There will be much War and Trouble of all Kinds.

Posted: February 5, 2015 in Uncategorized
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This recently in the news extremist terrorist group ISIS has aired or released many horrible images in beheading hostages and seeing Lt. Muath Al-Kaseasbeh’s death on the internet being burned to death. Anyone familiar with the tactics of ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham) knows their brutal bent for bloody violence. Recently, this group has captured villages in Northern Iraq that are home to many thousands of Christians, who are now being forced to convert, run, or be executed. ISIS seeks to clear out Iraq and neighboring countries from non-Islamist influences. Because of their bloodshed refugees have fled the country to seek safety from the terrorist group. You may remember the prophecy from Genesis 16:12 which says that Ishmael and his descendents will “be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man’s hand against him: and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.” There is no hope of peace between Muslims and Israelis. And there will always be extremists that want to draw states that support Israel into the conflict. The Bible predicts that in the last days there will be much killing and bloodshed. There will be much war and trouble of all kinds. God’s word says  from the book of Luke 21:25 “And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring…” If ever there was perplexity, if ever the sea and the waves are roaring, and the nations are stirred with the spirit of war, it is now. Men love war, they are enemies of peace. . Listen carefully. “The days in which we live are solemn and important. The Spirit of God is gradually but surely being withdrawn from the earth. Plagues and judgments are already falling upon the despisers of the grace of God. The calamities by land and sea, the unsettled state of society, the alarms of war, are portentous. They forecast approaching events of the greatest magnitude. The agencies of evil are combining their forces, and consolidating. They are strengthening for the last great crisis. Great changes are soon to take place in our world, and the final movements will be rapid ones.”Testimonies for the Church, Vol. 9, and page 11. Gods Spirit is withdrawing from the earth and it is because of unsettled state in society, and the many alarms of war. And Satan uses the world-loving presidents, prime ministers, kings, bankers especially, and other rulers and leaders to bring chaos and war. They are stirring the pot of war. And they play on the emotions of their people to get them to support war. They are mixing a brew that is one day going to explode into world war, perhaps the most devastating of all world wars. And many of these leaders have no conscience. They have no regard for life. They have no interest in making peace. They just want war. And it isn’t going to get better. It is going to get worse. They are not friends of peace. Does the Bible shed any light on these horrific world events? The apostle Paul writes, “Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution” (2 Timothy 3:12). Jesus stated, “If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you” (John 15:18). And the apostle Peter explained, “Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy” (1 Peter 4:12, 13).

Now, in describing the last days, Jesus warned, “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake” (Matthew 24:9). Such persecution began with Stephen, Peter, and John, and later Peter and James. Paul greatly suffered for the name of Christ. The Bible also foretells a great tribulation before the coming of Jesus. “For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened” (Matthew 24:21, 22). Are you ready to face persecution for your faith? Just as God watched over His people through past tribulations, such as the 1,260 years of intense persecution waged against Christians during the Dark Ages, so will the Lord be beside us, even if we lose our lives. Friends, you cannot afford to be undiscerning at that time. You cannot afford to be blind to the spirit of God. If you are, then you will be deceived by Satan, because his miracles will be pretty fantastic. And the prevailing opinion will be that they are of God. But in reality they are from the god of this world. So, it is important that you start learning how to know God’s voice and discern His ways now. And be willing to follow His counsel starting now. In times of trouble, God is preparing us for the grand and awful time of trouble such as never was just before the coming of Christ. In times of trouble, we are learning how to keep possession of our souls; we are to learn how to not let grief or fear oppress us. When we can keep possession of nothing else, let us keep possession of our character and Christian dignity. Stay composed. Don’t get ruffled and upset. We are to trust in Him, not become fearful, not to become cowardly, and not to become irrational. But in patience, maintain self-control at all times. Possess yourself, my friends; possess your mind and your heart. Stay in self-control. Listen to this counsel from the messenger of the Lord. This is from the General Conference Bulletin, April 4, 1901. “Were not a great many untrue things spoken concerning the Saviour, and did He retaliate? God wants us to stand in moral dignity, recommending the divine power that enables us to possess our souls in patience.”

 

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