FEAR and PEACE

fear, peace

[It’s been over three  years since ETPR published something on PEACE (Peace and Safety) and nearly three years since one was released on FEAR (Fear of the LORD or Fear of Man: An End Times Choice).

So, it was decided to combine the two topics by serving up to the readers some reminders on both PEACE and FEAR.]

10 THOUGHTS ON PEACE AND FEAR

1- PEACE and FEAR are closely related, though many might not initially connect the two.  In many cases, the presence of FEAR signals a lack of peace and the presence of PEACE is a good indication of a lack of FEAR.

2- God’s Word makes a number of promises concerning PEACE and it also makes a number of promises concerning FEAR.

Many of the promises having to do with PEACE are made to believers.  One of the great benefits of becoming a believer is the great presence of PEACE which marks one’s entrance into the kingdom of heaven. This is a PEACE beyond all human understanding. One can be told about it, but until one actually experiences it, one cannot possibly understand what this peacefulness is about.

“And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
–Philippians 4:7

In fact, to one who has known mostly FEAR, the notion of exchanging that FEAR for PEACE seems a bit far-fetched.

“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”
–2TIMOTHY 1:7

3- Of all the many afflictions promised to the workers of iniquity, FEAR is probably the most disquieting.  The worker of iniquity WILL be afflicted by FEAR and a lack of PEACE.

This is a promise straight from the mouth of God.

“There is no peace, saith the LORD, unto the wicked.”
–Isaiah 48:22

“But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt. There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked.”
–Isaiah 57:20-21

4- FEAR is only a word (as is also PEACE) UNLESS one is afflicted with FEAR.  Then, the afflicted is paralyzed with fright, terror and, in some cases, madness. It matters not to a person gripped with FEAR that he has much material possessions: the ownership of cars, homes, buildings and other wealth fade in importance (and are completely forgotten) if one is confronted by overwhelming, heart-pounding-in-one’s-chest FEAR.

TERROR is promised as the lot of the wicked.

On the other hand, PEACE (instead of FEAR and TERROR) are promised to believers.

“Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.”
–Psalm 91:5-6

5- Protection from harm is a prime component of PEACE; the lack of such protection is very much a large part of what makes up FEAR.

God’s Word warns that the “wages of sin is death.”

“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
–Romans 6:23

But “death” is a wage which is not only payable upon one’s passing from this present life: sin has other rewards which are gathered and enjoyed in the world in which we now live.

One of the most prominent of these sinful rewards is FEAR.

“The fear of the wicked, it shall come upon him”
–Proverbs 10:24

“For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.”
–1THESSALONIANS 5:3

“The wicked man travaileth with pain all his days, and the number of years is hidden to the oppressor. A dreadful sound is in his ears: in prosperity the destroyer shall come upon him. He believeth not that he shall return out of darkness, and he is waited for of the sword. He wandereth abroad for bread, saying, Where is it? he knoweth that the day of darkness is ready at his hand. Trouble and anguish shall make him afraid; they shall prevail against him, as a king ready to the battle.”
–Job 15:20-24

“And I will set my face against you, and ye shall be slain before your enemies: they that hate you shall reign over you; and ye shall flee when none pursueth you. And if ye will not yet for all this hearken unto me, then I will punish you seven times more for your sins.”
–Leviticus 26:17-18

Sin makes men cowards. Whatever difficulties the righteous meet in the way of duty, they are not daunted.
Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary

Fear is a torment which is the province of the wicked.

“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.”
–1JOHN 4:18

MORE:  Torment, Fear and Affliction

While the wicked may have riches in this present life–which many times prove difficult to hold onto–they also have other considerations: FEAR being chief among them.

There is ONLY one source of real protection: God.

AND, the believer is well aware of this.
Fear and Protection in the End Times

6- The great difference in result between the PEACE of the righteous and the FEAR of the wicked is contrasted nicely in Proverbs 28:1.

“The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.”

7- Jesus Christ Himself explained the GREAT PEACE that believers would find in Him.

“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
–John 14:27

8- No matter how much money is spent on security measures and how much wealth is consumed by the wicked who desire PEACE, no PEACE will be had.

Only FEAR.

Think about this: with all of the increased security, pervasive surveillance and billions upon billions of government spending, is the nation any safer? Will there ever come a time when the government will announce, “We have enough ‘security‘ and the American public is now safe”?

Will “terrorist attacks” (or any outside threat) ever become LESS likely?

No, no and no…
Peace and Safety

9- PEACE is a natural part of the kingdom of God.  While the wicked chase after the temporary pleasures and things of the world, the righteous pursue those things which will last forever: righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

” For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.”
–Romans 14:17

One of the most noticed changes about entering the kingdom of heaven is the great PEACE which envelopes the new believer, where before there was GREAT FEAR.

10- FEAR is one of the direct rewards of wickedness.  There are other consequences–which the wicked reap in this life–but FEAR is one of the consequences which loom large over a wicked person’s reality.

MORE: Modern Man and the Truth: Believing a Lie, Daily Torment and Affliction

Make no mistake: many suffer physical afflictions brought on by their wicked behaviors.

BUT many more suffer from mental or emotional torment which is also brought on by their wicked behavior–particularly fear, anxiety and other doubts.

Man can be tormented with fears regardless of how unlikely it is that those fears will be realized.

Because fear is a torment.
–from Torment, Fear and Affliction

DOES the reader ever wonder why the world attacks the Word of God so ferociously?

DOES the reader ever wonder how a book which the world considers so WRONG, has it so RIGHT–particularly about PEACE to the righteous and FEAR to the workers of iniquity?

It is not YET too late: there is still time to change direction (repent), place your faith (hope) for the future entirely on Jesus Christ and enter the kingdom of heaven.

DOES the reader believe he is saved?

Make Your Calling and Election Sure: End Times Survival

DOES the reader believe he is NOT saved?

Time is Running Out: Today is the Day of Salvation

THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST

“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
1 Corinthians 15:1-8

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
-–Romans 1:16

MORE: Eternal Salvation Through Jesus Christ: Salvation Messages from End Times Prophecy Report

[Portions of this piece appeared originally in End Times Prophecy Headlines: August 11, 2020.]

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