Are You Ready for Armageddon?
This question continues to plague people every day. The state of the world, political unrest, never ending racial issues, destabilized economy, and a plethora of other problems remind us that we must be living in the day of apocalypse. But the Bible encourages us that – if we are children of God – there is no reason to fear or worry. Here is a quote from from the Message Bible.
1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 MSG
I don’t think, friends, that I need to deal with the question of when all this is going to happen. You know as well as I that the day of the Master’s coming can’t be posted on our calendars.He won’t call ahead and make an appointment any more than a burglar would.
About the time everybody’s walking around complacently, congratulating each other—“We’ve sure got it made! Now we can take it easy!”—suddenly everything will fall apart. It’s going to come as suddenly and inescapably as birth pangs to a pregnant woman.
But friends, you’re not in the dark, so how could you be taken off guard by any of this? You’re sons of Light, daughters of Day. We live under wide open skies and know where we stand. So let’s not sleepwalk through life like those others.
Let’s keep our eyes open and be smart. People sleep at night and get drunk at night. But not us! Since we’re creatures of Day, let’s act like it. Walk out into the daylight sober, dressed up in faith, love, and the hope of salvation.
God didn’t set us up for an angry rejection but for salvation by our Master, Jesus Christ. He died for us, a death that triggered life. Whether we’re awake with the living or asleep with the dead, we’re alive with him! So speak encouraging words to one another. Build up hope so you’ll all be together in this, no one left out, no one left behind. I know you’re already doing this; just keep on doing it.
Points to encouragement about the future:
- Don’t be misled by those who propose DATES for future events
- Don’t be complacent about[pullquote][/pullquote] the present
- As children of he day, we know where we stand
- We should be alert and aware of the times in which we live
- We should live such that our Father will be pleased with us
- Armageddon (and the times of “great tribulation”) is not in our future as Christians
- We are alive in Christ