The End Of 'God Winks'?
Therefore since we are God's offspring, we should not think that the Divine Being is like gold or silver or stone--an image made by man's design and skill. In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now He commands all people everywhere to repent.
Acts 17:29-30 (NIV)
And the times of this ignorance God winked at.
Acts 17:30 (KJV)
We are living in an era of pivotal importance. Many Christian prophets and scholars agree we are in end times.
Some argue, 'They have been predicting Jesus' return for 2000 years.' True enough. However, the reformation of Israel as a Jewish nation in 1948 was a miracle - since Israel had not been under Jewish control since 586 B.C. Thirteen books of the Bible mention this restoration, a 'super sign' of end times.
For the rest of the story, look around. Pretend you have the eyes of Christ. (You do.) Think about what you see with His Mind. (You have it.) Walk through a shopping mall or restaurant in His Body. (You are His Body.) What do you see?
Overt promiscuity no longer hidden in a red light district. Curses more prevalent than blessings. Lies more prevalent than truth. Materialism no longer limited to the rich. A growing slave trade called human trafficking. A pandemic loss of innocence in schools. A world addicted to immediate gratification.
In the past, God closed His perfect eyes at our ignorance. He allowed us to learn at what seemed a leisurely pace. I believe that time is ending.
What does this mean for us, here and now? The good news: you are saved. The bad news: most are not.
The mission: to reach as many souls as He allows in the amount of time we are given. We must wake up, look up, speak up, act up, love up, and work our mission fields as if tomorrow does not exist.
We must not procrastinate. God's wink is over. His eyes are wide open. His mouth proclaims the glory, the latter rain, and the coming of Christ.