I watched this video clip from Justin Paul Abraham last week and was greatly encouraged by his prophetic insights. One thing the Covid-19 pandemic has changed forever is our “normal.” And this is not a bad thing. God will often use these times of turmoil and crisis to move His plan forward.
Here’s a summary from the video description of what he was discerning for the world and the church in the coming season:
“Forced change is here! If we get this right, we will see the greatest era yet for humanity – limitless energy, technology like magic, harness gravity, new joy economics, creative education explosion and more. To create a better world we must disturb the present! Featuring Justin Paul Abraham. Recorded in WALES. Company of Burning Hearts.”
I don’t know about all the specifics Abraham mentions but do I totally agree that God is using this current upheaval in our culture to bring about massive change. God is bringing this about so that He can re-calibrate our hearts to where He wants us to be.
It can no longer be just about the local church. We must globally come together, erase walls of division and work together in order to come into our rightful place of Kingdom authority. We cannot just keep thinking about our own needs. As I’ve said many times here, the Church of Jesus Christ must learn how to walk in other-centered, self-giving love, so the world will see Jesus in us, and then it will be a better place for all.
Abraham is spot-on that our education system must change. The current educational model, based on a 200 year-old cookie-cutter system, has become a prison more than a place for releasing creativity in our children. We much teach our children how to think instead of just what to think.
Our current educational system will not work in our future that’s increasingly becoming more machine-controlled. We must become more uniquely human if we’re going to thrive in the future. We cannot compete in the workforce with robot-based technology. We must learn the “soft skills” of creativity, as Jack Ma of the Global Economic Forum mentions on the video.
We must also leave the myopic and predictable closed-system of deistic Enlightenment for the open-ended and fluid quantum realities of the Spirit.
Abraham also mentions that technology is going to boom and seem like magic. I agree with him that we as believers don’t need to fear this. This is not necessarily a bad thing because many breakthroughs will happens that will solve human suffering and disease. We who follow Christ are not enemies of science but partners, potentially providing divine insights and solutions that come from heavenly realities.
I also love how he said that our current economy—based on Gross National Product (GNP)—which is all about make-more, buy-more consumerism—will be replaced by New Joy Economics. Imagine an economy based on joy, happiness, and well-being. Nations will actually start competing with each other on how healthy and happy their people are! While I find this one hardest to believe—with greed and fear and the political spirit’s lust for power and control currently driving things—it would truly be awesome if it happens!
Here’s the video clip:
If this all sounds like wild-eyed Pollyanna nonsense, I wouldn’t dismiss it too quickly. But, as is required before all major change, it will require repentance from us in many areas of our current thinking.
Many of us will need to stop abdicating our unrescinded role to be caretakers of this planet (Gen.1:28); we will need to change our gloom-and-doom biblical worldview (one that was also taught to us over the last 200 years). It will require that we stop limiting God based on our humanistic mindset and discover the unlimited possibilities found in His mind (see 1 Cor.2:9-16).
We must be honest with ourselves and admit that the current evangelical model is broken, not because of Scriptural compromise, but because we have not been moving with the Cloud. We must grow in our understanding of the Bible by letting Jesus be our guide.
If history is any indication of the future, many will also resist this change, unfortunately. And they will quote the Bible to justify staying stuck in the past. Beloved, let this not be so of you. Look up! God is at work and it’s glorious! As I’ve said many times before, this is not a time to hide in the shadows waiting for escape; it’s time for us to arise and shine!
“Arise, shine, for your light has come,
and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.
2 See, darkness covers the earth
and thick darkness is over the peoples,
but the Lord rises upon you
and his glory appears over you.
3 Nations will come to your light,
and kings to the brightness of your dawn. (Isa.60:1-3 NIV)