THE SERVANT GENERAL
ON EVANGELIZATION AND MISSION
IS THE LAST HOUR
December 31, 2016
1 John 2:18-21
It is the end of the year 2016. “It is the last hour”
(1 Jn 2:18a). we are also in the end times. The end will see
the coming of the antichrist. Now is the build-up to that,
so “just as you heard that the antichrist was coming,
so now many antichrists have appeared.” (1 Jn 2:18b).
We have a proliferation of false prophets, of cults, of demonic
associations, of modernist forces, and the like. “Thus
we know this is the last hour.” (1 Jn 2:18c).
the forces of the antichrist are those so-called Christians
who have turned away from God, many of whom are even actively
against Him. There are those Catholics who are lapsed, nominal,
and even the enemy within. “They went out from us, but
they were not really of our number; if they had been, they
would have remained with us. Their desertion shows that none
of them was of our number.” (1 Jn 2:19).
are not among those. Rather, we are among those who have met
Christ and are striving to truly live Christ in the anointing
of the Spirit. “But you have the anointing that comes
from the holy one, and you all have knowledge.” (1 Jn
2:20). We know Christ and his ways as told us in the Bible.
We are God’s children. “But to those who did accept
him he gave power to become children of God, to those who
believe in his name” (Jn 1:12).
we have met Christ and are living Christ, then we also share
Christ. We strive to “proclaim his salvation day after
day.” (Ps 96:2b). We do a worldwide work of evangelization
and mission. “Tell his glory among the nations; among
all peoples, his marvelous deeds.” (Ps 96:3). Our goal
is for all to accept Jesus as Savior and Lord. We are to “declare
among the nations: The Lord is king.” (Ps 96:10a).
is how we counter the work of the antichrists. This is how
we prepare for the return of the Lord in glory. This is how
darkness will be dispelled by the light, by Jesus, as “the
light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome
it.” (Jn 1:5). This is how we reject all the gods of
this age, as we look to the coming of the Almighty King. “For
great is the Lord and highly to be praised, to be feared above
all gods.” (Ps 96:4). This is how we expose the uselessness
of worldly gods, and show that there is just one Almighty
God, “for the gods of the nations are idols, but the
Lord made the heavens.” (Ps 96:5). Indeed, “all
things came to be through him, and without him nothing came
to be.” (Jn 1:3a).
are in the end times. That is not a negative but a positive.
Let us be about our work, with great urgency. Let us “testify
to the light, so that all might believe through him.”
(Jn 1:7b). Then we can look forward with hope and joy at the
return of our King. “Let the heavens be glad and the
earth rejoice; .... before the Lord who comes, who comes to
govern the earth, to govern the world with justice and the
peoples with faithfulness.” (Ps 96:11a,13).