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The bottom line is this: Time doesn’t move backwards. So every moment we spend pining for a return to past eras or the spirit of those eras is wasted.


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Hello Readers, hope all’s well. Time for another End Times post.

Time is one thing that never moves backwards … it can’t. It’s impossible (for us humans) to rewind time, as much as many of us would like to. No human on this planet has the power to move time backwards. Time can only move forward, one day, one minute, one second at a time. That’s our life, that’s everyone’s life—moving forward, one second at a time.

When Christians look at the world today, many wish to go back to earlier, better (in their minds) times. To be fair, non-Christians can feel this way too. But the desire to move the world back to an earlier time is the wrong kind of attitude to have.

Although I wish the world had better morals today, I still don’t desire to rewind time back to some earlier era. I’m happy to be alive today, happy I was born when I was born. And yes, I know these are the End Times, and it’s total chaos and pain. But why would I be upset about that when the End Times herald the Second Coming of Christ?? These days, today, this is what the Church has been waiting for since the 1st century. What’s not to like??

But let me give you a simpler reason why desiring to go back in time to a “better” age is the wrong attitude. Because it can’t be done, it’s impossible. That’s all!! Since we can’t move the world backward in time, let’s focus on what we can do for Jesus today, the day in which we live.

It doesn’t help us at all to desire and yearn for the past, which is gone and never coming back. This is a thought that has occurred to me a few times before. But I decided to write about it today because I was reminded of this by a very unlikely source ….

When an Era Is Gone, it’s Gone

I found this same idea in a very unlikely place. And that would be a book called the Hagakure, a philosophical work from medieval Japan. This book is also known by some as the “Book of the Samurai,” because it’s a treatise on the way of the Japanese samurai. It’s all about the mindset a samurai should have, how they should act, and so on. It was written in the late 17th or early 18th century by a Japanese samurai named Tsunetomo Yamamoto.

One of the many things he says in his treatise is exactly what we’re talking about today. Each age has a “spirit of the age,” and once it’s gone, we can’t go back to it. There have been good and bad times in world history, times of prosperity and times of distress. Each era has it’s own feel, but once that spirit is gone, it’s gone. Time has to move forward and leave that era behind.

For example, the cause of Christ makes great strides during times of Revival, which have a much different feel to them than times of cold logic and science-worship (like the 16th century or the 21st century). That doesn’t mean that once an era of Revival is over, there will never be Revival again. Far from it. History shows that after periods of cold logic and science, Revival follows because the people are Spiritually hungry and thirsty. This is proof of the Spiritual nature of the human race, and our need for a Spiritual life. But that’s a topic for another time.

Anyway, Tsunetomo Yamamoto says that even if you want to go back to the spirit of an earlier age, you can’t. So don’t worry about that, and “make the best out of every generation.” In other words, “make the best out of today, the day we all have.” People who are too attached to ideas of the past (and they only have ideas of the past if they weren’t alive then) make the mistake of not using today as best they can.

It is said that what is called “the spirit of an age” is something to which one cannot return. That this spirit gradually dissipates is due to the world’s coming to an end. […]

For this reason, although one would like to change today’s world back to the spirit of one hundred years or more ago, it cannot be done. Thus it is important to make the best out of every generation. This is the mistake of people who are attached to past generations. They have no understanding of this point. On the other hand, people who only know the disposition of the present day and dislike the ways of the past are too lax.

Tsunetomo Yamamoto, Hagakure, Chapter 2

There is great power to be had today, Readers, because today is the day we’re alive. This means today is the day we can take action. Today we can take action to make our lives better, or to further the cause of Christ. And both goals are tightly linked with each other.

But we can only access this power if we’re focused on today, rather than looking backward in time to the “glory days.” There has never been even one morally perfect era here in this fallen world, so stop looking at the past trying to find one. If we quit pining for the past we can look and see what we can do to make today better.

There’s no going back. And even if we could go back, the past is not as glorious as we think.

We have never had as many resources or opportunities for doing big things as we have today. We have technology people back in the “”glory days”” never even dreamed of. When we see moral problems in the world, why don’t we use the resources, opportunities, and technology we have today to try and tackle those problems?? If we pray to God about this, He will bless our efforts and help us.

The bottom line is this: Time doesn’t move backwards. So every moment we spend pining for a return to past eras or the spirit of those eras is wasted.

Steven Pressfield wrote about this in his excellent book, The War of Art. He compared the fundamentalist, who wants to return to the past, vs. the artist, who wants to make a better future.

The fundamentalist […] cannot find his way into the future, so he retreats to the past. He returns in imagination to the glory days of his race and seeks to reconstitute both them and himself in their purer, more virtuous light. […]

[…] while the [artist] looks forward, hoping to create a better world, the [fundamentalist] looks backward, seeking to return to a purer world from which he and all have fallen.

Steven Pressfield, The War of Art, Pages 35-36

No ‘Going back to Normal’

People, listen: This is The End. We have reached the End of the End Times, and the Second Coming of Christ is close at hand. There’s no going back to “normal,” there’s no going back to the world we once knew. Many people want to go back, but none of us can. It’s time to think about today, and what we can do to prepare.

How can we prepare for The End?? It’s time for all Christians to prepare our hearts for the coming of the LORD. It’s time to return to Jesus and REPENT!! of our sins; time to receive God’s infinite Mercy and Forgiveness. It’s time to make peace with our imminent physical death here in the temporary world, knowing our true Eternal Life is now soon to start.

With the remaining today’s we have left, let’s focus on what we can do for Jesus today, and keep doing that every day. Remember: We all want to get as many people as possible to come to Jesus before it’s too late!! That’s our most important job right now.

So quit thinking about “glory days” stuck in the distant past, everybody. We have a lot of work to do today!!

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