Are we living in the last days? That’s a question that comes up every time there’s a major disturbance in the world. It could be a political clash, a natural disaster, a financial meltdown, anything that causes chaos. These events disturb our peace and cause us to wonder if the time of Christ’s return and the end of the earth as we know it has come.
The truth is we’ve been living in the ‘last days’ since Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection. Within that two thousand years, plagues killed millions, dictators slaughtered innocents in droves, wars thundered across the planet. When we think of the disasters that humanity has already been through, we’re left to wonder that there’s an inch of peaceful ground left on earth.
People have speculated about the date of the world’s end; many have run for the hills and built communes where supposedly peace would reign. People want ‘safe’ places to hide their money, a way to control the weather and prevent natural disasters – we crave for the elusive world peace.
As followers of Jesus, how should we respond to the ‘wars and rumours of war’ that Jesus told us would come?
- Remember His advice – “don’t become alarmed and panic-stricken and terrified; for all this must take place first.” (Luke 12:9-12)
- Disturbing world events remind us that this present earth is our temporary home. The Father has built for us a permanent home where we’ll live with Him forever. (John 14:2,3)
- The terrible events surrounding us – in the world and in our personal lives – all these things are working together to make us ready for our forever home.
Jesus taught a lot about the end times, warning us of things to come and telling us how to experience His peace. Remember these words:
“My own peace I now give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid, stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed, fearful and intimidated and cowardly . . . believe and have faith and rely on Me.” (John 14:28-29)