So, here’s the thing… it is without a doubt that we are living in the last days; unless you’re living in a garret somewhere uninvolved with the world around you.
Having said that, it is quite obvious, at least to many of us that darker days are ahead. We can see the Signs unfolding all around us, in terms of those elements mentioned and categorized, in the epistles, and throughout The Gospels.
And yet in saying this, I believe that it’s even more important now to develop those characteristics of Hope against despair, of Love against hate, and surely a Faith that endures throughout all of the days that lie ahead.
What I am talking about now, is the need for a sound balance between having this awareness of the days in which we now live, while at the same time knowing the promises that we have inherent in Christ.
For you see, I think that there are groups of thought within the spectrum of Christianity that “only” dwell upon those promises, while at the same time neglect or otherwise “choose” to ignore the obvious Prophetic Times in which we now live.
And yet there is also another group, not necessarily a sect, but a stubborn and narrow-minded approach, that only dwells upon the prophetic darkness that is coming, without having an awareness of the promises that we also have.
It’s like looking at a coin, and choosing not to see the other side. It is a single-vision-approach that doesn’t have periphery eyes to know all that is going on around them.
We need balance. For without Hope, coupled against the fury, how then would we proceed?
And in contrast, without our eyes opened to The Truth around us in His Prophetic Timetable, then we have a smile upon our faces, but no eyes to see the road ahead.
There is a naiveté in this type of thinking. There is also a close-mindedness in this approach to life.
We can’t be Pollyanna about all of this. But at the same time, we must not become so pessimistic that we can’t see the sunshine either.
Even when there are rainy and cloudy days, there is always the hope for a ray of sunshine coming. Gloom does not last forever; nor does the darkness. Every day is a new day, with new challenges and a welcoming thought.
Finally, perhaps the real key to all of this, is to somehow develop endurance. For with everything that is unfolding, a long-term approach is ultimately needed.
This certainly isn’t a race that we’re all in now, it is instead, a marathon!
~ Stephen Hanson
Stephen Hanson of In His Truth Ministries came to The LORD is a special way in 1975 and has prophesied regularly since. In these end-time birthing pangs we are reminded that judgment must first begin with the household of God. Will we be prepared and ready?