Birth pains come and birth pains go. But when they return, they are always a bit stronger. They signal that something dramatic is about to happen.
In Jesus’ day, rather than discerning what was right before their very eyes (the Messiah), they asked for signs. Jesus rebuked them, saying:
“When it is evening, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red.’ And in the morning, ‘There will be a storm today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ Do you know how to discern the appearance of the sky, but cannot discern the signs of the times?”~Matthew 16:2-3
I wonder…would Jesus say the same to us today?
We would be wise to know what God’s Word has to say about the time and season in which we live, and to be discerning as we witness world events lining up with Scripture. The birth pains, and all that leads up to them, are described by Jesus Himself in Matthew 24.
Are you willing to take on a 5-minute assignment? Stop right now and read Matthew 24, then consider the headlines and recent happenings below. Then, be discerning!
- Senior Iranian General’s Visit to Syria Prompted Israeli Strike
- IDF: Iran’s Al Qods Aimed the Fateh-110 Missile at Golan, which Iron Dome Intercepted
- Iran to Launch Satellite into Space
- Iranian Air Chief: “We’re Ready for the Decisive War that will Destroy Israel”
- Russia Says ‘Arbitrary’ Strikes on Syria must End
- Rivlin Warns Macron: Israel May have to Hit Hezbollah Rocket Factories in Beirut
- Helmet Saves Israeli Officer Hit by Palestinian Sniper at Gaza Border
- Israel Air Force Airstrikes on Hamas Targets in Gaza Strip
Dear friends, prophecy is not meant to scare, but to prepare. As believers and followers of Jesus Christ, we have nothing to fear! God is in control and His promise is to not destine us to wrath. (1 Thessalonians 1:10, 1 Thessalonians 5:9) Not to say we will not go through hardship…we will (just as our Savior did). But we will be spared from the tribulation wrath brought on by Satan, the Antichrist and the false prophet, of which the Bible clearly warns.
My question is this: Are we discerning the times and season in which we live, or are we like the Pharisees and Sadducees who, though well-versed in Scripture, had no relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ who stood before them? Jesus stands before you and me…do we know Him? If so, are we committed to Him?
Let’s be discerning, and be about our Father’s business in these last days!