“For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginning of sorrows” – Mark 13:8
Are we in the last days? I think so. Doesn’t the world seem darker and more sinister than it used to be? Doesn’t it seem like that evil abounds everywhere? No matter in what direction we turn there is bad news. Things are deteriorating at an alarming pace. The unrepentant, unabashed sins of men are getting worse, and the earth is groaning. The earthquakes, tsunamis, sand storms, droughts, torrential rains, floods, unrest all over the world, economic collapse on a global scale. For the first time in 31 years Japan is running a trade deficit. The United States is not the economic power she used to be. She is no longer respected in the world as she once was. There are riots and political upheavals all over the world. God is trying to get our attention. He is pleading with us to repent and turn back to Him before it’s too late.
I believe the end of all things is at hand. If you search the word of God I believe that you will come to the same conclusion. God will not allow this world to continue in its wicked ways, and sit back and do nothing. He may be silent but he is never still. He is still giving us an opportunity to turn from our wicked ways and return to Him. His children cry out to Him day and night, “Come quickly Lord Jesus”, and take your bride away. The souls of your children long to be with you. We have grown tired of this place. There is no justice here evil men seem to rule with impunity. They do as they please and it seems that no one can stop them. They speak blasphemies against your Holy name and laugh because they seem to be so secure in their power, money, position, social status, religious beliefs, etc. They say what need to do we have of God? But you O God laugh at their plans and schemes because you know that their day is coming. The world says to God Almighty the maker of heaven and earth that we know what is best for our lives let us alone! We don’t need you interfering with our plans. We want to do what pleases us. We create our own destiny, I am master of my universe. Your laws and commandments are too strict, too binding, they are archaic and outdated they’re not for today. The Bible was written over 2000 years ago. Things have changed how could it possibly be relevant in this day and age?
We are far too sophisticated and knowledgeable to believe in the devil, hell, and eternal punishment for refusing to accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior and other such nonsense. These things are designed to frighten small children. Man is basically good. Besides, Oprah and many others have told us, “Jesus can’t be the only way”. There have to be other ways to god. If not, why do we have all of these different religious belief systems? How can Jesus possibly be the only way? As a matter of fact as far as some of us are concerned it’s possible that God doesn’t exist anyway. Besides why would a so-called loving God allow murders, rapes, robberies, children to be mistreated, poverty, sickness and disease? If you really cared about the shape the world is in you would do something. What kind of God are you to allow these things to continue? The wars, famines, weather disasters, hunger, incurable diseases, cancer, senseless death, how can you allow such human suffering to go on?
We want a god that doesn’t care if you are homosexual, lesbian, pagan, a witch, and doesn’t mind if you choose to marry another of the same-sex as long as you love one another. We desire a god that tells us it doesn’t care which road we choose to get to him every road is the right one. As a matter of fact you don’t even have to believe that their is a god! What matters is the life you lead while you are here. All that matters is that you are a good person and you are good to people, and you try your best to kind, considerate and be helpful to others. That’s what is right and good in our eyes. Talk about strong delusions! The God of all things has little place in this society anymore. The world believes that it is capable of shaping its own future. The belief is that the power within us! As a matter a fact the world says we really don’t need you. It seems all you want to do is tie us down, keep us from enjoying our lives the way we wish with your commandments, rules, and ways to live that run contrary to our modern lifestyles. At this point in time we see no need to worship or praise you, nor thank you for anything. With all that is going wrong what would we be thanking you for? For now, we see no need for your help, guidance, salvation, mercy, or whatever else you have to offer. The good times will be back again soon. The economy and the bad times won’t last forever.
We will make our plans and live our lives because we know there will always be tomorrow. It may be bad now, but the promise of a brighter day is just around the corner! How blind, arrogant and foolish these people are. But the word of God speaks of this time doesn’t it? In 2 Timothy 3:1-8 it says, “This know that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of things that are good, traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
Notice where it says, “ever learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth”. We have more knowledge than at any other time in human history. We have mapped the human genome, technology that has literally changed our lives, there have been great advances in science, medicine, communication, etc. As a race of people we have learned much. But what has all this learning gotten us? We believe that we can take God out of our schools, our government, our very lives, and expect that we and our children will somehow be better for it. The shootings, rapes, beatings of students by their peers, suicides, bullying, and teachers having inappropriate contact with their charges would seem to say otherwise. You cannot remove the word of God and expect anything good to happen. In fact you should expect the exact opposite. You have opened the door for the enemy to have his way. Children today are more disobedient to authority than ever before. Parents are afraid to discipline them for fear of going to jail or the child not liking them. There have been instances of children committing patricide because the child didn’t like something the parent did. Children killing their own parents, 30 years ago the very thought was unthinkable, we are truly in the last days. God said spare the rod and spoil the child for a reason. He knows that “foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of correction drives it far from him”. – Proverbs 22:15.
If you refuse to teach discipline to your child as God teaches I promise you someone else who doesn’t love him/her will teach it to them, and they may not like the lessons. We need to understand that God knows us! We are born with a sinful nature but with God’s help we can fight and overcome it. We will struggle with it until we leave this earth to live with Christ in our renewed bodies. Only then will sin have no more attempt to reign over us. That fight will be over. Until then we must die to sin each and every day. Oh, come quickly Lord Jesus.
We take the Ten commandments out of our courthouses and we expect justice from those who sit in judgment over us? Really? Is there any wonder why we get handed down the laws that we do? Is it really a surprise that we have more judges being charged with corruption or abuse of their authority when they believe that no one sits in judgment of them? Some of them believe that they can do what they want because basically they are accountable to almost no one. They can be cruel and harsh in their dealings with you. Some have utter disdain for the poor or those with no money, power or influence. How many times have you heard a judge say, “This is my courtroom”. In essence you are being told this is my sandbox and you will play by my rules. I can understand that for good order this respect for authority must be established. After all he/she has the force of law and the state to back them up. Who are you going to complain to? Our tax dollars pay for everything including the judge’s salary, and despite that some seem to have nothing but contempt. But I think that they forget that God put them in the position that they are in and He demands that their judgments are administered with impartiality, fairness, compassion, adherence to the law, respect to all and righteousness. Because if you do otherwise His children will cry out to Him for justice and He will answer their pleas. Then O judge you will answer to God Almighty. When you disregard the laws of Almighty God and make man’s law superior you should expect nothing less than chaos. God is ruler of all. He will not be ignored, nor will he allow His laws to be violated without consequence.
I can give many biblical references in order to bolster my belief that we are in the end of days. Some say that things will get better. I’m sorry no they won’t. Not until Jesus returns. Things are going to get much worse. This too is prophesied in the Bible. But fear not saints God has promised to take care of us no matter what! Rejoice! This economy matters not to Him, neither do the plans, schemes or threatening of men. In the days ahead he will provide safety for you and your family. The days ahead may cause you to fear, but no matter what trust God. He will see to it that you have all that you need. He is not a man that He would lie. Martin Luther once said that for the Christian life is too long, and we want to go home and be with our Lord. The sinner says that life is too short I have so much more that I want to do.
For those that believe that they can ignore God and do as they please the word of God has something to say to you. And for those of us who love Him and look forward with great anticipation to His coming, He has something to say to us as well. “The hand of our God is upon all them for good that seek him: but His power and wrath is against all them that forsake Him”. - Ezra 8:22. Like it or not the days are coming to a close. God is still speaking. As it says in 2 Peter 3:9, “He is long-suffering toward us, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance”.
Look around you. Take a good long look at all that is going on in the world. My friend the end is closer than you think. There is still time to come and accept the Lord Jesus Christ and be saved. Ignore Him at your own peril. But no one will ever be able to say on the day of judgment and say no one told me about this Jesus. I believe that you will be shown every time the opportunity to accept Christ presented itself, and you rejected it. When Jesus stood at the door and knocked you looked out the peephole and said we’re not interested.
There is still time.