Crisis is like a ray of light upon our darkened motives. Many think that because America is a superpower among the nations today, she will be tomorrow. Many think it odd that there isn’t clear reference to America in prophetic scripture and they attempt to squeeze America in. Sadly, the misinterpretation of scripture has lead many to a false hope and sense of security in America and her motives.
The primary vehicle of interpretation in world events (including religious, economic, and political) is the media. The media reports, without bias (yeah right), the events that have happened and then interprets those events through their programs and articles. They seek to shape, and have effectively done so, the outlook and perspective of Americans. Though sometimes what they report is true, they can still manipulation desicions and events by what they don’t report. For them, it’s more than simply “getting the truth” out there; it’s about retaining control. If something they report will cause them to lose control or make them unpopular, they simply won’t report it.
Think of what the media (including cnn, abcnews, bbc, foxnews, espn, drudge) is actually doing – they’re telling you what happened yesterday. There are billions of dollars invested into a system that has produced a reactionary culture. We can’t see past today. Therefore, America has chosen to live today based on what happened yesterday. Today, people all across this nation will base base their choices, perceptions, and emotions on the 900-point stock market gain from yesterday.
I’m coming to realize that prophetic revelation and a steadfastness in the Word are incredibly valuable. It empowers the heart to see past today and into the plan and will of God. When we see His plan, when we understand His will, it causes our hearts to remain steadfast in the midst of trial.
Daniel tells of a people of understanding who “shall instruct many”(Dan. 11:33). These people aren’t reacting to the crisis in the earth, but they are empowered by boldness through revelation. The Lord intended believers to know what was going to happen before it actually happened. That is why there are 100+ passages in the bible that tell of end times. God wants His people to have understanding and to be prepared. One of the primary functions of the prayer movement in the end times will be the interpretation of the times. This will be used as a tool primarily to remain faithful to the Lord, and secondarily as a witness to unbelievers concerning the coming of Jesus.
What has been your response to the recent events?