Comfort :: By Terry James

I believe that most within the Christian family aren’t the least bit concerned with the evil going on in American’s swiftly changing cultural, social, and political landscape. However, I’m equally convinced that most who read these commentaries are extremely concerned and growing more so by the day.

Analyzing the many actions being taken—and contemplated—by those newly installed after the 2020 presidential election, I’m certain that, this time, those in power intend to administer the coup de grâce to all opposition to their globalist ambitions. They believe they have the power to do so, it’s becoming more obvious by the hour. They will quickly and thoroughly determine and put into law—mostly through executive orders—how we will serve them, instead of the other way around.

They intend not to make the mistakes of their most previous time (the Obama administration) of having both the executive and legislative branches under their control and failing to totally vanquish their political enemies. This time they’re determined to finish off the Republic as founded and reshape it into one they believe will reside at the head of the developing, changed world order. There will be no more upstart, populist-type celebrities—or anyone else—allowed to delay implementation of their blueprint for their utopian dream.

Well now…the title of our essay is “Comfort.” There certainly isn’t any comfort in what I’ve written so far, I’m aware. However, I assure that much comfort can be gleaned from the political machinations taking place at such a rapid pace. And you don’t have to take my word for it, but the Word of the Creator of all things, which assures that there is comfort to be taken from all the current stage-setting for fulfillment of prophecy yet future.

No one in the Bible’s accounting went through more trials and hardships than Paul, with the possible exception of Job. No one but Paul wrote more thoroughly regarding things that will be transpiring as the time Christ’s call to the Church nears. We see the great apostle’s concern for the assemblies of believers he ministered to throughout his journeys and imprisonments.

Paul foresaw developments that will be pressing upon the believers at the end of the Church Age. Through all of his prophesying, there was one major, thematic impression straight from God’s heart. Believers, while being deluged with evil as the time of Rapture nears, are to be “comforted” with the words Paul was given to prophesy.

We have looked at some examples of this numerous times. Being comforted revolves powerfully around Christ’s imminent Rapture call to believers, asleep and alive, while the world is in process of coming apart. Here are some of those verses:

“For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” (1 Thessalonians 4:16–18)

“For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way…Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle. Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.” (2 Thessalonians 2:7, 15–17)

“Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.” (2 Corinthians 1:3–4)

“For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him. Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.” (1 Thessalonians 5:9–11)

While the wickedness around us seemingly grows by the minute, we are instructed to hold fast to God’s promises—especially the one that His Son, Jesus, is on the way. Again, we hold fast to the following:

“And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.” (Luke 21:28)

We are to take comfort from all of these end-times developments. Admittedly, that’s easier said than done. But it can, and should, be done. All of these troubling things going on mean our Lord is on the cusp of intervening in the most stupendous event this side of the Second Advent.

Jesus Christ has told us that we will experience “tribulation” during life on earth. This means, in this case, troubles, but not the Tribulation (Daniel’s seventieth week). The Lord will call all believers to Himself. His words, therefore, are made gloriously understandable.

“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

Therefore Paul’s words were never truer:

“Be [anxious] for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6–7)

While there is time, let us witness of Christ’s saving power to those around us in our daily lives.