Wednesday, March 30, 2011

The encouragement of these prophetic times

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

The encouragement of these prophetic times

The headlines in the news these days can be very frightening. The Middle East is in an uproar and it appears that the United States has been complicit in bringing it about--paving the way for enemies of Americans and Israel to take power. Gasoline prices are moving higher every day. Food prices are inflating at record rates. The United States is running record deficits and record debt--even the new White House budget adds another $80,000 of debt to every American household, according to the Congressional Budget Office. The frivolous war in Libya already is costing taxpayers nearly a billion dollars. These are very prophetically significant events in that they demonstrate the calamities in the wake of wickedness.

Yet the preachers are preaching self improvement, prosperity, personal empowerment, self indulgence, and strange theologies. The politicians are bringing about wars and rumors of wars. There are earthquakes, famines and pestilences and persecutions. Jesus prophesied these things would come about. In Luke 21:8,9, Jesus said, "Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them. But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things must first come to pass; but the end is not by and by."

Jesus said that during these times (Verses 16, 17), "And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death. And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake." You see, Jesus is telling us of the days to come. They are not going to be easy from the world's eye view. Those who speak in the name of Jesus and preach that false hope that as a Christian all things are going to go well, are false teachers. In fact, Jesus tells us in Luke 21:12 that we will be delivered up to the authorities for His name's sake. Verse 13 says, "And it shall turn to you for a testimony."

In fact, as the days of the world grow worse and worse, and the persecutions increase as do the signs of the times, Jesus has these words of comfort in verses 18-19, "But there shall not an hair of your head perish. In your patience possess ye your souls." Jesus promises when he lays out the Great Commission in Matthew 28 that he will never leave you nor forsake you. He also says of your clothing, food and needs in Matthew 6:33, "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." We are to be about our Father's business, seeking the kingdom of God, seizing opportunities for a testimony. We should see these times as a time of victory rather than through a lens of fear. Be encouraged!

Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!

Bill Wilson
Word of Life Ministry

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