With that said, I have a hard time understanding some of the extreme prepers and those who eat, breath and sleep end time prophecies. Now, I’ll have to admit there was a time when I found myself delving into conspiracies, and end time prophecy scenarios. Fortunately I learned to trust in God and not my own devises.
Okay, so, do I believe in the end times? Absolutely!
Do I believe in conspiracies? Some of them, to a point. After all isn’t Satan an advisory and conspirator, seeking to influence the hearts of men on this earth?
I believe there’s an argument that can be made that we are living in the end times, but end times are a relative term and could mean 10, 20 or even 50 years from now. There are a few things in the scriptures that point to us being in and around the end times. BUT, there are some key pieces of the puzzle that are missing, and I really don’t see them coming into place quite yet.
Now, let me ask you this question. Even if we knew the tribulation was getting ready to hit the fan, would that change how we live? If so, we’re not living the way we should be.
We should be living each day like it could be our last, which means our relationship with God should be our top priority every day. Otherwise, aren’t we like the foolish virgins who didn’t bring enough oil for their lamps? When the bridegroom came, they weren’t prepared and lost their place at the wedding supper.
Now my point to all this is, we should not be living in a state of fear, worried about the end times. Instead we should be living our lives like Jesus lived His. We should live our lives with a positive outlook; loving our neighbor as our self, loving God, and living a life worthy to be called a child of God.
We should never live in fear, but embrace whatever comes our way with the assurance that nothing can separate us from the love of God.
So, why do some people have such fear about the future? Why do some people look for the boogey man behind every corner. I think it’s because they have picked out a few scriptures that talk about us being a witness and warning, and about some scary times to come.
But what about all the promises that say if we walk with God, we will mount up on the wings of eagles; and all the other scriptures that talk about God’s divine protection. God has always protected those who followed Him. That doesn’t mean that nothing bad ever happened to them or could happen to us. It means that He will be with us, so we have nothing to fear.
God tells us to watch, and not be deceived. He doesn’t tell us to store up months and months of food, and spend all our time reading and following end time prophecy scenarios. If you are walking with God, and the beast power comes onto the scene, you will know it; and you will know what to do.
If you are of the light, you don’t have to fear darkness.
Again, I’m not saying not to prepare for disasters and emergencies. I think everyone should have a month or two of food and supplies on hand. If we experience another big terrorist attack, things could get bad for a couple months, and supplies could become difficult to get. Do not count on the government right after a huge disaster, they could take some time to get to you.
I know a few people who are so hung up on end time prophecy that it is all they can think about. And it seems very important to them that others believe as they do. They feel it’s their job to warn and scare people into changing their lives. Now fear may make you change some things about your life and cause you to make different decisions, but does fear change someone’s heart? Does fear make someone truly repent?
I don’t think so.
True repentance and conversion doesn’t come from fear, but from sorrow by one’s heart being convicted of sin. Also by coming to see what Christ suffered for them, and the love He has for them?
If someone only reads their bible and starts going to church because they’re afraid of suffering in tribulation, is their heart where God wants it. Did Jesus intimidate people into believing in Him? No! Their spiritual acts are those of someone trying to save their butt, not of someone wanting to be a part of the Kingdom of God.
By trying to convert someone to Christ through fear you jeopardize their salvation. If they come to Christ only worrying about themselves they are contrary to God. When we can take someone who is hurting, someone who’s world has been turned upside down, and show them the love of God, we have someone who will be pliable in God’s hands.
Remember, God has to call someone; our job to share the gospel, or “good news” with them. We cannot change someone’s heart through fear. When their heart is right, God will call them, and then we need to do our part.
We need to show people the love of God, the things He has done for us, His sacrifice. We need to teach people that coming to God means emulating our God. Our God is not a God of fear, and He did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and a sound mind.
We should look to the future as Christian soldiers, ready for anything that comes. God will not let any of us go through anything that we cannot handle.
God wants us to be aware of what’s going on in the world, He wants us to watch for the signs of the times; but most of all, He wants us to be out there encouraging, serving, and being lights to this dark world.
If we are living our lives the way the scriptures tell us to, we don’t have to fear end time prophecies? Who knows, we may be called to be a part of end time prophecy. If we are, should we do that with fear and apprehension, or as servants and soldiers of the Most High God?
Be aware of what’s going on in the world, but don’t let it consume your mind. Don’t fear the future, live your life in a way that no matter what happens, you future is secure with God.