7 But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer. 8 And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins. 9 Use hospitality one to another without grudging. 10 As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. 11 If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: 13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. 14 If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified. 15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters. 16 Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.
17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? 18 And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? 19 Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.
I posted these verses from my time with God the other day after reading many articles about current events going on in the United States and Israel. It is evident the the world is in a tail spin, headed quickly into the days when the Tribulation will happen. As a believer there are many things I believe as truth besides knowing that Jesus died on the cross for our sins, and that he rose again then ascended into Heaven to prepare a place for those who are His. I know I am one of those, and that it won’t be long whether through my death or the Rapture that I will be with Jesus there in Heaven. But there are many other things that I know from the prophecy in the Bible about what is to come. For one, the rising persecution of Christians and Jews, and for another that there will be a chain of events that will happen before Jesus comes back to end all the evil on Earth and judge all people. There will be great roaring of the seas that will cause men’s hearts to fear. There will be wars and rumors of wars. Another list of things is famine, earthquakes, and pestilence. In the last years we have seen those things growing, and during the Tribulation these things will be far worse than even what we see today. One thing we know as Christians is that we don’t know the day, nor the hour, not even the very moment of the 2nd coming of the Lord Jesus, but we know what he tells us to look for so that we will know it is close. In Matthew 24 Jesus, himself, gives us many of these signs to look for in his answer to the disciples question about what would be the signs of His coming. Jesus gave us these signs so that as his children we would know what to watch for. i can tell you that I’ve been watching, as are many other Christians and those times are upon us.
Some believe that the trumpet sound the Rapture, or the moment when Jesus will take all true believers to Heaven so we won’t live through the Tribulation, that we will just pop out of here and never have to face any trials at all. Others, like me, know that God doesn’t promise that we won’t see any of these trials, but that we won’t see the worst of them that will come in the Tribulation, when the Antichrist (False Messiah) rules the Earth under a One World Government. We already see some of those near future elements of the Tribulation being put into affect. For example, Agenda 21 of the U.N., which will have many effects on all the world, from education, to confiscation of guns, even those liscensed and registered to personal owners, which will leave only criminals and governments to have them. It will also put all economics, all personal records including medical records under one government. It will put so much control on the people of the world that ultimately we will all be slaves to those in power, forced to worship the AntiChrist or face death. People will be executed for not denying Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord, and those who do not take the Mark of the Beast (AntiChrist) will not be able to buy or sell, get food, or live in homes like we do now. It will be a terrible time, of what will be a global dictatorship, with a global one world religion, and a time of great persecution of anyone who doesn’t conform, especially Christians and Jews. It will also be a terrible time of environmental upheaval as storms become even deadlier than they are now, great food shortages, greater earthquakes and volcanic activity, and plagues like we have never seen.
As I said, these things are already on the rise. I read an article the other day that coined the term “Christianopobia”, which is the hate and fear of Christians. A week doesn’t go by that I don’t read comments on articles or hear how someone on the news is calling Christians “haters”. I read articles weekly about churches all over the world being bombed or attacked and Christians being imprisoned, persecuted, and killed. Of course these aren’t reported on the mainstream media as much, but there are articles coming out of news sources around the world that report these attacks. There is a group called “Voice of the Martyr” that acts like an advocate for those Christians who are being persecuted around the world. In the U.S. there is a growing hatred for Christians coming from many different groups from Athiest, Muslims, Gays, Communists, Socialists, Marxists, Anarchists, and many groups on the Left. It seems like every terrible event that happens the left rushes to blame it on Conservative Christians, even though it isn’t true. Our own government under Barack Obama has gone as far as calling all those who disagree with his agenda as Homeland Terrorists, including those who are Pro-Life, Pro-Marriage, Conservative, Christian, Stay-at-Home Moms, Military Men and Women, Military Vets and Retirees. They have even installed security measures to spy on us like we are no more than common criminals. They allow Leftists Protestors speak out, and even allow their acts of vandalism, but threaten anyone who gathers peacefully to protest Obama’s wicked agenda which includes the killing of millions through his Healthcare Plan, and through abortion. Recently there was a pastor who was jailed for holding a Bible Study in his own home. As we near the Tribulation more of these attacks on Christianity will rise.
As I said earlier, we do not know the day, the hour, nor the very moment that Jesus will call us home. But I can tell you this as this time approaches we will see more attacks on Christians, on freedom, and on truth, and my friends, things could get a lot uglier than we ever dreamed of until the day of our Rapture. But we don’t need to be afraid, because there are so many verses in the Bible that God has given us to see us through, just like tese found in I Peter. God gives us instructions on how to stand strong, how to overcome, and reminds us that in the face of these trials and tribulations, in times of great fear and adversity, God will always be here for us. He will see us through if we just keep holding on to him.