Our political environment is very discouraging. Not only do we have in the WH an administration standing opposed to the Lord, but taking a more aggressive stand against the foundation of this country, built on the Judeo-Christian ethic, something liberals and progressives oppose.
Newsmax Magazine published a “sign of the times” piece (p. 66) in their March 2021 issue. In a survey of “1,000 pastors of evangelical and historically black churches” 90% said they believe “events do appear to be lining up” with what Jesus said in Matthew 24.
When the Lord returns, there are no signs. In the context of the Lord’s second coming, He said this, “But of that day and hour knoweth no one, not even the angels of heaven, neither the Son, but the Father only” (Matthew 24:36). Paul, giving attention to the same thing, wrote this, “For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night” (1 Thess. 5:2).
A thief does not let others know when he plans to invade and steal that which belong to you!
The section of Matthew 24 that deals with “signs of the times” concern the Lord’s destruction of Jerusalem, not His second coming. The disciples asked about signs, Jesus pointed them to that which He referred, something that would happen within the lifetime of those listening to Him. “Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all these things be accomplished” (24:34). What is “this generation”? This refers to the people to whom He spoke, not a generation that exists 2,000 years later!
We live in a religious time of uncertainty. Like Justice Taney who ruled in favor of keeping an ethnic people in slavery (he ruled they were not citizens of the United States), the infamous Democrat’s spirit exists in the hearts of many today, the slavery is only different. Because there are such people, Christians needs to shore up their faith, trusting in the Lord (cf. Pro. 3:5), and prepare for when He does come. He will not, however, gives signs to point to His coming.
The Newsmax survey points to a lack of knowledge amongst the “1,000 pastors”.
Jesus said about the religious teachers of His day who presented themselves as knowing the will of the Lord, “Let them alone: they are blind guides. And if the blind guide the blind, both shall fall into a pit” (Matt. 15:14).