Our temporary mission on Planet Earth, if we choose to accept it, will be to unravel the mysteries of God and to get in harmony with Him and what He is doing in the world today. Events regarding End Times do not revolve around us and our will, but around God and His will. God has already told us everything we need to know, if we only have eyes to see and ears to hear.
Like every good detective committed to solving a mystery, we must examine and correctly interpret the clues. Perhaps we can catch a lead from another case, providing a thread that will unravel these End Time mysteries.
The Pharisees were the religious rulers. They were looking for another physical, worldly kingdom. When they demanded to know when the Kingdom would come, Jesus told them that the Kingdom of God could not be seen with human eyes. It is something that resides within a person; therefore we should not go looking for it elsewhere. (Luke 17:20-23)
In the Book of John, Chapter 3, we are told that Nicodemus was a Pharisee, yet he had been given the rare ability to recognize that Jesus was a teacher sent from God. This discerning comment of Nicodemus gives Jesus the opportunity to respond and offer help.
He tells Nicodemus that the Kingdom of God is an “invisible” Kingdom. In order to see the Kingdom of God, a person must be born again. Nicodemus wonders what Jesus means by being “born again.” He is thinking like a Pharisee in physical terms and the impossibility of returning to the womb.
Jesus corrects Nicodemus’ concept and encourages him to approach this invisible reality from a spiritual perspective.
He tells Nicodemus that being born again is the result of the Spirit of God moving in a person’s life, just as the wind moves across the earth. We cannot, with our earthly eyes, see the Spirit of God moving. But we can see evidence that the Spirit is moving.
As an important religious authority, Nicodemus should not have been ignorant of this significant concept regarding our relationship with God. Jesus warns Nicodemus that if he does not understand this illustration of the wind moving in the earthly realm, how is he ever going to understand how the Spirit of God moves in the spiritual realm? Since, what transpires in the physical dimension is actually an illustration of what is taking place in the spiritual dimension. (John 3:1-12)
Ah, here is the thread we are looking for. The physical dimension will reveal what is taking place in the spiritual dimension and vice versa.
There are things which are made with human hands–things that we can see. These are the things that will pass away. There are also things that are established by God that cannot be seen–invisible things. These are the things that will last forever. (Hebrews 12:27-29)
If we want to discover what is really going on in the physical world, we need to look at events from a spiritual perspective then. If we have been given the ability to take our focus off ourselves and have eyes to see and ears to hear, the Bible will give us the spiritual perspective we need to solve these mysteries.
Jesus gave us several clues that help identify the time just before His return. He said that there will be wars and rumors of wars. When the countdown begins nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom. Other clues involve earthquakes in many places, famines, and troubles of every sort. And this is only the beginning. (Mark 13:7-8)
Earthquakes are fractures in the Earth’s crust, or lithosphere, where faults have occurred over long periods of time. Faults are caused by sections of rock that have slipped past each other causing enormous cracks that run through the surface of the Earth. When earthquakes take place, a tremendous amount of energy is released; this can cause an immense amount of damage.
In the spiritual realm, spiritual earthquakes create fractures in the fabric of humanity where faults and failings of another type have occurred over long periods of time. Jesus warned us not to build our lives on shifting sand, but on the foundation of the solid Rock, Jesus Christ Himself.
In the physical realm, earthquakes are difficult to predict. They often occur with very little warning and have the power to destroy everything in their geographic radius. There really isn’t any way to effectively prepare for them. Loss of life can be great and the lives of those who do survive are altered forever.
In the spiritual dimension, spiritual earthquakes also have the power, through upheaval and chaos, to take every manmade spiritual structure down. They are able to shake every bit of spiritual dirt loose and bring it to the surface, while swallowing up every plan that is contrary to the Word and will of God. Furthermore, spiritual earthquakes have the horrific potential to spiritually destroy every eternal human life.
History has left a record of empires and civilizations that have fallen from within when their spiritual foundations have become corrupted, releasing a tremendous amount of destructive energy also causing an immense amount of damage.
Thankfully there is one significant difference between physical damage and spiritual damage. Some people, by the grace of God, have been given the capacity to see and to hear. They will be the few walking in harmony with God and will be able to accurately identify the warnings and effectively prepare for what is coming.
God never leaves His people stumbling around in the dark.
When the empires of the physical world fall, those who have been born into the spiritual realm of the Kingdom of God will be eternally safe and secure in His hands until the dust settles and “the kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.” (Rev. 11:15)
Our mission, if we choose to accept it, is to discover these End Time mysteries and determine whether we are truly God’s sheep and belong to Him.
To prepare for what is coming, we must turn from going our own way, feed on the Word of God, so we can hear His voice and follow Him into the place of safety He has prepared for us.