“We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed” (2 Corinthians 4:8-9).
Recall what it was like not long after the promulgation of the Great Reset – this resembled a life sentence for no felony! The spring of 2021 was characterized by shock, dismay, and disbelief. The aftermath of a tainted election only brought the unthinkable, the unimaginable, and the unacceptable to the forefront.
It could only get worse in the months that followed. We were, on numerous occasions, no different from the masses. Our fallen nature made us susceptible to the never-ending torrent of false narratives which were meant to instill fear and despair. All too often, we had projections of what it would be like in the coming months, perhaps a year or two!
While we feared the worst, did it really become what all of us thought it would be? The father of lies and his minions bombarded us with possibilities, but did they really break our spiritual bones? Many, including those who called themselves Christians, succumbed, but not us!
We could only take into our hearts what the Living Word promised us. “What then shall we say to those things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31).
Humanity was experiencing a huge facelift that was deemed impossible a decade ago. The insanity associated with gender fluidity, the mindless destruction of food chains, and the implosion of lawlessness. Nobody prepared mankind for this unprecedented level of wickedness. We could have been sucked in by this malicious maelstrom, but we certainly weathered this stormy phase in a remarkable manner – all because of our understanding of the prophetic truth in the Living Word. It is not merely verbatim knowledge; it is all about believing in the inerrant truth in Bible Prophecy in a literal manner of interpretation.
As the months went by and the days grew darker, we could see the silver lining amidst all that thickening blackness. We knew where it would all lead, provided we followed the script from the Lord. So our hope was in our Creator and not one bit of the creation – it would make a significant difference!
“of the sons of Issachar who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do, their chiefs were two hundred; and all their brethren were at their command” (1 Chronicles 12:32).
There was no respite from the negatives, which more than intimidated us. The initial shock may have upset us, but because we understood the times, we held on firmly.
No doubt about it, there were multitudes who were shaken to the point where there was disbelief in God. The problem was their Christian immaturity and Biblical illiteracy. These folks were feeding on half-truths versus the full Counsel of God, of which nearly a third speaks the prophetic word. To make matters worse, their worldview was clouded with heaps of man-made doctrines. At the end of the day, they were unable to make sense of what was happening before their very eyes.
If these people claim that the Lord forsook them, it is the other way around. They pushed Him aside with their worldliness, and with this – the separation lengthened!
“Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you'” (Hebrews 13:5).
The going was unmistakably tough, but we were glad that it was not as bad as anticipated. The Lord never failed us when we made distress calls to Him. He never allowed the evil tide to overwhelm us.
Most important of all, we could see where it would end. Would the tough times go on indefinitely? Certainly not! There would be a cut-off point. A very joyful moment indeed.
The Body of Christ is still standing tall in the post-Easter spring of 2023. Despite the threats and plotting on the part of wicked individuals, nothing much has materialized as far as harming us goes. We are still living and preaching the inerrant truth despite viciously hostile entities like Chat GPT. The recent firearm violence in Nashville only emboldens us to stand firm in Christ. It could get a whole lot worse, but pitted against a glorious eternity – it is really a small price to pay.
What we have gone through, are going through at this point in time, and are about to go through can be summed up in Daniel 12:10.
“Many shall be purified, made white, and refined, but the wicked shall do wickedly; and none of the wicked shall understand, but the wise shall understand.”
When we see the convergence of prophetic signs gathering pace, there is joy in our hearts. The finish line is not a mirage. The going gets a whole lot tougher as we inch closer.
Yet we persevere, knowing that it is never in vain. We have been through quite a bit, so what really is a little more roughing up? Especially when we know that He is for us all the way!
“Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it for a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown” (1 Corinthians 9:24-25).
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