Hallelujah Bread #7,
Too many churches today are not focused on things to come. This aspect of Theology is called “eschatology.” Outside of the church the general population of the world is even more oblivious of things to come holding only to a future promised by science and sociology and the pronouncements of pundits who form public thought. The unbelieving world is ignorant of the times we live and scoffs at any future promised to come to pass as foreseen by the prophets of G-d.
The apostle Peter makes a couple of statements in his epistles that are
starkly sobering. 2 Peter 3:3-7 “3
Above all, you must understand that
in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own
evil desires. 4 They will
say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since
our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of
creation.” 5 But
they deliberately forget that long ago by God's word the heavens came
into being and the earth was formed out of water and by water. 6
By these waters also the world
of that time was deluged and destroyed. 7 By
the same word the present
heavens and earth are reserved for fire,
being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.
(and 2 peter 3:10-11)
There are clear prophetic indicators about what the world is expected to experience in the text of both the Old and New Testament Scripture. The apostle Paul adds to Peter's message and addresses, by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, what he has been shown will come to pass in the time called "the end of the age" by Jesus in Matthew 24. Here, writing to Timothy, a son in the faith Paul emphasizes the descent into evil times in two epistles:
But know this, that in the last days
perilous times will come: 2
For men will be lovers of themselves,
lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents,
unthankful, unholy, 3
unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal,
despisers of good, 4
traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of
having a form of godliness but denying its
power. And from such people turn away!
1 Timothy 4 says the same as the above.
A. The coming world war in the middle
east; Ezekiel 38.
There is coming a prophetic event that seems to be at the front door, namely the end of the church age, the revelation of the anti-Christ and the one world government. Have we ever in our lifetimes seen anything like the tumultuous times happening today? We hear daily of riots, plagues, natural disasters, deception and sedition! The crazy and precipitous events we see are likely to disrupt and alter the way of life throughout the world.
These are not random events promising to have a normal resolution. They are not outside of G-d's control. The chaos and disorder are drawing us into the final days leading to the judgment of the ungodly. This can be called by various terms; the “day of the Lord; the coming "one world government;" "the time of the anti-Christ;"and "the day of Jacob's trouble" in which Israel comes fully into focus for her testing and eventual redemption.
"Blow a trumpet in Zion, And sound an alarm in My holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble; For the day of the Lord is coming, For it is at hand." Joel 2:1
C. Pinkney 07-21-2020