January 25, 2017

The Market, Resistance and Godlessness in the Last Days

Many people will scoff at the thought of the certainty that Jesus is returning at an unexpected time in the future. The Bible tells us of many things that will happen that will point to His imminent return, so that we should be ready.
This morning's news reported that the Greenpeace organization climbed a crane at a construction site, just a few blocks from the White House and fastened a sign that said, "RESIST", which is directed at President Trump and yesterday's Executive Action regarding the building of the Dakota and Keystone Pipelines. (Reuters, The Atlantic)
One of those things we shall most clearly see prior to Jesus' return is the behavior of people when they are observed as lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, (2 Timothy 3:2-4), these are the signs of godlessness in the last days.
This past weekend's tirade of Ashley Judd and Madonna at the Women's March, the actions of the House Democrats are occasions also of people being proud, arrogant and abusive to others.  Even the riot "protest" in Washington on the day of the President's inauguration too is a sign of such pride, abuse and ungratefulness.
Even Hillary Clinton's scandal of the (corrupt) Clinton Foundation and all of the money that was given to her, while she served as Secretary of State, where all of that money went to her and her husband, to help fund their personal endeavors is a clear sign of being a lover of money.
It is my hope and prayer for Bill and Hillary that they would genuinely repent of their sins and put their trust and faith in Jesus Christ alone.  While all of what they've done is enough to be condemned to hell if they don't repent and trust in Jesus for their forgiveness and salvation, all of what they've done can be forgiven by God, if they do repent and put their faith in Christ alone for their forgiveness and salvation.
I have often said to people who have argued saying that these types of things have happened in our country for many, many, many years now. They're cyclical and we can expect them to happen and deal with the effects of them and move on.
Surely, someone without an eternal perspective in mind can and will see it this way, but for anyone with a biblical perspective, they will see even these events as additional mounting evidence against those who do not believe the Bible and its prophecies.
God is giving not only enough evidence to see, but signs that are to warn us and prepare us for His imminent return.

For anyone who bought low in the market just a few years ago, they've done so with the hope of the market continuing to rise, recoup their losses from previous years and rebuild their wealth for the future. But how much is that really worth in comparison to your soul and living eternally with God in peace, in heaven? The opposite of that will be to live eternally apart from God in punishment, in hell.

Days of difficulty will come upon us (2 Timothy 3:1), so don't think that just because the Dow went over 20,000 this morning that everything is going to be alright and Jesus will hold off on His return because the market is beginning to soar. He is coming back regardless if the economy is great, or if it has devastatingly crashed.
For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul? Matthew 16:26
I am certainly looking for a better economy in the next four years compared to what we've had during the Obama Administration, but I do not want to become comfortable in what good may come of the economy and possibly a greater expression of religious freedom as a Christian because of the election of Donald Trump and forget that Jesus will return at any minute.

We're all in for an interesting 4 years ahead, but Jesus could come back before the end of President Trump's first term, or sooner. Will you be ready?

Pastor Kurt

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