Mark Hitchcock on Five Ways to be Prepared for the End Times

When I was growing up, I had a friend down the street whose mother loved puzzles. Really big, complicated puzzles with very small pieces. Watching the process, I learned that a puzzle master must consult the picture on the top of the box as the template for the final product.

The same is true of the end-time prophetic puzzle. The end-time picture set forth in Scripture is the picture on top of the box. When all the pieces are finally in place, that’s what it will look like. As we look at our world today, events are beginning to closely match the picture on the puzzle box. All the puzzle pieces aren’t in place, but the corners and edges have taken form. The framework is set. The center of the puzzle is ready to be filled in.

Israel is back in her ancient homeland after almost two thousand years of dispersion. Russia is rising. Iran is increasing. Russia and Iran are allied for the first time in history. Turkey is turning to Russia and Iran. Russia and Iran are positioned in Syria on Israel’s northern doorstep. Anti-Semitism is surging. The Middle East, the biblical staging ground for the End Times, is the focus of the world’s attention.

This raises a critical question: How should we live in light of what’s unfolding in our world? In light of what lies ahead? What should we do?

While there are many practical implications of knowing what’s coming, let me suggest five simple, practical points of application for you to make part of your thinking and living that will make a difference in your life today.

1. Recognize the Bible is True

We can rest assured that the biblical predictions that are still unfulfilled will come to pass. We can also rest assured that what the Bible tells us about God, Jesus, salvation, sin, and our own lives is trustworthy and reliable.

So, recognize the Bible is true and to read it regularly. Soak in its truth and apply its instruction to your daily life. It will transform you.

2. Realize Your Need for Jesus

The Bible not only accurately predicts the future, it also accurately portrays the human condition apart from God. The inspired, inerrant Word of God truthfully, transparently diagnoses the condition of every person. It tells that we have all sinned and are falling short of God’s righteous standard (Romans 3:23).

You and I can’t get rid of one of our sins on our own, let alone the thousands of transgressions that pile up throughout our lives. The Bible is clear that our sins can only be washed away by the blood of Jesus Christ, that is, His death for us. His death in our place.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Mark Hitchcock