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Perilous times: My times are in your hands

November 4, 2018

As a youngster back in the day in the middle of the 20th Century, I recall elderly adults testifying that we were living in “the last and evil days.” As we continue to move rapidly into the first quarter of the 21st Century, some believers refer to 2 Timothy 3:1 and echo similar views of the times in which we presently live:

2 Timothy 3:1

But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come:

This verse has also been translated this way in the Amplified Bible:

But understand this, that in the last days dangerous times [of great stress and trouble] will come [difficult days that will be hard to bear].

Other versions of the Bible describe perilous times as “violent periods of time” or “times full of danger.”

The Passion Translation renders the verse:

But you need to be aware that in the final days the culture of society will become extremely fierce and difficult for the people of God.

Without question, the events subsequent September 11, 2001 catapulted the world into a state of anxiety and fearfulness, as the world has been engulfed in wars and rumors of wars, as ethnic conflicts flare up across the globe. The world is still seeking “Peace in our times” and continues to cry out for “Peace, peace, but there is no peace.” In the midst these turbulent times of seemingly endless turmoil and strife, those with spiritual eyes to see observe all that is transpiring as some of “the signs of the times.” Although the present times are stressful and difficult to deal with, we can find strength and comfort in the words of the Psalmist who personalizes his assurance that the Lord God is aware of the times in which David lives and that He will deliver his servant.

In the Old Testament some form of the verb palat, the Hebrew word for “deliver,” is translated “to pluck out of the hands of an oppressor or enemy; to preserve, recover, remove; to deliver from danger, evil, trouble; to be delivered, to escape.” We note how the term is used in Psalm 31:1-4, 15 in the Amplified Bible:

In You, O LORD, I have placed my trust and taken refuge;
Let me never be ashamed;
In Your righteousness rescue me.
2
Incline Your ear to me, deliver me quickly;
Be my rock of refuge,
And a strong fortress to save me.
3
Yes, You are my rock and my fortress;
For Your name’s sake You will lead me and guide me.
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You will draw me out of the net that they have secretly laid for me,
For You are my strength and my stronghold.
15
My times are in Your hands;
Rescue me from the hand of my enemies and from those who pursue and persecute me.

Verse 15 is also personalized and expressed in these original lyrics

My Times Are In Your Hand

There are times in life when I simply don’t understand,
When I cannot see the intricacy of your perfect plan,
When I’m tossed about and full of doubt,
When it seems I just can’t endure,
Your spirit comes beside me,
To comfort and to guide me,
To redirect and reassure,
To help me understand that my times are in your hand.

My times are in your hand.
My times are in your hand.
Your spirit comes beside me,
To comfort and to guide me,
To redirect and reassure,
To help me understand that my times are in your hand.

My times are in your hand.
My times are in your hand.
I submit every vision, each purpose and plan.
Though I may never fully understand,
I stand secure in knowing my times are in your hand.

It’s so comforting to know
My times are in your hand.
My times are in your hand.

Jason Silver offers “Refuge,” a worship song based on Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16

 

Wars, earthquakes, famines, and plagues. . . Oh, my

September 28, 2014

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Those with eyes to see clearly recognize that we are living in the last days, as 2 Timothy 3:1 makes known:

This know also: that in the last days perilous times shall come.

The Amplified Bible puts it this way:

But understand this, that in the last days will come (set in) perilous times of great stress and trouble [hard to deal with and hard to bear].

During such intense times, many Christians continue to look heavenward, in anticipation of the return of Jesus Christ. Bible scholars and others look at world events and interpret them in light of words spoken by Jesus Christ. When asked about the signs of his return, he spoke of signs and wonders appearing in the sun, moon and stars . . . in the heavens above and in the earth beneath.

The following passage from Luke 2:7-11 continues to generate much discussion:

And they asked him, saying, Master, but when shall these things be? and what sign will there be when these things shall come to pass?

And he said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them.

But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things must first come to pass; but the end is not by and by.

10 Then said he unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom:

11 And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.

In light of intensifying world events any observers of the times and seasons continue to wonder if Christ’s return is at hand. The nightly news reports escalating conflict among nations, along with increasing earthquakes and other natural disasters. Famine continues to be a global issue of great concern, not to mention deadly diseases that threaten civilization. The culmination of what some call “signs of the times” appear to indicate the return of Christ draws closer and closer day by day.

Taken from Matthew 24, known as the Mount Olive Discourse, and from Luke 2, the list spotlights five of the signs said to occur before Christ returns:

11 And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven

Wars and rumors of wars

Then said he unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom:

At the heart of the phrase “nation against nation” is the Greek word ethnos, from which the English word “ethnic” is derived. With increased globalization, come increased ethnic conflicts which now ravage the world.

Never has there been a more revealing picture of kingdoms in conflict than with the recent focus on the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and its threat to the Middle East and beyond. The Islamist militant group with its determination to establish a Caliphate that will dominate the world with its ideology is a demonstration of “Kingdom against kingdom.” Caliphate is another name for “kingdom.”

Earthquakes in various places

On Thursday, September 25, 2014 a magnitude 6.2 earthquake hit south-central Alaska. Although tremors were felt throughout the region in Anchorage, there was no major damage or injuries.

In an article “Are earthquakes signs of the end times?” Steven A. Austin and Mark L. Strauss discuss the controversy generated by such Christian writers and Bible teachers who maintain that Jesus predicted that an increase in frequency and intensity of earthquakes would occur prior to his return.

Famine

According to the United Nations World Food Programs, hunger continues to be a worldwide crisis. About 842 million people in the world do not eat enough to be healthy.  That means that one in every eight people on Earth goes to bed hungry each night.

Pestilences

The global health crisis with the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has captured the attention of  the world. Other infectious diseases, such MRSA, (Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus infection), along with flesh-eating diseases and sexually transmitted diseases fall into the category of “pestilences” that some would say that Jesus Christ spoke about.

Cosmic phenomena

There has been a noticeable increase in meteors and other phenomena provide ample opportunities to consider the meaning of such celestial occurrences. In February 2013, a massive meteor hit Russia, causing considerable alarm. Recently Perseid meteor shower, an annual occurrence, was upstaged by a “super-moon” the fourth such occurrence with the past year, including a “blood moon” which some believe refers to the prophet Joel’s statement, “The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come.” (Joel 2:31)

The increasing frequency of “great balls of fire” and other cosmic phenomena cause many to wonder about these so-called “signs and wonders” which some see as more signs of the end times and point to Luke 21:25-28:

25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;

26 Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.

27 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.

28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draws near.

With such signs and wonders appearing in the sun, moon and stars, many observers of the times and seasons believe that Christ’s return is at hand; indeed, our redemption appears to be drawing closer and closer, closer than it has ever been.

Derrick Drover sums it all up in music with “Signs of the Times.”