It seems that life now-a-days has more ups and downs and constant challenges than ever before. The law has changed dramatically and now it allow things that years ago would have been forbidden such as the legalization of abortion and the acceptance of a homosexual lifestyle. Crime and pointless killings have become the norm, sickness and incurable diseases are on the rise, and God has been eliminated from public sectors such as schools, work places – and even churches! The security of every person on earth is being contested and not far in the future those who don’t know Christ will face a very dark hour.
We have watched the chaos unravel around us for years and now we see the dangers they all present and the future that we face, and many of us are scared. What is our hope for the future?
While it is true that the world is becoming overrun by sin, it is also true that as Christians, this world is not our home so it does not control us. When we became born again Jesus became the Lord over our life and so we have to realize that HE is in control over everything that happens in our life when we study our Bible, follow Him and trust Him. The world will continue down its path of destruction, but we will keep our eyes on Jesus and follow Him on the narrow path.
“Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in there at, because strait is the gate and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life and few there be that find it.” … Matthew 7:13-14
In Matthew 24:3, the disciples came to Jesus and asked Him, “Tell us, when shall these things be and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?” Jesus answered them in verses 4-14 and explained what signs to look for, and then in verses 15-51 He went into more detail about what things would happen in the last days before He would return. These scriptures no longer refer to the “future” of mankind because we now live in the time when we can see evidence of many of these occurrences.
And we are not far from the time that is spoken of in Luke 21:26 when we’re told about the fear that would come to mankind because of these events. “Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.”
The world is literally falling apart, yet many will argue and say that Christianity is spreading across the globe more now than ever before in history, but that is not really true. Yes, Christianity is being preached by true born-again believers all around the world and there are many who have devoted their lives to spread the true gospel of Christ. And there are many Christians in the Middle-East who are martyred because they choose to follow Jesus. However, not everyone who says they are a Christian is, in fact, a Christian.
The bulk of the Christian world as we know it in general is not led by Jesus or founded on the real gospel of Jesus according to the scriptures; it’s a false gospel that caters to the desires of greedy people and does not teach the true gospel of Christ. There are many false preachers and religions that make people feel good and that seem to hit right on with what they want to believe. And since the churches they join are called churches – be it physical congregations or television evangelical organizations – they feel secure in their ignorance, all the while thinking that they’re safe, but not realizing they are on the road to hell.
While each one of us will stand accountable for our own life one day, these false preachers, teachers and prophets will all face the judgment of God and be cast into hell because they deceived the people and taught a false Christ and a false gospel.
“And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” … Matthew 24:51
And as we read in Matthew 7, there are many false preachers and doctrines that the devil has cleverly planted here just to deceive people and to keep them from knowing God. The less of God there is in this world, the more the devil can rule in lawlessness and the more damage he can and will do. When people carelessly assume that they will go to Heaven and that God will protect them and give them everything they want and feel that they deserve, they are fools. Satan has used the false leaders to deceive them and when they leave this earth and face God, they will receive their judgment right along with the deceivers who they followed.
“And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” … Matthew 7:23
A very dark hour is coming upon this earth, just as Jesus predicted, and the only way we will get through it is with Jesus. Though many Christians hope to be raptured before the worst of it comes, the truth is that no one knows when that will be and so we may have to endure much more before that great event happens. But, Jesus has promised to protect us and keep us safe when we walk through those horrific trials.
False Christianity and ignorance might get us riches and fame here on earth, but it will not cause us to escape God’s wrath that is coming and has already begun. There is much more to life than just living for today because God created us to live with Jesus forever, and therefore, our souls will live on forever. Our bodies here will die, but Jesus has said that we will be given new bodies and that when we leave this earth we will all stand before God. If He sees that we belong to Him and that the blood of Jesus has washed away all of our sins, then He will welcome us into Heaven to live with Him forever; but if we are not covered in the righteousness of Christ and we still have the old sin of the devil in us, we will face judgment and be sentenced to hell.
Just as the life of Joan Rivers was taken suddenly and unexpectedly, so could it be with anyone. Don’t be fooled into thinking that you can accept Jesus and change your lifestyle “one day” because that day may have come and gone and may never come again. The Bible tells us in Luke 13:28:
“There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out. “
When we live for Jesus, through His grace and our faith we are able to see His goodness and His love, the joy He gives us and the hope for today. We can experience a blessed peace in our heart because regardless of what happens here on earth, we have a home in Heaven where our Heavenly Father waits for us. We have much to look forward to and much to thank God for every day, but those who don’t know Jesus will stand alone as they head toward a very dark hour.
“Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” … John 14:1-3
* If you don’t know Jesus as your Lord and Savior, but want to be a Christian with a home in Heaven, then just find a quiet place for a minute and bow your head. Tell God that you want to repent and come out of the world and that you want to be a Christian. Ask Jesus to forgive you for all your sins and to fill you with His Spirit. There won’t be any thunder or flashing lights for you to see – although in Heaven the angels will cheer louder than any sports stadium could portray. Then as soon as possible, get into the New Testament of the Bible and read it over and over. Pray and ask the Lord to teach you everything He is saying so that it will get deep into your heart. And then remember to tell God thank you often for saving you and for making you part of His family.