The world has a race problem. It’s all around us in small towns and exponentially large metro areas. Race is everywhere. The human race that is.
Romans chapter 3 says, “There is none righteous, not even one; there is none who understands, there is none who seeks for God….” Some believe there’s some good in everyone. That’s not true. God’s Word is true.
The past two weeks the world has witnessed wars and rumors of war. Israel has become the center of attention again as the latest target of invasion and genocide. The Bible speaks of nations surrounding Israel in the end times for the purpose of destroying all of the Jews. Those nations include Iran, Iraq, Russia, China, Turkey, Syria, and Libya. This is a partial list of nations prophesied in the Bible.
The Bible speaks of seven years of worldwide tribulation including not only wars, but also famine, pestilence, and extreme natural disasters like earthquakes and fire storms. God will use these as His last appeal to the human race to come to Him for salvation. The Bible says some will trust God, but most will continue to rebel against Him to the point of destroying the earth.
Regardless of whether we are living in the end times, we should be on the alert for more bad things to come. The middle verse in the Bible is Psalm 118:8, “It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man.” How will we cope? Will we survive what’s coming?
With a growing number of nations blaming Israel for instability in the Middle East, now might be a good time to remember what God promised Abraham, “I will make you a great nation and I will bless you, and make your name great; and so you shall be a blessing; and I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
Many in the Middle East can trace their ancestry back to Abraham, but God clearly blessed his descendants through Jacob whom He named Israel. Past generations of Americans knew the Bible’s claims about Abraham and the Jewish people. Today’s generation knows relatively little compared to them as the number of American Christians dwindles to historic lows.
The Bible’s long history of the Jewish people teaches that God has used hostile nations to discipline, but not destroy Israel. Christians believe the promise God gave Abraham that “in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed” was and is fulfilled in Jesus Christ. Jesus died to redeem the human race from Adam and Eve’s days to today. That’s history.
From cover to cover, the Bible teaches Jesus will come to rule over His creation. Although the Bible gives no exact time of Jesus’ coming, it does give many signs. Nevertheless, from Adam’s day to today many have speculated about when the Savior might come. This story is as old as the human race.
In his second letter, the Apostle Peter wrote that those who mocked Jesus’ return would be a sign of the last days. Sources agree Christianity is the most persecuted religion in the world today. Buckle up! Jesus’ coming may be sooner than we think.
Daniel L. Gardner is a columnist who lives in Starkville, MS. You may contact him at PJandMe2@gmail.com.