When Jesus’s disciples asked Him what the signs of the last days would be, Jesus gave them specific answers, recorded in Matthew 24:
- False messiahs (verse 5)
- Wars and rumors of wars (verse 6)
- Nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom (verse 7)
- Famines and earthquakes (verse 7)
And what do we see today?
- Hurricanes and wildfires decimating the United States
- The worst earthquake in at least 100 years in Mexico
- Half of Bangladesh under water
- Record-breaking floods elsewhere in Asia
- Life-threatening food and water shortages for at least 40 million people worldwide
- Roughly 400 extreme weather events per year (up 400% since 1970)
- Russia poised to move 100,000 troops to the border of NATO nations for a “military exercise” in a few days
- Iranian troops sitting on Israel’s border in Syria
- North Korea ignoring all nuclear agreements and testing missile after missile capable of carrying nuclear warheads (which they possess)
- Iran’s continued march toward nuclear weapons
- Terrorism on the increase around the world
- Continued genocide in Syria
So, what in the world is going on? What are we to think of the prophecies of Matthew 24 in light of what we see in our world today? Indeed, creation is groaning (Romans 8:22-23) and Matthew 24:8 tells us these are the beginning of birth pangs.
Haggai 2:6-7 speaks of God shaking the heavens and the earth, and the nations. Some would call this God’s judgment. I don’t necessarily think so. I believe it is His attempt to get our attention. There is a reason I say that. Please read Hebrews 12:25-29 carefully:
See that you do not refuse him who is speaking. For if they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, much less will we escape if we reject him who warns from heaven. At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “Yet once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.” This phrase, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of things that are shaken—that is, things that have been made—in order that the things that cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire. [Emphasis mine]
Friends, God is shaking us in order that we might receive a kingdom that cannot be shaken. He desires our worship in reverence and awe. He is a consuming fire, so we should give Him what He desires! We must loosen our grip on things of this shaken world in order to lay hold of the unshakable kingdom that awaits us!
Please join us on Sunday mornings as we consider What in the World is Going On? The study lasts through November and will be taught at both campuses of Calvary Community Church in Phoenix. (9:00am in the Prayer Room at NW campus, 11:00am in Room 403 at Central campus) For directions and more information, click here.
See you there!