Monday, March 2, 2009

Christians rejoice

As we watch the events of the world around us, not only here but all over the world, should we be worrying or cursing? Or, should we be praising?

As Christians, we should be praising, certainly not cursing, (of course), but we should also not be worrying. At least not about the events going on. What should we be worrying about then, you might ask. We should not be worrying about the state of the economy, we should be worrying about the state of our souls. The conditions of our walk with God and certainly praying for those that don't know Him. Mark 13:29-33 29 So ye in like manner, when ye shall see these things come to pass, know that it is nigh, even at the doors. 30 Verily I say unto you, that this generation shall not pass, till all these things be done. 31 Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away. 32 But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father. 33 Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.
We should be rejoicing because, as Christians, we should have already read The Book and we should already know the "end" of the story. What we are watching going on around us is one more chapter towards the end of the story. What this proclaims to us is the time when Jesus "splits the Eastern sky" is coming and truly coming soon. We already know everything happens in God's time. We know not the day or the hour but we know it will be soon. Mark 13:34-37 34 For the Son of Man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch. 35 Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning: 36 Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. 37 And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.

I say until you all, watch! Read your bible and watch some more. Our God, being the loving just God that He is has given us plenty of warning and plenty of time to get our houses in order. His word says that no one will be without knowledge. Every man, woman and child will have the opportunity to hear about God's amazing salvation. His will for us is not to follow the many, but to follow Him. He has warned us in the Bible not to be swayed. Matthew 24: 4-14 4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. 5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. 6 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. 7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows. 9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake. 10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. 11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. 12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. 13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

When we worry about them taking prayer out of schools and out of public events, we should cast that worry away. They can't take the prayer from your heart. The day may come when you won't be able to speak the Lord's name aloud. If you read the scriptures above and think about the world today, you can see already the scriptures that have come to pass. Many people are hated, people already betray each other. People are "offended" by our beliefs and our love of the Lord. In many countries people (missionaries) are being killed for being believers. We think about this being in far away places but the Bible says "iniquity shall abound". We in the U.S. are indeed a spoiled people. We haven't seen what other countries have but we are seeing. We have fought a long hard battle to get the gospel out to all Nations and now that very gospel is being taken from us here in the United States.

We need to read our Bibles and memorize God's word because we may live to see the time when not only are Bibles and God's word not allowed in public but we may not be allowed to have a bible in our own homes. If you think this can't happen, look at some of the laws we already have taking away our rights as citizens today.

However, as the title says, Christians rejoice, with all the scriptures we see coming to pass that means Heaven is one step closer.