7 July 2014 by Rev Dr Jai Kumar –
I believe we are approaching the closing of this age. The Bible says we will witness perilous times in the last days. (2 Timothy 3:1-5 ESV ) In fact, the world is going through serious times right now.
In the present world scene there are many indications pointing to the conclusion that the end of the age may soon be upon us.
Never before in the history of the world has there been a confluence of major events pointing towards the end. The Second Coming of Christ will be preceded by a number of world-shaking events that must take place before Christ returns.
The situation in the Middle East has never been as fluid as it is today. The scramble for energy security and the drive for fossil fuel energy have led to wars and overthrown governments and replaced regimes with inhuman and ruthless means.The crisis in Libya, the unrest in Syria, the turmoil in Iraq. The escalating radical terrorism all points towards an end. It seems the clock is running out.
WE ARE LIVING IN CRITICAL MOMENTS
2 Timothy 3:1-7
But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.
We have already seen examples in this letter which suggest the presences of false teachers in Ephesus (1:15, 2:16, 23).
Opposition to the truth of God’s word is a tool the enemy uses in his schemes to mesmerize the world and apparently satan has succeeded to a great extend by holding the world with his demonic influence. There is a marked disintegration in the civilisation of the world. There is a mockery to the moral standards that God has established in His word for his creation to be guided and sustained. Unthinkable lifestyles contrary to the very character of God have evolved and the world has accepted it as modern way of life. (Psalm 119:136 ) My eyes shed streams of tears, because people do not keep your law.
THE GOSPEL OF MAN ATTRACTS THE WORLD
There will be an increase of false teachers and prophets during this time. They will be self-centered, prideful, and always looking out to fleece people no matter what the circumstances or situation. We are truly living in the “last days.”
We understand that in America alone there are more than 350 sects and cults, and most of them claim to base their doctrines on the Word of God which is absolutely not true.
Another source states there have been between 1,000 and 2,000 new religious movements that has started in the US in the twentieth century.
False cult leaders are usually charismatic and strong willed. They play an emotional game of psychology on their members. They will capitalize on the emotional needs of lost people. These leaders pray on the weak willed, male or female. False teachers track and attack vulnerable people.
WHO ARE WE
The majority of Christians are not concerned about the big picture of God. Instead they see a small picture of God and a big picture of themselves. Therefore they concentrate on their own personal agenda. They build empires for themselves. And they live with a misconception that their lives will never end. They go about thinking every little concern in their live is God’s big concern to fix it for them. As a result they live in a false deceptive mindset that “life is all about them and God is all about focusing on themselves.”
GOD’S PROBLEM IS BIGGER THAN WHAT YOU SEE
You know what? God has a huge and major concern about His kingdom. There is a colossal damage satan has inflicted upon Gods creation. Meantime, He has made you His Kings and priest according (Rev. 5:10) to rule this earth. Therefore you are His kings and priests and you are in His kingdom. Is it not true then, the very atmosphere and rule of His kingdom is supposed to take care of your concerns and well being? “His will be done on earth as it is done in heaven” ( Matt.6:10) Whatever is decreed in heaven regarding your life will come true for you on this earth.
1 Cor. 4:20
For the Kingdom of God is not just a lot of talk; it is living by God’s power
God is concerned about Kingdom rule and His power on this earth. He is concerned about salvaging this earth by His influence to set the captives free so that He can return and rule once again.
Listen! You are responsible to bring His agenda to fulfilment. You and I are chosen for this purpose. You are redeemed by the blood of Jesus bought into his kingdom. You are sanctified, justified and made righteous. You are empowered, renewed in your mind, given the light of the world, and placed back into this earth to shine out and dispel the darkness in this world. The Kingdom life-style!
If you sincerely and truthfully obey and follow His agenda you will prosper and be blessed in every area of your life. It’s a Biblical principle right from the old to the New Testament. Please be reminded, God is not after your money He is concerned about your lack. Remember God prospers and blesses you with a purpose to function and serve effectively in His kingdom. To put Him first and not to take this blessing for yourself and give Him the left-overs. So often we give him the left overs of our life and we complain we have no time, little realising you have no control of your time. The very moment of your life is in His hands. Can you see the bigger picture of God?
God knows there is a serious problem in this world because of sin. God knows the corruption of sin is leading this world to eternal damnation. And He also knows the ultimate solution to man’s ultimate problem of sin is the “Gospel of Jesus Christ.” The Kingdom life-style! The Kingdom mentality! The Kingdom Atmosphere! The Domain of God is the very cure and remedy for all human problems in this earth.
The world is in such serious turmoil today because darkness controls this earth. This world system is controlled by satan, he is the God of this world. He has messed up God’s creation.
Therefore you and I are kingdom carriers and kingdom enforces. We are Gods instruments, Gods channel by which we can infiltrate the kingdom of darkness with the kingdom of light. We carry a contagious power of light and anointing to break every yoke of bondage. Remember Daniel was thrown into the lions’ den. (Daniel 6) He carried an anointing of God that was so powerful that transformed the whole atmosphere in the den. He was literally kept unharmed by the hungry lions. Can you see the awesome power of a God?
I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.”
This is the bigger picture of God we need to understand and grasp.
We should be standing in the gap and interceding for major national issues and problems. Unthinkable evil atrocities are taking place right now across the world. Humans are extremely dehumanized by evil.
But instead we focus on trivial and insignificant selfish personal matters which only concern us. You know what? God has already promised us, these things would be taken care of if you are flowing in His economy. This is a promise declared by Jesus! But sadly we operate in our own economy and expect God to fuel us from His economy. Can you see where we are going wrong? And we cry out saying God is not listening!
The Parable of the Rich Fool
…..Then he said, “This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I’ll say to myself, ‘You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.'”
But God said to him, “You fool! This very night your life will be demanded of you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?”
This is how it will be for anyone who stores up things for himself but is not rich toward God. –
Paul says in 1Cor.15:19 If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.
The reason why many of us are not able to be protective and productive in Gods kingdom is because we have our focus in the wrong place. Many of us want a place in heaven but unfortunately we are not prepared to pay the price to earn a place up there. We treat God as though God is obligated to us instead of us being obligated to God. God paid the greatest price to purchase you and me into His Kingdom. The sinless price of His only begotten son Jesus. What did He see in you and me that was so precious to sacrifice His only son for you?
Little do we realize that we live each day with an uncertain future not knowing what tomorrow holds for us but yet claiming that God holds all our tomorrows. The question is where will we go when suddenly the human clock stops ticking? The only future that you and I have is the assurance of our salvation in Christ.
However this salvation is a gift to only the people who are willing to carry the cross and live for Jesus. That means letting Jesus to sit on your throne. Have we ever realized the moment you surrendered your life to Jesus you are not in control of your life anymore. He takes over your destiny.
How rich can you be in this world? How long can you live in this world? There are many people who become very successful in life without God in the picture. Unfortunately your earthly richness will not qualify you a place in heaven if you have not lived your life as the light and salt of the earth. These are critical moments. We do not know suddenly what would happen. Are you sure about where you will end up if suddenly God demands your life this moment?
Note: Rev Dr Jai Kumar is an ordained & licensed minister of Covenant Ministries International N.J. USA. He is also the representative of Faith International Bible School for Malaysia & Singapore. He is the founder and senior pastor of Full Gospel Outreach Ministry KL, a member of ECCM, Spiritual Adviser & overseer of Full Gospel Christian Church KL. Co-founder and adviser of Kingdom Christian Fellowship, Subang Jaya, he is also the author of a book entitled, ‘God’s Time Clock.’
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