Theme: BUILDING ON THE FOUNDATION
Text: “For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.” – Matthew 24:7, 8.
Comment: Today the world is troubled by tumults, upheavals and turbulence, natural disasters, wars, crime, diseases, hunger; peoples’ hearts fail them for fear of impending calamity. As Jesus Christ said, the world will be marching into harder and harder times as the last days advance. (Matthew 24:8; Luke 21:25, 26) Air crashes, forest fires, earthquakes, drought, diseases, and other disasters have exposed the vulnerability of human beings and their helplessness in spite of technological advancement. These incidents are at the instance of the devil who is bent on creating maximum distress among the people knowing that his time to live is short. (1 Peter 5:8,9) The turbulence and distresses in the world are signs that the last days are here, and that people should quickly identify the Lord’s established Kingdom and flee into it for safety and protection. – Matthew 24:32,33.
The Bible exhorts, “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.” – 1 Peter 5:6-9.