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Job: a type of the end-time Christian

Job mainly knew health and prosperity. Many today talk the talk and make much noise but do not have a deep close walk with Jesus Christ and know not the depth of His Presence.

Matthew 15: 8-9
These people draw near to Me with
their mouth,
And honour Me with their lips,
But their heart is far from Me.
And in vain they worship Me,
Teaching as doctrines the
commandments of men.

This spiritual condition is what God had to bring to the surface. His faith was built on ease, health and prosperity. It was an outward faith but not a faith which was of the heart and of a close abiding intimacy with Jesus Christ. This faith will not withstand the current global storm.
In the midst of the whirlwind (storm), God showed Job two monsters - Leviathan and Behemoth. Some scholars believe these to have been the hippo and the crocodile. God was showing Job that man could not overcome these two monsters. No matter how they prayed, confessed or spoke to their mountains, they remained steadfast. Only God can defeat and remove the monsters.

Suddenly Job's eyes were opened. He saw the truth - that God is sovereign and in control. He realized that he must accept the current circumstances as from the hand of God. He became still. God would deliver him in His own time. Job learnt to embrace the cross.

Job's Counselors

They insisted that Job had hidden sin in his life. Similarly today, the Prosperity Movement teaches that poverty indicates a lack of faith or hidden sin. They dogmatically hold on to this teaching and become Job's critics in the hour of the storm. Severe trials and testing will increase * as we approach the end of the age. Instead, we need to teach the church how to draw near to Jesus and to drink deeply of His living water; to let the life of God strengthen us in these last days so that we can echo the words of Apostle Paul, 'I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.'

This is why some have said that worship will be the central theme of the final move of God. In other words, we drink of this life of God through worship, strengthening us to endure the latter-day trials. The Word of God simply points us in this direction.

*The Scriptures do clearly indicate that we will escape the worst of the trials that occur during the Tribulation, occurring after the Rapture.