Tuesday, March 02, 2021

The times they are a changing!


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Another week and another amazing number of things going on in the world! The French ex-president Sarkozy found guilty of corruption; Harry and Megan’s interview about to explode on the world’s media, global covid cases rise for the first time in seven weeks, the pandemic won’t be over in 2021 and so on. News, fake news, real news, fears and facts – who knows what to believe any more. All in all, you would be forgiven for thinking that the world is in quite a mess. Who can sort it out? In terms of physical health, mental health, economics or social cohesion, it will be a tough job to keep society together. I think most would agree that there are no easy answers, and it will take impressive leadership 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 2021 years ago to fulfil ancient predictions, 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 references in Zechariah 14:2-4 and the inferences in Matthew 24. His first purpose will be to deliver the nation of Israel, who will be surrounded by the armies of the world by that stage. 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. The state of Israel has always been very vulnerable. If the west and, in particular, America turns against them and, the Middle East nations 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 intends to bless the world – through His Son, Jesus Christ.


Finally, 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 His followers 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. 


‘The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent, because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead,’ Acts 17: 30,31 (The Bible)


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