03/13/F – Signs of the Times

Exodus 21:22-22:13; Matthew 24:1-14; Psalms 29:3-11; Proverbs 11:8

NT: “While he was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples approached him privately and said, “Tell us, when will these things happen? And what is the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” Jesus replied to them, “Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and they will deceive many. You are going to hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, because these things must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise up against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these events are the beginning of labor pains. Then they will hand you over to be persecuted, and they will kill you. You will be hated by all nations because of my name. Then many will fall away, betray one another, and hate one another. Many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. Because lawlessness will multiply, the love of many will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. This good news of the kingdom will be proclaimed in all the world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.”” (‭‭Matthew‬ ‭24:3-14‬ ‭CSB‬‬)

We live in a world and in the midst of a world system that is out of control. When mankind fell into sin, the delegated dominion-holder of the world abdicated that authority to Satan, and he has no desire to maintain peace and order. The further down the timeline of history we move, the more out of control things will become. All the while, faithful followers of God’s will and ways are to proclaim the good news of the Kingdom. As the world grows darker and darker, the gospel of the Kingdom burns brighter and brighter until all nations (ethnicities/tribes/people groups – not geopolitical nation states) have had the gospel communicated to them in a clear enough way that they are able to knowingly respond. Then, when all peoples have had the opportunity to hear and respond, the end of this chaotic mess will come as Jesus takes back His rightful rule on the earth. So until then, we expect challenges… we expect humanity to act chaotically… and in the midst of all the mess, we, as agents of the Kingdom, remain faithful to the King and continue proclaiming the goodness of the Kingdom.

Psalms: “The Lord sits enthroned over the flood; the Lord sits enthroned, King forever. The Lord gives his people strength; the Lord blesses his people with peace.” (‭‭Psalms‬ ‭29:10-11‬ ‭CSB‬‬)

The most catastrophic event in recorded history was the great flood of Noah, where the entire population, save one family, was wiped out. Even during that catastrophe, God’s purposes for humanity and the world were not ended. There is no natural disaster, virus, plague, financial downfall, evil event, etc that can derail God’s ultimate plan and purpose for humanity and the world. Nothing can, nor will ever knock Him off His throne of sovereignty. And for those who trust in Him… who are faithful to Him… who look to Him instead of being panicked by the events of the world – to those people, He will give of His strength and bless them with His peace. Proper perspective changes everything. So, as this psalm stated at the beginning, Ascribe to the Lord the glory and strength that is due His name, come under His kingdom power, protection, provision, and purpose, and He will bless you with peace and strength. A peace and strength that demonstrates the validity of His glorious gospel.

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