Signs of the Times (2)
Jesus said: ‘You…hear of wars and rumours of wars…see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains.’
Our grandparents and great grandparents who suffered through two world wars have no difficulty comprehending the word ‘wars’. But for the next six decades or so, their children and grandchildren had a more limited concept of what war meant. To them, wars were mostly regional and overseas or simply just historical facts. Then came 9/11. Americans began to understand the words, ‘Men’s hearts failing them for fear…’ (Luke 21:26 NKJV).
Some dates will forever stand out in memory. Like the day Senator Ninoy Aquino was assassinated, and the day three thousand people perished in the World Trade Center. Today the general political rationale of America is that if terrorism is being fought ‘over there’ it won’t reach their shores. But borders will always need checkpoints. War correspondents will always have jobs. The world will never see lasting peace this side of heaven.
Jesus said, ‘…All these are the beginning of birth pains.’ Rejoice! God is still on the throne. His plan is still being worked out. The death throes of the old order we live in are the ‘birth pains’ of a new and glorious order, when Christ will return to set up His kingdom. An old insurance company slogan says, ‘Get a piece of the rock.’ But when you’re trusting in Jesus for your security, you have the whole Rock!
‘…wars and rumours of wars…’ Matthew 24:6-8 NIV
ENCOURAGEMENT 4 TODAY
John 3:35-36; 4:14, 23; 5:24; 6:37, 40, 63
the Father loves the Son & has given all things into His hand. Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him. Whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life! The hour is coming, & is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit & truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship Him! Whoever hears My Word & believes Him who sent me has eternal life! He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life! An hour is coming, & is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of the son of God, & those who hear will live! All that the father gives me will come to me, & whoever comes to me I will never cast out!!! This is the will of My Father that everyone who looks on the son & believes in him should have eternal life, & I will raise him up on the last day! The words that I have spoken to you are spirit & life!