Simple Truth| Most of the commotions that you hear of on the news these days are the results of so-called terrorist attacks. Most of these so-called terrorist attacks result in people feeling terrified, and talk of war. These days are exactly as Jesus said they would be two thousand years ago. Jesus told His disciples of the signs of His coming: He said, “Ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified” (Luke 21:9). Well, if anything is a major feature of this day and age, then it is just that, and exactly as Jesus said, that we would hear of wars and commotions and there would be fearful sights and that we should not be terrified. Terrorist attacks are designed to bring us into fearful sights and to create commotions and the inevitable talk of war. This major feature of our day and age is pumped out twenty-four hours a day, every day, every week, every month and every year. So surely, no one can deny that the words of Jesus are coming true and what we are all witnessing are major signs of His imminent return.
Another thing that comes out of these commotions and fearful sights is the blame game. Everyone finds themselves involved in the blame game and the who-done-it mystery of the whole things. The apparent reason for the who-done-it mystery is to pinpoint blame and to stop it ever happening again but the strange thing is, is that we have a reoccurring theme that has been a particular theme on the news, and particularly since 9/11 2001. Since 9/11 we’ve had war, talk of war, and more and more commotions and fearful sights as a result of more and more terrorism. All of this giving birth to heightened focus on the mainstream news and heightened focus on alternative news sources and what you can only call the blame game and the who-done-it mystery coming out of the whole thing. Well, seeing as Jesus said this would be a major feature of our day and age, then we can only conclude that this is going to be a continual ongoing theme and is here to stay.
One major thing that Jesus told us to do about all of this is to be not terrified. He also told us to “…take heed that ye be not deceived” (Luke 21:8). So we should be very careful to not take sides in all of this and not to go along (through terror) with any would-be saviours and those who offer some ultimate solution or solutions to the whole thing. All of this taking sides these days is resulting in a theatre of war in Syria and the inevitable taking sides there and so we end up with even more wars and even more commotions and even more terror and fearful sights and more and more people offering solutions to the whole thing.
This brings us into another prophecy that Jesus gave about these days telling us that “…nation shall rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom” (Luke 21:10). Nation can only rise against nation if we all take sides with our individual nation and ethnic groups. So what do we all end up with other than greater and greater wars and greater and greater commotions, this leading us all into a mind that looks for greater and greater solutions and even the need for a saviour to save us out of all of this GREAT CONFUSION. This is why Jesus said, “…take heed that ye be not deceived” because all of this could all be leading us into the hands of some would-be saviour and Christ figure.
Yet another thing that Jesus said we should do in the midst of all of this chaos and confusion is to “In your patience possess ye your souls” (Luke 21:19). Patience often means, long-suffering or enduring something, someone or even someone’s. We should not be driven into strong feelings such as anger, hatred, violence, revenge, pride (of self and nation) as all of these things are of the world and not the Spirit. All of these things are designed to corrupt and pollute the very heart and soul of man. Jesus said, “What shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” (Mark 8:36). The media is telling us that we should fight for our values whereas Jesus says, “In your patience possess ye your souls.”
So what if a small group of people, by design, manipulated nation to rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom, then if you were to take sides would you not have been deceived? It is better to do as Jesus says, “In your patience possess ye your souls” or in other words, live for the victory in your soul and not for the victory that is of the world. The victory in your soul would mean that you continue to love your neighbour “And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise” (Luke 6:31), Jesus said, “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another” (John 13:35). “…continue ye in my love” (John 15:9).