“You will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows…And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.”
(Matthew 24: 6-14 NKJV)
Voices of doom and gloom darken our newspapers and televisions. Oil prices are up, housing prices are down. The Middle East remains in turmoil and the proposed dividing of Jerusalem appears closer than ever. It is important for us to guard our hearts and minds amidst the clamor of confusion.
We can sense the season of the restoration and return. We know that the end of the age will be a time of testing and trial. We’re aware that something is happening, and almost everything has changed. We are seeing Biblical prophecy fulfilled before our eyes!
The testing you experience can strengthen you for the days ahead, or it can discourage and disillusion you in your faith. You pray, believe, listen, and obey. At night you lie down and wonder why the day did not bring the Lord’s answer. You awake to find that your situation has not changed, and wonder why God seems silent. The events of your life and the world around you cause your stomach to tighten, your heart rate to increase, your breathing also, as your body’s “fight or flight” response involuntarily engages. What do you call your experiences in this time? Name it “Fear” or “Anticipation”, “Stress” or “Excitement”, your autonomic response will be exactly the same!
“…and whatever Adam called each living creature, that was its name.”
Fear is not the absence of the presence of God; fear is the absence of the presence of direction. Whether you call your experience “fear” or “ anticipation”, …and whatever you call it, that will be its name. The false prophets of doom feed your flesh with fear, the true voice of God revives your spirit with anticipation. Would you rather cower in fear of the future or look with great expectation at what God is bringing on the earth?
Israel, the economy, and your personal circumstances can cause you to wring your hands in frustration, or raise your eyes in anticipation of your God. An obstacle is what you see when we take your eyes off the goal. The goal is the deliverance of Yeshua. With your eyes fixed on Him, anticipate His answer, His provision, and His protection. Expect Him to be there in His perfect timing because He is the Lord Who answers prayer. If you call it “Deliverance”, it will deliver you…from fear, confusion, worry, and false prophets that steal your focus from the Lord and His purpose in your life.
The darkest hour always precedes the dawn, and the greatest battles come just before deliverance. The Lord is preparing His deliverance and His deliverers! The voices of gloom and the peddlers of fear fill your head with the latest tragedy. Yeshua called it the “beginning of sorrows” and exhorted you to not be troubled.
“Jesus answered and said to them, “Indeed, Elijah is coming first and will restore all things.”
(Matthew 17:11 NKJV)
The “restoration of all things” and the “greater works” – these are what Yeshua taught His disciples to expect. Why is the body of Messiah committed to “bad news” when we have been commissioned to bring the Good News to the ends of the earth? Your flesh may be addicted to fear, but your spirit can have dominion, in the realm of expectancy.
We are not messengers of defeat, darkness, and despair. We must be prophets of Deliverance, Light, Love, and Hope, anxiously expecting His power to be poured out more prominently in this hour. If He can trust us with a greater indwelling of His Heavenly presence, surely we can trust Him for our earthly provision and protection.