Monday, July 8, 2013

The Coming of the Lord is Near: Don't be Afraid!

The effect of Egypt’s implosion last week on the instability  of its own government and of the region has Bible students asking (again), “Is the end-time almost here?” Beyond the wars and rumors of wars in the Middle East, there are, of course, other signs of impending end-times: epic increases in extreme weather; escalating hatred of Israel, world-wide persecution of Christians, and a surge in apostasy.
Unfortunately, while the end-time is welcomed by most believers, it is a fearful thing to others. Why?  Fear of the unknown? Feeling unsafe? Displaced? And might this be why  Jesus said, “do not be troubled [afraid]; I’m going to prepare a place [of refuge] for you” (John 14:2).
Not surprisingly, the worldlings are looking for refuge in these uncertain times, building their financial shelters and end-of-the-world bunkers. Many are living in a state of panic! But... are we?  “The end of all things is near; therefore, be of sound judgment and sober spirit, strengthen your hearts for the purpose of prayer ... for the coming of the Lord is near” (1 Peter 4:7-8); James 5:7-8).

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