I believe that God will protect His people in this day and hour just as He protected Joseph's family as a remnant people in Goshen during the famine in Egypt.
Genesis 45:9 Haste ye, and go up to my father, and say unto him, Thus saith thy son Joseph, God hath made me lord of all Egypt: come down unto me, tarry not:
Genesis 45:10 And thou shalt dwell in the land of Goshen, and thou shalt be near unto me, thou, and thy children, and thy children's children, and thy flocks, and thy herds, and all that thou hast:
Genesis 45:11 And there will I nourish thee; for yet there are five years of famine; lest thou, and thy household, and all that thou hast, come to poverty.
The Bible clearly states in 2 Timothy 3:1, that perilous times shall come in the last days. The word perilous (chalepos, Gk.) speaks of troublesome, hard to deal with, extremely difficult, fierce and dangerous times. You can be sure that everything that God's Word says will happen will actually occur just like He said it would. He is not a liar and He will not be mocked. (Numbers 23:19; Galatians 6:7)
As people of God, we must believe the Word of God is true, and that He'll do just what He said He will do! I believe that when what the world would know to be catastrophic seasons approach it will be a season of blessings for the uncompromisingly righteous those who love the Lord and adhere to His precepts and commands. The key is to maintain a humble and contrite heart before our Father God, one that is repentant of sins and honors their relationship with Him through the saving grace and faith in Jesus Christ.
According to Isaiah chapter 9, the prophet in this chapter (according to the directions given in Isaiah 3:10-11) "saith to the righteous, It shall be well with thee, but Woe to the wicked, it shall be ill with him." Gracious promises are given to those that adhere to the law and to the testimony of the Lord, while those that seek after familiar spirits shall be driven into darkness and dimness. In other words, those who are godly will be preserved during times of trouble and receive His promised blessings, while God will judge the unrighteous. Again, I truly believe that the best way to guarantee that we receive the blessings and divine protection of God during troubled times rather than incur His wrath and judgment is to ensure that we are repentant of our sins and maintain a posture of humility before Him.
According to the Word of God, any nation of people can be judged just as Israel was judged for her defiant spirit, and prideful obstinate attitude before the Living God. (Isaiah 9:9-10) Instead of humility and repentance Israel's leaders vowed to rebuild and come back stronger than before. They failed to offer any acknowledgement of sin, and penitence in asking God to bestow His mercy and forgiveness upon them. Instead they maintained the same course that caused God's judgment to come upon the land in the first place. However, throughout history there has always been a remnant people who refuse to compromise their faith and trust in God no matter how difficult the times were, nor the challenge. Challenging times often prove to be the finest hour for God's glory to be revealed towards His righteous ones who will dare pray and ask God for His mercy, divine protection and to heal the land according to 2 Chronicles 7:13-15.
Right in the midst of troubled times, great distress and judgment the righteous are comforted, and are promised to see a great light and relief in the midst of their distresses, which is representative of God's grace. Three distinct promises are given in Isaiah 9:1-3,4-5,6-7. In Isaiah 9:1-3, they are promised the Messiah who is the Prince of Peace, representing true peace of God. Not only will He be your peace and light during times of great darkness and distress, but God will also multiply you and bring you great joy and increase in substance. Secondly, they are promised His victories over their oppressors in Isaiah 9:4,5, and third, His government, Kingdom reign and dominion as Emmanuel in the lives of His people, Isaiah 9:6,7.
This is very encouraging for us who aspire to honor God and humbly obey His commands during the times in which we live. There are many uncertainties and many people throughout the world who are extremely disturbed and anxious about the economy, governments, terrorism, problems and turmoil throughout the nations of the earth as well as what the future holds. But in the midst of it all, God has already provided a way of escape for His people. There is no doubt that there will be some difficult days ahead, and times will prove to be very challenging, but the following passage of Scripture provides a sense of hope and encouragement for everyone who stands faithfully before God.
Revelation 3:8, I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.
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