Several decades ago, deep in the Ozarks, my great-grandfather taught school and preached the Word. He was a circuit rider. Much of his education came from a series of books called The Biblical Educator. It is such a blessing for me to now have these books in my possession.
At the turn of the century, the Word was being taught and people were being born into the church. Yet the popular view of prophecy by the theologians of the day was full of opinions and speculation. The Biblical Educator was very strong in its belief that Israel would never physically become a nation. In that book, the author questioned how a nation that had not been a nation for over 2,000 years could ever become a nation again, especially when they had no national currency, language, constitution, or homeland.
The author then gave his opinion about what the Bible meant when it said Israel would become a nation again. He implied that spiritually, every Jew would become united in their hearts as one nation. However, it would be totally impossible for them to become a nation in their Promised Land, especially when their land was owned by their enemy, the Ottoman Turks.
As history has shown, The Biblical Educator was wrong. On May 15, 1948, the nation of Israel was reborn with its own language, currency, constitution, and land. Within 50 years, the thing that seemed totally impossible with man became a reality.
When my grandmother was a teenager, she saw her first automobile. During all of her youth she traveled by way of horse and wagon. Before she passed away, she saw astronauts go into outer space and men walk on the moon. From the creation of man through 6,000 years, man traveled with the assistance of animals. In one generation that changed. The Scriptures tell us that in the last days, knowledge will increase (Daniel 12:4). We are truly in the last days.
My great-grandfather and grandmother did not live to see the return of Jesus. But we are one hundred years closer now and much prophecy has been fulfilled. God is speaking a lot more to us in these last moments of the last days.
The church has a great work to do. We are carrying the baton on the final leg of the race. What previous generations have looked toward is coming to pass. The prophetic times spoken of by our Lord and Savior, Jesus, are upon us. The time of waiting is behind, and the time of action is at hand. It’s time for the church to stand up and be all that Jesus prophesied the church would be – the glorious church, anointed and walking in authority.
As we prepare for His return, the church needs to be doing all that Jesus commanded. We are approaching the days when every believer must walk in total victory with the love of God pouring out in such a way that people are drawn to a loving God (John 6:44; 12:32). The time is short, a large crop is in the fields, and the Lord wants every laborer to go out there and bring in the harvest (Luke 10:2).