The May/June 2012 issue of our Lamplighter magazine focused on the decay of society, and we featured the current epidemic of homosexuality as evidence of the moral collapse of our society. The issue started arriving at homes about three days before President Obama made his infamous endorsement of same-sex marriage. Immediately people started calling and expressing their amazement over the timeliness of our subject matter.
The credit for that should go to God and His leading of us through His Holy Spirit. Because we were obedient to that leading, we were able to supply a lot of valuable biblical information that pastors all across America could use in sermons. We were as astonished by the perfect timing as were those who contacted us!
Of course, the main issue of timing that we address constantly is the return of Jesus. It is our conviction that we are definitely living in the season of the Lord’s return. We do not believe there is a single prophecy that must be fulfilled for the Lord to return.
People sometime point to Matthew 24:14 where Jesus said “this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world… and then the end will come.” There are two things that must be remembered about this prophecy. First, it refers to the Second Coming and not the Rapture. The Rapture (the Lord’s appearing for His Church) can occur any moment, whereas there are many prophecies that must be fulfilled before the Lord returns to this earth in what we call “The Second Coming.”
Second, Jesus’ prophecy will not be fulfilled until the end of the Tribulation when God will send forth an angel who will circumnavigate the globe, proclaiming the gospel to every living person (Revelation 14:6).
As I have said many times before, and as I will continue to say, “We are living on borrowed time!” I know that for certain, not because God has given me any special prophetic revelation, but because the Bible gives us signs to watch for, and those signs are everywhere we look today, crying out from the heavens, “Jesus is returning soon!”
The future has arrived. The ancient end time prophecies are being fulfilled before our eyes. The time is short, and the tragedy is that the Church is asleep, being led by men more interested in church growth than in preparing their people for Jesus to appear in the heavens at any moment. Worst yet are those Church leaders who are openly scoffing at the idea of the Lord’s imminent return, arguing instead that the Church must first win the world to Christ and then reign for a thousand years before the Lord can return.
Satan does not want anyone to know that Jesus is standing at the very gates of Heaven waiting for His Father’s command to step out on a cloud and return for His Church. And those who are proclaiming that message are under constant attack.
Pray for us to stand firm and to never waver in fulfilling the Lord’s call for us to proclaim the soon return of Jesus to as many people as possible, as quickly as possible.
Maranatha! (1 Corinthians 16:22)