Commentary By: Gordon King
The world is out of control, what was just until relatively recently seen as good is now seen as evil, and what was relatively recently seen as evil is now seen as good!
The times are upon us when we see the rise of evil and wickedness increasing, when the righteous are condemned for standing up for the truth, when they are persecuted for the truth!
Evil is portrayed as a good thing, it is being promoted as “normal”, and those who oppose it are being castigated or severely punished for it! The laws of the land have changed in recent times for the worse, and if you are one of those that speak up and out about it then you are seen as an instigator, a trouble maker, and as Hilary Clinton put it you are a part of “a basket of deplorables”! This is how the world sees us, this is how they view our beliefs, this is how they view God!
The world is quickly headed down the wrong path, the path that leads to destruction. It is a dark path, a very dark path, and it’s destination is but one place and one place only, hell!
Those who oppose God also oppose the things of God, they oppose His chosen people the Jews and the nation of Israel, they oppose Christians, they oppose what God has ordained as righteous and holy!
Wars and rumors of wars dot the landscape, rulers and dictators threaten the world through intimidation and acts of aggression. And it seems that any day now World War 3 could actually break out, that’s how bad things are getting in this world!
While the world seems to be holding the economy together by bailing out failing banks, by pumping tons of money back into the economy, remember the term “Quantitative easing?”, it teeters on the edge of the largest economic collapse ever before seen in history! This quantitative easing is only a temporary fix, and doesn’t actually “fix” the problem, it’s more like putting band-aids on holes in a failing dike! Nation upon nation are trillions upon trillions of dollars in debt, and there will come a time when the dike finally fails and comes crashing down!
The threat of new and deadly diseases continue to pop up around the world without cures. They threaten the lives of millions of people around the globe, but yet we hear very little about them!
Even though the world seems to be falling apart at an alarming rate God is in control! He is in control of all things. We need not worry about what is coming upon this world, not if we are believers in Jesus Christ!
Even if we suffer from trials, tribulations, and pain now, God is still in control, not only of the world but also our lives as well! We may not see the light through the darkness but it’s there, and we may not see the end in sight but it’s there also! We may not see God’s hand in our lives but it’s there! God is with us through it all.
God holds all things together, and God is in control of all things, at all times, and in all circumstances!
“The Lord has made everything for its purpose, even the wicked for the day of trouble.”
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
“That people may know, from the rising of the sun and from the west, that there is none besides me; I am the Lord, and there is no other. I form light and create darkness, I make well-being and create calamity, I am the Lord, who does all these things.”
“For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. 17 And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. 18 And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.“
The good Lord created all things by Him and for Him, He also holds all things together!
“For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; 10 and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.“
Jesus Christ, God and man, yet fully God! We are complete in Christ, the author and finisher of our faith.
“looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.“
It is Jesus Christ who created all things, it is Jesus Christ who holds all things together, and it is Jesus Christ who is in control of all things, even when things appear to be falling apart, even when evil things are happening, and yes, even when we suffer from trials and tribulations in this life!
God has a plan, we were predestined to be a part of that plan, and it’s all working together for His purpose, for His will. God uses us as part of the plan, He uses whomever He pleases for His will even Satan and his minions!
The world will become a darker place before the return of Jesus Christ, it will become more wicked and evil, and the hope of the world for a better place under the sway of the wicked one will quickly diminish. The bible tells us what is coming upon the world, it tells us of signs to watch for which signify His soon return, and my friends they are not things which we would classify as “good” things, as things that we hope for, but, they are all part of God’s plan, we were told by God that they will happen and they will! The point is that God is in control of it all, yes, even the evil and wickedness.
So when things in this world appear as if they are falling apart just know that God is in control, that it is all part of His plan. When things in your life appear hopeless and you are overwhelmed with trials and tribulations just know that God is also in control of your life! As long as you are a believer in Jesus Christ then He will make all things work together for your good! He has a plan, and He has a purpose for everything!
I don’t know about you, but I see the hand of God working throughout my life. As I look back at the trials and tribulations in my life, at the pain and suffering, I can see God working good things through it all! Even after I have screwed things up over and over again the good Lord continues to work things out for my good, that’s not to say that I haven’t paid the consequences for my actions, I most certainly have! But still, God has brought me through it and has turned the bad into good, He has taken the evil and wickedness in my life and turned it into good over and over again.
It’s when I am obedient to the Lord that I can hear His voice, I can see Him working, and I know that He is with me through it all! It is when I am walking in the spirit that I can see the light, that I know that God is with me, and that I have hope for what is happening in the world and in my own life.
The end is near my friends, that is, the end of the world as we know it. It’s the end, but in fact it is really just the beginning! It’s the beginning of our eternal destiny, either in hell or in heaven with our LORD! It’s the beginning of new things for believers, the beginning of a new world, a new creation, an eternity of exploring what God has created in all the universe! A time to be who God created us to be in the first place, a relationship with God as it was originally intended to be like it was for Adam and Even before their fall, except this time it will be even better! Not only will we have new immortal bodies, but we shall be like Christ for we will see Him as He truly is! How great and wonderful is that?!
The world does not know what lies ahead of them but we as believers do! They cannot see the light, they cannot see the reason or purpose for what is happening in the world, they can only see the darkness. They have no real hope for the future, they have no explanations for the world or their lives. Theirs is a hopeless reality and their end is destruction! They attempt to reason and explain away the events that are taking place in the world, they use human intellect and understanding, when in fact it takes much more than that, it takes the mind and spirit of God Almighty to truly understand what is happening in the world today. It takes the Holy Spirit within to discern the times, to know that God has a plan for all of us, and that His plan is being fulfilled even as we speak! It takes the Spirit of the LORD to know and understand the truth, to know right from wrong, to be able to discern the spirits.
God told us what would happen in the end times, He gave us the warning signs, they were written in scripture and they will happen, each and every one of them! Do not be alarmed when you see them happening, do not be dismayed, for the good Lord told us that they would happen. The signs are not in order to frighten us, but instead to give us hope, to know that God is who He says that He is, and to discern the times, to encourage one another. We don’t know exactly when Christ is coming back to rapture the church, but we are to know the season and the season is now! The Jews were not able to discern the times when Christ first appeared in the flesh, will we be able to discern the times of His coming to take us home?
God bless my friends! Maranatha!