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Covering events, news items, reports and insights concerning biblical end-time events outlined in Matt chapter 24 & 25

When Complexity Needs Deconstruction

By Michael Fewson

“When we add complexity to our society, we get benefits… at least at first.
But when we reach a certain level of complexity, the benefits decrease.
And then they stop altogether. 
The results of additional complexity
actually turn negative at that point. And if we keep adding complexity,
we’ll actually make society worse off.”

Jim Rickards
Author: Currency Wars
Death of Money

Complexity describes the state or quality of being complex[1]. Something that is complex is usually referring to an intricate or complicated association or assemblage of related things, parts, units etc.[2]

The very design and function of creation reveals divine complexity (Rom 1:19,20). At a macro level, we see the intricately balanced universe with each heavenly body perfectly aligned. When scaled down to the microscopic, we can see how matter is assembled and held together showing an amazing array of complexity that is foundational to life.

Complexity in design is an integral part of the divine mandate to ‘subdue and have dominion over’ creation. The simplest forms of life are complex and man’s simplest creative works also reveal complexity. Human beings are made in the image of God and capable of great achievements, and great good, just as they are more that capable of great evil and destruction.

It is to this destructive complexity that I want to speak.

When people speak of simplifying things it seems to refer, not to complex things in life, but to how these things have made individual lives complex. By that I mean that they find that society, work, leisure, relationships and/or societal interaction have become too complicated and stress-filled. A ‘simpler’ life is one that de-stresses. Continue reading

Finding God in a Thin Silence – part IV

A prophetic look at the day in which we live

Go to part I of this article

Our Action:

  1. Be watchful so as not to become assimilated by the world.

Luke 21:34–36 (ESV)
34 “But watch yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a trap. 35 For it will come upon all who dwell on the face of the whole earth. 36 But stay awake at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.”

  1. Wait/entwine with God’s Spirit so as to know His ways and be empowered.

Isaiah 40:27–31 (ESV)
27 Why do you say, O Jacob, and speak, O Israel, “My way is hidden from the Lord, and my right is disregarded by my God”?
28 Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable.

29 He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength.
 30 Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted;
 31 but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

eagle ready to take flightTo ‘wait’ in the Hebrew, as well as having a sense of eager expectation and of being full of hope, also has the sense of: to twist or to bind. It is an active word which should call us to an active obedient faith (Rom 16:26). Rather than lives enmeshed in comfortable, prayerless western cultural Christianity, we must entwine with the very life of Christ in prayer-filled pursuit of God’s divine will (cf Mat 26:39).

The conclusion of Isaiah 40:31 is that a prayerful life entwined in God’s will is the very life that will be strengthened in the power of His might (Col 1:9-12; Eph 6:10ff).

If we are convinced that this is a time of the revealing of God Continue reading

Finding God in a Thin Silence – part III

A prophetic look at the day in which we live

fire tranquilityThe Thin Silence

What is unfolding is not a doomsday scenario but rather the multifaceted wisdom of God. The wrath of God poured out on the whole world is also to be seen as the righteousness of God in Jesus Christ made manifest in the saints.

The outcome of the events of this age, when seen through the thin silence is that, Continue reading

Finding God in a Thin Silence – part II

A prophetic look at the day in which we live

Where is God?meteor shower

1 Kings 19:11–12 (ESV)
11 And he said, “Go out and stand on the mount before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore the mountains and broke in pieces the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. 12 And after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire the sound of a low whisper. (Thin silence)

After Elijah’s demonstration of God’s power (1King 18), rather than a mighty revival; instead of becoming the pastor of a great church; or the advisor to the king, Elijah was threatened with death.
He laments to God that he alone remains true to the covenant and yet he is an outcast of Israel rather than leading as the prophet of God.

God passed by and there was a great wind that tore the mountains, surely God would be in such greatness? But God was not in it. Next there was a powerful earthquake. Surely that is the sort of great event that God would be in. No! Then a fire, but God was not in the fire either. After this was a ‘thin silence’ a nothingness that really offends the sensibilities of man and what people deem great. Continue reading

Finding God in a Thin Silence – part I

A prophetic look at the day in which we live

Finding God in a thin silence is a reference from 1 Kings 19:11,12 where Elijah is longing to see God. He has experienced some victories as a prophet but then felt the ‘aloneness’ of passivity, rejection and active opposition. Driven into the wilderness, feeling despondent, he discovers that in the midst of storms, earthquakes and fire God can be found, but He is not revealed in these tempestuous occurrences but in the ‘thin silence’. The thin silence is a call to find that place in the midst of turmoil, for that is where God can be found.

Personal: – the coming tempestIMG_3651

Since being called to market ministry I have step out of the daily oversight and involvement in the local church. A major outcome is that I have been able to focus more on God’s advancing Kingdom Continue reading