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Subject: Latter Days

It’s a new year and the world continues to revolve in mounting unrest. Yet, even though we live in a dark world consumed with sin, I wish everybody a “Happy 2014”! Perhaps being ‘happy’ may seem an unobtainable goal as we watch intensifying global upheaval, increasing calamities of nature, escalating violence and evil, worsening governmental corruption and deception, and man’s adamant turn from God. Nevertheless, if we are born-again believers, we can joyfully and confidently declare “The Lord is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me? (Psalm 118:6)

What indeed? Intimidate us, yes! Threaten us, yes! Imprison us, yes! Such possibilities, even death, are grim and present realities for believers in over 60 countries, but God is, and always has been, in total control! We read in Matthew 8:27 the following - “What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!” Believers, whatever “storm” this ungodly world may throw at us, the Almighty Creator is with us, providing us with an unexplainable peace that floods the soul; a peace that is grounded in God’s constant presence, and sustained through prayer. (Philippians 4:6) “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7) When fear invades our thinking, remember Jesus said “…my peace I give unto you…Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” (John 14:27)

Jesus’ tells us we will have tribulation. “These things I have spoken…that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33) Tribulation may mean general trials and afflictions, but sometimes in Scripture, tribulation denotes troubles which result from worldly persecution. To what degree this type of persecution may touch us, only God knows! Yet fully understanding and accepting that at Calvary, Jesus made Himself a sacrifice for our sins, conquered this wicked world, and guaranteed the ultimate defeat of Satan, believers should be willing to suffer for Him. Ineffective is the believer that allows fear to silence them. “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear… (II Timothy 1:7)

Jesus also said, “…fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” (Matthew 10:28/Luke 12:4) The world loathes those who speak out for Christ and Christianity (John 15:18), but will the ‘war’ on American Christians accelerate to the same level of persecution in other countries? God’s Written Word tells us “…this know also that in the last days perilous (dangerous/death-defying) times shall come.” (II Timothy 3:1) Simply stated, world conditions will increase in frequency and severity as the Second Coming of Christ grows ever near! But even the possibility of death due to one’s declared belief and faith in Jesus Christ should not make a believer hostage to fear. After all, the Lord has already given the believer victory over death through His own death, burial and resurrection. “Jesus said….I am the resurrection and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.” (John 11:25-26) “Oh, grave where is thy victory...” (I Corinthians 15:55b)

The extent believers may suffer is unknown, yet Noah provides a clue. “ …the Lord said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark:…For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights;…” (Genesis, Chapter 7) Seven days BEFORE the first drop of water hit dry land, God called Noah and family into the ark, guaranteeing safety and security from His righteous judgment (wrath)! What a magnificent picture of the believer being removed (raptured/caught-up) from earth prior to the seven year period of God’s wrath, the Tribulation! We may face earthly persecution, but because we are “justified by his blood” (Romans 5:9), we believers will be saved from God’s wrath!

If, however, we do face heightened human persecution due to our Christian belief, we would have but ‘minutes’ to suffer, and all of eternity to be in the presence of the Lord, and to dwell in heavenly mansions prepared by our Lord and Savior! (John 14:1-3) Conversely and heartbreakingly, the unbeliever will not escape God’s mighty wrath. A wrath (judgment) which will be unleashed upon this unbelieving world, followed by an eternity of incessant suffering both in the torments of Hell, and finally in the fiery Lake of Fire! The ugly reality is…one can live his or her short, earthly life deliberately frolicking in spiritual darkness, but throughout all eternity the unbeliever will pay the damning price for his or her unbelief! (John 3:18)

Accept Jesus and be happy in the Lord! After all, “If God be for us, who can be against us.” (Romans 8:31b)

Nancy Hamilton

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