If you’re honest you would have to admit that the times we are living in are noticeably different from any previous time in history. It may be comforting to reminisce about past periods that were turbulent but somehow returned to what was considered “the norm”. But did “the norm” really return or were the changes that remained just ignored and accepted as “the new norm”.
If the change that remained was ignored the change was not addressed. Therefore the distance from bad to worse was traveled at break neck speed. Bad and worse are both relative terms and the severity is in the eye of the beholder. However, there are measurable factors that suggest that the times are changing. The increased number and intensity of earthquakes. The increased rate of inflation over shorter periods of time. The escalated rate of violent crime; staggering in certain areas. It is pleasant to wax nostalgic and wish for the days when… But the truth is those days are gone and blame certainly cannot be placed on one event, one year, or even one generation.
Change is inevitable. However the Word recommends taking note of particular changes. “But when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be troubled; for such things must happen, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be earthquakes in various places, and there will be famines and troubles. These are the beginnings of sorrows.” (Mark 13:7-8, NKJV)
Even though no one knows the time table of the events that are to occur after the beginning of these sorrows there can’t be any doubt that the present time is the time described in this passage of scripture. To ignore that fact maybe blissful for a short while, but reality will break in and the awareness will be harsher if it comes during a particularly tragic time.
Traditionalists would like to think that it is possible to step into a time machine and travel back to a point in history where they can control every possible outcome so that things will not change. Even though with God all things are possible, it is highly implausible that this will happen. And the time machine would have to be taken back to before the fall of Adam to accomplish the Utopia (Eden) that traditionalists seek.
A traditionalist would like to argue that God does not change so if you follow God change should be minimal. There is one glaring problem with that argument…God is perfect He does not have to change. The same cannot be said of any human.
Therefore as Romans 13:11-12 states, “…knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light” (NKJV). Stated another way, Believers have to respond to the times using the examples given by the Word of God as the guide.