2016. It's a year that has been dreaded by some, anticipated by many, and circled on many calendars as the year that Obamacare's most damaging rules and regulations take full affect.
2016 has been a year many soothsayers and charlatans have chosen as the year the world ends.
Still others have predicted economic collapse.
So here I sit, contemplating it all, and weighing it against the things we KNOW.
1- I KNOW that the Middle East has been turned into the focal point of the world's military mights, as lost in the "protection of the Assad regime" is the strategic motivations behind Russia's involvement in the region, even while they face economic hardships and military threats at home and in Ukraine.
2- I KNOW that we are seeing fulfilment of biblical prophecies on nearly a daily basis. This involves the rise of Antichrist, the persecution of Christians, and the complete falling away of churches(or the church, if you will). I am not referring to the true Church, which is the body of Christ, true believers who live obedient lives and who strive to evangelize for the souls of men, women and children.
3- I KNOW that mankind is not in control of many of these events, because the enemy is the evil spirit of Lucifer, who is spreading hatred and contempt for all things Godly, and as you can easily see in today's culture, the evil one is tightening the reins on many who are fully under his spell.
4- I KNOW that God is on the throne, and that Jesus is at His right hand, intercessing on our behalf, and waiting for His Father to tell Him that the time has arrived.
5- I KNOW that God is patient, and loves us all, and is not willing that any should perish, and yet we KNOW that many will perish, and so the time we have left is precious, and we mustn't waste any of that time, but spend that time testifying to the saving grace of Jesus Christ, and sounding the warning to the world. Our efforts will no doubt be hampered by and mocked by the mainstream. The gospel of Jesus will offend the world, we know because Jesus told us this. But we mustn't hesitate. We must be the body that acts to reach out to every soul, every nation, every province, every prison, every parish, every temple, every place on Earth which is occupied by people.
Join us Monday January 4th for a special episode of The JJ McCartney Show with our special guest, Pastor and author Carl Gallups. What can we expect from 2016? Carl and JJ will talk about 2016, which, as we have already seen, is getting off to a perilous start.
The urgency of the Gospel has never been higher than it is now. Souls are in dire peril, and we must preach to the world, from the loving perspective of a sinner saved from damnation and eternal separation from God by His grace and mercy through the blood of His Son, Jesus, the only name by which you can be spared from the judgment of your sin.
Join us at 3:05pm Eastern Monday at www.jjmccartney.com