Do We Suffer from “A.A.F.S.”…?

apocalyptic-anticipation-fatigue-syndrome
Apocalyptic Anticipation Fatigue Syndrome.

So far, that’s the best acronym I could come up with.

It is hard for anyone who believes that we are indeed entering into the “Last Days” to not at times feel overwhelmed by the ceaseless array of warnings, wailings, railings and pronouncements of impending doom. Just yesterday, my mental faculties were presented with no less than four different occasions on which the prospect of an impending EMP attack was being put forth (and they weren’t all coming from “alternative media” sources”)

If you believe in the Bible, (and take it seriously) then you know about what Jesus says regarding the End of Age, and the “birthpangs” and wars and rumors of wars”. You know it will get increasingly unstable and tumultuous as we approach the Return of Christ, and as a result, it’s really not surprising that so many people get so easily fixated on waiting for the next big “cataclysmic thing”, be it a total global economic collapse, World War III, Israel going nuclear on it’s Arab neighbors, an earthquake so massive it changes the very landscape of the continent, “zombie apocalypse”, pandemic outbreak of disease, the next large-scale 9/11-type false flag attack, an alien invasion (real or synthetic), or some resurrected Nephilim horde spewing out of the pit to reek havoc upon mankind…

It’s not just people who believe in bible prophecy either, but it would seem that even the mainstream media is full-on participatory in promoting the idea that we’re gonna get hit with “the next big punch” at any given second. A suitcase nuke going off in NYC, or a secret army of Muslim assassins that has been sneaking across the southern border is suddenly unleashed… The net result is that we are collectively in a constant state of holding our breath, looking around, this way and that, wondering which direction that next big ‘ol punch is going to come from.

Our culture at large essentially equates the term “apocalyptic” with meaning massive, earth-shattering destruction. If an event is being described as “apocalyptic”, it more or less means it’s one of the most devastating floods, or earthquakes, or wars or whatever that humans have ever seen before. In the Bible however, “apocalypsis” in the Greek just means “unveiling” or “revealing”. Now, I’m not trying to get into a big debate on pre-Trib vs. pre-Wrath, but I will say that if Jesus’ return is what coincides with, and actually kicks off the brunt of God’s true unleashing of wrath upon the world (wrath being truly cataclysmic, not just “difficult” or a time of persecution, but where the elements are actually “destroyed by fire” 2 Peter 3:10) then this is the only sense in which “apocalyptic” can be accurately used to describe both the “Revealing” and “utter destruction”.

Anyhow… My point in all this, is that even though yes, we have absolutely seen an unprecedented number of “fantastic events” in our lifetimes, I would still have to say that when you step back and look at it all, the vast majority of how things have progressed towards a one-world government, one-world economy and one-world religion have not been via huge, massive cataclysmic events, but through a slow, steady progression that most people scarcely notice. I saw a piece on this show called “Brain Games” the other day, talking about how we are wired to notice sudden changes, but not so much gradual ones. They showed a painting of a town on the screen for about ten seconds, then ask if you could identify how many things in the painting changed. There were a few that were obvious, because they suddenly appeared/disappeared. But the rest were slow. From the beginning of the time to the end, the entire color of the sky actually changed, but you don’t even notice it, because your eyes are busily darting around the picture looking for rapid, sudden changes, and so the gradual color shift unfolds right in front of you and you don’t even realize it…

Now, brothers and sisters, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night. But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11

I grew up in a church environment where basically the prevailing mindset regarding the “End Times” was that sure, things in the world today are “evil” and getting further away from God, BUT, overall, we’re going to more or less keep trucking along in our comfortable middle-class American church-going lifestyle until Jesus suddenly beams us all up one unexpected moment, and the world is left without a clue, and then the “tribulation” will begin, and that’s when stuff get’s crazy.

I don’t believe that anymore. I guess now, I’m just at the place where I understand that being “sober-minded” doesn’t just entail being able to look at all the “birthpang events” and know that it means that Christ’s return is getting closer. Being “awake and sober” also means remembering what the scriptures also say about how people will be saying “peace and security”, all the way up until Jesus returns, until that final Day, that final moment when EVERYTHING in the world is baptized with fire, and God goes all the way with making a new heaven, and a new earth…

In the meantime, I am ever-increasingly feeling convicted that it’s not just the “big scary events” that we as Christians should so concerned with being prepared for, with all manner of things like food storage and guns and shelters and whatnot. It’s the “peace and security” that almost poses a more dangerous threat. The gradual, almost imperceptible change. The whole “boiling a frog” metaphor. We have now for decades been debating and discussing topics such as just what the “Mark of thedoomsday_wrist_watch Beast” will be. Will it be a chip? An implant? A code? Some kind of genetic “enhancement”? Every year the debate goes on, we all baby-step a little closer to that system. We all hold our breath, convinced that at any given day, the market could crash, the sky will fall, and then the need will arise for the Mark to be issued, but in the meantime, we’re still using our debit cards, and smart-phone apps, and digitized bank accounts, etc…

But what if it doesn’t actually happen like that. What if humanity, those who don’t believe in the Bible at all, and those who say they do, all of us, are all kept peering at the sky, glued to our screens, waiting for the market to drop, for the bomb to go off, for martial law to be declared… Waiting for that “doomsday clock” to finally, FINALLY “strike midnight”… And after decades of our groggy, droopy-eyed “apocalyptic anticipation”, we finally look down, and realize that somewhere in the midst of our planning and preparing and prognosticating, we somehow numbly went right ahead and took the Mark ourselves, and didn’t even realize it…

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6 thoughts on “Do We Suffer from “A.A.F.S.”…?”

  1. One things for sure is we know it’s coming. It’s a good thing that Jesus will heal everything and save everyone that calls His name. I think to get the Mark you have to know like a ritual. The mark of the beast in Latin means rite of the devil for RFID. This has been very planned and although people fall for the false messiah I think they want the false messiah to be able to be a part of the false Christ. I liked the verse 🙂 all Gods people will know! they will be ready waiting watching and it will be a glorious day!

  2. Strange,
    Excellent article and points made! I agree, its all a slow cooking thingy. And I do not believe the mark of the beast is wholly physical. While spiritual things do manifest in the physical, it’s not always what it seemed it would be. I believe the heart of FATHER is mercy and grace and love. The heart of religion is control and law.
    The beast seeks to control us and can have some success to degree through the flesh. But it is for freedom that Christ has set us free!

    I also have this little theory that all this apocolyptic stuff and spinning on the news and violent shows with all these blinking lights and scenes are meant to cause a kind of PTSD. There are all kinds of rape in this world.

    Personally I long for a time where there is no tv (in our house) and no computer either. The only computer I would be on is the one at the library 1 x a week.

    The eye is the lamp of the body…..and I believe these false lights (pcs and tvs and cell phones) are very unnatural.

    I said this before, I believe the Holy Spirit can/will lead HIS people without all this junk or at least extremely limited…

  3. Right to the point article. I beg to differ in that no true born-again believer will take the mark. You must make the choice to accept the mark and worship the beast or be killed. That does not sound like any believer being fooled into taking the mark or being tricked into taking the mark. What is the mark? I have no idea, but this I do know, the right hand and forehead is used figuratively, symbolically as action, behavior, and belief. So while we are looking for tattoo’s, RFID chips it could actually be a belief system. A belief system that snookers, deceives people into believing they are worshiping God when in fact they are worshiping the lawless on (who is actually satan) and thereby be damned. All I really know is if I am honored , worthy enough to be alive when the lawless one appears, I will be presented with a choice of: follow, worship him , his government and religious system or suffer economic sanctions or die. It is not going to sneak up on me and take me unaware, I am NOT going to do it not realizing what I am doing. It will have to be a deliberate, conscious choice, I will have to make a choice, I will be forced to make this choice; this man, this government, this one world religious system or God and his Kingdom.

  4. It’s interesting truth, I can so clearly see how the darkness is progressing and what comes next and yet I am constantly getting these lovely dreams and clear instructions to relax and enjoy myself, to delight in the peace of the Lord and celebrate. It’s an odd place to be in, “rejoice, the end is nigh!” Counter intuitive to say the least.

    We’re so inundated with disaster movies, with apocalypse now and lakes of fire and all these Hollywood special effects that give us elaborate pictures of what total destruction looks like. Naturally I have no idea what’s going to actually happen, but it would be a bit amusing if the Lord simply filled the sky, arrived, and every knee bowed and that was the end of it. Paradise restored, powerfully but rather peacefully. I imagine there could be some resistance somewhere on the planet, but the vast majority of us when confronted by a close encounter with God simply crumble into a little heap. I can’t even imagine resisting.

    As to the mark of the beast, I think we may have entered it a while back with credit and debit and bar codes. I never gave much thought to it but I now scan people’s wrist band bar codes at the hospital, as if they were a bit of produce, and send all their data to a computer that links with their health insurance and finances. Something is just so very wrong here, you can just feel it. The thievery too, is profound, the interest rates and the exploitation, the weights and measures. People often forget, but Satan is first and foremost a thief. There’s some major thievery going on in the world right now.

  5. Can’t wait to read this and to get all caught up on your blog! There is so much going on right now in our world. All of your posts look interesting as usual. Lord willing, tonight I am going to check them out. Praying for you and your fam. hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

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