Fear is a common response to many things, whether its financial, your health, fear of a situation you’re in like you found yourself in a bad neighborhood, or a conflict with a fellow motorist, or even a peaceful protest. A lot of us most recently have found fear in the world as a whole, with so many moving variables and instability of government, health systems, the rise of different groups and factions forming in the name of fascism, or freedom for that matter. And to be honest everything I just mentioned is sort of rolled up into one big ball of fear. We seem to be experiencing all of these scenarios lately. And you can certainly add the change in weather, from heat to storms to fires, not to mention the temperature of persecution, that has certainly increased. Now with the rise of the Taliban in Afghanistan, not only inflicting fear to the locals, especially the Christian community, where they are literally checking cell phones for Bible apps which lead to execution. As well as rumors of alliances with the Taliban, Russia, and China, all with nuclear weapons, it certainly spreads that fear across the world. It really seams that the entire world is on walking on a tightrope, and as we watch on with breaths held, we wait to what happens next. For 100s of years we have watched situations come and go. A dispute here, a problem there, that always seems to pass and within a few days of hearing about it, we go on with our lives. It’s just something we’ve lived with. That’s not the case anymore. Just when you think things will settle like they always do, something else happens. And each time is more intense than the last. And we can barely get our breath before the next event takes place, whether it’s right here in America or in some other country. But honestly, its everywhere and all the time. But of course, God knew of these things. They were written 2000 years ago.
All these things we are seeing are the signs of the end as Jesus explained in Matthew 24:4-14
4 Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many. 6 You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. 7 Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of birth pains.
9 “Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. 10 At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, 11 and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. 12 Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, 13 but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.
So we knew these things would happen. We didn’t know that it would be in our lifetime, but it certainly is. And for those that are alert, and in the word, can see these things, and we shall not be deceived, but we are waiting for our Lord and Savior to come snatch us up.
1 Theselonians 5: 1-11
5 Now, brothers and sisters, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, 2 for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 3 While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.
4 But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. 5 You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. 6 So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober. 7 For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night. 8 But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. 9 For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. 10 He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. 11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.
So do not fear, but be encouraged that the time is closer than ever that Jesus will pull us out and the world that is left behind will be judged and God will deal with them. Let me read Matthew 24:14 once again. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.
Never before were we able to reach the world to preach the Gospel. Use the technology we have to tell everyone with ears to hear about Jesus Christ. Don’t let a day go by where you don’t make a post about salvation. If you were lost, wouldn’t you want somebody to tell you? And who are you to know where salvation is and not say anything? What a thing to keep to yourself. Perhaps the most selfish thing anyone could ever do.
Let me ask you this. If you walked by a 20 foot table of free food and then walked around the corner and saw a group of starving people, would you tell them about it or just keep walking?
There is starving people all around you, but they are hungry for a savior. Somebody to take the fear away, someone to ease the pain, someone that will save them from an eternity of torment and agony. That someone is Jesus Christ.
So tell them.
Now I have a small announcement. Next month is extremely busy for me at work, and my time will be limited, so the Sunday episodes may not be as consistent, unless God puts something in my heart that I have to get out. However, the Wednesday show will still be as always.
Speaking of Wednesday, be sure to tune in this week with our guest Meagan Turley. We will be talking about end times, the book of revelation and the rapture, in a special episode of nothing but conversation.
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