Signs of the Times (4)
Jesus said when we see calamity and apostasy, don’t give in to fear because they’re signs of His imminent return.
‘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’ (vv 13-14 NKJV). Every prophecy concerning Christ’s first coming was fulfilled in detail, and so will every prophecy concerning His second coming.
Our mandate is to work, pray, give, and take the gospel to the whole world—then Christ will return.
Though the church is sifted and culled like Gideon’s army, and the world is in a state of upheaval, don’t overreact. ‘Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for him to act. Don’t worry about evil people who prosper or fret about their wicked schemes’ (Psalms 37:7 NLT). God’s hand is still on the wheel. ‘…the Most High is sovereign over all kingdoms on earth…’ (Daniel 4:17).
However, avoid Pollyanna optimism. Though you may be personally blessed, the world order as you know it will continue to disintegrate. But that doesn’t mean you should join the Negative Nancys and declare, ‘The sky’s falling down!’ Don’t give in to the extremes of blind denial or blatant panic.
When the bombs of World War II levelled Warsaw, only one skeletal structure remained standing on the city’s main street. It was the British and Foreign Bible Society, and on its walls was clearly written: ‘Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away’ (Matthew 24:35).
‘…this gospel…will be preached in all the world…’ Matthew 24:14 NKJV
ENCOURAGEMENT 4 TODAY
Isaiah 40:28; 41:10, 13; 43:1, 4; 49:16
the Lord is the everlasting God. He gives power to the faint, & to him who has no might he increases strength. Those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run & not be weary; they shall walk & not faint. Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you. For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; I am the one who helps you. Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. Because you are precious in my eyes, & honored, & I love you! Fear not, for I am with you. I will not forget you. Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands!
Christ has done everything for you! look to the one who loves you & always holds you! only believe Him today & you will be amazed! Never delay!