In the eleventh year of Zedekiah, in the fourth month, on the ninth day of the month, the city was penetrated. Then all the princes of the king of Babylon came in and sat in the Middle Gate: …Then the king of Babylon killed the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes in Riblah; the king of Babylon also killed all the nobles of Judah. Moreover he put out Zedekiah’s eyes, and bound him with bronze fetters to carry him off to Babylon.
The increasing speed of the rate of cultural change continues to shock me. The country I was born in, together with its cultural and common history is, to all intents and purposes, gone. Open border immigration, forced multi-cultural integration, the plotted dumbing down of society, the encouraged rise of individualism without a common cultural context, accepted selfish hedonism together with the destruction of Biblical moral absolutes will mean that by 2030, in the West, we shall live in a Biblically ignorant, antagonistic and overtly anti-Christian society. The God of the Bible shall have been thoroughly disremembered by design.
Presently, the church is not ready for what is to come upon it. It is as blind as old King Zedekiah, who after not too long a siege, witnessed the breaching of his capital city walls and stood bowed before the enemy now sitting in the ‘middle gate.’ Even now, the sons of Zedekiah and the princes of our land are being killed before his face and his already blind eyes shall soon be popped out of his head before being clothed in bronze fetters, he shall be dragged and beaten into Babylon, where we shall see him no more and the land he ruled shall be left desolate. Presently, the church is not ready for what is to come upon it. “Hush! The babies are sleeping now.”
The old mechanical pinball machines, pre-flippers and with flippers, allowed the gamer to ‘nudge’ the whole unit to help keep the stainless steel ball in play. As a teenager I remember seeing these machines violently ‘nudged,’ and even lifted and slammed to the ground by over excited youths. When the nudge became so violent that it could have damaged the machine, the front player facing gaming board would ring erratically and white flashing lights would light up one solitary word for all the world to see: ‘TILT.’ It was ‘Game over.’ I tell you now, for the old church in the old West the word on the board is: ‘TILT.’ It is ‘GAME OVER.’
The church is made up of individual members, and the truth is, if we want to keep the stainless steel ball in play, then it is the members of the body of Christ who need to violently nudge their own minds. Look you now, the context of Christianity has changed speedily, rapidly, irrevocably, and none of our previous gimmicks (for that is what they were) will work anymore. Only one thing will work: and that is a return to New Testament Christianity.
I am not talking about remnant survival in the hope of a revival here. No, this has been our defeatist fantasy and we cannot, we should not, we dare not put our trust in this anymore. No, I am talking about a remnant revolution, I am talking about thriving Bible churches and victorious Christians, I am talking about sacrificial Gospel witness, I am taking about the grass roots, boots on the ground, five-fold ministries advancing of the Kingdom of God. For this to happen, however, the Church of Jesus Christ needs to be violently nudged and tilted such that the bells start ringing and a new game begins. The old has gone, let us bring in the new.
How does this tilting begin? How can we successfully start over? How can we start again before Nebuchadnezzar comes and pops our eyes out? Well, we must first heed the voice of the true prophetic and that means it is time to wake up and realize we have been living in a fantasy land of our making and liking.
I believe that God the Holy Spirit has been ‘nudging’ His people for some time, however, it is obvious that the people of God have been lied to by leadership. Sometimes we have been lied to by well-meaning and hopeful people. Sometimes we have been lied to by people simply wanting to keep their religious jobs, but in either event, we have been lied to. God is not simply waiting for an invitation to bless us and there is no silver bullet revival fix for this terrible mess that we are in. It is time for each individual Christian now to hear the ringing bells and see the word ‘Tilt’ light up on their board. It’s game over. We need to start again.
This means that each one of you needs to truly see and understand the continually changing context in which you now are living. This is your responsibility and the greater responsibility still is that you get into the Word of God and ask God to show you ‘great and mighty things’ which thus far you have not been aware of. You see, God’s plans need to e unfolded to us, revealed to us, yes, only God can unlock the secrets of the present and of the future. Therefore you must continually call to God in prayer and He will share with you those hidden and fortified things which are thus far hidden from you! This must happen, for a deep contextual shifting is the only answer to the true prophetic and it is the only beginning of any hope for remnant thriving and Kingdom coming expansion.
A generation of Biblical treasure and common Biblical cultural connectivity will soon be gone. Everything has changed my friend, and you need God to reveal to you the reality which lies beyond your present blindness. As you get into the Word of God, ask Him to do so. Test the spirits. Examine the Scriptures. Fast and pray, for the contextual shifting required of you is enormous, but if you do not engage in this, then in fifteen years your eyes too will be popped out and you shall be taken to Babylon in fetters of bronze.
Listen: ‘Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’ (Jeremiah 33:3 NKJV)
Pray: O Lord, stay Your hand and bring us health and healing. O Lord, empower and revive Your remnant that we would become a mighty and effective army. Let all that pass our nations by, not hiss and recall Your righteous judgment which has befallen us, but rather, let them be amazed at the vast goodness You have shown toward us through Jesus Christ our Lord, such that, we shall become a name of joy, and of praise, and an honor before all the nations of the earth. Lord, let the earth hear all the good that You do to us that they might fear and tremble for all the goodness and all the prosperity that You have provide for us. You’re your hand O Lord and turn us Your church around, amen, and let it be so.