That's how I think of it. Oh, maybe Christ won't return this year, but as last year seemed to be The Year of the World (as in worldly vs. spiritual, not as in global necessarily) here in the U.S. It was all about politics, doomsday predictions, lies and rumors of lies, the imminent demise of the government in one way or another...

And I was so caught up in it! Maybe I was meant to be, maybe that was my ordained place in the grand scheme of things, taking a Biblical stand amid the moral chaos and destruction of our values.

But not now. These last 2 months the Lord has been working on getting me to another place, spiritually. He's been getting me to look up rather than out. Instead of looking at the Bible in the world, I'm looking at the Bible in the kingdom. Whereas I had put the world, worldly events, worldly concerns and the Bible together as a big puzzle (for lack of a better analogy), now as I read the Word the pieces are fitting together to reveal His Kingdom!

After the elections last November, He started revealing to me via the Word, with confirmations of various kinds, that this world will continue on toward the revealed end, and as things all come into place for this to happen, nothing will get in the way. It is all happening the way God decreed it from the beginning, and nothing anyone does will stop it.

There is a new urgency to proclaim the Kingdom now. We are seeing events as things move into place for the end, and so many need to hear the Good News that what we see here is NOT all there is, that there is a hope and a certainty of eternity where "He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away." (Revelation 21:4) The Child has been born - the Government now will be on His shoulders (Isaiah 9:6) This doesn't refer to the U.S. Government of course, but of the world government, in reference to His reign over the earth! (further information)

The time is over for trying to change the world. The time has come for doing God's work for the Kingdom. For shining His love on this broken world. For loving our neighbors as ourselves, for showing them His plan and His promises, and reflecting His goodness in everything we do. For fervent prayer for those who don't know Him, and who are bound within the chains of this failing world. And for looking at sinners rather than sin and loving them as Christ has loved us, and introducing them to Him that they may also share our joy.

This is where God is putting me now. And this is His call to me: to not serve a dying world, but to serve the risen King, for the sake of His Kingdom.
I try to help Leelan hide God's Word in his heart. These are some of the verses he's memorized so far. He started memorizing them when he was just 2 years old, so I paraphrased them to make them learable to him. I believe better that, than to have nothing stored up at all. These are about half of the verses he knows but they are his favorites :).