With all the troubles going on in the world and our personal lives, we are sometimes apt to be depressed over what the future will bring. To bring light and hope in the future, I could not state it better than Mark Hitchcock, in his book "The Second Coming of Babylon". The following is from his book.
"There is much we don't know about this world. We certainly don't know every detail about the end times. There is much we can't know right now. But when we understand Bible prophecy, we do know one thing for sure.
We know who wins.
The final result is already set. Knowing whatís ahead gives us hope, comfort, and confidence in a troubled, uncertain world.
Jesus is coming again for His children, to deliver us from the wrath of the Tribulation period (see 1 Thessalonians 1:9-10). When you face the difficulties, discouragement, and even despair of this life, never forget this fact. If you know Jesus Christ, you will win in Him. There's no reason to be uncertain about the final score.
In John 14:1-4, Jesus said, "Don't be troubled. You trust God, now trust in Me. There are many rooms in My Fatherís home, and I am going to prepare a place for you. If this were not so, I would tell you plainly. When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with Me where I am. And you know where I am going and how to get there."
The word "troubled" means "to be stirred up, disturbed, unsettled or thrown into confusion." There are many things in our world today to disturb and unsettle us: the moral decay in our society, crime, economic uncertainty, terrorism, racial unrest, and so on. Added to these problems are the personal trials and difficulties we all face in our daily lives. Trouble is the common denominator of all mankind. Often these troubles and difficulties can leave us distraught, distracted, and disturbed.
On the other hand, knowing what's ahead has a calming influence on us when our hearts get troubled and stirred up. One of the great comforts in times like these is to remember that our Lord will someday return to take us to be with Himself.
In John 14:1-3, our Lord emphasizes three key truths to calm our troubled hearts. These truths encompass a person, a place, and a promise. The person is our Lord, the place is the heavenly city (New Jerusalem), and the promise is that He will come again to take us to be with Him forever.
In other words, no matter how troubled we are, no matter how dark the world looks, we can know one thing beyond all doubt.
We win because we have a Savior who came to die in our place, rose again, and promised to come again to take us to be with Him forever."
By George Konig
February 27, 2005
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