Daily Thoughts in the Lord V

Another week, time for another day of five years of Bible reflection. I pray that it gives you some food for thought as it did me as I reread what I wrote today those few years ago:

…but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ – Ephesians 4:15 (NASB)

Speak the truth in love. Speak the truth not to hurt someone, but to instruct and correct, to get them back on the narrow path, the strait gate. Likewise, hear the truth in love, listen to and heed the advice, so as not to stray and stumble too much yourself.

And He said, “If you will give earnest heed to the voice of the Lord your God, and do what is right in His sight, and give ear to His commandments, and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have put on the Egyptians; for I, the Lord, am your healer.” – Exodus 15:26 (NASB)

Heed his voice and do what is right in His sight; let me follow this path as a way of life, as a command to be obeyed all my life. Let me listen for His voice, however soft and still, let me discern it among the clamor of a sinful world. Like me ring like a bell, like a clarion call to me.

There is a grievous evil which I have seen under the sun: riches being hoarded by their owner to his hurt. – Ecclesiastes 5:13 (NASB)

It is sad for a man to hoard his earthly possessions as if they could offer him anything of eternally lasting value. Riches are nothing if they are not used under the Lord’s will, He who provided them, and not under the sinful callings of man’s own heart.

And He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ – Matthew 22:37 (NASB)

My love for my Lord should know no equal, should know no bounds because He is without equal and boundlessly infinite. He is everything to me, for only He can give me anything of lasting value anything that has true worth in my life and everything that I truly need. Without Him I am less than nothing.

…yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom are all things and we exist for Him; and one Lord, Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we exist through Him. – 1 Corinthians 8:6 (NASB)

There is one true God, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; the God who died for me upon the Cross in the body of the Son. I live through Him because He died for me and as a result, I through Him. All comes from the Lord, there is nothing that is left that is not under His sovereign will.

Let the Word of God be the beacon that keeps you from running the rocks when your mind is like a stormy, windswept night or fog filled day.

Transformed and Sanctified by the Word, Jesus Christ

The following excerpt is from “The Hour Has Come” by G. Ray Jordan. Published in 1948, this work of Jordan’s is an examination and commentary on Jesus Christ’s high priestly prayer in John 17. Again, it is as relevant for the believer today as when it was first written. As followers of Christ in these Last Days, we are living in a time of ever-expanding immorality, compromise, tolerance, and wickedness. It is increasingly more perilous for the Christian to live a separated life, however it is the Word of God which transformed us that will sanctify us.

“I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world. They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word. Now they have known that all things which You have given Me are from You. For I have given to them the words which You have given Me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came forth from You; and they have believed that You sent Me. “I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours. And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them. Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are. While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves. I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth.” – John 17:6-19

Christ is thinking of a much nobler purpose and a far greater challenge when he insists those who are his devoted disciples cannot follow “the way of the world.” Here is something so spiritually superior it has to do with the divine difference. Jesus makes it quite plain when he declares that “the glory which thou gavest me I have given them.” These friends are to be one with him in spirit and purpose. They are not to be controlled by the social, moral, or ethical standards of society or of any merely human group. The spirit of heaven has touched them. These men are not perfect. But they have seen the stars, and never again can they be satisfied with things of the earth.

When the intimate friends of Jesus began to understand him, to love him and eagerly give themselves to him, something magnificent happened to them. Their faces were turned in a different direction; their hearts thrilled to a higher devotion. Their wills were given to a new objective; their desires were set toward a divine purpose. The customs of society never crushed them after that. They refuse to be slaves to the codes of any earthly kingdom. Their lives were literally transformed. Spiritually they were born again. Any description less vivid fails to tell the full story of what happened to them.

Saul of Tarsus was captivated by the strange Man who went to a cross rather than abandon his hopes and surrender his ideals for life. Saul could do nothing less than give him his heart. His mind, his will, and his emotions were all affected by the spirit of this man who had been crucified because he would not compromise. He saw the devotion Christ manifested as the hope of humanity. A new power came to him. He urged his comrades not to conform to the standards of those about them. They should never succumb to the sordid moral conditions of the cities in which they lived, nor conform to the low ethical ideas of the Mediterranean world.

But mere lack of conformity to popular customs is not sufficient. Christians are to be transformed. There to be changed by the spirit and power of God. This is a radical experience. Only God can bring it to pass. As we yield ourselves to him, we find a power greater than our own which works in and through us. Obviously this is a far cry from simply refusing to abide by certain social customs. Those who decide to become divinely different by offering their wills to the heavenly Father on the highway to real greatness, even to God-likeness.

Here’s a sweeping experience which affects all of life because it has to do with every possible personal and social adjustment. A Christian treats himself differently because he is transformed. He thinks of Christ’s way rather than the world’s for dealing with any situation which arises.

Words of Grace for Strength:

Transformation is change, an event, which for the Christian was accomplished by Christ’s finished work at Calvary. Transforming his life from one of sin and death, to one which has been redeemed and justified into holiness and life. A part of Transformation is the process of Sanctification. Sanctification is also change, initiated by Christ at Calvary, which is then followed through by the faith and actions of the believer in his desire for a growing, continual, obedient relationship with God. This is accomplished through the study and application of His Word to the believer’s life. Transformation is being placed in Christ, while Sanctification is the ongoing process of being separated or set apart in holiness to God so that the believer might become more Christ-like.

True disciples of Jesus Christ today can be identified by their desire for Transformation and Sanctification in much the same way as those who walked and talked with Jesus during His earthly ministry. It is all a function of will. Those who are true disciples of Jesus Christ have heeded the instruction of the Holy Spirit through the Word given to the Apostle Paul, as written in the book of Romans:

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” – Romans 12:1&2

The true disciple of Jesus Christ no longer operates under his own will, but has placed his will subservient to the Will of God. Because of this the disciple is no longer operating under his own power, but is dependent upon, and operating through, the power of God (Philippians 3:10, Ephesians 6:10 & 11). The power is there for any disciple to tap into by turning to God in wholehearted faith and obedience. If we do not choose to seek out and use that power, it is our fault alone if our lives are more difficult than need be.

We are living in troublesome times, terrible times. This world is full of corruption, deceit, hate, avarice, and lawlessness. Because of compromise, tolerance, and inclusiveness, society in every country is breaking down due to a lack of principles, morals, and rule of law. Wickedness prevails in most of the world as it spirals out of control under the influence of the prince of the power of this world, Satan himself.

The true disciple of Jesus Christ recognizes this, and in obedience to the Will of God, takes up the “whole armor of God” (Ephesians 6:13) to be able to make a stand for Jesus Christ in these Last Days. The promise of victory for the true disciple of Jesus Christ is found in the passage above (John 17:6-19), and that our Savior not only has given us into the hand of His Father, but has asked His Father to protect us from the evil one (Satan) and to sanctify us through His Truth. Jesus identifies the Word as Truth. John 1:1-3 identifies Jesus as the Word. It follows then, that as disciples of Jesus Christ, we are sanctified by God through Jesus Christ. Make sure to note that in the prayer of John 17 Jesus asks that we be kept from the evil one, not necessarily taken out of the world when faced with evil. We are meant to fight for the cause of Christ, and our Lord made sure we are equipped to do battle, if we just take up the armor and tap into the power. As always the provision of the Lord is abundant beyond comprehension.

We are living in the Last Days, and as it is the Lord who appoints the times and seasons,we as disciples should be acutely aware of both the time and season. So, as we live in these Last Days, we must do so in the Will of God, by the power of God, and we should do so remembering the words of the Apostle Paul to Titus.

Titus 2:11-14 “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.”

EvenSoCome

The Age Between the Weeks

Excerpted from “Daniel’s Prophecy of the 70 Weeks” Alva J. McClain (1940)

In concluding this discussion, one more question should be considered. Does the prophecy of Daniel shed any light at all upon the nature of our present age which lies between the Sixty-ninth and Seventieth Weeks? The material is scarce but very significant. The rather amazing thing is that in all this vast chasm of over nineteen centuries, Daniel identifies clearly only two events: the death of Messiah and the destruction of Jerusalem. Outside and beyond these two events, he mentions nothing. All the pomp and glory and boasted achievements of the so-called Christian era are passed over with complete silence. There is something very humbling about this silence, if we have eyes to see. “He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.”

But if the prophet mentions specifically only two events, he does not altogether ignore the general character of the age. Sweeping through our centuries of “progress” with the eye of divine inspiration, he sums up the whole period in two statements, very startling for their ominous brevity. The first is: “Unto the end shall be war.” And the second is: “Desolations are determined.” (see verse 26, A.R.V.).  The first statement seems to declare the abysmal failure of unregenerate man apart from God, while the second affirms the decree of a sovereign God to permit failure and use it for His own wise and holy ends. From these two statements, we may learn some valuable lessons.

In the first place, there will be war on earth among men until the Lord returns. Of course, there are some modern prophets who think otherwise, but we shall do well to stick to Daniel in these matters. As a prophet, he has an established reputation. Over two thousand years ago Daniel said that “unto the end shall be war,” and no one can deny the accuracy of his prediction thus far. Any prophet who has been right for two thousand years is worth listening to. Let the other prophets establish their reputations before asking us to follow their prognostications. Of course, Daniel’s prophecy does not mean that all efforts against war in the present age are futile. It is a matter of common knowledge that some threatened wars have been stopped in the past, and doubtless others in the future can be stopped. Such efforts are worthwhile. But the point is, no matter how successful the nations may be in avoiding a war here and there, we are to remember that no permanent peace can come to this sinful world till the Prince of Peace comes down to earth again in glory. “Unto the end shall be war.” We may not like the prophecy; it may humble our rebellious pride; but God hath spoken.

The other lesson is still more important! The God of heaven is in control over the events of this sinful age of ours. If war continues to the end, bringing destruction and desolations, we are not to forget that these “desolations are determined.” Man is responsible for his failure, but man’s failure never takes God by surprise. What man does, God has determined. The present age, even at its worst, is not running out of control. An infinite God sits upon the throne of Providence, and He always has the last word in human history. And through all the mystery and confusion of human failure, the great providential formula holds good: “Ye meant evil…but God meant it for good” (Gen. 50:20, A.R.V.).

Words of Grace for Strength

McClain is of course speaking of the prophecy contained in Daniel 9:24-27, a short passage of Scripture that contains an enormously important prophecy for those who seek to gain an understanding of end time events. The passage, read in light of McClain’s discussion above brings both sobering truth and surpassing hope to all who read it, understand it, and believe it as truth, biblical truth. We do not know how long this present age will last before the culmination and completion of Daniel’s 70th week of prophecy, but we know it will be a hard road, it always has been and always will be.

The sobering truth of the passage is that humanity is both helpless and hopeless without Christ. Yes, we might make things better for a day or for a season, but the world’s slide toward despair and ultimate judgment will continue. Only those who have placed their faith and trust in Christ Jesus as their only means of salvation will be raptured out to be with Him before that final, terrible seven year period of tribulation begins. A war avoided here, a conflict stopped there may give brief respite, but temporary respite is all it will turn out to be. Mankind is incapable of anything else without Christ, the thing the world seems best at is planning and trying to implement its own demise.

The surpassing hope of the passage is our sovereign God is always in control and never caught up short. We cannot surprise Him, the world cannot sneak up on Him and overtake or overwhelm Him. We may grieve the Spirit with our actions or inactions, but we can never astound or catch God unawares or off-guard. He is ready and able to deal with the world at its worst, and willing to deal with it justly, and if the world would let Him, lovingly and mercifully. The gracious gift of His Son is offered to all who would accept Him.

Our strength comes from the fact that He who is in us is greater than he who is in the world. Our strength comes from knowing no one can pry us from the grasp of the Lord once we have become His. Daniel, in his divinely inspired brevity has told us what will transpire, and who will triumph. This is our strength, our solace and our surety.

And all of it is in Christ, who is in us.

 

Are You Out Standing in the Field?

There truly is no time like now when it comes to spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We of His True Church can sense the shortness of days, we anxiously await His Soon Return, we know it can be at any moment, that nothing more need occur before our Lord steps out on the cloud to call His Church home. Yes, we anxiously await, and hopefully we do so obediently by spreading the good news of the Gospel:

Then He said to them, “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest. – Luke 10:2

Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest! And he who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, that both he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together. For in this the saying is true: ‘One sows and another reaps.’  I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored, and you have entered into their labors. – John 4:35-38

He has commanded us to enter the harvest and do the work He would have us do. Not only is the harvest truly great, it is all around us. While there is nothing wrong with international mission work, with evangelizing in the far corners of the world (for the Great Commission of Matthew 28:19-20 calls us to that), please realize that the harvest may be just as great out your front door and on your block, out your back door and over your fence into your neighbor’s home. The harvest truly is great and it is global; it may well start just a few mere steps from where you live.

You can be outstanding at sharing the Gospel (if you seek the Lord’s strength in doing so in the Spirit) or you may just be out standing in the field; blithely ignoring the lost-ness of those around you. If you are that would cause the Spirit to be grieved:

He who gathers in summer is a wise son; He who sleeps in harvest is a son who causes shame. – Proverbs 10:5

The time to harvest for the Lord is now before it is too late. Someone you know needs Christ desperately, reach out to them. Someone you come into contact with for the first time may have the same desperate need. Pray for the wisdom and discernment to see that need and the boldness to take part in the harvest when the Lord places you in that field to reap, possibly reaping what others have already sown in a heart growing ripe for the Lord and the prompting of the Spirit to come to a saving faith. Be the one blessed by doing the Lord’s will, don’t leave for another what the Lord has placed before your hands.

If you need any other motivating factor to be in the Lord’s harvest of salvation, think of what is one day coming:

Then I looked, and behold, a white cloud, and on the cloud sat One like the Son of Man, having on His head a golden crown, and in His hand a sharp sickle. And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to Him who sat on the cloud, “Thrust in Your sickle and reap, for the time has come for You to reap, for the harvest of the earth is ripe.” So He who sat on the cloud thrust in His sickle on the earth, and the earth was reaped. Then another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle.  And another angel came out from the altar, who had power over fire, and he cried with a loud cry to him who had the sharp sickle, saying, “Thrust in your sharp sickle and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth, for her grapes are fully ripe.” So the angel thrust his sickle into the earth and gathered the vine of the earth, and threw it into the great winepress of the wrath of God. And the winepress was trampled outside the city, and blood came out of the winepress, up to the horses’ bridles, for one thousand six hundred furlongs. – Revelation 14:14-20

This is a harvest of judgment, terrible and final, that the Lord Himself will harvest upon His Soon Return. You should want none to be in that harvest, although there will be many. We of His Church will not be on the earth for this harvest, but we should not wish such a fate for anyone, it is final, it is everlasting and from it there is no further appeal for mercy or grace. It is not that time yet, but one day it will. So let us be about the harvest of today, which the Lord blessed us by allowing our participation. But never forget that harvest of tomorrow, which the Lord blessed us by lifting us out of.

Be outstanding in the harvest now, not out standing in the field. Today is the day, because…

Jesus is coming soon!

EvenSoCome

 

 

Is 2015 Just Another Year of Such A Man?

Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” – Genesis 1:26-28

It is clear from the very first chapter of the Genesis what God intended for us. We were created, man and woman, in His image; we were to have dominion over His creation and rule it as He ordained it and ordered it. And in Adam and Eve, that is what we did, if even for the briefest time. Then we began, as the human race, to have a long-standing and oft-times all-consuming love/hate relationship with…sin. Starting in Genesis 3 we see the effects, the impacts and the consequences of our sin nature and decisions. Sin became a wave that has rolled through the ages, through the generations; sin is something that even we who have been born again must struggle with and deal with. And so shall all do until the Second Coming of Jesus Christ restores the world into a right relationship with God. Many lives will be lost, ruined by sin; many tears shed in agony and sorrow as we go forth until that blessed day arrives. Yes, we who are of His Church will be raptured out before the most horrible of time of the seven-year tribulation, but there is no promise of avoidance of persecution, of painful testing of faith, of possible death for just believing in the Lord Jesus Christ or having the temerity to proclaim His Name with our lips. Our Savior suffered to save us; we may well suffer before we see Him. Mankind boldly and with pride continually claims dominion over the world, and people try to claim it over each other in a continuing struggle that will culminate in the antichrist making the claim to be a god himself.

Why would we think that in our gross disobedience we have any right to exercise our claims of dominion as granted to humanity through Adam in Genesis 1?

Before destruction the heart of a man is haughty, And before honor is humility. – Proverbs 18:12

Pride, pure and simple, is our motivator, our driving force and always proves to be our ultimate downfall. Humanity revels in the self-deluding notion of being self-made. We take pride in our accomplishments, shake our fists at and openly defy a God who would rightly (and lovingly, but harshly if needed) teach us otherwise. A God who would graciously accept us into His family if we would but repent and give ourselves through faith and trust in Christ Jesus. But for the most part (and this has been true throughout the history of humanity) we choose not to accept His free gift offering but continue to build by the sweat of our brow (and the pride of our hearts) that which will never stand up and pass through His consuming fire. What are we to do with such people?

Sever yourselves from such a man, Whose breath is in his nostrils; For of what account is he? – Isaiah 2:22

We are to be in this world but not of it, we are to proclaim Christ to the ears of the world that are itching to be tickled with false teaching. We are to do it no matter what, and not grow discouraged. But we need make sure we sever ourselves from “such a man” as noted is the passage of Isaiah 2 that lives within each of us by our sin nature. For we would be no better than the world if not for trust in Christ and the indwelling Spirit that is the result. It is His Spirit that prompts and convicts us when “such a man” rears his ugly head within; it is His Spirit that prompts and emboldens us to speak the Gospel to non believers or rebuke our brothers and sisters in Christ when “such a man” rears up in others. Where is the hope as we struggle through this daily battle, which at times exhausts and discourages even the most faithful among us?

Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth. – Matthew 5:5

Meekness, a strength under control and discipline. Humility, an attitude that we do not accept that we are less than we are, but that we accept exactly who we are, and who we would be without Christ in our lives. Meekness and humility, lived out in a life of faith and trust in Jesus Christ, will see us though any ordeal as purposed in God’s will and bring us to the point where we will one day co-rule and co-reign through Christ in His Millennial Kingdom.

He who will make all things new has made us a new creation in Christ. 2015 may be another year of “such a man” in Isaiah 2, but it might be the year Jesus calls His True Church home. We may live in that first type of year, but should live as if the second type is coming to pass.

We should live as “such a man” as the Lord would have us, not the world. And we should do so today because…

Jesus is coming soon!

EvenSoCome

Lovers of Darkness

My good friend, Dr. David R. Reagan, recently wrote an outstanding article titled, “How Did God Speak Through the Prophets.” He mentioned that the little known prophet, Micaiah, is one of his favorite prophets and he told the story about Micaiah, Ahab and Jehoshaphat (1 Kings 22:1-38).

What Dr. Reagan said is better than anything I can come up with, but his article left me with a thought that I want to try to expand on.

Syria had captured the large city of Ramoth-gilead from the Northern Kingdom called Israel and the wicked Israeli king Ahab wanted it back. He saw the opportunity to get it back when the godly king Jehoshaphat visited him from the Southern Kingdom called Judah.

While they were talking Ahab asked Jehoshaphat if he would join him in a war against Syria to retake it. In essence, Jehoshaphat said he would, but he wanted Ahab to seek the will of the Lord first.

Ahab called about 400 prophets in (false prophets or prophets who thought their job was to tell the king what he wanted to hear) and they said, “Go up; for the Lord shall deliver it into the hand of the king.”

This sounded a little suspicious to king Jehoshaphat so he asked king Ahab, “Is there not here a prophet of the Lord besides, that we might inquire of him?” Jehoshaphat wanted God’s opinion not man’s opinion. He wanted the truth whether he liked it or not.

King Ahab replied, “There is one man, Micaiah …but I hate him; for he doth not prophesy good concerning me, but evil.” King Jehoshaphat told king Ahab he shouldn’t say that and to satisfy the good king Jehoshaphat, Ahab sent for the prophet Micaiah.

While they were waiting for Micaiah to arrive, Ahab’s approximately 400 prophets assured him that the Lord would deliver Ramoth-gilead into his hands.

When Ahab’s servant reached Micaiah he told Micaiah what the other prophets said and urged him to “speak that which is good.” That is to say if you want to get along with the king, prophesy good things instead of bad things.

Micaiah’s response was, “As the Lord liveth, what the Lord saith unto me, that will I speak.” His prophecy would be what the Lord says whether it is positive or negative. Skipping down to the end of the story for the sake of getting to the point, Micaiah said to Ahab:

“I saw all Israel scattered upon the hills, as sheep that have not a shepherd.” He also told Ahab, “the Lord hath put a lying spirit in the mouth of all these thy prophets, and the Lord hath spoken evil concerning thee.”

Four things: 1) Israel would be defeated, 2) Ahab would die, 3) his prophets were lying to him, and 4) God’s judgment was coming instead of God’s blessing.

Micaiah was slapped in the face by one of Ahab’s prophets and he was cast into prison to receive nothing but bread and water until Ahab’s return from the battlefield. Nevertheless, Ahab listened to his lying prophets, Israel was defeated, he was killed and his body was buried in Samaria.

Many people are like Ahab because they don’t want to hear negative prophecy even if it comes from the Lord and even if it is true. And many preachers are like the prophet that slapped Micaiah in the face because they are not preaching the whole counsel of God and they resent those who are.

Paul told Timothy, “The time will come when they (most church members) will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears” (2 Tim. 4:3).

The time will come when many church members will not listen to everything that is in the Word of God. They will listen to a positive message, but they will not listen to a negative message. They will bring in preachers that say things that make them feel good, but they will not tolerate preachers that say things they don’t want to hear. They will love darkness more than the truth.

Prophecy Plus Ministries
Daymond & Rachel Duck
daymond.duck@yahoo.com

Signs of the Times: Are There Any Pre-Millennial Millennials? – Part Three

Since starting this little mini-series in August, I have tried to read what I can of the research that has been done on the Millennial Generation and fit it into how those of us who follow a pre-millennial dispensational view of the Bible should be responding to them. It is clear that the average Millennial thinks differently than the generations that immediately precede them. It is a logical conclusion that given the huge size of this cohort (a generational group as defined in the areas of demographics, statistics and marketing research), the Millennial Generation will have a significant impact on all phases of society and culture as it marches (as cohorts tended to do in the Roman Empire) through the season of time that they run things in this world.

As I look at the biblical teachings of end times prophecy, I continue to wonder about the impact this generation will have on the popularity of a pre-millennial dispensational approach. Hence the question in the title of this post, and hence the fact that this is Part Three.

I have done some reading which concludes that the millennial is not happy with the way things are going in this country, this comes as no surprise as a lot of us who cannot call ourselves a millennial feel the same way. But here are some of the reasons cited for millennial anger:

  • Nearly a third of adults ages 18 to 34 are living with their parents
  • Only about two-thirds of men in their late 20’s have a full-time job
  • Nearly half of the Millennial Generation are using about half their paycheck to pay off debt
  • The average millennial has a savings rate of around negative 2 percent
  • Nearly half of college graduates still have some level of financial dependence on their parents two years after graduation
  • National debt is in the $18 trillion range (and growing) and the Millennial Generation will be paying it off the rest of their lives

It is easy to see the current economic state of our country is not being kind to the average millennial. This probably is not making the parent of the average millennial very happy either, given the situation and the help they must continue to give to a generation struggling to come into their own. Parents rightfully worried about what kind of life their children (and eventually grandchildren) are going to face.

So what does all this have to do with those of us who hold a pre-millennial worldview? Unhappy people are usually looking for answers and I believe we have the only worldview that has the truth and clarity of the bible to back it up. If we engage with this generation as I discussed in Part Two, we have the opportunity to reach them with love, with answers to where the world is going (and why), and begin to bring them along to a life of solid bible study and understanding.

Why can reaching this generation have so great an impact? It is estimated that over the next few decades (should Jesus not return in that time-frame), this generation will inherit $30 trillion in wealth. Who and what they give to will be impacted, giving them a sound biblical worldview will be crucial to the body of Christ continuing to make a difference to millions as we minister to the world. We need them to see the relevancy of bible prophecy and understand a focus on Jesus is still the only way to truly help the world. Money alone will not help, but money spent in a God honoring way will. We can show them the way.

Why is this generation a crop so ready to be harvested? In addition to the attitudes of the millennials who identify as Christian, nearly 2 out 3 non-Christian millennials have never read the Bible. There is a vast group of this increasingly powerful and influential generation who have only heard what people tell them is in the Bible (and given the world opinion of Christianity, mostly likely a negative view). We have a vast opportunity to reach out and save souls, and bring the lost to a proper interpretation of the Word of God. I believe there is more opportunity to reach people with a pre-millennial dispensational view of the Bible than ever before. The harvest is ripe, and the workers are few. Let’s make some more.

Another recent survey is also interesting to me from a different perspective. Barna research found that the millennial will gravitate to a quieter, more traditional church space. 2 of 3 surveyed preferred a “classic” church to a trendy one. 3 out of 4 preferred a church sanctuary to a church auditorium. About the same number wanted quiet and not loud. Survey respondents were looking for a deeper, more authentic church experience. However, the survey seemed to focus on the visual nature of the millennial with the classic church setting being more of the stained glass cathedral type setting over the artificially created atmosphere of many mega-churches today.

Not all of us attend that type traditional church (at least what seems to be the millennial definition of traditional), I know I don’t. But I would love to spend time with a millennial talking about the truly traditional church, the one described in the Book of Acts. What I believe to be the True Church is modeled on the church founded by Jesus Christ as described in the early part of Acts, which is the church at its’ earliest time. Not the stained glassed cathedral with that slightly medieval sense of awe. I would point them at the church that is truly traditional, that will lead to the deepest, most authentic relationship, the one that Jesus established, the one that Jesus wants for members of His Church. Often a church with a house church type of feel. Might not evoke feelings of solitude and awe, but will embrace you with feelings of love and being part of a family.

Maybe I am kidding myself into thinking this is the church the average pre-millennial believer desires, and is in. But it is clearly the one we should be. And it is the church I feel we are best equipped to lead the millennial into, to turn them into pre-millennial millennials. The millennial with a wish to expand and deepen their social network should respond to that premise, and we of the pre-millennial dispensational approach are uniquely qualified to lead them to and reach them there.

After all, reaching people for Christ, pointing them to Him, giving them an understanding of this world and its’ problems, giving them an understanding of the only One who can solve these problems, is not that the reason to preach and teach biblical prophecy and the end times events that will come to pass?

Read Part One here:

Read Part Two here: