I Was Just Thinking About – WARMONGERING.
The world’s focus is on North Korea – it’s threats and ambitions. We observe it as a nuclear war possibility in the present. Perspective and focus could just as easily include this event in terms of headline – June 25, 1950 to July 27, 1953 – The Liberation War. Who were the key nations in what the American President (Harry S. Truman) claimed was a “Police Action”? It is briefly summarized: “The United Nations, with the United States as the principal force (88% of the military force), came to the aid of South Korea. China came to the aid of North Korea, and the Soviet Union gave some assistance.” Sounds like current news except for the fact that the above was occurring almost 70 years ago.
As Jesus Christ was concluding His earthly ministry, His Disciples asked Him about their future. In Matthew 24:3-13, “Tell us, the disciples said, when will all this happen, and what will be the sign of Your coming and of the end of the age? (Jesus responded): Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains. Then they will hand you over to be persecuted and killed, and you will be hated by all nations on account of My name. At that time, many will fall away and will betray and hate one another, and many false prophets will arise and mislead many. Because of increased wickedness, the love of most will grow cold. But the one who perseveres to the end will be saved.”
The words of Jesus amid saber-rattling leading into real warfare are: “See to it that you are not alarmed.” The Biblical Christian needs to be careful with both their words and actions. Rather than a Fortress Mentality, War-Mongering and Fear-Mongering, what does Jesus Christ expect His followers to both be and do? Matthew 24:14-22 indicates - Action 1: “The gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” Action 2: “Let those in Judea flee to the mountains. Let no one on the housetop come down to retrieve anything from his house. And let no one in the field return for his cloak…At that time there will be great tribulation, unmatched from the beginning of the world until now, and never to be seen again. If those days had not been cut short, nobody would be saved. But for the sake of the elect, those days will be shortened.” Jesus is speaking of the climax of all things.
The real issues for the Biblical Christian are: (a) Do you believe God is able to protect and deliver you today? (b) Do you believe He is superior to all things and all-powerful to combat whatever evil may come your way today? (c) Do you believe Ephesians 3:20 is viable for you today?
Prayerfully – consider these things with me.