Chapter 26: What Should We Do?
WITH ALL THE information we have about our responsibility at this time
in history, what would be some reasonable goals or next steps?
1) We should continue to proclaim the truth, but we must remember that no
matter how compelling we make our message, some people simply won’t
want to hear it. It’s their choice. God gave them free will and wants them to
use it. He allows everyone to choose, and so should we.
2) We need to become more biblically literate concerning our past and future so
we can understand where we are today and what we should be doing. This
is one of the most important roles of the local church and its pastors and
teachers. If we don’t communicate past revelation and future prophecy, we
will stay busy doing a variety of worthless and unproductive things.
3) Staying alert was a theme in Jesus’ teachings. Scripture warns us how easy it
is to become distracted from the spiritual dimension of life.
4) We will be rewarded for our service. Faithfully serving God for unseen
future rewards is an act of faith. Teaching about rewards will provide a
source of encouragement among believers.
5) False teachings and philosophies will continue to mislead people. We can’t
stop this from happening, but we can identify false teachings and speak out
against them. We can always turn on a light in a dark room.
6) Do not forget that we are in the midst of a spiritual awakening. The darkness
in our country became so dark that many people decided they liked the light
better. Americans have had enough crime, immorality, and corruption. They
are finally seeking some kind of standard that will produce better things in
7) Our nation is faced with problems that we can’t solve by ourselves. God
designed it that way. This is why the fourth generation must turn to him and
let him lead us out of the disaster we face. Then we will see:
a. good leadership in churches, government, business, and education
b. favorable weather patterns
c. production of natural resources
d. good international relationships
e. reversal of self-destructive cultural behaviors including alcoholism,
drug abuse, pornography, etc
f. compassion for people in our society
8) Church leadership needs to love people again. They can best do this by
empowering them with the truth of God’s word. Our culture will only
change when individual people change.
9) We are in the fourth generation and are experiencing the beginning of the
fourth cycle of judgment. These judgments are designed by God to bring
people to a point of decision. Do you love God and his ways, or do you hate
God and reject his standards? This is a decision we must all make.
10) The standards God has set for our nation here on earth are not the same
he has set for the
one can see
born again is a requirement for enterance into God’s kingdom not our
earthly kingdom. Salvation is not a prerequisite to the success of a nation
today. For a nation to prosper on earth requires only these few things
identified in Amos 6:8 and Isaiah 56:1:
“He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord
require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with
“Maintain justice and do what is right, for my salvation is close at hand
and my righteousness will soon be revealed.”
11) We must remember the lesson of the “sin of Jeroboam.” By the second,
third, and fourth generations, people find it hard to identify the sin of the
first generation. The sin of our great-grandfathers was secular humanism.
They ushered in an idolatrous philosophy based on the assumption that
there is no God and that man is the ultimate end of everything. This sin
has not only infested our culture in the areas of government and education,
but it has polluted the thinking of our churches as well. We must correct
our own “sin of Jeroboam” which begins with identifying the fallacy of
12) Families must be restored. The hearts of the fathers must turn to their
children and children to their fathers. This is the foundation of not just the
Christian culture, but all culture. A society can’t endure without fathers and
families. Malachi 4:6 says, “He (Elijah) will turn the hearts of the fathers to
their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers; or else I (the
Lord) will come and strike the land with a curse.” The institutions that God
set in place must be strengthened and maintained. Those institutions are:
individual volition, marriage, family, government, and nationalism. Together
they provide structure for the natural world. On the other hand, the two
institutions God has used and is using to provide for man’s spiritual wellbeing
13) The fourth generation always receives warnings through prophets and
natural signs. If a society doesn’t respond to these warnings, God pours out
his wrath and judgment. There is no escaping his discipline.
The church’s mission is to represent the spiritual
mankind at this point in history. This mission advances only when the seed
of scripture is sown. The word of God in the heart of man combined with
the Spirit of God in a believer is the most powerful force on earth today.
15) The true church is not a “holier than thou” separatist organization. From
the very beginning, Jesus told his disciples that the church is made of
common people who’ve come from pagan societies to build a spiritual body
where the gates of Hades had previously stood. In the Old Covenant, if the
holy was touched by the unholy, the holy thing became unclean. In this age
of the New Covenant, the holy has been sent into the world of the unholy.
16) The church was derailed 1600 years ago when “clergy” were deemed
“specially anointed people,” holier than the average person. For centuries,
believers have brought money to churches, providing a payroll for clergy
and missionaries. Our churches will only see revival when lay people realize
they have the same anointing as clergy and missionaries.
17) The end of the 1700s and the beginning of the 1800s was a time in
American history that closely resembles today—drunkenness, crime,
profanity, extreme skepticism, and universities that openly mock
Christianity. The Chief Justice said the church “was too far
gone ever to be redeemed.” Voltaire said, “Christianity will
be forgotten in thirty years.” But the thirty years following
statement saw the greatest
ever experienced. The results of that awakening are still part of
our culture today. Revival can happen again.
18) Revival must take place at two levels.
a. The natural level: our culture must become just, humble,
and moral. Institutions must be restored.
b. The spiritual level: the church must learn the word of God and let the
Holy Spirit empower them.
Believers should encourage the natural virtues God requires of both Christians
non-Christians alike. The
generation. We have the hope of a coming kingdom as we pray, “Come Lord Jesus!”
But we also have the responsibility to serve our earthly kingdom now so that we
might hear the Lord say to us: “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.”
God find reason to bless the