Nation against Nation
Rev. Sudha Mehta©
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Matthew 24: 7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows. (NKJV)
It is a New Year and my first post of 2022. Happy New Year to you all!!
The children made for a very happy and noisy Christmas and New Years Celebration. The Christmas tree will be up for a few days. Now that the children have returned home, I will find time to enjoy it by myself for a little while before I pack things up again. I will enjoy it, but for now I am still working through mounds of laundry, and other things that need to be done.
The grandkids love coming home to Grammy and Grandpa just as much as we love having them. It is a true blessing to have them come and stay a week when they come.
My mother used to tell me that every time I visited she needed to fill her heart just looking at me, and then make the memory last until the next visit. She lived in India, and I in the US. It was more difficult to visit than it is for my children who live in different states in the US but I feel the same way she did, and I tell my children and grandchildren that. I think every parent and grandparent can understand this.
Now that I have opined a little, let us get on with the subject at hand.
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Remember the signs that Jesus said would indicate the time of His coming in response to the three questions His disciples asked of Him:
1 When will these things happen?
2 What will be the sign of your coming?
3 What will be the sign of the end of the age?
See post: The Prophetic . . . 4a
I wrote about wars and rumors of wars the last time, this time I will write of nation rising against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. I will also address the rest of verses 7 and 8.
You may wonder if the previous post doesn’t actually address this as well, and in a way you would be right! However, there is more to this than just nations rising and going to war, or geographic kingdoms attacking each other.
This is a war of a different sort and one that we see riseing quickly today. It isn’t that it hasn’t always been an issue all around the world all along, it has . . . but where progress had been made to bring peace, it has been lost for the most part.
The word nation in this text derives from the word “Ethnos.” So, nation refers to ethnicity! This breaks it down to racial issues of the day. Ethnic hostility is growing around the world at a rapid pace.
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There is a simmering hostility just under the surface, trust is eroded in all sectors . . . no one wants to be called a racist and everyone is afraid to be labeled one. Truth be told most people aren’t racists, and yet fear makes everyone more suspicious of everyone else. There is a palpable tension in the air. More in the cities than in the country, but nonetheless, it exists. Whether it is the color of your skin, the shape of your nose, the size of your body, many find reason to take offense, and destroy someone’s life by shaming them in return, “canceling” them, and so much more.
It may be you are from a different ethnic group (as I am) than the people of the country you live in, but you chose to come, as I did. No one forced me, I made a choice, and never regretted it. Why would I demand of my host country special rights, or that I be treated with kid gloves? If I wanted to be treated such I should have stayed in my own country.
In my own ethnic country, there are also divisions and breakdowns in society. There the troubles and divisions are based on the caste system, religion, and even different languages.
If you find life in your host country is not good, think about why you came. If all was great in your own country, you would not have come, would you? You came to have a better life, just as I did, but everywhere you go, some struggle is part of life, it is part of humanity. Why should anyone have to expect less!
Yet, Jesus said it would be this way!
Politics is another dividing force today. The intensity of emotions in politically charged discussions is hard to watch. Families are divided, brothers and sisters do not speak, parents are shunning children, friendships are ending . . . the list goes on.
Interestingly, kingdom against kingdom refers to more than wars. These kingdoms are also spiritual kingdoms. Perhaps many, or even most of you are unaware of all the Bible says about the supernatural world. We are told in the Bible that in the unseen supernatural world all around us, there are entities (demonic) that rule over countries, regions, and sectors (territories). Jesus told us to be ready for battle against these entities.
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Ephesians 6: 10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.(NKJV)
I believe these race wars and rioting we see today are actually incited in good measure by these demonic entities. They not only war amongst themselves for superiority, but also raise and incite trouble amongst humans.
Which is why we are admonished to be alert to the enemies plots and not be ambushed.
Jesus said in these end times that these signs will escalate indicating His soon coming for His people. That is to say that even though these things have always happened, they will happen with an intensity never seen before. He also makes clear that it isn’t one thing or two that will accelerate, but all these things will happen simultaneously and with increased intensity.
Jesus adds to the list by telling His disciples (and us) that in this time we will also see a sharp increase in famines, pestilences, earthquakes. These will not be limited to one or two places but will be scattered throughout the world. If you have watched any news at all, you know these things are happening, and perhaps you yourself have been impacted as well.
There are famines in many countries today. People have seen famines through the centuries, it is not a new phenomena, but you will see more of this as time goes on. I just read a report that China is hoarding grain, and by now they are hoarding 52 percent of the world’s grain supply. Do they know something we don’t, or are they planning something we are yet unaware of?
Inflation is hitting virtually every country, prices are rising fast and people’s income is not going to keep up. Supply chains are faltering or breaking in different lands. The Bible tells us a time is coming when a day’s wages will barely buy you the day’s bread!
Revelation 6: 5 When He opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, “Come and see.” So I looked, and behold, a black horse, and he who sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand. 6 And I heard a voice in the midst of the four living creatures saying, “A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius; and do not harm the oil and the wine.”(NKJV)
This verse 6 in today’s language describes conditions of famine for the masses. It also tells us the rich will not be impacted. In other words two classes of people will remain, the rich and the poor. It will be the poor that will work hard and suffer most. In Jesus time, a denarius was the average wage for a day’s work for a laborer. A time is coming when a full days wage will only be enough to buy one quart of wheat to make bread for one day for the family, or three quarts of barley (which was a cheaper grain at the time). So, if you have a small family, you may make wheat bread, but if you have a few children, better to buy barley.
The oil and the wine are luxuries the common man will no longer afford, but the rich will enjoy. Yes. for the common man it will be a famine.
Nothing breaks down a society like fear for their lives. So, what better to cause a breakdown than pestilence (a pandemic)? Add to that all the variants and questionable efficacy of the vaccines, and you have the perfect scenario for chaos.
Covid is a pestilence. It is Worldwide and is impacting virtually everyone in every nation. There will be more pestilences! This is not the only one. Get used to it, this is the “New Normal!” Rest assured life will never be what it was before Covid. You will have periods of relief, but they won’t last!
As for earthquakes, as I have said before there is a huge uptick in the number of earthquakes around the world. This also relates to volcanic eruptions, which impact the climate as well. Undersea earthquakes cause tectonic shifts that cause Tsunamis, that also affect the climate. So, yes! While the politicians are busy creating fear in the name of climate change, they are unaware of the real Climate Change that is coming soon. Addressed in Scripture . . . coming in the near future, it is not the result of man’s mismanagement of the planet, rather it is the wrath of God whose patience has nearly run out at this point.
Every year, I do a prophetic recap for my class at the beginning of the New Year. This year I did something different. Before I could get it ready to present, I read this article from Gary Stearman, who is a wonderful prophecy teacher I follow.
gary stearman from prophecywatchers.com
He listed all the things I would have. So, for the first time ever I will simply use his list to discuss with my class. As I said to you, I will give you some of my resources as we go. He is one! Here is a link to his website and his article:
We will continue in Matthew 24 yet. This is the most important passage in the Bible where Jesus Himself sheds light on what is to come. All other prophecy in the Bible . . . and there is a lot of it, connects to this chapter as a central pivot point. So, stay with me. Also, feel free to run ahead and check out the sources I have given and learn on your own. You will not have learned everything before He comes, trust me in this, I myself am still learning just like every other teacher.
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