We are today bombarded by eschatological timetables of the return of the Lord. The Christian books stores are full of these books; the TV preachers have every detail figured out.
I believe the manifestation of his appearing is first a spiritual reality before a literal event. Remember that his appearing is sudden; people are shocked when he arrives. If we are looking for outward signs we will miss it.
I believe all the signs of the day of the Lord point to spiritual realities. if we can’t first see the spiritual unveiling first, then we will also miss the time of the visible event.
The Mark of the beast, the man of sin, the great falling away, all these signs are first a spiritual phenomenon before a literal event.
One does not have to look to hard at the present state and reality of the Christian faith, to see that everything that Jesus and the Apostles said and wrote about, are now rapidly coming true. The signs of the end of the age are very manifest now in the days we are living in.
Then you will be arrested, persecuted, and killed. You will be hated all over the world because you are my followers. And many will turn away from me and betray and hate each other. And many false prophets will appear and will deceive many people. Sin will be rampant everywhere, and the love of many will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. Mathew 24, 9-13
The coming day of the Lord will be a mystery for those who walk in the darkness, but it will revealed to those who are walking in the light of the risen Christ.
But you are not in darkness, brethren, for that day to surprise you like a thief. For you are all sons of light and sons of the day; we are not of the night or of darkness. So then let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober. For those who sleep sleep at night, and those who get drunk are drunk at night. But, since we belong to the day, let us be sober, and put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation. 1 Thessalonians 5, 4 – 8
Largely the Christian religion has become just that, another religion in the earth, but much more than a religion, a religion that has been invaded by lying spirits, great deception, and a form of godliness, but denying the power of the cross.
But there were also false prophets in Israel, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will cleverly teach destructive heresies and even deny the Master who bought them. In this way, they will bring sudden destruction on themselves. Many will follow their evil teaching and shameful immorality. And because of these teachers, the way of truth will be slandered. In their greed they will make up clever lies to get hold of your money. But God condemned them long ago, and their destruction will not be delayed. 2 Peter 2, 1-3
The Christian religion today in very large parts has been invaded by deceitful workers, workers who are more like shamans than Christs true servants.
The things that are taking place these days in the name of Christ are to me stunning, to my apprehension of who Christ is.
When I watch some of these so called prophets and apostles of today, I find myself recoiling inside. But what I’m amazed with is how so many in the church just suck this stuff up.
For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own likings, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander into myths. 2 Timothy 4, 3-4
The book of revelation is a heavenly book, John was in the spirit when he wrote it. It was the spiritual unveiling of the end of this age. All the mystical figures of the book, are spiritual events, which are taking place in the unseen realm. If we try to make the book literal then we are already fooled.
This book is an unveiling of spiritual events, we can’t formulate a system out of it.
One needs to be truly born of the spirit of the Lord, before one can truly see this heavenly book.
Living in the prophetic is living before the event. We already understand the thing once it arrives, we have already seen the spiritual reality of it.
This doesn’t mean that you have to have a prophetic gift to understand this, it means that if you live in the reality of in Christ Jesus, you should be witness to the hidden signs of his coming.
Remember the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy, this is one of the attributes that is a reality through union with him.
This is why the Lord is always warning us of his coming, be wise, don’t be foolish, be alert, keep your lamp of spiritual fervor burning, don’t allow your oil to run dry.
The end of this age before the return of the Lord, will be, but already is, the time of the greatest deception that the Church has ever known.
For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Mathew 24,-24