Recently, at a leadership
gathering in Switzerland we found ourselves in deep travailing
intercession for this generation of youth. Despite all the social media
connections, they may experience more loneliness and alienation - less
"family" - than any other generation in history.
As we prayed, two Scriptures came suddenly to mind. The first:
"...in the last days men will be lovers of self, lovers of money,
boastful, arrogant, disobedient to parents, unholy ..." (2 Timothy
Whenever I read this, I want to ask Paul:
"In your day, were people little angels, not engaging in all this evil
Is this only something for the future 'Last Days'?"
No, there was plenty of evil in Paul's day. However, most traditional
societies agreed to the existence of absolute standards of morality and
taboos. Most Jews and Greeks would have agreed that this list of evils
was indeed a list of evils!
So, the prophetic warning is this: a time will come when such
behavior will become "normal", a time when people and their social
standards will say:
"Self-love? Love of money? Pride? Rebellion? Homosexual marriage? Of
course! This is our 'humanism'; this is how free thinking,
"moral" people behave - what's wrong with it!?!"
The Promise of Restoration
"Behold, I am going to send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of
the great and terrible day of the Lord. And he will restore the hearts of
the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their
fathers ..." (Malachi 4:5-6)
This was the second scripture which the Spirit quickened in me, one
which promises something that can only be understood by first
understanding 2 Timothy. For if there is no disintegration of the biblical
family, then why would Elijah need to come before the Day of the
Lord to restore the fathers' hearts to their children, and
children's hearts to fathers?
Isn't it the most "natural" and "normal" thing for a father's
heart to be towards his children, and vice versa? Well, yes - but not
in the End Times! There is nothing more destructive to children than
self-loving, self-centered parents; and nothing more offensive to parents
than disobedient, rebellious children.
So we are promised that the prophetic, forerunning (Elijah) spirit of the
Lord will do a great work in the generation before Yeshua's return -
a work of restoring true family! This is exactly what we were praying last
month in Switzerland. As we went deeper into intercession, I found myself
repeating these words: "We are birthing the last generation ..."
In these Last Days, let's pray together for a restoration of both
natural and spiritual family in the church - with the sacrificial love of
Messiah at its core.
This article was previously published 05Jun15
on the Revive Israel website