A prophetic look at the day in which we live
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, where as the world is being handed over to devastating depravity it will produce a purifying persecution revealing the power of the gospel in righteousness.
Where do we go? What do we do?
It is time to stop trusting in the self-gratifying systems of contemporary religious structures as the means to seeking the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is also time to stop the delusional thinking that all is well in society as the world marches toward some utopian world order.
That God has given “them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity… dishonourable passions… debased mind[s]… [and] filled with all manner of unrighteousness…” (Rom 1:24-32) is evident. This is what God is doing now; in this moment; in this age.
Revelation 17 and 18 are not just random acts upon the earth that God is compelled to respond to, they are the result or outworking of God’s hand. A society’s righteousness is not man’s honourable deeds but God’s merciful hand at work holding back lawlessness. The world’s depravity is not man’s self-empowering acts but the result of the removal of God’s restraining grace. God is at work in His wrath.
In the book of The Revelation we are left in no doubt that in all these events it is God at work and that our response is to separate ourselves from these systems and to bless and praise God for His righteous hand in history.
Revelation 18:4–8 (ESV)
4 Then I heard another voice from heaven saying,
“Come out of her, my people,
lest you take part in her sins,
lest you share in her plagues;
5 for her sins are heaped high as heaven,
and God has remembered her iniquities.
6 Pay her back as she herself has paid back others,
and repay her double for her deeds;
mix a double portion for her in the cup she mixed.
7 As she glorified herself and lived in luxury,
so give her a like measure of torment and mourning,
since in her heart she says,
‘I sit as a queen,
I am no widow,
and mourning I shall never see.’
8 For this reason her plagues will come in a single day,
death and mourning and famine,
and she will be burned up with fire;
for mighty is the Lord God who has judged her.”
Revelation 18:20 (ESV)
20 Rejoice over her, O heaven,
and you saints and apostles and prophets,
for God has given judgment for you against her!”
[Part IV Action: Of the utmost importance is the passionate desire to discover the God of the ‘thin silence’. To be so enamoured by the light of His glory that the thought of losing His glorious presence would drive us to a gethsemane-like anguish. Strive to entwine with His presence in the beauty of holiness and to enter that ‘secret place of the most high’, and to dwell in that place always and in every circumstance…]