Biblical Audio Commentary – What God is Doing
Many of us in the pre-Tribulation Rapture community are convinced that 2023 is THE year. This is it! Before the year ends, we’re out of here! I hope to God that’s the case. I’m really and truly tired and fed up with this world. For God to Rapture His true church and remove us from this evil and alien place right now would suit me just fine.
Despite a goodly number of us feeling in our guts that God will make this desire so, there are also some of us – a somewhat smaller number perhaps? – who think we’re destined to remain in the pigsty just a little while longer. As I’ve repeatedly said, that idea gives me no pleasure. I take no pride in the fact that I’ve been saying this for several years while at the same time many were predicting NOW! – this year! – right around the corner! Yet here we still are.
My working hypothesis to date has been that God wants to loosen the grip of far too many Christians who won’t let go of this world. We’ll come back to this shortly. Certainly, there are numerous reasons God may be delaying the inevitable. Of course, we ask: How much more sin and evil can accrue before God finally judges, which He must do?
I’ve spoken of how the fullness of the sin of the Amorites in the land of Israel had to reach a certain point before God delivered His people from their bondage in Egypt and subsequently rid the land of these corrupt tribes. The analogy is the fullness of the sin of the Gentiles today. Perhaps there is a level of wickedness that the world must reach before God acts. In the same manner, perhaps there are a certain number of people that God wants to be saved prior to Judgment. These two contrary forces may need to come together – to clash, if you will – for that glorious moment to be right.
Fleshing these factors out a little more may be helpful.
Pastor JD Farag in his Sunday, August 20, 2023 Prophecy Update discussed the horrific events in Maui the prior week. In his view, with which I completely concur, Lahaina was targeted for destruction, likely with a combination of Directed Energy Weapons (DEW) and geoengineering, which may have caused the hurricane winds that should have blown west to east, to instead blow in an easterly direction. These winds fanned the flames that were already causing terrible damage. DEW are military lasers that can be focused anywhere and used to incinerate their target – exactly what happened. HAARP radar array has been proven to be the means for causing droughts, earthquakes, and numerous other anomalous weather conditions. What occurred here was not climate change – not an act of nature. It was caused by evil men under the direct sway of Satan. The globalists behind this atrocity are demon-possessed and will do anything to harm God’s creation in the interest of grieving God Himself. Were there contributing factors like the electricity not being turned off from power lines and mismanagement of forest undergrowth? Absolutely, but those were only contributing factors to the intentional destruction.
Why would God allow this? Can any good come of it? As to the first question, we’re freewill individuals who can choose to work with God or against Him. Sadly, many have chosen the latter path. Their wickedness has risen to such insane levels because Satan knows this is the end and that his time is short. If it was limited when Paul wrote about that, imagine now how little time our adversary has left.
It’s the good that is important to focus on; to realize that God doesn’t leave us defenseless. He is present in the midst of tragedies like this. He is working through His people, both those on the ground administering direct aid, and with those who pray and/or contribute to the true relief efforts. I phrase it like that because there are so-called relief organizations that are actually hindering the administration of assistance to those in need. Be careful what you support. I advise staying away from FEMA and the Red Cross in particular. Plus, there are many scams being run. Be wise and discerning.
The good that can come out of this that was intended solely for evil is the salvation of many. You know the drill. When we are completely broken and left for dead in the miry pit, if we call out to God, He loves to show up to demonstrate His might and glory, bringing bountiful blessings where there were only ashes in the embers. (That might be a mixed metaphor, but I imagine you get the point.)
So this is the positive. In the midst of death and destruction, hopelessness and grief, God works through His children to raise up people of no or little faith into something wonderful and miraculous.
Of course, a question that nobody really wants to explore is: How many more “Lahainas” will God allow? If the evil perpetrated there brings so much good, might God stay His hand for a little while longer such that the cabal perpetrates some number more of these kinds of horrors? That’s a not a very pleasant idea to contemplate, is it? That could mean there are additional travesties like this that we’ll have to witness, or God forbid, experience ourselves. That doesn’t thrill me one bit, but it’s a possibility – right?
Now, here’s the other angle on this Commentary relating to our fellow Christ-followers who seemingly prefer this world over being in Christ’s presence. Note: I’m specifically speaking about those who are truly saved.
This whole thing about their loving the world more than what God has in store for us is highly disturbing to me. Whether it’s because of wanting to see kids grow up and marry with grandchildren, etc.; or believing that through their political efforts the Swamp will be drained and the world will go back to normal; or thinking they’re going to kick butt in God’s Name during the Tribulation; or that they’ll simply be protected during this period of unmitigated disaster upon the planet while they cool their heels in their sustainable communities – one way or the other, they aren’t looking forward to Jesus appearing and snatching us away from this hostile place.
In these and other fantasies the post-Tribulation Rapture folks have, one thing stands out to me. They are attempting to accomplish all these activities through their own power. Yes, admittedly many pray for God to act and bring their prayers to fruition. But, at the end of the day, they are working in this world to change it in their own strength.
Frankly, I think it’s surrender.
Nobody wants to hear that we shouldn’t work to bring God’s Name back into society at large. Surely, just as in times past, when the Christian community acted, God heard and provided. The question is: Are the times we’re in now like those of the past? I don’t think so.
According to the Scriptural standard, the morning sky is red and we know rain is coming today. The fig tree is in bloom and the figs should be about ripe. All the converging signs of the times are flashing WARNING! WARNING! Thus, these really are different times, and that means another approach is necessary.
It’s always been the case that we should surrender to the Lord so that He will act – not that most of God’s people over the ages have been terribly good at that. But again, what is it that brings us to our knees in this act of contrition? Hard times. Brokenness.
What if God wants all of our brothers and sisters in Christ to stop striving for this world? What if He want us to stop trying to accomplish the impossible? Why is it impossible? Because Bible prophecy tells us that. There is no relenting in this downward spiral toward the Tribulation.
Instead of all this effort to make the world a better place, perhaps God wants us to give it up. It may be that this additional time that we are (ahem) privileged to endure in the midst of this evil, is necessary for those who haven’t yet concluded that life as they knew it is gone. Perhaps only when a certain number of our brethren reach this mental and heart state will God relent and bring us home. This really stinks – I know – and I hope I’m whistling in the wind. But it could be a reality leading to another year or two of this mess.
Another quick thought: The Rapture as an imminent event has no preconditions. Jesus said watch, stay awake, be alert; it could happen at any time. Granted.
Do you know what does have preconditions? The Tribulation. All the technology, the people and the situation in the world have to be ready and ripe for the Trib to begin. Israel, primarily, has to be ready. Can we say she is?
We think the bio-technology supporting the eventual Mark of the Beast is completely ready, but is it?
In the spiritual realm, does Satan have all his players at the ready? We have no idea. It could be that God needs something more to happen in that realm for when He allows it to have free rein over the earth for a time.
All crazy questions – right? From our perspective, or at least from some of our perspectives, we’re ready to roll. Is God ready? He’s kind of the primary mover and shaker behind all this, so that’s the ultimate test.
Only time will tell where all this falls out. I’m hoping for the Rapture to occur sooner rather than later, but I also know that I have to rest in the Lord, patiently enduring, as much as I’d prefer not to.
As usual, the message is to me as much as to you. We have to wait on the Lord and give Him glory in all circumstances.