THE Issue of this Hour - Enduring Faith

CrucibleDavid Wilkerson reminds us of what he foresaw and wrote many years ago concerning the financial collapse that we are now experiencing. He predicts that things will get worse. The BIG question that everyone is asking is "Where is the money coming from to allow us to 'spend our way out' of the current recession?"
The answer is that we are borrowing from other countries, so that our level of national debt has and will become far greater than it was before this (inevitable) collapse occurred; and we will be heavily indebted to foreign nations, many of which are spiritually opposed to the things of the Christian faith and ideologically to Western nations generally.

King Asa turned to Syria for help (2 Chron  16:13): we are doing exactly the same. And Judah fell into this error also.

Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help, And rely on horses, and trust in chariots because they are many, and in horsemen because they are very strong, but they do not look to the Holy One of Israel, nor seek the LORD!  (Isa 31:1)

Wilkerson calls for "an enduring faith" and in his preamble writes:

Christians all over the world have a sense we’re living in the final days. The mounting crises, the growing fears, the signs of great shaking — all these things are evident, even to secular commentators. Now, for every follower of Jesus, the question of the hour is this: “Will my faith endure what is coming?”

I believe the most important issue of this hour has to do with what is called “enduring faith.” Simply put, will the faith of God’s people endure the terrible shaking of all things, the intense trials and testings to come, which no previous generation has faced?

Jesus promised, “He that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved” (Matthew 24:13). When Christ spoke this, he had just described the frightful trials to come upon his disciples: false messiahs, wars and rumors of wars, nation pitted against nation, upheavals in the natural world, earthquakes and pestilence, persecution and martyrdom (see 24:4–12). When those days arrive, Jesus said, “Many shall come in my name… and shall deceive many” (24:5).

What would be the impact of all these things on the church, those who call themselves by his name? Jesus states very clearly: “Because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold” (24:12).

Already, our nation is feeling the tremors of the frightful shaking.

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David Wilkerson, 28/11/2008