The Gathering Storm

Jesus, in Mark 13:1-10, warned His disciples of some very trouble-filled times to come: “And as He went out of the temple, one of His disciples saith unto Him, Master, see what manner of stones and what buildings (are here)! And Jesus answering said unto him, Seest thou these great buildings? there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down. And as He sat upon the mount of Olives over against the temple, Peter and James and John and Andrew asked Him privately, tell us, when shall these things be? and what (shall be) the sign when all these things shall be fulfilled? And Jesus answering them began to say, Take heed lest any man deceive you: for many shall come in My name, saying, I am (Christ); and shall deceive many. And when ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars, be ye not troubled: for (such things) must needs be; but the end (shall) not be yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these (are) the beginnings of sorrows. But take heed to yourselves: for they shall deliver you up to councils; and in the synagogues ye shall be beaten: and ye shall be brought before rulers and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them. And the gospel must first be published among all nations.” This teaching regarding the future had application back then and even for us today. Yes, following Jesus’ death, Jerusalem (around 70 A. D.) was sacked by the Roman General, Titus. Since then, there have been wars, natural disasters, false teachers, persecution, sorrow, etc. Things are heating up more and more. Are we near the boiling point? Very possibly! However, before the complete fulfillment comes, the Gospel must “first be published among all nations.” That goal is closer than we may think. A hard look at world events and conditions should alert and alarm us. Our world as we know it today could change quickly and dramatically, in much less time than we might think possible. Are we ready, if? Consider these thoughts from, “Will Jesus Find Us Watching?” by Fanny Crosby: “When Jesus comes to reward His servants, whether it be noon or night, faithful to Him will He find us watching, with our lamps all trimmed and bright? Have we been true to the trust He left us?  Do we seek to do our best? If in our hearts there is naught condemns us, we shall have a glorious rest. Oh, can we say we are ready, brother?  Ready for the soul’s bright home? Say, will He find you and me still watching, waiting, waiting when the Lord shall come?” Selah! Our options might well be: judgment, persecution or revival. Which one may depend more on those who know Him, than we might even consider possible!   Ron

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