As we joyfully wish one another a Happy New Year, we have to think that 2007 will be different than all the other years we personally have experienced. There seems a sense of expectancy in the air; that perhaps the forces of evil are marshalling together for a final battle against God Almighty.
The strides they have made in discrediting our Great God, the Lord Jesus Christ, over the past three decades have been nothing short of astonishing and today, they can say anything they want against Him without fear of backlash. They know that that if they can destroy the very foundation of our faith, that the last hurdle for control of the western world will be overcome. The Apostle Paul said, “How shall they hear without a preacher,” meaning, of course, someone who will proclaim the truth. We have political, economic and theological leaders who talk about God, who profess to believe in Jesus Christ, but in the main, their actions prove otherwise. Most of them are just masquerading and the sheep of our nations are ignoring the wonderful words of the Lord, when He said, “… by their fruits ye shall know them…”
During the years of the Second World War, Canada had a great Prime Minister named William Lyon MacKenzie King. At the time, he was referring to the Nazi evil but his words could equally apply today, “The … [present] doctrine is the very antithesis of what one finds in the Christian gospel. If it prevails there will be an end to our Christian civilization……” King’s answer, of course, was for his troops to go forth in battle, but today, God’s main troops, the theologians, basically sit on the sidelines, too much attached to the trappings of their offices, and so, accept the role of promoting the false doctrine and the false identity of Israel, rather than teaching a doctrine they would uncover for themselves with a determined study. Is it any wonder why the prophet Ezekiel spoke, “Woe be to the shepherds of Israel that do feed themselves! Should not the shepherds feed the flocks.”
Consequently, we are rapidly reaching that point where there is a desperate famine of the Word. In the vacuum the minds of Israelites everywhere are being filled with forebodings of a gloomy future. Financial pressures continue to mushroom, as national and personal debt and taxes show no sign of abating. Jobs are being shipped overseas as fast as corporate executives can sign cut-back notices in our Israel lands. Immorality abounds as all the former walls of propriety have been scaled and torn down. Wars are sapping the resources of the nations, as thousands upon thousands of our young men and women are being killed and maimed. And one of the most significant symptoms of the times in which we live is a constant fear that grips each and every one of us. And it is multiplying as each threat of terror, as each new report of horror from battlefields and as each revelation of deceit from government officials comes upon the nations.
These things do not have to be. God told us, “If ye walk in my statutes, and keep my commandments, and do them, I will give peace in the land, and ye shall lie down, and none shall make you afraid: neither shall the sword go through your land. And five of you shall chase an hundred, and an hundred of you shall put ten thousand to flight: and your enemies shall fall before you by the sword.” Think about it, we would have freedom from war, and disease and want. Fear would no longer be our master. Yet, because of our obstinacy and blindness, we have bound ourselves so tightly we can no longer break the bonds by ourselves. We need Jesus to return to save us.
We have to ask ourselves as we enter this year of so many terminals, “Is this the year we will throw off the yolk of bondage,” as prophesied by the prophet Ezekiel? Is this the year when we shall reclaim the Dominion? Is this the year Mystery Babylon will begin its collapse? And is this the year when either Elijah himself or the spirit and power of Elijah will make an appearance? Whatever happens, all signs point to 2007 as being a year of great importance on God’s calendar and we must remain truly vigilant. We must remember God’s promise, “O Israel, thou shalt not be forgotten of me.”