As we scour the four corners for answers and comforting words to fill our lives with while bearing witness to the collapse of the only world we’ve ever known, we contend a continuous tug of war between the truth and the fabrications that we have been led to believe is the truth. For some, it is horror to see the unbreakable systems of the modern world finally falling to pieces, but for others, it is hope for a world soon to come, void of sin and rich with God’s perfection. To see what the children of God see, we need look no further than the world around us. One of the most powerful, revealing, and blatantly obvious ways to be sure that we are in fact living in the very last moments of world history is to recognize one of the Bible’s most widely forewarned signs of Jesus’ return; the people. The German word Zeitgeist is defined as being the defining spirit or mood of a particular generation, which, when describing the final generation of earth, is vividly expressed throughout prophecy in both the Old and New Testament. God made known to us exactly what this generation would look like so that when we saw the world suddenly conforming to the image that he had predetermined thousands of years prior, we would know that the time has come.
Get ready for the reality check of a lifetime. In 2 Timothy 3:2-5, it is written about the last days that “men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, self-assuming, haughty, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, disloyal, having no natural affection, not open to any agreement, slanderers, without self-control, fierce, without love of goodness, betrayers, headstrong, puffed up with pride, lovers of pleasures rather than lovers of God, having a form of godly devotion but proving false to its power”. If you’ve been anywhere in the past thirty years, then this description should probably be hitting pretty close to home. To summarize, it’s saying that the people of the very last days will be selfish, egotistical, reckless, heartless, and disrespectful with no room for God in their pleasure-governed lives. Thousands of years after that was written, we not only fulfill our predestined lust for material possessions, but we condone disobedience and celebrate evil as a fashion sense. What does popular culture tell us to do besides fill our spiritual appetites with sex and money? We live in a global system sustained by the market, and thus we live to feed the market, letting advertisements dictate our lives, buying more than we need, and ungratefully indulging in an excess of pleasure. These aren’t the World Wars when people had everything confiscated from them. In this day and age, we have everything given to us, and in turn, we lose our appreciation of love and forget about God beneath our blindfold of worldly joys.
Even Christians are described as being influenced by these distractions during the last days. The message that God specifically gave to the church of the last age is the only of seven churches throughout the ages in which not one good thing is said about it. Revelation 3 says, “I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold, I am about to spit you out of my mouth.” This is a tragically accurate picture being painted about how the church in the world’s last days will be less than apathetic towards their halfhearted devotion to God, as we’ve seen more and more of as Christians, mainly in North America, have lost interest in the faith in trade for the overabundance of luxuries that modern technology has afforded them. The message continues, “You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.” Jesus did not tell us to fatten up and live prosperous lives. He said to leave everything we have, pick up our cross, and follow him to the end. In a world regulated by sin, we’ve been called away from the table of those who happily gorge on whims over spiritual truth. “What is truth?” As Pontius Pilate asked Jesus before the execution. The truth sits right in front of our eyes, all we have to do is open them and see. It’s the simplest, most overlooked sign of the end, that, when we should see people forgetting about God and becoming selfish in their insatiable appetite for worldly desires, we should remember what is coming next on God’s watch.
Psalms 92:7 tells that “When the wicked ones sprout as the vegetation and all the practicers of what is hurtful blossom forth, it is that they may be annihilated forever.” This is more urgent than a generation of plugged-in iChildren can possibly imagine. Instead of sitting behind screens and monitors, disconnecting ourselves from reality and assuming virtual identities, we need to stand together in these final hours and remember what it means to burn with the fire of God and kindle a deep hatred for sin. It’s time to take a stand against everything that separates us from Jesus Christ, to reject whatever has tempted us into despising His name, and remember what love feels like when it opens our hearts and puts everything back into perspective. There is no more time to sleep in and fool around. As we cling to a world that’s spiraling into decay, we must ask ourselves which part of our luxurious life we are choosing over an eternity with the Lord in paradise, which we know by his clear signs is no longer a distant hope, but a blessed gift to us, the last generation. In Joel 2:28-29, referencing the time directly preceding his coming, God says, “I will pour out my Spirit on all people“, telling us that there will be a small, but strong revival amongst his servants. I pray that today be the day that this scripture is fulfilled. May the Lord keep you always, amen. ♡
“As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.”