What We Can Learn From History
Centuries ago there was news of a special birth that rippled out as far as Persia (Iran) or Iraq (Babylon) and wherever the news landed it sparked a caravan of seekers. These men were called wise men in the first book of the New Testament, in Matthew 2:1,2: “Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he that is born King of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.”
The birth of our Saviour in that nice manger scene that we see year after year, with Joseph and Mary and baby Jesus, looks like a time of peace and tranquility. However, the very opposite was true about the birth of Christ. The time of his birth actually included much stress and turmoil.
It seems this Christmas is going to be like no other Christmas ever experienced in Canadian history. We entered a global shutdown early in 2020 due to the pandemic, shortly after Christmas 2019 but here we are in December of 2020 and things are still shut down. The first thing I want to express to everyone is: be thankful we live in Saskatchewan. I have friends all over the world connected with me through media and ministry who tell me there are some areas that are suffering greatly with food shortages, loss of income and job losses that is causing undue hardship and suffering. And sadly, the loss of many lives. We who live in Saskatchewan, with its a small population and big open skies, can enjoy some normal in the midst of restrictions, stress and pressure. At the moment, we live in the best place in Canada with plenty of snow for cross-country skiing or snowmobiling.
2 Chronicles 36:15: And the LORD God of their fathers sent to them by his messengers, rising up betimes, and sending; because he had compassion on his people, and on his dwelling place. Verse 16: But they mocked the messengers of God, and despised his words, and misused his prophets, until the wrath of the LORD arose against his people, until there was no remedy.
I want to let everyone know we are living in what the Bible calls perilous times. I believe we are on the threshold of everything getting much worse soon. I believe the Covid pandemic is ushering in other global scenarios soon. I am not sure if it will be a year or ten years away but there are some ominous signs that we are almost to the end of this biblical age. Scripture warns repeatedly that there is a day of judgment coming on the world. God warned and then judged the world once before and he has promised to do it again. But from that same voice of warning we can have assurance we are ready for whatever comes and have nothing to fear. In this article you will learn how to be ready.