Blatant Immorality. Wars. Financial Crises. Culture Wars. Lost Morals. Lawlessness. Skepticism. The ability to access mounds of data on why the world is utterly lost has become a form of oppression that causes its victims to slip into a pit of hopelessness. Christians have had their backs broken by this black cloud as well, and in order to find our way home in the end times, believers must walk daily with the root of God’s final victory. This victory is in God’s unavoidable resolution to put everything under Jesus’ feet, and the time is approaching where all is manifested.
Nothing, whether it be the beheadings of ISIS or the scornful dismissal of Christianity by atheists, has equal stature with God. No matter how despotic current events become, they cannot stand with strength before God’s glory. If Satan and his demonic influence continues to ratchet up the voices among the valley of the shadow of death, God surely will not stand idle. He’s the Commander-in-Chief of all Creation, and with streams of living water, He’s ready to crumble the dams that Satan has erected in order to hinder the Gospel. Our Father doesn’t do battle on a level playing field, for Satan cannot fight Him eye-to-eye.
What that means for Christians is that God is locked-and-loaded, prepared to absolutely annihilate the kingdom of darkness. These are not hollow ideas; a reality awaits us where Jesus is going to return and reign! It may be many generations after me, but the increase in lawlessness is an early indicator that the time is ever approaching. Scholars will debate over pre-, mid-, and post-tribulation raptures until they can lecture no more, but no matter when the faithful are caught up, the hope of salvation remains indomitable.
And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming. -2 Thessalonians 2:8
It’s one matter to spill ink on a page about the joys of salvation, but an entirely another quest awaits those of us who must walk along the narrow road. The waiting is what can kill the hope of a Christian, for we must witness the persecution and distortion of the Gospel in abundance across the globe. These realities will naturally lead to sorrow, but there is a fortuitous opportunity buried within the trial. We have the ability to draw near to God amidst the shaking, and those that seek Him will be positioned on the frontline when He sends a tidal wave of His Spirit to swoop over the world in revival.
No blacksmith spares the sword from the furnace, and no evangelist walks away from ministry without scars. Every committed Christian has been called to evangelize in some form, and any warrior in the thick of the battle will get wounded. The wounds can come in the form of watching the depressing wonders of “progressivism” assault our faith, experiencing the pain of a trusted friend walking off the narrow road, or wallowing in our own scandalous sins. It’s excruciating, but it will happen and happen more than we think we can bear. How will you respond? It’s when we can only see the brokenness within and around that we become blind to the light inside and above us. Jesus desires to see his Bride, the Church, to not just be aware of the will of His Father, but to also accomplish it. And perhaps we are quick to forget what awaits for those who carry their cross until the end.
He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” -Revelation 21:5
Some will drown as they fill themselves up with the chaos around them, losing touch with the One who whispers the sole source of solace amidst the storm. The author understands, for he has slipped down the same slope. In the end, a hardened core will come to the end of the narrow road, stained by a thousand sins and weary from all the trudging through the interim. However, the Son will have every one of these heads lifted high because of a resolve to hear and obey the Word. Christianity has always been about a single, ruthless choice: Will you take up the cross despite the cost? The script is ours to fill.
Kevin Cochrane is a nineteen year old writer with the distinct purpose of radically restoring everyone with ears to hear to the original testimony of Jesus Christ. The great pursuit of his life is to live by the words he writes. For updates on his latest blog posts, you can follow him on Twitter @RunFree_KC or click the follow button at the bottom of the page to receive notifications by email.