For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the WILL OF THE ONE who subjected it in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in pains of childbirth right up to this present time.Romans 8:20-22 [NIV].
The world is unhappy with the status quo; we want a quick and extreme shift away from what we’ve known. It’s a desperate search for happiness and true love, and a great example of the “rocks” of society crying out for redemption. The world doesn’t know exactly what it is looking for, but it does know to look for something different. [Johnny Enlow]
“And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; men fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world; for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.Luke 21:25-26. [NKJ+RSV]
Even if you have never read the Bible before and this is your first time of reading the above passages from the Bible, you cannot be agree that this is a pertinent capture of where the world is right now. The depleting of the ozone layer that is causing ‘Global Warming’ – adverse weather conditions, melting of ice caps, shortage of sources of portable water, food shortage, population explosion, air pollution, war, terrorism, immigration crises and the list goes on. Our planet is groaning and who can interpret these groanings?
Distress of Nations with PERPLEXITY? Perplexity simply means confusion, blankness, puzzlement, bewilderment. Perplexity is causing ‘Distress of Nations’. Which country on earth is not experiencing distress at the present moment though at different degrees of intensity? Who can interpret these distress of nations with perplexity?
Seas and the waves roaring is biblical metaphor for agitations of large masses of people. Arab Spring, BREXIT, TRUMP et al. Johnny Enlow said, ‘The world doesn’t know exactly what it is looking for, but it does know to look for something different. Countries that experienced the uprising termed ‘Arab Springs’; are they the better for those agitations? Will Britain be the better for BREXIT? Will USA be the better with the TRUMP MOVEMENT? Most people will say, ‘time will tell for Britain and America’. Who can interpret what these agitations are all about?
I think it is pretty precarious to wait for ‘time will tell’ when outcomes will be irreversible and opportunity would have been lost forever. We can turn to the bible for answers to these series of questions. Men’s heart are fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is becoming of our world. The cacophony of noise streaming from our various social media platforms only exacerbate the perplexity and ‘fainting with fear’ that is assaulting men’s heart currently.
I will shake heaven and earth, the sea and dry land; ‘and I will shake all nations, and they shall come to the Desire of All Nations!Haggai 2:6-7.
Even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body.Romans 8:23
The groaning of the planet is a direct reflection or capture of the groaning that should be in mortal man who is groaning for immortality. Mortality must be swallowed up by immortality and the time for that is here. This chequered mortal existence can no longer offer the human soul anything satisfying enough as to detract and distract man from God. This is what the agitation that cuts across religion, political parties, nations, class, culture and what have you is all about; and yet they don’t know what they are looking for until we point them to it.
Jesus Christ is the ‘Desire of All Nations’! God promised to shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and dry land (The entire Planet); and shake all the Nations in order to bring them to the ‘Desire of all Nations’. The shaking of the Nations means destabilization of social structures, fragmentation and polarization, weakening of the economy, dismantling of political system etc. I don’t need to paint the picture of what shaking the planet look like a second time.
The biggest empire in the earth today is America and it has been tottering for a while now but it is going to experience a vigorous shaking in the next couple of years under a Donald Trump’s Presidency. It would have gone same way under a Hillary Clinton’s Presidency but Trump will shake thingsup much faster. If you never knew what ‘Distress of Nations with PERPLEXITY means, you just witnessed one.
A presidential candidate whose Republican base rejectedfor being a sexist and a racist, whose entire campaign was grounded in negativity, calumny, lies, racism and fascism. A candidate that 370 renown economist wrote against, 50 patriots openly rejected, at least 5 former US Presidents of both Democratic and Republican parties rejected, a uniquely unqualified candidate considered a cancer to American democracy and denounced by world leaders across the globe. For such a candidate to win a keenly contested election on the wings of the people’s agitation for some undefinable change can only be God’s implacable resolve to shake up the nations much faster. All the talk about Trump representing Christian values is laughable and coming from pedestrian Church.
The groanings of our planet and the distress of nations is the last effort of God’s grace, a clarion call to everyone to embrace the ‘Desire of all Nations’ before God’s grace runs its full course, paving the way for His judgement on man. Every knee will bow before Him either in response to His grace and mercy or in judgement. Bottom line: IT IS YOU GOD IS CALLING OUT TO TODAY!
I surrender my life to you right now Lord Jesus!Thank you for opening my eyes and my heart to your clarion call. I believe you died for my sins and yet rose again for my justification. Come into my heart right nowand change me. Empower me to live for you every day of my life from today. Prepare me for your imminent return. Thank you Lord for hearing and answering my plea. Amen!
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