Indeed, “the end” (of man’s misguided, unrighteous rule) is soon coming, praise to God. The world is in turmoil, there is a worldwide economic crisis, unemployment, and disease epidemics are forecasted. False religious prophets and National news media play on people’s fears… America’s enemies are many. Could things get any worse…? sadly, yes, they can!
SO, WHAT SHOULD WE DO?
It is certainly more easily said than done, but it comes down to faith! I think that God allows this dilemma for His children… because it serves as a test to whether we will trust in what he has taught us in His instructions in the Holy Bible. One such instruction is found in Mat. 24:3–7, where Jesus is speaking about the “end time” events, (many of which are similar to today)…men’s deceptions, false Christ’s, and those that claim to come in His name, world wars and rumors of world wars, nations against nations (ethnic wars) famines, pestilences, earthquakes, this is like reading today’s news headlines….”IN THE MIDST OF ALL OF THIS, JESUS SAYS… SEE THAT YE NOT BE TROUBLED“…herein is the FAITH part
The Apostle Paul gives further encouragement
2nd Thessalonians 1:2–7...”Grace unto you and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ…we thank God…that your faith grows exceedingly….and charity (love) toward each other abounds”, “…and to you who are troubled, rest with us, when (until) the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels”. In the book of Philippians 4:7, the Apostle Paul shows us that God will give us a PEACE that surpasses all comprehension. It’s as if God has already settled these matters…AND WE NEED NOT BE ANXIOUS!
IS THIS TO SAY…CHRISTIANS GET A PASS?
No! We do not get a pass. Did Jesus get a pass? Tho He was perfect, He was a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. Likewise, every Christian disciple will have a “cross” to bear in this life …suffering many of the very same things as the rest of humanity… illness, job loss, family problems, etc., as well as undeserved trials and persecutions that come with being a Christian and true disciple of Jesus. So, let us follow the Apostle Peter’s admonition, “think it not strange concerning the fiery trial WHICH IS TO TRY YOU…” but rejoice …as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings…when His glory is revealed, YE MAY BE GLAD ALSO WITH EXCEEDING JOY.” (1st Peter 4; 12-13)
Let us be careful that we do not put our trust in men or women, governments or personages of this world. Rather, let’s learn from King David (a man after God’s own Heart) Psalm 91:2–10… ” the Lord is my refuge and fortress… in Him will I trust. He will deliver me from the snare…the pestilence. He will cover thee… with His wings… His truth shall be thy shield and buckler. Thou shall not be afraid for the terror…or the arrow…or destruction. A thousand shall fall at thy side, thousands at thy right hand, but none shall come near thee. Because you have made the Lord your refuge, thy habitation, there shall no evil befall thee, or any plague come near thy dwelling”. THIS IS THE PEACE THAT GOD HAS GIVEN TO HIS CHILDREN AT THIS “END TIME”.