Can mocking be expressed in attitudes and actions, or only in words? Don’t we in effect mock the “Bridge Freezes Before Road Surface” sign when we ignore it in the freezing rain with dropping temperatures?
Peter writes: “Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts,” (II Peter 3:3 nasb) Do we in effect mock the prophetic warnings of the scriptures, and of those among us with a prophetic sense of our Day, and those with a watchman calling (Ezek. 3:17-21), when we dismiss them? (Consider Amos 3:7, I Cor. 12:27-30)
Yes, we’ve had some seemingly “prophetic” celestial events timed with Jewish feasts and so forth, and supposedly nothing came from them. And there’s things happening re Israel itself that many see as having prophetic implications but which others dismiss. But remember that to God, “one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day.” He is slowly, meticulously working out His plan and is graciously warning us in the process.
And what does the Old Testament say of a nation that was raised up by God for His purposes, but which then turned against Him? Don’t we have repeated examples of that with Israel, and shouldn’t the actions of some of our national leaders, and of our media, scream a prophetic warning to America with a bullhorn?
How can “The Great Global Reset” not be taken seriously?
And what of Mt. 24, including “as in the days of Noah” of vv37-39, and the “Therefore be on the alert” of v42? And Luke 21:25-28 and Jer. 6:14-21?
So, what of Christians and their leaders who ignore “the signs of the times” and just carry on with business as usual? Their personal lives, and church budgets, building projects and programs continue with little regard to “the times?”
Those who take the, “Well, we’ll just wait and see what happens” approach might wait but they won’t see. If they couldn’t see it coming, they won’t know it when it’s here. They are as those Jesus spoke of in Mt. 13:14-15. And as the five foolish virgins of Mt. 25:1-13. I would fear to be a mocker in our Day.
Ken Stoltzfus, Kidron, OH USA
January 5, 2021