What’s going to happen before the End of time, the return of Christ?
I saw in the Tiktok video of Joshua leading the nation of Israel attacking the Amalekites army. God was with them, and they slaughtered all the enemies. Amalekites been a totally idolatrous and even child sacrifice nation, and God asked Israel to wipe them out.
War is real and ferocious with no return
But what really graphically portrayed to me as I was watching it, is hundreds and thousands of young men with their swords, crying rally for war under Joshua. And when I saw thousands of soldiers clashed one another on the screen, it really dawned on me the ferociousness of war. I mean, many of them were killed on the spot. In fact, there is just so survivor on the losing side. But did you realize this is not a game?
Once they are struck dead. They are dead. They are gone forever from their families and loved ones and friends, on either side. Life is like too cheap.
Russia Ready to Invade Ukraine
Today we constantly hear news of Russia sending more and more troops to Ukraine, ready to invade them. Now this day, war is no more fought on crying rally of men surging toward the front line. But it’s using fighter jets bombing. Then using cyber attack jamming. Then using ground troops for invasion. Many will die. Life is lost, and they are gone.
Why can’t we stop wars?
Why can’t we stop war? The simple reason is simply because we can’t stop sin. We can’t fight off sins. They ensnare us. They follow us wherever we go. They are like utterly dark parasites stuck to us. We feel helpless . We start war, because of aggression. Because of insecurity of fearful of being attacked.
The story of Russia and Ukraine is long and convoluted with NATO. The fear mounting of NATO attack on Russia, as imagined by Russia, can be very real. All their former states on the West bordering Europe had all applied to join NATO.
Sin plaguing humans will go on. In fact Jesus prophesized there will be wars in the end time.
Matt 24 4 Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many. 6 You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. 7 Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of birth pains.
War is the beginning of birth pangs. Of course, mankind has fought in wars in WWI, WWII, for thousands of years. But now it’s just going to get even more intense.
Because we live in a sinful world, a broken world. There is the power of darkness by the devil against the Kingdom of God which is light.
Disciples of Christ will be Persecuted
Then in v9-Onwards: 9 “Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me.
Jesus said you will behanded over to be persecuted and put to death. Wait, who was he talking to?
His disciples. Do they apply to modern day Christians? Look at what happen to China, Iran, middle eastern countries. Even in Nigeria. Many Christians are heavily persecuted. Why? Can’t God just rescue them? Sometimes He does, but many times He let them. It’s God’s way to make us testify to the world, the glory of God in Christ, how strong we are in Him, how strong our faith is in him. To prove to the world, our faith is really genuine, not based on some comfy cushy sloppy love that has no backbone. Jesus, of course, did say, be united and love one another, that the world may know that you are mine. That too. Of course.
Many Christians shall turn away from the Faith
10 At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other,
Jesus also warned that many will turn away from the faith in Christ. Who? Christians! Yes, those Christians who now believe in Christ. You see at the end time; every stone will be turned. Sheep will be separate from goats. God will separated the wheat from the tare. Real Christians and fake Christians. SO be careful and be ready. Walk with Christ and abide in him absolutely
11 and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people.
Then many false prophets, preaching not the real authentic gospel will spread. Church be ready and be alert. Be trained in the Word of God.
12 Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold,
Then the increase of wickedness will cause of most believers cold. That’s really scary. Most? Wow! What happens to the elect? That you don’t have to worry, let God be God, and you be you. God will take care of those whom he called. His elect will never be snatched from His hands. We just need to be warned. Pray and pray! For those who never come to prayer meetings, start now!
This Gospel shall be preached to the Whole World
13 but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.
Finally, this Gospel of the Kingdom will be preached in there whole world. Yes, the WHOLE world. Not just some parts. All parts of Long Island, all parts of NYC. All parts of USA, all parts of the world. That’s the promise of God.
As a testimony to all nations, and the END will come.
Heaven and hell begins in all eternity. Amen.