Head in the Sand Escapism
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Jesus warns us, in Matthew 24, that there will be an end-time period of tribulation.
Matthew 24:21 ‘For then there will be great distress, unequalled from the beginning of the world until now – and never to be equalled again.’
Many have adopted a rather casual and cavalier approach to this end-time warning. And perhaps there are understandable reasons. This generation has had its fair share of ecstatic mavericks who are only too pleased to share their latest wacky prophecy or message from God.
Some plump for a policy of waiting and seeing. This seems wiser. Why scare their congregation unnecessarily. “Who can tell what will happen but I am sure it will all pan out in the end. If the tribulation comes , we will prepare for it then” they tell themselves.
This seems like wisdom but it is sadly a folly of the highest degree.
The thrust of scripture, and especially Matthew 24, is that we need to prepare for the end-times in a calm and sensible way.
Matthew 24:25 ‘See, I have told you ahead of time.’
As I write these notes, the Taliban have taken over Afghanistan. Wonderful testimonies have come through underground networks telling of bravery and fidelity in the face of intense and horrendous persecution. But these Afghan Christians have been prepared over the years by Iranian Christians going into Afghanistan and circulating through the underground church.
They have been taught of the tribulation that is to come and the need to stand firm in their faith. They have been taught of the explosive power of the gospel and the outpouring of miraculous signs and wonders. They have been taught of the golden storm approaching.
By contrast, many leaders in the West are churning out their soporific messages that are stripped bare of any need for the Church to prepare for the tribulation days that are barrelling down upon us like a run-away train.
I could say that those who choose to hide their heads in the sand will be bitten on the bottom.
But it is far more serious than that.
There is an urgent need for Christians to sensibly prepare themselves for the days ahead. To resolve now that death is irrelevant compared to holding on to our faith and receiving the crown of eternal life. To be prepared to minister to a falling world, no matter how dark it becomes. To embrace the golden gospel and be the shining light in a world that is plunged into darkness.
Revelation 2:10 ‘Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life.’
The hour is late, dear friends, and it is time to prepare our hearts to face the golden storm that is fast approaching.
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