In every situation life presents us with five (5) prime motivators. Our decisions and choices are moved to action by one or more of these; Need, Want, Love, Status, and Fear. The greatest of these is fear. If you’ve ever studied promotional advertising, you’ve noticed every product or service is presented using one or more of these as its underlying message trigger to move you to respond and take action.
God’s spirit will be employing all these individually or in concert during the coming days, months, and years ahead. As we have been sharing through our End Times series’ God’s unconditional love, and therefore His forgiveness, is the prime motivation in His relationship with us. His desire is to have each of us reconciled to Him spiritually at the end of our mortal life.
Like every loving parent His care and efforts are engaged that we might be able to enjoy life to its fullest. However, like a concerned parent He is dismayed and disappointed by disobedient behavior resulting from amoral and unethical decisions. His discipline, through the consequential actions of our self-centered choices, is to further our understanding of the seriousness between being one of His children and being swayed or dedicated to the world's evil and corruption. [Hebrews 12:6-11, Rev 3:19]
Like a parent who has tried every motivation, He finds Himself at the last option, fear of loss. Specifically fear of loss of life. God has been warning the world for over five thousand years through prophets and prophesy that those alive in the End Times will face removal of His protection and an increase in the power and reach of evil by and through corrupted men. All history has witnessed this; however, we today are experiencing this calamity coming to fruition literally as prophesied.
Before 1948 every bible and prophesy student had to view prophesy as a distant future event, waiting on and hanging in the balance the one specific linchpin of Jewish history yet to unfold. That pivotal event took place on May 14, 1948, when the modern state of Israel was 'born in one day.' That 'rebirth' of the Jewish nation started the prophetic clock ticking once again in the prophesied emergence of the "Last Generation."
If you believe life is getting more dangerous and toxic, you are correct. If God’s love is not enough to dissuade us from doing evil, perhaps suffering with and through uncontrollable natural disasters and man made horror will change our minds and behaviors. The Lord is offering the world’s inhabitants His final opportunities to establish a relationship with Him through His Son to understand the death and destruction ahead.
So, what does our timetable look like going forward? We have experienced the fallout of the 2008 economic collapse, and we will soon be suffering the devastation of the coming 2020-2022 economic, social, and health debacles. Hundreds of thousands will succumb to war, disease, famine, and virus. Climate change will continue its onslaught to ravage more people and property with each new season. Greed will be pervasive as never before and corruption will invade and be widespread throughout every aspect of modern life. Societal declines will continue unabated until the clamor for relief is so great and undeniable, that the promises by the ‘father of lies’ are irresistible. [John 8:44]
In all this pending tragedy it is paramount we remember and realize the love of God is so great that no matter our life’s transgressions, He is ready to forgive and guide us to Him prior to our end. Our spiritual release is guaranteed in 1 Corinthians 15:1-4, and Romans 10:9-10, 17. Knowing and understanding these passages will grant peace on the path to salvation, redemption, and reconciliation.
While I am not claiming knowledge of dates nor predicting, I will provide an outline of events for my readers and followers I believe to be on the horizon. I offer this as a way to prepare spiritually. Why is preparation essential? None of us know the day of our last breath or what will bring us to that moment.
Join me next time for specifics of what we should expect.
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