Last Days
By Ramblin’ Rose

In the last days/months, we experienced and continue to experience fear. It’s horrible. What are the real facts? Whom should we believe? Will this lead to the “last days” as predicted in the Bible? And it’s the fear that disrupts everything in life; it is not the “fear” (respect for) of God.

The good news is that since the minute that we were born, we have been dying. The good news is that since Jesus Christ ascended into Heaven after His miraculous resurrection, we have been in the Last Days awaiting His return. So why are we afraid? Because we don’t know what will happen next. We are not in control…not even of our own daily life, a fantasy always but particularly now.

A few weeks ago, a friend reminded me to keep my eyes on Jesus. He added that Peter could walk on water when he focused on Christ but sank when he looked at the waves. With a single cry for help, Jesus rescued him. This is sound advice.

Many have prayed for a revival in this country. Those people look back to the removal of God from the public arena, the proliferation of alternative lifestyles, the taxpayer funded murders of babies through legalized abortions, even to and beyond the moment of birth, and the drop in the number of persons claiming a faith in God, etc.

Is this the beginning of a revival? Sales of Bibles are record high; people write about God on social media. Is this real? Or is this the same reaction of many when they face adversity? God is not Santa Claus to whom we, like children, submit a long list of desire items (outcomes) to be magically placed into a stocking. But many do. Many truly look for hope; some still want it “my way.”

In Matthew 24:6-8, Jesus said: ” 6And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet. 7For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8All these are but the beginning of the birth pains.” (ESV)

It is doubtful that civilization has ever been without war and conflict; they are a natural result of human’s sinful state. The same could be said for the other calamities from the list. But, now, it is a crisis with medical, social and economic ramifications that is impacting nearly the entire world, and our daily activities have been greatly restricted by government…even to the point of infringing on our constitutional rights. We have lost control due to the virus and to the government, claiming to protect us. But we are not certain because that “concern” has produced even additional devastating consequences.

While we would hope for honest and accurate news from professional journalists, we find instead bias, inaccuracies and conspiracy theories. To some extent, our hope diminishes, and our anxieties increase. Some partisan politicians are unable (unwilling) to uphold the oath of office to protect the Constitution and the citizens of this country. Astronomical amounts of debt are created in efforts to stimulate/save the economy…and debts must be paid by someone.

Researchers work for find treatments and a vaccine. But some speculate that this is the time of the antichrist from the Book of Revelation. Some fear that the vaccine to be forthcoming to protect us from future outbursts of covid-19 will contain the “mark of the beast.”

As fake news and conspiracy theories proliferate, tension increases. Abuses of many forms multiply in the persons confined to their homes.

I do not have the answers—I wish I did. Nor do I find the answers easily in the book of Revelation. The writings are apocalyptic (visionary prediction of world events). Does one take this eschatology literally or figuratively? Not all Christian denominations concur on the literal meaning of the last book of the Bible. Nevertheless, we keep our focus on Christ.

Does the antichrist have a name, or is it an ideology that aligns with Satan? Is there a “mark of the beast” to be on the right hand or the forehead, or is it the act of rejecting the Lamb (Christ) and following tyrannical leaders to achieve their stamp of approval for personal gain? Is it to give to Caesar that which is the Lord’s? Do we compromise our convictions for convenience?

Our comfort is knowing that Christ is with us in the crisis. He alone is our solid rock and foundation.

Fox News quoted Fr. Frank Pavone on Sunday, April 19, 2020. His words provide comfort and remind us of the essence of America and true Americans. “Our nation is based on spirituality. Our founding fathers were men of faith. And they said so. And we have a president who echoes that very effectively. Pulling through a crisis like this, as Americans — helping one another in our own country and also helping the world — can really bring about a revitalization of the faith that is at the core of our patriotism. And that’s something that’s going to be very good for America.”

So I walk forward with the Bible in hand and a poem on my heart. The poem, “Footprints,” (at least three people claim to be the author) is an inspiring reminder that Christ is with us in the crisis—our last days.

One night I dreamed a dream.
As I was walking along the beach with my Lord.
Across the dark sky flashed scenes from my life.
For each scene, I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand,
One belonging to me and one to my Lord.

After the last scene of my life flashed before me,
I looked back at the footprints in the sand.
I noticed that at many times along the path of my life,
especially at the very lowest and saddest times,
there was only one set of footprints.

This really troubled me, so I asked the Lord about it.
“Lord, you said once I decided to follow you,
You’d walk with me all the way.
But I noticed that during the saddest and most troublesome times of my life,
there was only one set of footprints.
I don’t understand why, when I needed You the most, You would leave me.”

He whispered, “My precious child, I love you and will never leave you
Never, ever, during your trials and testings,
When you saw only one set of footprints,
It was then that I carried you.”

God bless America!!!

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