The Times – They Are A-Changing
By Dennis Huebshman
In 1964, Bob Dylan (Robert Allen Zimmerman) wrote and released a song called, “The Times They Are A-Changing”. It was a political/protest-type song which spoke of changes that were taking place in the world at that time. Looking back on it today, we didn’t realize just how much the world was changing. Because of a very unpopular war, America was beginning to see the violence on the streets, and drugs were becoming popular among the teens and early 20’s crowd.
America was in Viet Nam from November 1955 to April 1973. Initially, our troops were labeled “advisors”, and until about 1963, the total was under 1000. President Kennedy started sending more troops, and the number escalated under President Johnson significantly. After 1965, the number grew to almost 200,000. College campuses became the staging areas for nationwide protests.
After the conflict was over, and the U.S. troops were pulled out in March 1973, we all thought everything would return to a “peaceful” normal. That was not to be, and it was only a beginning of some major changes. The LGBT movement started out slowly, but has become a very vocal activist organization, even though still in the minority of the population. Transgenderism and “neutral” gender pronoun identity are gaining support from the radical left.
Christianity is being attacked from several organizations, and there are even “Churches of Satan” springing up around the country. Over the past decade and just before that, lawsuits have been filed against numerous business owners just because they have Christian beliefs, and will not bend to the worldly ways.
First was Elane Photography in New Mexico in 2006, where they refused to photograph a same-sex wedding between two women. The photographer’s rights were trampled by the courts, and they were ordered to pay a substantial amount of attorney fees. This gave anti-christians fuel to go after even more businesses. Bakers, florists, inn-keepers, wedding chapels and photographers that were Christian oriented were and are being singled out for excessive prosecution. Sad part is the “customers” can find businesses in their areas that would accommodate them, but they want to make “examples” of those who don’t accept their lifestyles. In one recent case, the complainants targeted a baker, and they traveled a significant distance to single him out. This case hasn’t reached final conclusion yet in the Supreme Court; which is one reason for all the controversy over the new appointee.
Christians should not be surprised about this increased persecution, as the Bible said it would happen. We are somewhat slow in accepting that we are the generation spoken of that will see all this. In Matthew 24:5-13, Jesus tells of many signs which would be a lead-in to the end of the age. False Christs, wars and rumors of wars, nation rising against nation, kingdoms against kingdoms, famines and earthquakes are all signs of the birthing pains. We are seeing every one of these in the daily news and even more from the reports coming in from around the world. Jesus was talking about today as if He was here watching the daily news, yet His message was from about 2000 years ago.
Jesus continues by saying Christian persecution will increase, and we will be hated by all nations because of His name. People will be even more prone to sin and will hate and betray one another. False prophets will increase in number, and people will be lovers of self, rather than each other. All the above has been with us, to some degree, in the past, but not nearly the volume as today; and it’s only accelerating.
How about Paul telling Timothy in 2 Timothy 3:1-5 about difficult times that will come. People will be lovers of self as mentioned, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, slanderers, without self-control, savage, opposed to what is good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, loving pleasure rather than loving God. This last one is becoming more obvious every day.
Sometimes, change can be good if it actually improves conditions. What we’re seeing around the world, and especially in America, is anything except an improvement.
Our president is being criticized for every move that he makes. It’s so ridiculous that he even received blame for a recent hurricane as if he were responsible for it. Problem is, he’s not conducting “business as usual” in Washington, and the radicals can’t stand this. For the first time in my lifetime, I have heard people publicly make violent threats against our President, his family and his staff. This is a violation of Federal Law, and anyone – no matter what their so-called status is – who makes these threats, should be immediately arrested and prosecuted according to law.
It’s also as bad with anything that has to do with Israel. No matter what, they are in the wrong. They take down a terrorist who is in the act of killing Jews, yet they are accused of “murdering” a poor Palestinian. The world organizations such as the U.N. have constantly blamed Israel for every act they have “committed” to defend themselves, and calls them “occupiers” of their own land. Before anyone says this is ridiculous, just look at news headlines from the infamous faux news sources of today.
What’s bad is seen as good, and vice-versa. Isaiah 5:20, “those who call evil good and good evil are as good as dead; who turn darkness into light and light into darkness; who turn bitter to sweet and sweet to bitter.” Isaiah 5:23, “They pronounce the guilty innocent for a payoff; they ignore the just cause of the innocent.”
That last one bears repeating, “They pronounce the guilty innocent for a payoff; they ignore the just cause of the innocent.
How about a nominee for the Supreme Court that has an accuser come forward, and through a very Left-leaning senator, tries to get the nomination thrown out? The complaint is over 30 years old, and the accuser’s memory is very vague on all details except she’s sure the nominee is the guilty party. By the way, that senator knew this was farfetched, and should be censured from all senate activities. The accusation can’t pass the “Pinocchio” test, and even the so-called witnesses have all said it didn’t happen.
Meanwhile, there is a true victim that is being ostracized by the left for making an outcry on a popular person, that is running for a very prominent position of authority. She even has presented photos, and the events took place within the past year.
I could go on and on about the corruption in government circles, and point fingers at very obvious people and their patterns of evil deeds. Yes, “The Times They Are A-Changing”, and we can be assured our Father in Heaven is in full control. There are times I would like to just yell out, “Is anyone listening?”’; however, they’re listening but not hearing. They’re too busy trying to gain pleasure and power, rather than to love God.
We are rapidly approaching the 70th. week of Daniel, and I for one look forward to it. Christians won’t be here to suffer through it. We pray daily for All of our loved ones hoping they have accepted Jesus as their Savior. We can’t accept Him for them as it’s an individual thing. After the Rapture, through which we are promised to keep us from the wrath of that 70th. week (7-year Tribulation), it will still be possible for people to call out to Jesus. Most likely though, they will be martyred for doing so.
If there’s a sure thing available, why would anyone gamble on a very long-shot? The sure thing is that all who call on the name of the Lord will be saved. Another sure thing is, all who don’t will end up in the Lake of Fire (Revelation 20:11-15). It’s either Jesus and Heaven, or reject Him and eternal punishment. John 14:6 makes this very plain, “Jesus said, I am the Way, the Truth and the Life; no one comes to the Father except through Me.”
Today would not be too soon to accept Him.