Did you know that the Bible contains prophecies about nine wars in the end times? That’s right, a total of nine. That fact comes as a shock to most people who are familiar with only one namely, the War of Armageddon. Most people are very surprised to learn that the War of Armageddon is not the only end time war.
We will end our study of the wars of the end times by answering this question, “Why, God?”
Now, as we reflect back at these end time wars, there is always a question that seems to just simply leap out. It is the question, “Why in the world is all this going to happen?” Why, for example, is there going to be a period of unparalleled horror on the earth called the Tribulation? Why would a God of love allow the slaughter of these wars to occur? This is very disturbing to most people, and you know that it should be.
The answer, though, is really very, very simple: God must deal with sin. He has to do so because He is a holy God of justice and righteousness.
Personally, I’m glad the Bible teaches that God is going to deal with sin and that there will be judgment. You know why? God’s promise of judgment means that life has meaning. If we’re never going to be accountable for anything, life has no meaning.
The irony of the Tribulation is this: even when God pours out His wrath, His fundamental purpose is never to punish. Think about that for a moment. This is the glory of our God. Even when He pours out His wrath, His fundamental purpose is not to punish. Instead, we’re told over and over, His fundamental purpose is to bring people to repentance so they can be saved.
In 2 Peter 3:9, we are told the only reason Jesus Christ has not returned. It’s because God wishes for more people to be saved. God does not wish that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. But many, if not most, will perish. It is God’s perfect will that all should be saved. But in His permissive will, He allows people to be lost as they reject Him and His Son.
Judgments can motivate people to repentance. The prophet Isaiah put it this way. He wrote, “When the earth experiences God’s judgments, the inhabitants of the world learn righteousness.” The fact of the matter is that a great number of people will turn their hearts to God during the Tribulation, so large a number that no one can count. They’re a great host coming from every tribe and nation.
Where do you stand in your relationship with God? Have you been saved by grace thru faith in Jesus? Or, have you rejected Jesus and are therefore living under the wrath of God?
Think about it. Grace or Wrath? Think about eternity.