The Last Days. Are We Forgetting Something?
In these troubling times, with all that is going on in the world, one can’t help but compare what is happening all over to Bible Prophecy. There are a plethora of books and movies dedicated to the end times. Extreme televangelists like Jim Bakker and Pat Robertson keep their viewers in a state of alarm and panic about what is happening, what they need to do and in some cases, how they need to arm themselves.
That is being a little over reactive.
Albeit the end times are fast approaching us, and I believe that what is happening in the Middle East are firm indicators of that, and it has shown that some of the prophecies have indeed come to fruition. But what really irritates me is that many of the independent charismatic churches are actually encouraging their congregants to arm themselves, store massive amounts of food, build underground shelters and be ready for an all-out battle with our own government for the rights to our supplies, food, shelter and firearms. What if a nuke is dropped? Who wants to come out of an underground shelter to a moonscape? Who wants to be all alone like that?
What are these people thinking? Don’t they know they can’t win? They claim that they need to store up food and supplies for 7 years. For a family of four to store food for 7 years, they would need a large warehouse, a near impossible task. But even if they could procure a warehouse that was bullet proof and bomb proof, and even if these people are completely prepared for the end of days, these hard-line, baptized in the Holy Ghost, Bible reading, dyed in the wool Christians could have it all planned out with all of their supplies, food, ammo, guns, stored fuels…everything, but they are forgetting one key ingredient:
Where is God in this mix? These people want to fight the battle of the last days in the name of God and Jesus, but where is God?
Matthew 6:31-34 says:
“Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ “For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own”.
If we follow the words of Jesus as they are laid out here, and seek God first and obey Him, we will be blessed. We won’t need all of the ammo and provisions. If God can feed the birds of the wild, why would He not feed us? Are we not worth more? God has an obligation to care for those that follow Him whole heartedly.
If all of these “end of time Christians” were truly faithful to God and Jesus, they wouldn’t need to do what they are doing. They would recognize God as the provider and overseer of all. They would realize that if they were truly faithful to God, then God would see them through the trials they are about to face.
Not long ago, there was a shooting at an elementary school. One of the parents of an injured child was crying, saying “Where was God during all of this?”
The answer is simple. God was outside of the school looking in. God is not going to go where he is not welcome, and lately it seems that many school districts have kicked Him out of the schools. God gave us freedom of choice. He can’t change that. He can’t force us to want Him or to love Him. But He is there for you if you honestly and sincerely pursue Him.
So all of you ‘end of timers’ out there, think about what you are doing. You may be storing up and preparing for the end battle in the Name of God, but what you are doing in actuality is locking God out of your shelter. You are discarding your faith and the battle you fight in the end may be fought alone, without God’s help.
So I leave you with this thought from Isaiah 54:14-17 (NIV)
"In righteousness you will be established:
Tyranny will be far from you;
you will have nothing to fear.
Terror will be far removed;
it will not come near you.
If anyone does attack you, it will not be my doing;
whoever attacks you will surrender to you.
See, it is I who created the blacksmith
who fans the coals into flame
and forges a weapon fit for its work.
And it is I who have created the destroyer to wreak havoc;
no weapon forged against you will prevail,
and you will refute every tongue that accuses you.
This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord,
and this is their vindication from me.”
Remember, if God can be for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:31)
©2014 by Del Banks