The Rise and Fall of Globalism


Sunday (08/07), we continue our summer series entitled “Prophecies of His Coming.” Last week we read how God differentiated between the righteous and the wicked when He sent two angels to deliver “righteous” Lot and his family from the coming destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. I believe Lot being saved is a picture of the rapture, for he was rescued before the judgment.  

Now, we turn our attention to the book of Daniel. The prophet who had been captured as a young teen and carried off to Babylon (Daniel 1) is an elder statesman. He no longer served in the King’s court. Forgotten and abandoned, Daniel could have spent the rest of his life seeking solitude and peace.  

But, Daniel hadn’t retired from the ministry. Soon, he would be called upon again to interpret a message from the God of Heaven for an impetuous ruler (Daniel 5). But, before that fateful night in Babylon, Daniel would receive a dream that would be a panoramic view of the Gentile world powers that would rule the earth before the coming of Jesus in power and great glory (Daniel 7:1-14).

Bible prophecy is vitally essential to the health and well-being of the follower of Jesus Christ. First, it is an encouragement. Hearing and studying how Jesus of Nazareth fulfilled every Old Testament prophecy concerning His birth, ministry, death, burial, and resurrection builds their confidence in what the Bible says about the future.

Second, Bible prophecy equips the believer to “always be ready to give the reason for their hope” (1 Peter 3:15). It is a mistake to think that those we love aren’t thinking about the future. Many look around at the chaos in the nations, economy, and the spiraling down of the culture and have more questions than answers. When a follower of Jesus studies what the Bible says about the future, the Holy Spirit equips them to point people to the hope they can have in the One that is the centerpiece of Bible Prophecy.

Third, Bible prophecy inspires believers to be introspective about their priorities constantly. When you are confident that Jesus can return at any moment, you ensure that your life is centered around eternal rather than temporal things. And you will be more creative and diligent in finding ways to share your faith.

Finally, knowing Bible prophecy puts the desire in your heart for the return of Jesus Christ. He is the only One who can and will straighten out the mess the world has made. And at that coming, He will adjudicate every wrong that has been done. He will vanquish sin and death forever. And for the first time, we will live in a way He intended at creation.
I look forward to our time together. Please pray for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the entire Calvary Chapel family.

There are several opportunities for worship. On-campus (10:00 am), drive-in church (92.1fm), and online (Facebook and YouTube:  Calvary Inverness)
Behold, the Lord Cometh,

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