Ecclesiastes 3:8 – A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
In light of recent events World wide, I felt compelled to bring some attention to the season we are in. Terrorist attacks and shootings are a daily occurrence and crime has risen in many cities here and across the World. We are witnessing some of the most Perilous times Society has ever known.
2 Timothy 3:1-7 This know also, 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 those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, 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.
Unfortunately, we are experiencing a season of Wars and Rumor of Wars, The entire World is on stand by, and many nations have aimed nuclear capable missiles at each other. We are closer to a World War than we have been in decades. I often hear people mocking End Time signs, the Bible says this will happen in Jude 1:18 That there shall be mockers in the last days. The most common remark I hear in regards to the signs of Wars, is that we have always been at War or in a threat of one. While this is true they also fail to remember that this is the first time in human civilization that ALL the signs are being fulfilled at once. Many fail to understand that it wasn’t even possible until 1948 when Israel became a nation. Now that this has happened ALL the signs are starting to increase just as a women in labor does increasing in strength and frequency.(1 Thessalonians 5:3)
Israel has always been and will always be a contributing factor to End Times Scenarios. The Bible tells us this several times, We are told that once Israel becomes a Nation that other nations will come against her and split the country and that the end will not be until then.
Joel 3:2 I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.”
Jeremiah 30:3 For, lo, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will bring again the captivity of my people Israel and Judah, saith the Lord: and I will cause them to return to the land that I gave to their fathers, and they shall possess it.
Amos 9:14-15 And I will bring again the captivity of my people of Israel, and they shall build the waste cities, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and drink the wine thereof; they shall also make gardens, and eat the fruit of them. And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be pulled up out of their land which I have given them, saith the Lord thy God.
Zechariah 12:3 And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.
Zechariah 14:1-2 Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee. For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city.
Luke 21:20 And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh.
Luke 21:32 – Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled
We are in the End Times and the signs are increasing as a women in labor. We have entered The Beginning of Sorrows which is a time on Earth when pestilence, fearful sights and famine will increase. To learn more about The Beginning of Sorrows please follow this link to read my article on WHAT IS THE BEGINNING OF SORROWS?
Mark 13:7 And when ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars, be ye not troubled: for such things must needs be; but the end shall not be yet.”
Luke 21:9-10 But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things must first come to pass; but the end is not by and by. Then said he unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom:
We have always been a society of violence and our past is full of death and destruction brought on by fighting, but never has it been as severe as today. But Jesus tells us not to be alarmed for these things must pass in order for his return (Luke 21:9) This statement from Jesus doesn’t make it any easier though because all you have to do is turn on the news and see for yourself the World is heading for a great battle as never seen before. Russia, Iran, Turkey, China, Syria, North Korea, Israel, Iraq and the US all hold major roles in this battle that is yet to come. Alliances are being made, Refugees have completely deserted a country and Nuclear War is increasingly becoming a World concern.
Ezekiel 38:22 And I will bring him to judgment with pestilence and bloodshed; I will rain down on him, on his troops, and on the many peoples who are with him, flooding rain, great hailstones, fire, and brimstone.
Ezekiel 38:4 “And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords:”
But many who are in the Body of Christ, have fallen asleep and have only focused on God’s love, hope and mercy, holding unto the the feel good doctrine completely ignoring the promise of his return both good and bad. Leaving those who are asleep or those who refuse to wake up, blinded to what all these events truly represent. I feel a part of the Body of Christ has been deceived by false doctrine and the World, viewing the End Times as a joke and mock the signs. Men of today are so blinded by the False Doctrine of World that they will continue to deny the obvious signs and invent excuses to explain what is happening around them. The Bible tells us that mens heart will fail from fear (Luke 21:26) and I am afraid this will includes a portion of the Body of Christ because they have failed to learn of the End Times and what to expect. Many believe it will not happen in their lifetime but ignore the fact that we are watching it unfold in front of them.
Luke 21:25-26 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.
Colossians 2:8 – Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ
2 Timothy 4:3-4 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
Revelation 9:20-21 And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk: Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.
Keeping up with the news can often be depressing and frustrating . As Christians, we are to know the World will pass away (1 John 2:17) and will one day will be destroyed(2 Peter 3:10), yet we are not to be afraid for our home is in heaven. (Philippians 3:20). At the same time we need to be aware because current events can provide examples of God’s word that we can use to help awaken others. The Bible tells us that some are saved with fear, pulling them out of the fire(Jude 1:23)and some are saved by Love. But ultimately, we all need to be prepared for what we are going to face – opposition, persecution, and standing before others to defend the teaching of Jesus. The idea of preparedness is seen throughout the Bible. Jesus used it to emphasize the point about being prepared for His coming: “But be sure of this, that if the head of the house had known at what time of the night the thief was coming, he would have been on the alert and would not have allowed his house to be broken into” Matthew 24:43. If we pay attention to our surroundings and what may be coming, we can be prepared. Keeping up with current events helps us do this. In other words, the closer we draw to the second coming of Christ, the more urgent it is that we are awakened out of our spiritual sleep.
That is why the Bible tells us
Ezekiel 38:7 Prepare yourself and be ready, you and all your companies that are gathered about you; and be a guard for them
Matthew 24:44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh
Romans 13:11-14 And that, knowing the time, that now [it is] high time to awake out of sleep: for now [is] our salvation nearer than when we believed.
Matthew 24:42 Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come
Matthew 25:1-11 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh
But as the Body of Christ grows in God’s Word we learn to Love one another, Spread the Gospel and the importance of being prepared for his return. In times of trouble and insecurity we are reminded not to have a Spirit of Fear but given comfort knowing God has promised to protect us. That God will never leave you or forsake you (Duet 38:1) that he always prepares a path ahead of you(John 14:3) and that we are to be of good cheer and not be upset about the tribulation around us for God has over come the World (John 16:33).
Isaiah 41:10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea.
Proverbs 29:25 The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe
Joshua 1:9 Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God [is] with thee whithersoever thou goest
Matthew 28:20 – Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, [even] unto the end of the world.
We are to continue to spread the Gospel of Jesus and how he came here to save us from our sins. At the same time we need to Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour 1 Peter 5:8 If ever there was a time to pay attention and get prepared, it is now!
Here are just a few links from the last couple of days on military movement across the World this is daily occurrence