Something I have encountered lately is reality fatigue. It manifests itself as lack of interest, impatience, even negatively as rejection–that is if it registers at all.
There are those in the Church today who don’t want to be bothered by the near-daily evidences of the changing tide both in and outside of the Church.
There are those who are willing to listen for a while but then discount the message as a novelty and an interruption.
Then there are those who refuse to accept the premise and who react negatively, clinging to reality as they have known it. Perhaps this reaction comes because the disillusionment is too much for them.
Then there are those who simply have no stated response or interest (ever been on a farm or ranch and come across a cow in the road?)
I can imagine that there were many people close to Noah over the 100 years it took to build the ark who simply got irritated at his claims of a coming destruction. It seems that there are those who pay lip service to the realities of end times prophecies but somehow expect to avoid all of those realities. What will the great falling away look like? Hear Matthew 24:3-14:
3 As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?”
4 Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. 6 You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. 7 Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of birth pains.
9 “Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. 10 At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, 11 and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. 12 Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, 13 but he who stands firm to the end will be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.
Regardless of your particular end times view (pre-trib, mid-trib, post-trib, pan-trib) can we really expect the days we are living in to get better and better? For this reason, I describe what we will experience in the following way:
I believe that the true body of Christ will flourish, be joyful, be full of power, even be in revival while at the same time existing in a culture that seems to be “waxing worse and worse”:
3 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. 6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, 7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. 8 Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. 9 But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was. 10 But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience, 11 Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me. 12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. 13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived (2 Tim. 3:3-13, KJV).
It is frustrating to me when we don’t make the effort to hold a tighter grip on the real picture of things. But please hear this: God has always had a people and that will not change. The Church will be victorious. But neither of those two truths changes the fact that we are in the last days and that our culture is looking more and more like the scenario both Jesus and Paul described. The danger of our not hearing this message is that while the Church moves into revival and the culture identifies more and more with the anti-Christ’s agenda, there are two groups in the middle who are in danger: Weak, immature Christians who can lose their way, and the unsaved who need tho hear the gospel in the midst of a culture that is desperately trying to insulate them from hearing the truth of the gospel.