The End Is Near

Matthew 24:4-8

And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in My Name saying, I am Christ, and shall deceive many. And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that you be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.

As I sit here at this moment, my heart is broken for America. We have shaken our fist in the face of God so many times in the past few years until I am truly shocked that God has not done to us what He did to Korah, his family, and all his associates when He opened up the ground and swallowed them alive (Numbers 16). We deserve God’s wrath for the levels of sin to which we have stooped. America is headed for hell.

As a child, I remember hearing the speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I remember his fight for civil rights in the United States. He fought for the equal treatment of black people in this country. He was murdered when I was a child, but my parents and my mom’s siblings bought the vinyl records with his speeches recorded on them, and on Sunday afternoons after church, they would turn on the record player and play his speeches over and over and over again. I remember one of his speeches where he said something to the effect of his desire for the day when his four children would be measured by the content of their character and not the color of their skin. Today, if Dr. King was sincere, I believe he would be nearly as broken hearted as I am.

In 1965, Lyndon B. Johnson, then President of the United States, signed an executive order that required the Department of Labor to expand job opportunities to minorities. This became widely known as Affirmative Action. Affirmative Action ensured that black people would be offered job opportunities equal to those opportunities afforded to white people. Fast forward to 2022: Affirmative Action has taken on a life of its own. Black people are now getting jobs for which they are not qualified over whites who are more qualified. We witnessed a black person’s confirmation to the highest court in the land when that person is less than qualified. There are many more judges out there who are way more qualified who did not even get a chance to be considered for the seat because they were not the right skin color. America is headed to hell.

Recently, I heard that a professional sports league will now require that every team hire a black person on their coaching staff. Never mind that there are qualified white coaches available who would do as good if not a better job in the same position. These jobs will now go to possibly unqualified people because of the new surge of Affirmative Action in 2022. The people who get these jobs will get them, not based on their qualifications, but based on the color of their skin. That is so unfair to those who have worked hard to make themselves available and qualified for these positions.

The ethnic divide in the United States right now is so wide that it is difficult to even have conversations about ethnicity without looking over one’s shoulder. Hostilities between those who do not look alike has grown out of control over the past two years. It began with the death of a criminal, whose death was blamed on a police officer. A whole movement took off behind that incident. It had been brewing for a few years in the background, but this particular death was the door that satan needed to move into the forefront. In hindsight, I believe that many regret supporting this movement, since they have found that lives are not what matter to this group. Money appears to be the goal of this group, and now that they have a lot of it from corporations and private donors alike, they have seemingly faded into obscurity, with all their millions of dollars. Pure wickedness.

In the meantime, there is a war going on! One country invaded another sovereign nation, and the media in the United States refuses to report the truth about the matter. Though we don’t know the whole truth about what is going on, we are paying the price for this war at the gas pump and in the grocery store. Prices have gone through the roof. The housing market is incredulous. The price of a used car has skyrocketed. Buying a new car is next to impossible. A car salesman said that if a person buys a new car today, it might be delivered in three months. Repairs on cars take time now, because the parts are on backorder. I could keep going but you get my point.

Jesus declared that things like this would happen. There would be many who would claim to be the Christ. Many would be deceived. Jesus also warned that we would hear about wars that were happening, and wars that have not yet happened. He said that we are not to let ourselves be worried about it. He said these things have to happen but the end has not yet come. Nations are going to rise up against nations. Kingdoms are going to come against other kingdoms. We are going to hear about famines…and actually, we are living in famine here in the United States. There is a famine of the Word of God (Amos 8:11) in the US because so many false prophets have risen to places of prominence, and they are influencing many with their flattering words, empty promises, and misuse of scripture. Jesus also warned that there would be pestilences. In my mind, we have been living in pestilence for the past two years, with many mini-pestilences developing from it. Besides the rulers in power making it illegal to buy the very medicine that would cure the ailment, they also closed businesses, caused people to lose their livelihoods, forced medical treatment on free citizens, and forced people to wear face diapers in order to manipulate them and cause psychological damage. Jesus said all of this is the beginning of sorrows.

My heart is heavy as I write these words, but I am glad that I can turn to the Father and leave my burdens at His feet. I know that Jesus is coming back for His children. He may come and rapture the church in my lifetime, or the Father may choose to delay the LORD’s coming for another hundred years. One thing I do know is that whether He raptures me or I die and go to be with Him, I am going to spend all eternity in the absence of sin and in the presence of the LORD. I must comfort myself with these thoughts and I hope you will do the same.

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