Do Not Fear Evil Tidings
"Unto the upright there arises light in the darkness. He is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous." Psalm 112:4 Our journey through this lifetime presents us with many dangers, many afflictions, and times of great darkness; but if a man or woman walks uprightly he can be sure that whenever he walks through a time of darkness the Lord will shine a light to show him the way and to reassure him that he is not alone. vs 7: "He will not be afraid of evil tidings; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord. Today is a time in the history of the world when great and looming dangers are threatening terrible times ahead. Have you forgotten about CERN? There are scientists venturing into places they should not be. This is a project in which scientists are experimenting upon the dividing line between this world and "other dimensions." There have been reports that they have encountered supernatural exchanges which they cannot explain. Clearly, they have opened "portals" into the abyss, and have brought forth through those portals beings whose domain is not of this world. There have been terrible earthquakes, volcanoes, and other disasters which have come upon the earth since they started this project - and only terrible and ominous things can come from this. Several top physicists such as the late Stephen Hawking solemnly warned them they shouldn't be messing with these things because the damage to the earth could be incalculable. Clearly, this is a player in the unfolding of "last days" events. People have mostly forgotten about it. It's way too important to forget. Have people forgotten the signs from heaven, the series of total lunar eclipses showing as "blood moons," each falling on, AND ONLY ON, Biblical feast days? ( !!!) When a rare tetrad like this happens, it portends great and terrible things coming. If God himself has signaled us, it is crucial that we don't forget it. But the Word of God says that the believer must not be afraid in a time of evil tidings. Why? Because there is nothing that can affect the believer without first going through the hands of his Lord. The believer knows full well that his Lord has said, "I will NEVER leave you, I will NEVER forsake you." "For he himself has said, 'I will never leave you nor forsake you.' So we may boldly say, 'The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?'” Hebrews 13:5-6 "Oh but," one might ask, "believers in other countries are being tortured and murdered. If that's happening to them, that and more could happen to us." Yes, it could. But we are called upon not to cling to this life because we're only passing through and time here is short in comparison to eternity. Watching a beheading can fill one with terror, but the one being beheaded feels no pain. He instantly finds himself standing before his Lord in heaven, and is reunited with all who have gone there before him. So one could say that it's not the terror it appears to be, but it's one of the most glorious things that can happen to a believer, instant death and instant welcome into heaven for all eternity. Plus, he gets the "Martyr's crown," which will be gloriously his for all eternity. There have been many, many stories of the grace God gives when times are terrible. Corrie Ten Boom once told her father that she didn't think she could endure great suffering. Her father replied, "Tell me Corrie, when you get onto a train, when do you get the ticket?" Corrie answered, "When you get on." "Exactly," her father said, "when you come into a time of suffering, God will give you the grace to endure it, but not before." Corrie was sent to a concentration camp but survived and went on to become one of God's most gifted and anointed speakers. As a Holocaust survivor she brought the message of the Gospel throughout the world and testified of the tremendous grace of God in all circumstances. The apostle Paul suffered great and terrible things during his mission. Read 2nd Corinthians 11:23-29, where he tells of all the sufferings he went through. He was stoned and left for dead, shipwrecked at sea in a great storm, he was whipped and thrown into a dungeon, and that's just the beginning, read it. But Paul was just a man - indeed he ends that passage saying, "Who is weak, and I am not weak?" But through it all he was never without grace, and he was never forsaken. One has to experience something terrible to be convinced of the truth of the all-sufficient grace of God in times of trial. Paul went on to say: "For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 8:38-39 That grace and that love will demonstrably be with the believer always and everywhere. Therefore, we are not to fear, but to hold fast to the One who will see us through. Do NOT be afraid of evil tidings; let your heart be steadfast, trusting in the Lord who will never, ever leave, nor forsake you. That's a promise you can count on.