The great day of the Lord is near; it is near and hastens quickly. The noise of the day of the Lord is bitter; there the mighty men shall cry out. That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of devastation and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness, a day of trumpet and alarm against the fortified cities and against the high towers.Zephaniah 1:14-16
Shepherds have no excuse not to know. Shepherds cannot tell their flock they do not know. If the sheep were told that their shepherd do not know, it then follows; is their shepherd actually anointed by God to lead them or what then is the purpose to follow one who knows not or knows not what to do? True shepherds know and they always know what to do in whatever given situations, good or bad. True shepherds always know and if they say they do not know, they are as good as taking confidence away from believing in God.
The full scale military conflict that broke out Ukraine 2 days ago is one such example. To the casual eye, it appears to be another one of those skirmishes that will come to past in probably weeks or months at the most. Life will go on. And that is what many thought so to be.
The war in Ukraine is no simple matter. It is started by a global military super power; Russia. Some say it is because of the gas pipelines running through Ukraine that are of interest to the Russians. I doubt so. Russia is already supplying a substantial percentage of energy resource to the United States and also Europe. Countries like Germany are in fact locked in energy supplies from Russia and their economy is totally dependent on Russian oil. Russian GDP is at a whopping US$1.4 trillion in 2020 and is projected to be well over US$1.6 trillion in 2022. This super power is already rich. And they are already heavy energy suppliers to the global economy.
After the invasion started, European leaders announced imposition of tough sanctions against Russia. The EU will stop trades from reaching Russia and to prevent them from getting access to vital technology solutions that are crucial to its economy. But they are curtailing a nation who supplies to their own energy needs. By doing so, the EU is no different from shooting themselves in the foot.
And next we have China. There are reports that Taiwan’s Ministry of Defense claimed that nine of China’s People Liberation Army’s RECCE and J-16 fighter jets have entered into Taiwan’s Southwest ADIZ airspace on February 24th. Read the details of the report here on this link at MSN. The global stage appears to be heading towards more conflict, aimed simultaneously to disorient the United States, NATO and its allies.
Christians need to know the reasons why things are happening as they are
We are presently living in interesting times and we could no longer afford to repeatedly tell ourselves we do not know. Inasmuch as the truth itself, the clues and explanation are laid out for all to see since thousands of years ago. What excuse do we have then to still insist we do not know?
Here’s a list of some of the many Bible verses that will quickly point you to what is known as “The Day Of The Lord”, Isaiah 24:21-22, Zephaniah 1:14-18, Isaiah 13:9-11, Jeremiah 46:10, Job 20:28-29, Isaiah 13:4-6, Isaiah 19:16-17, Ezekiel 30:3-4, Isaiah 27:1, Joel 3:12-14, Zephaniah 3:8 . Of course, if we do not read the Bible, then nothing we will know.
And in Romans 2:16, we have been warned on that day, GOD WILL JUDGE THE SECRETS OF MEN by Jesus Christ, according to His true gospel. This is going to be like a slap on our faces, those among us who say they do not know. Between they do not know and their secrets will be judged, therefore which is the truth?