If you want to know how close we are to the end, just look around you and you’ll see that time is short for the return of Jesus. It’s what Charles Capps calls the “triangle of the end”.
These are perilous time as we see in II Tim. 3:1-5:
2 Timothy 3:1-5 (KJV) 1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
This is not a time to compromise. We have to stop straddling the fence and get serious because time is short and there’s a great work yet to be done. There was a time when we could be outside of God’s perfect will and still be protected but that time is over. We have to “fish or cut bait” as they say. We have to take our stand and stand for what we truly believe – no compromising! To be spiritually right has nothing to do with being politically correct!
In Rev. 2:6, we see Jesus is addressing the church at Ephesus:
Revelation 2:6 (KJV) 6 But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.
Jesus says He hates the deed of the Nicolaitans, referring to those who have compromised what they believed. This is totally unacceptable to the Lord.
Looking at James 1:6-8 we see that wavering/compromising gets us nothing because it cancels our faith. This is a very serious thing and we need to take heed.
James 1:6-8 (KJV) 6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.
7 For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.
8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.
And, just in case you haven’t noticed, things are really speeding up in the world. Technology is growing by leaps and bounds – even computers are “old” at 6 months! And Christmas seems to arrive earlier each year!
The point I’m making is that it’s time to get serious and get on with the plans that God has for you. No more slacking or hesitating. Let’s stop playing church and be the Church that God has ordained us to be. Let’s do the works of Jesus as He said believers would do – heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils. That will get people’s attention and then we can tell them about our wonderful Lord Jesus!
John 14:12 (KJV) 12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
Matthew 10:8 (KJV) 8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.
Jesus is coming back for a Church without spot or wrinkle – no compromise. We are not a defeated Church; we’re the victorious Church of the Lord Jesus Christ! Let’s be all that God has for us to be and show the world that Jesus is Lord!
Ephesians 5:27 (KJV) 27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.