The year 2020 has been a strange one indeed. Of course, the big news has been the pandemic and the protests. Let’s look at all that has happened recently, not just the big news, and look at it in the light of the Scriptures.
Tensions between the U.S. and China are at an all time high. There has been talk of war. North Korea has also threatened war. We are still fighting in Afghanistan. There is war in Somalia. Though we don’t hear about these much anymore, because of the bigger news, they are still there.
The weather is getting hotter. Whether you believe in man-made global warming, or not, is not the question. The point is that last year was the hottest year on record for the planet. The polar ice caps are melting. There is even an open sea lane all the way across the Arctic in summer. Storms are getting to be earlier in the year, and more intense.
There are earthquakes frequently. We have earthquakes in the strangest places these days. The fact that there are earthquakes in Japan and the Philippines is hardly newsworthy. But we have had earthquakes in Montana, Missouri, Puerto Rico, and even North Carolina. North Carolina! When was the last time that you have heard of an earthquake in North Carolina?
Law and order is breaking down. The protests turn into riots. People are trying to burn down the Federal buildings. Shootings are way up. People getting killed is way up.
The Covid-19 pandemic is best described as pestilence. It is in every country of the world. It is killing people by the thousands.
People are crying out for leadership is a world gone nuts. Doesn’t all of this add up to what Christ said in Matt 24:6-7?
6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.
Christ told us we can read the signs of the season, so we should be able to read the signs of the times. It seems obvious to me that the world is ready for the coming of the Lord to catch his people home, and the coming of the Antichrist.
So, what should we do about it? Should we hole up some place and wait for the Lord? Should we panic and try to change the Lord’s timing? Should we multiply our efforts at working for the Lord? What should we do?
I think that the answer is prayer. We should be praying for God to do a marvelous work in the world before Christ returns. We should pray that God will use all of these disasters befalling the world to turn the hearts of the people to him. It is obvious to me that they need to do it. The world is getting worse and worse. Only God can make any difference in the world.
I think that Oswald Chambers said it very well in his April 1915 entry in his prayer journal.
To the saints who know the end of things, it is not a time for separate aloneness, but of sanctified abandonment to God for intercession. Let us beware of excessive brooding on our own personal whiteness [righteousness], or as special coteries [cliques] regarding the Second Coming. Let us fling ourselves into abandonment on Him and intercede on behalf or the country we belong to that she may prove God's servant as well as God's instrument. Let pray lest men look merely for peace instead of to and for God.
I have only one thing to add to that:
28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.
Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.