It’s really no great surprise to me to read statistics such as these – but perhaps it’s because whereas once I was a “live and let live” type of person, not seeing beyond my own front door and the realities of the deceptive world we live in. In part, I think it’s that with age comes wisdom but in my case it’s really more to do with Yahweh’s wisdom and guidance that my eyes have been opened to truth and reality, that I see a much different world we currently live in. I see a world that reflects the instabilities and unbalanced natures of those living in it. I see a world that does not work, because it is so far from Yahweh’s original plan. I see a world in which most everything in it and about it is futile. And yes, this world can be depressing – especially for those who do not have the hope of salvation or a full understanding of Yahweh’s purpose and plan for Her creation.
Last week sometime, I was given the opportunity to minister to a neighbor about End Times and the Tribulation we are all currently experiencing. She had been going through some rough times in regards to her employment, income and managing to keep a roof over her head and I realized that as I spoke with conviction and excitement about the things that are and will soon occur, the expression on her face changed and seemed to reflect a certain amount of distress.
As we continued to talk, she said two things that struck me as being most common amongst those who do not have a complete understanding of Father’s plan to restore creation. One was that she feared she hadn’t been the Christian she should be and might be left behind and two, was that she regretted that there were so many things she hadn’t yet been able to do, like marry and have children. I realized that as I spoke she was seeing her future dissolve before her very eyes and I knew that I had to explain further that it wasn’t something to be sad or anxious about, but hopeful, optimistic and joyful.
As for the first concern, I could only say that if she was feeling this way, now was the time to do something about it because it applies to the second of two conditions required to obtain salvation, one being a belief and acceptance of Christ as our Lord and Savior and the other, the second, being a good heart condition.
But as for her seeing the end as a horrible thing and a loss of hopes and dreams and opportunities lost, I had to take a little more time in helping her to understand that there is reason to be optimistic and hopeful when it comes to what is in store. That yes, it’s the end but not the end of creation, the end of an evil, self-destructive and depressing world and that it is all part of Father’s plan to restore creation to Her original design out from under the oppressiveness of Dawn Lucifer the Devil’s tin god rule.
It’s this loss of hope that affects the people of the world today in the way that it does; driving up the numbers in cases of depression and suicides. Hope is the flame that burns brightly when Yahweh is your focus and the center of your life and Dawn has done all that he can to extinguish that flame. While it may be harder for some to find in a world that has been darkened by his influence, it still burns brightly. When we believe, this flame of hope tells us that while the world we live in has it’s many problems, there is a better world in store for us. And it’s faith that tells us that our Creator will bring it into fruition. That while this world and everything in it will pass away, a new world is being prepared for us where we will all live in harmony, peace and happiness. And, it’s the Word that shows us that as it happened in the past, it will happen again.
Yahweh knew that the Israelites were not happy living under the oppressive rule as slaves to the Egyptian Empire, and She had a plan in place for their escape.
Exodus 23:20 [ Promises and Warnings ] "I am going to send an Angel before you to protect you on the way and bring you to the place I have prepared.
Matthew 25:34 Then the King will say to those on His right, 'Come, you who are blessed by My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.
John 14:2 In My Father's house are many dwelling places; if not, I would have told you. I am going away to prepare a place for you.
The above scriptures also tell us that while the world that we know will go away along with the evil that dwells within it, a place is being prepared for us – so there is much reason for HOPE. It was the same hope that the Israelites felt upon leaving Egypt and the same hope for the people of today, who exist in these End Times. We must not look at End Times and Armageddon as being the end of our hopes and dreams, but the beginning. The promise is alive and Yahweh will destroy death forever, and wipe away the tears from every face.
Isaiah 25:8 He will destroy death forever. The Lord GOD will wipe away the tears from every face and remove His people's disgrace from the whole earth, for the LORD has spoken.
So, do not be sad or depressed! Do not mourn for what might have been in a world in which true happiness does not even exist. Have hope and faith and be joyful in looking forward to the coming of our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus, for the End is near; the End of Evil and the Beginning of Life.