A good number of ragged and stressed-out individuals might draw comfort from the lyrics of “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” It sure has some therapeutic value, but for us who have rested on the Blessed Hope, Galatians 6:9 is the verse that gives more than a quantum of solace. It reads in this manner, “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”
This resembles the flag that is waved as the final lap in the race begins. It might make sense that most of us would hang on till the finishing line is crossed. But once again, it is the case of easier said than done. This dead-serious business of watching and waiting over many years, if not several decades, is emotionally taxing where minds and souls go. It can be said to be extremely trying for brothers and sisters with faint hearts.
If you go back about a decade or even more ago, there were very few leads where prophetic activity mattered. Recall the lows on the Rapture Index in the early nineties and even in the years that followed; the readings were a far cry from what they are today. This was about the time when the scoffers and mockers began building up their case, which can be a sledgehammer in present-day settings. Perhaps some of the weaklings among the watch-people got washed out and probably went the way not much different from the unbelieving mob.
In the few years prior to where we are at this moment, prophetic activity increased – so did the scoffing plus mockery. Still, there were many who stood firm, believing that the moment of redemption so mentioned in Luke 21:28 was in the distant horizon. Then came the pandemic of 2020; it sure had a lot written about it where all indications concerning the sureness of the Rapture were staring at many faces. A moment of celebration? Not so because it was as good as being kicked and whacked face down with the severe abnormalities never seen before. Add this to the strain of faithful watching – it sure became a double whammy beyond many expectations. The toughest amongst the remnant probably held on, albeit considerable tiredness setting in.
But what about those who feel like they are about to hit a marble barrier? They have but used up all their resources!
Reeks of a winning, advantageous position being flung away because of the above weariness.
If anyone did read about the church of Philadelphia in Revelation 3:7-9, it is about the state many who cling on to the Blessed Hope are in right now.
“And to the angel of the church of Philadelphia write; ‘The words of the holy one, the true one, who has the key of David, who opens and no one will shut, who shuts and no one opens.
“I know your works. Behold, I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut. I know that you have but little power, and yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.
“Behold, I will make those of the synagogue of Satan who say they are Jews and are not, but lie – behold, I will make them come and bow down before your feet, and they will learn that I have loved you.”
Many of us are like the Philadelphian congregation in our current state. But the Lord knows our breaking points. We will not freak out at the most critical stage. We have an open passageway which will never be curtailed by anybody. So hang on and keep up with the good work. You will make it through with His Strength!
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