No … we’re not talking about the Award-Winning movie. We’re talking about an inconvenient truth that faces many Christians today, especially in America.
It’s reminiscent of an inconvenient truth declared by an unpopular British politician in the 1930’s. He was considered a “blowhard” by other politicians and was criticized for “trying to make a name for himself” in modern politics. His name was Winston Churchill.
What was his declaration that was so cumbersome for the English to bear? To paraphrase, he was telling anyone who would listen that …
“…there’s a madman in Germany named Adolf Hitler whose one goal is to wage war and conquer Europe!”
That was pretty “inconvenient” for the British people to hear. Very few believed him! At the time, most Brits were enjoying their “peace and prosperity” and couldn’t even imagine that they may have to endure years of horror-filled war. They would soon find out to the contrary … but not without having been warned.
To paraphrase Churchill and referring to the craze of “jogging” and “physical fitness” which was prevalent at the time, Churchill would later recount in his memoirs that …
“…the British people were FIT (physically), but they weren’t READY (prepared for what was coming)!”
In the 1970’s, there was a retired Australian war hero named Keith Hampshire. He was a fighter pilot during WW2 both in New Guinea and Great Britain. He ultimately was promoted to the rank of Group Captain (a high distinction).
His biography can be read here:
He was also featured in a short documentary which can be viewed here:
After the war (among other activities), he subsequently became an independent missionary to India and Kenya and visited the United States many times. On numerous occasions and speaking particularly of American Christians he, like Winston Churchill, also told an inconvenient truth. He made the observation that:
“Most Christians want it both ways. They want the very best that the world has to offer … AND … they want the very best that Christ has to offer. They want the world and heaven too!”
No sacrifice … no suffering … no hardship … no sense of urgency to seek God through the Holy Ghost and prayer —— just an overwhelming desire to be “raptured” while they’re watching Christian television or driving their Mercedes down the Los Angeles freeway! And guess what? According to them, it could happen at “any moment”!
Unfortunately, the actual truth of the matter is not that “convenient”. In fact, according to the Word of God, it’s a whole lot more inconvenient!
According to Jesus’ own words, what we’re experiencing today is just the “beginning”:
“And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.” (Matthew 24:4)
“For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.” (Matthew 24:5)
“And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the END IS NOT YET.” (Matthew 24:6)
“For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. (Matthew 24:7)
“All these are the BEGINNING of sorrows.” (Matthew 24:8)
While most Christians are “counting” the days until the Lord’s return, they are totally unaware that they are being distracted with the visible occurrences of the “beginning of sorrows”. They erroneously think that this is the “time” of the return of Christ and that the “rapture” is imminent. Nothing could be further from the truth!
The very next warning out of the mouth of Jesus to the disciples and to the people of God who would be alive during the time of the end is quite sobering:
“Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.” (Matthew 24:9)
“And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.” (Matthew 24:10)
“And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.” (Matthew 24:11)
“And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.” (Matthew 24:12)
“But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.” (Matthew 24:13)
“And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.” (Matthew 24:14)
When King James commissioned the 40 or so scholars to translate the original Hebrew and Greek manuscripts into English, there were no “pre-Trib, “post-Trib” or “mid-Trib” debates going on. They hadn’t even heard of the term “rapture” (which didn’t come into vogue until the 1900’s).
Their job was to TRANSLATE the Word of God, not INTERPRET it!
So, today, Christians need to ask themselves a very important question:
“Who are we going to believe … the original scriptures as translated or the modern-day theologians and pseudo-prophets that are busy interpreting the Word to fit their own doctrines and/or predictions?”
As Group Captain Hampshire use to say:
“Let the Word of God speak for itself! Nowhere in scripture does God exhort His people to interpret the Word of God. It’s not to be interpreted, it’s to be BELIEVED!”
If we’re going to believe the Word of God as it is written, then we need to pay attention to the very next thing that Jesus exhorted his disciples (and us) concerning the last days:
“When ye therefore SHALL SEE the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place …” (Matthew 25:1)
Notice that Jesus didn’t reiterate “seeing” wars, famines, earthquakes, pestilences, financial collapses or even blood moons. He was very specific. He was referring to “seeing” the revealing of the man of sin as written about in the Book of Daniel.
This is confirmed by the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Thessalonians:
“Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,” (2 Thessalonians 2:1)
“That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.” (2 Thessalonians 2:2)
“Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall NOT come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be REVEALED, the son of perdition;” (2 Thessalonians 2:3)
“Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.” (2 Thessalonians 2:4)
The man of sin will be the one who will cause Christians to be hated by all nations for Christ’s sake. And, as a “witness” to the world, Christians will suffer even unto death for the preaching of the Gospel!
An inconvenient truth … yes!
But it is the truth that will cause Christians to “prepare” and to “be ready”! We must all redeem the time and strive to enter into the modern-day Ark of God’s Holy Spirit (as in the days of Noah) while there is yet still time to do so. It’s the difference between the “wise” and the “unwise” virgins.
Those that were wise carried “oil” (Holy Ghost preparation) in their vessels (hearts and minds) while the “unwise” waited for the darkness to engulf their day-to-day life before “buying” (striving after) the oil required to sufficiently make their way in the dark.
“And it was given unto him to make war with the SAINTS, and to OVERCOME them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.” (Revelation 13:7)
Are we going to continue going about our daily lives as the British so nonchalantly did during the 1930’s? Remember, throughout that entire time period, Hitler was constantly building up his armaments in order to wage war against them.
The revealing of the man of sin is the final act on the stage of world history. From today forward, there will be no more “trial runs” with the likes of Hitler, Napoleon or Nero. The next dictator of the world will be the last!
Will we HEED the warnings of Christ? Will we truly BE READY? Or will we “fritter away” our time on earth while expecting some sort of painless deliverance before its appointed time?
The choice is ours!
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