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For then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will.
To say that we are living in unprecedented times is by no means an exaggeration. I could go into details to support this statement, but I know that I am not telling you anything you didn’t know already. We are witnessing the breakdown of emergency response preparedness on a global level. News coming from the world’s financial markets is dire. Leaders of governments and NGOs around the globe at all levels are dealing with humanly insurmountable problems and the citizens of earthy are understandably fearful due to the uncertainty of what lies ahead.
”There will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now”.
The words, “...such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now”, are the very definition of ‘unprecedented’. In his own words Jesus warned us that this time of fear and sorrow, like the world has never known would come. If you read all of Matthew 24 he even told us in detail what kinds of events to expect. Events that we are witnessing today.
But, there is good news. No, that’s not exactly true. The news I am referring to is so exceedingly wonderful that to simply use the word good as it is understood in our common vernacular would be a great wrong. This news, according to the Apostle Peter should fill every believer with inexpressible joy and is full of glory! (1 Pe 1:8)
Our Lord has not been caught unaware by these troubling times. Not only that but he has shared with us his wonderful plan of redemption and the details his plan to deliver us out of this time of great tribulation. On that day will begin for us an eternal future that will completely erase the memory of “these light and momentary troubles”. The hymn inspired by Peter’s encouraging words says,
“It is joy unspeakable and full of glory,
Full of glory, Full of glory.
It is joy unspeakable and full of glory,
And the half has never yet been told!”
So, here’s the skinny. Things are going to get worse before they get better. This is just the beginning of what Jesus warned us about. (Matt 24:8) Now is the time to “lay aside every weight” and set our gaze intently on Christ to the exclusion of all else. This is the time for single minded devotion to our God. Whatever we have prized above Christ, whatever is distracting us, we must cast off and cast ourselves on him . Our Heavenly Father is about to give the command for the greatest rescue operation in history.
Our future is certain and it is glorious!