I can’t give a definitive answer to this question and I don’t think anyone can with any degree of certainty because the bible doesn’t say. But I can give my opinion. I can also tell you some of the reasons that I’ve heard as to why God is not as active.
- Dispensationalism – some believe that God works differently in different time periods, blocks of time, or dispensations. These dispensations vary depending on how they break up the time periods or ages. Ex: age of law, age of grace.
- Some don’t think He acts at all which is why most people don’t believe that He exists.
I don’t agree with either of these. I think God acts on behalf of His people IF you are in covenant with Him. Back then, He walked closely with Israel, His covenantal people, and did great wonders and miracles for them. He brought plagues on Egypt resulting in freedom from bondage, provided for them in the wilderness, and fought many battles for them. While Israel sinned against God many times, and while the Lord did punish them, His covenant always remained. They were one people, one God, one religion.
Flash-forward to today.
According to Wikipedia, there are approximately:
1.2 Billion Catholics
670 Million Protestants
230 Million Eastern Orthodoxy
82 Million Oriental Orthodoxy
82 Million Angelicans
Yikes! And this doesn’t begin to scratch the surface. Christianity is a generic term today which can fall into any one of these categories. But at the root of Christianity is the religion of the Hebrews. The people who follow Yeshua and also His instructions or Torah. So far we see a huge difference between the ancient assembly or church and today’s church. Back then, they were one people and one body. Today, we have divided ourselves into billions. We are no longer one people united in Yeshua/Jesus. And why are there so many divisions? Because there are differences in doctrine. Although ultimately it’s because Satan seeks to divide us because we are weakened when we are divided.
So everyone under the Christian umbrella has rejected their Hebrew roots, along with everyone else that doesn’t agree with them and what is the result? A weakened church. A lack of TRUE power in the church. I’m not talking about magic tricks and charismatic silliness. I’m talking about God’s hand moving and working throughout the body, changing hearts and lives – His one, single, united body that barely exists today. We’ve been blaming God all of this time for His seeming lack of inactivity but really, WE are the cause!
But there is a remnant. A remnant that has not split from the original assembly or church. It is a small group, hence the remnant, and THESE are the ones I’m speaking of. Do you think you’re a part of this remnant? Let’s test this with scripture to find out.
22Don’t deceive yourselves by only hearing what the Word says, but do it! 23 For whoever hears the Word but doesn’t do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror, 24who looks at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25But if a person looks closely into the perfect Torah, which gives freedom, and continues, becoming not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work it requires, then he will be blessed in what he does. James 1:22-25
What good is it, my brothers, if someone claims to have faith but has no actions to prove it? Is such “faith” able to save him?…17Thus, faith by itself, unaccompanied by actions, is dead. James 2:14,17
Are you doing what He says? Are you obeying His instructions (Torah)? And if you don’t understand something are you seeking out the answers or will you just accept what the world says and travel on that broad path and perish?
Following Torah has gotten a bad rap by those who lack understanding because the bible says it’s “freedom.” It also says it’s “life” in many other passages. There is no “bondage.” He freed us from the consequences of sin by His death and resurrection, thereby overcoming death with life. And so shall, we IF we follow Torah, IF we are His covenantal people, IF we obey everything He says. If we only pick and choose what we obey, then we cannot be in covenant with Him which means we are out of covenant. And do you think God will deliver a people who are not in covenant with Him?
I know there are a couple of tricky verses that appeals to our flesh because in our understanding it means we no longer have to do them. (Saturday Sabbath, abstaining from certain foods etc.) But rather than settling for our interpretations and ignoring the verses that oppose you, shouldn’t you search this out and get the answers you seek, if you are seeking them? If you have the truth, then there will be no more “tricky” verses that oppose you. Everything will fit together beautifully and make sense.
So to recap as to why I think God is not as active today as He was back in ancient times. In my opinion, the reasons are:
- The church has divided itself and is no longer one body like the Lord intended, but is a body of billions all weakened with doctrinal error.
- His remnant are so small, they are off the radar. He’s not going to do wonders on a grand scale when His people are scattered and divided. Only when we’re together, as one, will we witness His mighty acts.
To clarify, I’m not saying He doesn’t move and act today. He absolutely does. I just think it will be more prominent when His people turn back to Him with all their hearts, submitting themselves to Him fully and in complete obedience to His Torah.