Never have we seen so many wars, conflicts and disagreements all happening at the same time all over the world. To wit 1) A civil war in Iraq 2) A war zone in the Ukraine and Russia 3)War in Israel and Palestine 4) Civil war in Syria 5) Aggression in Nigeria 6) Terrorist activity all over the world 7) even threats to the U.S.A. 8) Murder and gang activity in Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala and Salvador. People’s hearts are failing them for fear in reaction to what is taking place all over the globe. Children fleeing their own countries in droves. There seem to be no solutions to these and other problems. In this country violence is taking place on an unprecedented level. It seems we have a school shooting or other outrageous act of violence taking place every week. What position should a Christian take in response to a world gone mad?
Luckily we have a Bible containing a Word from God for every situation. “And you will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars; see that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end. “For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and in various places there will be famines and earthquakes. “But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs” (Mt 24:6-8). This scripture describes perfectly what we are facing today. God’s counsel to His Sons and believers is to “see that you are not frightened” where the tendency would be to feel otherwise.
God has already predicted these situations. He says: “Now learn the parable from the fig tree: when its branch has already become tender, and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near; even so you too, when you see all these things, recognize that He is near, right at the door. “Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place. “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words shall not pass away” (Mt 24:32-35). He tells us to rejoice in these otherwise frightening things because they mean He is at the door. He states these things must take place i.e. they are in His overall plan. His Word remains prominent and we should be in His Word more now than ever.
“And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and upon the earth dismay among nations, in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves, men fainting from fear and the expectation of the things which are coming upon the world; for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. “And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. “But when these things begin to take place, straighten up and lift up your heads, because your REDEMPTION IS DRAWING NEAR” (Luke 21:25-28). Strong men will faint at the roaring of the sea of humanity and the perplexity and dismay by the nations and their leaders. There have been signs in the heavens such as blood moons (see John Hagee, Four Blood Moons) and fears of asteroids and sun flares. There have been earthquakes in diverse places. What is the Christian’s reaction? We lift up our heads because these are signs that our redemption draws near.
Our redemption means our Redeemer is in charge and that our redemptive process will soon be at an end. At this we rejoice while the world may be sorrowful over the things taking place. Our Lord said: “For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened” (Mt 24:21-22). What do we say to this? Job said: “Though He slay me, yet will I serve Him” (v. 13:15). Obviously the Lord has us (His elect) in mind because He shortens the time for our sakes.
The world is going crazy but we are comforted by the Lord – “our redemption draws nigh”. As David said in Psalm 91:
“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress;
My God, in Him I will trust.”
Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler
And from the perilous pestilence.
He shall cover you with His feathers,
And under His wings you shall take refuge;
His truth shall be your shield and buckler.
You shall not be afraid of the terror by night,
Nor of the arrow that flies by day,
Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness,
Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.
A thousand may fall at your side,
And ten thousand at your right hand;
But it shall not come near you.
Only with your eyes shall you look,
And see the reward of the wicked” (v. 1-8 KJV).