|Tell us when will these things be?|
And what will be the sign of
Your coming... (Matt. 24:3)
Tell me I'm not alone!
Like many of you I can accept the reasonable answer of global warming to explain the mild winters we've been having, but when Antartica broke a temperature record at 64.9 degrees Fahrenheit, it gave me pause!
I'm also concerned about the Coronavirus pandemic, the drastic changes in the stock market, the months long forest fires in the west, and don't get me started on the madness in our current political arena! All I'm saying is that now may be good time for us all to pay just a little more attention to the Good Book in regard to present and future happenings.
If you're one who dabbles in the ancient arts (I truly hope you're not) you can put away your tarot cards and horoscopes. And even though the Farmers Almanac has some good practical information, it doesn't compare with the Bible. So let's just stick with The Word
In regards to the End Times there are two passages of scripture most referred to: The signs of the Second Coming of Christ in Matthew 24 and the signs of the apocalypse in Revelation primarily chapters 3-19. And before you ask. No, I don't think we are in the Tribulation period and Donald Trump is NOT the Anti-Christ!. Things are sho-nuff bad! But it's going to get worse!
The Holy Spirit believe it or not, is actually restraining evil! (click here) 2 Thessalonians 2:7
Chuck Smith, bible commentator for Blueletter Bible.org explains it like this:
The Holy Spirit is hindering, standing in the way, restraining these powers of evil. Until He is taken out of the way, and immediately the wicked one then shall be revealed. Now it is actually the Holy Spirit in the life of the believers that is the hindering force. Some say, well, it is just the Holy Spirit. No, it is the Holy Spirit in the church-in the life of the believers. And as soon as the church is taken out of this world, there will be no more restraining forces against evil-no more voices against evil. The restraining force of the church will be removed and immediately, once the church is removed, this man of sin will take over using his powers that will be given to him by Satan. And the world will be plunged into darkness such as the world has never seen before, or will ever see again, thank God!
All the things we are experiencing today, I believe are just bible previews of coming attractions.
Like in the cinema theater, while you wait for the main event, you become a captive audience for other movies that are soon to come! These odd and supernatural occurrences are merely the birth pains described in Matthew 24:8. But the baby's not here yet!
So, here's what I believe we can do while sitting in God's OB-Gyn Waiting Room:
→ Encourage our fear-driven sisters and others with the truth of God's word. No one knows the day or hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself. Only the Father (Matthew 24:36)
→Remind people that we live in a fallen world. Satan is its god and has power but not ALL power. In which you used to live when you followed the ways of the world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. (Ephesians 2:2). BUT Jesus came and spake to them saying, all power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. (Matthew 28:18)
→ Much of what we see is the exposure of false righteousness in pseudo-christians and the sinful hearts of those who never knew the Lord. Now the Spirit expressly says that in the latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons. Speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron (I Timothy 4:1-2) AND But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will become lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving,slanderers without self-control, brutal, disposers of good. Traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God. (2 Timothy 3:1-5)
DOES THAT JUST ABOUT COVER TODAY'S WORLD?
To survive this increasingly violent and sin-darkened world we need not look for devastating signs of the apocalypse recorded in Revelation (blood, disease, famine, death, etc.) we're already feeling the contractions! Instead we should let our light shine even brighter (Matthew 5:14-16); Spread the Word wider (Matthew 28:19-20), and use this Lenten season to prepare with joy the next prophetic event the Rapture! Live like Jesus is coming today!UNTIL NEXT TIME...
Watch therefore, for you do not know
neither the day nor the hour in which
the Son of Man is coming!
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