We look at the time we are living in and wonder if Jesus’s return is close at hand. And if you are wondering this, then this is good, for there are signs all over the place that the second coming of our Lord is coming soon. And as I quote in Luke 21, tell me if you have noticed any of these things happening in our day. Jesus said, “take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them. But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things must first come to pass; but the end is not by and by. Then said he unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven. But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name’s sake.” (Luke 21:8-12) It seems that there is always war in different countries now. Earthquakes are happening more and more in even places that normally don’t get them. The coronavirus has caused famine in supermarkets, where toilet paper and other things are hard to find. This is a pestilence that is upon the earth, which is causing fear to enter people’s hearts. Where those who proclaim the name of Jesus in this time are persecuted and often times hated. In some countries, Christians are being killed and churches are being burned.
These are the signs of Jesus’s second coming. And more signs are these, “for these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled. But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people.” (Luke 21:22,23) We have just learned that women who are pregnant can cause the mother to more sick than usual and could ultimately lose their own life or the babies in pregnancy. This is the time of God’s vengeance upon the wicked, although this pandemic is affecting God’s people also. Now, in saying, Jesus desires that “in your patience possess ye your souls.” (Luke 21:19) Only with God giving us patience and hope to endure can we not fear like the world does and carry on even stronger in the faith. Lastly, Jesus said, “men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.” (Luke 21:26-28) It is my prayer that you do not lose hope and give up your faith because of fear in these trying times. Sickness, job loss, and financial issues have hit many people, but God can keep us looking upward. Our redemption is at hand, so continue to put your trust in Jesus. Read the Bible daily, pray often, and do as Jesus says. This will help you continue on God’s righteous and holy path.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, I pray that we will stay firm in the faith, as Christians. That we will not allow the signs of Your coming to deter us in to going after dark and devilish paths. The world is full of idolatry, covetousness, fornication, adultery, murder, and homosexuality, and doing things what makes our flesh feel gratified. Because the flesh is fulfilled in different moments of our lives, they feel that they can be happy in such things. Even has porn popped up like a wildfire on the internet and caused many people to go astray. Therefore, vengeance is being poured out upon this earth by way of the coronavirus. The sins of the people in our day must have caused the wrath to fall down from the heavens. And I know that the people on this earth deserve everything that is coming to them. Even for making a mockery of You in the LGBTQ movement and in the mass murders of abortion. I can’t even imagine how You are feeling about these wicked and perverse things. Surely, many people are in for it come judgment day. These people ought to fear You and not the world. You have the power to give and take away life, and it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of a living God. So Lord, may Your people not fear what is happening on the earth today and in the future. We are seeing exactly what You spoke in scripture that would occur in the last of days, and know that tribulation is at hand. But God, we run to You for safety. You are Your people and experience Your peace, patience, forgiveness, and love, that never ends. I believe in You. I trust in You, God. I love You Lord. Amen.