As in other times of uncertainty, people are asking questions about whether the events surrounding COVID-19 are a sign that we are at or near the end of time. These questions are not new. Jesus was asked similar questions, even by His disciples.
“As he sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of Your coming and of the end of the age?”” (Matthew 24:3). Jesus followed this question with a warning; “See that no one leads you astray” (24:4). The tool of the Deceiver (Satan) is to distract us from the real purpose of why we are left here.
Part of the deception is diverting our attention to persons who claim to be “Christ” in order to “lead many astray” (24:5). These are called “false teachers…who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them” (2 Peter 2:1). The attempt is to cause fear and distrust so we look for security outside the person of Jesus. Remember His words; “I have said these things to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world”” (John 16:33).
Our greatest stability is in the person of Christ. In sending the Holy Spirit to be here in His absence, Jesus is drawing each of us into a closer walk with Him so we know this peace. Out of that place of peace, we can tell others where to find peace. I pray the Spirit will direct your heart into this inner circle with the Lord so He will send you out with the message of peace – “Be reconciled to God” (2 Corinthians 5:20).
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