Difficult Times Will Come

“But understand this, that in the last days dangerous times [of great stress and trouble] will come [difficult days that will be hard to bear]. For people will be lovers of self [narcissistic, self-focused], lovers of money [impelled by greed], boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy and profane, [and they will be] unloving [devoid of natural human affection, calloused and inhumane], irreconcilable, malicious gossips, devoid of self-control [intemperate, immoral], brutal, haters of good, traitors, reckless, conceited, lovers of [sensual] pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to a form of [outward] godliness (religion), although they have denied its power [for their conduct nullifies their claim of faith]. Avoid such people and keep far away from them. For among them are those who worm their way into homes and captivate morally weak and spiritually-dwarfed women weighed down by [the burden of their] sins, easily swayed by various impulses, always learning and listening to anybody who will teach them, but never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.”

I often receive burdens that awaken my heart to seek the Lord’s wisdom and guidance on what to pray. In The Seer, author James Goll says, prophetic impartation massa, refers to the ”hand of the Lord” that releases the ”burden of the Lord.” “When God’s hand comes upon us, He imparts something to us —a prophetic “burden” —and when His hand lifts, that burden remains”.1 The Lord makes a deposit in our deposits spirits that was not there before; and even after “He lifts His hand, we carry that burden as a word or commission from Him. He lays on us a “burden” for a particular situation, and we may carry that impartation for days, weeks, months, or even years.”2 In my case I have a burden and calling to see many of injustices such as inequality, poverty addressed in America such that God’s justice will prevail. As Martin Luther King once said: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. Never again can we afford to live with the narrow, provincial ‘outside agitator’ idea. Anyone who lives inside the United States can never be considered an outsider anywhere within its bounds.” My hope is to bring the heart and mind of God in the earth in the earth on the issue of Biblical justice.

As believers, we tend to overlook God’s compassion for the most vulnerable in society. The Old Testament prophet Amos and the prophets who followed Him maintained that primary way of serving God is through love, justice, and righteousness.

Men may not drown out the cries of the oppressed with the noise of hymns, nor buy off the Lord with increased offerings.

Abraham J. Heschel, The Prophets

Our Sunday worship, offerings and church attendance cannot be a substitute for righteousness. Rabbi Abraham Heschel provides some thought on God’s dealings with Israel as one land, one people chosen for the purpose of transforming the world. Israel holy to the Lord, ”defiled my land, made My heritage an abomination” (Jer. 2:3, 7). ”Above all the prophets remind us of the moral state of a people: Few are guilty, but all are responsible. If we admit that the individual is in some measure conditioned or affected by the spirit of society, an individual’s crime discloses society’s corruption. In a community not indifferent to suffering, uncompromisingly impatient with cruelty and falsehood, continually concerned for God and every man, crime would be infrequent rather than common. “3

With this thought in mind, is it possible to say not only crime would be down, Covid deaths would be less, more people would be vaccinate, amendments to voting rights law would not be needed.

May the Lord’s blessing be with you. May He lay a firm foundation of the testimony of Jesus in your life!

Minister A. Francine Green

Notes: All Scriptures are taken from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise noted.

  1. Goll J. (2012). The Seer, Expanded Edition. Destiny Image

2. ibid

3. Heschel A. (1962(. The Prophets. HarperPerennial

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