The massive 9.1 earthquake in Japan recently has many people fearing the worst-world end! Combined with other world earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, famines, global warming , and extreme weather conditions there is evidence of other troubling issues across the globe. There have been out breaks of new health threats like H1N1, and terrible diseases without known cure, pestilence problems like the recent epidemic of bed bugs, and a surge of violence and criminal activity greater than ever before. Our economy seems to get worse by second and the crippling effects of hard financial times can be seen and felt all over the world. Many fear these terrible things are clues that point out disaster. Could this be a severe warning of catastrophe? What can be done to prevent this horrible outcome, and is it too late? What can we do as individuals and families to ready ourselves and be prepared for the future? Can anyone escape from this terrible threat? With so many gripped with fear and bracing for worst, these are the type of questions that fill the hearts and minds of people today. The answers to these crucial questions have been discovered and the outcome is astounding and may come as quite a shock .
The bible warns of these same concerns and very issues. It is written clearly for all to read. These hardships and major world issues should not come as a surprise to the discerning person. All of the events that are taking place have been foretold in the bible and if you have not yet read these scriptures, you may be surprised to see how accurate and detailed these prophetic messages actually are.
Matthew 24:5-8 (Amplified Bible) 5For many will come in (on the strength of) My name [[b]appropriating the name which belongs to Me], saying, I am the Christ (the Messiah), and they will lead many astray. 6And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars; see that you are not frightened or troubled, for this must take place, but the end is not yet. 7For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in place after place; 8All this is but the beginning [the early pains] of the [c]birth pangs [of the [d]intolerable anguish].
It is amazing how these prophecies, written so long ago, so accurately depict the picture of our world condition today. This world is definitely spiraling towards a great tribulation. As seen in the previous scripture of Matthew 24:8 all of these things are just the beginning of a time of the intolerable anguish that lie ahead. As terrible as things are today, they appear to be just a taste of the great tribulation to come. These words and promises are not meant as a source of fear and dismay. On the contrary, these prophecies are words of hope and offer peace in a world of a turmoil. There is another scripture that reveals salvation from the aweful terrors that are to come. You see if we can identify the truth in these prophecies we should also not be oblivious to the hope that is available. There is hope and there is a way of escape from the terrible times that are most certainly and rapidly approaching.
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 13 And now, dear brothers and sisters, we want you to know what will happen to the believers who have died[f] so you will not grieve like people who have no hope. 14 For since we believe that Jesus died and was raised to life again, we also believe that when Jesus returns, God will bring back with him the believers who have died. 15 We tell you this directly from the Lord: We who are still living when the Lord returns will not meet him ahead of those who have died.[g] 16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, the Christians who have died[h] will rise from their graves. 17 Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then we will be with the Lord forever. 18 So encourage each other with these words.
Clearly the ultimate source of hope for humanity is found in Christ Jesus. He lived here on this planet amongst us and performed many great miracles. He healed the sick, gave sight to the blind, restored hearing to the deaf, cast out unclean spirits and raised the dead and still His greatest miracle was His greatest sorrow and greatest joy.
He gave up His life for us. He was brutally beaten and mocked and hung on the cross for death. He died there in a place called Calvary. Despite the fact that He had never sinned and remained clean His whole life, He took all of our sins upon Himself. He was buried in a tomb. Then just as it had been pre foretold, on the third day He rose from the dead. Jesus was resurrected from the dead! Jesus is alive! He later ascended to heaven and can now be found at the right hand of the Father. He is our mediator, and friend. He represents us earnestly with love and compassion. That is the true message of Easter and by far the greatest news of this day and age.
The events that are taking place right now in our world herald a great tribulation to come. These events are the direct result of sin and evil. No one on earth is perfect or without sin but according to bible there is a way to be saved from sin and the terrible events that are now unfolding right before our very eyes.
Hebrews 9:28 (New Living Translation)28 so also Christ died once for all time as a sacrifice to take away the sins of many people. He will come again, not to deal with our sins, but to bring salvation to all who are eagerly waiting for him.
1 Peter 1:5 (New Living Translation)5 And through your faith, God is protecting you by his power until you receive this salvation, which is ready to be revealed on the last day for all to see.
Receiving the salvation and assurance of eternal life is as simple in believing in Jesus Christ and accepting the fact that you are in need of saving. All one must do to be saved is ask Jesus to come into their heart and forgive them of all their sins. Then God will make you a brand new creation and if you truly believe it, God will transform you and lead you and guide you during these uncertain times that we face. Although we are not promised that we will not have to endure trials and tribulations, we are promised ultimate salvation through Jesus.
Now is the time to pray and Jesus come into your heart. He understands what you are going through and He will not be hard on you. Jesus wants to save you. But there is no guarantee how long we have before Jesus returns to get His people. According to Matthew 24:36 “However, no one knows the day or hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself. Only the Father knows.
All those wait, thinking that time is on their side live in jeopardy and face the dangers of judgement and punishment for all eternity.
Please take time right now, while there is still a chance and accept Jesus Christ as your Savior. Tell others about the ,hope and love you have found. Want to learn more? Read the bible and begin attending church and studying God’s word daily. Read more articles like this on the Success and Failure website. You too will learn that no matter what terrible fate this earth may face that there is truly great hope and complete assurance in God.
Yours in Christ Jesus,
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