In 2014 we are witnessing global chaos on a historic scale. In the Middle East , ISIS continues its murderous rampage undeterred by coalition bombing , as ' millions ' of civilians are displaced & left homeless , as they flee spiralling violence in Syria , Iraq & Libya. Meanwhile , Russia continues to destabilise Ukraine despite Western protests & sanctions , further un-nerving Baltic & Euro nations. The Ebola Virus is causing fear & panic as it ravages Africa & spreads around the globe. Even ' nature ' itself appears to be in turmoil with earthquakes , volcanic eruptions , typhoons , floods , epic droughts & other extreme weather events on almost every hand. Amid all these tumultous events , world stock markets are also reeling as global uncertainty , geopolitical tensions & economic concerns mount.
Yet despite a world wracked by corruption , violence & fearfulness , God's Word not only provides hope & encouragement , but also certainty of the exact events to come ... particularly the blessed role for those who ' faithfully serve the Lord ' now. The old testament prophet Malachi provides a clear picture of the coming honor & responsibilty the ' faithful ' will have ( after their glorification at the judgement seat ) to return with the Lord Jesus Christ to cleanse this world of man's evils & restore Godliness to the earth once more.
Malachi 3v16-18 - Then ' THEY that feared the LORD ' spake often one to another & the LORD hearkened & heard it & a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD & that thought upon his name. They shall be mine , saith the LORD of hosts , IN THAT DAY when I make up ' my jewels ' & I will spare them , as a man spareth his own son that serveth him . . .
THEN shall ' YE ' return & discern ... between the righteous & the wicked ... between him that serveth God ... & him that serveth him not.
4v1-3 For behold , THE DAY cometh that shall burn as an oven & all the proud & all that do wickedly, shall be stubble ... & THE DAY that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch. But ' unto you ' that fear my name shall the ' Sun of righteousness ' arise with healing in his wings & YE shall go forth & grow up as calves of the stall . . . & YE shall tread down the wicked ; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet IN THE DAY that I shall do this , saith the LORD.