More on the Middle East/Prepare Don’t Panic

Since our last discussion on the MIddle East the course seems to be the same.  Libya is in turmoil and Qadhafi is expected to fall within the week.  More countries have started to protest, and the world has turned up the heat in the Libya situation.  I have been sharing as to what we should do since many are predicting many dire things as a result of what is happening in the Middle East.  Afterall world history does hinge on what happens in that region.

Here is a brief summary of what we should do in times like these:

  1. Judge the prophecies that are coming forth.  Personally I believe what is happening is that these events will set the stage for the return of Christ, but it will not usher in his return.  Again this is my opinion and not a “thus saith the LORD.”  I am still waiting for one important prophecy to be fulfilled before his return.  Matthew 24:14 tells us: 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.   We are getting closer to this goal, but we are still not there yet.
  2. We also have to pray for peace in the region.  Souls lie in the balance.  Prayer is necessary.  John Wesley said; “God does nothing but in answer to prayer.”  Pray that God bring the Gospel and peace to the region.

Finally we should prepare and not panic.  We are already experiencing some of the residual effects of the crisis.  Gas prices have gone up at the pump, food prices are rising, and times may get tougher all around.  My recommendation is that we do our best to get out of debt.  As I said earlier, I am no prophet, I am also not some high paid analyst, but I do know when times get tough we need to  be prepared. One of the best ways to be prepared is to be debt free.  This is the goal my family is working toward.  What does this have to do with the Middle East?  It is a domino effect. Wit unrest in the Middle East, oil goes up,  then gas goes up, production for goods go up, prices go up, more of the household budget money goes to the  basics, money gets tight, you pay for  your groceries with credit cards, debt then goes up and now you pay loan shark rates to the credit card companies.  Prov 22:7 declares:  The poor are always ruled over by the rich”,   so don’t borrow and put yourself under their power.  During tought times we should  simplify our lives.  I am like you, and like most of you I am no financial guru.  My recommendation if you are deep in debt is to visit Daveramsey.com.  This is not a commercial for him, but we do have to be ready.  When the recession hit many lost a lot financially.  Simplify your lives and cut down your credit card debt.

In conclusion regarding my past three posts we should then Judge all prophecies concerning the Middle East.  Don’t let them fuel your fears.  Instead they should be judged.  God’s peace will surround us regardless of the times.  Secondly let us pray for those in the Middle East who are in the middle of this crisis.  Their lives have been thrown for a loop.  Their lives and souls need our prayers.  Finally simplify your life and do your best to get out of debt.  Prepare and don’t panic

Until next time

God bless and may his will be foremost in your life

Pastor Greg T.
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