There’s one thing the Christian community at large seems to agree upon, regardless of denomination: the world is on the cusp of full-blown chaos.
“For thus says the LORD of hosts, ‘Once more in a little while, I am going to shake the heavens and the earth, the sea also and the dry land’ “ (Haggai 2:6).
There have been earthquakes in regions that don’t usually have quakes, and inexplicable sounds in the sky following them. We will soon see an increase in tsunamis, both in frequency and destruction. Financial institutions and the international economy are being shaken as well. Even while there are wars and rumors of war, Islam is breeding a gruesome barbarism across borders with which the modern world is unacquainted.
Jesus told His disciples to expect that, “There will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth dismay among nations, in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves, men fainting from fear and the expectation of the things which are coming upon the world; for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.” (Luke 21:25-26).
But then Jesus says this: “Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. But when these things begin to take place, straighten up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near“ (Luke 21:27-28).
I sense The Lord saying to me, as I wonder–really wonder–whether my children even have a future, “Look up.” As I’m tempted to turn on the news or pull up Drudge, I hear Him say, “Eyes off the news and on Me. Look up.” Isaiah 26:3 says, “You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in You.”
As the late Bible teacher Derek Prince once said, “Christians are not waiting for the Antichrist to appear. We are waiting for Christ to appear.”
What does it meant to you personally when Jesus says “Look up”?