A key message for believers today is that God has the future all preprogrammed. He knows the exact moment Christ will return, and the final Tribulation, the Judgment and the Battle of Armageddon are all on His calendar.The God who controls all of heaven and earth said, "The nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance. . . . All nations before him are as nothing; and they are counted to him less than nothing" (Isaiah 40:15, 17).God wants us to keep working until the return of Christ. That simply means that we are to work as though the end will never come, and live as though it were coming tomorrow.God is still keeping count of the hairs on our heads. He is still counting the sparrows that fall, still hearing petitions before they are asked, and still answering before being called. He is still giving abundantly more than we can ask or think. So why be afraid? (See Matthew 6:25-34.)Prepared Christians, wake up! Everything is under control, and God is at work! He is saving, healing, baptizing, and getting His house in order. To fear is to blaspheme. We are commanded to encourage ourselves in the Lord and to begin to sing and rejoice as we see the final hour approaching. Someone may ask, "But how can I rejoice when I see this old sin-cursed world falling apart?"My answer is the Bible answer: "For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain . . . waiting for the adoption . . . the redemption" (Romans 8:22-23).A woman in labor may scream because of pain, yet in her heart she rejoices because of the new birth taking place. The kingdom of God is coming. The kingdom of Satan is falling. So the Christian can say with confidence, God has everything under control!
_________________SI Moderator - Greg Gordon