"God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble;
therefore we will not fear,
even though the earth be removed,
and though the mountains be carried
into the midst of the sea;"
Very frightening times are coming upon the earth. The events preparing the way for Satan's last hour and the revelation of his man the Antichrist are evident all around us. As we look at the things coming upon the world, and see the increase of terrorism whose intent is to bring the whole world under the global “New World Order,” as we see the savagery and violence which almost stops the heart as we view it, how can one not fear? Indeed, Scriptures tell us that men's hearts will FAIL THEM from fear because of what they see as the "last days" come upon the earth :
"And there will be signs in the sun,
in the moon, and in the stars,
and on the earth distress of nations,
with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring;
MEN'S HEARTS FAILING THEM FROM FEAR
and the looking after those things
which are coming on the earth..."
But WE do not fear BECAUSE "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble."
God is not going to leave us when we are plunged into dark times. No, he is going to be a very present help as we face whatever is coming upon the whole world. These are not just words, this is a promise that no matter what trouble we come to, he will be a VERY PRESENT HELP in it.
There was a missionary whose family was being murdered. The children began to cry, but the father said to them, "Do not cry. Tonight we will have supper with Jesus."
And that's the attitude we must have when our lives are being threatened.
"...DO NOT FEAR those who kill the body
but cannot kill the soul.
But rather fear him who is able
to destroy both soul and body in hell.
The Lord promises peace to his people, a peace that cannot be shaken when things are dark. It is not a human peace. It doesn't originate within.
"Peace I leave with you, MYPEACE I give to you,
NOT as the world gives do I give to you.
Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid."
Because God's Word cannot fail, therefore we do not look with fear at the terrible things to come, because he has promised that not only will he be with us in it, but that he will give us HIS supernatural peace. That peace will come when we need it. Therefore do not think on those things at all, to worry your mind with darkness, but think on the promise of his peace, the peace that goes beyond all understanding.
"...and the peace of God,
WHICH SURPASSES ALL UNDERSTANDING,
will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Concerning the horror you're imagining as you consider what may come, don't even go there. Instead, think on the promises that God has given us, the assurance that no matter what, he is very presently there with us. If you think on this rather than on what "could" happen, if you meditate on God's promises and assurances INSTEAD, you will know the peace of God.
"You will keep him in perfect peace,
because he trusts in you.
Trust in the Lord forever,
for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength."
"Fear not, for I am with you;
be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."
You may think it strange that I should write something like this because I've written so often about the Rapture - that promised time when Jesus Christ will remove his own from the earth before the great and terrible 7-year Tribulation that will come upon the earth AFTER the Rapture. That is a certain promise, a Scriptural promise. However – we do not know when that will occur and before that day, there may be increasing violence on the earth as we see taking place even now. We don't know what troubles the world will experience before the Rapture, so we need to meditate on the promise of receiving the peace of God no matter what happens to us in this present world with all its troubles.
Our hearts will NOT fail us from fear, because the peace of God will surround us no matter what.