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I recently received an email from World Vision asking for donations to help fund their assistance with the tornado disasters. And in the email, they had a quote from one of their workers basically saying in eleven years of disaster relief, she’d never seen so many natural disasters in one year. I was listening to K-love radio and someone said this may be the most tornadoes we’ve ever had in our nation’s history.

We have seen extreme earthquakes one after another. Tornadoes slicing through cities like they’re made of butter instead of brick and concrete. Wildfires destroying homes like a rampaging monster. Floods washing away homes and cars. All in the few months of 2011 that we have experienced so far. All before hurricane season even arrives.

Then, forget nature. Man-kind is kinda…losing it. Since when has our country struggled to pay our military? Newscasters never run out of tragedies to relay. Our prisons are crowded to bursting. Homeless are overwhelming the streets. Mothers are murdering children. Prophets are predicting dates fore the end of the world – repeatedly. If they are wrong, they simply reschedule Christ to return on another day.

People. Are. Scared.

And who can blame them? The world has become too unpredictable and it’s nerve-racking.

Allow me to explain what is most likely going on; the world is ending.

Seriously. I’m not kidding.

Okay. Okay. Let me explain better. As Christians, we have been taught since our spiritual birth that Christ will return for the believers and leave the rest to play patty cake with the anti-christ. Let me explain something about the antichrist; he will have A LOT of influence. He would have to, right? To deceive the entire world like the bible says he will? He would have to be pretty persuasive for people to follow him like they will. And let me add one more thing; the people will have to be so desperate for deliverance from their trials that they will BELIEVE him.

If, if, if, the antichrist were to come right now, would he be able to deceive many? Heck yes. But to change the entire economic flow of the world, he would need the support of more than many. Hitler had the support of many, but he didn’t control the world. The anti-christ will have such extreme support that he will have say or influence over all the nations of the world. Hitler’s followers were hungry for something more than they had. The anti-Christ’s followers will be desperate. So desperate that they will be moved with every false promise that he makes. They will hang on to his words and lap them up like starving animals.

My point? People are desperate. Many are even THAT desperate (as evidence by the May 21st idiocity). But not enough. Not that many. Not yet. But with every person falling into poverty, the number of desperate rises. With every natural disaster, the number skyrockets. With every new disease and outbreak, the number increases.

What this all means is scripture implies that people will be desperate enough to accept the anti-christ. Which means the world will be bad enough to make them that desperate. And, my opinion speaking, I think we are nearing that state but not there yet. Following this direction of thinking, I believe we can safely assume that things are far more likely to get worse rather than better.

However, that being said, this does not need to make us nervous. We should not walk in fear. Our problems are not really with the current state of the world, for we are in the world, but we are still separate from the world. The world may go hungry and suffer famine, but as children of the Most High, we have a mighty Provider. The world may fall sick and weak, but we have the best Healer. The world may fall by violence, but we have a Protector. We may be affected by the world’s state, but as believers, we should never be crippled by it.

We are in a fallen world, but I do believe it was Jesus who said, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33, New King James Version)

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5 These twelve Jesus sent out and commanded them, saying: “Do not go into the way of the Gentiles, and do not enter a city of the Samaritans. 6 But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 7 And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ 8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give. 9 Provide neither gold nor silver nor copper in your money belts, 10 nor bag for your journey, nor two tunics, nor sandals, nor staffs; for a worker is worthy of his food.
(Matthew 10:5-10, New King James Version)

Thus says the Lord,

“If, I, being perfect and well-knowledged in what my children are able and capable of, therefore do command them to go out and spread the kingdom of God, why are my children held back by fear? Where is their faith? If I have given the gift of preaching my Word, why do the people say I can’t preach? And if I, the source of all power and authority, do say to my children, heal the sick, raise the dead, cast out demons, why is it that the children of God carry more fear of the demonic than the demonic have of them? Why is it that the lepers go uncleansed because the people have no faith in My desire to rid them of their infirmity? Why is it that the sick do perish, when the prayer of faith would have healed their bodies?

“And yet I am the One at fault? I am the One who does not heal? I am the One responsible for the trials of man? Let Me tell My children this; I send no battle without first arming My children with weapons, I loose no flood without first teaching My children to swim, and I pass no command without first ensuring my children are well able to fulfill it.

“My desire is not for death and destruction, oh little children, but for peace, love, and harmony. And if destruction is not my will, why then, when presumptuous man does see it, do they point to Me before they even consider theirselves, their own race? Am I guilty of the flaws of man? Am I guilty of the murders, thefts, and rapes of man? Am I guilty of the negligence of man to their own planet? Am I guilty of their sins and shortcomings? No. I tell you. I am guilty of none of these. So why then do I bear the brunt of the blame?

“Tell Me, dearest child who holds all knowledge, did I force the finger that squeezed the trigger of the gun that killed an innocent man? Tell Me, for I am curious to know, did I spread the chemicals that are killing your planet? Did I use the resources that are weighing heavilly on your economy? Did I force the alcohol down the throat of the drunk-driver that crippled a child? Did I construct the building that toppled upon it’s workers? Did I force the leaders to begin any of their wars? Did I neglect the campfire that burned down forest and homes?

“No. No. I am gulty of none of these things. So why do I bear the blame?

“And when I came to the earth with a message of repentence, did I begin a war that consumed the lives of thousands? Or did I feed thousands, and heal thousands, and spread hope to thousands? And when I was raised upon a tree, was it because I committed transgression or because I gave my life for the transgressions of others? And when I commanded my disciples to follow in my footsteps, did I tell them to kill, steal, and destroy? Or did I send them with the message and spiritual tools of life?

“So why then do I bear the accusation of death?

“There is more to this world than meets the eye, My children. Therefore is it not wiser to walk in the ways of perfection rather than throw blame toward perfection?”

Can God pay my mortgage when the bank is empty, the wallet is pouting, and the kids are hungry?

Impossible.

Can God heal my body when my back is malfunctioning, my stomach is rolling, and my head is breaking?

Impossible.

Can God sustain my car when gas is on empty, the oil is dirty, and the brakes are squeeling?

Impossible.

Can God feed five thousand men with women who are fainting and children who are whimpering?

Impossible.

Can God divide the seas that dry land appear and a nation goes free?

Impossible.

Can God speak a word and clouds drift away, waves lose momentum, and wind forgets its way?

Impossible.

Can God free a spirit bound by adultery, burdened by murder, ravished by nightmares?

Impossible.

Can God endure beating, lashing, rebukes, yelling, hatred, reviling, nails and thorns all without a word?

Impossible.

Can God fill a church with souls in need of salvation with only a pastor and a few devoted saints?

Impossible.

Can God love a people who rape, hate, steal, kill, fornicate, defile; all in Satan’s name?

Impossible.

Can God feed the homeless of an entire city with only two souls committed to their cause?

Impossible.

Can God renew a nation that detests His ways while claiming His name?

Impossible.

Can God breathe a garden, a world, and universe, time, and space with willpower and word?

Impossible.

Can God save a husband, wife, child, or friend from a prodigal state, a broken path, and unstable ways?

Impossible.

Can God heal a world ravished by hurricanes, abused by earthquakes, and corrupted by pollution?

Impossible.

Can God make a way when the circumstances speak impossible.

Darn straight.

“Take peace, “ says the Lord, “from the depth of my bosom. Take quiet rest from the center of my soul. I give it to you. The price for it has been paid; by my blood, by my breath, by my pain.

“You toss and turn through the night. You wrestle with fears and are ensnared by worries. But I am here, my child. I am here to comfort you in the midnight hour. Don’t be afraid. Rest in my peace. I give it to you freely. I shower you with it from above. But in order to settle in my peace, you must trust in who I am, what I can do, and the Word by which I stand.”