Why The World Isn't Ending
I want to speak to a thought that is enslaving the sons and daughters of God. Recently our world has experienced hurricanes, earthquakes, North Korea potentially being the trigger for another war, and racism flooding back into our country; or maybe it never left. For whatever reason, the response from a lot of the church community has been, "get ready! Jesus is coming to save us from this world." The sad thing about this is we are, in essence, telling the world, "until Jesus comes back, we are slaves to whatever the world throws our way." I mean, with Hurricane Irma having an early track to the coast of South Carolina, people were terrified at the potential of a storm destroying our state. Sound familiar?
Mark 4:35-41, " 35 That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” 36 Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. 37 A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. 38 Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”
39 He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.
40 He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”
41 They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”
Of course, I don't want to sound like I'm not concerned with my brothers and sisters who are being impacted by this storm. We are praying for them and will do whatever it takes to help them out once everything settles. I do however want to convey that I'm not fearful of a storm.
I don't believe Jesus is coming back right now. The funny thing is, a lot of people will read that and gasp, but this is just my personal belief. I don't believe we are in a place (a church that's pure and spotless - Ephesians 5) to inherit Jesus coming back and us reigning with him for eternity. Proof of this is the Israelites in the Old Testament who, when obedient and following God, inherited a land promised to their ancestors. When they were disobedient, God allowed them to go into slavery to Babylon because they were no longer in a place, with Him, to reign over His promise.
Yes, I know the passage where Jesus talks to the disciples about the signs of the end of the world (Matthew 24). A lot of these were signs pointing to the destruction of the temple and invasion of the Roman army in AD 70. That being said, some of the things Jesus talked about were pointing to the future and signs before His return. Pay close attention to verses 13 and 14:
"13 But he who endures to the end shall be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come."
Every "sign" Jesus spoke to them about was what would happen in the earth. At no point did Jesus command them (us) to grow lazy, sit around, and wait for him to come. He did command them to "endure to the end" and that the end wouldn't come until they "preached the gospel of the kingdom in all the world as a witness to all the nations." In other words, sons and daughters bringing the kingdom of God to the earth "as it is in heaven."
I believe what is happening now is the earth's groaning for the sons and daughters of God to be manifested (Romans 8:19); for them to begin to take their seat of authority over the earth (Matthew 18:18), that was forfeited by Adam but won back for us by Jesus on the cross.
"We do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved." - Hebrews 10:39
What if the sons and daughters of God quit bowing their knee to the world? What if, instead of shrinking back when a hurricane is headed our way, we began to decree that "a thousand may fall at my side, ten thousand at my right hand, but it shall not come near me" (Psalms 91:7)? What if instead of accepting a doctors report that cancer is going to take our lives, we began to pray for and demand cancer leave because it is illegal in the kingdom of which we are governors in, to the earth? What if we began praying AND BELIEVING "on earth as it is in heaven" (Matthew 6:10)? What if we stopped posting on social media that Jesus is coming to "save us from this earth" and instead began to say "this earth is under my authority, through Jesus Christ and as an heir of the kingdom of God, so I'm going to stop asking God to open doors for me, from my lack of faith, that HE GAVE ME THE KEYS TO OPEN MYSELF" (Matthew 16:19)?
If you were the king of a nation and an enemy nation invaded your country, would you just sit back and allow them to take your nation into slavery? Or would you demand they leave? Of course you would demand they leave. Yet we do the former to the things that come against us every single day.
The story I referenced earlier in Mark 4 is interesting because we miss the fact that Jesus allowed the storm to happen in the first place. He slept through the storm because he knew that he had the authority to stop it with his command. I believe Jesus allowed the storm to happen because he wanted the disciples to command it to stop and it obey THEM. That's why he rebuked the storm, then rebuked them for their lack of faith.
We can keep allowing ourselves to be in slavery to the earth, OR we can take our seat and begin to demand the things of the earth will NOT rule over our house. Then I believe Jesus will come back for a pure and spotless bride that is in such a place with the father, that He allows them to inherit the new age. Remember, you can't receive "new wine" until you become a "new wineskin". Maybe the reason why some people in the church haven't received the "new" that they've been praying for is because they have yet to become the "new" that is required to contain it. We're not in this day and age because it's meant to destroy us; It just looks like that because we've allowed ourselves to live as slaves. We're in this day and age because God has equipped US to be able to rule over the things of this day and age. Our only job is to be in a place, with our Father through devotion, to become that which is required to contain the power of God that enables us to be who He's called us to be NOW.
I saw this yesterday morning and laughed. We've been praying hurricane Irma cannot come into our state and look how the map arches, perfectly around our state. With every new map, the storm treks further and further away from us. This is a new age. The earth is groaning for it's rulers to rise up and take their seat.
I'm looking forward to Jesus returning and us spending eternity in heaven, but I will not be a slave to the earth in the process. I'm living for heaven now, on earth, by way of a Father - son relationship. We are His sons and daughters and belong to those who HAVE FAITH AND ARE SAVED.