Pilot Knob Lutheran               WWIII?                    11/1/2023

To say we are living in turbulent and uncertain times is an understatement. The eyes of the world are fixated on Israel’s war for survival against the satanic attack of Hamas and all its allies. We wonder if this will precipitate World War III, what will the United States, or should I say, the Divided States, do and so on. Also, on the minds of some people is whether this war leads to the “final war of Armageddon” spoken of in Revelation and elsewhere. The current world events can cause worry, panic, negative thinking, and despair. However, we must remind ourselves that Jesus told his disciples: You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come.Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places.All these are the beginning of birth pains.“Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me.At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other,and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people.Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold,but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. Matthew 21:6-13. There have been and are wars, persecution, famine, pestilence (Luke 21:11) and much more growing with intensity as history moves closer to our Lord’s return. How close are we; 2000 years closer. A more important question is, are you preparing spiritually and emotionally for persecution at any level? Are you convinced and convicted that Jesus loves you, is with you no matter what may come and that he will protect you from evil? Are you convinced God knows exactly what is happening; the key players, that He controls what power rises, how long, and the exact timing? There are no coincidences with the rising and falling of world leaders, the timing of their aggression against a nation right down to the recent selection of the speaker of the House of Representatives and its timing? None of this is arbitrary. The best practice is to read your bible daily to remind yourself that there is a God who is watching over the Apple of His eye which would include all Christians as we are grafted into the true Vine. If we are on the brink of national and/or global collapse, worry changes nothing, but spiritual preparation and intercessory prayer does. Speaking to Christians waiting for their Lord’s return, Jude writes: But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit,keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.Be merciful to those who doubt;save others by snatching them from the fire; to others show mercy, mixed with fear—hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh. Sound advice for today.Pr. Bob Snitzer By the Way:Today: 3:45 Confirmation class.  November 5, 9:00 AM Morning worship and Holy Communion. Sermon: Christ/Faith/Scripture/Grace Alone10:15 Sunday school for all ages.Sunday 12, 2-3:30   GriefShare. Please tell others. For more information go to:                         https://www.griefshare.org/findagroupor contact Pr. Bob or Sue Reese~ Past communiques and sermons can be read and heard on our website: www.pilotknob.org and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PilotKnobLutheran/

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