“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn away from their wicked ways; then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will HEAL THEIR LAND (capitals mine).”
2 Chronicles 7:14
The Books of Chronicles are part of the Old Testament written long BEFORE the birth of Jesus Christ. Yet, in the Scripture above there are a few very interesting prophetic pieces. First, the Lord appears to Solomon and refers to His people (the Jews), which He said are called by His name. Obviously, Christians, who arose originally from the Jews, alone are so called by His name (Jesus Christ). Secondly, He then proceeds to tell them they must turn away from their sins and repent. Finally, if they do this, He will not only forgive their sins, but He will also HEAL their land. What needs to be healed?
“This know also, that in the LAST DAYS PERILOUS (capitals mine) times will come. For men shall be lovers of own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.”
2 Timothy 3:1-5
Here in the United States, we have just endured yet another polarizing and contentious election to determine who would control our possible destiny as a people, as a nation AND who would “heal” our land. It does not matter whether you are a Republican, Democrat, or Libertarian. It doesn’t matter whether you are a Conservative, a Moderate or a Liberal. With the results in today, half of us are very happy and half of us are (should I say it?) mad as hell! Each and every one of us who voted did so with the sincere hope (and prayer?) we could somehow correct all the ills of society as we see them and make our country a much, much better place for all. Unfortunately, history has shown we are not particularly good at selecting our political leaders!
“And there was given unto him (Jesus) dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.”
There is only ONE who can accomplish what we all desire and that one is Jesus Christ, “…the Lamb of God who taketh away the sin of the world.” John 1:29. By dying on the Cross for our sins, Jesus alone earned the right for the “dominion and glory” AND “His kingdom” over all people and nations FOREVER. But, because of our self-centeredness, political correctness and sinful ways, Jesus’s name yet again was not even on the ballot!! Once again, we took it upon ourselves to try to elect someone other than Jesus who will try to do what Jesus said He will do, i.e., to rule the world in a fair and just manner.
“Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will raise unto David, a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgement and justice in the earth.”
Are we there yet? Unfortunately, NO! As discussed previously in many of these posts, the Holy Bible says before Jesus Christ Returns at Armageddon and sets up His 1,000 Millennium Reign on earth, we must first witness fulfillment of a number of prophecies which includes the Rapture of Believers PRIOR to the 7 year Tribulation Period; the death of half of all people living on the earth; the Peace Agreement between Israel and her neighbors; the rise of the anti-christ and his one world government; the introduction to the false prophet (the sidekick to the anti-christ) who will introduce a one world religion and the Mark of the Beast; wars, rumors of war, famines, pestilences and earthquakes in diverse places; and, a falling away of people of faith. The 7-year Tribulation will be the WORST time period in human history! But as Believers we do have something to look forward to!
“To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.”
Here we are clearly told that if we overcome the sins of this world, we will join with Jesus on His throne. How can we overcome this world? There is only one way we can accomplish this, and it is not by trying to fix the world ourselves by voting for someone who promises to correct our problems. Ultimately Satan, in the disguise of the anti-christ, the premier politician, will ride in on a white horse (Revelation 6:2) and convince the world he can fix everything. The world will happily accept his “false promises”. They will even worship him as if he is the promised messiah! Now I know there are some that will immediately claim it will be a Republican or a Democrat who will fulfill the role of the anti-christ. No Republican or Democrat will be that bad! The fact is, the anti-christ will make Hitler, Stalin, Mao Zedong, et.al. look like REALLY good guys!
“And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness.”
1 John 5:19
We can only accomplish a perfect world by truly accepting Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior and ask Him for forgiveness of our sins. That’s it! That is all we must do! If we do that, not only will we join Jesus on His Throne, we will reign with Him during His 1,000-year Millennium reign on earth.
“And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgement was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast (anti-christ), neither had received his mark (the Mark of the Beast) upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.”
“Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ and SHALL REIGN WITH HIM A THOUSAND YEARS (capitals mine).”
So, while Jesus’s name may not have visibly appeared on your ballot, the fact remains He gave us all free choice to “vote” for Him! A vote (accepting Him as your Savior) for Him not only acknowledging that ONLY through Him will we ever see a perfect Reign, BUT we also will be participants in His Reign. We have been given that free choice to select our next Leader! I purposefully waited until this election was over, obviously not knowing the final results or wanting to politicize either party, because we have another election TODAY, the most important ELECTION of our lives! Do you accept Jesus Christ as your Savior? Have you asked Him to forgive your sins? If you vote the correct way (which is YES!), you will live in a perfect world ruled by the Son of God. And you will also rule with Him!
“And if it seems evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, WE WILL SERVE THE LORD (capitals mine).”
Now, that is comforting to know our vote, our personal choice, counts! I trust you will “campaign” for His vote with your families and friends and do as we are all asked to do by Jesus and at the heart of His campaign, which is to “…therefore comfort one another with these words.”
May God Bless you!
You certainly cut through the smoke with this Mike.
The most important vote one must consider…
It is a good reminder to know whom to avoid. Thank you for all you do! I have been aware of avoiding boasters, blasphemers etc. for a long time and little by little I notice a boldness to stand up to them. Thank you again and I praise God for your ministry.
Amen and Amen