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The future is bright? The future is bleak? What do you think the future is, good, bad or indifferent?

Depending on what you believe the question can actually be of no consequence because you believe you are just fine and the future is looking OK from your perspective, of course it could also be bleak, especially if you live in areas affected by the hurricanes, or in Italy and the earthquakes that have hit them. Mexico got a double whammy, 2 earthquakes and a hurricane in a matter of weeks.

I want to posit for you a scenario that might just make you sit up and take notice, or not, since we have wars, hurricanes, earthquakes, fires and other natural disasters pretty regularly all across our globe. There is a war coming though that will cause hundreds of thousands to die and it will take place in and around a tiny piece of land in the middle east. Let me begin this by telling you who the main players will be.

Magog, Mesech, Tubal, Put, Cush, Persia, Togarmah, and Gomer. The leader of them all was called Gog of Magog, meaning ruler of the peoples. The groups that are referred to here are around today, of course we know them by different names, and there is the rub. You see if you look at what is happening today in the world, you will see the machinations of nations especially in the Middle East, you will see this actually beginning to become reality.

Gog of Magog, Russia and its leader, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Iran, Sudan, Syria, Yemen, Lybia. Hamas and Hezbollah as well, under the direction of Iran. These nations will band together to attack Israel. Russia is already making treaties with Iran, Syria, and Turkey and helping to push the Kurds out of the way. Iran will take care of Sudan, Yemen and Libya and of course they are already the head of Hamas and Hezbollah.

This entire mess is prophesied in Ezekiel 38 and 39. It is a precursor for even more violence in the End Times of scripture. For those of you who are saved, and those who are members of Churches and have heard the preacher talk about this you know what I am talking about. I would like to say to all who do not know Jesus Christ as LORD and Savior, now is the time to make the decision to follow Jesus into eternity soon it will be too late for millions of people who will not make it through the end times. Jesus said that He would come again to take those who are His into eternity with him. We don’t know when, but we do know that our waiting is shortened, today is the day for decisions.

The war that is coming will be a terrible one, if you read the prophecy, it talks about 7 months to bury the dead, it talks about the carrion eaters feasting on the flesh of all who die in this conflagration. It also says that Israel will not have to fight this battle, rather God himself shall utterly destroy the entirety of the armies that come against God’s people, and the World will know that God exists and is real, all shall see his power and glory.

Time is growing short, there are wars and rumors of wars, there are earthquakes and volcanoes all over the world, we also see Plague again, as well as myriad other diseases coming into the world. We see too the destruction of people, killing, rape, and atrocity every day. Please do not ignore these signs of the times, if you do not have a Bible, get one and read the truth for yourself. Conflagration is coming and it will be horrific.

Jesus said we are to go into all the world preaching and teaching and making disciples. This is my humble attempt at making it clear to you that time is short, that Jesus will return, that the world will suffer terrible calamity. Jesus also said that he did not want any to perish, but he knew that even his sacrifice at the cross of Calvary, would be rejected by many. It is my hope that you will look at the scripture, read the gospel of Luke or John, find out for yourself who Jesus was and is. For God so loved the world, that he gave himself that all might have a chance of salvation.

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The scriptures tell us the following:

Luk 2:1-7 ESV In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. (2) This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. (3) And all went to be registered, each to his own town. (4) And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, (5) to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. (6) And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. (7) And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

This birth was foretold in the Older Testament by the prophet Micah: Mic 5:2 ESV But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days.
We celebrate this birth on the 25th of December each year. This date is disputed by many “scholars” but it has a long history so it will stay on this date, not because it makes any difference but because it is “tradition” and that is more important in some ways today than truth. The real truth however is in the prophecy by Micah. If Jesus was not born in Bethlehem, then the Messiah has not yet been born, and we Christians and Messianic Jewish brethren are living a lie. However Jesus was born in Bethlehem, but even so, that birth would have meant nothing if not for the most important action in all of history short of creation itself. The death of Jesus Christ on the cross at Calvary. He died to pay the price for sin for all mankind, you see God really does love his creation, he set all this in motion and mankind messed it up.

It took a man who lived a completely sinless life, to give his life in order to end the need for men to come to sacrifice animals for temporary forgiveness of their sins. Only a perfect sacrifice could satisfy the penalty for sin, and only our willingness to admit to the truth of our sinfulness, accepting that death in our place and then beginning a new life in Christ. The Apostle Paul gives us a clear message in regard to this.

Rom 10:9-13 ESV because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. (10) For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. (11) For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” (12) For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. (13) For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

So there is the greatest gift that you could receive on this Christmas and that is salvation and eternal life in the presence of God. All you need do is accept the gift, confess your sin, and confess that Jesus is Lord. It does not matter who you are or where you are from, God is no respecter of persons. All are welcome to come and become a part of the Kingdom, a part of the family of God.

So it is my hope that if you do not yet know Jesus Christ, you will at least investigate what the scriptures have to say about him, and further to come to know him as your savior, Lord and brother.

Merry Christmas to all and to all a future bright in Christ.

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John & Yvonne Quigley, John is a retired Pastor in the UMC. This blog is about the journey I am on with Christ.