Commentary By: Gordon King
There is a darkness looming around the corner, a darkness which seeks to devour those unaware and caught off guard. With this darkness comes wickedness and evil, chaos and confusion. The world as we now know it is being inundated with this darkness, yet there is coming a time when this darkness will completely envelop the entire world! What is coming upon the world is of an evil and sinister nature, seeking to steal, kill, and destroy. Bringing with it will be increased wars, famine, pestilence, death and destruction! It sees no bounds nor does it favor one over another.
“Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?”
4 And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. 6 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.
9 “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. 10 And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. 11 Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. 12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But he who endures to the end shall be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.“
Most of us have already witnessed great destruction and calamity upon the earth, yet I am telling you that it will get much, much worse! The darkness will increase as will all of the pain and suffering it leaves in its wake. Those not prepared will lose all hope, hope of a future and hope of survival itself.
Without hope then what is the point? If all we have to live for is another day to survive, then what sense is there in life itself? If all we have to look forward to is working for bread and shelter, then what is the point of living, loving, caring and sharing?
Without a reason for being, than what does it matter how we live our lives and how we treat other people? Without a purpose for our existence than why does anything really matter? And if what I have said about the darkness is the truth, than what real hope do you have? Is our existence merely a means to our end, is it only to work for necessities in order to keep us alive so that one day soon we can die?! If that’s the case than what hope do people of the world really have?
My point is that there is hope, one hope, and that hope is God Almighty! Without God life makes no sense whatsoever, but with God that all changes! With Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior we have the hope of salvation, of eternal life, and of God living with us. He is there for us, in us, and all around us! He will comfort us, help us, provide for us, and protect us.
1 Peter 1:3-5
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.“
There are those who scoff at believers who say that the Lord is coming soon. They will laugh and mock what followers of Jesus Christ profess to be the truth!
2 Peter 3:3-4
‘knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, 4 and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.” ‘
Without God in your life, than what is soon coming upon the world is hopeless. Without Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, than life is meaningless and has no value. Without God, your life will soon become a nightmare!
Bible prophecy is true, all of it written thousands of years ago foretelling what is to come, and much of it in the last days, the days in which we are now living. In the last days people will dream dreams and have visions of things to come.
“But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:
17 ‘And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God,
That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh;
Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
Your young men shall see visions,
Your old men shall dream dreams.
18 And on My menservants and on My maidservants
I will pour out My Spirit in those days;
And they shall prophesy.“
People of the world mock and scoff at what followers of Christ say is soon coming upon the world. They laugh at and blaspheme the name of God. They seek hope in their jobs, in their bank accounts, and in their homes. They seek the things of this world, things which will be devoured by fire!
2 Peter 3:10
“But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.“
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.“
There is no hope in the things of this world, nor is there any security. The only hope is through the blood of the Lamb, Jesus Christ! Our hope is eternal salvation and life with God Almighty!
These are the last days, the days before the return of Christ. It’s often misunderstood that the gospel must be preached to “everyone” in the world before His coming, yet this is not what scripture teaches. Matthew 24 tells us that the gospel will be preached “in all the world as a witness to all the nations” and then the end will come, not every person!
“And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.“
So what does this mean? It means that Jesus Christ could return much sooner than many of us believed, and I have great hope in that!
2 Peter 3:17-18
“You therefore, beloved, since you know this beforehand, beware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked; 18 but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.“
Hope, it is given to all believers in Jesus Christ, it is our anchor to what lies ahead, to the promises of our God!
“This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil, 20 where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.“
These end times are sure to be filled with chaos and confusion, death and destruction, yet for those of us who have placed their faith and trust in Jesus Christ, we have hope! The hope of full redemption, of eternal life with Jesus, hope that our Father in heaven hears us and answers our prayers. Instead of being filled with fear and anxiety, He has filled us with joy and peace!
“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.“
God bless my friends! Maranatha!