Perilous times are here. So now what do we do?
Many have the hope that they will not be here much longer to see any dangerous events.
But the bible predicts that there will be saints here during these perilous times, and so this post is for them.
Natural instinct compels a creature to head for shelter when there is danger.
However, man, with his opinions, can overrule common sense, and he is found to be either foolish or wise.
Prov 22:3 A prudent [man] foresees the evil, and hides himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.
God’s people have faced, and will face, many trials until the Lords’ return.
Yes, we should face problems with faith, and pray, but how else does God want us to react?
Stay out of the way – hide
When riots or violence breaks out, do not get involved. This is wisdom. Or, when God is punishing the wicked, stay out of the way.
Isaiah 26: 20 Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast.
Isaiah 26: 21 For, behold, the LORD cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain.
Keep mouth shut – this entire chapter in Zephaniah is about God’s wrath on the wicked.
Even Revelation 12 describes how He moves the “woman” Israel into the wilderness.
Time for talk is over.
Zephaniah 1:7 Hold thy peace at the presence of the Lord GOD: for the day of the LORD [is] at hand: for the LORD hath prepared a sacrifice, he hath bid his guests.
Natural and man made disasters – this gives me great comfort. People have predicted that end time events will destroy most Christians.
If we follow God’s advice, we can be spared.
Assurance of God’s presence.
Isaiah 43: 1 But now thus says the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called [thee] by thy name; thou [art] mine.
Isaiah 43: 2 When you pass through the waters, I [will be] with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when you walk through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.
Isaiah 43: 3 For I [am] the LORD thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour:….
Do not fear!
Even during huge disasters of land and sea, God knows where we are.
Psalm 46:2 Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
Psalm 46: 3 [Though] the waters thereof roar [and] be troubled, [though] the mountains shake with the swelling thereof.
Find the secret place of his presence – during pestilence, plaques, attacks against your life, and terror.
God and his angels will protect you, if you abide under His wings.
This does not mean go to church once a week.
In Judaism, the wings refer to the edges of the tallit, or prayer shawl. So, it means to spend time in prayer.
It means spend time with him.
Even if you are working, you can be with Him even then, in your mind and heart, guiding every word and action.
So, “where” you hide may not be as important as “how” you hide.
Psalm 91: 1-11
He that dwells in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the LORD, [He is] my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, [and] from the noisome pestilence.
He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth [shall be thy] shield and buckler.
Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; [nor] for the arrow [that] flies by day;
A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; [but] it shall not come nigh thee.
Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.
Because thou hast made the LORD, [which is] my refuge, [even] the most High, thy habitation;
There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.
For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.
Christians and Tribulation
For those who are here now, and suffer, and for those who will face the greatest trial of their lives, there are promises of protection and provision, if we become intimately associated with God, and hide under his wings.
Many will try to correct problems themselves, and get hurt doing it.
Yes, there is a time for action, and there is a time not to act.
We must learn discernment, and understand our circumstances.
Jesus indicated that we could make it through any tribulation, if we “endured.”
We must endure in faith, prayer, and wisdom.
Matthew 24:13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.