Are These the Last Days?
On those occasions when I find myself in front a news program or a commentator's show, I often think of the words of Scripture, below.
But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. ( Matthew 24:37–39 )
No matter what tragedies or atrocities seem to be happening in the world, the commentators just keep talking on the screen, the commericals keep urging us to buy more stuff we don't need, or signing up for their services, or upgrading our cable service so we can get even more entertainment to keep us in front of the screen. Is that screen becoming reality for many?
Yackity yak! There goes another onscreen discussion about what the President or Congress or NFL or whatever should do, with voices often drowning each other out. Sometimes I feel as though none of its real to any of them. Just something to talk about. Just entertainment. They will go out to eat, party, go home and sleep peacefully and be back to tell us about the latest war statistics and atrocities tomorrow.
I can't watch too much of this because for me it's not entertaining. It's about what real people are suffering, whether their homes have burned down, their loved ones have been shot or taken hostage, or a child has been tortured. I find I must pray while hearing and seeing these shows. I have brothers and sisters hurting. I must uphold them with my prayers. I must help where I can, if there is a way to help and I have the means.
Matthew 23 and 24 talk a lot about the last days. I suppose any part of history has many of the signs – earthquakes, violence, wars, and famines. But these are said only to be signs that the end is coming. There is also to be great tribulation where the followers of Christ will be delivered up to death and hated by all nations, because they follow Jesus . False prophets will appear and do marvelous works that will lead many astray. After a final sacrilege the prophet Daniel spoke of takes place, believers will need to flee for their lives not even going back into their homes to get a coat. This will happen before Christ returns. (I am not dogmatic on this last point. I rather hope those with dispensationalist views are right so I can skip all this.)
Theologians differ on whether or not Christians will endure the great tribulation or be taken to Heaven before that, but we all agree that Christ will return at the end and the world will be set right. We are urged to be watchful and ready to meet him when he returns for us. We are also told that no one knows the day or hour when Christ will return, and many have been proved false prophets for making predictions they should not have. Jesus told us not to listen to them, but they still keep talking.
I believe the last days are getting here. You may think me deluded for believing what I do, but for me it's much more real than the chatter you see on TV. You have every right to believe what you want to, and you alone will be held accountable for it. If I'm wrong, I'm wrong. I've heard what the atheists have to say. I've read the Unitarians. I've read about the beliefs of other world religions . Not a one of them has a way to deal with my sin and guilt but Christianity. If you have no sin and no guilt to deal with or prefer to hire a psychologist, fine. That's your judgement call and your choice. At least it still is in these United States.
I personally have not been able to live up to what I know is right. Every day I fall short. That's why I personally need a savior. Jesus is the only one I've found who could pay my debt to God. I now look at the world the way he teaches me to. The Biblical view has become my world view. That's why much of what I say will seem strange or unreal to those who don't share that view. I hope they are content to agree to disagree on that and go on as friends where world view doesn't matter.
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