I know exactly what you are felling. Half a lifetime and not so long ago I fidgeted in seat, palms sweaty and heart racing. I looked for any excuse to dismiss myself from the service as the preacher preached about the last days and described the soon to come events that left an already anxious teenager feeling the weight of uncertainty and the fear of being lost and alone. I was troubled by the signs of the times.
Uncertainty remains. I’m not sure exactly how or when everything is going to unfold in these last days. Men who have given much more time to the study of these things often disagree. I don’t rejoice when I hear of earthquakes and famines. My mind still explores the fearful possibilities when I hear of wars and rumors of wars. Yet despite all of these things, the trouble is gone.
“And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows” (Matthew 24:6-8).
It is not God’s will for you to be fearful and troubled as the end draws near. In fact, His Word teaches us to comfort each other by talking about His return (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18). We should be confident concerning the appearing of Jesus Christ, not fearful and ashamed (1 John 2:28, 4:17,18). It may be that the fear you are feeling is evidence of your need to make your heart right in repentance and trust the Lord for salvation.
Jesus gave the ultimate reason for us to banish trouble from our hearts:
“Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also” (John 14:1-3).
You may have heard in the news or possibly seen the advertisements guaranteeing that Saturday, May 21 will be the day that the LORD takes His church out of the world and begins a five month period of judgment and destruction of this earth. I do not wish to enter into a discussion on the accuracy of these predictions, nor do I wish to mock the man (and group) that is making them. As for my stance on the issue, I believe that the LORD may very well come back on Saturday, May 21 but I do not believe that the Bible guarantees it. It would simply be a coincidence that someone had guessed the very day.
I simply want to say, whether the LORD comes today, May 21, or later… THAT DAY IS COMING!
If the May 21 predictions were correct, what feelings would you have? Just imagine that the Church is taken out of the world and judgment begins on this day. Do you feel anxious? Scared? Nervous? Or do you feel confident?
1 John 2:28 “And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed at his coming.”
This Scripture plainly teaches that we should be confident concerning the appearing of our LORD. If the thought that this world may come to an end in the near future does not leave you feeling confident, ask yourself, “Am I abiding in Him?” If you would be ashamed if the LORD returned on Saturday, May 21, ask yourself, “What am I doing that I would be ashamed of? What am I NOT doing that I would be ashamed of?”
Repent. Correct those things today. This could be the day.
There are some words that cause me to look inside; words from the Word. I am not elevating these words above any other words from that Word, but I highlight them here because they often have me stopping in my tracks and examining my heart. Above all else, I must be saved!
Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened. Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with [their] lips, but their heart is far from me.
Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them, Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able. When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are: Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets. But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all [ye] workers of iniquity.
1 Corinthians 9:27
But I keep under my body, and bring [it] into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.
2 Thessalonians 2:8-12
And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: [Even him], whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
The early church lived and preached as though they were living in the last days. Two thousand years later, I’m doing the same. If you are reading this one hundred years after I wrote it (I’d be surprised), you should too!
Jesus is going to take His Church out of this world very soon. The question that I have is (maybe it is your question too) what are my marching orders as I see the day approaching?
As I wrote in “Warriors of Morning“, the answer is not to pack our bags and wait for Jesus to pick us up. Paul told us to that we should put on the armor of light when we see the day approaching (Rom. 13). This tells me that we should still be fighting when the Son splits the sky!
In Hebrews 10, Paul gives us some marching orders for when we see the day approaching.
Hebrews 10:22-25 22Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. 23Let us holdfast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) 24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is ; but exhorting one another : and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
As I read Paul’s marching orders to the Church at the close of the Church age, I can’t help but notice how similar it is to actions of the Church immediately after its conception on the day of Pentecost.
Acts 2:42And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine (holding fast the faith) and fellowship, and in breaking of bread (considering one another), and in prayers (drawing near to God).
Warriors of Morning fight like the Church has always fought. IT STILL WORKS!