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Here are some of the things that will happen at the end of time:
1: People will be deceived.
2: Earthquakes, famines wars.
3: People will be persecuted and put to death.
4: Many Christians will be hated.
5: Many Christians will turn away from the faith and they will hate and betray each other.
6: There will be increase wickedness.
7: The love of many will grow cold…..in other word love will be replaced by hate.
8: Some will remain faithful to God till the end.
Just wondering how much further we have to go before we are at the very end of time….would love to hear the thoughts of others.
Matthew 24:4-12 Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many.6 You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. 7 Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of birth pains.
9 “Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. 10 At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, 11 and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. 12 Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, 13 but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.
God is not asleep, not even a quick nap will He take. We may not think about it, but He is observing every evil action that is happening to His little children at this very moment. It is very difficult at times to walk as Christ wants us to. He tells us:
Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary , repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.1 Peter 3:9
1 Peter 3:9 is really showing us just how difficult it is to show love, as God wants us to.
In the news today, they told the story of students hurling hateful and evil words at other students. I can only imagine how difficult it would have been to thinking good and loving thoughts at that time.
If we are believers and we are experiencing persecution, just remember that:
For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and His ears are attentive to their prayers. 1 Peter 3:12
Praying is the key, it may seem ineffective, but pray without ceasing, and see results.
God is still in Control
Sometimes things just don’t make any sense to us, but we just have to remember that God is always in control, His ways are not our ways, nor His thoughts our thoughts. God blesses the ones that love Him and He blesses the ones that have no thought of Him. He raises up and He tears down. God is God, and only He knows why things turn out the way they do.
All we need to do is to keep trusting in God, not only when the way looks bright and sunny, but we must also trust in Him to get us through the darkness.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3: 5-6
Rejecting The Pure For A Flawed Leader
So often we become restless and impatient when things don’t seem to be going our way. We tend to blame everyone else but ourselves. We also tend to look at others, and if their lives seem to be going better than ours, we will want to have the things that they have. This is how it also was for the children of Israel, and this is how it is for us today.
Israel had the best of everything, especially in a Leader to govern them, as God was the King and Leader, however, they wanted a King like all the other nations around them. As a result, the rejected their King (God) for a very flawed candidate to be their King. They chose persecution instead of peace.
But when they said, “Give us a king to lead us,” this displeased Samuel; so he prayed to the Lord. 7 And the Lord told him: “Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected me as their king… 1 Samuel 8: 6 – 7
So the Lord gave the people the desires of their heart by anointing Saul as King over them. He was not invisible, but was very pleasing to their eyes. He was tall and handsome, qualities that the people were attracted to, but he came with much baggage.
Rejected By God
Some of you have been inquiring of me in regards to my “Daily Potion.” I am so sorry, but I have been so busy, but as I think about it, I should never let my business come before God’s Business.
I’ve been doing a read through of the bible and today I read 1 Samuel 15 where Saul has been anointed King over the children of Israel. Samuel went to Saul and told him what God wanted him (Saul) to do. Saul went forward and did most of what God had asked of him. He did what he thought was best in his eyes by sparing the king’s life and by sparing the cattle that was healthy. God was not pleased with only the “Partial Obedience” by Saul, and as a result, He rejected him as the King of Israel.
God has also requested that we follow His ten commandments, not one commandment, not two commandments, but all ten. When we neglect to do as God says we are also in danger of Him also rejecting us.
Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices
as much as in obeying the Lord?
To obey is better than sacrifice, 1 Samuel 15:22