“After these things I looked, and here was an enormous crowd that no one could count, made up of persons from every nation, tribe, people, and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb dressed in long white robes, and with palm branches in their hands.” Revelation 7:9
When I was a little girl, the fear was the Russians and their missiles. I vividly remember drills at school that forced us into the hallways, curling up in a little ball up against the walls, and covering our heads with our hands. I’m not sure this stance would actually provide any protection from a missile strike, but it made the adults feel better; as if they were at least doing “something.”
As I moved into my teenage years, the fear seemed to be a “one world order.” The belief was a futuristic conspiracy theory that struck fear in the hearts of Americans suggesting our “life as we know it” was disintegrating around us and it was someone’s fault. The term “New World Order” signaled the emergence of a totalitarian world government where we would be cookie-cutter people having no morals and no control over their lives.
When I founded a Women’s Ministry effort at my church in the 1990’s, I focused on pulling together women of all ages supporting the Biblical teaching that the older should teach the younger and the younger should pay respect to their elders. I remember two women in particular that talked about living through the depression. As children, they felt Jesus was going to return any day to rescue them from distress. They also discussed WWII and the fear that shadowed our otherwise happy nation. Fathers were appointed as spotters off the coastlines to watch for enemy subs trying to infiltrate our country. Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, all bad men with evil goals despite their charismatic success with dragging naïve people into their bizarre worlds threatened the future.
All the while, the Christian community said, “We are in the end times.”
As I remember, reflect and observe Christians over the ages, they seem to insist that Jesus is coming at any minute when things get tough as opposed to getting tougher than the circumstances and working harder at the mission of Christ until He gets here. The verse at the beginning of the blog is one verse that debunks many misguided beliefs that we are all going to morph into a blob of existence. These words reveal: a) There will be a crowd surrounding Jesus when He returns (Rats! I thought I’d be the last person standing!); b) “from every nation, tribe, people, and language” (See. No “one world order.” Still separate nations, cultures, people, and languages.) c) Those who gather will be standing, worshipping and adoring Him contrary to the popular belief that we are all going to Hell in a handbasket.
Will there be persecution? You betcha! Jesus taught us over and over again that the world would decay around us while He called us to action to keep spreading the Gospel message. I think we are confused if we think we are supposed to save the world around us and expect the Gospel message to be fully embraced without our efforts. We’re gonna make them see it our way, by god! (Little “g” because we then make ourselves the god in the mix.)
Christian, Christian, Christian – let us not fall into the trap that Christ’s original disciples fell into as they ignored what He was saying attempting to make things go their way. Jesus told them He would be betrayed. He would be crucified. He would be buried. He would rise again and appear to them after the third day. Yet, when it all came to pass, they were shocked and bewildered. Why? Because they weren’t listening or believing Him despite His efforts to explain to them what was coming.
What’s coming? Continued moral decay and environmental disasters. What are we supposed to do? Work, watch, and wait. Let’s not forget the work in that equation, okay?
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