WARS AND RUMORS OF WARS AND THEN WHAT?

If the U.S. was debt free. If the U.S. had a military as large as we had during World War II. If we had a president like Ronald Reagan. What is happening in the Middle East would not be happening. The United States was established by God to keep peace in the world. If you read and study the Old Testament, God repeatedly chose who would be kings and who would be national leaders. He used armies to punish nations for their evil deeds. The Bible also prophesies when the end of the world nears. God needs a president during these times that keeps America from being the world’s peace keeper.

Approximately 40 years ago, three store managers were chosen to spend a week in Chicago and prepare to teach West Coast store managers leadership information. I was chosen to teach “What if this was to happen”? What would you and your employees do? If you had a parking lot sale and it rained, do you and all employees participating, know what to do before it happens? Before taking on any project, always have a plan as what could happen and if it did, what would you do? I can’t believe we have an administration that does so little planning and knows so little about what is going on. Why doesn’t our present administration realize how to anticipate what might happen and have a plan if it did? Most leadership seminars teach this!

This is why I have to believe, from studying the Bible, that what is happening in America is “A God Thing”. Would God have allowed what is happening if the world had a long-time future? Repeatedly, God told the Israelites that He would keep it from raining because of their disobedience. Many droughts during the Old Testament times were God caused. When they repented He would allow it to rain. Any president but our president would have been impeached for all that has happened. I do not believe God will allow it to happen; it’s not in His plan for the end-time.

Therefore, it is time for wars and rumors of war time. Matthew 3:3 – 7 – “As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many. You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places.

II Timothy 3:1 – 5 – “But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God—having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.”

I believe we are living in the last days and we should not be surprised at the moral degeneration of society around us. The man’s state of depravity encompassing us is what we as Christians are to minister. When people misdirect their love toward themselves and material pleasures, there can be no love left to direct toward others. Then, moral corruption normally results. Here are other reasons for moral corruption: Boastful, proud – An inflated self-importance. Abusive – People who speak disrespectfully to others. Disobedient to their parents – Behavior that breaks the fifth Commandment. Ungrateful – Cannot appreciate others or give gratitude for favors. Unholy – Disregard God in order to live only to please themselves. Without love – People who love only themselves. Unforgiving – Cannot allow for other people’s mistakes or weaknesses. Slanderous – Enjoy spreading gossip and malicious reports about others. Without self-control – Cannot restrain the feelings or actions. Brutal – Live like untamed animals. Not lovers of good – People who hate anything good. Treacherous – Ready and willing to betray anyone. Rash – People who act foolishly and carelessly and normally head-strong. Conceited – A person who is narcissistic and a very high opinion of themselves. Lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God – People who are so misdirected that they can think only of themselves. Having a form of godliness but denying its power – People who practice a form of godliness and used godliness as a cloak of respectability while denying God’s power over their lives. Can we not see this happening daily?

Noah building the ark before the end to that civilization was a sign for that generation that the end was coming. The building of the Jewish Temple will be a sign that God is giving a warning that the end to our world is coming. Both are time measurements before the final curtain. There were followers of God prior to the flood but in God’s grace he allowed each to die and not face the devastation. The same will happen to believers now; they shall be raptured in order to escape the desolation to come.

I Corinthians 15:52 & 53 – “In a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable and the mortal with immortality.”

I Thessalonians 4:16 – 17 – “For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.”

Satan knows his time is close to ending. He is the great deceiver. He does not want us to change, repent and worship God. Study the Bible and prepare for eternity. The afterlife is much more important than the here and now. Focus on Christ and the signs He predicted and live according to His teachings.

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