With the time change occurring tonight, I thought about the following passage:
Ephesians 5:14 Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. 15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, 16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. 17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.
I do believe as a preacher and student of prophecy, that we are indeed in the last days. Not only are world events fulfilling prophecy but the attitude of the church in this day does as well. The night before Jesus was crucified, He led His few friends to the garden of Gethsemane to pray. He told Peter, James and John, “…tarry ye here, and watch with me.” It wasn’t long before He found them asleep while He had been praying for them and for us. And then when Judas shows up with soldiers ready to arrest our Lord, Peter draws his sword and cuts off the ear of Malchus, one of the high priest’s servants. Jesus stops Peter and says, “Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.” (Matthew 26:52) Like Peter, the church in America has fallen asleep in the last 30 years during a crucial time when she should have been watching and expending all efforts to get the gospel out. Now, like Peter many in the church are waking up to find many of our values and morals are under attack and we draw our sword and begin to fight the wrong fight. Read the rest of this entry »