“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.”
The last days before Jesus returns are hard times–on everyone.
Believers do not have to concern themselves with God’s judgment, but they DO have to concern themselves with Satan (the dragon’s) wrath as he tries to round up and neutralize the followers of Jesus before He returns.
The wicked to not have to worry a lot about Satan (the dragon’s) antics, but they DO have to worry about God’s judgment falling upon them and the earth.
BOTH the believer and the wicked will be walking on unfamiliar ground as the last days are COMPLETELY different from any other time in man’s history.
BOTH the believer and the wicked will be exposed to the convulsions of the earth as it prepares to receive Jesus Christ.
So, the last days of the end times are nobody’s Ferris Wheel.
But, the believer KNOWS what will happen as it is written in God’s Word, which is TRUE.
So, while the believer suffers from the mental affliction of tribulation (from knowing what is to occur), he ALSO knows that God triumphs and Jesus returns to vanquish evil and to rule the earth with a rod of iron.
“And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.”
And believers KNOW that they will rule as Jesus Himself does.
“And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.”
But the wicked have NO such assurances: only the lies of the Father of Lies, Satan. The wicked also enjoy NO comfort from what is written in God’s Word because they do NOT believe God’s Word to be true–any of it.
Because they do NOT believe the last days will occur, the wicked DO enjoy a brief respite. BUT, they are more than compensated for this by their total amazement and surprise at what happens around them–and TO them.
So, the last days are NOT so scary beforehand to all those who do NOT believe the last days will even happen.
But, this temporary lull for the wicked is more than compensated by the terror of the unexpected.
“There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked.”
DOES the reader look for the end times as it is written?
OR, does the reader–like the British–believe that IF he keeps ‘a stiff upper lip,’ this, too, shall pass?
It is not YET too late: there is still a LITTLE 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?
DOES the reader believe he is NOT saved?
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.”
[Portions of this piece appeared originally in End Times Prophecy Headlines: September 19, 2022.]
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