We have entered a clashing of time(s) that has minimized the effectiveness of all the things which at one time provided short term help for our concerns and worries.The evidence becomes clearer as we realize that during the phenomenal growth of Christian music, leadership conferences, and mega churches the opposite effect has occurred in the life of Churches and Christians.As we reflect on the past 10 years, the dysfunctional and shallow nature of many Churches and Christians have increased as fast as the Christian media, conferences, teachings, and ministries have grown. This is a strange phenomenon that is actually producing the opposite effects of what is intended. The more that our man-made efforts expand and grow, the more instable the structure and people they serve become.
We must ask the question… “What in heaven and hell is really happening during our time to cause such a clash of times and activities?” Yes, you are hearing this correctly… We have entered an era of time where the more we produce in the name of religion or Christianity, the more issues people will have. It is truly a clashing of times!
During the past ten years there is clear evidence that the world is changing at an alarming rate. This alarming rate of change has created a paradox between tremendous progress and at the same time it has produced great fall-out in all aspects of life. From finances, bankruptcies, weather patterns, wars, rebellion, sickness, pedophilia in the ranks of clergy, and work place stress. This is just a short list which is continuing to grow. The present time we are living in could be considered one of the greatest clashing of all time. A time that is leading up to a cataclysmic moment that is yet to be seen.
As you open the pages and chapters of this book and examine the reality and simplicity of “What in Heaven and Hell is happening,’ you will find an awareness of how easy it is for us to be deceived by time, and fail to realize the present day we are living in. Understanding the element of time can be used as a key reference point to where we are at in the history of the world. We will examine the reality of why we are often confused about time, and miss the reality and significance of what is taking place.
Have you ever felt at a complete loss concerning your circumstances in life? Have you ever felt that you are always coming up just short of the goals you set, or the promises God has given to you?Do you feel that your life is a roller coaster that is speeding up and getting more frightening? Have you ever felt as if you have worked harder than ever before and falling further behind? Does your life feel like you are constantly missing a piece of the puzzle; but just when you obtain the missing piece, it feels as if a different piece is now missing? Added to all these feelings do you find yourself frequently comparing your life to others who seem to have everything together?
If this comes close to describing how you feel, there is some great news and some bad news. The great news is that there are rational explanations why you are having these feelings of anxiety, loss of hope, and fear. In fact, the situations you are having are also being experienced by the majority of people around the world. These situations which many of us experience are simply due to the present day clashing of the time(s) that are taking place in heaven and hell. The confusion and frustration are increasing because Satan desires you to compare your circumstances to the few extraordinary and highly aggressive people who never seem to have the same issues. Many of these extraordinary people include great preachers or evangelists who have reached heights of stardom; giving the illusion that their lifestyle should be the normal lifestyle for you to compare your life against.
The bad news is that there has been a subtle yet tremendous shift in time(s) that has made the majority of activities and events which used to improve your life and faith, now have little impact on your faith.These very things were great activities such as Christian conferences, small groups, books, sermons, and music which at one time were able to pick you up and keep you going for another spurt of time.
"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it." ~Matthew 13:45-46