Friday, February 25, 2011

Where will it all end?

Another week and another amazing amount of goings on in the world! Gaddafi announces that he believes that Osama bin Laden is behind the uprising in his country. Our press feels that the present government has not reacted efficiently in getting British citizens out of Libya. An earthquake in New Zealand, the current death toll sitting at 113 with a further 200 missing. Another family decimated as a mother and her two children are found dead in their home. The UK economy shrinks more than we had expected (Gross Domestic Product slipped by 0.6% in the last three months of 2010 according to the Office for National Statistics). All in all you would be forgiven for thinking that the world is in quite a mess. Who can sort it? Politically, I think most would agree that there do not seem to be easy answers or statesmen around who have impressive ability to steer us back to better days.
If you read the bible carefully you would not be surprised. The bible predicts wide-ranging changes in the world some of which we could be witnessing at the present time. Many of the things that we are seeing are among the catalogue of changes that are defined in the bible: global changes, increased seismic activity, political upheaval and changes in the social and economic fabric of society.
What is the answer? The answer is found in a person – Jesus Christ. The word of God teaches that just as he came to Bethlehem 2010 years ago in fulfillment of ancient predictions so he will come again towards the end of this world’s history. Next time he comes the bible teaches he will come to Jerusalem (check the reference’s in Zechariah 14 and Matthew 24). His first purpose will be to deliver the nation of Israel who by that stage will be surrounded by the armies of the world. As has been the case for many years Israel’s very existence will be threatened. But Jesus the Messiah will come to deliver them and establish his worldwide empire, which will be administrated from Jerusalem. I think that we would all agree that the state of Israel has always been very vulnerable. If the west and in particular America turns against them and the nations of the Middle East have their way they would find it very hard to survive. Ultimately they will survive, as they are key to world history and the nation through which God intended to and still intends to bless the world – though His Son, Jesus Christ.
Before all this happens something else needs to take place. Jesus Christ promised before he died for sin on the cross that he would rise from the dead, go back to heaven and, one day, return to take the Christian church to heaven. If the bible is true and the words of Jesus can be trusted this must take place. You can read about this in the New Testament in John 14.
Think it through. The Bible and the claims of Christianity will ultimately be either proved true or demonstrated to be false. If they are right (and I suggest all the evidence points to this fact) then time is short and the issues we face as individuals are massive. We need to seek the Lord while he may be found. Tomorrow could be too late. Call it scaremongering if you like but I believe that the issues are real and the solution is fail proof if we come God’s way.
Listen to the latest podcast on

No comments

Blogger Template Created by pipdig