Monday, August 8, 2011

The End? - August 8, 2011

Joel 1:15(New International Version)
15 Alas for that day!
For the day of the LORD is near;
it will come like destruction from the Almighty.

Psalm 20:1-5(New Century Version)
1 May the Lord answer you in times of trouble.
May the God of Jacob protect you.
2 May he send you help from his Temple
and support you from Mount Zion.
3 May he remember all your offerings
and accept all your sacrifices.


4 May he give you what you want
and make all your plans succeed,
5 and we will shout for joy when you succeed,
and we will raise a flag in the name of our God.
May the Lord give you all that you ask for.

Days like today and those of the last several weeks, where our Country's economy seems to be crumbling around us, have us feeling as if the things that they have so long trusted are no longer secure. Rarely in many of our lifetimes has it seemed so bad out there. There has been very little good news since the beginning of this century. We started it out with the fears of Y2K, climaxed the new century with 9/11, mired ourselves in two almost decade long wars, faced threats of Islamic fundamentalism, and our faltering economy has brought many to their knees. Many are asking "Is this the end?"

Prophecy teachers and prognosticators have long pointed to what is going on in the world around us as the "birth pangs" of the bad things to come. They may be right; any study of the prophecies in the Bible, found in Daniel, Ezekial and Revelation, will reveal that what is happening around us has more than just a coincidental similarity to what was written down thousands of years ago. There are many things that have been prophesied that seem to be lining up right now, and if you are a believer in Jesus Christ, you should be paying attention to them and preparing yourself and your family.

But the goal of Biblical prophecy was not to cause believers to dread the future and fear their outcome; it was written for us to know that the Bible is authoritative and real, and to let us know about what is to come.
It should bring us comfort to know that we place our trust in God, who has revealed Himself to us and guides us through what is happening around us.
So rather than placing your faith in the economy, stocks, your 401K or something else, place you faith in Jesus Christ who holds your "end" in His hands. Turn to the One who will save you for eternity.

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