End Times Special Edition
Recent headline news have been anything but encouraging. I’m especially talking about the rise of Black American and African killings in the U.S. and India, respectively, and the multiplying terrorist attacks worldwide. I’m sure you can think of other events that can be added to this list. I can’t lie but at times I have felt angry and disgusted at some communities looking at what “their” people are doing in the world; how can some individuals be so cruel as to set another on fire just because of his race? These feelings and thoughts have consumed my mind day in and day out. Then, I realized that the devil had succeeded in birthing resentment in my heart, that’s when I understood his plan. The devil is bombarding us with these current events to shift our focus away from Jesus and loving our neighbors to now hatred, racism, discrimination, and you name it. His purpose is to divide in order to conquer us. I’m not saying that we should turn a blind eye to current atrocities, let’s stand against them while fixing our eyes on Jesus and loving our neighbors instead of being devoured by unforgiveness and bitterness.
The Bible warned us beforehand that these horrible events would take place: “And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows” Matthew 24:6-8. The Lord Jesus knew that there would come such times as these when wars, lawlessness, terrorism, racism, and other atrocities will increase. Amidst the chaos, He still warned us not to be troubled, because these events must take place. ‘Not troubled’ means that we shouldn’t worry/be overwhelmed, start hating other communities, or vent our anger on social media. The opposite of ‘not troubled’ is peace, and that’s what we should fill our hearts with. Hear what the apostle Paul said concerning our attitude during end times: “Therefore, brethren, stand fast and hold the traditions which you were taught, whether by word or our epistle. Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself…comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work” (2 Thess 3:15-17). We need to hold on to the Word in these last days and carry out the two greatest commandments, i.e. love our Heavenly Father with all our heart, soul, and strength, plus love our neighbors as ourselves. In this way, the devil will not see a foothold of bitterness, anxiety, or rebellion as a tool to overpower us. When we submit to God through His Word and resist the devil, he flees from us.
We are living in the end times, ladies, and there’s an even greater need to be vigilant and wise. Let’s not be distracted from following our Lord wholeheartedly due to the rise of wickedness in the world; it was bound to happen as the Lord predicted. Let not our hearts be troubled but instead let’s resist the devil and his schemes. Let’s spur one another on to love and good works as our Savior’s return is imminent.