What kind of a generation are you going to be? See, we are the greatest generation. There is no doubt about it. We are the generation that can see the fig tree blooming. We are the generation that can see the land of Israel, the people of Israel, the enemies of Israel. We are the generation that can see all the stage for the antichrist ready, all the stage for Ezekiel War to come to pass, all the stage for a third temple to be built right after that, all the stage for the technology and the satanic brainwashing of the world.
But we, we are different. We’re not of this world, all of us. The Bible says in Philippians 2, “Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless children of God without fault in the midst of the crooked and perverse generation among whom you shine as light in the world, holding fast the Word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain.”
There are many ways in which Christians are to be different from the world. We are different spiritually; in that we know the one true God and have the Holy Spirit. We are different morally; our moral standards are defined by the word of God. We are different behaviorally; in that we love our enemies and do good to those who hate us and pray for those who spitefully use us (Matthew 5:44).
There is one more area where we can show that we are different from the world. While the situation is nothing new, it seems to have reached fever pitch in recent years:
Philippians 2:14-15 KJV – “Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;”
We live in a time of unprecedented complaints and disputes. There is a small, yet very loud, group who demand that you think like them and see everything the way they do. For many, it is regarding social issues and topics like gender and human sexuality. Many of these same people are behind identity politics and virtue signaling and just about everything else that is divisive in our world today. But it’s not just out in the world. The recent pandemic and people’s positions on lockdowns and vaccines divided families, split churches, and ended long-time friendships. If you disagree with what any of these people think, to them you are a lost, confused, ignorant person.
Paul says in his letter to the church at Philippi that we are not to be like that. We do all things without complaints and disputes. That doesn’t mean we go with the flow of the world and never speak up. Instead, it is about how we speak up, not if we speak up. Yet, in these unique and unprecedented last days, it seems Christians spend more time complaining and disputing with each other than they do fighting the devil.
Matthew 5:16 KJV – “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
The last days are referred to in multiple places as dark times. It is in dark times where the light of good works shines the brightest and God is glorified through them. Complaining and disputing dims the light of good works and makes us look no different than the world.
Isaiah 58:3-8 KJV – “Wherefore have we fasted, say they, and thou seest not? wherefore have we afflicted our soul, and thou takest no knowledge? Behold, in the day of your fast ye find pleasure, and exact all your labours. Behold, ye fast for strife and debate, and to smite with the fist of wickedness: ye shall not fast as ye do this day, to make your voice to be heard on high. Is it such a fast that I have chosen? a day for a man to afflict his soul? is it to bow down his head as a bulrush, and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him? wilt thou call this a fast, and an acceptable day to the Lord? Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke? Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh? Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the Lord shall be thy reward.”
Again, complaining and disputing are nothing new, even among God’s people. Yet, it seems to have become an art form in these last days. Paul and Isaiah are in complete agreement with the words of Jesus. Good works are a light to those in darkness and God receives the glory through them.
We, of all peoples, should be cognizant of the lateness of the hour and the shortness of time and opportunity that we have to reach others with the light of God’s truth and the hope of heaven.
We have greater reason than any generation before us to have a sense of urgency for reaching the lost and the expectancy of the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ (Titus 2:13). The Jews are back in their national homeland, the world is collectively turning against them, and the nations who will protest the invasion of Israel are establishing relationships with them. The invading nations are in position to attack from the north as Ezekiel 38 says they will.
Of all the generations of church history, we have the greatest reasons to go all out for God’s kingdom and glory, and we can’t do that while complaining and disputing about each other. No former generation has had so much evidence that the Rapture and Tribulation are at hand, and the evidence goes beyond the things we mentioned about Israel.
The times are perilous. A mass defection from truth is underway. Sound doctrine is not endured, the expectation of Jesus’ return is low, false prophets abound, ethnic tensions run high, wars and rumors of wars are everywhere, pestilence and famine are rampant, and the list goes on and on.
We are living in the greatest generation of prophetic fulfillment since Jesus walked the earth. He’s coming for us soon and others all around us need to know this truth. But they can’t see the light through us when Christians are acting like they’re of the darkness, complaining and disputing with one another.
Jesus is coming soon. Even so, come quickly Lord Jesus