As little as two years ago it seemed we had ascended to the heights of utopia. After generations of ignorance, and intolerance, after generations of clinging to God rather than believing that we are ourselves the makers of our destiny thereby little gods ourselves, we finally saw the light, and exited the darkened tunnel of subservience to Sovereignty into the bright sunny tomorrow of our own making. As none others before us had, at least in our own estimation, we had scaled to the peak of our glorious tomorrow, squarely planted out flag, grasped the brass ring, and witnessed with our own tear filled eyes not only the zenith of acceptance, understanding and all-inclusiveness, but that we managed to transcend it with seemingly little effort.
We were one, united in purpose, blinded by the light of tomorrow’s bright possibilities, and if anyone dared mention the notion of civil unrest, or class warfare in this nation back then, they would have been labeled disturbed and summarily institutionalized for further testing and observation.
Two years later, the landscape is very different indeed, and what was deemed improbable seems all the more probable with each passing day. The illusion is crumbling, and the mask of civility and brotherhood, is slipping off inch by inch to reveal the ugly truth that lies beneath. Common sense is becoming less common, and reason has been abandoned along with the hope that our children will have a better and more prosperous life than our own.
Having become a nation of up to the minute news, and headline readers, we see pieces of the puzzle but fail to take the time to see what all these pieces are forming right before our very eyes. For now protesters descending on the capitol of any given state are isolated incidents, but soon they will be common place, even daily occurrences, that will only grow in intensity and vitriol.
“It will begin with an internal revolution” these are words I repeated often enough in the ten years I was my grandfather’s translator. Every time he gave his testimony, and shared the vision God gave him for America, this is how it started, “it will begin with an internal revolution.”
One thing he did not share as often, but is common knowledge nevertheless because he shared it with family, friends, and those he spent any considerable amount of time with is that before the civil unrest would begin in America, our homeland, the nation of Romania would have yet another revolution to contend with.
In the twenty one years since the last revolution in Romania the people have never been as angry, despondent and given to violent rhetoric as they are now. Some are already calling for the overthrow of the present government, there is already talk of revolution, and union leaders who have the ear of tens of thousands of individuals continue to stoke the fires encouraging their people to march in the streets, and let nothing stand in their way.
The path this ministry has walked since its inception some twenty seven years ago has been a long and lonely one. We have been attacked, maligned, abused, and not by those of the world but must often by those who call themselves brothers. It has not been easy, and I along with my family have thought about quitting more times than I can count, but in the end it is long term, consistent and perpetual obedience that God rewards, and it is our desire to please the Father that has kept us faithful all these years.
Even now, it is not a message that many want to hear, even now they shake their heads and say ‘improbable, impossible, not here, not us’, yet all that we see happening in the world heralds the coming of the dark days which God foretold.
I write this article with a heavy heart because recent events in the world reveal that the season of sorrow is closer than I first thought it to be, and the church is nowhere ready for what is about to descend upon it. If we have eyes to see, and ears to hear, it is undeniable that the harbingers of what is to come are all around us, and all we can do in times such as these is pray for strength, pray for boldness, pray for peace, and pray for endurance.
Revelation 3:21, “To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.”
With love in Christ,
Michael Boldea Jr.