It’s a bit hard to avoid the headlines these days. Whether you are perusing through social media or reviewing the weekly articles in local newspapers, you can quickly see how times have changed. Even for a mature believer, it’s a bit hard not to get discouraged by the images and fearful rhetoric that fills the media highway.
As a pastor, I realize that many will see headlines and feel that we are in the end of days. After all, it is almost certain that prophecies are being fulfilled right before our very eyes. Never before have so many things that have been predicted by Scripture appear on the global stage all occurring at the same time. It has been called by several Biblical scholars, teachers, and prophets – a convergence of end time events. You do not have to be spiritual to see that every day there is something taking place in multiple parts of the world.
Now, I am not here to startle you. I simply want to shed some light into this convoluted fog called reality.
Growing up, I was always taught that Jesus would come back for His church like a thief in the night. I grew up with this fear that Jesus was simply waiting for me to sin, and then blow the trumpet. Whether you believe in pre-tribulation rapture or post-tribulation rapture, the point is that I grew up afraid of biblical prophecy and end time events. However, over the years, I have come to appreciate the insights the Bible gives us concerning the time before His return. More than a quarter of the Bible is prophetic in nature. God has embedded thousands of prophecies in the Bible to reveal that Scripture is accurate and to give us hope.
Pastor Rick Warren stated, “One of the reasons I can know that the Bible is true and trustworthy is that it has thousands and thousands of prophecies that have come true and will come true in history.” As believers, we are to have a Biblical view of the world, and not a cultural view.
Why would God give us prophecy? Why would He want us to know? I believe for several reasons.
First, God does not want us to be in the dark, but He wants us to be in the light. I was right about one thing when I was younger. Jesus is going to come like a thief in the night. However, according to 1 Thessalonians 5:1-8, we are not in the darkness because we are children of the light!
Secondly, God does not want us to be afraid, instead He wants us to be aware. Scripture provides for us comprehension and understanding concerning the events that will unfold before our eyes during the last days.
Thirdly, God does not want us to be perplexed, but He does want us to be prepared. Knowing that what He said is true should provoke us to place all of our trust in Him. Lastly, God doesn’t want us to be hopeless, but He wants us to be hopeful.
Remember, Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever! If you have made Jesus the Lord of your life, you do not have to fear. God is sovereign, and we are a city set on a hill to be a beacon of hope and life!
Abram Gomez is the Executive Pastor of Cross Church, formerly known as Valley International Christian Center, in San Benito, TX. Abram is a graduate of Southwestern Assemblies of God University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Church Ministries. Abram is the founder and director of NextGenRGV, a movement designed to mentor Next Generation Church Leaders. Abram recently received approval as a team member and representative for Nation 2 Nation University, a video-based ministerial school offering two and four year degrees. Occasionally, Abram writes for Valley Christian Magazine, a regional periodical that covers the entire valley. He and his wife, Rebecca, reside in Harlingen along with their precious daughter Isabella.