There’s a big hullabaloo about signs of the End Times showing up recently (beware of the autoplay videos on the site). There’s the flawless red heifer in Israel, fish in the Dead Sea area, and a snake crawling out of a niche in the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem.
Let’s look at these. The business with the red heifer is that one is required as a sacrifice at the opening of any new temple. It’s not a prophecy, but a ritual requirement, and the Jewish sages of today say there hasn’t even been one since biblical times, until a couple of months ago. The use of Ezekiel’s prophetic words about the flourishing of the Dead Sea are completely out of context. The passage cited describes a mystical vision of conditions after the Second Coming. Keep in mind that everything in the vision refers to a complete removal of all things fallen humans have done so the Lord can restore Eden. Finally, the snake at the Wailing Wall is typical hysteria over literalizing ancient symbols. It’s considered an omen because people are desperately looking for one.
Let’s repeat it to ourselves one more time:
Heaven and earth shall pass away, but My words shall not pass away. But of that day and hour no one knows, no, not the angels in Heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone. Take heed, watch and pray, for you do not know when the time is. (Mark 13:31-33)
There will be no clues or hints except what burns in the hearts and convictions of those who serve His glory. Throughout history, every generation has wanted to believe they were living in some special pivotal moment in history. Even those who did see critical shifts in human trends often missed what was actually happening. They kept looking for something that wasn’t there. They refused to see with their hearts.
For myself, I’m planning on seeing the End Times fever reach a frenzied crescendo, and then the modern State of Israel will be destroyed. It’s not the End of Time, but if it were, the State of Israel has no bearing on the matter. The current political entity bears no relation to biblical prophecy because they reject the Covenant in which those prophecies were revealed. Let’s not forget: The Lord can raise up children of Abraham from stones. DNA was never the issue; it was always the Covenant and its conditions. Anyone could become an Israeli by embracing the Covenant, the whole basis of their identity. Jews today do not embrace the Covenant, because that requires proclaiming Jesus as the Messiah.
You and I know that this is a pivotal moment for one reason: the restoration of the heart-led way. Not that folks didn’t discover it over the past two millennia, but that it has been restored as a conscious requirement for faith. I didn’t come up with this idea; I ran across it and recognized it for what it is. I am confident others hold it as well, but we haven’t bumped into each other yet. My first encounter with it was under the wording of “living by conviction,” something commonly taught, but perhaps not so commonly applied. At any rate, I took it seriously and it led me to this point.
All I have to contribute is simply how I experience it and talk about it. But this is going to change everything. This is a time when the Lord is moving and restoring things long lost. Don’t get entangled in talk of the End Times; that has always been a distraction used by Satan to keep folks from seeing God at work. Perhaps you’ve seen the deep emotional attachment folks have to that stuff. It’s a chain on their souls and keeps them ineffective.
How fortunate we are God has chosen to bring this freedom to life in us. We aren’t alone in our freedom, though for now it feels like it. My convictions tell me that in the near future, more folks will discover what we have found, and some will wish to fellowship with us. Prepare for the growth; stretch out your tents (Isaiah 54:1-5).