By Ben Girod
November 1, 2014
As we see Muslim conflicts imploding worldwide, we should pause and reflect silently before our Father in the Lord Jesus Christ. Those of us who are alert know that we have entered the hour of international conflicts heralding the coming of Christ and the horrific tribulations ahead of us.
In the coming days, Christians and Jews will be increasingly targeted, not only by the Muslim world, but by the press and politicians -- including many world leaders.
What should our response be?
Few of us seem to understand that you and I hold the power to change the course of events as we stand before God in true repentance. As true children of God, we need to grieve over our history of neglectfulness. God has always responded and changed the course of humanity where heart genuine heart repentance was in evidence.
Although many in the western church are beginning to wake up, that will not be enough. Until we fall prostrate before a most Holy God in deep remorse for our personal sins, we will miss God’s fullness in our own hearts. We who have been born again, if we want to be truly surrendered to God, must confess our sins of omission, sins of pursuing our own interests above God’s interests, sins that distance us from His presence, and sins of forgetting Him in all that we do or think in the course of our daily lives.
It only takes a remnant to change the course of history.
The final stage is set where God is forging the “one new man” of Jew and Gentile. This comes through the convulsions of severe tension on the world stage, forming and preparing the hearts of both Israel and the true church.
You and I have a part in God’s staging of these events, of the reconciliation of the Jews and the church. (See Ephesians 2:14-18. Romans 11:11-26).
It is not what we accomplish in life that qualifies us for Heaven (as some seem to think and attempt to do) but it is our personal, unhindered relationship with the Father through Christ Jesus that qualifies us for Heaven and prepares us for these final stages of history.
In conclusion, all who are true Christians today are beheld and recognized in Heaven.