Like a lot of Christians I have been watching with great interest the events unfolding in Israel the past few weeks. I guess where I differ from most is that I don’t see the beginning of Armageddon or the final war in every battle that Israel is involved in. There are some very specific things that must take place at that time, but that’s for another post.

What concerns me mostly is the apparent lack of knowledge and understanding of the times in which we live. I’m speaking of course concerning the church.

Why is it that whenever any type of fighting breaks out involving Israel, every so called prophecy expert comes out of hibernation to declare that the end is at hand?

There can be no doubt that the nation of Israel is the key to the 2nd coming of our Lord. This is elementary, or should be to any seasoned Christian. Just as it is a given that the nation of Israel has always been and will continue to be despised by the vast majority of the world, these things should not take us by surprise. Again, this is very basic stuff folks. Or at least I have always thought it so.

In times of uncertainty or trouble, I have always found wisdom in God’s word and comfort for the days ahead. In Paul’s first letter to the church at Thessalonica, he addressed many of the issues that are unfolding today.

What I find the most interesting about this passage of scripture is how that something written nearly two centuries ago is so appropriate for our day.

Of course, it was written under the anointing of the Holy Spirit so there can be no doubt of its accuracy! Here is Paul’s word of encouragement to the believer:

5:1 But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you.
2 For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night.
3 For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape.
4 But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief.
5 You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness.
6 Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober.
7 For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk are drunk at night.
8 But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation.

The New King James Version. 1982 (1 Th 5:1-8). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

I love the way Paul says that we are not in darkness so this day should not overtake us, or take us by surprise because we had no idea it was coming! Rather, he is saying that you are a child of God, one who should be in constant communication with Him.

Beloved, let us watch and be vigilant as we see troubling times approaching. Dig into the Word, study to show ourselves approved,pray without ceasing. Be not fearful but be strengthened in Him!

Be blessed,

Ron

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