“‘Even if the mountains were to crumble and the hills disappear, my heart of steadfast, faithful love will never leave you, and my covenant of peace with you will never be shaken…” (Isaiah 54:10)
When we were teenagers, my brother and I went to see the movie, “Halloween.” Thankfully, I can’t remember much about it now, except that it cured me of horror movies forever and convinced me my mom was much wiser than I knew.
John Carpenter meant to scare the willies out of us in Halloween—mission accomplished! But God definitely does not intend his children to be afraid of the events during the end times.
Yes, it can seem a little creepy. Horses, dragons and beasts—oh my! Throw in some famine and pestilence and it can be downright alarming.
But here’s the thing: The end times should be viewed through the lens of God’s great love. He is good and kind. He extends grace and mercy. His character will not change during the end times. God will always care for us, provide for us, and rescue us. God will not stop loving us when the time comes to wrap everything up here on earth.
In fact, the Scripture tells us that Christians are not destined for wrath. “For God has not destined us to experience wrath but to possess salvation through our Lord Jesus, the Anointed One” (1 Thessalonians 5:9). In a Bible chapter all about the end times, God tells us that we who are saved are not destined to experience God’s wrath. The word, “destined,” means, “a person’s future developing according to a plan.” The plan for our future does not include God’s wrath.
In John, chapter 14, Jesus tells his disciples he is going to return to the Father, prepare homes for all of us, and return one day to take us home. But he didn’t want any of us to worry or be afraid while he was gone, so he left us a gift: “I leave the gift of peace with you—my peace…Don’t yield to fear or be troubled in your hearts—instead, be courageous!” (John 14:27).
When John’s was on the Isle of Patmos and God began to share the revelation of the end times with him, John was so afraid that he fainted. The vision was too much for him. But Jesus reassured John with a kind touch and words of encouragement: “Don’t yield to fear.” (See Revelation 1:17.)
You see, we don’t have be afraid because the end times aren’t about famine, plagues, death, and despair. It’s about every curse being broken. It’s about the light of the Lamb demolishing darkness. Pain, disease and death are banished forever. Grief and loneliness become things of the past. Peace, joy, and love flow freely. In the end times, Satan will be completely, permanently defeated, and God’s kingdom will be gloriously established.
So, don’t yield to fear. Be strong and courageous. God loves us, and he has this totally under control.
Dear God, you tell me so many times in your word that I don’t need to be troubled or afraid. When I am fearful, give me courage and peace. Help me trust your plan for my life, for my family, and for the world. You are powerful, wise, just, and loving. Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. In Jesus’s name, amen.