I’m continuing to look at Jesus’ discussion of the Last Days with His disciples. He’s giving them a general outline of future events.
When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come.
The Lord warns us that peace will not occur in this age. Wars and rumors of wars will be going on around the world. In Luke 21:9, the Lord is recorded as adding revolutions, or literally unrest to the list.
As Christians, we’re not to be alarmed. That word alarmed in the above verse means to cry out in fright. We should not be afraid or surprised at these events.
The Lord doesn’t give us the illusion of a world getting better and better. Instead, He shows us the reality of what living on this earth will be like.
Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places, and famines. These are the beginning of birth pains.
The Lord goes on to list more signs that He calls birth pangs. He mentions famines. This is a lack of food usually caused by greed. In many places around the world, people starve while ships full of food are docked in the harbor and cannot be unloaded because the repressive government won’t allow it.
The number of earthquakes has been rising steadily over the last hundred years. They cause a lot of devastation. Many times they’re accompanied by volcanic eruptions or tsunamis. It seems like every week we hear of new disasters.
When I was a child, we heard of natural disasters happening very infrequently. Now it seems like every day we’re hearing about a new “worst”. They are always reporting the worst flood, worst tornado outbreak, worst drought, or other such calamities in the news.
Jesus calls all these things the beginnings of birth pangs. I believe the Lord is referring to the time at the end of this age where He will begin to make a distinction between the church and the world.
We’re told in the Word what our attitude should be. We’re expecting our Lord to appear.
But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear what they fear; do not be frightened.”
1 Peter 3:14
The Lord doesn’t warn us of these events so that we’ll fear the future. As we see these things happening, our faith in the Lord and in His Word should grow. It should give us a greater urgency for winning souls into His kingdom. We must let this knowledge transform us into the end-time church Christ will be looking for when He returns.
Question: How should believers keep from fearing the future?
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