World-Wide Fear, Worry and Hatred

Posted: August 1, 2014 in Faces of Death
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Jesus told them, ‘Don’t let anyone mislead you, for many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah.’ They will deceive many.  And you will hear of wars and threats of wars, but don’t panic.  Yes, these things must take place, but the end won’t follow immediately.  Nation will go to war against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.  There will be famines and earthquakes in many parts of the world.  But all of this is only the first of the birth pains, with more come.  Then you will be arrested, persecuted, and killed.  You will be hated all over the world because you are my followers.  And many will turn away from me and betray and hate each other.  And many false prophets will appear and will deceive many people.  Sin will be rampant everywhere, and the love of many will grow cold.  But the one who endures to the end will be saved.  And the Good News about the Kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world, so that all nations will hear it; and then the end will come.” (Matthew 24:4-14)

“The day is coming when you will see what Daniel the prophet spoke about–the sacrilegious object that causes desecration standing in the Holy Place.” (Reader, pay attention!) Then those in Judea must flee to the hills.  A person out on the deck of a roof must not go down into the house to pack.  A person out in the field must not return even to get a coat.  How terrible it will be for pregnant women and for nursing mothers in those days.  And pray that your flight will not be in the winter or on the Sabbath.  For there will be greater anguish than at any time since the world began.  And it will never be so great again.  In fact, unless that time of calamity is shortened, not a single person will survive.  But it will be shortened for the sake of God’s chosen ones.”  (Matthew 24:15-22)

“Watch out! Don’t let your hearts be dulled by carousing and drunkenness, and by the worries of this life.  Don’t let that day catch you unaware, like a trap.  For that day will come upon everyone living on the earth.  Keep alert at all times.  And pray that you might be strong enough to escape these coming horrors and stand before the Son of Man.”  (Luke 21:34-36)

“However, 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 knows.  And since you don’t know when that time will come, be on guard! Stay alert!” (Mark 13:32-33)

“Most importantly, I want to remind you that in the last days scoffers will come, mocking the truth and following their own desires.  They will say, ‘What happened to the promise that Jesus is coming again? From before the times of our ancestors, everything has remained the same since the world was first created.'” (2 Peter 3:3-4)

The subject of the “End Times” is so important in Scripture that it can be found in almost every book of the Bible.  So many books have been written about it that entire libraries can be dedicated to this subject alone.  All events taking place in the world are leading to this point of culmination, and no matter where we turn, what we see and hear are increasingly perilous and seemingly hopeless.

Spirits of fear, worry and hatred blanket the planet and everyone living on earth is affected by them as evidenced by wars, threats of wars, skyrocketing violence and apathy towards it, the moral corruption of the world’s leaders and the moral rot in our individual societies, record-breaking natural disasters, man-made disasters, devastating financial disasters and the effects of these events on the worldwide populace.  Because of technology, the world’s inhabitants quickly know what is happening anywhere on Earth, and more and more, what we hear about is turmoil.

As Christians, we know that life will get increasing harder for us on this planet.  We are not welcome here and the world is hostile toward us. Those who don’t enjoy the freedoms that the western world currently provides face death every single moment of their lives just because they love Jesus Christ.  Jesus specifically said not to panic.  He commanded us to “watch out!”, to “stay alert” and to “pray”.  We are to continue our work in spreading the Good News to all nations and people while there is still time to do so.  We’ve been told what the end looks like and we know that it will be worse than anything the world has ever known.  This is scary knowledge to have and it can be distracting and even paralyzing if not understood from the proper perspective; the perspective of a soldier.

Soldiers are fully aware that their training and purpose is for the battlefield, the place where their lives can end or where they can be victorious. They don’t know when the battle cry will sound and their number will be called.  They are expected to be ready at all times.  And so are we.

Things will get worse.  Persecution will get worse.  Christians will continue to disappear from cities across the world, just as recently happened in Mosul, Iraq, where no Christians are left.  The world will quake and groan more and more violently under the spirit of evil that has taken hold, just as the Scriptures say.  Everything is NOT the same as it ever was, though many scoff that it is.

Christians are to be prepared, watch, pray and diligently continue on with the Great Commission of Christ.  Worry, panic and fear are not part of our equation.  Worry, panic and fear are not from God.  Our hope is in Christ and He is all we need. Our brothers and sisters all over the world face the end of their lives every day and if we are called to suffer as well, so be it. We are commanded to be bold in Christ.

Whether the End of Times occurs in our lifetime or not, none of us know when we will die, only that it’s sure to happen.  Let us live as if each day truly is a gift from God and use our day to glorify His Great Name.

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