First of all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, ” Where is the ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.” (2 Peter 3:3-4 NIV).

Complaining about God’s plan is nothing new. For 40 years in the wilderness, God struck down the rebellious. Whether it was calf worship, questioning the Lord’s provisions, sexual immorality, cowardice, or a proclaimed self-holiness, Israelites were “weeded out”, a little at a time. Only those who passed the “Love Test” entered the promised land.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. . (1 Corinthians 13:4-7, NIV).

In these last days, Jesus warns us that His followers will be persecuted, put to death and hated by all nations. As a result, many will turn away from the faith, betray one another and be deceived by false prophets and teachers. The love of many will grow cold. (Matthew 24:8-12). Those who stand firm to the end will be saved. (Revelation 13:9-10). The people of God will trust the Lord completely and oppose Satan and his prince.

It is the “Love Test” all over again. Do we truly believe God’s Word and know that he is with us until the end of the age? Those who do not will grumble and turn against their creator. They will look for a world leader to unify the nations. God will give them what their wicked hearts desire: the anti-Christ.
EJ.

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