But the fact is, this fascination with the end times and Russia’s place in it has been happening since at least the 1840s. Predictably rising and falling with the daily news. Whenever our nation faces a crisis, the prophetic cries predicting the end rise in unison. The Civil War, both World Wars, the Cold War, the rise of nuclear armaments, international terrorism, 9/11, and even the gas crisis in the 1970s, all brought with them new predictions that the end is near.
Michael Brown, host of a Christian radio show called The Line of Fire, explains: “I understand why recent global events, including the pandemic, seem to disturb some conservative evangelicals. Many, he said, are concerned
about the vaccine mandates and the World Health Organization as possible preparations for a one-world government, or one international leader who will make decisions for the globe.”
So, again, should we be worried? Is the end of the world at hand?
Yes, always. As well as no, not at all. Because folks, the Biblical answer is just that. Yes, the end of the world could come at any time. In fact, like a “thief in the night.” But no, many of the signs that the Bible clearly gives have not yet come to light. And its really hard to say what role Russia will play in the end.
For you see, Jesus explains: 4 “See that no one leads you astray. 5 For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will lead many astray. 6 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and
there will be famines and earthquakes in various places.
All these are but the beginning of the birth pains.” (Matthew 24:4-8, ESV).
And then Jesus goes on through the entire twenty-fourth chapter of Matthew giving sign after sign of the end times. Some of these signs have happened, some have yet to occur. Should we be worried? Yes, always. No, not at all.
Jesus continues. 36 “But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only.” (Matthew 24:36, ESV).
It’s odd to think that even Jesus doesn’t know when the last day will come, but also comforting to know that Jesus doesn’t feel he needs to know. And by the way, Jesus has read the book of Revelation too. So why does Jesus not feel a need to know when the end will come? Trust. Jesus has complete and total trust in his Father and his Father’s plan.
And that, my friends, is not only comforting, but also compelling. That is, our own view toward the end times should match that of Jesus. We need not speculate. And, we need not turn the book of Revelation into some kind of mystery maze. Nor do we need to follow and support those who do.
What do we need to do in regard to the end of the world? Simply trust that God the Father has things well in hand. And know that when the times does come, God, our loving Father, will see us safely through. And Jesus, our brother, will be right there beside us. For that is the promise of the book of Revelation. In the end, there is Jesus. There is Jesus.
In Christ’s Loving Service