For we are slaves. Yet our God has not forsaken us in our slavery, but has extended to us his steadfast love before the kings of Persia, to grant us some reviving to set up the house of our God, to repair its ruins, and to give us protection in Judea and Jerusalem. -- Ezra 9:9
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
We were slaves to sin, to the old nature, to the powers and principalities of this world and its darkness. The deliverance of the Jews from their captivity and exile and their restoration to Jerusalem foreshadows our deliverance through Christ who, as Philippians 2:7 says, effectively made Himself a slave like us. He experienced the rejection of death and exile in hell. Then He arose triumphant -- just as He had said, at the end of three days, “reviving” and rebuilding the true Temple of God – His own body.
The world is troubled in many ways today. There is fear and violence and uncertainty. Financial crises loom. Terror and persecution stalk the lives of innocent people in countries all over the planet. Fools cry, “Peace, peace”, but there is no peace for those ruled and controlled by spiritual wickedness. The problems faced by humanity cannot be solved by military interventions, global initiatives, bail-outs, bail-ins, or changing flags.
When it comes to eschatology, as I have said before, there is a lot I don’t know, but I do know the Lord gives wisdom to those who will ask of Him. For those Christians who have not asked already, I would suggest that now would be a really good time to ask in earnest. I’m not saying that the Lord has spoken to me about anything, but I have a feeling we are going to go through some changes and difficulties such that most of us in the West have not seen or experienced.
It will, I think, be a kind of exile. Keep Peter’s warning in mind: For it is time for judgment to begin at the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God? (1 Peter 4:17) People are hollering about America being judged for court decisions and such. The Lord might decide to straighten out His people before He starts on the world. We should not be discouraged if that should be the case for it means we are closer to revival, renewal, and restoration than ever before.