You may have noticed how I look to current events and ponder on how they relate to the Bible. There are some biblical signals worth considering.
Daniel 12:4 “But as for you, Daniel, conceal these words and seal up the book until the end of time; many will go back and forth, and knowledge will increase.”
There is no doubt many ‘go back and forth’ today. International travel is just a jaunt for millions.
‘Knowledge will increase’ was recently demonstrated by the power and networking of Facebook, Twitter and the like. Google became notorious in Egypt and the flames of revolution were maintained as people twittered from nation to nation.
Via the internet, email, SMS etc we chat with contacts all over the world in a manner never imagined by the ancients.
Another significant biblical sign has to do with ‘wars and rumours of wars.’
Matthew 24:6, 7 “You will be hearing of wars and rumours of wars. See that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and in various places there will be famines and earthquakes.”
I can hardly remember any lengthy period of history when wars and rumours of wars were not prevalent. Nevertheless today it is unique to see the challenge against dictators escalating. Nations are in an uproar.
In this crisis, many face famine and recently the earthquake in Christchurch captured world attention. We are used to deadly earthquakes around the world in these days but their frequency makes them an item of interest.
Tyrants today push for nuclear weapons and the most powerful nations on earth have yet to find a way to stop them. It would seem the title ‘superpower’ has lost its oomph!
World debt is another indicator and it may get worse.
According to TIME journalist Robert Baer, Libyan president Muammar Gaddafi is threatening to blow up valuable oil facilities. Ronald Reagan tagged Gaddafi ‘a mad dog’ and his brutal onslaught against his own people fits the description.
Gaddafi ‘Me or Chaos”
While Gaddafi orders and carries out bloody massacres, Western leaders and spokespeople discuss the imposition of new sanctions, as if this will halt his bloodlust and somehow comfort his helpless victims. The price of those sanctions will soon be felt at the petrol pump by all those nations who no longer fight for justice, freedom and human rights for the oppressed in this world.
You and I will pay the price!
In TIME Baer said the Gaddafi plot to sabotage oil facilities ‘is meant to serve as a message to Libya’s rebellious tribes. It’s either me or chaos,”
“I have the money and the arms to fight for a long time,” he warned.
Oil prices have skyrocketed, passing the (US) $95 per barrel mark on world markets. Financial analysts are predicting prices of $140-$200 a barrel if world events do not stabilize. Imagine that!
The impact of such a rise will be felt across the board. Food, travel, transportation will be hit hard at a time when unemployment and economic issues are already hurting.
David stated the answer clearly.
“The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the defence of my life; Whom shall I dread?” (Psalm 27: 1)
We may not understand the complexities of our chaotic world today. But if we know the Lord we also know the certainty of His love and concern for us.
He is the defence of my life. I am not depending on factors in the fallen world because I live in Christ. He is my Lord. In Him I stand.
He spoke to each one of us, remember?
“Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’ (Isaiah 41:10)
How can I live like a man of faith and cast fears and anxiety away. Prayer! Be aware of world events and pray. Give the day’s events to the Lord and allow Him to soldier so that His will can be done.
Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
He is the answer, now and forever.