“The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun. Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us?” Ecclesiastes 1:9-10)
It is interesting how history repeats itself. What happened years ago eventually circles back around in some way.
In 1789 during the French Revolution, France was overtaken with lawlessness and rebellion. It became a time known as “The Reign of Terror.” Its aim was to de-Christianize society by acts of violence. It was an outright act of defiance by the French government to overthrow existing virtues by destroying any likeness to morality.
Religious elements that long stood as symbols of stability for the French people were replaced by reason and scientific thought. The rebellion was designed to bring about change and create chaos.
I suppose today the same action could be classified as the ushering in of a New World Order. Our history has long been riddled with wars and rumors of wars. The historic bloody battlefields give witness to both patriotism and defiance.
Jesus forewarned us that in the last days nation would be against nation. The word nation translates to “ethnos” where we derive our English word ethnic. In essence He was describing not just war but a particular kind of war. Ethnic groups against ethnic groups.
The Apostle Paul implied we would also recognize the time of the end by an increase in lawlessness. People would live and act as if there were no moral or spiritual laws to obey. It would be a great time of irreverence to religion and any resemblance to morality. We currently live in that time and could likewise call it a reign of terror.
In no way do I wish to be discriminatory against any group. We all suffer in some way. If we watch the news, we see the horrors that daily confront families. Lives are forever changed by senseless acts of violence. Drive by shootings, rape, robbery and hostility toward one another are everyday occurrences.
In light of this backdrop, what can we do as believers in Christ? Stay in our homes, lock the doors and defend our safety? Buy an underground bunker and move our loved ones to security? Head for the hills and live lives of isolation? No!
We bring hope to the hopeless and present to this world the undying, never-changing message of salvation. We bring Jesus to the darkest corners of the earth.
Likewise, we stand indivisible, united in the truth of the gospel and preach Christ crucified for our sins and raised from the dead for our justification. We use His word to help people understand a better day is coming. We teach His word to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death.
The backdrop of our society is pitch black. Against that backdrop God’s diamonds shine brighter than the stars in Heaven. Ask the Lord Jesus where you fit, where is your ministry and work it until you sweat as if it were great drops of blood.
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)
Sue West is available to speak at churches and home Bible Study groups. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org