As this year draws to a close, what do I think of the worldwide events over the past twelves months and where we seem to be going next? I don’t really know. I’m winding down 2022. How about you?
I was hoping Jesus would have returned.
Someone asked me today, “Do you think there is going to be World War III?” Now, soon, ever?
I replied, “I don’t know — but it looks like we will burn up ourselves, somehow, sometime.”
I forgot to ask the other person’s thoughts. Why? I suppose because it really doesn’t matter what we think. I long ago learned: to offer an opinion is fruitless and even pointless. I attempt to put that into practice as a lifestyle (albeit with some lapses). What is better than opinion? The Truth that sets us free: Jesus!
As we close the curtains on 2022, we are on the brink of nuclear war and worldwide famine. Violence is on the streets across this nation and most others it seems, people are poorer than a year ago or ten, and disease (real or manufactured) is a constant threat. How can we live “as normal”?
I focus on Jesus, not the storm
There are facts and there are conspiracy theories. I recall hearing a flip comment about psychosis many years ago that went something like this: “Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t out to get you!”
Conspiracy theories do seem to surround us. But just because there is a claim of conspiracy doesn’t mean there isn’t an actual threat, does it? I ask because there are two sides to every story, and this seems to include whether or not to lock down, whether or not to wear a mask, and whether to or not to take the vaccine.
Whether the topic is the pandemic, global warming, war, or cancel culture, the war in the West is not so much between the Ukraine and Russia as it is between conservative values and wokism. Our culture, values, freedom of speech seems to be debated or simply cancelled based largely (in the UK at least) on the basis of a document called The Equalities Act, 2010 which deliberately or inadvertently has fostered a despising of anything white, male and/or middle class: past, present and future. Everyone is equal except those who are in the majority.
When will Jesus return?
Romans chapter 1 focuses upon the erosion of society when GOD is forgotten. Certainly in the West, we are now reaping what we have been sowing for a long time: A world without GOD.
Jesus says in Matthew 24 that he will return before total calamity, which is also destined to take place. Our children are being targeted in various ways, to be brainwashed into thinking against Judea-Christian values through indoctrination of extremes of one kind or another; our humanity is being tempted toward a uniting with Artificial Intelligence… I for one hope things don’t deteriorate much more.
But eventually, things will deteriorate even more. The Restrainer: the Holy Spirit, will be lifted, will be removed from the earth one day. And at that time, I hope I am no longer here. Jesus left after his resurrection to allow the Comforter — Holy Spirit — to come (John 14). So, I seems as the Holy Spirit leaves, Jesus will return. In between, we hope — we even expect that Jesus will come for His bride and we will be extracted to Heaven. Meanwhile, as we experience our society implode through its own self-centred expression, as people’s thinking becomes confused and nonsensical, I pray for revelation and release from the Enemy — now.
In Jesus’ name,
5 replies on “Winding down 2022”
My take on the 2,000 year legacy is that the Holy Spirit will be with us until the end of the age…but His presence within a Nation and Individuals is being squeezed out by the quality of that Nations Leaders and the slow spiritual speed of religious leaders within that Nation. He is a Living G-d and those with a heart, eyes, ears and right attitude can still glorify him, despite the mess that surrounds them. That is how useful and strong the New Covenant is today.
Amen and Amen. Excellent — perspective is encouraging, not because some superstar government is going to change things but because the Holy Spirit is with us every step of The Way.
Thank you Sarah, I keep you, Jordan, Izzy and extended families in prayer since dear Alan went to be with our precious SAVIOR LORD JESUS our GOD, amen! Alan was a gifted expounder of scripture and he is missed but praise GOD for his life and the Godly impact of his teaching with his brothers in CHRIST over the years in Bible Study on Revelation TV.
Praying every blessing in CHRIST for you & yours in 2023. Your Sister in CHRIST, Josephine.
Thank you, Josephine, and every blessing to you. Thank you or reading and thank you for your prayers. May 2023 be a truly blessed year for you and your family. Hallelujah, Jesus IS Lord. Shalom and welcome for joining into the conversation at Larus Press.