the teachings about what we should see during the last days.
If we are in the last days, what does the bible tell us we should see? Deceit, doctrines of demons, rude abusive self involved people who are lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God, apostasy, not revival, and a falling away from the faith. Look around you, can't you see it. Those words are an exact portrait of our days. This world is ready for the anti-christ because most people are just like him. Most people want to play church rather than BE the church. We know a tree by the fruit it bears. When other men, social circles, wealth health and all the other things that lead to vanity take priority over a simple faith in Jesus Christ, we know the days we live in, and the shortness of time.
There is an escape from all thats about to happen, and that escape belongs to a weak church (Rev 3 & Luke 21:36). There is also a church that thinks it has no problems, it thinks it has its act together and yet Jesus has nothing but bad things to say about it, that is the Laodicean church. If the Lord spues you from his mouth, do you really think you are still saved?
Rev 3:15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. 16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth
Wake up. Every indication is, we are headed into the tribulation at breakneck speed. Nobody knows what will happen today or tomorrow, but we know how this story ends. We also know what we should be doing, so we best be found doing them when our master shows up.
Grace and peace