It’s Tony Pearce giving the prophecy talk.
I missed one last month so we’re doing this for May and June and it’s July the 6.
I’m going to start with a reading from the book of Luke. Jesus is speaking about the signs of His Second Coming verse 7 of chapter 21:
Praise the lord! Our redemption does draw near, but we also see all kinds of signs taking place in the world which are pointing us to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.
Some of them may be quite alarming, some of them may fill us with fear but Jesus says: when you see these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads because your redemption draws near.
Well, a lot of people are looking towards some kind of hopeful situation. I read an article in the Daily Mail by a man called Dominic Sandbrook on Saturday. The headline was:
Apparently, the mood of optimism was fuelled by the fact that England beat Germany in the Euros and reached the quarter-finals. They have now beaten Ukraine and reached the semi-finals.
Also, that Sajid Javid has replaced Matt Hancock as Health Secretary and said he will lift the lockdown regulations on July the 19 and will not go back to lockdown again in the winter.
It’s been said that we have a booming economy with soaring output; even getting the better of the European Union through a new trade deal, and that we have a new Nissan plant to be opened in the Northeast which are all signs of business confidence returning to post-Brexit Britain.
Boris is also promising to ‘build back better’ in a new fairer and greener Britain. So, all those things mean that everything’s going well and it’s going to get better.
I hope you all agree or, perhaps you don’t. Maybe you don’t want a bit of ‘doom and gloom’ from Tony Pearce in this Month in Prophecy talk but there are many things which actually point us in the opposite direction.
The ‘build back better’ programme may not work out so great for all of us, the vaccine may not save us from the virus, and the promise of freedom on July the 19 of July is already turning into a false storm.
The economy may not turn out so well in the long run and, if you look around the world, the bad guys are winning, wherever you look, almost everywhere.
And England may lose the football match tonight – you’ll know by the time this message gets out.
But it’s a pity that in every match the players have to ‘bow the knee’ or ‘take a knee’ to a foreign Marxist movement that wants to destroy Western society, and we have a kind of worship developing, or, as one newspaper headline described, footballers have become ‘semi-gods’ after they beat Ukraine.
And the government minister Nadim Zahawi said “England is now in heaven” after we won a football match.
Well, if winning a football match puts you into heaven then, probably, you don’t have much idea of what heaven is about. And if the football players are semi-gods then, you probably don’t know much about who the real God is.
And, actually, if we’re trusting in anything in this world, we’re setting ourselves up for disappointment. We may have moments of happiness, moments of despair but only in Jesus can we have any real cause for happiness, and for trust, and for a hope for the future.
My reading from the Bible this morning was from 2 Corinthians chapter 4, and I’ll just read verses 16 to 18 again:
If we have a hope in Jesus, we have got hope in something which is eternal and is not fading away.
If we’re hoping in the things of this world, you can be up one day and down the next day, and, as things are going, it’s more likely that you’re going to be down because I don’t think things are going to get better.
I’m afraid that things, according to the Bible, are going to get worse as we get nearer to the Second Coming of Jesus.
Jesus said in the passage I just read but also in Matthew 24:
And in the passage we did read in 路加福音21 it says it’s going to conclude with:
The word which is used for the distress of nations with perplexity is ‘aporia’ which, in Greek, means with ‘no way out’.
So, when you see a lot of crises coming on the world with no way out, you know that it’s a sign of the soon Coming of Jesus Christ. And, in this situation, the only hope you’re going to have is the hope of Jesus’ return.
If you have that hope, you’ve got hope for the future. If you don’t, actually, you’re going to be plunged into more and more despair as you see what’s coming on the World.
Basically, the cause of all the crisis which is coming is human sin and rebellion against God. And the only solution is repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and the hope that He’s coming again to judge the world in righteousness.
The crisis with ‘no way out’ really typifies the world situation.