Yes, we live in extraordinary times . . . one the one hand. On the other hand, the same basic issue--regardless--stands before us: Are we saved or not?
I continue to notice the news and developments and "fringe" research . . . on the one hand. On the other hand, where I LIVE and "store my treasures" . . . I ABIDE in Him and as He abides in me, fruits are produced which continue to give life . . . and I can witness the growing of grace which accompanies the increasing "knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ." (see John 15:5, 2 Peter 3:18)
Speaking of "protection" in these times I mentioned being "fed and watered". We may or may not be fed and watered bodily during some of the troubled days ahead. Which is why it is so crucial . . . to be immersed in the matters of our Lord NOW and throughout what is to come. FOR REAL!
"For the kingdom of God is not food and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit." (Rom. 14:17)
Not just as some vague notion or ideal or far off hope.
An urgency is ringing through the Spirit--criers are crying, watchmen are shouting, and the soul of any who will listen groans within to finally come into the peace of God, that "peace of God, which passeth all understanding" AND "shall guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus." (Phil. 4:7)
And so, during the commercial breaks in the preaching program I was listening to, as I worked, I switched to a recording I'd made of a recent Rick Wiles' "TruNews" interview with Tom Horn. Most of you probably know who Horn is . . . but if you don't, he's an author and researcher who delves into the current hot conspiracy topics about things like . . . cosmic stargates opening portals for ie., the "Nephilim" to return through . . . (or something like that) . . . transhuman alien hybrid antichrist NWO armies . . . "watchers", aliens, UFO's and the link to the demonic . . . and so on . . . . And he utilizes a plethora of ancient and/or hidden esoteric texts and "prophecies" from various sources, some Christian, some pagan, occultic etc. (This is the first time I have heard him in quite a while and I am only vaguely informed on all the specifics of his theories and claims, though I think I get the jist of it.)
Anyway, "far out" stuff that many find fascinating and perhaps enlightening as to what is "really" going on and about to go on . . . in the "end times." I've mentioned and explored similar topics and issues myself over the years and there is a whole "media industry" surrounding the genre--the Internet and talk radio awash with various authors and researchers specializing in such fields of investigation . . . .
My object in bringing him up and the interview I heard . . . is not to determine or judge the veracity (truth) of the issues he discussed, but something struck me--especially by the end of the talk with host Wiles--which I felt related directly to some points I've being driving at lately.
Rather than judge the VERACITY of the information presented . . . I want to address its VALUE (keeping in mind that we are on one hand . . . indeed in incredible, startling, extraordinary times . . . .
Horn's newest book is called "Petrus Romanus: The Last Pope Is Here" and purports that we are about to see the prophetic time of the "last pope" . . . leading to Rome's destruction . . . the beginning of the "great apostasy" . . . the "false prophet" . . . "tribulation" and "antichrist" . . . .
During the interview he recounted scores of arcane, hidden, rare, obscure manuscripts and "prophecies" concerning this development of "the last pope" . . . and it was clear he had spent a lot of time and effort, along with his co-author . . . traveling, exploring, researching and retrieving all these various recent AND ancient utterances supporting the proposition (that, after current Pope Benedict, and culminating in the ominously portentous year 2012, we have the last pope and the kick-off to tribulation and antichrist reign.)
So, the interview is getting close to the end . . . a couple of minutes left to wrap up--after nearly an hour's torrent of admittedly intriguing, sometimes shocking and incredible information feverishly rattled off by an enthusiastic Tom Horn, host Rick Wiles asks (paraphrasing), "So, Tom . . . after all of this you've discovered and are sharing, what do YOU expect to happen in 2012 (related to all of this)"?
Horn then pretty much picked up where he'd left off and rambled on again reciting all of the various obscure and not-so-obscure confirmatory prophecies in the church, in paganism, in Mayan culture, from occultists etc., and how they all seemed to be pointing to 2012, with so many prophecies converging to point to this moment in history . . . as being profound . . . and . . . .
. . . And I wanted Rick to interrupt him before the show ended and say, "Yes, agreed, but I asked you, 'what do YOU think is going to happen?'"
But Rick let him run on . . . and . . . he never really did answer the question, other than to say, in effect, that all this mountain of research and digging and scholarly connecting of the dots . . . seems to strongly suggest . . . that . . . the next pope will be the last and all that that perhaps prophetically entails . . . .
And I thought to myself . . . "Yeah? And? . . . . What good does it do a person to have . . . perhaps . . . a head full of interesting knowledge that suggests that we may be close to the last pope?"
Agreed, it goes into the hopper . . . with all the other signs and portents and fulfilling of actual scripture . . . that is showing any who are paying attention . . . that we are very likely in or close to the "last days" . . . .
And, on one hand, it is all quite interesting . . . and I am not at this time making a point of being critical of such work and efforts . . . but only to say ON THE OTHER HAND, regardless, is where we need to BE is ABIDING IN CHRIST--that is, immersed in urgent grace of our salvation. After all that Horn offered . . . he still wouldn't . . . or couldn't say what will happen . . . in, ie., 2012.
I do think this is a notable time and year--and have had my own "prophetic" word on it . . . and expect it will be "game changing" . . . to say the least.
But to get through it . . . in the proper way (in the only way that matters) . . . we want to be in that state of mind and heart . . . which is required (necessary) for the disciple IN ANY AGE OR TIME.
I will dare to be (lovingly:) critical of anyone who has accepted the Lordship of Christ . . . at this time (OR, any other) who is so busy following intriguing and fascinating ephemera, theories, possible scenarios, DETAILS . . . of the manifestations "on the ground" . . . in the world . . . THAT THEY NEGLECT the urgent, daily, hourly holy "work" of our Lord, which is found in the constant abiding in His Spirit and the Word . . . such that, ie., someone might be able to jump up and say, "Aha! I totally predicted that such-and-such would happen . . . and it did! Look at me! I got it right AND I was the first to say it!" . . . but then, meanwhile, they are not changing or progressing or growing in their inner SOUL character . . . growing in grace . . . becoming more like Christ in reality, in character, in heart and mind . . . .
I DO think there is not much time left . . . where we will have relative peace and calm to be able to spend hours and days engaged in study and practice of the Gospel . . . .
I don't know Tom Horn . . . and am not saying anything about his heart in this matter . . . but in general I am so vigorously led to exhort . . . at this time . . . that any who would be about their Father's business, better be getting ABOUT and ABIDING in it above all. End times or not, the question is the same. Are you saved? And now let's start seeing the evidence of that, where you are being changed--are becoming more like Him . . . where His grace is working profound transformative power in your soul, upon your mind and in and through your newborn heart. If that is not happening, then forget the rest for now, and get to that!
On the one hand . . . (your worldly hand) hmmm . . . very interesting and more evidence (if true)(perhaps) that we are near the Tribulation . . . .
On the OTHER Hand . . .(your spiritual hand) . . . so what?
"NOW is the time of God's favor, NOW is the day of salvation." (2 Cor. 6:2)