Saturday, July 26, 2014

Prepare for the Great Storm

Matthew 7:24-27 “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock:and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.”

We see the signs all around us. Storms are coming. The confusion grows stronger with each passing day and who knows, really, what the truth is behind the stories we are told in the mass media. But most people I talk to will admit, something is coming.

The Bible calls this time (among some of its names) the Day of the Lord, the 70th week of Daniel, the time of Jacob's trouble or the Great Tribulation. Scoffers may say that people have been calling for Christ's return ever since He ascended to heaven. But Jesus did fulfill all the prophecies in the Bible about His first Advent, so why would anyone think He would not fulfill the ones about His second Advent?

Why is there all this fighting and bloodshed in Jerusalem? Did you know that the Bible prophesied this very thing would happen in the last days? One of the last books in the Old Testament, Zechariah tells us: “And it shall happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples; all who would heave it away will surely be cut in pieces, though all nations of the earth are gathered against it." Zechariah 12:10

Have you noticed how many people are against Israel now? Even some of their own people are marching against their own military. That is because Jerusalem has become that burdensome stone Zechariah warned us about. But that is not all the trouble we see. We see trouble in America with our immigration crisis, trouble in the Ukraine and in Russia, trouble in Iraq as the terrorist group Isis takes over and forces the Christians to either leave or die. (Nice choice.) And there are many more troubles, in fact, wherever you find people you will find trouble because the minute we are born we are appointed to trouble.

Job 5:6-7 "For affliction does not come from the dust,Nor does trouble spring from the ground;Yet man is born to trouble,As the sparks fly upward."

We are born to trouble because we all are born into spiritual death, whether we like it or not. But our hope comes from One Man, the perfect Man, the God Man: I Corinthians 15:20-22 says "But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive."

By taking a simple step of faith in what Jesus did for you personally on the cross, you can be instantly transferred out of the kingdom of darkness and forever enter the family of God. The only thing necessary is faith in the Son of God. John 3:36 affirms: “He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”

Though there is a lot of bad news in the world today, the good news outweighs the bad news. God is still holding out the lifeline to anyone who wants to climb into the ark, so to speak, before the great deluge hits. It is not too late for anyone, no matter how grievously they may have wandered. No sin is too big, and God is no respecter of persons. Anyone, anywhere, who seeks for shelter from this final great storm may freely have it.

If you have made that decision, then read God's Word like a little baby who wants their bottle, and it will guide you during these perilous days. Find a church where you can hear God's Word. Then, we can be like the wise man who built his house on a rock, and ready when at last the storm comes. May God prepare us for that Day.

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