The public discourse has become caustic. Opinions have grown strongly divided. There are even dire warnings of civil war. Protests are growing more violent.
Who’s to blame? Popular culprits are Trump, Democrats, social media, Antifa, the education system, Russians, politics, the Chinese, the MSM, white supremacists, etc.
Etc., etc., etc… … ..
These are all symptoms, outward manifestations. Consequences.
The real blame was seen and described a long time ago- Jesus saw these times and explained:
Matthew 24:12- And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
Because gross immorality, injustice, and wickedness shall dominate the culture- love grows cold.
Love of the Truth dies, love for family and relationships dwindles, love for God disappears. It is replaced with lust for other things. Distracting, vexing, empty, things.
Isaiah 5:20- Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!
We are going after the wrong things. What is popular today? Drugs, pornography, entertainment, abortion, profanity, perversity, violence, criminal activity, idol worship, cheating, gambling, money, lies. Especially lies.
We don’t love one another. We despise each others. We don’t love God, he is scorned and condemned. Morality is ridiculed. We don’t love ourselves, we engage in a wide spectrum of self-destructive behaviors, and declare: I am the good person. Evil is not real. Bad things are overblown and are being eliminated from our world.
What happens now?
There are graphic and detailed descriptions of the end times throughout the Bible. Johns’ vision in Revelation and the account in the Book of Daniel are two of the most popular. They are popular because they give numerical clues and esoteric ‘naming of names’ in regards to times, people, and nations.
Virtually all of the prophets had some words about the end times. They all saw the same eventuality that had not yet come to pass, and gave us their version.
Matthew 24 is God’s version. The perspective and emphasis is different. At first glance, it seems to be a brief summary, a synopsis- certainly less detailed than the Book of Revelation. But then, you realize- it is all there. Everything that you need to know and when things will happen is revealed. Rather than a narrative of people, places, and events that will come to pass in our physical plane- it is a spiritual narrative. Those that have eyes to see and ears to hear- won’t miss a thing.
What else is going on spiritually at this time?
5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.
9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.
10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.
11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
Does any of this sound familiar too you? It does to me.
To find out what comes next and some things to look for- read Matthew 24 here:
Don’t let your love wax cold- it is the only thing that will drive you to endure what is to come.