The Pendulum of Reformation
.... 'Therefore I will cast you out of this land into a land that you do not know, neither you nor your fathers; and there you shall serve other gods day and night, where I will not show you favor.'
.... ‘Your own wickedness will correct you, and your backslidings will rebuke you. Know therefore and see that it is an evil and bitter thing that you have forsaken the LORD your God, and the fear of Me is not in you," says the Lord GOD of hosts.’
.... In a similar way, God has always had a bigger problem with man than our propensity toward idols. This larger problem is our own selfish focus and pride, which is the ultimate form of idolatry. For this reason Jesus said:
.... "Whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?"
.... As demonstrated in our previous two postings, the ‘foolish’ side of the end time church will be thoroughly absorbed with a focus on ‘self’, and it seems that God will finally turned them over to this. But many who follow this route will eventually get a belly full of it. They will be filled with disgust, completely react, and pour themselves into the Scriptures in prayerful search for the truth instead . . . to finally discover that the truth is in Jesus Himself, alone. The only thing of importance to them will be to die to themselves and live to God; they'll want to connect with Him if it's the last thing they ever do: it will be the only thing that matters any more, the only meaningful thing left to them.
.... The 'testimony' referred to in this passage is their belief that Jesus is the Son of God (compare to Matthew 16:16-18). Through this reaction, the pendulum will begin its return swing and a heartfelt desire for seeking Jesus will be reborn. So after the great falling away is fulfilled, and while time still remains on the earth, we may see the captivity of many more returned (Psalm 14:7).
.... "And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death."
.... And let's take this opportunity to make a similar point. Israel was astounded when the Apostles preached salvation to the Gentiles: "But. . . but that’s OUR God. What are the Gentiles doing with our God?" The Lord did this intentionally to provoke them to jealousy, in the hope that they might yet repent and believe:
.... In a similar way, many Christians have formed the mentality of a ‘heritage’ within our Christian sub-culture. They have served the Lord for so many generations that they now have a false confidence about it, like the Jews who had said in their hearts "We are the descendants of Abraham." But they will be caught flat-footed in a similar way.
.... "They have provoked Me to jealousy by what is not God; They have moved Me to anger by their foolish idols. But I will provoke them to jealousy by those who are not a nation; I will move them to anger by a foolish nation."
.... As the end draws near, God will pour out His Spirit in world-wide evangelism, using those who have followed Him in truth (Matthew 24:14). He will be found in new cultures that had not previously sought Him (Isaish 65:1-2). This will bring a jarring, jealous reaction from our own vast Christian sub culture: "But . . . but that’s OUR God! What are they doing with our God?" They will be amazed when those whom they have viewed with contempt arise, at the end, as heirs in their Father’s house, and they find themselves shut out.
.... Nevertheless, God’s thoughts are to provoke them to jealousy as well, while hope yet remains for them.
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