How Then Shall We Live

For Such a Time as This

Reflections on the 2012 Election

I have been struggling to put into words my reactions to the recent elections. It seems that there are enough arm-chair politicians and pontificators around to cover every detail—adding my own voice seems unnecessary and redundant. Our world is in disarray. What those of us who are labeled “Boomers” know of a certainty is that this is not our parents’ country. We were raised in the “Leave it to Beaver” generation, and those years were no doubt, the peak years of this great country. I know; I was there.

I have been tracking world events since the early 1990s, because I am a history buff of sorts, but also because things were heating up in many ways, prophetically at that time. As many Bible scholars are fond of reminding us, if you want to know where we are on God’s time clock, watch Israel and if this is true, and I believe it is, then very important things are happening in God’s time-space dimension—things worthy of paying attention to if we are wise. Or, as Jesus put it, “Let the reader understand!” (Matthew 24: 15).

There are many Bible/Prophecy teachers right now whose antenna are on high alert. Events are happening and unfolding at such a rapid speed that it is difficult to track it all. If we are looking for the “signs” Jesus gave in Matthew 24: 4-14—False prophets who deceive many; wars and rumors of wars, nation rising against nation, kingdom against kingdom, famine, pestilence, earthquakes, martyrdom among Christians, many offending and being offended, many betraying one another, many hating one another, many false prophets deceiving many, lawlessness increasing, love of many growing cold, and the gospel of the kingdom will be preached to the whole world…

… “[T]hen, the end will come.”

Add to this list, other lists found in Scripture, such as that in 2 Timothy 3: 1-7:

But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

I was intrigued by the use of the word “many” in the Matthew 24 passage, and found that in the Greek it means “almost all;” almost everyone will offended, betraying one another, hating one another, being deceived by false prophets, increasing in lawlessness, and love growing cold. This is not a comforting thought.

How to Have a Revolution

In the 2 Timothy passage, referring to the “last days” this phrase is “eschatos” and means exactly what it sounds like—the end of time—the very last days. It is sad to say, but between the time I was a child (the 1950s and 60s), until now, I have witnessed this decline first hand. I was raised in a “Cleaveresque” family—life was very much like what was depicted then—and as I became a teen in the 1960s, I remember things changing after JFK was assassinated and the Beatles invaded with a message of revolution. I remember feeling the change, being confused by the changes, feeling a sort of darkness descending in our little innocent saddle shoes and Brownie girl world. I remember when the music changed from teen angst-ridden, broken hearted love songs to something darker, touching the dark places in our young hearts. I remember when the subject matter of the movies changed—from “Tammy and the Doctor” to “Parish” and “Peyton Place.” I remember when some of the kids in my little rural school started using the “f” word—not that it wasn’t used by the boys out of the hearing of the girls, but I started hearing it from girls—shocking! After all, we were still wearing our Bobbie Brooks plaid skirts and our Capezio shoes. Marijuana was something we were shown in health class with black and white photos depicting the dredges of humanity in sleazy East Coast hotels using drugs—something far away from our sanitized world. I remember the shock I felt when I first knew someone who was using it the year I graduated from High School, and then watching others in my school walking around in a glassy eyed trance-like state. I remember after graduation in 1967 how the Vietnam war was in all of our conversations, as our young men were being drafted and sent off to that war, many never returning home. Those who returned to America, returned to a radically changed America. They returned not as heroes but as enemies of their own country.

The Revolution

We lost our innocence in the 1970s. Rebellion was the norm; long-haired unwashed hippies dominated the news; revolts on college campuses, Woodstock with its wild sex, nudity and drug orgies, rampant drug use, communes, Vietnam, Charles Manson and the horrific serial murders which were later described by his followers in such demonic terms that clearly there was a new and terrifying beginning to the lawlessness which was increasing. Sitars replaced the seemingly innocent days of the shaggy-haired Beetles after they returned from a pilgrimage to India and befriended the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. He introduced them to the ways of the Eastern religions and they brought him back to America with them where he repackaged Eastern religions into an Americanized version acceptable and appealing to the masses. Things were changing so fast it was hard to keep up. Our parents’ generation became the enemies—the “establishment” who had forced their values and their patriotism and their religious beliefs on us. Peace and love became weapons used against the generation who fought in the two great Wars as though their service was a crime committed against peace.

These things were happening, not in a slow and languorous transformation, or so it seemed to me—we were not the frogs in the water—slowly adapting to the changes—they were almost thrust upon us during the early 60s and 70s. In reality however, behind the scenes these changes had been orchestrated over many years and with changes in the education system with the movers and shakers of the transformation—men like John Dewey. Because of Dewey’s involvement in the drafting of the Humanist Manifesto in 1933 these inconspicuous changes began to infiltrate the textbooks and college campuses very early on. Look up John Dewey on Wikipedia and get a full dose of the changes I describe above and how they were planned, engineered and accomplished in the 1960s and 1970s.

This is Not An Accident

Whatever else we may believe about the elections of 2008 and 2012, make no mistake about it—this has been a carefully crafted and engineered transformation long years in the making. Obama did not just happen onto the scene. Obama was planned, groomed, and chosen to lead the next revolution—the “fundamental” change in this country. Obama is not a clever or particularly brilliant man, but he has behind him a network of profoundly evil puppet masters and this election was not an accident. On the other side of that however, it must be understood and believed that it did not happen as a surprise to God either. It is He who sets up kings and takes kings down (Daniel 2:21), and in the end, it will be known that it was He who set up Obama and it is He who will also take him down, because America is just one part of the ancient Cosmic Conflict, and that conflict is coming to an end. That is our “blessed hope” as Paul speaks of it. We must stop thinking that we can bring back the old order of American life and start asking God how then shall we live now.

How Then Shall We Live?

It is time to wake up from our long sleep as believers in America and begin asking God what will be our role in this season. It is time to dust off the ancient prophetic books and take a fresh look at what they have to teach us about the world we live in today. It is time to stop our endless focus on the longed after American Dream and begin to focus on who we are in Christ and how we will fit into the new paradigm that we are witnessing. We are the Mordechai’s and the Esther’s of the 21st century and we were born for such a time as this.

How then shall we live? That is the question we must ask of our only real leader—Jesus Christ. He has a plan, and we are a part of that plan. As such, we will either hide in fear, or bury our heads in the sand, or if we are the wise who understand the times, we will “stand therefore” (Ephesians 6: 14—“stand”= abide, appoint, bring, continue, covenant, establish, hold up.) So that we can “withstand” (stand against), the methods and trickery of the devil.

 

Stand therefore and faithfully proclaim truth to this generation.

 

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4 Responses to How Then Shall We Live

  1. Candy says:

    So well written! We live in perilous yet exciting times. Even so, come QUICKLY, Lord Jesus!

  2. Judy says:

    My 69 year old husband has Dementia. I’ve been to a Care for the Caregiver’s Group, one on one counseling, sat with a Lay Pastor from my church for 2 1/2 hours on Friday talking about everything we’re going through. I’m not handling things well at all. I am in a constant state of anxiety, terribly lonely, contemplating an affair, but honestly don’t think I could live with that, but don’t want to live the rest of my life this way. I’m freaking miserable.

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