Perilous Times

Earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, nuclear meltdowns, terrorist attacks, economic crisis, political corruption, moral coll apse, out of control rising fuel and food costs, calls for a new world order, and the list goes on and on. It’s truly the end of the world as we know it. Unless you know your Bible or you are simply turning a blind eye, chances are you are very concerned for the future. The headlines from the events of recent days read more and more like Scripture as earthquakes and wars continue with more frequency. The secular news media and Hollywood would have us to believe that these things are related to predictions from Nostradamus or ancient civilizations, but to the Bible believing Christian it is nothing more than a fulfillment of prophecy.

Matthew 24:4-8
4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.

Where are we on God’s timetable? We are living in the last moments before the Tribulation period. The world is being prepared for a major collapse and crisis of the most incredible proportions. Dear reader, if you are trusting in the shed Blood of Jesus Christ the Saviour to pay the debt for your sins then you have nothing to fear. If, however, you are trusting in religion, science, or in your own morality, you are in horrific danger.

God’s Word has made it plain that His church will be out of here before the Antichrist begins to reign. A study of II Thessalonians chapter 2 tells us that the son of perdition, who is the Antichrist, will not be revealed until He that letteth be taken out of the way. That Person is the Holy Ghost of God Who indwells every true Believer. When the Believers are caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, then the Antichrist will come onto the scene to corral the chaos and will appear to be a saviour. Also, in Revelation 4:1 John the Apostle states, “After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.” This verse is immediately after the last mention of the church on earth in the book of Revelation. It gives us the voice, the trumpet and the catching up. Compare this with another passage on the rapture of the Lord’s church.                                                          I Thessalonians 4:16-17
16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

Another thing to consider is Revelation 5:9, “And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;” This can only be the Lord’s church in Heaven. This comes before the Tribulation is under way.

But as for these perilous times….

II Timothy 3:1-5
1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

To bring this down on a personal level, last Sunday night after church we were eating in a local restaurant and behind us was a table where there were five or six couples, mostly in their thirties. On the wall was a plasma screen television that was turned to one of the cable news channels and they were broadcasting breaking news of the tsunami aftermath. The first thing I noticed about this group was their constant use of foul language. They looked nice enough, in fact, most people would have called them good ol’ boys and their wives, but they couldn’t seem to make a sentence without peppering it with curse words. I have to admit, I get angry when people use that kind of language within earshot of my children and it was taking everything I had in me not to turn around and give them a piece of my mind, and maybe a sermon as well. What struck me the worst wasn’t their disregard for the young children seated at the next table, it was their reaction to the footage of people being killed by the tsunami in Japan. They were laughing and making jokes about the Japanese being so stupid as to not get away from the destruction in time. They also remarked that a tsunami should hit other parts of the world and get rid of other people. Without natural affection, proud, heady, highminded, fierce and the list keeps going. Perilous times have come. Lost souls are perishing all around us. The end is truly near. Are you prepared to meet God?

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