BREAKING NEWS – NEWSFLASH!
I just got word that NO ONE, Iran, Syria, Egypt, or anyone else, will destroy Israel. Think I’m completely nuts? Keep reading as it gets better: God told me so.
In light of all the troubles in the world and all the negative reporting (I, myself, am guilty of this too) I sometimes try to distance myself from political things (which doesn’t work for long). Then I try to be more active, and back and forth. Life is sometimes a roller-coaster, trying to balance being responsible and informed with life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Anyways, I am an unapologetic Christian believer. And with Jesus as my Lord and Savior, when I am lost in myself, my cure is to get lost in His Word. – i.e. spend some time in prayer and reading my Bible.
Well, I’ll get to the point – God knows exactly what is going on, and He told us exactly what is going to happen.
First, let’s read it together: Matthew 24: 2-36
Did you read it all?
It is easy to compare current events to the text in the scripture. If you can’t readily see it, then please tell me what rock you live under.
It is clearly evident that the end times are a coming, although they may not even happen this century. But WHEN is not important. It is HOW you live in the time that was granted to you that matters – which brings me to what is comforting in this passage.
In verse 34 (the one that all the Atheists and other unbelievers like to quote to show that Jesus himself was a false prophet), because the world did not end during the Apostles’ lifetime, Jesus said: “this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened.” The Greek word used was “γενεά” (or genea), translated 34 times by King James as “generation” (but that is not what it meant. It means “lineage”. You can look it up in any dictionary prior to 1900 and find that definition.)
Two verses later, Jesus said “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father” If He, as the Son, did not know the hour or the day, then how did He know that the people listening would not die until it came to pass? He didn’t – He just said he didn’t; what is wrong here is our translation. He said “Your lineage… will not die.” WOW – what a difference that makes. It was a promise God was making with his Children (i.e. I will not allow you to perish until I return to save you.) Get it?! No one is going to be able to nuke Israel off the map. God won’t allow it. That’s not an allegory or an emotional statement – Jesus said it. He just got finished describing in vivid detail how disastrous the end times are going to be – and then gave a promise.
This promise is one we can all comfort in. This world will not end on its own. We can do a lot of damage to each other, but we will not be able to destroy the planet. We did not create it, and we do not have the authority to destroy it. God may allow us to take it to the brink – but he will give the final blow – and I won’t be here to see it. I am leaving in verse 31, at the trumpet call with the “elect, in the four winds.”
If you don’t want be here either and don’t know how to be saved – message me; I’ll walk you through it. You can also just visit Romans 10:9. Or just ask someone – anyone; don’t try and find someone who “looks spiritual” as there are no stereotypes. From the church parking lot to the local skate park or even – GASP-a local bar, you’re still guaranteed one of three great reactions:
1) They don’t know and don’t want to know. You have planted a seed; God will water it through someone else. You’re better than half the people in church already.
2) They don’t know but are intrigued and willing to find out – BOOM – a BOGO on salvation.
3) They do know and have been meaning to talk to you for awhile. Congratulations; you de-shelled a Christian, and they will thank you for it later.
Remember, when the end times talk is getting you down and the news is nothing but bad, be comforted:
“Do not fret because of evil men or be envious of those who do wrong;
for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away.
Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this.” – Psalms 37:1-5