March 2015 Newsletter
“You will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled. For all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My names sake. And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another…and because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved.” Matthew 24:3-12
By now, it’s obvious that the spiritual atmosphere of the earth is changing. ISIS grows in numbers and power as they slaughter hundreds of innocent people. Anti-Semitism grows at an alarming rate in Europe as well as here in America, so much so that it’s starting to look like it did before World War 2. The homosexual agenda has entered much of the Church as many spiritual leaders passively condone it. Movies coming out in theaters are defiling young people’s minds with distorted views about sex, relationships, and morality. Terrorist attacks and rumors of wars are everywhere on the news. Famines and diseases continue to ravage countries throughout Africa. Christians who take a stand for Jesus are being persecuted and ostracized by society more than ever. If this isn’t the time Jesus spoke about in Matthew 24 known as “the beginning of birth pains” I don’t know what is.
The good news is that Jesus isn’t nervous as He sees all this. He is sovereign and is orchestrating everything with perfect wisdom, justice, and love. We don’t have to be afraid of the things we’re hearing and seeing on the news. In fact, that’s exactly what Jesus told us not to do,“see that you are not troubled.” But at the same time, the bad news is that this pressure and crisis in the nations isn’t going to go away. It’s going to get worse. The pressure will keep mounting until the crescendo at the end of the age when Jesus returns to the earth and sets up His kingdom. If we’re finding it hard to stand for Jesus now and maintain our stand for righteousness, what will we do when it gets worse? More than ever before, the Church needs to slow down and focus on what actually matters. Love, humility, the kingdom of God, family, Bible study, prayer, evangelism, discipleship, holiness: these are the things that matter. The newest I-phone, hollywood movie, Oscars gossip, or personality test on Facebook don’t matter much, especially in the season we’re in. We can no longer afford to waste time with these types of things. We must heed the words of Jesus, “and what I say to you, I say to all: Watch! (Mark 13:37)”
Loretta & I have felt the weight of what’s happening in the earth right now, as we believe you have. There is a new sobriety in the Prayer Room. Though our hearts are filled with joy as we see the breakthroughs of prayer, we are beginning to pray more urgently, realizing that our prayers have the power to change the destiny of our Nation. If the Church does not stand against this darkness, no one will. It’s time to wake up from our slumber and pray. It’s time to be brave and take a stand for what may be politically incorrect. Anti-semitism has been a particular concern lately. At the weekly Sunday Service last week, a video was shown on how anti-semitism is growing on college campuses. In response, our IHOPKC community gathered together in the prayer room in a “solemn assembly” to focus on praying for the people of Israel and their salvation. Like never before the Church needs to take her place as a light in the darkness. We can no longer afford to be asleep.