Family in the End Times

Recently, at a leadership “pre-gathering” in Switzerland (for the Global Gathering in Munich, Oct 25-28), we found ourselves in deep travailing intercession for this generation of youth – who despite all the social media and technology, may experience more loneliness and alienation – less “family” – than any other generation in history.

As we prayed, two Scriptures came suddenly to mind, the first being: 2 Timothy 3:1-5.

…in the last days men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, disobedient to parents, unholy…

Whenever I read this, I want to ask Paul: “In your day, were people like little angels, not engaging in all this evil behavior? This is only something for the future ‘Last Days’”?  No, there was plenty of evil in Paul’s day. However, most traditional societies agreed to the existence of absolute standards of morality and taboos. Most people in Paul’s time, be they Jew or Greek, would have agreed (at least in theory) that this list of evils is indeed a list of evils!

So, the prophetic warning is this: a time will come when such behavior will become “normal,” a time when people and their social standards will say: “Self-love? Love of money? Pride? Rebellion? Homosexual marriage? Of course! This is our ‘humanism’; this is how free thinking, “moral” people behave—what’s wrong with it!?!”

We are living in the time that the Apostle prophesied. Self-love and the love of money (the first two on the long list) have become the moral standard for huge chunks of humanity around the globe. The incredible wave of the embrace of same-sex marriage is a similar sign: there is no greater act of self-love and disobedience to family and parents (from whom we received the gift of life) than to affirm same-sex marriage, by which we deny the continuity of life through pro-creation and the raising of children. It is a time when in the name of “alternative families,” we will witness the disintegration of everything that God meant family to be.

The Promise of Restoration

Behold, I am going to send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of the Lord. “And he will restore the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers…
– Malachi 4:5-6

This was the 2nd Scripture which the Spirit quickened to me, one which promises something that can only be understood by understanding 2 Timothy first—for if there is no disintegration of the biblical family, then why would Elijah need to come before the Day of the Lord to restore the fathers’ hearts to their children, and children’s hearts to fathers? Isn’t it the most “natural” and “normal” thing for a father’s heart to be towards his children, and vice versa? Well, yes–but not in the End Times! There is nothing more destructive to children than self-loving, self-centered parents; and nothing more offensive to parents than disobedient, rebellious children.

So we are promised that the prophetic, forerunning (Elijah) spirit of the Lord will do a great work in the generation before Yeshua’s return—a work of restoring true family! This is exactly what we were travailing in intercession last month in Switzerland. As we went deeper in prayer, I found myself repeating these words: “we are birthing the last generation…”

In these Last Days, let’s pray together for a restoration of both natural and spiritual family in the church–with the sacrificial love of Messiah at its core.

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By | 2016-12-04T16:28:07+00:00 June 5th, 2015|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

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  1. Kalle June 7, 2015 at 18:08

    Yes this is one of my favored Bible places, where Elohim shows how things are going among the believers, how evil slips among us in disguise and feeds those that have no knowledge from the God’s word bad spiritual food. As the temptations rise among us when evil surround us like lion, searching whom to swallow. We see marks that tells us that we need to be careful to do anything that pleases spirit of the world and be careful cause that spirit leads us in state of lukewarm. Satan is in hurry to deceive as many people they can, so we need Ruach HaKadosh more than we know. Those gifts that we received we need to fire up and look that we are not founded as Rev 2:

    1“To the angel of the Messianic Community in Ephesus, write: ‘Here is the message from the one who holds the seven stars in his right hand and walks among the seven gold menorahs: 2 “I know what you have been doing, how hard you have worked, how you have persevered, and how you can’t stand wicked people; so you tested those who call themselves emissaries but aren’t — and you found them to be liars. 3 You are persevering, and you have suffered for my sake without growing weary. 4 But I have this against you: you have lost the love you had at first. 5 Therefore, remember where you were before you fell, turn from this sin, and do what you used to do before. Otherwise, I will come to you and remove your menorah from its place — if you don’t turn from your sin! 6 But you have this in your favor: you hate what the Nicolaitans do — I hate it too. 7 Those who have ears, let them hear what the Spirit is saying to the Messianic communities. To him winning the victory I will give the right to eat from the Tree of Life which is in God’s Gan-‘Eden.”’

    This Love that Yeahua speaks is Divine love, Agape love. That is lack off from many churches that exist and in years passing many revival movement has suffered that believers are turning in religious. In this world we see much suffering and doubts among us, but we shall see also from those few that God Adonai Elohim makes rise, that generation will be those that are faithful and true in Yeshua HaMasiach. So be true in him all of you Adonai own people. In his name. Amen.

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