Endurance in These Terrible Times
Regardless of what you see happening around the world, and your personal world, now is the time for us to have endurance in faith that the promises and prophesies of God are true and just and He will bring us through the terrible times we see now and the perilous times coming.
Wickedness is increasing by leaps and bounds across the globe as wars and rumors of wars are in the daily headlines. Governments are corrupting themselves and leader’s agendas are evil and self-serving with no regard for the public or countries they are supposed to serve. By lies and manipulation; they convince the majority of the masses to worship them and their governments instead of worshiping the only true God and trusting only in Him. Corruption and evil in high places, leaders driven by non other then the enemy of our souls who captivate their minds with all sorts of evil and self abasement. Their conscience seared by their lusts of power and money with egos out of control.
For any born again believer, these things should come as no surprise, although the surprise seeing it all happen in your lifetime is perhaps hard to fathom. Jesus warnings in Matthew 24 about the end of the age are broadcast on your television on a daily basis. Wake up world, the end times are approaching fast and the signs are all around us.
Let’s be clear here. God does not cause all this evil, Satan does with the blessings of evil men who no longer want God the Creator to be a part of their lives or governments or countries or states or cities. Giving open doors to the evil one to come and wreck havoc because permission was given by evil men. Once protected by the mighty hand of God, because righteous men loved and worshiped Him, new generations of godless leaders along with their masses who love sin have caused God’s hand of protection to be lifted off the evil ones and now murder and chaos and riots and severe weather and earthquakes are becoming the norm. As in the days of Noah Jesus said and the earth is heading that direction full steam ahead.
More and more the bombings will come to a city near you because of evil men and governments who are helpless to stop them because of the policies and beliefs of political correctness and evil laws providing for open sin and rebellion against the Almighty Father who loves us all and sent His Son Jesus to die for us so we could live. The economies of the world are on the brink of disaster, hanging on by a thread. Soon the bubble will burst and entire globe will cry out in anguish and food becomes scarce and riots in the streets will be the new protests. Nuclear war could happen at any time in the Middle East spreading across the globe, the times are ripe. Think not? Watch and see within the next few years and remember the prophesies of the bible. We have need of endurance in these times.
The supposed Rapture of the church is wishful thinking, the bible just does not teach that. What it does teach is Jesus is coming again at the end of age at the sound of the last (7th) trumpet and the years of tribulation just ahead will reveal the anti-christ upon the earth who takes control of most countries until Jesus comes and destroys him. At that time the believers will be taken up to be with Jesus forever. People in the west think it’s all about them when in reality; it’s about Israel and the Middle East. All of Israel will be saved in the end. We have need of endurance.
What the bible teaches is the wheat and the tares (the saved and the unsaved) will grow up together. Evil will wax worse and worse and it will look like Christianity is in retreat, but the truth is it will be the greatest outpouring of the Spirit of God in history and the greatest harvest of souls ever will take place. More people will become believers than any other time in history just before the end comes. Believers today are and will be the evangelist of tomorrow leading many to Jesus Christ during the tribulation telling them of the great love of Jesus and what is transpiring knowing what the word of God says.
Even during these final days God mighty hand will provide and protect those who believe and He will reveal His glory even in difficult times. Some believers will die for their faith as is happening around the globe even now. Some will go to prison, some will be persecuted in other ways, but in all of it God’s glory will be revealed. To try to save your life means you will lose your soul taking the mark of the beast or giving allegiance to the anti-christ. But to lose you life for your faith will actually save your soul and forever you will live in heaven with God. We all have need of endurance.
“Therefore, do not throw away you confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised. For yet in a little while He who is coming will come, and will not delay. But My righteous one shall live by faith; and if he shrinks back, My soul has no pleasure in Him. But we are not of those who shrink back to destruction, but of those who have faith to the preserving of the soul. Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the men of old gained approval………….”