As Jesus states regarding the signs previous to His return, “But when you hear of wars and commotions, do not be terrified; for these things must come to pass first, but the end will not come immediately. For nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom and there will be famines, pestilences (diseases, plagues), and earthquakes in many places. All these are the beginning of sorrows (birth pains).” (Mt.24:7-8; Lk.21:9-11)
“Commotions” – In Hebrew: akatastasia; instability, a state of disorder, disturbance, confusion. These caused by numerous factors, including war, natural disasters, plagues, etc, as Jesus states.
It’s extremely important to note that these all occur BEFORE Christ’s return. We see much war, which will grow worse, as we are also told that “War will continue until the end” (Daniel 9:26), natural disasters, and diseases across the news headlines today. Let us not be terrified, but know that Jesus is trying to prepare us for what is to come. First, we must put our trust in Him who is our anchor through the storms. We must also prepare, as Joseph and Noah did when God told them of the coming storms.
One thing that I have been doing for years is to carry handy wipes in my car and purse to use when I place my hands on gas pumps, grocery carts, etc. and I wash my hands frequently to protect against diseases. It has now become a habit. Thank You, Lord.
“He who tills his land will be satisfied with bread,
but he who follows frivolity is devoid of understanding.” (Prov. 12:11)
In preparing for the times to come, it is wise to have a garden. Even if one lives in the city, they can do Urban Farming. Gardening takes time, but it’s worth it to have fresh food. Thank You, Lord, for making my garden fruitful.
“Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)
Thank You, Lord, for your great promises. Even though we are told of much war, Cristian persecution and more before Your return, we thank You for Your promises on which we may stand to give us Your peace and strength to endure.
Leader: ISIS is ‘Systematically Beheading Children’ in ‘Christian Genocide’
“Christianity in Mosul is dead, and a Christian holocaust is in our midst,” said Mark Arabo, a Californian businessman and Chaldean-American leader. In an interview with CNN’s Jonathan Mann, he called what’s happening in Iraq a “Christian genocide” and said “children are being beheaded, mothers are being raped and killed, and fathers are being hung.”
Please Lord, protect all those who are being persecuted and give them Your peace and strength to endure, in Jesus’ name. Thank You, Lord.
“The fear of the Lord is to hate evil…” (Prov. 8:13)
“And Moses said to the people, “Do not fear; for God has come to test you, and that His fear may be before you, so that you may not sin.” (Exodus 20:20)
The reason why God wants us to fear Him is for our own good, so that we may not sin. Fearing our Lord, having a dread of His judgment, is very important in order to prepare us spiritually. He loves us so much. Thank You, Lord.
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