We are in the last days and the very last of days. Many of the prophecies about the last days have been coming to pass right from the days of the apostles. For instance, the word of God through Prophet Joel (Joel 2:28) that in the last days, God will pour His Spirit upon all flesh came to pass on the day of Pentecost (Act 2:15-17).
There are many prophecies about the last days which must come to pass before Christ will return. Mathew 5:18 says “Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.” Understanding the times and season of the fulfillment of these prophecies will enable us to line up for the good ones and overcome the bad ones. I like you to understand, these last days are days of fulfillment of prophecies.
This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 2Ti 3:1-4
One of the prophecies of the last days is there will come times of difficulty (perilous). And one of the major sign that will mark this period is men becoming lovers of their own selves, which means self-centeredness. If you x-rayed our society today, including the church, you will discover that all the sign of the perilous time stated in the above scripture are manifesting in the life of the people. Many preachers of today won’t mind extorting money from even the poor in their congregation, just to enrich themselves. We have seen it that the days when men celebrate honesty and integrity is past, today people despise those who are godly while they celebrate those who are ungodly.
There is a lot of betrayer going on in the world today – elected leaders are betraying their followers even church leaders are betraying their members. The bible says “we are created for God’s pleasure” (Rev 4:11), meaning that lovers of God gives Him pleasure, but haters of God gives themselves or the devil pleasure. This trend shows that we have more haters of God than lovers, because many people in the world today are giving themselves pleasure. When you see a Christian who finds it difficult to pay tithes, you are face to face with a lover of pleasure than God. If spiritual things have become a burden to you, then you are already entrapped in the perilous times. I pray that God’s grace will be sufficient for you.
Limelight season of the church
And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD’S house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it. And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. Isa 2:2-3
The last days are days of the glorification of the church. Despite the high level of persecution against the church, the kind of increase the church is experiencing cannot be compared with anytime in history. Many people are sarcastic and surprised at the level of wealth and exploit the church of today is experiencing, but let me submit to you that, the world have not seen anything yet. The church of the last days as stated in the scripture above and repeated in Micah 4:1 is a church on the top of mountains and hill. It doesn’t matter how you feel about it, the scripture cannot be broken. If the church of the last days will witness nations running to it, then this church must stand out in every facet of human endeavor. Today, the use of aircraft/jet in spreading the gospel is becoming a normal thing and the education sector, the media and many sectors of our economy is being taken over by the church, this is just the beginning of many exploits to come.
But let me sound a warning: the fact that the last days church is a church on the mountain top does not mean that this prophecy will come to pass on human terms, it takes divine terms and condition to fulfill this prophecy. Today many have gone into errors trying to fulfill divine prophecy in the ability of the flesh. You don’t need to organize unnecessary fund raising to build a church, buy a bus or jet for the gospel if you are living your size per time. Many churches even go as far as appointing unbelievers as chief launchers, just to raise fund for missions. This is uncalled for and it’s a shameful act.
I like you to know that God is committed to bringing His word to pass, if only the church can position themselves to receive from Him through genuine love for God and absolute obedience to the leading of the Spirit. In these last days, we are not to focus on the wealth of the heathen, because we as members of the body of Christ are sited in heavenly places with Christ (Ephe 1:18). God will bless His church by blessing believers and not unbelievers.
Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive THE BLESSING from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation. Psa 24:3-5
The mountain of the Lord’s house which is going to be above every hill and attractive to nations can only be accessible to those who have clean hands and pure heart and are not high-minded and traitors. The bible says, whosoever finds himself or herself in this mountain of the Lord shall receive THE BLESSING from God. It is not just a blessing, but THE BLESSING (i.e. comprising every other blessing) and also righteousness. Beloved, it’s time we line up with God’s agenda for the last days so that we can fully occupy our place in this last days’ church on the mountain.
Season of the outpouring of the Spirit and Power
And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy: And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke: Act 2:17-19
The last days are days of unusual outpouring of the spirit and power of God upon all flesh. Like I said earlier that the last days started on the day of Pentecost, the level of the outpouring and manifestation of the Spirit has been awesome. This outpouring of the Spirit has brought about massive salvation of souls and streams of healings from all kinds of ailments. I like you to know that in these last days, revelations, prophesying, miracles and every act of God is not kept only in the custody of preachers or evangelists – every one believer can experience the full manifestation of the spirit and power of God.
God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Heb 1:1-2
One of the signs of the end times is that believers can hear God for themselves. I mean you don’t need to consult a seer or prophet to know the mind of God concerning your life. In this last days, prophet will only confirm what God has spoken, not intermediary between us and God. Bishop Francis Wale Oke of the Sword of the Spirit Ministry shared a testimony of an usher in one of his crusades, who ministered healing to a crippled man. So it’s not about your title, as long as you believe and line up with the flow of the Spirit, you can perform every act that Jesus stated in Mark 16:17-18 – And these signs shall follow THEM THAT BELIEVE; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
Season of the spread of false doctrine
Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; 1Ti 4:1
Another prophecy that must be fulfilled in these last days is the spread of false doctrine and the falling away of many after this doctrine of the devils. Many who were once on fire for God have started paying attention to the doctrines of the devil and seducing spirits. Many preachers have turned from being agents for God to becoming agent for the devil. Many Christian are motivated by many things outside God and the devil is capitalizing on this to make people to fall away. It is good for us to understand that when a man begin to turn away from the truth, I doesn’t happen suddenly, it’s a gradual process that can even be unintentional at first. That is the reason why the bible tells us in 1Co 10:12 that “Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.” The truth is that many have fell and more are still falling from grace.
And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. Mat 24:11-12
This is Jesus Himself speaking in this place and this is happening already. As a matter of truth, you need the operation of the discerning of spirits in order to identify the right ministers today, because many are out to deceive. Those who go from church to church in search of miracles will easy to fall into this trap. The time is already here when righteousness and holy living is becoming something that cannot be attained. Because of the high level of iniquity being witnessed even in the church, many have lost hope that they can ever please God and devil is capitalizing on these to lure many away into hell.
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Mat 16:3 And in the morning, It will be foul weather today: for the sky is red and lowring. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; BUT CAN YE NOT DISCERN THE SIGNS OF THE TIMES?
1Ch 12:32 And of the children of Issachar, which were men that had UNDERSTANDING OF THE TIMES, to know what Israel ought to do; the heads of them were two hundred; and all their brethren were at their commandment.
Beloved, one major thing we need is the understanding of the times and seasons we are in. In order for us not to lose to the enemy, we must be like the children of Issachar, who through understanding knew what Israel ought to do. It’s time we start doing what we ought to do so that when He appear, we can be worthy to receive Him.
But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. … But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. 1Th 5:1-2,4
We are not supposed to walk in darkness concerning the second coming of the Lord. We must ensure we walk as children of light by taking heed to the word of God. By doing so the day will not take us unaware and we will be able to appear before Him blameless at His appearing.
Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Eph 5:16-18
Its time we redeem every moment God has given us by giving heed to the leading of the Holy Spirit through His word. We must wake up to all of our responsibilities to reach the lost for Christ, and we must willing allow God to use us and our resources for His end time agenda. May the Lord prepare you ready and blameless to meet Him at His appearing.