Those of you who have followed my blog know that I have followed Charlie Johnston. I think I’ve been balanced in my assessment of his message and the prophetic aspect of what he says. I trust, but verify (as Ronald Reagan once said). In other words, he seems legit to me, I’m willing to trust, but if what he says doesn’t pan out I am not going to make excuses for him. But as we move along this year, I must say that all he has warned that is coming is looking like it is coming to pass. So it’s not all a slam dunk, but we’re working our way into a good scoring opportunity.
I’m going to write this post under the assumption that Charlie is absolutely correct in what he says is coming: that the next stable leader of this country will not come from the election process. Some have taken this to mean that the elections won’t happen. Charlie hasn’t said that – he has said that the election might happen, but on inauguration day we will not see Obama peaceably hand the reins over to Donald or Hillary. To be honest, I think this may even be too restrictive. I could see a scenario in which chaos is erupting around us and we attempt to continue the government in normalcy, but it is not stable and is short-lived.
In any case, this all seemed like crazy talk just a year ago. If you would have polled Americans as to whether or not it is likely that on Obama’s last day our country may be in a precarious situation and there would be a serious question about the future of the structure of government itself, I am guess the poll numbers would have registered near zero. If you polled Americans on that now, I’m sure that most would still answer that the government will survive, but the difference is they’d actually consider the question a relevant and valid one. And a lot can happen in the next three months that might change the answer.
I am not guaranteeing that Charlie is correct. I am not rooting for chaos. What I am rooting for is that America wakes up and reverses its current course. And all of us prefer that this happen the right way. But sometimes we humans cannot see the direction we’re going, and if God wants to save us, He’ll have to do it in a way that really sucks for us, because it’s the last remaining option. If you abuse your body with drugs, alcohol, diet, lack of exercise, and so on then some day you may need to take unpleasant and drastic corrective action. That action will always be unpleasant, but can also give you a brand new shot at life. You can then go forward having learned a serious lesson. The same is true of an entire culture’s spiritual state. If you pile abuse upon abuse, at some point unpleasant correction is necessary. If God is merciful to us he will correct us. But it will not be pleasant.
So, let’s look ahead assuming Charlie’s correct: the next stable leader won’t come from the election process. Between now and the end of 2017, things will get so bad that we will all lose hope. By the end of 2017 the Rescue comes in a Marian way.
Crazy? Maybe, maybe not. But I’ve been working under the assumption that his accuracy is likely. I’ve actually been feeling that way for a number of months now. And I must say, once I developed that mindset I have watched the world around me through a different lens. It’s almost remarkable to see everything happening that is happening. I actually don’t think most of us are even able to process how out of control everything is. We’ve accepted escalating wackiness as a new normal and we now shrug at things and pay little attention to things that used to be major news items of the day. As all of life devolves, we just seem to accept it and try to live a life of normalcy to the extent possible. Not that I have an issue with that – it’s a defense mechanism of sorts. Keep hoeing the row that is yours to hoe.
So, suppose you go to a movie and someone told you the ending. As you watch the movie, you are watching it with an eye towards what you know is coming, and you look for signs throughout that helps you understand how the story line is getting you to that conclusion. You watch it differently than if you have no clue. In the first case, you know what ultimately happens, you just don’t know how. So you watch to tune yourself into the how. In some ways, you likely pick up on things you otherwise would have missed or not thought that much of. In the latter case, you are less engaged and you’re just taking it in and not particularly concerned with the ending.
Even if you are not a complete buyer on Charlie, keep his predictions in mind as you watch the world unfolding around us. You just may see things in a different light. And at the very least, if it does come to pass, then you’ll know he was right and 2017 will be a rough year. But you’ll also know that there’s a Rescue coming. And that’s good to know.