By Elizabeth Prata
John MacArthur has been making statements in his sermons that when the sermons or the clips of them are posted to Youtube, it results in a deletion by ‘fact-checkers’ and warnings and strikes to the Youtube channel host. When MacArthur makes truthful (albeit negative) statements about the Center for Disease Control, government agencies, or the certain flu we’re all incessantly hearing about, the clip or video will be deleted.
Prophecy is important. We are in the end time. It has been the end of times since Jesus ascended and will end when He returns. The end of the end of days will be horrific because Jesus will pour judgment onto the world. That period will be 7 years. (Daniel 9:24-27)
I knew that a recent 11-minute clip would be banned so I downloaded the transcript of it and edited it with the correct punctuation, took out all the time stamps, and cleaned it up so that I could post it and then read it myself for the podcast.
I found it particularly calming to hear his biblical words and re-orient my thinking toward the Godly worldview. We all need all the help we can get these days to calm the confusion in our hearts, which for many believers are heavy with sorrow, confusion, anger, or gloom. I (we) need to be like Paul who learned to be content in any circumstance. I have no physical needs, they are being met. I have no career longings, fulfillment is in my heart. I have no emotional needs, the Bible, my colleagues, friends, and church covers that. Christ has already given me these. Where I DO need Christ especially, is His help in order to learn to be content when things around me are not optimal.
Not that I speak from need, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with little, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:11-13).
I am not there yet, but if Paul can do it, I can do it. He was in jail when he wrote this, and I’m free, so I’m already miles beyond where Paul was when he penned the words. Also, Paul has the same Spirit I do, so it’s possible for me to learn contentment now and even in future days when things get worse. But I have to learn it, and that means practice. I will fake it till I make it.
And prophecy says things will get worse. Once we reach a stage where God gives over a society in its final days,
people having been filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, and evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, and malice; they are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, without understanding, untrustworthy, unfeeling, and unmerciful; (Romans 1:29-31).
Knowing this about the coming days in prophecy, what are we to do? Among other things,
Rejoice always (1 Thessalonians 5:16)
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! (Philippians 4:4)
Not only that, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; (Romans 5:3).
So, here is John MacArthur. Everything from now on down are his words. I’ve found a link to it on Rumble after the Youtube handlers scrubbed the video. If you hear this on the podcast, please know that the video has now been added at the blog.
John MacArthur: I have you on my heart all the time. I normally do but it seems in the current situation we’re in that the burdens that you are all carrying are very, very different, very unique. Life has changed dramatically. Dramatically for all of us and I just want you to know that I’m praying for the Lord to give us all wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him so that we can keep our focus on him in a time like this.
I go back to a way to understand this by looking at Romans chapter one and I’m just going to comment on it. You’ve heard me comment on it before. The Romans chapter starting in verse 18 says that the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who hold the truth in unrighteousness. If there would ever be a nation of people who held the truth it would be certainly our nation as well as most of the western world. We have had the Bible. We’ve had the revelation of God.
We all are very much aware that that has been rejected in our nation wholesale and as a result, the wrath of God has been revealed. It is revealed against any society, any culture, any people who hold the truth in unrighteousness. Who turn from God – and that’s exactly what our society has done. This Romans chapter defines the wrath of God. It says this is what it is- God when he judges the society for rejecting him turns them over to a sexual revolution. It’s explicit. We have had that years ago.
I suppose the sexual revolution that was the first sign of divine judgment. He lets men go into sexual unrighteousness, pornography, really the death of any sense of biblical morality. But there’s a second step in Romans one and that is there will be a sexual revolution and then there will be a homosexual revolution. Paul explicitly mentions that men with men women with women and this produces many effects. One he talks about, I think he’s referring even to venereal disease which could be seen as AIDS.
So when God judges a nation that has rejected his truth there will be a sexual revolution, followed by a homosexual revolution, which we’ve been watching for the last couple of decades. But the third point is he says God gives them over God gives them over to sexual perversion God gives them over to homosexuality then God gives them over to a reprobate mind. A reprobate mind is a non-functioning mind. What that means is the final step in divine judgment. It’s a kind of insanity where nothing makes sense. Out of that Paul in Romans chapter 1 lists a long list of every imaginable kind of wickedness and sin that will literally flood and drown a society.
In the middle of that list of course is deceit and the hatred of God. So there’s a reason why this country is in the insanity that it is in, and it is the judgment of God.
God has allowed this nation that has rejected him to go down the path of Romans 1 through a sexual revolution, a homosexual revolution, to the point where there is an insanity that really makes no sense to any thinking person. It’s a reprobate mind. It’s a mind that does not function and out of that mind that doesn’t function comes every imaginable kind of evil. It was John Calvin who made the interesting statement that when God judges a people he gives them wicked rulers. When God judges the people he gives them wicked rulers.
So this judgment of God that has sent us down this careening path of transgression, iniquity, and sin is also aided and abetted by wicked rulers because they tend to be the architects of all of this, if not overtly certainly covertly. So I just want to say that you have to look at this in the light of divine judgment. What is happening in our country- the chaos, the insanity, the nonsense, the things that you can’t figure out, the confusion, the disorder, the disruption is all part of divine judgment.
If you understand it that way you’re going to realize that you can’t fix it. You can’t fix it. The next election will not fix it. No election will fix it. A new governor in California will not fix it. It cannot be fixed. It is divine judgment and it is obviously unleashed on us and we’re in the final stage the stage of insanity. The folly of all follies in a situation like this is to think there’s anything you can do in the human realm to stop the divine judgment of God. That’s not possible. This is God judging and he laid it out in detail. We are under judgment at a severe level- the most severe level revealed in scripture short of final global judgment yet to come in the end of the age and eternal judgment in hell.
So what is wrong in this country is not fixable. This is God bringing judgment. The good news is that he protects his people in the judgment. That his cover is over us. We are in the shelter of his protection. We are saved from the wrath to come and we are protected in the current judgment. But I just want you to understand that the church has one great responsibility in the midst of this judgment. It’s not to try to fix what’s wrong in society. That same chapter of Romans gives us our mandate. Paul says ‘I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ for it is the power of God and the salvation to everyone who believes- the Jew and the Gentile.’
Our responsibility is to preach the gospel. Not to be ashamed of the gospel but to preach the gospel which is the only answer. The only hope is Christ. The only appropriate response to Christ is to embrace him as Lord and Savior and to embrace his glorious gospel.
I guess what I’m saying to you is don’t expect it to get better. It raises the stakes for what we as believers in the world are called to do. And while so many churches ranging from the liberal churches to the even evangelical churches are caught up in trying to fix what’s wrong in the world, everything is a result of judgment. Even the racial hostility. The insanity of teaching people to hate and living on vengeance and revenge all of these kinds of things are part and parcel of what happens to a culture when God lets them go. They go to an insanity where nothing makes sense. That’s where we are.
For us we know the truth because we have the mind of Christ in the word of God and our responsibility is not somehow to figure out how to fix the world but how to proclaim the gospel that can deliver people from the world, from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of God’s dear Son. So the church needs to focus on the person of Christ.
It should dawn on people about now if it hasn’t already that for the church to reach the world it can’t keep trying to be like the world. It amazes me that you have the world cultivating hate and trying to put it in elementary schools and all of that and then you have evangelical churches feeling like they need to adapt to the issues of the world and filling churches with the same kind of deceptive ideologies and all it does is rip and shred and tear.
You have to see those things for what they are. They’re not fixable, They’re a reflection of fallen sinfulness, the reflection of a nation that has abandoned God and a reflection of divine judgment itself.
So what do we do in a time like this? Well we have very clear calling. As I said- to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ the church needs to become Christ-centered. For the church to reach the world it has to stop trying to be like the world- because why would you want to identify with a society under judgment?
Understand that what’s going wrong in our society is divine judgment. We have to be the church. We have to be this the haven. We have to be the eye of the hurricane. We have to be the safe place. We have to be the place where Christ is exalted and the word of God is proclaimed, where truth is known and believed and lived and taught. We have the mind of Christ. It’s in the pages of scripture Jesus said in John if “If I be lifted up I will draw all men to myself.” This is the time for the church to focus on lifting up Christ.