Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Comforting Words In Difficult Times

If you stay immersed in prophecy there are times that you look around at the world and you realize the magnitude of the coming changes as we approach the Tribulation. We strongly believe that the gathering up of the Church Saints will occur prior to the beginning of this period, for a variety of reasons, but what we could be exposed to - while on this side of the 'gathering up' is anyone's guess. The good news is this: the closer we get to the beginning of the Tribulation, the closer we get to the coming of Jesus for His Saints. That is very good news.

But that doesn't always diminish the deep sense of foreboding so many of us have, while in the face of this coming storm. We are seeing all signs of the growing totalitarian government that is coming, not only to America and the EU, but to the entire world. There are so many parallels in today's world, as compared to the early days of Nazi Germany  (see "Night Of The Long Knives, Part I & 2), it is highly disturbing to contemplate. And this is just one sign of so many, signs which include the earth signs (earthquakes, etc.), the ravages of war, economic collapse, severe, brutal persecution, terrorism, marxism, radical Islam, WMDs, chemical war threats, EMP threats, enslavement, famine, disease, and so may more. There is absolutely no denying that the world is just on the cusp of entering the darkest of days - the worst period in human history since the beginning of creation -  and this comes from Jesus Himself, as He described the tribulation period in Matthew 24. 

However, the good news is the fact that the Bible gives us exactly what we need during these ominous times, and gives us much needed perspective:

Psalm 23:

1 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, 3 He restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. 4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. 6 Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

Isaiah 41

10  So do not fear, for I am with you;
        do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
      I will strengthen you and help you;
         I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Romans 8:

28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

Psalm 20:

7 Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
    but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.
8 They are brought to their knees and fall,
    but we rise up and stand firm.

Psalm 91

1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
    will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.[a]
2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
    my God, in whom I trust.”

Psalm 145

13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom 
     and your dominion endures through all generations.

     The Lord is trustworthy in all he promises
     and faithful in all he does.[a]

Matthew 24:

You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come.

Psalm 118

7 The Lord is with me; he is my helper.
    I look in triumph on my enemies.

8 It is better to take refuge in the Lord
    than to trust in humans.

9 It is better to take refuge in the Lord
    than to trust in princes.

Psalm 91

1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
    will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
    my God, in whom I trust.”

9 If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
    and you make the Most High your dwelling,

10 no harm will overtake you,
      no disaster will come near your tent.

14 “Because he[b] loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
     I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.

15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;
       I will be with him in trouble,
       I will deliver him and honor him.

Joshua 1

No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with   Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. 

Romans 15

13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Revelation 22

20 He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.”
    Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.
21 The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen.


Susan said...

Thank you Scott, for your faithfulness to keep the "watching" community updated on a daily basis. There are some days that I just can't comprehend all that is going on in this changing world, so I tune out for a day or so - but not so for you! It must be a stressful job at times.

These scriptures you listed are very encouraging! I especially like Isaiah 41:10, with it's first admonition, "do not fear". Fear is a natural response to the signs we see. We have to actively chose not to fear by standing on the truth of God's holy and righteous word.

I also find myself speculating on what the future holds. We all probably came away with something a little different from the election last week. I was really hoping that God would give us more "time". I was reminded recently of how much light this nation has been given in the form of Bibles, Bible teaching, Christian churches, Christian colleges, freedom of religion, worship, sharing our faith, etc. I thought of the parable in Luke 16 about Lazarus and the rich young ruler. The rich young ruler wanted Abraham to send Lazarus to warn his five brothers about the reality of hell. The response given by Abraham was that "even if someone were to be raised from the dead they would not listen...they (brothers) have Moses and the prophets and yet would not listen to them".

Such is the state I see our nation in. We have more available "truth" than just about anyone, anywhere. It appears that God has just about had enough with our unbelief as a nation. However, come what may, Jesus will take care of us as the scriptures you listed prove.

Mrs.C said...

Thank you Brother Scott for the comforting Scriptures! Nothing in this entire Universe could even begin to separate us from His Love!

God Bless You & Yours Always!

Romans 8:34-39

34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.

35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.

37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Mrs.C said...

Oh my...this is not good...

"Rebels Seize Villages In Israel-Syria Buffer Zone"

""Telegraph" reports Syrian rebels, including al-Qaida militants from Iraq, take control of towns in demilitarized area."


Anonymous said...

Dear Brother Scott,
BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL, thankyou so much for our encouragement for today.I love every one of those verses. Don't you just love Jesus?!:)

mary said...

That was me... mary. somehow I clicked on the anon button.
The above post that is.....

GG said...

A BIG Amen, Scott!

Thank you for the enlightening scriptures :)

God Bless!!

Hubae said...

Thank you Scott for this reminder. Some days we just need a pick me up and scripture is the best! I hope I get to meet y'all face to face soon one day under the Tree of Life!!!!

Waterer said...

Thank yoou Scott! The Scriptures of hope are incredibly personal and spoken as a Father or Mother would comfort their child. These hopes are TRUE and we are safe in HIM and HIM alone.
In His Love,

Benjamin said...

Scott, thank you these reminders of Jesus' promises and love for us. This was a particularly well timed post.

God bless.