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"BE OF SOBER SPIRIT, BE ON THE ALERT..." (1PETER 5:8)
by Barnabas

January/February 2011

“Be of sober spirit, be on the alert…” (1 Peter 5:8)


Dear Brethren,

The Middle East and North Africa are in turmoil.  All across the region, men and women long oppressed by self indulgent rulers are rising up to overthrow the establishment,  believing that “freedom” and “democracy” will come in the wake of their rebellion.  As governments fall, others are threatened by angry mobs who have taken to the streets demanding change.  There is a wave that is moving over the world of Islam and only the Lord knows at this moment what that region will look like in its aftermath.  Freedom and democracy are difficult terms to define.  What they look like is very much dependent on culture, tradition and one’s faith.  If that faith is Islam, then freedom and democracy have little meaning.  It is an honest question for us to ask, “What is going on?” 

Looking back, we know from the Scriptures that the Lord is patient and over time sets in place governments and rulers in order that His purposes might be fulfilled.  The Lord sent His people into Egypt for four hundred years while the Land was being made ready for conquest.  In due time, when it was time for Israel to leave Egypt, the Lord used Pharaoh as a warning to any man or nation that would dare to challenge the God of the Bible. (Exodus 5-14)  When Daniel was taken into captivity in Babylon he declared to King Nebuchadnezzar that it was the Lord who “changes the times and epochs…removes kings and establishes kings…” (Daniel 2:21)  Later on it was the Lord who gave Daniel a vision of the world to come, listing in historical order, the rule and reign of Persia, Greece and Rome (Daniel 10).  The Lord gives us insight into the trustworthiness of the Scriptures when He spoke through the Prophet Amos saying, “Surely the Lord God does nothing unless He reveals His secret counsel to His servants the prophets.” (Amos 3:7)  It is the Word of God that reveals to us the history of man, and it is the reliability of fulfilled prophecy that gives us peace concerning the things to come.

The Scripture says that in these Last Days we should “be of sober spirit [and] on the alert” because our “adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour,”        (1 Peter 5:8) and it is easy to see the devil prowling the Mediterranean basin.  The death and destruction are signs of his presence and at the moment he has momentum on his side (John 10:10).  This is just one more phase in the titanic struggle of Lucifer against the Lord Most High (Gen 3:15), and there are more on the way as “the coming of the Lord draweth nigh” (James 5:8).

Routine and the pressures of daily life can keep us spiritually off balance and out of touch with the Lord, making it hard for us to identify the work of the devil (2 Cor 11:14).  This is all the more reason we should encourage one another to read the Word, allowing the Scriptures to interpret the world around us.  We as believers should consider the example of the men of Issachar “who understood the times and knew what Israel ought to do” (1 Chr 12:32).  We can do great service for the Kingdom by encouraging the brethren to pray for this multitude of lost souls, asking “the Lord of the harvest to raise up workers” (Matt 9:38) so that in the midst of this death and destruction, the Gospel will be preached so that the Lord can still save some.  That multitude is being blinded by the prince of this world, (2 Cor 4:4) who is controlling the hearts and minds of the “sons of disobedience” (Eph 2:2).  Satan’s power can only be broken by the Blood of the Lamb (Rev 12:11).

In the end, looking with the eyes of faith and the understanding which comes by the Word of God, we can see the Hand of the Lord moving in the Muslim world today.  Our God and Father is at work as He continues to prepare the world for the Second Coming of His Son, Jesus Christ (Rev 19:11).


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