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End of Year Thoughts

Recently an article by Christian commentator Jonathan Brentner was published on the internet and I considered it well worth reproducing most of it here. The full article is available at:

https://mailchi.mp/5d07cdeb0625/2019-ad?e=465dfea360

Charles Dickens began his book A Tale of Two Cities with these words, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us . . . .” As I look back at 2019, these words pretty much sum up the year.

     First, the bad news as they say: During this past year, the powers of darkness gained strength at an alarming rate throughout the world. Those who promote abortion forever lost the “pro-choice” label as it became increasingly clear they never ever favored choice in the matter.

     As the left celebrated its murderous pro-abortion position, we also watched as the LBGTQ folks continued to bully their way through our culture leaving the ruined lives of numerous children and women in their wake. The sex-trafficking epidemic continued to wreak havoc on many innocent lives as well.

     Foolishness also prevailed throughout much of our world during the past year. Despite the repeated failures of Socialism and its past trail of death and destruction, many today want to see it implemented.

     The rallying cry of the left in this regard comes via the pseudo-science behind climate change. According to these alarmists, we have nothing ahead of us except despair and catastrophe unless the world comes together to take quick action by establishing a Socialistic world order to address this crisis.

     Sadly, the divisiveness of the world has also entered the church, especially in the United States. I saw this division all year long on my author Facebook page whenever I posted anything about the rapture. At times, the attacks against Jesus’ imminent return shocked me.

     This brings me to the good news: we know God is absolutely in control despite what we see and our hope in Him remains unshakeable and rock solid.

     Like Asaph in Psalm 73, at times this past year, my anger burned at the lies and success of the powers of darkness in spreading their deception. But this Psalm along with others (Psalms 2, 37, and 94) also stirred up a sense of pity (though fleeting) for those who oppose Jesus and His Word. Regardless of their seemingly great achievements in the coming months or years, God’s harsh judgment will surely fall on them unless of course they repent.

     The mocking I experienced as the result of my beliefs increased my resolve to dig deeper and present a thorough and more convincing biblical case for my pretribulation beliefs. This resulted in a ten part series establishing a firm biblical foundation for the pretribulation rapture…

    … For those of us in Christ, we truly have “a spring of hope” in us and “everything before us.” The Lord’s promises to us will never fail. His light will someday overcome all the darkness we see around us.

     You might be thinking, and you would be correct, that while our hope of Jesus’ appearing, heaven, and the new earth are rock solid and wonderful realities, it’s certainly not yet the “best of times” for us. I know many of you experience much pain, afflictions, and sorrows. For you, the Lord cannot return too soon. All of us live with aging bodies and uncertainties of some sort regarding the future. The best is yet to come for all of us!

     When our hope is realized and we are forever with Jesus, that’s when we will enjoy a glory beyond anything we can imagine. Until that day, we press forward to His upward call! (Phil. 3:14)!

     Happy New Year! Maybe 2020 will be the year the Lord comes for us. If not next year, I know it is getting ever so close.

So many of my experiences and thoughts are expressed so eloquently here; my thoughts and prayers are with you all. God bless you!

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