”This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come” 2Tim3:1.
More than ever before I sense a great urge that something unusual is about to happen to this world that you and I are living in today, something that will greatly shake nations of the world. All through the ages Godly men & women have lived with this expectation but no time is it more real than now. From the preaching of Peter we found out that the end-times started about 2000 yrs ago,.. ”and it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God…Acts 2:17”. It was in the beginning of the last days that God poured out His Spirit on the day of Pentecost. If 2000 yrs ago was the beginning of the end-times, then certainly we are in the end of the end-times. Certain events have been prophesied to take place which we have seen happened with high frequencies. The coming of Jesus is one great event that is certainly going to shake the world, but unfortunately many of us Christians are not even ‘near’ ready, what a sorry state! That’s why we need another great awakening, and that’s what God is doing right now, waking us up just like in the story of the ten virgins. There is a ‘midnight cry’ going on in the spirit right now for every believer in Christ to awake. But unfortunately they will still be some who will be foolish just like the five foolish virgins, I pray you’ll not be one of them in Jesus name.
As the azusa street revival was winding down among the two important prophecies given concerning this end-times, we are living-in, is that they predicted the apostasy of the pentecostal movement and the falling away of those who once believed. (1 The over emphasis on power, instead of righteousness (2 An over emphasis on praise to a God they no longer pray to (3 An over emphasis on the gifts of the Spirit, instead of the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
Looking around today you will see the reality of this prophecy staring at our face, there’s so much emphasis on power, instead of righteousness. Nations today are storing arms, ammunitions and nuclear weapons to be in the league of power, instead of doing the right things. According to the Bible righteousness exalts a nation and not power. Unfortunately this mentality is reigning unchallenged in Churches today, there’s a whole lots of talk about power, little or no talk about righteousness (being right and living right with God).I have seen power tussle even among the pastors and I have seen where a pastor killed another pastor just to be in ‘power’. Some preachers perform miracles today using occultic power. In some Churches today the more money you have the more ‘power’ you have. Adhere to this verse of the scripture that says,” Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the LORD, till he come and rain righteousness upon you”.Hosea 10:12.
Looking around you will also notice there is over emphasis on praise than prayers. Many people today seems to be wary of talking and communicating with God rather they try to find an easy way out by praising Him. Don’t misunderstand me I love praising God both alone and with others, I do it in a crazy way especially in my private times but it cannot take the actual place of communicating with God. Prayer is the basic and most important task given by God to mankind and must not be substituted for anything. ”This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me”.Matt.15:8.
Lastly, but not the least, looking around you will find ‘the talk of the town’ THE SPIRITUAL GIFTS. There is lots of talk about the gifts of the Spirit, almost in every seminars, programs and talk shows in the Churches but little or no talk about the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Almost every Christian wants to strive to exercise one spiritual gift or the other to prove a point before ‘those watching’, I’m not against spiritual gifts but I see a phenomenon that is unhealthy where we focus on gifts and neglect the Giver, this shouldn’t be so. Spiritual gifts should be used in love to glorify CHRIST ONLY. Acknowledging the Lordship of Christ in our lives and living for Him daily is what guarantees us a place in His kingdom and not the usage of the gifts He bestows on us. ”Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.Matt 7:22-23.
As the curtain is drawing down on our generation, prepare for revival before He comes and we go home with Him.