Words Say It All
There are those who ask me is this the end times and some who insist it is and they want to know my opinion. I believe in what The Lord said in Holy Scripture and as I wrote in the book What is truth. Here is an excerpt;
Many predictions are made about the ‘end times’ and the second coming of Jesus. Some people who claim to know the ‘end times’ are coming encourage others to store food, water, money, even to build refuges where they can hide and be safe. Every disaster that happens and every unusual event is professed to be a sign of the ‘end times.’ Fear is entering the lives of many Christians as they wonder what lies ahead. People look at diseases like HIV/AIDS, SWINE FLU, BIRD FLU, COVID 19 VIRUS sweeping the world and say the ‘end times’ are coming, as if diseases have never taken a heavy toll on human life before. Yet, there was the Black Plague that decimated the populations of many countries. In the early 1900’s the flu epidemic killed millions in Europe. Every time the terrible scourge of war or genocide break out, again people say the ‘end times’ are coming. Yet, there have been wars and genocide throughout mankind’s history (Mk 13:7 When you hear of wars and reports of wars do not be alarmed; such things must happen but it will not yet be the end). It seems many Christians have forgotten history and it also seems many have forgotten that the Lord told people in Holy Scripture that no one but the Father knows the ‘end times’ (Mt 25:36 ‘But of that day and hour no one knows, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone. Mk 13:32 But of that day or hour no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Mk 13:33 You do not know when the time will come). So if anyone claims to know the ‘end times,’ they are denying the Word of God (Luke 17: 20-21 The coming of the kingdom of God cannot be observed and no one will announce ‘Look here it is,’ or ‘Look there it is’).
When Christians store food, water and goods because they fear the ‘end times,’ again this is an ignoring of the Lord in Holy Scripture (Mt 6:25 Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink, or about your body. Luke 12:4 I tell you, do not be afraid of those who kill the body). It also is not a living of their faith because now the people become self-centered. They worry about themselves, their family and maybe their friends. So in fear there is a blinding of what Christians should truly be doing In the Third World today, it is the ‘end times’ for many who starve, die from simple diseases and suffer in poverty. Christians in more affluent countries, instead of thinking of self and storing for what might happen in the future to them, should be giving to those in the Third World, those in need now and those living their ‘end times’ now. Evil has blinded many with fear and drawn them into self and away from sharing, caring and helping those in need. Drawn them away from the truly Christian life (1 Jn 4:18 There is no fear in love).
The Holy Father, Pope John Paul II, as the year 2000 approached cautioned about making apocalyptic predictions. At a general assembly in St Peter’s Square the Pope stated, ‘Since Jesus said nothing about when the end would come, attempted predictions are baseless and misleading.’ Again on December 31st 2001 in his homily at an evening prayer service, the Pope said, ‘It is a very human temptation to want to know what will happen in the future and in the end how much time is left. But when Jesus’ disciples asked the same kind of questions Jesus told them that time was in hands of the Father.’ He also stated, ‘Jesus tells us not to uselessly question that which is reserved to God.’ At a weekly audience in Feb. 2001,The Holy Father advised, ‘The Kingdom of God will not have it’s full establishment on Earth through some apocalyptic event, but quietly and with the cooperation of men and women who work for justice and peace’.
Those who love Christ, Our Lord and live to His way should know that their lives are in God’s hands. That they will only die when God wants or allows it to happen and nothing or no one can change that. Knowing this, there should be no fear of the future, only security in God’s love. There should be no fear of the ‘end times’ knowing when they come, for those who love Our Lord Jesus, they will lead to glory (Luke 21:28 But when these signs begin to happen, stand erect and raise your heads, because your redemption is at hand).
Why are we so surprised when these things happen we have been told they will? So let us not be misled into fear, let us not be terrified, let us endure in our faith and our love of and trust in God. Let us listen to what The Lord said and believe in His word for that is the truth.
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