“De Tiid Haldt GJin Skoft”
Old Frisian saying meaning “Time Does Not Take A Break”

Ah, yes! The year 2010 is now history and a new year, the year 2011, is now upon us. If we look back on the year that is now behind us, what do we see and what did we accomplish? And what of the year that is ahead of us, what will it bring? You notice that I said year and not years, the reason being that in our finite state we basically cannot handle and should not attempt to take more than one year at a time when looking ahead. But let’s look back at the years past and see how good or how bad it was, and where we stood in them and how we as Christians performed. For looking back is always a whole lot easier than looking into the future. So then, if we as Christians, and especially Christian-Israelites, as we should know better that most, for we knew from whence we are and where we are going, what then do we see in looking back? How is our track record? In Lk. 19:13 Jesus said in a parable, “occupy till I come”. Now in my thoughts, occupy means to take charge, to rule. Such is the case for instance when one nation occupies another nation, as in time of war. Now Jesus was saying these words in order to teach us, His followers, to take charge of this world and it’s affairs until He returns. So, did we occupy and take charge or were we too busy doing other things.

Bob VermaatWhen He Prayed In The Garden It Was Us That He Did See Knowing That He Had To Die So We Could Be Set Free
From a poem by Cathy Jo Moore

For instance, where were you, O Christian, when they took prayer out of the schools and where were you, O Christian-Israelites, when they told us we could no longer display the Nativity scene during the Christmas holidays because it might offend someone. Were you not offended by those decisions, and what did you do about it? And also O Sons of Jacob, where were we when they started to murder the unborn in the abortion mills, where more that 50 million have perished up to now? Why did we remain silent when sodomy was made an acceptable alternative life style, in total defiance of the Biblical teaching that we profess to adhere to? Are we that cowed and awed or fearful of those powers behind the scene, whose only goal is the total dismantling and destruction of everything Christian? Do we not feel a sense of shame when we look back in time and see what we have let our Israel nations turn into? Isn’t it time that we take stock of what is going on and see if we cannot with the help of our God and the Holy Spirit make some changes in these situations?

Be aware brothers and sisters, God is not mocked and He has been showing His displeasure to us and the world in general through natural disasters all over the globe. We have seen droughts and severe flooding in diverse parts of the world. We have seen tornados and hurricanes, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, severe heat and severe cold more so than at any other time in recent history. Yes, God is surely telling us that He is not pleased with what is going on.

In Gen. 27:40 we read that Esau would eventually have dominion over Jacob. Esau hated Jacob and swore to kill him, and yes dear friends that strife between Jacob and Esau is still going on. In Jer. 30 we read of the “time of Jacob’s trouble” (v:7), but he, Jacob-Israel, shall be saved out of it. (v:10). “Therefore, fear thou not, O my servant, Jacob, saith the Lord, neither be dismayed, O Israel; for lo, I will save thee from afar;” and in v:8 we read that the Lord will break the yoke from Jacob’s neck, the yoke being Esau’s dominion.

So, where do we go from here in the New Year that we have just now embarked upon? I think we do get some good advice from Solomon in Ecl. 3 where we read in Ecl 3:1-8, “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; A time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; A time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance. A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together, a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away. A time to tear, and a time to sew [or mend]; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace:” In all its simplicity and common sense these statements by Solomon are very profound in themselves and need to be reflected upon. For instance verse 2, “A time to be born and a time to die”. We were all born and we are appointed to die (Heb. 9:27) but if we are reborn in Christ we will not die but have the promise of life everlasting. Verse 3, “A time to kill and a time to heal, A time to breakdown and time to build up”. Kill and breakdown are the same, so are heal and build-up.

It is time for us as believers to breakdown the barriers of unbelief and confusion that have been wrought in our Christian nations.

So it is time for us as believers to breakdown the barriers of unbelief and confusion that have been wrought in our Christian nations. Again, heal and buildup the faith of our fathers upon which all our principles and morals were based upon. Verse 4, the time of weeping and mourning go hand in hand, and so do laughing and dancing. The time of weeping and mourning is in the past, for Christ arose so we may have life and have it more abundantly. A time of laughing and dancing is at hand, if we will only strive to restore all of God’s blessings to us, by loving Him and serving Him to the utmost and best of our abilities. Verse 5, a time to cast away the stones of the crumbling and broken foundations of our beliefs and start gathering stones in abundance for that Stone Kingdom and for that city whose builder and maker is God. (Heb. 11:10). Verse 6, a time to get serious in correcting the evils in our land and to keep right on being bold and assertive, A time to lose our timidity and cast away all the false notions and evil practices that have crept, oh so subtly, into our lives. Verse 7, it is time to tear away the veil that has been pulled over our eyes and to mend our ways so that they will be pleasing to our God. And the time of silence is long past and it is time to speak out to our clergymen and our elected officials and tell them we are tired of being lied to, and that it is high time for some straight talk and some truth, both politically and religiously. Verse 8, hate and war go hand in hand, and it is high time that we start to hate what is happening to our lands and to our way of life and to make war on all those forces of evil that are destroying all that we hold dear in our walk with our Lord and Savior. Only then will we again be able to love and have peace.

So dear friends you can see that if we apply some of Solomon’s advice in the coming year there definitely can be some changes made toward a brighter future and with God’s help we can take our countries back again. But it is up to you and me. Are we willing to buck the system or are we too timid. Don’t forget, stronger is He that is with us than he that is in the world. Also there are some bright signs in Ontario, here in Canada, one school board is putting Bibles back in the schools, not without opposition and protest by some of course, but, nevertheless, an effort is being made and in Chilliwack, British Columbia they have decided to call Christmas, Christmas instead of the Holiday Season. So maybe there is some awakening going on already and all we have to do is jump on the band wagon and support such efforts. Nevertheless, we as Bible believing Christians need to go to our knees daily and pray to our God for forgiveness and ask for healing, not only for ourselves, but also, and most importantly, for our lands.

May the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob be with all of us in the New Year. Do not forget that this year brings us one year closer to Christ’s return.