Luke 21:7-19 – “So they asked Him, saying, “Teacher, but when will these things be? And what sign will there be when these things are about to take place?”
8 And He said: “Take heed that you not be deceived. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am He,’ and, ‘The time has drawn near.’ Therefore do not go after them. 9 But when you hear of wars and commotions, do not be terrified; for these things must come to pass first, but the end will not come immediately.”
10 Then He said to them, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. 11 And there will be great earthquakes in various places, and famines and pestilences; and there will be fearful sights and great signs from heaven. 12 But before all these things, they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons. You will be brought before kings and rulers for My name’s sake. 13 But it will turn out for you as an occasion for testimony. 14 Therefore settle it in your hearts not to meditate beforehand on what you will answer; 15 for I will give you a mouth and wisdom which all your adversaries will not be able to contradict or resist. 16 You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, relatives and friends; and they will put some of you to death. 17 And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. 18 But not a hair of your head shall be lost. 19 By your patience possess your souls.” NKJV
It appears from scripture that the last days will be earmarked by broad deception, geological upheaval, commercial calamities such as famine, and disease running rampant and unchecked in ‘pestilence’.
pes·ti·lence – noun archaic – – fatal epidemic disease, especially bubonic plague.
I recall David Wilkerson predicting the disease part, years ago and while many somewhat believed him most could not truly envision it happening here, after all this is America and we would somehow be immune, at least in our minds. It is still difficult to wrap our heads around the outbreak of diseases that could turn our world so dark with the ravages that millions die. Yet, when I think about almost 17 years ago with standing in my back yard in Euless, Texas I saw an open vision in the middle of the day. Without going into the full details which I did in my book and have in church numerous times, I saw incredible destruction in our land and it looked like European cities during WWII. I saw troops (not American) in the streets and the feebleness of many churches and ministers in the face of the disaster. I also saw the Body of Christ rising in a new form and becoming incredibly powerful and effective. I saw destruction and victory side by side.
Today we have diseases coming across our southern borders that are killing children, infecting families, and causing us to fight diseases we long though conquered. With the international influx of people including those with or who have been exposed to EBOLA and the threat of terrorism America is trembling as the darkness looms. The Bible talked about the last days as ‘perilous times’ and while we may not have envisioned how bad that might be we are likely about to experience it firsthand.
THE ANSWER – – Is not a political one although right politics would enhance what we try to do, it is a spiritual one. GOD is our source of strength, our source of wisdom, our source of guidance, our source of protection, our source of power, and our source of peace. In Him we live and move and have our being. Through Christ we can do all things! The hour is darkening but the light is becoming brighter for those who will LOOK UP, LIFT UP their hearts, and SEEK FIRST the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness.
God bless you as you go through your day. Do not go in fear but faith! Do not go in despair but hope! God bless you richly is may pray and guide your thoughts, deeds, words, and lives! BLESSINGS!