Like most of the world, my mind has been on the citizens of Ukraine. The families who are scared and hiding, facing uncertainties caused by a villain who has no mercy for those he attacks. My heart is broken for Russia as well who has been under the tyranny of Putin for so long, with no concept of what we’ve taken for granted in America. Our Freedom. It makes me nauseous to think about the petty arguments over politics and so called science where they don’t even know the basics of biology and yet they want to talk down to a person of faith for believing in logic. They mock America and yet the same behavior in many other countries would leave them dead without so much as a question as to why. Today, I just wanted to put the rubber to the road and walk my mind through the war that we’re facing and what does it mean on the time frame of Eternity.
First of all, let me preface this by saying “no man knows the hour or the day that Christ will return.” That’s Bible. But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. ~ Matthew 24:36. But one thing can be stated in truth, it’s closer today than it was yesterday. So with eternity hanging in the balance of your future. Are you ready? And if you’re not sure, look at those eyes in my image and imagine the evil smile behind them as he fills the minds of not only Russian government, but Americans as well. I hate scare tactics and I’m not overly fond of being the bearer of bad news, but, as a child of God, it is my calling to warn those I care about of the absolute truth that this war will end. The circumstances for America is still very much up for debate. When the Chief of the United States Military (the President of the United States) is more concerned about his ice cream flavor and an afternoon nap, the odds of us instilling fear in the enemy isn’t great. This isn’t politics. This is reality. Okay, that’s enough of the flesh talking, let’s talk Bible.
Matthew 24:6 ~ And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet
I have sang the song in the Bluegrass shows for years titled “Matthew 24”. I’ve been preached Matthew 24 for over 25 years believing that scripture was written to me as a member of the Body of Christ. And while all scripture is for our edification, it is not necessarily a part of the letter intended for us to build the foundation of our eternity on. Did I confuse you, I hope not, sometimes I confuse myself. But let me try and clear the matter up for you, as I’ve recently began to clear it up for myself.
When taken in context, who is speaking in this scripture? It is the Lord Jesus Christ. Who is He speaking to? He’s speaking to His disciples and speaks about scripture in Daniel when he says in Matthew 24:13-15
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. 15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)
When it speaks of the words spoken in the prophetic book of Daniel, speaking of the end of the 70 weeks, the church (that’s us!) have been raptured out. The world will be in turmoil, the antichrist is on the scene, but God’s chosen people, the Jews, are back on God’s radar and redemption when many have believed upon Christ as the Messiah. That day is coming, but not yet. The church is gone. Jesus has stepped out on the clouds and called his church home.
This is what’s important to understand about Matthew 24. If you have made Christ your Savior, you’re not here when the events of Matthew 24 are taking place. And that is why Satan intends to do as a much damage to the earth as he can through events like that taking place in Ukraine and Russia. It was a great understanding for me this week when the Lord showed me the importance of praying not only for Ukraine, but for Russia as well, and leaders across the globe. Satan is weaving his way into governments left and right, and when I say left and right, I mean that on the American side as well. The liberal left is doing as much damage to the morality and patriotism as they possibly can, and the resistant right is doing nothing to stop it. And Satan’s choir is singing a victory song (though it will be short lived) that burns my hide.
I’ve been a news watcher for some time and now that I am the news locally, I’m watching it and reading it even more. I totally understand the distaste that Christians have for the news. But we have got to stay aware of what is happening, and one major reason for that awareness is it will continuously remind us of the need to share the gospel now. Who in your family is lost? Now is the time that all of us ask ourselves that question and then act on it.
This war that we’re facing today will end. But in the meantime we have souls that need saved.
God Bless you! ~ Shari