*Pastor’s Note: This is another short article I wrote in the late 90s along with some others for the Church section of the local newspaper where we lived in Globe, Arizona. I thought it might interest my readers and I HAVE updated some of the Scriptures references. All in all, it is pretty much as it was published in the Church editorial of the newspaper. The pictures were added for this posting.
I have seen as I’m sure most of you have, the Hollywood movies “Deep Impact” and “Armageddon” and I’ll tell you, they have really touched a nerve in the American people today. It has gotten a lot of people asking if we are living in the last days of civilization as we know it.
With this question in mind, I would like to share with you some familiar scriptures. As you read them, consider how they line up with current global news. In Matthew 24:4-14, “Jesus is speaking to a few of His disciples, “And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.”
This may not be happening all together in the U.S., but it is in one form or another, taking place throughout various parts of the world. Why is this important to us as Christians? Here are some familiar, yet important Scriptures to answer that question:
Proverbs 18:15, “The heart of the prudent acquires knowledge, And the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.”
Proverbs 4:7, “Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding.”
Proverbs 24:5-6, “A wise man is strong, Yes, a man of knowledge increases strength; For by wise counsel you will wage your own war, And in a multitude of counselors there is safety.”
These scriptures are pretty well self-explanatory. To face what is coming, we need to be wise spiritually as well as knowledgeable.
Our heavenly Father could have allowed us to enter this time period blind, but His awesome love and graciousness allows us to recognize just how close we are to the time that His Son, Jesus Christ, is to coming to collect His bride, the church.
Revelation 1:3, “Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near.”