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First of all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised?” (2 Peter 3:3-4a NIV)

In English Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s six-volume memoirs, The Second World War,  he dedicated volume-one The Gathering Storm to the period of the 1930’s. Churchill was flawed and erred on several matters that brought his judgment into question, but warning his country of the storm forming over Germany and Italy would be his redemption. In 1936, he sounded the alarm when British authorities responded with ineptitude to Hitler’s military aggression in the Rhineland.

In a November 1936 debate over what course Britain ought to take, Churchill delivered what came to be known as his Locust Speech:

“The Government simply cannot make up their mind or they cannot get the prime minister to make up his mind. So they go on in strange paradox, decided only to be undecided, resolved to be irresolute, adamant for drift, solid for fluidity, all powerful for impotency. And so we go on preparing more months more years precious perhaps vital for the greatness of Britain for the locusts to eat.”

About the times we are in, on the other side of the coming flood and fury of the wind someone will write their memoirs. Volume one will be The Gathering Storm. Whoever the author may be, today’s trumpet warning of disaster is being greeted with scoffing and catcalls of “fear-monger”.  It will be just as it was with Sir Winston before the war .

Through Churchill’s eyes and solid grasp of history, it was easy to anticipate the path for the Third Reich. Churchill’s ears heard the war drums, the noise of the factories making planes, tanks and munitions, along with Hitler’s promise of German glory.

Winston Churchill’s frustrations were with those who, though they had the ability to thwart Hitler and make a show of strength, chose indecision, irresolution and impotence instead. Britain’s weakness emboldened der Fuehrer to plan his next European conquest.

It is human nature to see the clouds and want them to blow over. But, when the shallow optimism of politicians infects church pulpits, Christians are endangered. What should be the army of God preparing for conflict becomes an insipidness of salt without saltiness, worthy only of being trampled under foot. Many will choose preachers who give them what their itching ears want to hear, while today’s “Churchills” declare Christ’s warning to the few eager for truth.

Look outside, not through rose-colored glasses or the lens of a media blind to the dark, menacing clouds, but look. Don’t refuse to open our eyes to what’s there. All we need for our vision is the Word of God, so study to show yourself approved.

The “There’s nothin’ to worry about” crowd will lull us into inaction if we allow them. If no one calls it for what it is, then assume God has chosen you. Anticipate a storm of unequaled intensity. Mockers and nay-sayers should the ones to worry.

“If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened… See, I have told you ahead of time.”  Jesus’ Olivet Discourse, Matthew 24:22,25

 

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