“You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come.”
– Matthew 24:6
I’m not quite ready, just yet, to put on my “The End is Nigh!” sandwich board and go about street preaching in Times Square. Still, for anyone gifted with the Spirit of discernment, it’s hard to ignore the heavy stench of unparalleled spiritual warfare that hangs thick in the air. It pongs as sulfur from Old Faithful in every corner of the earth.
The world is in chaos as never before. Read the news. You see it. You feel it. You know it.
Here’s the shortlist: The specter of an Ebola pandemic, jihadist genocide, the exploding conflict in Israel, Gaza and the larger Middle East, Russia, China, a nuclear Iran, the American border crisis, the collapsing global economy, sexual anarchy, child corruption, the deconstruction of marriage, the abortion holocaust, worldwide rebellion against God’s natural order and a whole lot more.
It looks as though, at any moment, it might all come crashing down with universally catastrophic consequences.
And it might.
The enemy of man knows that his time is short. A spirit of antichrist has come upon the world. It has come to deceive and it has come to destroy.
He is the father of lies. He hates all mankind, but, mostly, he hates God’s faithful – “People of the Book,” Christians and Jews, those who have been washed, redeemed and made whole by the blood of the lamb, as well as our old-covenant brothers and sisters.
None of this is unexpected. For the Christian, “Everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil men and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of. …” (2 Timothy 3:12-14)
Have we reached the end of the age? I don’t presume to know. But I do wonder.
The world has aligned against Israel. Even the United States, under the pagan governance of Barack Hussein Obama, has betrayed its once greatest ally. “When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you will know that its desolation is near” (Luke 21: 20).
To this end, the enemy has enlisted an unholy trinity, an Islamo-”progressive” axis of evil, consisting of Islamists, Western “progressives” and the false church (e.g., Christians-in-name-only such as the anti-Semitic, pro-abortion, pro-sexual-immorality Presbyterian Church USA).
The only explanation, as far as I can tell, as to what drives this bizarre and superficially incongruous alliance is best illustrated by the maxim: “The enemy of my enemy is my friend.”
But, who is this common enemy?
Matt Barber is founder and editor-in chief of BarbWire.com. He is an author, columnist, cultural analyst and an attorney concentrating in constitutional law. Having retired as an undefeated heavyweight professional boxer, Matt has taken his fight from the ring to the culture war. (Follow Matt on Twitter: @jmattbarber).