End Times Perils

Then he said to them, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and pestilences. And there will be terrors and great signs from heaven. But before all this they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors for my name’s sake. This will be your opportunity to bear witness. Settle it therefore in your minds not to meditate beforehand how to answer, for I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which none of your adversaries will be able to withstand or contradict. You will be delivered up even by parents and brothers and relatives and friends, and some of you they will put to death. You will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But not a hair of your head will perish. By your endurance you will gain your lives. Luke 21:10-19.

This is not merely a prophesy that points to specific times in the future. After all, these things have repeated themselves throughout history. First, people lose their connection to God, then their humanity as they attack the faithful. Then their nations lose restraint. It happened with the Jews who slipped into idolatry, then suppressed and killed the prophets, and then were invaded, sacked, and taken captive. It’s a pattern of judgment, and it takes time because God is patiently waiting for us to turn back to Him.

In the first chapter of Romans, verses 18-32, Paul writes about the downward spiral of man when he goes from believing in God and acknowledging Him as the creator, to rejecting Him and all that is right. If you have lived long enough in this country you can watch it unfold as we have gone from being a God-fearing nation that was at least staggering in the right direction, to becoming a nation that despises and rejects God and His word and gallops after every form of sexual depravity, gender confusion, race hatred, and rejection of the civil liberties that have enabled us to thrive. I have even heard the unbelieving long for a God who would set things back in order.

When Christ was born, it was a dark and oppressive time for the people of God, their land inhabited by occupying armies. They had no rights. But from this, over time, the Gospel came into the world. The kingdom of God spread to all corners of the globe. It has survived the rise and fall of empires for 2000 years. It will still be here and still be changing lives after America falls, and after its conquerors are dust.

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