I was sitting on the deck yesterday morning, enjoying a cooling summer breeze, when my mind began to turn to thoughts of the end of times.
The decline in moral behavior and the rise of outright blatant sin of the past few years; the economic disaster that is waiting in the wings; the Biblical prophecies that coincide with the unrest in the Middle East — it all points to the fact that time is running short.
As these thoughts ran through my mind, I thought of the End Time Prophesies and how they would affect me personally if I were to have to live through them.
We live within a half mile of a lake and having recently read the Left Behind series, the image of that small body of water being turned to blood has been in my thoughts frequently. (Revelation 8:10-11)
This area of New York is filled with lakes and ponds and creeks. I don’t want to have to be here when the water is turned to blood, especially this close to all that water.
New York State also has numerous earthquake faults crisscrossing the state. My dad had a fault line map of this area when I was a kid, and one ran right through this area. While not as frequent or severe as earthquakes in California, there have been dozens in New England and Canada since 1975.
Experts say that New York City and the Northeast are due for a major quake, just because it hasn’t happened too often here. This knowledge brings to mind the great earthquake predicted in Revelation 6:12.
Revelation 6 opens with the Four Horsemen. One of these horsemen is on a Black Horse and represents worldwide famine and skyrocketing prices. For years there has been famine around the world.
With the record breaking heat and drought across the country that severely damaged crops, we are seeing this beginning even now. Not to mention the outrageous price of gas and oil products.
I am a believer in the pre-tribulation rapture of the church. But with so many differing beliefs on the rapture and Christ’s Second Coming, I find the question popping up in the back of my mind as to how any of us can truly be sure that our interpretation is the correct one.
Is my belief only my belief because I don’t want to have to live through the tribulation? Each side has its own reasons for their beliefs, and each side is absolutely sure that they are correct. Have I chosen to take this side because of fear?
I can’t answer that right now, but the thoughts continue to grow in an ever expanding circle, rippling outward like water into which a pebble has been tossed.
And while my thoughts turn to these future things my frail humanity cannot stem the rise of fear and anxiety that come naturally with a sense of self-preservation.
But even as these feelings begin to rise, I feel God’s Spirit within me assuring me with strengthening peace and joy that He is in control and all that has been prophesied is within His will and under His authority.
So I toss my own pebble into His arms, sure that He will catch me tight and hold me through whatever ripples may come.
“… In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
© Drusilla Mott and https://drusillamott.wordpress.com, 2012