I’ve always been one who sees the end days not as days of revival, but as days of betrayal. Many modern prophets have said that there will come a day when a great revival takes place and we will see scores of people coming to the Lord. If that revival happens, then soon afterward the great falling away will take place. Here is what Jesus said:
Matthew 24 9Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. 10At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, 11and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. 12Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, 13but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.
This does not sound like a great revival … it sounds like people losing hope and faith in God, and following the crowd of the world. Christians will believe in a lie, false prophets will lead many astray, and create doubt in God’s ability to preserve, protect, and provide for His faithful. They will question and find answers in the lies of the falsehoods of wickedness disguised as truth. They will betray others and their love for God and other believers will grow cold. There will be a decline in faithfulness to God, His Word, and His Church. Jesus concludes there will be those who will not be persuaded to give in to betraying the God of the Bible but will remain firmly planted in Jesus. It is those people who will survive and be saved.
Jesus never said that following Him would be easy. Christianity is not easy, prosperous, or endearing to culture … it is quite the opposite. Jesus was saying that following Him would require stamina to stand strong while being hated, lied about, and mistreated by culture. In the last days, the struggle for us as Christians is about surviving the hatred for what we believe. Christians are not popular because we stand against the immorality of the day and speak out against those who call evil good and good evil.
In recent years, we have seen pastors and other influential Christians turn their backs on their beliefs and no longer follow Jesus. Recently, I was in a conversation with believers about healing and the working of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Some Christian do not believe in divine healing because they think it all passed away, and they conclude that God no longer works through the miraculous. Some of this attitude is the result of the misuse of God’s gifts by some who have used healing for personal profit and gain. Yet, God has not abandoned His work among us through the Holy Spirit who does heal and still does miracles.
When we reduce the God of the Bible to only a cognitive understanding, and we deny His intervention into our lives, haven’t we fallen away from the truth of God’s Word? Jesus became known in His day because of His ability to heal people and cast out demons from people’s lives. When people engaged Jesus, they asked for healing or deliverance … not sermons, or teachings. They wanted God to demonstrate His power on earth. Jesus knew that faith had to manifest itself in practical ways for people to understand how He is working among us. It is faith that will be betrayed in the last days. Faith will no longer have relevance, and the new religion of secularism will grow more popular among Christians deceiving them with the lies of a false truth.
Love grows cold … without God, love has a small footprint. It is God who defines love and gives love meaning and purpose. God’s story of Jesus loving us so much that He was nailed to a cross to take the punishment of death for us, so we could be free from the wages of sin … that is a love story.
My point today is that turning away is a reality Jesus predicted would happen as the end draws near. Jesus described the days of His return would be like the days of Noah when people were totally unaware. People today are totally unaware. They live their lives without one shred of thought about God, or the reality of facing eternity without Him. For just as life went on in the days of Noah so will it be at the coming of the Son of Man:
Matthew 24 38In those days before the flood people were eating, drinking, marrying and being given in marriage until the very day that Noah went into the ark, 39and knew nothing about the flood until it came and destroyed them all. So will it be at the coming of the Son of Man.
This is the state of the world before the coming of Jesus. It does not refer to a revival or great awakening. It is an era and state of unawareness. Prophets who are telling you about a great revival are telling you a lie according to Scripture. Personally, I am tired of people trying to speak on behalf of God, who go outside of Scripture to tell a prophetic narrative that is just not true. Any prophetic message needs to be based upon God’s Word … not the inclinations of a self-proclaiming prophet.
Remember what is said here, there will come a great turning away in the last days. So, what is my message to you? Prepare yourself, secure your faith in Jesus, and base your life on His Word. Hide that Word away in your heart because, one day, the Word may be all you have to sustain you.
Challenging the Culture with Truth … Larry Kutzler