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“Heaven and Earth will pass away, but My words will never pass away.”[1]

Hitler gained strength during the early 1920’s until his death by his own hands in 1945. He concentrated on indoctrinating the youth of Germany. He realised by controlling the minds of young people, the youth of Germany, he could control the actions of a future gene3ration and ensure the strength of the Nazi party, but it was to no avail for the real power of his regime lasted less than 20 years.

Mussolini gained power and became prime minister of Italy in 1922. He was a bully at school and was expelled for stabbing a fellow student. Like Hitler, he had a remarkable rhetorical talent and, like Hitler, had a strange magnetism. They were both ripe to be used by Satan for his evil plans. They both lasted only 23 years. Their doctrines are almost dead and only a few fanatics still follow their teachings.

What surprises me is that the holy Roman church did nothing to oppose them, especially in Italy – a church without power. Both Hitler and Mussolini used ceremonies, uniforms and banners to impress the gullible masses, but they only lasted 23 years.

On the other hand, our beloved Lord Jesus, through the power of the Holy Spirit, ministered for only three years. He preached love, not hate; forgiveness, not punishment; salvation, not death; hope, not despair. He ministered in the fields, on the hills, and in open spaces. He didn’t surround Himself with pomp and glory. He didn’t wear splendid apparel covered in medals and decorations, yet He still drew the crowds. He gave people hope. He told His disciples to love each other[2] and His teachings still resound around the world. He has over two billion followers.

What a difference between our Lord and the two dictators. Satan uses people for his evil purposes and then discards them. Hitler’s and Mussolini’s teachings lasted about 20 years, our beloved Lord’s teachings has been lasting over 2000 years. That proves the contrast of the power of the Holy Spirit and Satan’s demonic power.

The terrible events in the 20th and 21st centuries are only the beginnings of the tribulations still to come. They are only the beginnings of the last days. Some of the disciples asked Jesus, “Teacher, when will these things happen? And what will be the sign that they are about to take place?” Jesus replied, “…do not be frightened. These things must happen first, but the end will not come right away.”[3] “When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you will know that its desolation is near.”[4] We have witnessed in our days great earthquakes, floods, tidal waves, famine, and pestilence throughout the world. These are only the signs of the last days. Let us be watchful and pray that we can have the faith to sustain ourselves and our brothers and sisters during these fearful days.

Brothers and sisters, we have a God-given responsibility to spread the word and tell others we meet about Jesus, our Father’s great love for us, and His gift of salvation, so they will not perish but have eternal life. Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.[5]

Take care when telling others about Jesus. Do not criticise their way of life. Do not say that Roman Catholicism is wrong or that the Church of England is out of step or other things that may be important to them are wrong. They will resent this and will reject us. Just tell them of our beliefs and how it has affected our lives and leave it to the Holy Spirit to reach their hearts!

Don’t be dogmatic and say, “We are right and you are wrong.” Remember, God moves in mysterious ways, His wonders to perform. We are only His messengers. The Holy Spirit will do the rest. Judge not or we may be judged also. If you get into an argument like Paul and Barnabas did in Antioch,[6] part company, go your way, you have done your best. You have planted the seed, pray to the Holy Spirit to complete your work, and like Paul and Silas, continue spreading the word. There are millions of souls without hope. Let us give them that hope so they can have joy in their lives.

Therefore, whilst Satan’s disciple’s teachings last only a few years, and their false promises pass away with them, our Lord’s teachings have lasted approximately 2000 years. Praise God. And it is our duty like Paul and Silas, to take every opportunity to help others find the joy in knowing our Lord. We must resist temptation to take the easy way. It might be more comfortable, but it leads nowhere, certainly not to salvation.

The athlete doesn’t win a gold medal by taking the easy route. He has to spend hours a day training. He has to forsake worldly pleasures to reach his goal. Ian Thorpe trained up to 12 hours a day, 7 days a week, month after month. He dedicated his life to be a winner. His reward was great. Therefore, let us dedicate our lives to serve our Lord to the best of our abilities. Let us, by showing an example to others through our lifestyle to spread the good news, help others to find Jesus and share in His salvation. So when our journey ends, and our labours are over, our Lord will say, “Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things.”[7]

As we see the signs of the last days, we must not be afraid. All of these things must come to pass before the return of our precious Lord in glory. Let us show compassion to those who are suffering during these times, but let us be joyful that the return of our Lord is nigh.

Praise God.


 

[1] Luke 21:33

[2] John 15:12

[3] Luke 21:7,9

[4] Luke 21:20

[5] 1 Peter 5:7

[6] Acts 15:36-41

[7] Matthew 25:23

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