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Everything Comes to an End

9 Dec

Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.

2 Peter 3:3,4

Before I begin today’s blog, I would like to mention that I am thinking about, and praying, for you. These aren’t ordinary times. Many of us are experiencing varying difficulties. Jesus isn’t far away, He is near and is our helper. This is the faith we must have: We are never alone.

When will Jesus return? There are many who make comments like: “The 20th of never! He’s always returning and never shows up!” But life teaches us that everything comes to an end.

Our kindergarten, elementary and other school periods didn’t last forever. Neither did our twenties, thirties, etcétéra. Additionally, jobs, projects, yes, every event that we’ve held or participated in, also had their end.

Our countless affaires and very existence pass on, yet still, the world continues. Therefore, it is understandable why many espouse the idea that all things will go on uninterrupted. But let’s reasonably address this idea: just because the world continues doesn’t mean it won’t end.

The world ends every day. When we pass on, it ceases to exist. We are like little cycles that end within a larger circle, which, in God’s perfect timing, will one day see its last.

But this is not bad news. It doesn’t mean the end of existence, rather, it is the coming of a life where Jesus will rule with fairness, justice and love. He is coming to make all things new.

He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”

Revelation 24:4,5

Indeed, it will only be the end of this present world and its system; what will come will be much more superior.

In early March of the year 2020, I heard a loud voice as I was getting out of my car. I felt as if I was stopped in my tracks when I heard this powerful voice say, “The world cannot go on like this any longer”. I did not know what was up ahead then, but what I am seeing and hearing today certainly convinces me that we are heading to an imminent climax.

Jesus is returning, and attention: when he does, his feet will not touch the earth, but we will rise to meet him. It can be anytime.

We must pray to continue in love and peace in spite of the anger and hatred occurring around the world. We should also go out of our way to help the harassed and the poor living among us.

Even though our world seems bleak, let’s remember that Jesus is in control. In the meantime, we must pray, have faith and hope as we continue in His peace. We will not make it through the storm of all storms unless we walk with Him.

White Horse

23 Oct

2 I looked, and there before me was a white horse! Its rider held a bow, and he was given a crown, and he rode out as a conqueror bent on conquest. (Revelation 6:2)

When the present events compounded and it became clear that the entire world was affected, I began praying in earnest for a revelation. I prayed, “Lord, what is happening? Can you show me in the Bible?” I prayed often and waited.

Before praying, I had read an article about a past president who won a prestigious prize before accomplishing anything. The article states that he won because of what he WOULD do and not because of what he did before.

The article states that his speeches “have captured the public imagination…”, and that the founder of the coveted prize outlined in his Will that it was to be given to the person who “shall have done the best or most work for fraternity amongst nations…”. I found the article very enlightening, especially the part about “fraternity amongst nations “. It seemed to me that this was very significant, even prophetic.

Months later, as I was searching for a chapter on my Bible app, the screen began to switch from book to book and I assumed the app was just ‘acting up’, so I closed it until the next day.

When I eventually opened the Bible app again, Revelation 6 was on the screen. I thought this strange since I hadn’t been looking for that particular chapter, but nevertheless I felt compelled to read it.

As I read verse two, the article came strongly back to my mind. I had since forgotten about it, so it was uncanny that I had recalled it then. Right away I prayed, Lord, am I to connect these two?” Then my understanding opened up: That first horseman isn’t the Word of God, as I had been taught, it was deception.

The rider carried a bow, not a sword. I began thinking, “Where else in the Bible did Jesus carry a Bow? Was the Word of God ever depicted as such?” Upon researching the significance of a bow and arrow, I learned that one of its many meanings is the ability to “reach out” or to “communicate”, just as the article said about the awarded president. It also can mean “to travel at great speed”. In addition, we are well familiar with Cupid the cherubim who uses his bow to shoot an arrow towards the heart of his victims.

Before he became the devil, Lucifer was a holy cherub who was highly privileged to be in God’s presence. But now, he is known as the Deceiver and the Father of lies. (See John 8:44 and Revelation 12:9)

One could argue that the Bible does support God using a bow. But if we study its use, it is evident that God used it to afflict not to bring peace. This horseman went out to conquer the hearts of the nations. (See Job 30:11 and Habakkuk 3:9)

In Revelation 13:7 it says this of the first beast:
“It was given power to wage war against God’s holy people and to conquer them. And it was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation.” Could this be the same conquerer of Revelation 6?

The father of lies uses deception, coercion and force to conquer his enemies. He appeals to our emotions rather to our intellect, but God appeals to us through reason. (Isaiah 1:17-19)

I have personally concluded that the first horseman represents a system of deception. And isn’t it fitting that he is dressed the part? Doesn’t his white horse give the impression of peace? Doesn’t his crown give the appearance of a king?

Is it possible that many scholars have misinterpreted the meaning of the first horseman of Revelation 6? Could it be that we have accepted their interpretation to our own demise? We are living in a time where we are told to let others think for us. Our very sovereignty is in peril.

Let’s be like the noble Bereans of Acts 17 who “searched the scriptures daily” before we accept the interpretation of others. Finally, let’s remember that when someone is deceived they do not know that they are. Are we deceived?

“‘Sign of the Times’ came from ‘This isn’t the first time we’ve been in a hard time, and it’s not going to be the last time’. The song is written from a point of view as if a mother was giving birth to a child and there’s a complication. The mother is told, ‘The child is fine, but you’re not going to make it.’ The mother has five minutes to tell the child, ‘Go forth and conquer.’”

Harry Styles, https://www.nme.com/news/music/harry-styles-reveals-surprising-dark-meaning-behind-sign-times-lyrics-2055489

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