For me it is this simple: “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;” (II Thess. 2:3)
“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lust shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” (II Tim. 3:3-4)
This article probably will not be done in one writing. In pondering how to approach this, I am surprised to see the path I’m about to take. No matter what we believe about the “Rapture”, we know for sure there is a seven-year tribulation period coming “someday”. I have had a few thoughts about this.
I believe we are about to see a tremendous move of God. I also believe we may be entering what I would call a “Joseph Time”. Could it be possible that God would give us seven years of plenty, before the seven years of famine? And if he is about to do this, can we be faithful and wise in the years of plenty, as Joseph was?
I know the Tribulation period is made up of two, three and a half-year periods, for a total of seven years. I also know that the first three and a half years are supposed to be prosperous, but prosperous in what way? My concern is the Church. My concern is God’s people. Those years may be prosperous in a materialistic kind of way, but what about the true Word of God? Might there be a famine in the land for that whole seven-year period? Not a famine of prosperity, but a famine of the true Word of God!
Now here is my point, if God is about to send seven years of spiritual abundance, an abundance of every kind of spiritual blessings, will we use this time to prepare for the seven years of famine, or will we squander it believing we are the King’s kids and we will always live this way no matter what? Do we even know how to prepare ourselves to be Winter Soldiers?
I steal this term from an upcoming Captain America movie, but Jesus cursed the fig tree because it did not have figs even when it was not the season for them! God expects us to bear fruit even in times of winter! We must learn to be Winter Soldiers, but in a time of abundance, will we do so, or simply grow fat and lazy? Unless we have a Joseph mindset, and unless we are Samurai in vision, I suspect there will be a lot of fat and lazy Christians, who heap to themselves teacher to itch their ears, and in the end, they fall away when the winter of Antichrist sets in.
Now perhaps you see a little bit of where I am going. I do not want to give it all at once, for you will weary in reading. I hope to keep you hungry for more.
Let me say this, Isaiah had a ministry that spanned sixty years, and he was eye-witness to a civil war that took place among his own people! A great division developed between Judah and the Northern kingdom. Now it is very interesting how it all played out, and I see things very comparable to what I read in II Timothy 4, II Thessalonians 2, and the book of Revelation.
These next articles are going to be about training ourselves, preparing ourselves in the time of abundance, for the spiritual famine to come. I want to be Samurai for Christ. I want to be a Winter Soldier. Judah did not fall away to Assyria the way the Northern kingdom did. How might this relate to Revelation? I think you’ll enjoy finding out.
I plan to keep these articles shorter, but also bring them quicker. So in just a few days, expect Part II.