A part of living in the endtimes is to hear and recognize the “wake-up”call. God sends out different kinds of alarms. The alarm that every human being is hearing right now is an environmental alarm. None of us in any part of the world could have slept through the recent earthquake alarm that sounded as a result of the devastation in Japan. We are all thinking, “how can I prepare myself for something like this happening in MY backyard?!”
So we start buying generators, stocking up food, buying Iodine drops and buying water filters.
I believe that making preparations is good commonsense. However, if we too are struck with a huge tsunami, most stockpiles will be buried under fallen buildings or washed into the sea by tidal waves.
Then there are “the spiritual alarms” that come upon individuals. As a deliverance counselor, what I have seen God do is release demons of torment upon the deceived, in order to wake them up to the reality that something is most definitely wrong with their “religion.” This is how it works. You attend church every time the doors are opened. You are tithing your gross income, giving additional offerings and donations, and so you are expecting a financial harvest—the 100 fold return blessing that prosperity preachers have assured you that you will receive for your giving. Yet, you are in the worst financial shape that you have ever been in. The more you give, the less you have, and that’s a fact.
But you keep waiting and you keep lying to yourself and to others every time you say “I’m blessed.” Then your car breaks down, your house burns down and you have no insurance. You let your insurance laps in order to give toward the church’s building fund. Out of nowhere, you are homeless. You cry, “why Lord, why?” His response?
There are other wake up calls. In my book, “the New Idolatry,” I quote the late Watchman Nee:
Therefore, if you are a child of God, and you have been ‘invaded,’ what you need to know is that the enemy could not invade you without your cooperation. And if you have unknowingly been cooperative with the enemy , then God allowed a demon to invade you “for your good.” Once you receive the message of the wake up call, you will be set free.