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At this point, it appears certain that the war between the tares and the wheat—that battle for dominance between the forming Apostate Superchurch and the Remnant—will end with the Remnant going underground very soon. Antichrist will not allow real Christians to be out and about in public once he rises to power, and a great many signs are pointing to the idea that his rise is just around the corner.

On the other hand, if these authors are wrong and the Church as an institution does have some breath of true life left in her—if there is any remaining life in the Western Church that was built upon the backs of those men and women whose blood, sweat, and tears stood for an unadulterated message of the cross—then we might just buy ourselves another season of grace before the inevitable concealment of the saints underground.

If this were to occur, it would likely result in another Great Awakening—what could be the final harvest of souls before the end of days. A Holy-Spirit-directed “house-cleaning.” It could even bring in a Church reformation bigger than the one of Luther’s day, whereupon those tares who treat Christianity as a sort of “GolfClubanity” will be weeded out and exposed. A time when that Western religion, that cold, dead, useless thing that is surprisingly devoid of scriptural truth, moves out of the way so the New Testament Church can take ground in a resurgence. And a third of churchgoers who are still on the fence about which group they belong to will receive a strong message delivered in no uncertain terms: “God is in control of His own house. It’s time to get serious or get out of the way for the next generation of on-fire believers to blast their way onto the Great Commission scene.”

Readers, we beseech you… If this is the scenario you crave to come to pass, take heed and understand that it requires a return to some ancient roots.

And we mean this both theologically and methodologically.

While we’re on the thread of personal responsibility within the Body of Christ, we need to address one crucial aspect of theology. So often, Christians “date-set,” see signs where there aren’t any, or get a little too trigger-happy in recognizing the Mark at every turn. This tends to make us all look silly, for certain, and it makes the Word appear less reliable. On the other hand, identifying the signs of the times, calling for worldwide prayer from Christ’s disciples, and watching as a crisis is diverted is a biblically sound reality.

During 2020, these authors received phone calls, emails, texts, and other interactions from concerned believers relating how much, to them, the year felt like the beginning of the end. Some have tossed around the idea that a certain politician might be Antichrist, and that a COVID-19 vaccine might be the Mark of the Beast (or a practice round for it), and so on. Whether all or none of this is true, we are called to pray for the grace and provision of God. Doing so in all sincerity can cause an alteration in God’s plan of an otherwise certain, catastrophic scenario.

It is an oft-misunderstood biblical subject: Though God is immutable and His will, character, and holiness standards never change (Malachi 3:6; James 1:17; Hebrews 6:17; 13:8; Job 23:13; 1 Samuel 15:29), it’s not theologically accurate to say that “His wrath will come at a fixed hour regardless of what we do.” Under this belief, the terrifying episodes of Revelation already have an immovable future date as divined by God, and nothing the True Church does can delay it; therefore, repentance is futile since “there isn’t anything we can do about it anyway.” Such spiritual lethargy, when corporately applied, is ironically part of what ushers in the End-Times scenario in the first place.

On the other hand, it would also be inaccurate to say that we mere humans can do anything to change the Lord’s divine and perfect will for His earth and its inhabitants.

So where is the answer between defeatism (“we can’t do anything; we should just give up”) and hubris (“we can change God’s mind if we just do [fill in the blank]”)?

Using the story of Jonah as an example, we find that when humans repent, turn to God, and align with His ways, the Lord’s wrath can be postponed. This is not because God is unstable and goes back on His word. It’s because the reason for His wrath is removed when people bring themselves into harmony and accord with His will. Jonah was sent to Nineveh with a specific message: Everything was going to be destroyed in forty days. This was because the Ninevites had been living in a way that blasphemed and opposed God. Their evil presence was a scourge upon the earth. But when the Ninevites repented and petitioned for God’s mercy, He spared them (Jonah 3:3–10). (This isn’t the only story with this outcome in the Word. Another example is when the prophet Isaiah delivered the message of God to King Hezekiah that his death was imminent and he needed to get his house in order, because he would not recover. Hezekiah prayed and cried out to God, and the Lord responded by sending Isaiah back to the king with the message that he would live another fifteen years, and the city was delivered from the hands of King Ahab [2 Kings 20:1–7]. We could give even more examples, but you get the idea.)

Some English translations unfortunately bungle the concept of the “delay of the wrath of God” when they state (like they sometimes do regarding verse 10) that God “repented” or “changed His mind.” It isn’t that these translations are wrong, it’s that they are incomplete. When we hear those terms/phrases, we imagine He is feeling guilty for something He’s done wrong. Because some of these translations are mainstream, but dated (such as the KJV), we continue to trip up on the idea that God would a) announce an upcoming event through a prophet like Jonah or John at Patmos (Revelation), and then b) switch gears and either flippantly move on with His linear, forward-moving rule over the world like some capricious king of impulse, or cry over His own shame in having set out to announce the event in the first place.

We won’t go into the deep-trench “nerd avenues” of this complex word-study topic because of time and space restraints. The bottom line on this language conundrum is that these “repent”/“changed His mind” moments are ultimately anthropomorphic (descriptions of God in human terms; giving God human attributes). We have a hard time relating how God—who is completely outside of time, eternal in nature, and never restrained to a linear (forward-moving), four-dimensional, three-spatial-coordinates-and-one-temporal-coordinate, space-time continuum reality—could promise to destroy Nineveh and restore it in the same story without thinking of it as an inconsistency. This is because mere humans cannot “step out of” the space-time continuum, so for us, it would represent an inconsistency. Therefore, Hebraic concepts of unlimited cosmos control and will by the Creator of the universe find their place in English as “God flip-flopped His stance” or “then He was sorry.”

Think of it like this:

  1. When God’s eternal, unlimited-by-time holiness standards are immutable and unchanging, then He is only No matter what happens, God’s judgment will start to “kick in” on Nineveh whenever Nineveh becomes the evil thing that God’s standards of holiness cannot allow to exist.
  2. However, because God is eternal, immutable, and unchanging, then His “mercy that endures forever” (Psalm 107:1) as another part of His nature and character is also only If a nation or a people strive to meet His expectations and be what He asks, then mercy will “kick in” when Nineveh becomes repentant and they will be spared, in uniformity with God’s nature.
  3. Therefore, the inconsistency is with us finite, linear, ever-changing, and inconsistent humans. We are blessed when we seek God’s heart, and we are punished when we turn away from Him.

Again, to drive it home: It’s not about God changing and conforming His immutable will to accommodate imperfect humanity, it’s about us changing and conforming our human will into alignment with God’s expectations to the best of our ability.

  1. Then, when it is sincere, there has been an invisible, spiritual, supernatural, transcendent, “unseen realm” exchange that breaks the barriers of our natural laws and understanding (not His), and our redemption is no longer bound to the reality that it had been before.

With language problems out of the way, it’s easier to see what the Bible directly states about a delay. Prophetic declarations of future judgments of God are conditional, not absolute. They challenge us with action. From the Lord, Himself, on the subject, we read:

If at any time I declare concerning a nation or a kingdom, that I will pluck up and break down and destroy it, and if that nation, concerning which I have spoken, turns from its evil, I will relent of the disaster that I intended to do to it. And if at any time I declare concerning a nation or a kingdom that I will build and plant it, and if it does evil in my sight, not listening to my voice, then I will relent of the good that I had intended to do to it. (Jeremiah 18:7–10; ESV)

It’s like when your mother saw you break a rule repeatedly and said something like, “I am going to take that toy away from you.” She didn’t have to state the condition (“if you don’t stop disobeying my rule”) in order for you to understand that the condition was there. You knew that if you immediately stopped breaking the rule and apologized for your disrespect (conforming to her expectations of you), she would let you keep the toy. That is the logic here.

But please understand that the “delay of wrath theology” we’ve looked at here is not a “cancellation theology”! What God says He will do, He will do (Numbers 23:19; Deuteronomy 7:9; Joshua 21:45; 1 Corinthians 1:9)! The events of Revelation will happen in the end. Therefore, there is coming a separation of the true Christians (who refuse to worship the Man of Sin) from the false Christians (who are deceived into embracing Antichrist), and God’s judgment will be upon the Apostate Superchurch that “looks like” the Christian Church (and other world religions). When God said Nineveh would be destroyed, then “relented” and spared them, it wasn’t a permanent arrangement or “once spared, always spared” pact. As history tells, when the Ninevites’ sin grew out of alignment with God’s holiness standards again, about a 150 years later, after the warnings of Habakkuk (and others) were ignored, they were destroyed in 612 BC, just as God said (cf. Nahum 1).

From this, we learn: Though Revelation will eventually play out just as it describes, the “delay” of God’s wrath is our responsibility. If we don’t want the End Days to be soon, or even within our lifetimes, then we Christians, the ambassadors of God’s only Son, have no choice but to align with His holiness standards.

This means refusing to participate in perpetuating the heresy that has contributed to building the Cult of Western Christianity. We demonstrate this refusal, in addition to repenting, by getting into our Bibles like never before, praying to God with an earnestness we’ve not yet shown, aggressively applying true Christian spiritual disciplines to our daily lives, inwardly and outwardly upholding the essential tenets of the Christian faith, and striving by every effort humanly possible to be the Bride Without Spot or Wrinkle.

Do these things, and you will be a part of the True Remnant Church: the one out of two End-Time Churches that holds the greater power.

UP NEXT: The Jericho Project—A “New Testament” Homecoming

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