Commentary By: Gordon King
Something has come to my mind and spirit lately, I am in no way stating that this is what is happening or in fact will happen, but it is something to consider and ask the good Lord for His wisdom and insight into. This is something that I have not really thought of before, yet for some reason it came to me and is stirring my spirit.
If we take a look at the church these days what do we see? Falling away from the truth, division, separation, acceptance of worldly views and opinions. We see the church which was meant to be the salt of the earth losing it’s saltiness!
And if salt loses its ability to do what it was meant to do then what good is it anymore?
I am in no way stating that the entire church of Jesus Christ is disobedient, has fallen away, or has lost its saltiness, however, much of it has! Much of it has become a sweet sound to itching ears, words given to those seeking confirmation of a life not just in the world but of the world. The church setting has become a place of sanctuary on Sunday mornings, a place of religious rituals meant to satisfy God’s demand of obedience, once a week!
Is this what Christianity is really all about? I think not.
There are many good and righteous churches in the world with many true and faithful believers in Jesus Christ, yet there are many living not only in the world but of the world!
These are my thoughts: What if God is waiting for the church to lose so much of its saltiness that He raptures it? After all, if the church as a whole becomes ineffective in fulfilling God’s will then why leave it here any longer?
When the world becomes so dark that the church is ineffective in continuing to fulfill God’s will, then what purpose does the church have on the world?
I have never before heard any preacher or for that matter any other believer stating that this may in fact be the case. What I have heard is just the opposite, that there will be a great revival and that the church will grow stronger and more effective in the end times. Yet, everything I see happening is just the opposite. Churches conforming to world standards, blending of other religions with Christianity, and many churches preaching how to become prosperous and live a good worldly life.
I believe that there will be more people saved before the rapture of the church, but scripture also tells us that there will also be people being saved up to His second coming, as difficult as it will be.
As the world grows darker than more people will have hardened hearts to the truth, and as people continue to harden their hearts the world becomes even darker. And as more people of the world become more wicked they will see the light of Christ as wicked and evil, this is just a fact.
We already know that the end times are likened to the days of Noah when the only thing in their hearts was evil continually and God was sorry that He made them! And so it is in these last days, men’s hearts are becoming evil continually, morals and values have been on the decline for decades now, what was once thought of as evil is now considered good, and what was good is now evil. Societies are being transformed into accepting abominations to God as laws of the land, and Christians are being demonized as wicked and evil!
And perhaps this is what the apostle Paul meant when he said the great falling away will come first, and then the Antichrist will be revealed. Perhaps Paul was saying that the church will fall away, it will lose its saltiness and effectiveness, then the Lord will rapture the church out of here, just before the beginning of the Tribulation period.
And if this is so just how close are we to the rapture of the church?! Closer than most of us believe I think!
Like I said, I don’t know if this is how it will all play out, yet it is something to seriously consider.
Pray to the good Lord for wisdom, insight, and knowledge. Pray for understanding, clarity, and truth.
Be ready at all times, walk in the spirit and overcome the flesh. Give God thanks in all things, seek God first and know that He loves you! All of the praise and glory to God! Amen.
God bless my friends! Maranatha!