Christ, Paul and others give details of a future time where great tribulation and times of trouble will come for believers as well as the wrath of God being poured out against the wicked. I know some believe that believers will not be here for those times, but i have to ask this question: If we will not be here for those times, why does the Word of God tell us to watch and be aware of the signs of this time? For example, in Mathew 24 Christ says:
"So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled. Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be."
In Luke 21 He gives a similar warning.
"And they asked him, saying, Master, but when shall these things be? and what sign will there be when these things shall come to pass? And he said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them. But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things must first come to pass; but the end is not by and by...... For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled...... And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled. 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; Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh."
If we are absent from these events, why do we need to be mindful of them? Why was it so important to be forewarned these times would come? Remember, these words were not written to the unbeliever, and do not deal with those who are not of God. These words are directed specifically to those who bare the testimony of Christ, and none other.
Over half of the New Testament deals directly with end times events, or "The end of the Age" and on that note, a huge part of the Old Testament is prophetically written about end times as well. So why is it we don't want to talk about it? Why is it we don't feel it to be significant enough to be a part of our studies and teachings? Why would we not want to be prepared for what we have been told is coming? Especially when it is such a significant part of the Word of God. We do not live in the world of our youths, we live in a world where prophecy is being revealed almost daily. But it seems like no one wants to acknowledge this to be true.
How often does the Word of God teach us to live in the past? Never. We are taught to live in the future. We are taught to live in the promises of God right? The Devil is who teaches us to live in our pasts. He tries to keep us there so that we are not focused on the promises and knowledge of our future's with God through Jesus Christ. I believe this is our enemies greatest weapon against us. While the Word of God continues to reveal Christ and His Word to be true even to this moment, we seem to be stuck in the past and are afraid of the changes taking place right before our eyes. This makes us very vulnerable, and we seem to be doing the same old things we have always done as we don't seem to recognize the present or the future. I myself am guilty of being naive of the changes taking place outside my own little world and community. Somehow, even though I have been shown and told in the Word of God these things were going to happen, I find myself surprised and shocked almost everyday. In reality, I shouldn't be surprised at all. The Lord told me in His Word the day would come.
We are standing at the end of the age, and the signs given in the Word of God tell us this very clearly. I have been taught all my life the Lord could come any day, and I guess He could as no one knows the day or the hour. But it does say we would know the season. I believe that if we are standing in and on the Word of God, we are standing in a place where we can see what lies ahead. A servant is not greater than his Master, and if Christ had to endure His beating before the Cross, why would it not be the same for us? Christ was prepared to withstand the persecution before the reward, and I believe that through His Word, we can be prepared as well.