In an age of the grandiose and over the top superlative notions of the end of the world, we often forget the subtle things that creep upon us. Some of the signs of the times are not generally taught or preached about in our churches. Although the Anti-Christ and visions of people disappearing grabs headlines, often the most subtle realities of the end times are missed. With this in mind, I would like to offer food for thought in the hearts and attitudes of our world today.
• The shattering of the holy people’s power:And when the power of the holy people has been completely shattered, all these things shall be finished. 8 Although I heard, I did not understand. Then I said, "My lord, what shall be the end of these things?" 9 And he said, "Go your way, Daniel, for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end. Dan 12:7-9 (NKJV).
"Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say rejoice!" (Phil 4:4) I love how Paul has to reiterate "again" to rejoice. When things get ruff in life it's not always our automatic bent to rejoice, our spirit man has to remind our flesh that we must rejoice no matter what the circumstances because it's in the process of rejoicing "breakthrough" occurs.
David reminds us "This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it." We are never promised tomorrow, every breath is a gift from God. Each day is a day to be grateful for and celebrate life through our gratitude toward Him! We may not always "feel" like it, but we must "Give thanks in all circumstances for this is the Will of God" .(1Thes 5:18)
He commands it for our own benefit. When we rejoice and put on the garment of praise it breaks off a spirit of heaviness, (Isa 61:3)
The greatest level of God’s Power is released, individually and corporately, in those who have found (their) Divine Appointment upon earth – their ultimate purpose, revealing God’s greatest glory. When this is found, Heaven’s Power comes to earth as it would operate in heaven, releasing an ‘enabling’ much greater than previously known or understood. Those who have found this ‘power source’ have found new life (John 10:10).
God desires that you and I enter and sustain a flow of eternity in the fluid stream of temporal life. A temporal life without God’s eternal purpose at its core is an empty life. It is the eternal that gives temporal life meaning and purpose.
There are two ways that you and I can easily miss the eternal purpose of God in our present reality. One is to focus our lives on temporal life. The other is to focus our lives on future eternal life. God said to set our minds on things above. He did not say to focus on things in the future. Selah.