Later, Jesus sat on the slopes of the Mount of Olives. His disciples came to Him privately and asked, “When will all this take place? And will there be any sign ahead of time to signal Your return and the end of the world ?”
Jesus told them,”Don’t let anyone mislead you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Messiah.’ They will lead many astray. And wars will break out near and far, but don’t panic. Yes, these things must come, but the end won’t follow immediately. The nations and kingdoms will proclaim war against each other, and there will be famines and earthquakes in many parts of the world. But all this will be only the beginning of the horrors to come.
“Then you will be arrested, persecuted, and killed. You will be hated all over the world because of your allegiance to Me. And many will turn away from Me and betray and hate each other. And many false prophets will appear and will lead many people astray. Sin will be rampant everywhere, and the love of many will grow cold. But those who endure to the end will be saved. And the Good News about the Kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world, so that all nations will hear it; and then, finally, the end will come.” (Matthew 24:3-14 NLT)
With the upcoming election, many Christians are fearful of the outcome. Many claim that since he’s been in office, President Barack Obama has done more to pave the way for Antichrist to come. People fear that if Obama is elected for a second term, life is certain to become more difficult – even dangerous for the Jewish people of this nation and Christian men and women. It will be much more dangerous and difficult to stand for righteousness…
I also believe that if Mitt Romney is chosen as our next President, that he will continue to pave the way for Antichrist. I know that many are painting him as the closest thing to “Biblical Values,” but the fact is, this is untrue. Mitt Romney openly worships a false god and he makes a mockery of Christianity by getting evangelical leaders to promote him, knowing full well that the Jesus we worship is not the same jesus he worships. His jesus is the brother of the devil!
So, brothers and sisters, getting back to the text, should we be fearful that the end is upon us? Let’s see what Jesus had to say, because He knows, and He forewarned His disciples of the signs to watch for over 2000 years ago. “Don’t let anyone mislead you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Messiah.’ They will lead many astray.” (Matthew 24:4b-5 NLT)
Listen to me people of God, I believe that the advent of Antichrist is coming very soon, but I honestly don’t see how we can stop this from happening by electing either Obama, (whose stance against biblical values is unquestionable) or Romney, (whose stance against biblical values is perhaps not as clear, because he seems to have many of the same values we as Christians hold dear). Brothers and sisters, I caution you to heed the words of Jesus, “Beware of false prophets who come disguised as harmless sheep, but are really wolves that will tear you apart.” (Matthew 7:15 NLT)
Brothers and sisters, we must stay alert and be ready at all times, but don’t fear. “And wars will break out near and far, but don’t panic. Yes, these things must come, but the end won’t follow immediately.” (Matthew 24:6 NLT) Don’t you see? We’re already seeing some of the signs, but remember what Jesus said, “Don’t panic… The nations and kingdoms will proclaim war against each other, and there will be famines and earthquakes in many parts of the world. But all this will be only the beginning of the horrors to come.” (Matthew 24:7-8 NLT)
Can you see it? A lot of these things were already set in motion, before Obama came into office. Christians, we need to get a grip! There’s a lot of in-fighting and anger within our own camp over this election. Wake up Church! Do your really think this pleases God? As various church members fight with each other over an election in which neither candidate can possibly save our nation from the wrath to come, we’ve lost sight of our only hope!
Jesus warned us, “Then you will be arrested, persecuted, and killed. You will be hated all over the world because of your allegiance to Me. And many will turn away from Me and betray and hate each other. And many false prophets will appear and will lead many people astray. Sin will be rampant everywhere, and the love of many will grow cold. But those who endure to the end will be saved. And the Good News about the Kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world, so that all nations will hear it; and then, finally, the end will come.” (Matthew 24:9-14 NLT)
Don’t you see it yet? “And many will turn away from Me and betray and hate each other.” How many of us are arguing and dividing the church over which evil candidate to vote for? How many of us are offended because God is allowing all of this to take place? How many of us have turned away from Jesus during this election? And how many of us now hate some of our brothers and sisters in the Lord because of this election? And yes, I’ll bring up the race issue, because even the church is divided along the race line… How many of us hate our brothers and sisters of another race because they are voting for a different candidate? Do you really think this pleases God?
Brothers and sisters, no matter how this vote turns out, Jesus is coming back soon, and He is returning for a bride that is without spot or blemish… a bride that loves her enemies and prays for them… a bride that pays back good, even when evil has been committed against her… a bride that looks to HIM for salvation, no matter whether anyone else agrees with her or not… He has told you, O man, what is good ; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:8 NASB)
Church, as I look at the state of our nation, I can’t help but think of the Roman empire. They were strong and mighty, and they had it all, but they were hell-bent on enjoying all of the evil vices that Satan offered them… they drank too much, committed incest, adultery, fornication, homosexuality… sinking lower and lower into depravity, because that was their right as Roman citizens… but their debauchery wasn’t wicked enough, and so they began murdering Jews and Christians for sport, until God finally had enough and poured out His wrath on that wicked kingdom.
Brothers and sisters, do you realize how close we are to crossing that line? Do you know that if God did not even spare His beloved Israel, He will not spare the United States for much longer. Elections and governments can’t heal our nation. There is only one thing that can help us. The Lord says, Then if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14 NLT)
Brothers and sisters, there is more at stake than this election. Will you join me on Tuesday and fast and pray for our nation? This is our only hope.
Cheryl A. Showers