Looking to the end

Do you stop to consider the days and times we are living in? It seems that everywhere you look there is deception and trouble at every turn. We have departed from living day to day and began living from tragedy to tragedy. I am not saying good things and good people are not to be found, but, they are overshadowed by the negative and evil throughout the world.

Perhaps our perceptions began changing with the events of 9/11. We have suffered numerous wars (Iraq, Afghanistan) and threats of war from North Korea and Iran. World economies are portrayed as weak and ready for collapse. We should not be surprised. Prophetic scripture from the Holy Bible is a witness to the fact these things are coming. One example can be found in Luke: Lu:21:25: And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;

As much as I enjoy reading and studying the Olivet Discourse, there is a scripture in Daniel which has been great upon my mind. Daniel:12:4: But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased. Let us concentrate on the latter part of that verse.

Many shall run to and fro. It seems that todays world is built around running to and fro. As world wide travel has become increasingly affordable it seems as though our world has become smaller. We have become a more global community. In a matter of hours you could be anywhere in the world.

Our daily lives usually consist of running to and fro. We go from home to work and from work to home. If you are a parent there is a lot more of going to and fro. From home to soccer practice or baseball practice, or, name the sport of choice. It’s also doctor appointments, dinners, sporting events, concerts, vacation, etc. We have and are fulfilling the “many shall run to and fro”.

Knowledge shall be increased. This, to me, is the most interesting part of the verse. We live in a miraculous day and age. Technology is the major driving force, I believe, to our knowledge being increased.

In less than 200 years we went from travel by horseback to putting a man on the moon. There are regular flights from New York to Paris. We no longer wait for a letter by courier which use to take days or weeks, we have instant messages and emails which travel almost instantly. We have access, via the internet, to almost anything we wish to know or study. With smartphones we are able to accomplish almost any task. Knowledge has definitely increased, maybe more over the last 20 years than at any time.

As knowledge has increased I ask: Has our knowledge of God increased? We have more access to Bible teachings, sermons, and literature than at any time in the past. We have more ways to learn of God and incorporate Him into every part of our lives and again I ask: Are we taking full advantage? We should be! We have a better opportunity today to learn of our Savior Jesus Christ than at any point prior due to the amount of His Word we have access to.

When we study and look at prophecy, it is truly a privilege to see it coming to fulfillment. These are perilous times and we should learn all that we can. We have access to an abundance of teaching, studies, and literature, much of which is free. Let me encourage you to take full advantage of it. Most of all, let us use this time and knowledge to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ, to be a light to the world so that they too may see those things which are yet to come! To Jesus be the glory, for He is truly worthy!

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