Final thoughts on modern day prophecy
“Though the mills of God grind slowly, yet they grind exceeding small; Though with patience He stands waiting, with exactness grinds He all” Henry Wadsworth Longellow (1807-1882)
I wrote Chapter 21 by way of a reflective diary that ended in February 2021. It is now mid-April and, while I had hoped something dramatic would have happened by now with regard to the concerns and hopes I raised and, pertinent to the book, it would confirm (or even refute, if false) the credibility of what I chose to label as present-day political prophets, I am still waiting, yet there is enough going on, largely unreported, to give me hope. Sometimes it feels like I am watching a pantomime, barely aware of the twists and turns ahead, but hoping the villains get their comeuppance and the good guys win. I sense too God is testing and refining His people for great things to come and that He is looking to make Christ’s bride a pure and radiant one, as opposed to impure and defeated. While the thoughts of Longfellow are not the Word of God, he made an important point that any sincere followers of the Lord should take note – He does things His way, in His time.
It seems to me there are broadly three categories of Christians when it comes to formulating a response of what is happening in the world right now and, such is the “divide and rule” paradigm we are now living in, we often find members of each group antipathetic to the views of those who are not in their group. Firstly, there are those who seek to rise above what is going on, emphasising rather the importance of preaching the gospel (using words if necessary). Secondly, there are those who seek to respond to world events but are content to be guided by what political and societal leaders and mainstream media say. Thirdly, there are those who also seek to respond but, since they regard such leaders and media (to use the picture painted in the Book of Proverbs) as fools (mix of liars, villains and those who simply, naively have got it wrong), they are more likely to be informed by “conspiracy theorists” and political prophets. In my lifetime, I have belonged to all three groups and, while I would rather be part of the first one, I am finding myself increasingly drawn to the third one, while ever trying to maintain balance. There is also a danger of Christians losing hope and abandoning sound doctrine, and the ever-present danger of the Laodicean spirit of lukewarmness taking hold.
While what the future holds, now we are coming (supposedly) out of the Covid-19 crisis, may by uppermost in peoples’ minds, I am firmly of the view what we are faced with is a future dominated by one of two “Global Resets” and it is the question of which one will prevail that should be concerning us. In a strange way, the Corona virus is part of the big picture and it is a matter of connecting the dots. One is dominated by the “black hats” that wish to control (and coerce) the masses. The other is dominated by the “white hats”, who among other things are pulling the lid off international child trafficking, the evils of the world financial systems and election fraud. I do so believing, in eschatological terms, that while the Lord is coming back to planet earth soon, before that there be a time of evil and Great Tribulation, overseen by the Antichrist. Most political prophets are prophesying a time of imminent great revival along with, at least for a season, the white hats orchestrating many world events, and that includes Donald J. Trump serving a second term as US President to oversee, among other things, draining the swamp. Other “Christian” views range from a new Enlightenment to a great falling away.
As for me, I will endeavour, with God’s help, to do what I wrote on my Facebook page: “I am a gospel preaching, community activist, watchman on the wall”. The more I watch, the more convinced I am that: not only God will win in the end (and therefore, dear reader, I invite you to join God’s winning side), but evil will be exposed to an unprecedented extent since the Great Flood, with God acting both in mercy and in judgment. “And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness” 1 John 5:19. We need to be like faithful Daniel, who humbly and prayerfully intreated God concerning perplexing events happening around him and the future, barely aware of the battle raging in the spiritual realm (Daniel 9,10) “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds; Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ” 2 Corinthians 10:4-5.
I expect, when most people get to read this, the world will appear to be a quite different place to when this was written, much of which, as far as this author is concerned, will come in the unforeseen and unexpected categories. Just as I don’t claim to be a prophet, neither am I a political pundit (my track record confirms); nor am I (and this is definitely a no-go area) a crystal ball gazer. I am not going to go down conspiracy theory rabbit holes, besides which, there are others who do so better than me; all I can say is – do your own research. I am me, a “nobody”; a sinner saved by grace, who wants to make a difference. I love the Lord and want to share what I know; to wake people up and to warn and encourage others. To end, what better way than give the last word to a prophet of the Bible: “He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?” Micah 6:8.