We have come to the end of days and the Bible prophecies pointing to this time are coming to pass with speed and accuracy before our very eyes. I believe the time has come for the Church of God on earth to live true to the fulfillment of the prophetic words in Isaiah 60 verse 1, for they are meant for this very hour.
“Arise, shine; For your light has come!
And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you.”
This is a prophetic scripture meant for the Church of God of the end of time. We are called upon to arise and shine because of the gross darkness that is enveloping the earth and its people. Because we are the light of the world, we are called upon to shine, especially in the wake of encroaching darkness.
Looking around us in the world today, we can observe an unprecedented increase in violence, those things like racial conflicts, xenophobia, nationalistic and sectarian agitation for separatism and the clamor for self-determination that now has a twist of violence with it are all eloquent indicators of the fact that the human race is divided and is about self-destruct.
Apart from the above we see a manifestation of serious aberrations coming into human relationships which God Himself ordained and blessed at creation. As accurately recorded in scripture, we are seeing people doing
“Filthy things with each other. They exchange the truth about God for a lie; they worship and serve what God has created instead of the Creator Himself, who is to be praised forever! Amen.” Romans1:24-25 Good News Bible
The emergence of extreme religious ideologies and terrorism are also manifestations of the end of days. The Book of 2Timothy chapter 3 records that in the end of days, difficult times will be visited upon humanity, in which
“People will be ……, unkind, merciless, slanderers, violent and fierce. They will hate the good; they will be treacherous, reckless, and swollen with pride; they will love pleasure rather than God; (2Timothy 3:3-4 Good News Bible).
All these are manifestations of the darkness overcoming the earth and its people. However, God is counting on His Church, the embodiment of His light to rise up and shine in these times. For the Bible says;
“But on you the light of the LORD will shine; The brightness of His Presence will be with you. Nations will be drawn to your light, and kings to the dawning of your new day.” (Good News Bible)
Dare to Believe God:
Can the Church dare to believe God? Will the Church dare to believe God? Will a generation arise today from the present day Church of God, who the Bible has rightly called the “Latter House” and live up to the prophetic destiny which the Word of God has revealed concerning us?
Yes, the days of darkness are upon us, gross darkness has covered both the earth and the inhabitants therein as foretold by Isaiah the Prophet. But he foretold concerning us arising and shinning with the light of life before he spoke concerning the darkness which we now see and which is advancing upon the earth with thunderous speed.
We need to arise in faith, remembering that Jesus has died and risen again, and we in Him are seated in the heavenly places where all authority, power and dominion have been given to Him. The same authority, power and dominion He has delegated to us. We need to see this and act on it. Let us arise in prayer to our great and mighty God, the eternal and righteous God to release the end time glory and anointing upon us. Let’s take our que from the importunate widow of Jesus’ parable in Luke 18.
Let us learn a lesson from the life of the importunate widow who would not let the unrighteous judge rest until he ruled in her favor against her adversaries.
Today, we have a righteous Judge on the Throne of mercy, to His right hand is our blessed Advocate and High Priest.
Speaking concerning Him the Book of Hebrews 2:17 says:
“17 Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.18 For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted.”
God does not see us in ourselves, He see us in Him, this great High Priest who forever lives to make intercession for us. Hebrews 7:20-28 speaks eloquently of Him and His qualification to stand for us before the Father:
“20 And it was not without an oath! Others became priests without any oath, 21 but he became a priest with an oath when God said to him:
“The Lord has sworn
and will not change his mind:
‘You are a priest forever.’
22 Because of this oath, Jesus has become the guarantor of a better covenant.
23 Now there have been many of those priests, since death prevented them from continuing in office; 24 but because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood. 25 Therefore he is able to save completely[c]those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.
26 Such a high priest truly meets our need—one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens. 27 Unlike the other high priests, he does not need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for his own sins, and then for the sins of the people. He sacrificed for their sins once for all when he offered himself. 28 For the law appoints as high priests men in all their weakness; but the oath, which came after the law, appointed the Son, who has been made perfect forever.”
So in the strength of these hard evidences about the qualification and standing of our Great High Priest before God, we can boldly stand in Him to be all God wants us to be. This is our time. This is our day, this is our moment of destiny. Let us arise and SHINE!