Commentary By: Gordon King
People living in the world place their faith and trust in the things of this world, they live for the world. They have no real hope but have a false sense of “peace and safety”!
Just today an article was posted that reads:
Iran says US presence in Syria damaged peace, security
BEIRUT (AP) — Iran’s Foreign Ministry says the U.S. military presence in Syria has damaged the region in the government’s first comments on President Donald Trump’s plan to pull U.S. troops from the war-torn country.
The official IRNA news agency on Saturday quoted Bahram Ghasemi, ministry spokesman, as saying the presence of U.S. troops during Syria’s civil war has damaged peace and security in the region.
Ghasemi says: “Basically, the deployment and presence of U.S. forces in the region was wrong, illogical and a tension-maker.”
Iran has been a key supporter of the Syrian government.
In a tweet, Trump on Wednesday announced he was pulling all 2,000 U.S. troops out of Syria.
A senior Kurdish politician on Friday called on France to play a larger role in Syria following the U.S. withdrawal.
Even brutal and evil regimes such as Iran talks about “peace and security” in the world, however we know what it really means to them, to them it means annihilating Israel and the United States of America, it means ushering in Sharia Law throughout the world, it means forcing people to follow Islam! But even so, the peace and security that the world seeks is nothing more than deception! Pure evil and wicked deceptions!
The apostle Paul tells us that the day of the Lord shall come as a thief in the night, that when they say “peace and safety” sudden destruction will come upon them and they shall not escape!
1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
“But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you. 2 For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. 3 For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape. 4 But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. 5 You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. 6 Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober. 7 For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk are drunk at night. 8 But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation. 9 For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him.
11 Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing.“
The apostle Paul is telling us that the day of the Lord, the Tribulation period will come upon them as a thief in the night, when they do not expect it, when they say “peace and safety”, and they shall not escape! But believers in Jesus Christ will escape, we have not been appointed to wrath as the apostle said, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, that whether we wake or sleep we should live together with Him, meaning that those who are alive and those who have died in Christ are to be raptured before the day of the Lord comes! Therefore comfort each other with these words!
Not all Christians will agree with me, not all believe that the rapture will be pre-Tribulation, but I do! And I believe that this is what the apostle Paul is telling us, in order to comfort us when we see the world getting more evil as the days go by. He says that he has no reason to tell us these things because we already know that the day of the Lord comes as a thief in the night!
Jesus Himself told us that He will come as a thief in the night:
“But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. 44 Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.“
The rapture of the church will be at an hour we do not expect, He will come as a thief, and when do thieves come? They come at night! By comparison the second coming of Christ will be at an hour that we do expect, we know what will happen just before His second coming, we have many prophecies which will be fulfilled just before His second coming, we know the timing of this event, He doesn’t come as a thief but as King of kings and Lord of lords!
We don’t know the exact timing of the rapture of the church, but we do know the season, and that is what the apostle Paul is telling us here, to be watching and to be ready! Jesus is telling us the same thing, to watch and be ready, for we know the season but not the day nor the hour.
The world is deceived into believing that they have the answers to peace and safety, that their ways will lead them to the ultimate utopia here on earth. But that’s just it, they are nothing more than deceptions, deceptions which lead them into all unrighteousness!
Peace and security, is this a reality for those living for the world or is it merely a false hope? Do they have any hope for the future or are they already destined for eternal damnation? The only way for anyone living for the world to have true peace and security is to repent of their sins and accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior! Jesus Christ is our only hope, He is the only hope for the world!
As I see the world falling further and further into darkness I know that the closeness of Christ’s return for His church is near, even at the door! The darkness in the world that we see now is nothing compared to what is coming after the beginning of the Tribulation period, nothing, merely a precursor as to what is coming to the world! When He who now restrains (I believe the Holy Spirit filled church) is taken out of the way then all hell will literally break loose! It is the Holy Spirit filled church that is restraining evil from getting too far out of control, from completely enveloping the world with evil and wickedness.
The Tribulation period is nothing to laugh at my friends, it will be a time of intense evil and darkness, a time of God’s wrath poured out upon an evil world. It will be a time of consuming darkness, darkness that the world has not yet known! It’s coming and it’s coming soon!
I don’t choose to be here on earth at that time, I choose to be with my Lord and Savior in heaven, I choose the rapture of the church! I choose to escape what is soon coming upon the world, to escape the darkness, to be in heaven surrounded by the Light, to not be consumed by the world but to be consumed by God Almighty! The apostle Paul said that those of the world shall not escape, but we shall escape! This brings me great comfort and hope. And who in their right mind wouldn’t want to escape what is coming?!
Peace and security? The only peace and security is through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! He came into this world not to condemn the world but to save it! He gave Himself, He gave His own life so that we may have life! He took our sins upon Himself so that we would be found righteous, He covered us in His own righteousness! This is how much God loves us, He didn’t save us so that we would have to go through the Tribulation period, but so that we wouldn’t have to! He saved us so that we would have a loving relationship with Him, not so that He could pour out His wrath upon us afterwards!
God is so good, He is so loving, He is so perfect in all of His ways! He loves what is His, He protects what is His, and He looses none that belong to Him!
God bless my friends! Maranatha!