Michael Hopp (20 Aug 2010)
"Growing Weary: The Irony and Frustration of Christian Watchmen"
Growing Weary: The Irony and Frustration of Christian Watchmen
Thank you Doves for all of your contributions! Each of us as watchmen contributes to the puzzle according to the gifts God has given to us. I could never have learned so much without your contributions!
I understand Josh List and other Doves who just can’t wait and want to be “outta here”.
In the end, the irony is in this question: Will we be caught up in the worldly details* of end-times prophesy fulfillment or will we be caught up in the rapture? (play on words intended)
…And I include myself here in this trap. As I look at the veil of darkness descending upon this world and I see Biblical prophesy being rapidly fulfilled in all of its details, I am overwhelmed by the darkness and the desire to stop all this evil (or to just escape from all of it.), but I am frustrated because I don’t have the power to do it.
As we draw closer to Christ in our Christian walk, we become more sensitive to sin and more discerning of the evil influences everywhere in the world. But I think we try to take on too much when we see the evil and say to ourselves “this is so wrong; if I were in control, I would stop this…” But we’re frustrated because we are not in control. We need to rest in the fact that God is in control and that He has a good plan in it all that is beyond our understanding.
Isa 55:8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.
Isa 55:9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
I think this frustration might actually reflect a Christ-like desire, like when He was on the earth:
Mat 17:17 Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me.
…but only as long as it is balanced with our Christ-like (Christian) duty to seek and to do the Father’s will:
Luk 22:42 Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.
In God’s Word, prophesy is deliberately vague (Dan 8:26b wherefore shut thou up the vision; for it shall be for many days. ), probably so that we don’t become lax waiting for a specific day to come. Instead, God wants us to be ever watching and warning with concern for others in love:
Heb 10:24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:
Heb 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: .
2Pe 3:11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,
2Pe 3:12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?
2Pe 3:13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.
2Pe 3:14 Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.
2Pe 3:15 And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you;
*I don’t at all suggest that we stop searching scriptures for answers to the end-times puzzle; rather, I am saying that in our frustration in seeing all the evil in this world, we shouldn’t lose sight of our first love …
Rev 2:2 I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and : and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars:
Rev 2:3 And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name's sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted.
Rev 2:4 Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because .
We should search scriptures even more diligently; not just for end-times solution, but for all that draws us closer to God (to bring us to salvation, to sanctify us, to strengthen our faith, and to reach out to others in love).
Before I was saved, I used to look to the future with dread, wondering how long I would have to stay here with all the pains and frustrations of this life; but since God has changed me, I now desire to continue living here hoping and praying that God will use me to help others and to advance His Kingdom… at least until He comes to take us home.
Luk 21:36 Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.
Rev 22:20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.