What if He Tarries
© 1998 Mike Druckenmiller (Sr.)
Never before in the history of the church has there been such an all out assault on ethics and morality. Never before in the history of the American church has there been such a single minded, hell-bent, effort towards the destruction of the church, from the top of government to the bottom.
Turn with me to Romans 1, and ask yourself as I read starting around verse 18, if you believe any of the churches or politicians in Washington have ever read this passage. Ask yourself if they believe the Word of God. Ask yourself if they are true believers, or just wolves in sheep's clothing.
The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them because God has made it plain to them.
For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities - his eternal power and divine nature - have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.
For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.
(So, you think Washington has the answers? Ha! Teen pregnancy is at an all time historic hi. They thought sex-Ed would fix everything. But, their futile thinking thinks they need more of the same, and more explicit yet!)
Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles.
(We see in America how this is so true. Animal rights activists and environmental activists would sacrifice people for their goddess Gaia! That which God intended for man to subdue is being used to club him into submission.)
Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another.
(Never before in America has sexual impurity been on such a rampage. STD's, sexually transmitted diseases, are running amok, so badly that it is futile for public health to trace liaisons, and even attempt to stall the spread much less eradicate a strain.)
They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshipped and served created things rather than the Creator - who is forever praised. Amen. [So Be It!]
Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.
Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done. (In the King James depraved is rendered Reprobate.)
They became filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice.
(Sounds like Paul has Washington politicians pegged! After all it's just business, it's just politics.)
They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents, they are senseless, faithless, heartless, and ruthless.
(And, the media, too!)
Although they know God's righteous decree (hey, they go to church every Sunday, how can they not know God's righteous decrees?) that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.
(The King James says that they "Have pleasure in those that do such things."
Consider Paul's statement here. That the proof of a man's being given over to a reprobate mind is their approval of those that publicly do such things. Just like our government has done since the 1992 election.
Paul is saying, in effect, that by giving approval, such persons are just as guilty before God as those that do the acts themselves!
From the very top of our government to local courts our politicians have gone on record as having pleasure in those that do such things.
It has been reported that the president himself has appointed practicing, militant, homosexual activists to high government office. If this is so, you can't tell me that the president of this country doesn't take pleasure in them. Why place them in positions where you'll have to interact with them if you don't take pleasure in them?
Woe be to America if the church doesn't have a revival and once again take the lead in leading America.
We are in dire straits, and there is not a man alive in America that has the power in himself to combat this. I thank God for Jay Sekulow and the Rutherford Institute and all the other Born-Again Christian attorneys who are fighting the battles in the courts. Lord only knows where we would be without them. But, let me say this, and, understand me very clearly, that they are not the answer in themselves. They are part of the battle plan.
In 2 Corinthians 10:3 we are told.
For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments, and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
And, in Ephesians 6:12.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
There are principalities, and powers, and spiritual wickedness in high places in the government of this country.
Many in the church are looking forward with great anticipation for the soon return of Jesus Christ to catch His bride away in what is commonly referred to as the rapture. I know of not one single prophecy that has yet to be fulfilled before Jesus returns. Many times I have seen preachers use this pretext of Christ's soon return to fill altars with repentance, and seeking of God. And, yet it doesn't seem like it's enough, the threat that the master could come at any moment. It's like all we want is fire assurance, not to really be in love with Jesus, and truly make Him our personal Master.
In Revelations 3:15 it talks of the Laodicean church.
I know your deeds, that you are neither cold or hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are luke-warm - neither hot nor cold - I am going to spit you out of my mouth. You say, "I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing." But, you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.
Business as usual. We're not on fire nor deeply grieved by the flood of filth that is being poured out on this world. We avoid intimacy with God, while maintaining church attendance. Deceiving ourselves into thinking we are "Strong Christians" because we can buy on credit what we used to fast and pray for. Why pray, isn't that what the banker is for?
Please consider what I am about to say very careful as I share from Matthew 25:1.
At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. The wise, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep.
At midnight the cry rang out: "Here's the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!"
The all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish ones said to the wise, "Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out."
"No", they replied, "there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves."
But, while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived.
(How, like the church today which is lulled into inaction by prosperity, having become fat and lazy. Have we not become drowsy, and allowed the wickedness in high places to overtake us and catch us by surprise?)
If Jesus comes tomorrow we don't have a problem as Christians do we? (Hey! We're outta here!) Those of us who are true believers, who pray daily with speaking of other tongues will not have a problem if Jesus comes tomorrow. No problem!
But, the bridegroom delayed his coming.... What if He tarries? If Jesus tarries four or five years what type of world will we be raising our children in? Can anyone show me a scripture that Jesus has to come back in four or five years? Of course you can't. No man knows the day or the hour! Maybe tomorrow! But, ... What if he tarries?
Do you have oil in your lamp? Have you been baptized in the Holy Spirit with speaking in other tongues? Is it burning brightly? Do you pray in your prayer language daily? Do you have enough oil to weather the storms? What if He tarries? ... What - if - He - tarries?
Do we dare to not get on our face before God as it says in 2nd Chronicles 7:14. Do we dare remain content to sit on our laurels? Like wine settled on its' lees, that sets the children's teeth on edge. Can we continue to be complacent and expect our children to be first generation Christians? There won't be any grandchildren in heaven. What type of world will there be in four or five years if the church doesn't have revival? What if he tarries?
Do we dare remain complacent in prayer and bible study and the assembling of ourselves together? What if He tarries?
What if Jesus doesn't come back for five years? Will we be allowed to pray in our own homes? Not if the Clinton administration has anything to do with it. Will home schoolers and private religious schools be allowed to exist? Not if the Clinton administration has anything to do with it. There is spiritual wickedness in high places.
And the only true way for God to remove the wickedness from high places is for the church of Jesus Christ to get on their knees and lay hold to the horns of the altar and beg God for forgiveness for our complacency, trim our lamps, be filled with God's oil of the Holy Spirit, and beg for revival. What if He tarries? Do we dare stay like we are?
2nd Chronicles 7:14.
If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
(This is to God's people... Not the lost!)
Can anyone show me a scripture that says we can't have one last revival before Jesus returns? Can anyone prove that the reason America isn't prominent in end time prophecy is because it goes down the tubes in moral decay? Is it not possible that when evil comes in like a flood, that Jesus is raised as a standard by His church, and we have such a great revival that most of the nation goes with Jesus! (In the 'Rapture')
Even if you are not a Pre-Tribulation, Pre-Millennial believer, surely you can see the advantages of having your lamp filled with oil and plenty to spare? And that kind of lamp filling only comes from true revival!
Or do you subscribe to the pernicious conviction that what will be will be, that that's what's in prophecy, there's nothing we can do about it. Just sit back and watch the world go by on its way to hell in a hand basket. God forbid that we should settle on our lees and use bible prophecy as an excuse not to pray! And, fail to take hold of the horns of the altar and pray, "God deliver us from this wickedness, forgive us for our inactivity, forgive us for not being bold enough to speak out and say this is not right! Father, don't leave us where we are. Don't let us stay asleep in time of crisis. Wake us up Lord, please, wake us up!
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