Hal Lindsey reports: The last few weeks have been dramatic in view of Bible prophecy for these last days.
Hurricane Harvey and, more importantly, its aftermath have wreaked unbelievable devastation on the coastal regions of Southeast Texas and Louisiana. And it continues. As I write these words, rooftop rescues are still happening. Entire communities are being evacuated from flooded areas. Whole cities are without water and power.
And the death toll is rising. Only now are thousands of first-responders and National Guard personnel beginning to sift through the receding floodwaters to find the bodies of people who didn’t make it out.
Already, analysts are saying this is the costliest natural disaster in American history. And not just for those tens of thousands who lost their homes and their possessions, but for the businesses which lost entire inventories and plants.
Because of the tremendous concentration of America’s oil-refining capacity in that region, all Americans will see their gasoline bills rise over the next few weeks. It’s already happening in many places. Gasoline shortages, too.
And Hurricane Irma is brewing in the east Atlantic and appears headed toward North America in the next few days.
I don’t intend to suggest that this hurricane or the next is prophesied for these days. I believe they are natural occurrences in the life of our planet. I do believe, however, that the upheaval these and other disasters cause and the danger they present to America’s economy and infrastructure may contribute to America’s role (or absence) in the last days scenario.
Also, the last few weeks have seen a ratcheting up of the hatred toward anything Christian, moral, or conservative in our nation. As I noted in last week’s program, the stunning rise of “Identity Politics” in just the last few years has put the United States on a dangerous course toward a second civil war. And I do not say that flippantly.
When the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) recently designated D. James Kennedy Ministries as a “hate group” (essentially because the late Dr. Kennedy preached in favor of and promoted the sanctity of Biblical, traditional marriage), it became obvious to me that the Leftists are going for the jugular. It makes no difference that the SPLC is one of the most corrupt, politicized Leftist organizations in America, their “hate lists” are revered by groups like Amazon, CNN, MSNBC, Google, PayPal, the mainstream media and many others (including recent Administrations).
So when the influential SPLC attacks longstanding, honorable, and Godly ministries for simply preaching the Bible, you can know that the societal persecution has begun. Just as Jesus warned we would see in the days just before His return.
But you and I have been entrusted by God to be His representatives on this earth at the most critical, and exciting, time in prophetic history. So lest we blow our opportunity to bring glory to God in the closing days of this Age of Grace, I want to help you prepare for what certainly lies ahead.
If you’re a regular viewer of this program, you know that I have long warned that persecution and prosecution is coming. Now that it’s here, we believers need to be ready to stand strong against the rushing tides of public opinion and public ridicule. We need to be ready to be courageous in naming the name of Jesus despite the consequences.
That’s why I want to talk to you this week about “Combat Faith.” What is “Combat Faith”? How do we get it? In view of the rapidly increasing dangers of these last days, I want to share with you the most important truth God ever showed me.
But the things you will learn in this week’s program will help you even if you are not currently experiencing that persecution in your own life.
Sometimes our worlds get turned upside down without a moment’s notice. Just ask anyone who has suffered through natural disasters like Hurricane Harvey or Rita or Katrina. Ask anyone who has lost their home in a fire or tornado, had a loved one killed or die unexpectedly, or were told they had a terminal illness.
In those critical times, it’s imperative to know how to let go of our own personal perceptions and the reliance on our own senses and abilities. In those desperate times, we can only trust fully in the ironclad, rock-solid promises of God to pull us through.
I will show you how to do that on this week’s program.
Don’t miss this week’s Report on TBN, Daystar, CPM Network, various local stations, www.hallindsey.com or www.hischannel.com. Check your local listings.
And, please, intercede daily on behalf of those hundreds of thousands of Americans who have seen their worlds shattered in the last few days. Pray for their safety, their restoration, and their personal peace and sanity during these horrific times. And don’t forget to pray for the protection of the thousands of rescuers who are risking their own lives to save others.
If you are able, support the reputable and trusted relief organizations and ministries who are standing in the gap to help those who have lost everything. They need our prayer and financial support.