Commentary By: Gordon King
Earthquakes are on the rise in numbers and intensity, volcanic eruptions continue to dot the landscape, and tensions in the world have the nations unsure of which way to turn!
“For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places.”
The world is quickly becoming burdened with what seems to be insurmountable obstacles in the quest for peace and security. Isn’t that what everyone wants? We hear the chants from world leaders now throughout the globe!
1 Thessalonians 5:3
“While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.“
There is a heaviness which looms over the face of the earth, something which is not seen but just the same can be felt.
The world of the end times, the last days, the days just before the coming of the Lord, this is where we now find ourselves.
The nations find themselves in perplexity, and many run to and fro, and knowledge is increasing! There are great earthquakes, famines and pestilence, there are terrors and great signs from heaven and in the sun, the moon and the stars!
“There will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and pestilences. And there will be terrors and great signs from heaven.”
“And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth distress of nations in perplexity because of the roaring of the sea and the waves, people fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world. For the powers of the heavens will be shaken.”
“But you, Daniel, shut up the words and seal the book, until the time of the end. Many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.”
We are now living in perilous times my friends! People of the world have distanced themselves from God, they are selfish, unholy, and unrighteous.
2 Timothy 3:1-5
“But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!”
There will be mockers and scoffers in the last days, saying: “Where is the coming of your Lord, everything is as it has been forever!” Don’t we already see this happening now? Isn’t the world full of scoffers?! Not at all concerned with the things of God, but of their own sinful desires.
2 Peter 3:3-4
“Knowing this first of all, that scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires. They will say, “Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation.”
“And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold.”
Don’t we see an increase in lawlessness now? I sure do! Not only do I see it, but I see it growing substantially.
Jesus tells us that when we see these things we know that the end is near!
“So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near—at the doors!“
The Tribulation Period is near, we shall see this happening when a seven-year peace treaty is signed between the anti-Christ and Israel.
“And he shall make a strong covenant with many for one week, and for half of the week he shall put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall come one who makes desolate, until the decreed end is poured out on the desolator.”
Stay awake, be alert and do not slumber, for the Lord will come at an hour you do not know!
“Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”
“Remember, then, what you received and heard. Keep it, and repent. If you will not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come against you.”
It’s time to wake up! The time is near and we must be ready!
“Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed.”
The Lord has given us knowledge of what the end will look like just before His return to earth. He does not want us to be ignorant of the times, or of the closeness of His coming! We as Christians are His beloved children, children of the Most High God of the universe!
Bible prophecy is occurring now at an alarming rate. Each and everyday world events continue to unravel at a faster pace fulfilling the prophecies of both the old and new testaments! Don’t believe me, search it out for yourselves! Be a Berean, search the scriptures, then search the news archives. Compare them side by side.
This is an exciting time to be alive folks! We have been chosen to live at a time where the world meets God, whether they want to or not! If you are a believer in Jesus Christ, then do not fear, rather look to the Lord. Seek God and the things of heaven my friends. And although you may not feel Him or sense His presence, know that He is with you! He shall never leave you nor forsake you!
This is a time to have faith, to strengthen our faith, and to place our trust in the promises of God.
God bless my friends! Maranatha!