Beginning Of Sorrows
Wars, rumours of wars, kingdom against kingdom, famines, pestilences, earthquakes, freezing tempertures, storms and flooding. What in the world is going on? Well, we are seeing all this and more in our world of today but what is it all about?
Jesus is telling us that as you see these things come to pass, know that My return is near. The world and time as we know it is coming to a close.
Matthew, chapter 24 is all about the fearsome endtime and signs of our Lords coming along with instruction about what we should do. Jesus said that before His return all these things would happen. Since all these things have been happening in our world for some time now, should we not heed His warnings while there is still time?
Are you ready to meet the Savior? Have you repented and asked Jesus into your heart? Are you living for Him and obeying His commands or are you following false doctrine?
Jesus said in Matthew 14:15,
"If ye love me, keep my commandments."
Matt. 15:9 says, "But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men." and again in Mark 7:7 "Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men."
I think everyone should be concerned about what their future holds, not only in this world but where we are going when we leave this world. We should be asking ourselves if the Bible is true when it speaks of places called heaven and hell. If so, then we should be repenting and accepting Jesus as our Savior. After all, that is the only Way we are going to heaven.
Matthew 24:3-8 says,
3 "And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?
4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.
Jesus spoke of these things happening before His return. All of these things are happening and have been happening for many years. Which tells us Jesus' return is soon.
Jesus also tells us to let no man deceive us. Do to the fact that so many ministers are greedy of filthy lucre (money)(see I Tim. 3:1-7) they have twisted and perverted the Word of God for their gain.
Why the time of sorrows? Well since Jesus told us these things would happen just before His return, I believe it is His last effort to save those that do not know Him as their Savior. And also to wake up those that are saved but are following false doctrine and turn them to the truth in His Word called the Bible.
In the 9th century there was one major earthquakes; in the 11th century, two; in the 13th century, three; in the 16th, two; 17th, two; 18th, five; (including the Lisbon); and in the 11119th century, nine major earthquakes. So far in the 20th century, there have been over 40 (including the Peking quake).
From the world Almanac comes another set of facts: there were only 6 earthquakes of strength between 1800 to 1896. But in each decade from 1897 until 1947, there were 2 or 3, and in the decade rom 1947 to 1957, there were 7. From 1957 to 1966, there were 17.
Time magazine's front cover for its Sept. 1, 1975 issue was a split earth with this inscription: "FORECAST: EARTHQUAKE." Since that date there have been over 30 significant earthquakes--in China, Guatemala, Italy, Indonesia, Soviet Central Asia, Central America, and many other places.
The year 1976 experienced at least 50 significant quakes (intensity 6.5) and 18 major quakes (over 7.0). An estimated 695,000 deaths--the highest in modern history--in 1976 were reported by the US Geological Survey.
I wish I had the count from 1976 until now and the intensity. We do know they have continued to grow in number and strength and will continue to do so until Jesus' return.
On April 1,1946, an earthquake shook the abyssal plain deep beneath the Pacific Ocean. The wavy it generated travelled the 2250 miles to Hawaii in 4 hours and 34 minutes, an average speed of 400 mph. When it struck the town of Hilo the wave was more than 45 ft. high. It killed 173, injured hundreds more and caused 10 million pounds worth of damage.
One old woman, whom they all knew was surprisingly calm and joyous.
At length, one of them said to her. "Mother, are you not afraid?"
"No, I rejoice to know that I have a God who can shake the world."
I wish for you a tested and tried faith that will stand true to Jesus no matter what comes or goes.
God Bless You!
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