Joel C. Rosenberg’s Blog – Something is coming.

I don’t know what. But we must be ready. Here’s the key question: Is America heading towards a terrible implosion or a great awakening?

UPDATED:(Washington, D.C.) — I feel a tremendous sense of urgency about this column.

The United States is hurtling towards severe trouble, and the events of the past few months — and what may be coming over the next few months — grieves me a great deal.

Something is coming. I don’t know what. But we all must be ready in every possible way.

Consider where we are in the summer of 2015:

Violence is exploding in our cities, schools and churches. The horrific mass murder inside the church in Charleston would be bad enough if it wasn’t just one of innumerable mass killings that have become epidemic in America.

Racism is tearing us apart, and it appears things are getting worse, not better.

The Supreme Court is poised to rule any day now on the definition and future of marriage — and if the Court rules against Biblical marriage I believe this could cause the Lord’s hand to turn against our country in a severe and profound way according to the moral laws found in Romans chapter one.

Abortions are occurring at more than one million in year and have put America on the fast track to judgment. Since 1973, Americans have murdered 57 million children through abortions. The blood of 57 million babies is crying out for justice, and they will get it in God’s sovereign timing. Could that be soon?

If all this wasn’t bad enough, marriages and families are imploding all around us. Poverty is growing. Drug and alcohol use is epidemic. And that’s just here at home.

Abroad, Iran is closing in on The Bomb.

ISIS is exploding across the Middle East, and gaining ground in Syria, Iraq and Libya.

The Kremlin is growing more aggressive.

Yet our politicians continue to bicker, stall, or golf, even as many abdicate their Constitutional responsibilities.

And many Americans have little or no hope for the future, have little confidence in government, little confidence in the media or academia, and far too little confidence in the Church. Indeed, many see little or no reason to go to church, and are drifting from whatever faith they might have once had in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Not all is lost. There are many Americans who love Christ dearly and love His Word and are seeking every day to walk with the Lord and love their neighbors and care for the poor and make the good news of God’s redeeming love known to their lost and drifting nation.

But warnings signs are flashing everywhere. Alarm bells are ringing everywhere. Far too many self-professed Christians are groggy or asleep, and we need a wake up call.

So, is America heading for implosion, or revival?

Right now, I see a case for either. But here’s an interesting update. Thousands of Southern Baptist pastors and lay leaders gathered in Columbus, Ohio, this past week for their annual convention. But this was not business as usual. They gathered to do some serious soul searching.

The good news: the SBC is planting new churches all over America and the number of SBC churches is growing, rising from 46,000 to more than 51,000.

The bad news: these churches are doing less evangelism, seeing fewer people receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord and seeing fewer people baptized than at any time in the past 67 years.

Now, I have to admit, normally I don’t follow what’s happening at the annual Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) meetings. I’m not a Southern Baptist. I was raised in New York State by a wayward Orthodox Jewish father and a wayward Methodist mother — wayward, that is, until both my parents became born again as deeply devoted followers of Jesus Christ in 1973 during the height of the “Jesus Movement.”

But since the election of Pastor Ronnie Floyd as SBC president last June, I have started paying close attention. Indeed, I have been deeply moved to see where Pastor Floyd and the SBC are heading. He has spent the last year tirelessly crisscrossing America and the globe urging Baptist pastors and lay people to become more serious and passionate about preaching, teaching and obeying the Word of God, preaching the Gospel to all nations (including Israel and the Muslim world), fulfilling the Great Commission, and pleading with the Lord to revive His Church and give us a Third Great Awakening.

Pastor Floyd has reached out to many pastors and ministry leaders outside of the SBC, as well. He invited me to preach at his congregation in northwest Arkansas last November. We have met and spoken by phone and email numerous times since, including in Israel earlier this year. I couldn’t be more grateful that the Lord has raised Pastor Floyd up at this hour. What’s more, I pray that the Holy Spirit moves powerfully through him — and pastors like him — to wake up the sluggish Protestant church in America and around the world and call us humbly to serve our Lord Jesus Christ without reservation.

This week, Pastor Floyd delivered a critically important and deeply moving message to the SBC convention. This morning, I read the full text, and then watched the video. It was so good, so clear, so strong, that I strongly recommend you read and/or watch the message. Please also share it with others — with everyone you know. Later this week, I will post some key excerpts that were important to me. But for now I just want to make you aware of the message and give you the appropriate links.

“NOW IS THE TIME TO LEAD: President’s Address To The Southern Baptist Convention” by Pastor Ronnie Floyd, Columbus, Ohio, June 16, 2015 (prepared text/PDF)

Video of Pastor Floyd’s presidential message to the Southern Baptist Convention

Watch here:

After you watch and read this message, if you are looking for additional resources, here are some messages Anne Graham Lotz and I have delivered on these themes of trying to wake up the Church before it’s too late.

[Go to link at the bottom of the page to access these links]:

“The Bible tells us the future of Israel. The Bible does not tell us the future of America.” (Video & notes from my address to the Watchmen on the Wall pastors conference in Washington, D.C.)

What does the Prophet Ezekiel mean when he writes of being a “watchman on the wall”? (5 min video clip from a message I delivered at a Bible seminar with Anne Graham Lotz at The Cove) (May 8, 2015)

America is on the wrong track. Washington cannot fix all that ails us. We need to pray. Will you commit to an urgent time of prayer May 15-23? (May 3, 2015)
Three existential threats facing America. (My address to the National Religious Broadcasters convention.) (March 12, 2015)

Southern Baptist president calls 46,000 churches to “extraordinary prayer” for Great Awakening. Issues must-read (and free) E-book, “Pleading With Southern Baptists.” (November 12, 2014)

Anne Graham Lotz & new Southern Baptist Convention president call for urgent prayer for a Third Great Awakening. (June 22, 2014)

C-SPAN broadcast of the “Implosion Simulcast: Can America Recover From Its Economic & Spiritual Challenges In Time?” (June 16, 2012)

A TIME FOR CHOOSING: Implosion or revival? (January 10, 2012)

FOUR REASONS WHY GOD IS SHAKING AMERICA & THE WORLD: Text of “Wake Up Call” sermon (September 13, 2011)

I genuinely don’t know whether we are heading for implosion or revival? But like Ronnie Floyd and Anne Graham Lotz and many other Christian leaders, I have a deep and profound sense of urgency for personal and corporate prayer, for deep personal and family and congregational repentance, for sharing the Gospel with anyone and everyone else who will listen.

Something is coming. I don’t know what. But we all must be ready in every possible way.

Are you ready?


4 thoughts on “Joel C. Rosenberg’s Blog – Something is coming.

  1. The Second Coming of Jesus Christ began when the Holy Spirit raised His slain angel of Exodus 23:20 from the dead in the early morning/deep of the night on June 25, 1956 A.D. “as a thief in the night” (Rev. 16:15).

    Today, Sunday, July 26, 2015 A.D., is the 2,013th day in the 2,300 day cleansing period of Daniel 8:14; the 1,048th day in the 1,290 and 1,335 day periods of Daniel 12:11 & 12, respectively.

    There are 287 days, inclusive, 286 days exclusive, 285 days factoring in time zones (in about 8 hours), until the Day of the Lord, Ascension Sunday, May 8, 2016 A.D., the First Liturgical Year of the Judgment (Malachi 4:5).

    That’s 287 days, tops, left for the Antichrist/antichrist in any way, shape, and/or form.

  2. As regards months in non-Judgment Liturgical Years, we are in the last one ever to be.

    This is so because of the beginning of the Byzantine Rite’s Liturgical Year on September 1, 2015 A.D., the Day of Indiction.

    The last Feast of the Dormition in a non-Judgment Liturgical Year will occur this month from August 15 through the 22nd, the Leave Taking, as will the Feast of my beheading on August 29, 2015 A.D.; and the Feast of the Transfiguration on the 6th.

    The Liturgical Year, of the Judgment or non-Judgment quality, is totally based upon the life of Christ as witnessed in the New Testament through the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

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