The Latter Days

RevelationYou hear it all the time.  Every time something happens like a series of natural disasters, or someone with a chip on their shoulder goes into a business or school and begins shooting up the place leaving many dead in their path, or another practicing Muslim straps a bomb to him or herself and walks into a café or other crowded venue and blows themselves up, you have people shaking their heads and saying, “What is this world coming to?”  Well, let me tell you.

In 2 Timothy 3:1-4, God’s Word says this:  But know this: Difficult times will come in the last days. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, without love for what is good, traitors, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God”, and further down in verses 12-13, Paul writes, “Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, 13 while evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.”  Verse 13 says it all.  EVIL PEOPLE AND IMPOSTERS WILL GO FROM BAD TO WORSE.  What is this world coming to?  IT’S COMING TO AN END!!  We ARE living in the last days, people.

In all these verses I mentioned, you can see how all of this are things that we see in our world everyday!!  You don’t have to look far to find it.  Just turn on the TV and watch the news.  Or flip through the channels and see what TV shows are on and you will recognize these behaviors more and more.  And it’s not going to get any better!!

Does it get any easier to watch?  No, it doesn’t.  But as Believers, we can’t lose heart.  We know that God warned of all this in the Bible and to be honest with you, when I was a teenager reading about all of this in His Word, I was hoping that it would be hundreds of years after I was gone from this earth before any of this would happen.  But, here we are.  And be certain, we WILL be persecuted.  We see it even now with some government officials and groups wanting to strip us of our right to freedom of worship.  We see Christians in the Middle East and Asia being forced to go underground or even driven out of their homeland just because of their faith, and even beheaded.  Persecution is here.  We are living in the last days.

So my question to anyone reading this is…..are YOU ready?  To be honest with you, I’m not.  I’d be lying if I said none of this scares me.  But that’s just a honest human reaction.  We know that Jesus prayed in the garden just before his crucifixion, “Lord, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not my will, but your will be done.”  Was Jesus looking forward to the torture and beatings he would be getting?  Absolutely, not.  Even though he was still 100% God, he was also 100% man and the prospect of the pain he would have to endure wasn’t something he was looking forward to.  So, as Christians, we know what is ahead just based on what God has put in his Word.  We know that there would be a One World government and a One World religion set up, and it’s no secret that Pope Francis is working on uniting ALL religions together; Catholicism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, etc..  All this is taking place as such a fast rate, you can’t hardly keep up.  But, still, as Christians, we must remain faithful and not fall away.

If you’re reading this, and you’re not a Believer, I hope and pray that you will begin looking at God’s Word and compare it to what is happening in the world today.  Read the Book of Daniel and the Book of Revelation.  Read the Gospels.  To know that all of this was prophesied many, many centuries ago and it is now coming to pass is proof that God’s Word is TRUTH.  The majority of the prophesies in the Bible have already come to pass.  I hope through your study/research that the Holy Spirit will open up your heart and eyes to this truth and draw you to God so that you can repent and be saved.  Because what comes after this world is destroyed is not something that will be enjoyable and without Christ as your Lord and Savior, you will be subjected to God’s wrath for an eternity.

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