“An Ugly and Difficult Time”
When one reads through the Gospels, it can be difficult and comforting at the same time. The books of Matthew, Luke, and Mark record the physical life of Jesus. These books tell of many of the same events, from three different perspectives. The book of John records more of the spiritual component of when Jesus walked this earth.
Matthew, Mark, and Luke record comments about the destruction of the Jewish Temple. It will be an ugly and difficult time.
Please read the following verses. Mark 13:5-20
5 Jesus said to them: “Watch out that no one deceives you. 6 Many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am he,’ and will deceive many. 7 When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. 8 Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places, and famines. These are the beginning of birth pains. 9 “You must be on your guard. You will be handed over to the local councils and flogged in the synagogues. On account of me, you will stand before governors and kings as witnesses to them. 10 And the gospel must first be preached to all nations. 11 Whenever you are arrested and brought to trial, do not worry beforehand about what to say. Just say whatever is given you at the time, for it is not you speaking, but the Holy Spirit. 12 “Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child. Children will rebel against their parents and have them put to death. 13 All men will hate you because of me, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved. 14 “When you see ‘the abomination that causes desolation’ standing where it does not belong — let the reader understand — then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 15 Let no one on the roof of his house go down or enter the house to take anything out. 16 Let no one in the field go back to get his cloak. 17 How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! 18 Pray that this will not take place in winter, 19 because those will be days of distress unequaled from the beginning, when God created the world, until now — and never to be equaled again. 20 If the Lord had not cut short those days, no one would survive. But for the sake of the elect, whom he has chosen, he has shortened them. Now, these verses speak to the great tribulation. It will be absolutely awful.
Instead of worrying when it will happen, how terrible will it be, concentrate on your relationship with Jesus Christ. If we are saved, I believe scripture clearly says that the Holy Spirit will lead believers to heaven before the worst of the 7-year tribulation comes.
And how do you get saved? Well, the work of Salvation is already done. Jesus Christ cared for sin once for all; past, present, and future. Christ did His part, what is our part?
First, we realize we were born sinners. We realize there is nothing, no amount of good works that we can do can earn us salvation. Christ offers His blood to take away our sins. And here it comes, our part in this equation is to either accept or reject Christ’s offer. If we reject Christ’s offer, we spend eternity in the lake of fire under constant outer and inner torment.
lf we accept Christ’s offer, we are indwelt by the Holy Spirit and baptized by that Spirit into the Body of Christ. We spend eternity with God the Father, God the Son, and God the Spirit.
Which response will you choose? I am rooting for you all to say yes. Make your decision now while You can.
Have a tremendous day in the Lord,
Let everything that has breath (this includes you) Praise and thank the Lord.
Be a Blessing;