2017 has finally arrived. Just about everyone has toasted to the new year, congratulated the newly elected U.S president (well, social media wise), aspired for their best life chapter yet, committed to new goals, and of course, have purposed to become better versions of themselves (hello gym membership).
But as we move into the new year, let us not allow our minds to slip away from eternity.
As I prayed, thought, and scribbled somewhat of a schedule for this month, I was struck with a serious, yet wonderful reality: the world has reached 2017 and God is keeping His calendar.
A Sobering Fact
Years ago when 2013 was coming to its close, God gave me a word that the next year, namely, 2014, would be the year where it all “start”; that the new year would bring a new era for the world, one that it had never before experienced. Where we are now, the earth has never before known. Perhaps the general public or even our own discerning eyes didn’t see anything too unusual commence.
But God was very clear when He said that 2014 was to be the time of sorrows… the year where it’d all begin.
And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. Matt. 24:6-8 NKJV
Spiritually speaking, I believe it was so. God did something big in the spiritual realm. Whether you, me, or the world ever saw it or not, I still will believe it and one day, it’ll suddenly manifest, probably in a most very surprising, striking way. But the sobering fact is that this new era that God spoke about… well, we’re still in it. Which is a very serious thing.
A Sorrowful, New Era
But in getting towards that final hour, we are actually getting closer to meeting our King face to face. And that is wonderful. We shouldn’t suppose that such a time is to be felt as doom or gloom, but deeply joyful to our hearts and minds because we are His bride.
Distress and discomfort have always prevalent but God’s only deciding to increase it in this time. Governments and kingdoms will disagree which will bring about devastating wars. There will be crazy weather changes and natural disasters will take their toll on the land. Specifically, to get to the final hours, these things and more must happen, “but the end is not yet,” as Jesus said.
I’m not attempting to dismiss anybody’s joy for 2017 by this post, but only bringing to our attention things that are already written in the Bible. We’re in the last days and we shouldn’t discount that a new year only brings us even closer to the last days.
The Wonderful Reality
But in getting towards that final hour, we are actually getting closer to meeting our King face to face. And that is wonderful. We shouldn’t suppose that such a time is to be felt as doom or gloom, but deeply joyful to our hearts and minds because we are His bride. The terrors that are written in the Bible will happen as He said, yet there is a reality within the His doings, and that is God Himself.
And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6 NKJV
If that doesn’t make us leap for joy, then I don’t know what will. Jesus is Extraordinary and though the heavens should roll up one day, He still reigns. No matter how close we to the end, if we should see with our own eyes the end, Jesus is still on His throne and it is He who says, “See that you are not troubled” (Matt. 24:6).
We should rejoice in Who He is. While we all must work out our own salvation with fear and trembling, we must watch (with much joy) the salvation of the Lord, which comes to us daily… and is also coming to us personally, and physically. For a new year is always a closer year to the second coming of Christ.
Let us hold fast to our wonderful reality – Christ – and not be turned aside to another. May we continue into 2017 knowing Him, and not forgetting that we are progressing on His calendar, bringing us ever closer into eternity.