As we watch the news coming through each day – a new terrorist attack here, a failed terrorist attempt there, right across Europe – one can only sit and wonder, “God, what on earth is going on?” There are no real words to describe the time we are living in, beyond that what Paul used in Galations 1:4
…our Lord Jesus, who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from THIS PRESENT EVIL AGE… (Emphasis is mine). I believe this is definitely the most accurate description of the time we are living in.
I was discussing this, recently, with one of my colleagues as we spent time with God in our morning devotions, as news of the truck attack on French civilians enjoying a firework display sunk in.
As we were talking, I had the thought (revelation?) that we were living in a time which is so significant spiritually, it drew me to Revelation 12:10-12.
Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. And the overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows he has a short time.” (Emphasis is mine)
In a way, it feels as though God is withdrawing His hand from the earth, in a final preparation for the return of His Son, Yeshua. And that we are clearly in a time of “woe” as inhabitants of the earth. Is this the time we are living in, where the devil has indeed been cast down to earth, and is full of anger against the people of God?
I know the terrorist acts are not strictly against the Church….per se! But the anger of the extremists is directed, by admission of their own mouths, against Israel and the West. The West which personifies “Christianity”, because this is what they have been taught. The imorality of the West equates, in their minds, to the imorality of Christianity. And against Israel because of the centuries old spiritual battle between Ishmael and Isaac. It represents the attempt by satan to do all he can to usurp God’s position in our lives, and try to hold back the return of Jesus to Jerusalem. As if! Jesus is already victorious over satan, and it is only a matter of time before we witness this spiritual reality in the physical world.
But if we go back to the first verse I quoted from Galatians, we see hope. For although Paul talks about “this present evil age” he also writes that Jesus gave Himself, that He might, “deliver us from this present evil age.” While we may feel fear at what we are witnessing, we have the hope that Jesus can – and will – deliver us.
How this will look, we may not know in this life, but we know we will overcome by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of our testimony. But this hope shouldn’t just be hidden to ourselves. Like the woman at the well, in John 4, now more than ever we need to declare to the fearful and the lost of our communities, there is one who will deliver us from this present evil age.
Jesus’ Hebrew name is Yeshua – which literally means salvation. Yeshua truly is the salvation for the world, He is our hope in this present evil age. How can we not do our bit to save those around us too? How can we stay silent, while the darkness becomes louder? May we as the Church – as the “bride” waiting for her groom’s return – walk with strength and purpose through this present darkness, intent on allowing the Light of Yeshua to shine and draw people through the darkness toward the hope He offers. Amen!