We must renew our commitment to spread the gospel throughout the entire world.
by Norbert Restrepo
Daniel realized that the 70 years of Jerusalem’s desolation had been accomplished, and he cried unto the Lord with supplication, confession, and fasting. He humbled himself, asking God to fulfill His promises and vindicate His name through His people, and God answered Daniel’s prayer.
We need this experience as a church. We are living in the closing scenes of earth’s history—in the antitypical Day of Atonement! The prophecies and signs of the time of the end are fulfilling today.
Luke 17:28–30: Gay marriage
in Western nations over the last 10-plus years has been moving forward quickly. “Starting with the Netherlands in 2000, many countries have had to open up the discussion and move forward on laws recognizing same-sex unions. …It seems every Western nation is destined to open up to accepting these unions in one form or another.”1
Revelation 13:3: Despite the recent financial and sexual abuse scandals within the Roman Catholic Church, we see the rising popularity of Pope Francis l among all Christians, causing Jonathan Merritt, a prominent faith and culture writer to ask: “…Could the growing popularity [of Francis I] among non-Catholics make him ‘the first Protestant Pope?’”2
Revelation 13:11, 12: Recently, America’s ability to impose economic sanctions on any country in the world was reiterated. “The 30-member Senate Appropriations Committee adopted by consensus an amendment to a spending bill that would direct Secretary of State John Kerry to meet with congressional committees to come up with sanctions against any country that takes Snowden in.”3
As we realize the times in which we are living, may we humble ourselves, seek the Lord, and turn away from our spiritual apathy and disobedience. May we unite with a renewed commitment to spread the everlasting gospel of the Three Angels’ Messages!
1 www.hammillpost.com, April 14, 2013
2 www.religionnews.com, April 10, 2013
3 www.reuters.com, July 25, 2013