Youth is a sign of the endtime. Everything is designed around the concept. Even the dictionary has a new word; adulting - "the practice of behaving in a way characteristic of a responsible adult, especially the accomplishment of mundane but necessary tasks."
Where have all the adult's gone?
Isaiah prophesied of the endtime and how the LORD would take away the mighty man, the judge the prophet and the old man. "And I will give children to be their princes and babies shall rule over them (Isa 3:4)."
It is not meant to be that way, but somehow that is how it has become, even the old think like children.
William Branham said; "It's an age. If I get a chance to ever come back, I'd like to speak on some of the prophetic things, to you, and show you that, the age that we're living in. The Bible said that, 'Children would rule their parents.'"
He spoke of this nation rejecting God in 1956, and youth taking over all the way to the White House. It would be a sign of coming judgment.
In the sermon; FROM THAT TIME he preached; "But as the days begin to count up with me, and the American people are all out for youth today, as you begin to get just a little age, they look for the young man. There's something with glamour, that's just the trend of the nation, the boy, the kid.
If a man was going to be operated on, he sure wouldn't want to get some little doctor that never had an operation before. He'd want to get an experienced doctor. It used to be in the days of Dwight Moody, and so forth, in the Bible times, wasn't so; you didn't see the children preachers and so forth. They took a man who was aged and knew what he was talking about, that went through the great knocks.
But today, America is all sold out for youth. Why, we've got them--a judge in our state, I think, twenty-two or twenty-three years old, a judge of the Circuit Court, twenty-two years old. They'll have a beatnik president after a while. Youth, they just take these kids; they take over everything. But the coming of the Lord is at hand. That's my theme; that's what I believe; that's what I'm trying to get to the people, the coming of the Lord."
Regardless of a congregations demands, God does not build a church on better youth programs, camps, or Sunday School programs. Although those things are good, and appreciated, but He builds His church completely and solely on the Word of God. It is the Word that matures us after being born again by the Word.
I feel prejudiced considering I am an old man, but I have lived long enough to witness the change and understand by experience. Let's look at the great old patriarch Job and his suffering, for an example. Job 30, is considered the youth chapter. Job references the fact, in the days of his prosperity, the aged and honorable rose to give him reverence, but now he was the object of contempt even by the young.
Toward the end of his trial, young Elihu seized the opportunity to offer his solution to the problem. He begin to speak from what he perceived his great understanding of the elder Job's problem. Yes, his understanding of God was much higher than the previous three older men, but he did not understand Job's situation. Correcting and accusing Job, he said the old are not always wise or understand judgment.
What he thought was wisdom, the Bible said was only his OPINION and that is all it was. He could not answer the question. In fact, when this young man finished speaking, Job could say nothing, then God answered for Job and said to the young man, "Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge," the very thing he accused Job.
The younger today perceives it is their duty to correct the elder with the advanced knowledge they think they possess - which only proves their complete lack of maturity. It would be better for them to keep their months closed in regards to things they know nothing about, and perhaps others will think them wise. Without walking in the shoes of an another for many years, it is not possible to understand the footsteps they take and the wisdom behind them.
It is the sign of the times.
Pastor Bill Ivy - Living Word Tabernacle, Campbell Missouri USA