Now, the earth was corrupt in God’s sight and was full of violence.
“The earth was corrupt in God’s sight and was full of Hamas.” Hamas – Violence
He will be a wild donkey of a man; his hand will be against everyone and everyone’s hand against him, and he will live in hostility toward all his brothers.”
For you are a people holy to the LORD your God. The LORD your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be his people, his treasured possession.
I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse, and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.
On that day, the LORD made a covenant with Abram and said, “To your descendants, I give this land, from the Wadi of Egypt, to the great river, the Euphrates.
This is what the LORD says: “Sing with joy for Jacob; shout for the foremost of the nations. Make your praises heard, and say, ‘LORD, save your people, the remnant of Israel.’ See, I will bring them from the land of the north and gather them from the ends of the earth.
Matthew 24:3, 6-8
As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?”
You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. 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.
The world isn’t falling apart; the pieces are coming together. A king is coming to reign.
Zechariah 14:1-4, 9
A day of the LORD is coming, Jerusalem, when your possessions will be plundered and divided up within your very walls. I will gather all the nations to Jerusalem to fight against it; the city will be captured, the houses ransacked, and the women raped. Half of the city will go into exile, but the rest of the people will not be taken from the city. Then, the LORD will go out and fight against those nations as he fights on a day of battle. On that day, his feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem, and the Mount of Olives will be split in two from east to west, forming a great valley, with half of the mountain moving north and half moving south. The LORD will be king over the whole earth. On that day, there will be one LORD, and his name the only name.
How should we respond?
- Pray for Israel.
“I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that sends all the surrounding peoples reeling. Judah will be besieged, as well as Jerusalem. On that day, when all the nations of the earth are gathered against her, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all the nations. All who try to move it will injure themselves.
- Pray for the Palestinians and those in the Middle East who want peace.
3. Become Biblically informed.
1 Thessalonians 5:1-6, 11
Now, brothers and sisters, about times and dates, we do not need to write to you, for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober. Therefore, encourage one another and build each other up, just as, in fact, you are doing.
- Prepare your heart for the coming storm.
Not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
Luke 12:35-36, 40
Be dressed ready for service, and keep your lamps burning like servants waiting for their master to return from a wedding banquet so that when he comes and knocks, they can immediately open the door for him.
You also must be ready because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.
- Stop sinning. Repent and go “ALL IN.”
2 Chronicles 16:9a
For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.
2 Peter 4:7
The end of all things is near. Therefore, be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray.