As we enter the sweltering days of summer, 2016, it feels like we are trapped inside a bizarre and sometimes frightening carnival funhouse.
America is plunging headlong into a presidential election that has already proven itself one of the most tumultuous in our history — and we’re not even to the real race yet! Who would have bet that the three remaining candidates would be an avowed Socialist, a real estate tycoon who has never held public office, and a failed Secretary of State teetering on the edge of criminal indictment.
And who could have guessed that the hot-button issue of the Spring would be the “civil right” of “transgenders” to use whichever public restroom or dressing facility they want. Incredible upheaval and animosity to accommodate one-third of one percent of Americans.
In Hollywood, this could only be the script for an irreverent black comedy.
Israel is reeling from ongoing terrorist attacks, the European Union is imploding under the weight of unrestrained Muslim migration-invasion, Iran is bragging about how it snookered Barack Obama and announcing its nuclear missile developments, and Russia is publicly ratcheting up its aggressive behavior toward the West.
Disturbingly, many Christians are becoming more and more confused about what’s important, or even what’s true. At the same time, more unbelievers than ever are uneasy about what they see happening in the world. They know that things aren’t right and they’re feeling a sense of impending doom.
So where do they turn?
The only sure place to find answers is the Bible. In fact, the Apostle Peter said that the truth we get from the Bible is more certain than the testimony of an eyewitness.
The world is fascinated by the “prophecies” of modern “prophets” like Nostradamus, Edgar Cayce, or Joseph Smith. But their predictions have invariably proven to be vague, at best, and completely erroneous at worst. And they are always “discovered” after the fact. Unlike the prophecies of the ancient Bible prophets who named names and dates centuries in advance and have never been wrong.
As the world hurtles toward the end of this Age, we have the plan already laid out for us. And it’s written — straight from God Himself — with unmistakable clarity and detail. As Peter described it, “…we have the prophetic word made more sure (than the testimony of an eyewitness) to which you do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place….” (2 Peter 1:19, NASB)
Bible prophecy is built on the certainty of God’s foreknowledge of what evil men will choose in the circumstances and events He places before them. This is why only God’s prophecies given through His chosen prophets are 100% accurate.
So don’t despair about events you see unfolding around you. It’s going to get rough, but our Father has provided ample warning for us through His prophets and His Word. He’s also given us “instructions” on how to prepare ourselves for these days.
More importantly, He’s given us this promise: “Fear not, for I am with you. Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:20, NKJV) No matter what happens in our near future, we can count on every word of that promise.
And this one: “I will never leave you, nor forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5, NKJV)
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