When I was growing up, we had three television channels plus the public educational channel, which didn’t count because it was so boring. The stations weren’t on 24 hours either. They signed off each night with the national anthem playing, then they came back on the next morning.
If we wanted to see a movie, we had a handful of theaters where we could go, but they were too far away to ride a bike, so we rarely went.
We had a few simple video games, like ping pong, which was fun for about twenty minutes or so. We loved what we had, but it was so limited we had to find other things to do, so we got together with other kids in our neighborhood and played tackle football for hours and lots of basketball games in our driveway. We ventured out into undeveloped areas beyond our neighborhood where we discovered lakes and went swimming. We built forts. We threw dirt clods at each other. We shot BB guns at each other, and things like that.
A lot of things changed for the next generation with the rise of cable TV channels, movie channels, walk-mans, Nintendo, PlayStation, Xbox, personal computers, cell phones, iPods, iPads, and podcasts. Suddenly, kids were growing up with endless media entertainment choices.
They have been called millennials because they were born around the turn of the millennium, so they are now anywhere from teenagers to mid-thirties. Unlike any previous generation, they consumed countless hours of media entertainment, but all that exposure has taken its’ toll. Their worldview has been shaped by it, causing them to be overwhelmingly godless, faithless, and spiritually lifeless. Their values are defined by their imaginary media world where bad guys are heroes, cops are jerks, premarital sex is good practice in case you get married, homosexuality is fine if that’s what you’re into, preachers are crooks, parents are stupid, and jobs are places where you go to get paid, not where you actually do any work.
And God, well if there is a God, who needs Him? Compared to other age groups, millennials are least likely to practice any kind of religion. In 2013, a poll of millennials in the United Kingdom found over half had “no religion nor attended a place of worship”, other than for a wedding or a funeral. (Source: Wikipedia)
It can be frustrating being around millennials because it seems too late to reach them, like their ship has already sailed. They have become so attached to their media world, somewhere along the way they stepped out of this world and into that one. Connecting with them is difficult because their ears seem to always be covered by headphones or earbuds and their eyes are always fastened on their phone or laptop or video game.
Even without their devices, connecting with them is hard because they don’t seem to need any connections. They’re quite content living in their media world. Even when they’re with their peers, real social interaction is almost nonexistent, which is just fine with them. Social time means sitting together while they all stare at their phones or play video games or watch a movie.
Do they even know what’s going on in their friend’s life? Do they even care? Not so much.
A few weeks ago, my wife and I went out to eat and noticed three millennials seated at a table near ours. Sure enough, they all sat there quietly staring at their phones.
What a waste! Millennials waste so much time doing things that don’t profit them or anyone else. They waste their talents because they don’t use them for anything. They just drift along aimlessly with no sense of direction or purpose. By all appearances, they’re a lost generation, but God has a long history of choosing the least likely of all people, so why not the least likely generation too.
For example, David was such an unlikely choice for king of Israel, his father didn’t even invite him to join his brothers when the prophet Samuel came to anoint one of his sons as the next king. His own father couldn’t see any hope for David, but God saw it. (1 Samuel 16:11-13) Gideon was called by God to deliver Israel even though his family was the least in the tribe of Manasseh and he was the youngest in his father’s house. (Judges 6:14-16) The twelve disciples of Jesus were so uneducated, they were scorned by the religious leaders, yet the Lord chose each of them. And there are many more examples.
In December 2015, God gave me the most powerful dream I have ever had. He allowed me to go into the future where I attended packed out meetings of the most on-fire believers I have ever been around. It was awesome, but the most amazing thing was almost everyone there was either a teenager or young adult. The older folks there were far outnumbered and pouring ourselves into these young people, training them, teaching them, showing them the ways of God. They were so hungry for God, they soaked up every morsel, every word, every experience, and hungered for more.
What I saw was such a contrast to what I see today, but I don’t believe it was in the far distant future. The late prophet Bob Jones saw over one billion young people getting saved in the year 2020. That’s about 14% of the world population getting saved just three years from now, which sounds impossible and would be unless there are major changes between now and then, but God can bring changes.
A few weeks ago, the prophet Bobby Conner shared a vision God gave him for the millennials. He saw an awesome move of God coming upon them. He saw their aimless, purposeless lives suddenly transformed as they were filled with passion for God and a clear sense of direction. He saw a holy reverential fear of the Lord released to them, causing them to be sanctified, cleaned up, and set apart for the service of God (John 17:17). He saw them stop wasting their time as they started seeking God. He shares his vision in the 6-minute video below.
The devil must be salivating over the millennials because of their current zombie-like condition, but I believe God is about to do a supernatural turnaround, raising up the most unlikely people to completely rock this planet as He uses the giant void inside them to stir up a giant hunger unlike anything this world has ever seen, putting such a great demand on heaven, they will cause it to be established in the earth. The most complacent generation in history is about to become the most purposeful generation in history.
That’s what I saw in my dream, the presence of God filled that place stronger than anything I have ever experienced before. I saw no cell phones, no iPads, no video games, just countless millennials sharing one mind and one purpose, an all-consuming cry for righteousness. Their cry will stir heaven to move in their behalf, bringing the fulfillment of God’s promise, “Blessed are all those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” (Matthew 5:6)
Author: James Bailey
James Bailey is a blogger, business owner, husband and father of two grown children. In 1982, he surrendered his life to the Lord Jesus Christ. In 2012, he founded Z3news.com to broadcast the message of salvation by reporting end time news before it happens.
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