A friend once sent me an article that sparked the thought. The ancient times and these troubled times during which we live are seemingly connecting, much like a string, when in a circle, comes together at each end. This is just what Jesus prophesied:
“And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed” (Lk 17:26-30).
The ends of the metaphorical string of linear history are coming together in a religious sense, just as in all other areas of life on Planet Earth. Proof is found in that article sent me some years ago:
“It has taken almost 2,000 years, but those who worship the 12 gods of ancient Greece have finally triumphed. An Athens court has ordered that the adulation of Zeus, Hera, Hermes, Athena and co. is to be unbanned, paving the way for a comeback of pagans on Mount Olympus…” (Greek gods prepare for comeback, guardian.co.uk/international/story, Helena Smith in Athens, Friday May 5, 2006).
Things have only gotten worse –much worse since that time. Neo-pagans are taking –indeed have for the most part already taken–over the so-called post-Christian culture in every “civilized” society on earth, it seems. Europe has for decades now been moving back toward ancient roots of anti-God practices. The Netherlands, in particular, has declared all anathema that might be considered Christian. The Scandinavian nations are frozen in the advancing glaciers of hedonism. Most of Europe is turning out the Gospel light, to the extent the God of Heaven will allow. Continuing with the story above, we see the endtime attitude that pervades this generation of earth-dwellers:
“The followers, who say they ‘defend the genuine traditions, religion and ethos’ of the ancients by adhering to a pre-Christian polytheistic culture, are poised to take their battle to the temples of Greece. ‘What we want, now, is for the government to fully recognise our religion,’ Vasillis Tsantilas told the Guardian. ‘We will petition the Greek parliament, and the EU if that fails, for access to worship in places like the Acropolis, for permission to have our own cemeteries and, where necessary, to re-bury the [ancient] bones of the dead.’”
Those who are attuned to God’s prophetic Word can hear echoing in those demands the woman astride the beast, as depicted in Revelation, chapter 17. Antichrist’s regime will, no doubt, accede to these demands –at least for a time.
The United States of America is not far back in lining up for the return to paganism. As a matter of fact, in some ways, this nation leads the way. No other sector of earth can so afford, in wealth, thus in time, to immerse itself in the self-indulgence that leads in the opposite direction of God’s plan for mankind. The entertainment-mad masses eagerly grasp at pure fiction that blasphemes God, who sent His only begotten Son to die, so that they might be redeemed from the sin in which we, apart from Christ, are so hopelessly mired.
The current forced acceptance of Sodom-like societal changes, with news and entertainment media, and the liberal political pundits destroying anyone and everyone who opposes homosexuality makes it clear we are in prophetic times. The deliberate efforts to generate hatred for those business owners that won’t, because of Christian inhibitions against sodomy, provide services for same-sex marriages, bear irrefutable witness that the wholesale return to vile times like occurred in Sodom and Gomorrah is well underway. The phenomenon is far more than mere curiosity. It is manifestation of an insatiable hunger for gods other than the God of Heaven.
Let us who name the name of Jesus not fall prey to the seducing spirits and doctrines of devils that have invaded in this last time.