I will stand at my watch and station myself on the ramparts; I will look to see what He will say to me, and what answer I am to give to this complaint. Then the Lord replied: “Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it. For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay. See, the enemy is puffed up; his desires are not upright— but the righteous person will live by his faithfulness—indeed, wine betrays him; he is arrogant and never at rest. Because he is as greedy as the grave and like death is never satisfied, he gathers to himself all the nations and takes captive all the peoples, (Habakkuk 2:1-5, emphasis mine).
One of my prayer partners said that while praying for me, the Lord had indicated Habakkuk, which is only 3 chapters long. So I read it, then read it again. Then I listened to it on my audio Bible, and listened to it again. This is what the Lord wants me to do with the answer: write it down. Make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it—the modern version of which is of course, the internet.
Habakkuk, like me, wanted an answer. He asked his question in chapter 1, and then in chapter 2 (see above), he stationed himself on the ramparts. A rampart is a defensive structure. It is the outer wall of a castle or city. From the rampart you can see any enemy that is coming long before they actually arrive, so you have time to get your defenses ready.
And here also I find my answer. My question is: these being the End Times, what comes next, and how should we be preparing for it.
The Answer: the enemy is coming with great deception. Station yourself on the ramparts. Watch and listen. Be alert.
Woe to him who gives drink to his neighbors, pouring it from the wineskin till they are drunk, so that he can gaze on their naked bodies! You will be filled with shame instead of glory. Now it is your turn! Drink and let your nakedness be exposed! The cup from the Lord’s right hand is coming around to you, and disgrace will cover your glory, (Habakkuk 2:15-16, emphasis mine).
Jesus warned us about deception in the End Times in Matthew 24:24: “False messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect,” (emphasis mine). Deceiving the people who are already deceived is one thing, but to deceive even the elect—the people Jesus chose for Himself, that’s powerful deception. Yes, Jesus chose you:
You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in My name the Father will give you, (John 15:16, emphasis mine).
We have been lulled to sleep by the media invading our very houses. Think about what you are watching! Shows like Big Brother encourage people to form alliances against each other, and even to have sex outside of marriage. There are shows depicting all sorts of living arrangements that defy the Biblical definition of marriage. And even Christians watch these things and have begun to accept them as “normal.” How many depictions of murder have you witnessed in the name of entertainment in the past month?
This is how hearts become hardened, not all at once, but gradually, like a stalactite, one drop at a time. When is the last time you walked out of a movie that offended you? When is the last time you turned off the TV because the message was contrary to the Word of God? Even the news is spun with an anti-Christian message.
You’ve got to do something now because when the antichrist comes with all the devil’s power of deception, you’ll be already primed to believe him. Your ramparts have been broken down.
But the situation is not hopeless. Begin today, now, to seek God. Be alert. Shut off the noise of the world and listen for His voice.
Sometimes people—believers!—say things to me that indicate that they think I’m some sort of super saint. I’m not! I’m an ordinary person. The only difference between me and any other Christian is probably just a matter of surrender. When I had nothing left to lose, I surrendered the little that I had left. It wasn’t easy, but I’ve never regretted it. In fact, my only regret is that I hadn’t surrendered sooner. It would have saved me a whole lot of trouble. So don’t dismiss what I’m saying by thinking that you have to be a special person. You are a special person, chosen by Jesus, Himself. To believe otherwise is to buy into the enemy’s deception.
The Rapture is imminent, right around the corner. Don’t be left behind! Things are going to get really bad after that. Christians will be beheaded for their faith (Revelation 20:4). Be alert!
Look, Listen, Love was God’s message to me for the Faith Trip I needed to take in order to follow Him more closely. Look at what is going on around you. Listen for His voice. Let Love be the motivation behind everything you do. Station yourself on the ramparts and watch. Stay focused. God is good! He has given us a way out!