I, the LORD, also promise you a terrible shortage, but not of food and water. You will hunger and thirst to hear my message. You will search everywhere – from north to south, from east to west. You will go all over the earth, seeking a message from me, the LORD.
But you won’t find one.
I recalled this verse from Amos after my former pastor wrote about the false prophets among us today, and God’s apparent silence to the “church”. There is no King in Israel, so there is no prophet of Israel. And the recent prophets of a great Trump victory were conspicuously wrong. I don’t speak against them, because they obviously are not prophets of God. But they may get something right occasionally, so we leave them be.
We live in a time when there is a dearth of hearing God’s voice to the people. I am not talking about finding His will. His will can be found by diligent seekers, but his voice to the nations and the churches is silent. The standards for that level of Prophet are simple and severe. The prophet is always right, and if he isn’t, you stone him. The prophets thus far have missed it. Therefore, they are not prophets of God.
I also am not talking about that still, small voice that says “This is the way. Walk in it.” That is personal, and individual, and all who walk with him walk with that voice. They know who it is.
I am talking the voice of the prophet who speaks to a people, a church and a nation that is not heard. At one time all three existed. And that is very bad news for a church and a nation. It is a dark time as mysterious unseen forces swirl about us. We do NOT war with people and politicians. Most of ‘em anyway. Some I am not so certain of. But I digress.
So, I am left pondering what to do when the new Antiochus is revealed. If you know the story of Antiochus, good. If not, get some knowledge. He will arise again, at least in his spirit. But he is a very clever man, with seducing words and promises of peace, whereas the first Antiochus was about as subtle as a Democrat in full rut. And people will marvel at him. He will not be a doddering old fool from Delaware, nor a venal old shrew from San Francisco. And I doubt that he is George Soros, as smart of an arbitrager that he is. He is also described in the Holy Books. It is not hidden from seekers, but fools will not bother.
And I still haven’t answered my own question. I don’t know the answer. But frankly, my strategy is to stay away from him. If I can.