Q. I know that throughout scripture, we are told in what ways society will erode and decay until Jesus returns to collect His Church. Daily I find myself, mouth agape with news of how the world considers “evil as good and good as evil”. I know these things signal the closeness of Jesus’ return. While this excites me, I am saddened and angered by the foolishness, and at times even frightened by the expanding lawlessness. I pray daily that Jesus will extend protection to His children who are caught in the middle of all the madness. Yet I read and hear reports of Christians who are badly mistreated even to death all over the world. I am not sure what is the question I want to ask. I guess I just need for Jesus to show up every now and then and give me a hug and say, “Everything will be alright.” Am I alone in feeling this way?
A. I think a great many of us feel this way. The unbelieving would seems determined to do everything possible to spit in God’s face, and to take their negative feelings toward Him out on His people, Jews and Christians alike. As you say it’s a sign of His closeness, but it’s getting really scary out there. Remember, Jesus said when these things begin to take place. stand up and lift up your head because your redemption is drawing near (Luke 21:28). Consider this your hug for the day.