Thursday, February 3, 2011
11:05 am est As I write this blog, many of our Christian brothers and sisters in the Middle East are in grave danger.
Egypt is in the midst of a revolution and other countries in the Middle East are scrambling to avoid the same fate. The "perilous
times" that Paul spoke of in 2 Timothy 3:1 are now being played out right before our eyes on national TV. The words
of Jesus in response to the disciples question "when will these things be and what will be the sign of your coming
and the end of the age" ring loud and clear.
"But when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be troubled; for such
things must happen, but the end is not yet. "For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there
will be earthquakes in various places, and there will be famines and troubles. These are the beginnings of sorrows."
Notice that Jesus said for them not to be alarmed when they hear of wars and rumors of wars, but in
verse 8 He says something different. "For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against
kingdom." This is a different situation and it is something to mark the beginning of
the end. This is a coalition of nations rising against another coalition of nations. This never happened until WWI and WWII,
but it is now a common thing so see a group of nations come against another group of nations.
Jesus said something
else that we need to give heed too. He said, "But when you see Jerusalem surrounded
by armies, then know that its desolation is near." Luke 21:20
Right now, the tiny nation of Israel
is literally being surrounded by her enemies.
Let's pray for the peace of Jerusalem and for our brothers and sisters
in the Middle East.
"Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your
redemption draws near." Luke 21:28