By Stephen Piersall, Deliverance Ministry, Central NYS
“The Seven Last Years” written by Carol Balizet is a book I read many years ago, and one that I just could not put down. I even read this riding a bus. I just couldn’t read it fast enough. In 1971 the USAF was so kind to send this snow bound boy from Central NY where I was used to cold winds and tons of snow sent me from the pan into the fire so to speak to the humid hot temperatures in Tampa, Florida. This book was written and placed in Tampa. All the streets, buildings, etc. mentioned were very familiar with me. It’s like you read this book but placed in your hometown. I was glued to this book.
“When you see all these things, you know that (the son of man) is near, right at the door.” Matthew 24:33, NIV “All these things” that Jesus speaks of; natural disasters, false prophets, disease, strife, suffering, the emergence of the Antichrist, have been witnessed by the characters in this book. Nonbelievers up until now, they have been left behind to live through the seven years of the Great Tribulation. The two families who struggle for survival and attempt to find normalcy in dramatic abnormal times. Did you know that these nonbelievers in the future will still be able to find faith and salvation while through these seven years awaiting for the reign of Jesus?
Look at the world today. Are you really ready for Jesus to come back and rule again? Are you a Christian, but still dabble with porn, incest, lies, greed, ghost hunting, Wicca, etc. that rules your world we live in? Many would agree with me that we are living in the modern day Sodom and Gomorrah. When we die, Christian or not, we ALL will stand before God and have our life reviewed before our eyes. God then sends us to Heaven or Hell. There are no in-betweens, such as man made ideas of purgatory, earthbound spirits, or to a spiritual world where we can be influencing our family and friends on earth.
The New Age movement is Satan’s way to rule each and every one of us. If Satan can take our focus away from living a Godly life He considers this a victory. If you're involved with ghost hunting, seeing psychics, following astrology, you are following the path of life Satan wants. To do all the things Satan wants us to do makes life easy for us. Have you ever thought about how hard it really is to live a Christian life? Making time to pray and not just when someone says “I’ll pray for you” and then you don’t. When we say that, we need to stop right then and there and pray. Prayer is talking to God. We talk all day long at work, home, with family, friends, coworkers, etc. but we can’t find the time during our busy schedule to talk to God. How about when you walk the dog, driving in your car, running laps at the gym, or even during commercials while watching TV?
I am currently using an online app to “Read the Bible in chronological order”. I’m proud to say I’m half way through it and I’m amazed how it bounces me all around different books and chapters of the Bible. Hearing God’s word is essential to our everyday Christian lives. I really have no excuses to not being able to read the Bible every day as I do. It takes less than 10 minutes to read the material for each day. But how many Christians don’t read their Bibles every day? We have time to read the paper, magazines, internet, TV, phone calls, etc. but can’t find 10 minutes to learn what God teaches us. How many of us watch a good ball game and just wish they could keep playing longer, put the game into extra innings or overtime. But, when we are at Church and the preacher is going on and on and on wishing for this to end real soon. Can’t He see church service has now gone past the one hour mark?
What about those ghosts (evil spirits) investigations? Do we not heed the warning in the Bible? Deuteronomy 18:9-12 KJV, 9: When thou art come into the land which the Lord they God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations. 10: There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch. 11: Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. 12: For all that do these things are an abomination unto the Lord; and because of these abominations the Lord thy God doth drive them out from before thee.
What about the Last Seven Years in your life? Will you still be here if it happened today or would you be bowing before God reviewing your life? There are many sins in our life on a daily basis, and we should always as a minimum ask forgiveness when we first awake and before we go to bed at night. Reading the Bible and praying is the easy part of being a Christian. It’s the walk we do on a day to day basis that really reflects the character of our Christian life—Don’t just talk the talk—Walk the Walk!