We are now in the month of March, and the newness of a new year typically starts to fade at this point in time. But the year 2020 is quite different because this is a new decade, but not just any decade. You see, most Bible scholars agree that Jesus died and was raised from the dead in the year AD 30. That means that the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ began immediately after His resurrection in year AD 30 as well. Without common core math, I can tell you that this is the final decade before the Church turns 2,000 years old, in the year 2030.
Those who pray and intercede much have all sensed that this decade is the decade of a new era in the Spirit. Some very incredible things will happen concerning the Church in what can be called the last of the last days. The apostle James, son of Mary and Joseph, and oldest half brother of Jesus, had some very interesting prophecies concerning the last days. He begins his condemnation of the unrighteous in Chapter 5 of his only published letter, stating to greedy money lovers in verse 3 saying, “Your gold and silver are corroded, and their corrosion will be a witness against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have heaped up treasure in the last days.”
In the context of this passage, it is plain that their wealth was gained from robbing the workers’ wages through fraud.
He then tells the Believers in verses 7 and 8, “Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain. You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.”
Many believers are wary of end time prophecy, believing that it is all gloom and doom. What we have just seen from the Lord’s half brother is anything but. Yes, there will be judgment for anyone who has not received Christ as their Lord, but for the believer, the born-again Christian, there is nothing to fear.
Don’t be concerned that the entire earth has now adopted an attitude that just 30 years ago would have been recognized as truly insane. It was all prophesied in the Bible, and is actually a good sign for the Christian who trusts in and has faith in God.
The prophet, Isaiah spoke of this day in Isaiah 5:20,21. “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter.” “Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight.”
Today, if you believe and live by the New Testament, and recognized the Oracles of the Old Testament you are considered intolerant, phobic, and a hater of those who don’t believe. The Ten Commandments, all of the permissible and non-permissible sexual laws, and other various Old Testament laws are simply the laws of right and wrong that God put in place for his created family in order to protect them.
He truly wants to bless His family, the apple of His eye. A Christian who rightly divines the Word of Truth doesn’t hate anyone who is lost and doesn’t know the Lord. Spoiler alert to many believers: sinners sin. Don’t be surprised. Don’t be shocked.
The Apostle Paul knew full well that we are no longer under the “law of commandments contained in ordinances” as he wrote in Ephesians 2:15, which had to do with the sacrifices, the feasts, and the funny priests’ clothing and the minutia of rules.
When the Apostle Paul was about to be executed, having accomplished all that God had asked him to do, he wrote his last letter to his son in the faith, Timothy. In this letter he poured his heart out and he prophesied about the last days. In 2 Tim. 3:1-5 he said, “But know this, in the last days perilous, (stressful) times will come: for men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness, but denying its power. And from such people turn away.”
This means that having a form of godliness yet denying its power is a reference to the lukewarm or even cold and frozen Church. Paul was saying not only will the world turn completely away from Godliness to satanic lifestyles, but even the Church will look the same as the world. They won’t be following the Lord; they will be following the lost. Friends, we have reached that time in the history of the world system and that time in the earth. True Christians will now have to turn away from those Christians that live like unbelievers.
The year 2020 is the beginning of this last era. It’s the last decade before the Church reaches its 2,000 birthday. Something amazing is going happen at that time. I am not sure what it will be, because the Lord has not revealed it to me yet, but this I do know; it is going to be a dramatic move of God, such as the world has never seen before. Get ready with the deepest understanding of the Word of God that you possibly can, and run the race that God has set before you, all the way to the finish line.
Dr. Doug Wingate is President and Founder of Life Christian University
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