Times They Are A-Changin’
By Dennis Huebshman
Anyone who has been the least bit observant, would most likely agree with the 1964 song title by Bob Dylan; “The Times They Are A-Changin’” It was released during the Viet Nam War protest days, and was classified as Folk/Rock. I have not included the lyrics in this message, as the title speaks for itself. (any emphasis mine)
Fast track to today’s environment, the title is even more relevant to the here and now. Although this world has seen numerous changes over the ages, it’s nothing compared to events that almost seem to be spiraling out of control. Instead of gradual radical change, we are experiencing issues almost hourly. The world’ reaction is just about totally panic driven, with a feeling of dispair.
At the top of the list is the Corona Virus that is being called a world pandemic. People are being isolated, quarantined, ordered to stay at home, and away from any public gatherings. The virus is spreading, and the news media is focusing on all the negative issues. They are conveniently ignoring anything positive. Yes, people are dying from the virus, but there’s also large numbers that have recovered from it. This fact is rarely being reported.
No matter what our President and his group have done that is positive, the media is trying to promote the radical liberal left’s position that he is somehow at fault for the crisis. They are saying he is at fault for the disease even being here. They conveniently forget, that from the time he was elected, he started working toward more controlled border security; but his efforts have been fought against by the liberal congress, and even some liberal state leaders. Some places have even declared themselves “sanctuary cities”, and they refuse to cooperate with locating illegal immigrants. One person from the left actually stated that we are violating their “constitutional rights”. Illegals aren’t protected by our constitution.
Another major issue is a massive swarm of locusts that started in East Africa, and it is about the size of New York City. The swarms are moving into other countries, and they’re totally destroying almost all plant life. Other countries all the way to China are being affected. Along with the Covid-19, there is even more panic being created because of the swarms.
Earthquakes are increasing in number and magnitude, and are happening more than ever in various places. Just recently, Salt Lake City experienced a 5.7 magnitude quake. A very interesting outcome was the “Angel Moroni” statue on top of the Mormon Tabernacle, lost its horn. This is reminiscent of the “Philistine god dagon” being damaged when the captured ark of the covenant was placed next to it. (1 Samuel 5)
We still have the issues of wars and rumors of wars that could be starting soon. The middle east is a constant hotbed, and often Israel is targeted. This will come to a head when the Ezekiel 38 war starts.
Jesus covered these issues when He spoke of the end times. Much of what He spoke of will take place during the 7-year Tribulation/Wrath; but He also said that when we saw the “beginnings of the birthing pains”, (Matthew 24:8) to look up and lift our heads, for our Redemption is drawing near. (Luke 21:28)
If these episodes were all that were happening, there would be room for some doubt. Just the sheer magnitude of the ones listed would be concerning, but without anything else, they could be handled.
Add to these the rise of false prophets and antichrists that Jesus, Paul, John and others said would be here toward the end of this age. Church is not the same. There are still some that give the true word of God to the membership, but the trend is to stay away from, or to twist the true words of our Heavenly Father. This is spoken of in 2 Timothy 4:3-4, “For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having “itching ears”, they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions; (4) and will turn away from listening to the truth, and wander off into myths.” (ESV)
Instead of “worship services” there are a number of evangelical religions that are putting on entertainment sessions. They make sure everything is in a positive mode to keep members “energized”, and not present anything negative that say people are living in sin. The more that people feel good with the “tickle me” services, the more they will attend and fill the collection plates.
Alternate lifestyles are being accepted by many religions. It’s gotten to the point where people are told that any abomination they wish to participate in, is suddenly approved by God. Uh, No! People are even trying to come up with numerous “genders” to suit whatever they believe they should be. How about Genesis 5:2, “He created them male and female; when they were created, He blessed them and named them “humankind.” Mark 10:6-8, “But from the beginning of creation, He made them male and female. (7) For this reason, a man will leave his father and mother, (8) and the two (male and female) will become one flesh. So there are no longer two, but one flesh.” It had to do with procreation, which 2 males together or 2 females together cannot do.
No matter what the satan-inspired people are trying to say, Our Heavenly Father is very plain about what a marriage consists of. Also, He has not, nor will He, ever change His mind about this.
And, as the list of changes go on, we must add all of Paul’s warnings to Timothy (2 Timothy 3) about just how turned around people will be “in the last days”. (v-1) Every trait he listed is becoming more and more obvious daily. Especially the ones about “lovers of themselves”; “ungrateful”; “unholy”; “without self-control”; “opposed to what is good”; and especially “loving pleasure rather than loving God.” (verses 2-5 with more traits than are listed here.)
Another issue that is getting bad press are the true believers in our Lord Jesus, The Christ. Satan and his followers; demons and humans; are doing their best to shut down anything that mentions Jesus, or is considered “Christian”. In some countries, just to become a Christian is an invitation to martyrdom.
Times are a-changin’, but our Creator isn’t surprised about any of it. In 2 Timothy 3:12; Matthew 5:10; John 15:18-19; Luke 6:22 and 1 Peter 5:8, we have just a few examples of verses that are in the bible that say we will be hated, persecuted and singled out by satan like a roaring lion looking for prey.
There are even some world leaders that are saying there needs to be a “temporary” one-world government with one-world currency until the pandemic and panic ceases. Anyone who knows Bible prophecy can see we’re rapidly heading toward the one-world leader – the ultimate antichrist. Right now, he cannot appear because “the One who holds him back” has not been taken away. (2 Thessalonians 2:7)
Before that happens, 1 Corinthians 15:51-53 and 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17 must take place. That’s when Jesus will call all true believers up to meet Him in the air to keep us from the Wrath. That’s a promise from God, and he cannot lie (Titus 1:2).
After we’re gone, the evil one can come forth with the “perfect” peace plan between Israel and the rest of the world. Sadly, he will break the peace himself, midway through the 7-year treaty. He will desecrate the Jewish Temple that still remains to be built.
You don’t have to be here for that. It will be the worst 7-years in all of earth’s history. Call out to Jesus to be your Savior, and receive forgiveness and a home with Him. It’s explained in Romans 10:9-13; Acts 2:21; John 14:6; and Acts 4:12; just to name a few verses.
He is always ready for your call no matter how much, “The Times They Are A-Changin’”