We live in increasingly scary times, but we need not be fearful of anything or anyone.
“Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;” Titus 2:13 (KJV)
In just a few days it will be September, a month where over a dozen things potentially related to Bible prophecy will take place. Currently, the stock market in on a wild, roller coaster ride and preppers are kicking into overdrive. ISIS grows ever more evil, and Obama is about to hand Iran all the ingredients needed to successfully build nuclear missiles. To say that we are living in wild times is an understatement to say the least. These are the end times, leaping off the pages of Scripture.
Nearly every day people ask me if I think it’s a good idea to stockpile food and water, or to take money out of the bank, or to move to a “safe location” (wherever that may be). People are afraid, and that fear increases every day both in strength and intensity. They want answers, they want solutions, they want to know that they will be safe. So what do I tell them? I tell them this.
We should be aware of our surroundings and the events taking place in our world. NTEB reports on stories related to the end times 3-5 times per day every day since 2009. Sometimes our stories are hard to read due to the intense nature of what we write about. But the overarching theme of everything we do here is to point people to Jesus Christ. He is our hiding place, our hope, our redeemer, our rescuer, our Saviour, and our friend. Nearly every one of the apostles died at the executioner’s hand, they endured hard persecution for their faith in the Lord. They had no easy ride just because they knew Him face to face, and neither do we.
“For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:” 1 Peter 2:21 (KJV)
If you are unsaved, you need to get saved, plain and simple. Nothing this world can do to you will come close to matching the tortures of eternal Hell. So get saved while the offer is still extended. If you are saved but not serving the Lord, why not? While it’s true that you can never lose your salvation, you can lose your rewards at the Judgment Seat of Christ. What concerns you more, stockpiling food and water or witnessing to the lost to see them get saved? If God tells you to stockpile supplies then by all means do it, but can you give me a verse for it? Last time I checked this was still our doctrine:
“Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: (For we walk by faith, not by sight:) We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.” 2 Corinthians 5:6-8 (KJV)
Are you “willing to be absent from your body” so you can be with the Lord? Remember when churches used to sing “this world is not my home, I’m just a passing through…”? We need to get back to that type of Biblical thinking, I fear we have forgotten that we are only supposed to be “strangers and pilgrims” in this world. Not scared, little prepping hoarders living in safe houses as the world goes to Hell all around us. If you want to prep for something, start prepping for Heaven and do the work He has called you to do.
We live in increasingly scary times, but we need not be fearful of anything or anyone. We serve the risen Lord Jesus Christ, and we are eternally sealed unto the day of redemption. We are called to be salt and light to a lost and dying world. So stop living in fear, and start boldly sharing your faith in Jesus Christ while an open door remains. Order a box of NTEB Gospel Tracts and go hand them out on the street.
“Only one life, ’twill soon be past. And only what’s done for Christ will last”. Can I get an amen?