The Beginning of Sorrows

“And as He sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?”  And Jesus answered and said unto them, “Take heed that no man deceive you.  For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.  And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.  For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.  All these are the beginning of sorrows.” Matthew 24: 3-8

The earthquake in Japan has been devastating.  There has been so much loss and ruin.  I watched the news one morning and saw where there is a very real possibility that the delay in Japan’s Nuclear Power Plants not being able to operate could cause even more damage for millions upon millions of others whose lives were not taken by the earthquake.  It’s horrible.  A little while after I watched the news, I ran to town and played the Gaither Vocal Band’s C.D, “Reunion”.  I paid closer attention to the lyrics of the first verse of “The King Is Coming.”  The marketplace is empty/No more traffic in the streets/All the builders tools are silent/no more time to harvest wheat/Busy housewives cease their labor/In the court room, no debate/ Work on earth has been suspended/As the King comes through the gate….

Every time I hear of the devastation of an earthquake my heart is stirred and I begin thinking about my heavenly home.  Jesus’ words are brought to my mind when he mentions that earthquakes in diverse places are a sign that the end is near.  “All these things are the beginning of sorrows.”  We have listened to so many believers speak of Jesus’ return so many times that I wonder if our hearts aren’t as sensitive to the times we are living in?  Is this the beginning of sorrows that Matthew wrote about?  I know that the Word tells us that no man knows the time that Jesus will return.  I wont even begin to assume that I would be privileged to a time that even the angels in heaven aren’t aware of.  Maybe the tragedy of the earthquake is the cause of my recent interest…I’m not certain…but I do know that my heart has been stirred.

Are you ready?  Have you made the real decision to commit your life to God?  Are you playing games in your walk with Christ?

The Word tells us that “A double minded man is unstable in all of his ways.”  James 1:8.  A double minded man meaning an individual who isn’t certain about who they are or what they believe.  They are of one opinion around this person, and of another opinion around that person.  The world describes these people as hypocrites.  They are those who take on the name of Christ, confess themselves as Christians, but continue living as they wish.  They continue talking about others, watching filth on television, and visiting places where a sincere follower of Christ wouldn’t go.  If we are to give an account for every idle word that we speak as Matthew 12:36 says, then shouldn’t we as Christians be more mindful of what we say?  Shouldn’t we make sure our words matter?  Shouldn’t we desire our words to be a true representation of who Jesus truly is?  “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:  Because strait is the way, and narrow is the gate which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”  Matthew 7:13,14.  Our life matters.  The decisions we make matter.  The words we speak into existence will take root somewhere…someday.  Though we do serve a God of grace and mercy we should never forget that He is also a jealous God that desires our whole heart and life.  There are many people who find a wide road easier to travel.  You can relax on a wide road and not look where you are going as much.  You can veer to the left or to the right and never get off path.  But, “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.”  Proverbs 14:12.  The straight way is more difficult.  It requires your attention.  You can’t veer to the left or right because you might miss the gate.  The world doesn’t typically like this path because it requires commitment to a lifestyle that many see as “old-fashioned” and “out of date”.  We are labeled as “holier than thou” and “goody goodies”.  But what if these times are the beginning of sorrows?  What if the time that the old believers have spoken of is now?  Matthew 24:34 says, “This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.”  What if this is our generation?

So, I ask again…are you ready?  What if the Son of God was to return?  Did you tell that friend about Christ or were you waiting for a better opportunity?  Were you about to become serious in your walk with Christ or were you wanting to live a little first?  Were you about to start watching your words…changing your thoughts…  We are only promised today…this moment.  What if you lose your opportunity?

Author: Britney Wilkes

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  1. Millions of unbelievers are drowning their sorrows, fear, and uncertainty in destructive behavior. It may be surprising to see how some are open to hear the truth of the gospel. Or they may shun you but hide your words in their heart and act on them later when their life or the world falls apart. We are always to be ready with an answer for everyone. Their response is not your responsibility. I believe that for an unbeliever, our own lifestyles, the joy we carry in our heart is also a good example to them. We cannot lead an unbeliever by words alone. If they have heard the words and have not yet abided by them, all we can do for the time being is lead by lifestyle.

  2. Absolutely love it, as I love all of your blogs!

    • Thank you so much!

  3. THIS IS SO TRUE! WHEN I LOOK TO THE LEFT, TO THE RIGHT, ALL THE NATURE, EVERYTHING SEEMS TO TELL ME THAT, “HEY MZWAKHE , TIME IS RUNNING OUT”

    INDEED TIME IS RUNNING OUT, OUR KING IS NEARER, NEARER AND NEARER……

  4. thank yu for e revelation ,this is so touchy we nid to pull up our socks. We tend to take advantage of God’s mercy & grace bt its up to us to kill sin cz e devil is @ work he also knws he hasnt much time left .
    The word of God says let us acknowledge him in all our ways & he wil direct our paths this is nt for self bt for e glory of GOD,these ar e end tymz it up2 u 2 live righteuosly wit ur God when wz e last tym u won a soul for e kingdom of GOD?
    Luv ur blogs kipup e good work

  5. Thanks alot,my dear

  6. I feel the witness of the Spirit on this! Jesus is coming and we’d better be ready and we had BETTER be telling people about Him. We can’t be wishy-washy with our faith because our soul and the souls of the sinners around us are depending on us walking the talk and talking the walk. Great post Brit!


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