We are witnessing things happening that we would never have imagined, even 5 or 3 years ago. Evil things. And many ask, “Where is God in all of this?” How can He allow these things? Did He lose control?
The answer to these questions is that He is still omnipresent and in total control. This is all part of His ultimate plan of redemption.
He offers men the ultimate opportunity to give expression to the evil from within. To show their “true colours.” To decide whether to follow in the footsteps of His Son, Jesus Christ or to allow the spirit of the Antichrist to indwell them. And being a righteous God, He will judge all accordingly.
This “opportunity” leads to the perilous end times, Paul warned about in 2 Timothy 3:1-5. The opposite of evil is good. The ultimate of evil is Satan while the ultimate of good is Jesus Christ. That is why we witness the attack of everything that is associated with Christ (God). They question creation and even gender … men in dresses are now legally considered to be “women.” They break his laws in the most evil ways … “You shall not murder” … millions of mothers kill their own unborn babies. The rise in Anti-Semitism and persecution of Christians speak for itself. Jesus said, “If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you.” (John 15:18)
Humanity is reaching a point where “the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness.” (Romans 1:18) “Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves.” (Romans 1:24). He will eventually “send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” (2 Thessalonians 2:11-12)
Men has a last chance to live as such as to “be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass,” (Luke 21:36). What we witess is only the beginning of the sorrows (Matthew 24:8).
The “opportunity” to either express one’s evil, or to follow Christ is in some way also the beginning of God separating the sheep and the goat.
First, Christ will remove His bride. He will keep her “from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.” (Revelation 3:10) The unwise virgins (Matthew 25:1-13) and the ungodly will be left behind. This event will shock many and they will turn to God. But they will pay a price for their redemption – probably with their lives. Sadly, most will rather mock and swear at God and eventually take the mark of the beast.
With the church being removed, the Antichrist will sign a covenant with “many” (Daniel 9:27) and introduce a false peace. But “when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.” (1 Thessalonians 5:3) All “hell” will then break loose. What we are seeing now will look like a play in a kindergarten. Jesus warned that “then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be.”
So dear friend – fill your lamps with oil. “Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.” “Look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.” “Therefore comfort one another with these words.” (1 Thessalonians 4:18) “Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.” (1 Thessalonians 5:11)