Twenty years ago, the United States, like quite a few other nations all through the globe, was preparing for what was anticipated to be a catastrophic, virtually apocalyptic occasion: Y2K. It was feared that when the clock struck midnight on December 31, 1999, disaster would strike. Why? Due to the fact computer systems had been programmed applying only two-digits to denote the year in dates. So the concern was that when the year 2000 started, computer systems would not know if it was 2000 or 1900. In the years top up to 2000, there was a lot of worry about what the benefits would be if there was a pc trouble.
People today started preparing for doomsday. Would the energy grid go down? Would we be unable to access our dollars in the banks? Non-perishable foods had been stockpiled. A multitude of Y2K survival books hit the bookshelves. People today constructed shelters in which they could hide from the inevitable wave of crime that would happen. Bootcamps that taught wilderness survival became common. And NBC even created a Television film about the disaster that was to come.
Y2K came and went with out a trouble. But the reaction of men and women to what could have occurred but didn’t indicated a sturdy want for survival. People today wanted to stay away from the trials and tribulation that the Y2K trouble could possibly bring. But there is a time coming that will bring trials and tribulation like none ever observed ahead of. Earthquakes, wars, famine, plagues. These are just a couple of of the points that will accompany this time of tribulation. How do we know that this will take place? Due to the fact it has been prophesied in the Word of God. Prophets such as Daniel and Isaiah spoke of this time. The apostle John wrote about it in the book of Revelation.
Jesus Himself mentioned, “The day is coming when you will see what Daniel the prophet spoke about—the sacrilegious object that causes desecration standing in the Holy Place… Then these in Judea ought to flee to the hills. A individual out on the deck of a roof ought to not go down into the property to pack. A individual out in the field ought to not return even to get a coat. How terrible it will be for pregnant girls and for nursing mothers in these days. And pray that your flight will not be in winter or on the Sabbath. For there will be higher anguish than at any time given that the globe started. And it will under no circumstances be so terrific once again.” (Matthew 24:15–21)
No one particular knows when this time of terrific tribulation will take location. No one particular. No individual right here on earth, none of the angels in heaven, not even the Son of God Himself. No one particular knows but God the Father (Matthew 24:36). When Y2K was approaching, we knew when it would come. It would arrive when the clock struck midnight on December 31, 1999. And so, quite a few of us started preparing for the disaster that was anticipated. But there is no date we can appear to for the terrific tribulation. It will come unexpectedly, and so we ought to be ready.
We do not require to stockpile meals or sign up for a wilderness-survival bootcamp. To prepare for the terrific tribulation, we require to repent of our sins and turn to Jesus. Joel two:12 says, “That is why the LORD says,
‘Turn to me now, although there is time. Give me your hearts. Come with fasting, weeping, and mourning.’” We require to think that Jesus died for us and that He rose once again so that we may well have eternal life. We require to make Him the Lord of our lives and adhere to His strategies. Due to the fact here’s the issue. Despite the fact that we do not know when that time of tribulation will start, what we do know is this. It will be preceded by an occasion that is the hope of all believers in Jesus:
“For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet contact of God. 1st, the believers who have died will rise from their graves. Then, collectively with them, we who are nevertheless alive and stay on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then we will be with the Lord forever.” (1 Thessalonians four:16–17)
Prior to that time of terrific tribulation, Jesus will return. But He will not set foot on the earth at that time. That will take location at the finish of the time of tribulation. As an alternative, all who think in him, each living in dead, will be caught up to meet Him in the air. That is the Blessed Hope, and that is very good cause to be ready.
If you have under no circumstances offered your heart to Jesus, there’s no far better time to do that than now. All it requires is pray to Him, to confess that you are a sinner, ask Him to forgive you, declare that you think that He died for you and that you will make Him the Lord of your life, as you pick to adhere to Him all the days of your life.
If you have created that choice these days, if you have turned your heart and your life to Jesus, let somebody know. Come across a Bible-believing church and speak to a pastor.
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