Today you should read: Zechariah 14
“That is not a philosophical question, or a theological one. And if it is a question that seems to beg any explication, you may stop reading now.
But if you are among the swelling class of weekend paranoiacs of affluent means who are starting to mull fantasies of urban escape following the endless headlines about disasters, both natural and manufactured, you may be starting to see a different image in your mind when think “survivalist.” You may no longer see the wild-eyed cave dweller in camouflage fatigues, hoarding canned goods. You may even see one in the mirror.”
This photo and article were taken from the New York Times. This article was published in 2017 in the wake of some troubling world events. It’s a tongue-in-cheek “prepper” guide to the apocalypse. Unfortunately for the “preppers,” however, no amount of gadgetry will help a person survive the actual apocalypse. And, while the article contains some decent advice and handy equipment, when world calamities take place, it is not always the beginning of the end. All that to say, today’s passage takes a hard look at what many call the “apocalypse” and what we’ll see is that, although apocalyptic movies might be fun, they’re not a good source for future history.
Verse 1 begins “Hina yom-ba la-Yahova,” very emphatically “Behold, the Day of the Lord is coming…” In verse 2, as the enemies of God’s people surround Jerusalem, “the Lord will go forth and fight.” In verse 4, Christ will return to the very place from where he ascended—the Mount of Olives (Acts 1:12).
As we read the rest of the chapter, I am reminded that nothing can thwart the victory of the Lord. The second half of verse 9 stands out to me, “in that day the Lord will be the only one, and His name the only one.” This reminds me of Psalm 2, which pictures the Lord laughing at world powers, crushing His enemies, and establishing his Anointed One.
From this great Psalm we get the answer to the above stated question—how do we survive the Apocalypse? “Now therefore, O kings, show discernment; Take warning, O judges of the earth. Worship the Lord with reverence and rejoice with trembling. Do homage to the Son, that He not become angry, and you perish in the way, For His wrath may soon be kindled. How blessed are all who take refuge in Him!”
God is timeless, and the events in our future He has seen. God knows the beginning from the end. These events will happen, they will be terrible for God’s enemies, but they are the hope of those who have trusted in Him. It is through the final destruction of evil that God’s goodness will prevail.
For reflection: How does the victory of the Lord encourage you today as you consider the struggles of life right now?
By: Tyler Short — Connections Ministry Associate
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