Across our country, an unprecedented spiritual famine is causing an epidemic of emaciated hearts.
In the process, many professed Christians are abandoning the faith. This has created a vacuum for the rising tide of socialism to flood into our land.
Good afternoon IOM Friend,
Simultaneously, events in the Middle East are turning Jerusalem into the powder keg of history. Again! Throw a pandemic in the midst, and there you have it—a world in chaos.
I’ve told you all that to say this: I refuse to be discouraged. And so should you!
This is no time to retreat.
It’s time to live by conviction.
When Moses sent the twelve spies into the promised land to inspect the territory, ten spies were overwhelmed with fear and despair. They were daunted by the giants they saw. But two of the spies, Joshua and Caleb, said, in effect, “Let us go forward! We can take the land!”
Years later in recalling the event, Caleb told Joshua, “I was forty years old when Moses the servant of the Lord sent me from Kadesh Barnea to explore the land. And I brought him back a report according to my convictions” (Josh. 14:7 NIV, emphasis added).
Well, in Where Do We Go From Here?, I’ve explored the territory of our times, and I am bringing back a report according to my convictions. This is not bravado. I’m speaking as honestly and humbly as I can when I tell you:
We cannot be still. We cannot be silent. We cannot live by lies.
We can no longer ignore the warnings or sleep in beds of ignorance.
We must live by our biblical convictions.
I believe we’re approaching the consummation of the ages.
For as long as I’ve had a Bible, I’ve studied scriptural prophecy. I’ve preached and written about the last days from the beginning of my ministry. Perhaps you’ve read some of my previous books regarding the Bible’s message on the end of the world and the return of Christ. I love writing about biblical prophecy because it’s God’s transfusion of hope to our hearts. But I’ve never written a prophecy book like either of these two:
In Where Do We Go From Here?, we’ll explore ten prophetic issues as current as the morning news to discover where we are, what it means, and where we go from here in each chapter.
And in The World of the End, we’ll thread our way through the problems Jesus predicted—precursors of the tribulation—and learn how to do the next right thing.
The Lord told us about this epoch in advance, and it’s a privilege to be His agents on the crest of history. We are not helpless, and our world is not hopeless. Even as the world collapses, the Lord is building His church. We can say something, do something, pray something, preach something, and live by the convictions of Christ. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn wrote in The Gulag Archipelago, “In keeping silent about evil, in burying it so deep within us that no sign of it appears on the surface, we are implanting it, and it will rise up a thousandfold in the future.” God’s people are more than conquerors. We have a way forward. I urge you to study the marching orders included in Where Do We Go From Here? and The World of the End.
Put into practice the things I’m going to recommend.
Set your mind fully on the hope you have in Christ.
Be ready to pay any price, challenge any foe, and confront any lie for the Gospel’s sake.
At any moment, Jesus Christ will descend from heaven for His people. We haven’t long to wait. But until then, we need to understand what the age requires—and we need to do what the Lord commands.
In one of the strangest stories in the Bible, the Lord grabbed the ancient prophet Ezekiel by the hair of his head, transported him in a vision from Babylon to Jerusalem, and dropped him into a scene of unimaginable evil (Ezek. 8:3). Ezekiel saw the depravity and decay of his own country, a country which he deeply loved. His nation was disintegrating. But God gave him work to do. He commissioned him to be a watchman on the walls.
Remember what God later told Ezekiel, “I searched for a man among them who would repair the wall and stand in the gap before me on behalf of the land so that I might not destroy it, but I found no one” (22:30 CSB).
Friend, I want Him to find at least two!
One you, and one me.
Join me in dedicating the rest of your earthly life to living by biblical convictions, exalting the triumph of the Gospel, and doing all you can to repair the structures of society and stand in the gap before the Lord on behalf of the land.
Don’t be fearful, and don’t let the times overwhelm you. This world will not end in rubble, but in His return! Our risen and exalted Lord Jesus Christ, our enthroned Savior—He knows the way forward.
He will show us where to go from here in this world of the end. We encourage you to leave a comment. Thanks!
God bless you,