A Time of Trouble
Every person ultimately faces a time of trouble. Many of us watch as loved ones, family members, and friends face sickness and death. Often, we see those that are treated poorly or accused unfairly. The causes and times of trouble are numerous. It’s unfortunate that when catastrophe occurs they are often called “acts of God.”
These times are rarely 'acts of God." Birth, aging, sickness and death are the natural process of life. Victims of discrimination, false accusations, unjust treatment and harassment are typically the targets of people motivated by sin and have no idea of what it means to be a good neighbor.
The Old Testament prophets saw this coming time. Jeremiah calls it the time of “Jacobs trouble” (Jeremiah 30:4-6). Ezekiel wrote about it in Ezekiel 22 and 26 as a time when Israel is “refined like gold.” Isaiah speaks of a time when God turns against His enemies and redeems Israel. (Isaiah 1:24-27) Zechariah compares this time as a ‘refiners fire’ that purifies the remnant of Israel. (Zechariah 13:9)
In Revelation 22, we are told that Jesus is coming soon. Both His reward and His judgement will be accomplished.
Amen, come Lord Jesus