There Shall Be a Time of Troubles
Everywhere we turn on the world scene we see times of trouble upon
the waters of the nations. Dan 12:1. Troubles of all sorts are
facing all of us and so it is with all peoples upon earth. There are
senseless killings of children, famines, wars and rumors of wars on
every side. Israel is being attacked and Egypt is in the grip of
Muslims by a deceptive leader. There are economic and natural
disasters, and a flood of filth like has never been upon earth before.
The exploitation of children in every form has gripped earth’s
people with evil on a scale we have never known. The recent massacre
of 20 innocent school children and 6 adults in Connecticut sounds a
clear alarm concerning the escalation of evil acts upon little
children. The cry of a broken hearted mother losing her child has
become a daily happening in the world news.
Many are asking, “What is happening to our world?” The Bible
is very clear what is happening. We have entered into God’s prophetic
plan for the end times upon earth. We are in a time of great troubles
as “never was since there was a nation even to that same time”. It
says in Daniel 12:1 “and at that time thy people shall be delivered,
everyone that shall be found written in the book.” The book Daniel
is talking about is the Book of Life. This is the most important book
spoken about in the Bible. Is your name written in the book of life?
Many have questions concerning God. “Where is God in all this
Does He care? How can a God who loves us let little children suffer?
God is in this with us, He has never left us nor forsaken us and He
will never relax His hand upon our lives. Heb 13:5. Even in the
midst of the tragically 20 dead children in Connecticut one was
miraculously spared by using wisdom that I believe God gave. The
child played dead. Though thought to be dead by the killer that child
Never before in all our years of ministry, have we prayed with so
many godly parents who are heart broken over their children. Many
are turning against their parents in preparation for the fulfillment
of prophesy in the end times. Mt 10:21. The boy that killed those 20
children in Connecticut first shot and killed his mother.
Prophetically in the Bible a time was foretold that little
children would be slain in Ramath while the authorities were looking
for Jesus. That was a prophetic word that came from God, He allowed
this to happen. “Thus saith the LORD; A voice was heard in Ramah,
lamentation, and bitter weeping; Rahel weeping for her children
refused to be comforted for her children, because they were not. “
Jer 31:15. That Scripture holds close resemblance to what is
happening today as we await the return of Jesus Christ to earth. The
children are the main target of the suffering on earth. Children are
the ones that Satan is after. I have a friend that works in the arena
of world trafficking of children. Over 1.2 million children are
trafficked each year in the world. It is the fastest growing crime in
the world. I don’t know why children are allowed to suffer, but I do
know that God sees it and cares and is working in their behalf as we pray.
The Bible says that we are to cast our cares upon Him for He
cares for us. I Pet 5:7. Never before have I seen so many people
burdened down with cares. The cares of the world are heavy; Jesus
tells us to take His yoke upon us because it is easy and His burden is
light. He instructs us to learn from Him so we will have rest in our
souls. Mt 11:29, 30.
God alone knows better than any the heart of man and the evil
he can think up. Gen 6:5; Mt 15:19. Only in Christ are our hearts
cleansed and we are released from the holds of evil that try to
control our minds and ways. Heb 10:22.
We have a song that we sing in our church and after our
nightly family prayer time. It goes like this: “Show me your ways
that I may walk in them, show me your ways, I put my trust in You, the
cry of my heart is to know You more, to live with the touch of Your
hand, stronger each day, show me Your ways.”
Right now we are looking to the Lord to show us His way for
we know that He has a ranch with a large home for us to raise the 12
children that we currently have at home. He has brought them to us in
hard times and He will lead the way for their care. These are not the
times to take on extra expenses, but God has called us to keep opening
our hearts and home to children who have been adopted internationally
by families and then for one reason or another they are no longer able
to be parented by that family. We know beyond a doubt that this is
the way that God would have us walk during these times and He always
provides everything we need in one way or another. Many times it comes
with a knock at our door and something needed is left. As you look
to Him He will provide for you to accomplish what He has called you to
do. He will show you the way if you will simply put your trust in Him
and keep your eyes on Him. The way through this time of troubles is
found in the Bible.
Is God still there? Yes, God is still here and completely in
charge of earth’s happenings. One friend said recently, “He is so
quiet; I don’t hear or see Him doing anything in this situation.”
Just because God is quiet and you cannot hear doesn’t mean He isn’t
answering your prayers. Many times He has suddenly broken into a
situation that I have been praying about for a long time with
absolutely no outward results in sight. But in the quiet God has been
working. One brother and his family in China whom I stayed with
suddenly gave their lives to the Lord three years ago. They had been
wonderful friends to me, but were raised without God. I gave them a
Bible on one of my trips into China and reasoned with them through the
Scriptures during my stay in their home to no avail. Some seven years
later I received an email from this family telling me how they all
have come to Jesus and what joy they have. We never know what God is
doing, we only need to trust that as we pray He hears and answers in
His way and in His time. Maybe it won’t be when or the way we think
it should be answered, but His answers are always the best.
As a child my father was killed during a test flight on an
airplane he was working on. Some would look at that as a pure
tragedy. I was the only Christian in my family at that time. I
shared the Lord with my dad before he was killed and begged him to
give his heart to Jesus. My hopes were high when he heard Billy
Graham speak at the base where he worked just before he was killed,
but still there was no conversion. When he was killed my family
turned to the Lord one by one. I often have thought that God knew and
allowed him to be removed him so that the others could be saved.
A while back I saw a vision while in worship. It was a
picture of the people of God who are following Jesus in their lives.
In the vision we were standing before a great sea viewing a sea of
filth upon earth as a great evil before us that we need to cross over
to get to Heaven. As Moses stood before the Red Sea, Jesus in the
vision now stands before the sea of filth upon the earth. He is
parting the waters for those who will walk in His footsteps and who
will keep their eyes upon Him.
In the vision an important part was this. I saw each
believer reaching out to those all around and taking their hands and
walking through the waters with them. I saw many children taking the
hands of the believers and those children multiplied into a great
company of believers. I believe that God is saying that there will be
an end time awakening of many and most will be children.
Now is the time that the people of the Lord will shine in the
midst of the sea of filth and violence upon earth. “And they that are
wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that
turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.” Dan 12:2.
We will walk through this with Jesus, keeping our eyes upon Him and
not looking to the right or left as we walk through the high walls
that will part before us.
The most important question still remains, is your name
written in the Book of Life?