And what could call for more Faith and less worry than the End Times? We know we can’t stop it, so what does worrying do for us? Worrying only makes the End more painful before it even comes.
Hello Readers, hope all’s well. Time for another End Times post.
Many of us often question God, or have no idea what He’s up to. And we aren’t the only ones. Characters in the Bible have been doing this since long before the time of Christ. Because we go through seasons of suffering, pain, crisis, and waiting. Or periods of chaos, like we see in our world today.
When we’re faced with these difficult times, we don’t know what God’s up to, and we don’t like it. But we have to realize that whatever God wants to happen will happen, and our feelings about it won’t change that. So we need to accept the situation, and trust in God’s Promises that He will always be with us and care for us. What good does it do to not accept the reality of what God is doing? All it does is make life more painful, without changing anything.
This concept is more important for us than ever before, now that we’re in the End Times. We may not like that God is bringing this (fallen) world to an End. But that is what’s happening, and it’s going to happen no matter what we feel, so we have to accept it.
Can’t Stop the Inevitable
In Part 70, when I rebuked the QAnon conspiracy theory, one of the things I chastised QAnon followers for was their misreading of Revelation. For a variety of reasons, most of which I won’t discuss, many QAnon followers see the former President Trump as a kind of anointed, ‘chosen one’ who will stop the plans of an evil cabal of satanic pedophile elites. The cabal more or less being the secret conspiracy that rules the world that I wrote about in the previous post, Part 73.
But there are a few major things wrong with viewing Trump as some kind of chosen one. The biggest problem by far being the idolatrous tone of what they say about Trump, which borders on worship. For many QAnons, their support of Trump has clearly crossed the line into idolatry of a mere man. Besides that, another problem is if we read Revelation (as many QAnons claim to do), we see that there is no chosen one in the End Times. There is no human hero who rises up to stop Satan’s plans during the End.
In Part 70, I said this:
There is no human, anointed ‘chosen one’ in Revelation who heroically stops Satan’s plan. Satan’s plan will proceed until Jesus Christ returns and judges the devil and his demons. Then the world will be destroyed by God as seen in Revelation 21 and 22. There is no human character in Revelation who stops these events.https://999online.net/2021/01/11/do-not-fear-the-end-times-part-70-demonicanon/
God is Sovereign, and His Plan for the world will always come to pass. Nothing we do or don’t do can change that. If it’s not God’s Will, it won’t happen. And when we read through Revelation, we learn it’s not God’s Will to stop any of the events in the End Times. He won’t stop it because of the Glorious ending He has Planned after the destruction is over, which would be the creation of God’s New World (Revelation 21 and 22).
There won’t be any human hero who stops the events of the End Times, because it’s not God’s Will to stop the End Times. God’s Plan is seen in Revelation. After the destruction of this fallen world, God will create His new, perfect world.
So the hope that President Trump or anyone else can stop God’s Plan from happening is mistaken. Nothing and no one can stop, delay, change, cancel, or impact God’s Plan in any way. What He intends to happen will happen. And this includes the horrible events in Revelation, the End Times.
But so many QAnons are so agitated about the impending End of the world. They live in a constant state of anger and fear, dreading what’s going to happen if their hero Trump doesn’t stay in power (a false hope that isn’t seen anywhere in Revelation). Living in fear and anger like this takes a heavy toll on a person’s physical and mental health over time. Anyone who’s this fearful or angry each day will destroy their own body and mind through stress and worry. And you know what? Obsessively worrying about the future like that goes against Scripture too!
Jesus taught us to have Faith in God and not to worry about tomorrow. If we shouldn’t even worry about tomorrow, then why worry about the End of the world? The Second Coming of Christ will happen on a day we don’t even know about. All we do by worrying is make our life harder now, today.
Jesus asks us, “Who can add even one second to your life by worrying?” (Matthew 6:27). In other words, how does worrying help us in any way? Does it make our lives longer? No. Happier? No. Richer? No. No, all worrying does is make our lives less pleasant right now, today, the day and time in which we live. And that’s unnecessary, because every day (which includes today) has enough trouble of its own. This is why Jesus tells us flat-out in verse 34 not to worry about tomorrow.
(27) Who among you by worrying can add a single moment to your life? [… verses 28-32 explaining how we must always have Faith in God, for all our basic needs and everything else …] (33) Instead, desire first and foremost God’s kingdom and God’s righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (34) Therefore, stop worrying about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.Matthew 6:27, 33-34 (CEB)
By worrying about tomorrow today, we only make our today harder. When tomorrow comes, we’ll find that our worrying from the day before did nothing to help us with the challenges of tomorrow once they finally came. Worrying about what could happen or might happen does nothing to help us now, and it doesn’t help us in the future either. All it does is make our life less pleasant and satisfying whenever we do it.
And the message of this passage from Matthew 6, most of which lies in the verses I left out, is that all we need to do is have Faith in God that He will take care of us. That’s it. Don’t worry over having our physical needs met, because God will work something out for us. We know that God is always working for the good of those who love Him (Romans 8:28). So just have Faith, and work on following the LORD and becoming more Righteous. If we do that, God will take care of us as we need.
Have Faith in God, that’s all we need to do. It’s simple enough (but not always easy, especially in a crisis). And what could call for more Faith and less worry than the End Times? We know we can’t stop it, so what does worrying do for us? Worrying only makes the End more painful before it even comes.
We already know we can’t stop the End Times. We should also realize, then, that worrying about the End Times or being afraid of it now does nothing to help us now or later. And our worrying certainly has no power to stop the End Times!! Nothing can, because it’s God’s Will.
If fear, worry, anxiety, and anger can’t do anything to help us, and can’t improve our lives, then why bother with it?? Since our worries can’t change the End Time events, let’s focus on what we can control: Doing our best to follow Christ every day. Reading God’s Word, and following Jesus’ teachings. That is fully within our power.
Well, we can all understand why people are worried, anxious, and angry now. But if our Faith is strong, we should be able to remember that God is always in control. He will always work things out, somehow, for the good of those who love Him (Romans 8:28). That could mean destroying the world, sure. But if we’re Saved and have our Faith in Jesus, we will receive the reward of an eternal life with God in God’s new, perfect world (Revelation 22).
So whatever we’re dealing with now, we should stop worrying, have Faith, and know that God is in control. We should accept the situation as God’s Will for our lives right now, and Hope in the promise of a good resolution. Because God’s going to do whatever He’s going to do, we can’t change that. If we don’t accept what He’s doing right now, we only make it harder for us to deal with.
If God Won’t Change it, Better Accept it
Humans have been questioning the LORD since the earliest days. Since the beginnings of time. Many characters throughout the Bible have questioned the LORD and His ways. One of the most noteworthy examples being in Habakkuk. In Habakkuk 1, the Prophet Habakkuk cried out to the LORD, saying, “Don’t you see this violence? There’s strife and conflict. There’s injustice.”
(2) LORD, how long will I call for help and you not listen?Habakkuk 1:2-4 (CEB)
I cry out to you, “Violence!”
but you don’t deliver us.
(3) Why do you show me injustice and look at anguish
so that devastation and violence are before me?
There is strife, and conflict abounds.
(4) The Instruction is ineffective.
Justice does not endure
because the wicked surround the righteous.
Justice becomes warped.
Habakkuk receives his answers from the LORD in chapters 2 and 3 of this short Bible book. And in chapter 2, the LORD gives an answer which, although it was meant for Habakkuk’s question, can also apply to our situation today, here in the End Times.
(3) There is still a vision for the appointed time;Habakkuk 2:3 (CEB)
it testifies to the end;
it does not deceive.
If it delays, wait for it;
for it is surely coming; it will not be late.
In other words, the LORD’s Plans will come to pass. The LORD doesn’t lie. If it seems to be coming slow, keep waiting (2 Peter 3:1-10). We must trust in God’s Word and the promises of Revelation. God is in control, and His Plan is beyond our comprehension. We may not understand or like what He’s doing, but it’s not for us to understand. His ways are higher than our ways, as He tells us in Isaiah 55:8-9.
(8) My plans aren’t your plans,Isaiah 55:8-9 (CEB)
nor are your ways my ways, says the LORD.
(9) Just as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways,
and my plans than your plans.
God doesn’t need us to understand or like what He’s doing for His Plan to be fulfilled. His Plan will proceed no matter what, so although we may not understand or like it, we can and must accept it. Because what does it change if we don’t accept what God’s doing?
God’s going to do what He what He intends to do, and He won’t change His Plan because we dislike it. We don’t need to like it, but whatever He’s doing, we’re better off it we accept it. Not accepting it does nothing to help us.
Let me give you an example of what I mean. Many Christians go through a long season of singleness as they wait for a Christian wife or husband who God has for them. Many aren’t content or happy with their singleness, and they might let God know it. It’s OK to at least say it … God already knows who’s content and who isn’t anyway. But whether they’re happy or not, they do have to accept the situation. Because God is keeping them in singleness for the time being, whether they like it or not, it just is what it is. Not accepting this does not change it.
They can accept the reality of the present situation, or they can suffer more by being unable to accept it. Unable to trust in God, and unable to be content with what they already have, they focus on what they don’t have and lose hope for happiness in the future. They lose sight of the fact that God does everything for a reason, so He tries to teach us something through singleness. They forget all this, and either lose hope or go take things into their own hands and screw up. But this extra pain could be avoided, if they would accept the situation.
What’s going to happen will happen. Not accepting something doesn’t change it or stop it—it only makes it more painful to deal with. What could be a more important example of this than accepting the End Times?
God’s plans cannot be stopped, delayed, altered, and so on. He will not stop His plans because we don’t like them. He will not stop the End Times because we’re angry, afraid, resentful, or have any other emotion toward it. God will do what He Plans, whether we accept it or not.
Why not just accept it then? What’s going to happen will happen. But if we have Faith in God, we have the promises of His Word. We can and must believe in those promises if we’re going to make it through the End Times. God is always working for the good of those who love Him (Romans 8:28). We know God’s Plan for the End Time has a good ending—God’s new world (Revelation 21 and 22). Trust in the good ending!! Trust in God!! Don’t be dismayed!!
Because being dismayed will not stop the horrors of the End Times, or make them any easier to deal with. All it does is put us in an unhealthy state of constant fear and anger, like QAnon followers. Living like that all the time will kill us early … and make our remaining time more painful on top of it.
The End Times are already painful enough. Why make it harder on ourselves? Just accept what’s happening, and trust in God and His Word. And remember: It’s always within our power to read God’s Word, follow Jesus’ teachings, and love one another. Let’s focus on that instead.
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