THE LAST DAYS.
The Bible says clearly that we should not know exactly when Jesus is coming back. We shouldn’t accept a prophesy saying the time of His coming then. A prophetess I knew was sure that she was going to live till He came back, but she has been dead for some years now. We should be careful in prophesying times and places, but we cannot deny that there are many things happening in these days reminding us about the prophesies from the Bible.
How do we react to wars and threats about wars? We have two extreme ways. One becomes like an ostrich, hiding the head in the sand and refuses to hear about difficulties nor to talk about it. Some people come to me boasting about never reading a newspaper or listening to news. They are saying that they are only contact with Jesus. The other group are listening to as much news as possible and read a lot of newspapers. Many of them live in fear expecting something terrible to happen. Within this group you might find a group that are preparing for difficult times. They are always having a big water supply and they have medicines reducing the bad effects of an atom-bomb. They keep food that can last for a long time. Some start growing their own food. Some are building a network that can help each other during difficult times as wars and catastrophes. I am impressed by the Ukrainians and how they help each other. Many are willing to die for saving somebody else.
I am in the middle of these two extremes of being an ostrich or receiving all the possible news. I listen to some news, but I want to know where the news come from. I do have some things at home in case the electricity should be cut off or there should be a lack of groceries. I mostly rely on the Lord and trust Him to warn me and prepare me if dangerous times are around the corner. I have been in dangerous situations both in India and Ukraine and other places in the world, but I have never been afraid. God is with me and He has always guided me and He has found solutions in dangerous situations.
Matthew 24 describes a lot of things to happen before the great tribulation. There will be wars and rumors of war. During the last century we had two world wars and many are now afraid that the third one is on its way. We do read about civil wars and invasions. Russia invaded Ukraine and most of the world is engaged in that war. We read quite often about earth-quakes and thousands and thousands are killed or lost their homes. We can also read about famines. Wars, earth-quakes and famines are only the beginning of the sorrows.
Matthew 24 is also writing about seduction. Many will either say that they are Messiah or they will come with messages in His name without speaking in His spirit. The Bible is also writing about persecution. I heard about persecution in China when I was a small child and since then I have heard about persecution many places in the world. Even in Sweden one can come to prison if one reads certain passages about homosexuality. Midwives might lose their jobs if they refuse to practice abortion. A teacher lost her job because she didn’t want to call a girl for hen, meaning no sex. In other places of the world the persecution might be more strong. Matthew 24 says that the love will become more cold. I really feel that is true even among Christians. The final end will not come before the gospel has been preached to every person. There are many Christian programs on the television and on the website and the gospel is spreading quickly today. In the old days they moved to the mission field and stayed maybe the rest of their life. I know that there are places that haven’t heard the gospel, but more and more are reached.
Matthew 24:42-45 is saying: “Watch therefore, for you do not know the hour your Lord is coming, But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.” We can read in the same chapter that we should live a normal life while we are waiting, but be prepared for the Bridegroom. We red in chapter 25 about the ten virgins, five were prepared having oil on the lamps, but five were not prepared. I once saw a film about this and it was very sad to see how the door ´was closed for the five unprepared virgins. I am not the one to decide who is ready or not, but I really want everybody to enter the great wedding in heaven.
Every Christian has received the same commission. We read the last words from Jesus before He returned to heaven and He said that we should make disciples of all the nations. We should baptize them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that Jesus had commanded them. Jesus would be with us always, even to the end of the age.
I do not quite know where we are in the Last days, but I know we are there. We must all be prepared to meet the Bridegroom. When someone is getting married, they are usually very eager to talk about the one he or she is getting married to. How eager are we to talk about our Bridegroom? Do we love Him? Do we want to spend time with Him? Do we talk to Him? Do we do what He has written in His Word? Everyone of us has to answer these questions.