Ezekiel 3:17 "Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me".
Matt. 25:13 ""Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour."
These are words of warning. Warnings are meant to make us alert to danger, to cause us to be on guard, to be watchful and to make preparation. Senses are heightened. Our attention...our focus is different.
We are at a place in our lives like no place we've ever been before. I believe that the handwriting is on the wall and the time has come for us to be ever watchful, listening and alert. Daily changes are taking place around the world. Do not be found sleeping.
Here is just a taste of what I mean:
(Washington, D.C., March 19, 2009) -- Amidst the global economic crisis in which upwards of 45% of the world's wealth has been lost in the last 18 months, talk of radically restructuring the global economic system is growing. In recent weeks, leaders in Europe, Africa and the Middle East have proposed scrapping the current economic order and going to a single common currency.
A story in yesterday's Moscow Times is creating quite a stir in particular. At the April 2nd meeting of world leaders in London (the G20), the Kremlin is reportedly set to propose a new global common currency system to replace the U.S. dollar as the international currency of choice.
"A U.N. panel will next week recommend that the world ditch the dollar as its reserve currency in favor of a shared basket of currencies, a member of the panel said on Wednesday, adding to pressure on the dollar," the story noted. "Currency specialist Avinash Persaud, a member of the panel of experts, told a Reuters Funds Summit in Luxembourg that the proposal was to create something like the old Ecu, or European currency unit, that was a hard-traded, weighted basket. Persaud, chairman of consultants Intelligence Capital and a former currency chief at JPMorgan, said the recommendation would be one of a number delivered to the United Nations on March 25 by the U.N. Commission of Experts on International Financial Reform. 'It is a good moment to move to a shared reserve currency,' he said."
These are curious developments given that scholars of Bible prophecy have long noted that according to the Scriptures, in the "last days" the world will see the emergence of an entirely new international financial architecture, complete with a single common global currency created and mandated by the leaders of Europe. The Bible indicates that eventually no one on earth will be able to engage in commerce without "buying in" to the new cashless system. The prophecy is found in Revelation 13:16-17, which reads: "And he [the world leader that emerges from a revived Europe] causes all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free men and slaves, to be given a mark on their right hand or on their forehead, and he provides that no one can buy or to sell, except the one who has the mark, either the name of the beast or the number of his name." ---Joel Rosenberg
I believe this is just one of many things we will be seeing in coming days. Just after reading this yesterday morning, I heard a financial wizard asked if he thought we would be going to a one world currency. His comment? "Never! Won't happen!" HA! I thought. Are you ever going to be surprised!
Having had the advantage of sitting under several gifted Bible teachers in my life, I have studied Bible prophecy and know some of what is to come. But I know that there are many believers who have not been exposed to it and even more non-believers who are totally in the dark as to what is to come. They will be easy marks for false teaching and will be shocked as things begin to unfold.
On the one hand when you read the daily news, it can be quite frightening. On the other, it is really quite exciting to see it all unfold just as Jesus predicted it would. I am so thankful that no matter what comes in the interim, I know how the story ends!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It is our job as believers to warn the lost, to be about the business of pointing others to Christ while there is still time...to "redeem the time". Playing church must be put aside. Getting in the word and studying it must be paramount. If we are to recognize false teaching, we must know the TRUTH. We must be on our knees for the lost and taking every opportunity that God gives us to share the good news of Jesus Christ.
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