What are your thoughts as you look to the times ahead? For many, the sobering of the economy has resulted in a sobering outlook of the future. Recent polls suggest that many are turning their eyes away from material things, and looking for something of greater substance to hold on to. What is it that lies ahead for our little world. I am not a prophet, but it seems to me that major changes are on the way. Are you prepared for what is coming?
The Bible confronts us with that very question. The only difference is that we are told to prepare, not for the unknown, but for an event the Bible has spelled out time and time again: the Second Coming of Jesus. The words of Luke 21:25-28 ought to awaken us to the times we are living in.
They say, "There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. Men will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near."
These words also come with a solemn warning. "Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with dissipation, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you unexpectedly like a trap. For it will come upon all those who live on the face of the whole earth. Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man." (Luke 21:34-36)
The things we see in the world today, ought to give us great reason to rejoice. At the same time, they are a call to be prepared. The Bible has given us all the instruction we need to make it through these last days. It's called the Spirit of Prophecy. It's one of the marks of those who are ready for Jesus when He returns. (Revelation 12:17; 19:10)
Unfortunarely, very few today, even among Christians, consider prophecy to be important. This is largely caused by the mistaken belief that prophecy primarily has to do with foretelling the future. However, this is not the primary role of prophecy. The reason for prophecy is to open our eyes to the work of Satan throughout history, so that we can be aware and prepared for it. Perhaps it is not coincidental that as belief in the existence of Satan has declined, so has interrest in Bible prophecy. The Bible is clear that we have an adversary who does not want us to stand when Jesus returns. He wants to decieve us through any way possible. Luckily, in bible prophecy, we get a priviledged look into his playbook. Satan knows he can't decieve those who understand how he works. For this reason, he works hard to discredit prophecy, making people believe that we can't understand it. He also sends prophecy teachers of his own to confuse the issues, and make the clear complicated.
My prayer for you in the new year is that you will be willing to search in the books of Daniel and Revelation for guidance in the times ahead. Indeed the time is short, and it's up to us to be ready. It is my goal to help as many as possible understand these books for themselves in this coming year; especially that they may find Jesus Christ, the center of Bible prophecy.
For questions or comments, email Pastor David Hamilton at firstname.lastname@example.org