Yup…here I am…throwing my hat into the ring on THIS subject….
Now, I see A LOT of people panicking over “The End of Times”…we see new wars breaking out everywhere….injustices being visited on man by man….diseases we thought LONG since gone are making a new and surprising comeback (with some NEW ones added in for worry)… yes friends, it looks like “The Time” is near…so…why on earth is everyone panicking?
For the last 2,000+ years we have ALL known this would be coming. NO ONE can say they have never heard of the “End of times”.
Every since John had his Revelations, and set pen to paper, we all have had a “field guide” and front row seat KNOWING these things were coming…so…here is the skinny, folks:
“Jesus said to them: “Watch out that no one deceives you. Many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am he,’ and will deceive many. When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come.
Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places, and famines. These are the beginning of birth pains.
“You must be on your guard. You will be handed over to the local councils and flogged in the synagogues. On account of me you will stand before governors and kings as witnesses to them.
And the gospel must first be preached to all nations.
Whenever you are arrested and brought to trial, do not worry beforehand about what to say. Just say whatever is given you at the time, for it is not you speaking, but the Holy Spirit.
“Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child. Children will rebel against their parents and have them put to death. Everyone will hate you because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.
“When you see ‘the abomination that causes desolation’ standing where it does not belong—let the reader understand—then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.
Let no one on the housetop go down or enter the house to take anything out.
Let no one in the field go back to get their cloak. How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers!
Pray that this will not take place in winter, because those will be days of distress unequaled from the beginning, when God created the world, until now—and never to be equaled again.
“If the Lord had not cut short those days, no one would survive. But for the sake of the elect, whom he has chosen, he has shortened them. At that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah!’ or, ‘Look, there he is!’ do not believe it.
For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. So be on your guard; I have told you everything ahead of time.
“But in those days, following that distress,
“ ‘the sun will be darkened,
and the moon will not give its light;
the stars will fall from the sky,
and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.’c
“At that time people will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory.
And he will send his angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of the heavens.
“Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that it is near, right at the door.” – Mark 13: 5-29
Yes, there is all is…in black and white…and HAS BEEN for the last 2,000 years.
And yet….why is it they have been pushing that panic button on people..the one that makes people so AFRAID of these things to come? Is it to scare you all into either BELIEVING it is coming, or to scare you into being so AFRAID to NOT come through their doors each week?
The truth is that while yes, we SHOULD be nervous…because NO ONE likes to hear the darker side of what is to come…we should actually be HAPPY. Yes, there…I said it..HAPPY. Reason? Because if we have been doing what HE TOLD US TO…preparing ourselves for the inevitable..then we should know what is coming AFTER.
Every time one of our childhood icons departs, every time one of our favorite shows gets cancelled, every time our favorite band falls into obscurity, every time we hear of a friend we went to high school with, or a neighbor we liked dies, we get sad right? But then LIFE GOES ON….yes…a new child is born into our family, or a new series gets our attention…or we find a new icon to look forward to in their next movie. THIS IS WHY we should not be afraid of what is to come…because SOMETHING BETTER IS COMING.
So here is the tactic they use:
Now, most of them focus on THESE SCRIPTURES and say “THE END”…silly people…THIS is not the end, but merely the BEGINNING. John’s Revelations tell us there are WORSE things to come.
So why am I saying all of this? Well, because SURE, we should be worried…but not to the point where we are running around like a headless chicken!
I HAVE ANOTHER MESSAGE TO SAY…not one of fear, or scare mongering…but one of CHEER…ready?
!!!!GOD LOVES YOU!!!!
You didn’t think He would go through all the trouble of CREATING you just to leave you high and dry, did you? HE GAVE YOU AN ‘OUT’!!!
I see people say “why doesn’t God do away with all these evil people?”…HE WILL, never fear…but the OTHER message we were sent seems to have gotten lost along the way in all the panic.
If you have gotten your soul in order, have your mustard seed of faith (Ref: Luke 17:6) then WHY BE WORRIED?
In the end, it is not up to churches, or preachers, or even MAN who gets into Heaven…it is up to GOD…and if God LOVES you…so then why would you be afraid?
Your body is just that…a shell…it can be fat, skinny, long, short..HE DOES NOT CARE…He cares what you do with the INSIDE of the shell…YOU ARE MORE THAN THE SHELL. You are a SOUL..a PIECE OF GOD’S DIVINE BREATHE INSIDE OF YOU.
His Son told us, in no uncertain terms, EXACTLY what we have to do to survive these perilous times He is sending us…
Jesus, my Master, gave us THREE SIMPLE RULES TO FOLLOW…if you can say “oh well, the 10 Commandments” are hard to follow, then get ready because the 3 are even HARDER….
“Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’
The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” -Mark 12:28c-31
And the REALLY tough one….
“Do not judge others, and you will not be judged.” -Matthew 7:1
Somewhere along the lines the leaders of religion FORGOT to mention those, eh? Somewhere along the timeline they sort of focused on the dire, and left the GOOD bits out.
This is the message we have all had for a VERY long time, and seems to have gotten lost along the way….
“For this is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another.” – 1 John 3:11
Instead of worrying about what is coming, try to focus on what is HERE AND NOW. NOW you have the opportunity to stop the clock on your soul. NOW you have the chance to turn it all around..NOW YOU HAVE A CHANCE OF SEEING THE ‘AFTER’ if you would only wake up and quit panicking and REALIZE YOU CAN CHANGE.
Deathbed recanting of your entire life is NOT an option…try LIVING The Word instead NOW so you can AVOID the fear. Love one another…treat each other with kindness, and compassion…HELP ONE ANOTHER through this… CHANGE YOUR WAYS.
I am not saying you need to become a pew pounder…I am saying you need to HEED those three laws…they are really simple to do! Love God, Love your fellow man, DO NOT JUDGE…and it is all GRAVY from there!
If you have your mustard seed in order, and you are not judging others..and you LOVE one another NO MATTER WHAT THEIR FAITH/RACE/CREED/SEXUAL ORIENTATION/SOCIAL STANDING etc IS, then YOU should not be afraid of something that we have ALL been told for 2 THOUSAND years.
It is easy! It CAN be fun! and guess what? IT WORKS!
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” -Matthew 6:34