A most fascinating book occupies my current thinking. The relatively new release, The Snapping of the American Mind by David Tupelian, is, in my view, one of the great books describing what happens when a people turns their backs on God Almighty.
This isn’t a review of that book in any sense, but I intend to one day soon write one. The book’s contents contain wisdom that seems taken straight from the Apostle Paul’s forewarnings as given to Roman believers of his time–thus to us all who name the Name of Christ.
Never in the annals of history has development of the biblical description of the “reprobate mind” been more clearly manifest than in present-day American society and culture. We’ve looked a number of times at the nucleus of Tupelian’s work that so directly reflects, I think, the words of Paul: “And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient” (Romans 1:28).
Again, it might seem overly America-centric to keep bringing up our nation as the center of focus in dissecting these end-times matters. The world, after all, is filled with sinfulness as egregious as our nation’s sins. However, in the matter of looking at the descent into madness–through the snapping of the American mind, as author Tupelian would have it–the example of the United States today serves empiricism well. There is no more appropriate nation-state to consider in discerning these strange days so near the end of this Age of Grace.
And there is nothing more important to analysis of all this madness than thought processes filled with understanding. That’s the reason I’ve chosen the title of this commentary.
Many believers in Jesus Christ for salvation of their souls believe that this generation is nearing the time of Christ’s Second Coming. Sadly, the greatest part of God’s family either don’t realize how close Christ’s return is, don’t believe it is close, or really don’t choose to think about it at all. Jesus, Himself, as we have recently looked at, was righteously angry because the religionists of His time, while He was in His physical body, refused to understand that God in the form of Messiah was in their presence. These Pharisees and Sadducees not only should have believed, but should have been informing the Jewish people under their tutelage. They should have been doing so based upon the many signs and wonders their Messiah was performing.
Jesus spoke to their evil: “When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red. And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowring. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?” (Matthew 16:2-3).
Because of their neglect and deliberate actions to keep the people from this man they considered not sent from God, the people of Israel died in their sin from lack of knowledge. The nation is still suffering the consequences of their evil actions.
This is the danger of people not being taught today the truth that Jesus Christ is about to intervene into the affairs of mankind. He is coming again, and all indicators point to the likelihood that His coming again is very near indeed.
I just saw a headline as I write this that 45 percent of college students want “In God We Trust” taken off America’s currency. Obviously, too many parents, pastors, and teachers, both in Sunday schools and in secular classrooms, are without this thing Jesus called “discernment.” Else this statistic would not be there to indicate the sad state of spiritual understanding in our nation today. These have failed miserably to properly instruct and inform many of America’s children.
This is the purpose of our newest book Discerners: Analyzing Converging Prophetic Signs for the End of Days–to raise spiritual awareness of these troubling times and what it all means, and to help parents, pastors, and teachers–and all others—to understand the times that are so obviously near the end of the age. We want to help all who name the Name of the Lord Jesus to be watchmen on the wall.
Indeed, discernment is needed now more than ever!
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This time so near the end of this Age of Grace is quickly fleeting. This book can deliver the witness of Christ’s saving power at this most crucial moment before the Lord calls His church to Himself.
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I prayed for discernment many many years ago. Not exactly when but God has blessed me with it. Sometimes discernment felt more like a burden than a blessing but I grew with it. Not everyone appreciates the one who discerns, especially in the church. And my heart breaks when I see how lost the Christians are, the pastors are…I don’t necessarily mean “lost” and not “saved” but they struggle so. How can a pastor be afraid of prophecy! How can an elder see the teaching of prophecy scaring people into Christianity! How can a Bible teacher not see prophecy leading people to Christ! How can we NOT sound the warning that He is coming and soon!! I have seen the convergence coming since I was quite young. How can they not see? I know Christians have been waiting and watching ever since Jesus left Earth in the Ascension. That has been an argument I have heard over and over. But that is exactly what He told us to do: Work, Watch and Wait..
I am now in the process of reading “Discerners” and it is absolutely EXCELLENT. Anyone interested in eschatology should add this to his or her bookshelf.
From my perspective, not only are too many nominal Christians ignorant of the basic foundation of their faith (Jesus, and him alone) and the signs of our times, but they willfully want to remain so.
It is the same kind of mindset that someone on a sinking ship would have if they were told that rescue was coming on the port side and they stubbornly kept looking for it on the starboard side. Sounds like we’re already seeing a case of strong delusion already enveloping the human race.
It is a case where ignorance will definitely NOT be bliss!