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It Is the Last Hour

September 14, 2018

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It Is the Last Hour

1 John 2:18

Children,  it is the last hour;  and just as you heard  that antichrist is coming,  even  now  many antichrists have arisen;  from this we know  that it is  the last hour.

God’s word indicates His time line  in various places.     First was the creation — the fall into sin — the promise  of a Savior — the testing  of the children of God  in looking  for that Savior — the actual coming  of the Savior  with His suffering,  death and resurrection — the spreading  of God’s word  throughout the world  along with the testing  and refining of each Christian’s faith —  the vast increase  of evil  and warnings  of the end — and finally,  the final Judgment Day.

The apostle John said  that the Christians  of his day  were living  in that “last hour”,  even though it was not all that long  since the resurrection  of Christ.     This whole era of time  is considered  the end days — the days  in which evils will increase,  the hearts  of the people  will become cold,  the faith of all Christians  will be tested  and refined  to the nth degree.     We can see the coldness  of hearts  as unbelievers become more gross  in their denial  of God — and churches  become more liberal  in their teachings,  accepting things contrary  to God’s word.

These are the days  in which evil is called good  and good is called evil.     We can see that  as they let murderers and rapists go free  to kill and rape some more.    We see it  as middle school students  have sex  in the school bathroom.     We see it  in the movies  where evil is glorified.     Corporate corruption is overlooked  for political reasons.     It is even claimed  that illegal aliens  have a “right”  to enter our country illegally,  even though they are not allowed  to enter other countries illegally.     The list is long…….

John is addressing  every single Christian individually  because absolutely every Christian needs  to expect  to be tested  and refined.     We are instructed  to hold tightly  onto the truth  because our eternal life  depends on it.     We cannot believe  for a friend,  family member,  or anyone else.     Each person has to hold  onto their own faith — and it must be the true faith,  or else it will lead  to destruction.

In other words,  no matter what sort of trial  or temptation  comes our way,  we need  to hold onto the truth  in our words  and our actions.     It promises  to be a battle  to the uttermost.     Overcoming each  of our trials and temptations  will show that we fear,  love  and trust God Almighty — not belligerent mankind.

When Daniel  (the prophet who was thrown  into the lion’s den)  was shown things  about the end days,  he wrote  in Daniel 12:10,

Many will be purged,  purified  and refined;  but the wicked  will act wickedly,  and none of the wicked  will understand,  but  those who have insight  will understand.

As God lets our faith be tested  by the wicked,  it is obvious  that they continue  to act wickedly.     No matter what they hear  about the truths  of salvation  in Christ,  they will continue  to think it’s stupid.     Their disdain  and mockery  will be a testing.    We need  to realize  that God is allowing them  to refine our faith.     Therefore,  we need  to remember  that God is the Almighty.     He will be the Judge  in the end.     How do we want  to stand  in God’s eyes then?

Proverbs 17:3 teaches,

The refining pot is  for silver  and the furnace  for gold,    
But the LORD  tests hearts.

So,  we are not to grow weary  and cave in  to what we know is evil  in God’s eyes.     God wants us  to turn to Him  for the strength we need  to do what is right  and good.     He is our heavenly Father  and is tenderly watching  over us.     Let us turn to Him often  for the battle is fierce.

So that we don’t lose heart  amongst so much wickedness,  Psalm 66:10-12 encourages us,

For Thou hast tried us,  O God;    
Thou hast refined us  as silver  is refined.    
Thou didst bring us  into the net;    
Thou didst lay an oppressive burden  upon our loins.    
Thou didst make men ride  over our heads;    
We went through fire  and through water;    
Yet  Thou didst bring us out  into a place  of abundance.

The psalmist shows  that even though we go  through humiliating  and horrifying trials,  our heavenly Father is wanting us  to lean  on His strength,  so that He may bring us out  of our troubles  and to  “a place of abundance”.     It is  in fatherly love  that our Lord leads us  through our trials  and strengthens us  in His truths.

Let us be good students  and children,  who pay attention  to what the Lord teaches us  about faith,  hope  and love.     As we realize God’s wisdom  in allowing all this,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     My Lord,  Your power keeps me  from day to day,  even though I fear  the vulnerability  of my weaknesses.     Thank You  for Your faithful love.”

Love,
Margaret

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