As great as my calling is, I must concede that there is not a greater calling today than that related to the great commission and the spread of the gospel. Just as I intend to enjoy my calling when it becomes relevant, so I recognize that folks who are active in the work of evangelism today may enjoy their calling right now. They might even enjoy it so much that they would have a hard time considering a life wherein that calling would become exceedingly difficult.
The forty-two month storm is the antithesis of the great commission. By the end of the storm there will be no more opportunity to freely spread the gospel in global society; thus, the end can come at that time. And it is very hard for some to imagine this change coming in their lifetimes, especially when they look up to America as a great defender of religious freedoms, not only for its own citizens but also as an example to many other nations.
I cannot say exactly what the political climate in America will be when the storm approaches, whether it will be a strong constitutionalist government or one that is prepared to skirt around our constitutional rights for a “greater cause.” But it does not really matter what sort of government we have at that time because one way or another America is going to fall into line with the global agenda of the forty-two month storm. And even if we do have a strong constitutionalist government, it will hardly be able to stop the lawlessness that a bold generation, encouraged by powerful world leaders, could bring to our streets. Imagine the tenacity of the Occupy Movement combined with the force of numbers of the Black Lives Matter crowd and the angst of the Anti-Trump protests, and you can begin to see what a wave of lawlessness, particularly aimed at persecuting Christians and Jews, could sweep the nation.
I do not say these things to worry anyone, but to combat complacency and to express the value of being prepared against a time of trouble.
Last week a sweet Christian lady, whom I know to be active in missions work said to me, with a smile on her face, that “Jesus could come back today.” I explained to her how I had once been freaked out by those who taught that Jesus might come back any second, (see Rapture: The Day of the Lord), and as she could tell that I was uncomfortable with the topic she backed out by saying that it was not so much a literal expectation as much as one to keep her watchful and motivated in the great commission. For people like myself, who might experience a paradoxical reaction and think that there is practically no time left to do good works, a perspective that includes the forty-two month storm and what it entails should provide plenty of motivation to keep watchful and active in their calling(s).
If I can appreciate more the work of evangelism today and stop taking it for granted, then perhaps many well-intentioned Christians could see the plausibility that America’s religious freedoms could be rendered practically ineffective at what time all nations shall be subject to the effects of the forty-two month storm.