9 “Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. 10 At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, 11 and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. 12 Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, 13 but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. Matthew 24:9-14
A sequence of events will occur during the last days, and we seem to be the middle of some of it. I’m not suggesting we’re in the last days, but that some of the events are taking place. For instance, the Church has been persecuted throughout the ages, at times more so than others.
It’s easy to get fearful and worry about what will come since the future is so murky.
This ties into what I said yesterday in the midst of a national election. Christians are told to stand firm because of the evil and coldness in society in times such as this. It’s actually a good discipline any time.
There’s no use in fretting over evil in society. Pray against it, yes, but fret over it, no. Perhaps we can help wage war against it, but fretting over it does us no good. Even when it seems like evil is winning, it really isn’t. God sees it all, hears it all and will judge swiftly at the appointed time.
In the mean time we pray, live our lives, and teach the same to our family and friends. Yes, there will be an increase of wickedness, but it doesn’t lessen God’s power.