As the year 2020 comes to a close, we are all hopeful for 2021.
However, we must remember the God doesn’t ‘go by’ our Gregorian calendar.
Think about how many preachers and pastors made optimistic, ’20/20 Vision’ predictions at the beginning of the year this time last year..
While we are all ‘absorbing the blow’ from 2020’s horrible ‘gut punch’, we must accept the fact that it may only be the beginning of challenging times.
There is no guarantee all of the difficulties of 2020 will suddenly stop on what we call New Year’s Day.
The bible clearly tells us there will be an escalation in evil and difficult days before the return of Christ.
From the book of Daniel, to Matthew Chapter 24, to 2 Thessalonians Chapter 2, to The Revelation…God warns us that things will get better before they get worse.
Unfortunately, even people who claim to be believers dig deeper into their pride, arrogance, traditions, compromise, idolatry of ‘patriotism and nationalism’, point fingers and blame (remember, God calls the devil ‘the accuser’), and are impressed by the very opposite of the Fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). And, those who don’t believe dig deeper into their unbelief and presumptuous sins…we are all sinners saved by grace, and all have things of which we need to repent.
So remember this, God has always protected those who call themselves His through obedience and repentance on a family level…
Exodus 12:7-14 (NKJV)
7 And they shall take some of the blood and put iton the two doorposts and on the lintel of the houses where they eat it. 8 Then they shall eat the flesh on that (A)night; (B)roasted in fire, with (C)unleavened bread and with bitter herbs they shall eat it. 9 Do not eat it raw, nor boiled at all with water, but (D)roasted in fire—its head with its legs and its entrails. 10 (E)You shall let none of it remain until morning, and what remains of it until morning you shall burn with fire. 11 And thus you shall eat it: [a]with a belt on your waist, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand. So you shall eat it in haste. (F)It is the Lord’s Passover.
12 ‘For I (G)will pass through the land of Egypt on that night, and will strike all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and (H)against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: (I)I am the Lord. 13 Now the blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you; and the plague shall not be on you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.
Leviticus 26:40-42 (NKJV)
40 ‘But if they confess their iniquity and the iniquity of their fathers, with their unfaithfulness in which they were unfaithful to Me, and that they also have walked contrary to Me,
41 and that I also have walked contrary to them and have brought them into the land of their enemies;
if their uncircumcised hearts are humbled, and they accept their guilt—
42 then I will remember My covenant with Jacob, and My covenant with Isaac and My covenant with Abraham I will remember;
I will remember the land.
Isaiah 26:19-21 (NKJV)
19 Your dead shall live;
Together with [a]my dead body they shall arise.
Awake and sing, you who dwell in dust;
For your dew is like the dew of herbs,
And the earth shall cast out the dead.
20 Come, my people, enter your chambers,
And shut your doors behind you;
Hide yourself, as it were, for a little moment,
Until the indignation is past.
21 For behold, the Lord comes out of His place
To punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity;
The earth will also disclose her [b]blood,
And will no more cover her slain.
Joshua 24:15 (NKJV)
15 And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of [a]the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
2 Timothy 3:1-5 (NKJV)
But know this, that (A)in the last days [a]perilous times will come: 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, [b]unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 (B)traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 (C)having a form of godliness but (D)denying its power. And (E)from such people turn away!
No matter how bad things get…
No matter what plagues and pestilences ravage the world…
No matter what political, social or economic upheaval may come…
No matter what catastrophic natural disasters threaten us…
No matter what wars arise…
No matter what perilous times challenge us…our homes and families CAN be covered through our faith in God through Yeshua the Messiah, obedience and repentance.
2 Chronicles 7:14 (NKJV)
14 if My people who are (A)called by My name will (B)humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, (C)then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
We are responsible for our own family’s protection in both the physical and spiritual world…no matter what happens around us…
Psalm 46:1-3 (NKJV)
46 God is our (B)refuge and strength,
(C)A[a] very present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear,
Even though the earth be removed,
And though the mountains be carried into the [b]midst of the sea;
3 (D)Though its waters roar and be troubled,
Though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah
Revelation 12:10-12 (NKJV)
10 Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. 11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. 12 Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time.”
Whether you believe in pre-, during, or post-tribulation return of Yeshua the Messiah, Jesus Christ…the stage is clearly being set now.
Your family’s covering is YOUR responsibility.