THE KING IS COMING
Dr. Ed Hindson
2021: Where Do We Go from Here?
The New Year often brings new hopes, dreams and aspirations. We celebrate on New Year’s with fireworks, make new resolutions on how the new year will be different and spend time with our loved ones. 2020 is certainly a year most Christians would like to put behind them. Pandemic fears, political divides, and social unrest have left many exhausted and exasperated. Many have been isolated in their homes for months and even when we can leave, we have to do so in fear and behind a mask. The New Year seems anything but hopeful. It has definitely not been a normal year or a normal New Year.
America is more divided than it has ever been. Columnist Cal Thomas has called us a “bipolar nation.” Divisive labels abound everywhere-conservative/liberals, right wing/left wing, extremist/ socialists. Basic issues like the sanctity of life, dignity of marriage and freedom of religion are hotly contested. Many of the ideas and values that were once viewed as common practices in our culture are now being assaulted and many of the vices of our culture are now being praised and promoted. Many Americans feel like Lot “sitting in the gate of Sodom waiting for judgment to fall” (Genesis 19:1-14)!
The Psalmist asked: “if the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do? (11:3). Then, he responded: “The LORD is in his holy temple, the LORD’S throne is in heaven” (11:4). At the end of a difficult year and facing the uncertain challenges of the year ahead, we need to remember God is still on the throne of the universe.
It was at an uncertain time when King Uzziah died, that the prophet Isaiah said: “I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up” (6:1). All too often believers lose their focus on the sovereign power of God. We put our focus on who is in the White House, the state house or the court house, but forget about who is sitting on the Heavenly throne. The prophet Daniel said: “the most High rules over the Kingdom of men and gives it to whomsoever he will” (4:17). No matter who is in charge of the earthly kingdoms of men, God is still in charge. He allows for man to rule in a limited sense, but also holds man accountable for that rule as the sovereign Lord of the universe.
When Jesus commissioned His followers to “make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19), they were living in a hostile environment of pagan unbelief and religious prejudice. Despite these obstacles, Jesus boldly predicted: “I will build my church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18). God the Father is still on the throne and God the Son is seated at His right hand and God the Holy Spirit is still actively convicting the world of sin, righteousness and judgment (John 16:8).
As the year 2021 begins, I am more convinced than ever that God is at work! I am celebrating my twentieth year as the Bible teacher on The King is Coming telecast. Thanks to friends and prophetic partners like you, we have been able to spread the Gospel to the world with over 1,000 telecasts in these 20 years.
I am committed to keep on preaching until the trumpet sounds and the Lord calls us home to be with Him.
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