I look around at our world today, and listen to the news...watching it on the web...as Japan has been decimated by a huge earthquake. Terrible things have happened to Japan, and it is just the beginning of the difficulties they will experience.
Much of their infrastructure has been damaged, and now recently they have reported radiation leaks in nuclear facilities due to further aftershocks that continue to roll through China. Not to mention the absolute disaster in the streets of their cities, covered with sand and debris which was carried by 33 feet of surging tsunami water over huge swaths of suburban area. It carried cars, ships, houses and other large objects like they were toys in a bathtub and deposited them wherever they landed when the water drained back out.
Some low-lying areas areas are still submerged under water and the death toll keeps rising. Many people were washed out to see and are still missing. We have only just begun to gauge the effect on human life as more post earthquake disasters unfold.
Reading and watching all of this terrible news just makes me think a couple things
1. We are in the stage of birth pains and it will continue to intensify. Matthew 24:4-8
4 Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. 5For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Christ,a’ and will deceive many. 6You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. 7Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8All these are the beginning of birth pains.
2. This is NOTHING compared to what will happen on a global level just preceding the return of Christ. Revelation 7:12-14
12 I watched as he opened the sixth seal. There was a great earthquake. The sun turned black like sackcloth made of goat hair, the whole moon turned blood red, 13and the stars in the sky fell to earth, as late figs drop from a fig tree when shaken by a strong wind. 14The sky receded like a scroll, rolling up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place.
But how close are we to the return of Christ? Well we must see some very definite things happen first.
- We must see the confirmation of a covenant of peace with Israel...that solves the Jerusalem problem on an international scale.
- The confirmation of the covenant will enable the Jews to rebuild a temple which they have a great desire to do. But they are only stopped by the threat of absolute chaos and war that would ensue if they built the temple on the temple mount in Jerusalem, next to the Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa Mosques. The Muslims would go insane with prospect of such an offense to their religion.
- It is my opinion that the only way to bring such a peace to fruition would be for the currently destabilized Middle Eastern Islamic nations to be brought under a unified control by a much desired Islamic Caliphate, who will rule a revived Turkish Ottoman Islamic empire.
So in the meantime we have our own domestic troubles to figure out. The one event on the horizon which looms over the citizens of the USA is the economic destruction that will take place when the dollar is removed from it's "world reserve currency" status.
We are already seeing China back away from the dollar as we print more and more money...whether secretly or not. We are seeing inflation of gas prices due to the Middle East instability. I dare say, it will get worse before it gets better.
Our economic futures hinge on a global economy. We are all now interconnected. When demand goes up in another country for oil...such as it is in China, we have to compete for that same oil. All the while we are all dwindling the finite resource into oblivion. When oil becomes unattainable or too expensive to acquire, it will bring new industry to a halt. Everything we use is made with oil in some form or fashion. Plastics, rubbers, gasoline, ...etc.
When this resource becomes unavailable, the country will go into a tailspin. Those who prepared in advance will have stockpiles of food, supplies, ammo, water...etc. And those who did not prepare will have a demand for those same supplies which will be unavailable. This will necessarily cause a great amount of distress between those who have and those who have not, as the have not's begin to starve and stagnate in their useless world of sports, drinking, and frivolous pursuits of pleasure.
So be it money, oil, or false peace in the Middle East...we have plenty to prepare for in our lives. But mostly we must open our eyes and prepare our hearts for what is coming, both locally, nationally, and internationally on a spiritual level.
You will have to make hard decisions in the coming world of chaos.
Anyone who is destined for prison will be taken to prison. Anyone destined to die by the sword will die by the sword. This means that God's holy people must endure persecution patiently and remain faithful.
Are you preparing for a protracted war against the forces of evil...or are you of the mind that you will go into captivity such as the Jews of WW2. Of course most people do not want either one of these realities to come true. But we have lived in such wealth and freedom for so long...that we can hardly conceive of this type of decision. Even so there are many that are thinking about such things and preparing one way or the other.
Will you run and hide? Will you stand and fight? Will you survive?
If we take this to another level, it can be said that our job as Christians is simply to preach the gospel. So wherever you go...there will you have an opportunity to live and die for the gospel of salvation, standing for your faith in compassion for the lost.
Of the anti-christ and christians in these last days it says in Daniel 11:32
He (anti-christ) will flatter and win over those who have violated the covenant. But the people who know their God will be strong and will resist him.
I will be part of the resistance in whatever form that takes...to stand for Christ unto death. What will you do?
The Spirit of God will speak to you and give you the words you must speak.
The Strong Watchman