Monday, Apr 25, 2022

The Beginning of the End

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

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Hello and Happy Day! This is Dr. MaryAnn Diorio, novelist and life coach, welcoming you to another episode of Winning with the Word. Today is Monday, April 25, 2022, and this is Episode #17 of Series 2022. This episode is titled “The Beginning of the End”.

In a very telling passage of Scripture in Matthew 24: 8, Jesus foretold many of the events that are happening today. He called these events “the beginning of sorrows”. 

What did Jesus mean by “the beginning of sorrows”?

As we look around us today, if we are at all observant and aware, we recognize that our world seems to be falling apart.  People are calling good evil, and evil, good. Lawlessness is increasing, and insanity prevails to the point that people no longer know the difference between a man and a woman.

Every day, we hear rumors of wars. Every day, we witness violence. Every day, we are bombarded with bad news about disease, about the economy, about food shortages and famine. 

But the truth is, the world is not falling apart. As my husband says, it is falling into place.

You see, thousands of years ago, the Bible predicted the very headlines we are reading in today’s news. For instance, in the Book of Ezekiel, the Bible predicted the coalition that we now see forming among Russia, Turkey, and Iran. In the second book of Thessalonians, the Bible predicted the falling away of many from the Christian faith, the Great Apostasy as it is called. In the Book of Revelation, the Bible predicted the establishment of the New World Order, consisting of a one-world government, a one-world economic system, and a one-world religion, all headed up by the AntiChrist. The New World Order is emerging before our very eyes. 

Today, we are seeing the rise of a one-world digital currency and a cashless society. We are hearing talk about inserting a chip in the hand or forehead to facilitate commerce–what the Bible refers to as “the mark of the beast”–without which people will no longer be able to buy or sell. Already a one-world religion complex has opened in Dubai, comprised of a synagogue, a church, and a mosque.

What more proof does one need to believe that the Bible is true? What more proof does one need to believe that Jesus Christ is, indeed, God, and that He is coming back soon?  What more proof does one need to believe that the only way to be saved is to accept Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord?

Those who refuse to believe truth are doing just that: refusing to believe. The evidence is all around us, and it is as clear as day. Yet, countless people prefer to bury their heads in the sand. Unwilling to submit to the authority of God, they simply dismiss Him and think they will get away with it.

But God will not allow Himself to be made a fool of. The day of His judgment and wrath is coming, and woe to those who will not escape it because they reject truth.

Don’t be one of them!

Perhaps, like many people, you think that things are going to return to normal. My friend, I tell you that things will never return to normal. We are nearing the end of the world as we know it. We are at the “beginning of sorrows”, but the sorrows will grow increasingly worse. Like a woman giving birth whose contractions increase in intensity the closer she gets to delivery, the more intense will the world’s contractions become until  the birth of Christ’s Kingdom on the earth after the Tribulation and during the Millennium.

Before the Tribulation, Jesus will come back to remove His followers from the worst of the suffering in a cataclysmic event called the Rapture. But, for those who are left behind after the Rapture, the sorrows will be unbearable. Those left behind will experience the Great Tribulation, seven years of unspeakable horrors under the tyrannical dictatorship of the AntiChrist. Any who choose to follow Christ during the Tribulation will be beheaded. Those who take the mark of the beast will be doomed to Hell. 

What about you? Where do you fit in in all of this?

You fit in where you want to fit in. Will you continue to deny that the Bible is God’s Word and is absolutely true? Will you continue to rebel against the God Who loves you and sent His Son Jesus Christ to pay the price for your sin? Will you continue to make yourself your own god and reject the God Who made you?

The choice is yours.

When struggling to discover whether or not God existed, seventeenth-century French philosopher, theologian, mathematician, and physicist, Blaise Pascal, came to an interesting conclusion referred to as Pascal’s Wager. Pascal argued that if a person believes in God and God does not exist, that person has lost nothing. But if a person does not believe in God, and God does exist, that person has lost everything.

What about you? If you believe everything I’ve just told you about the times in which we live and none of it is true, then you’ve lost nothing. But if you don’t believe what I’ve just told you and it is true, you’ve lost everything.

I urge you to put aside your pride and allow Jesus to save you. Accept Him now and be assured of spending eternity with Him in Heaven. He loves you and does not want you to go to Hell. He has made a way for you to escape Hell, but you must choose Him as that way. He said in John 14: 6, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

Jesus has provided the way for you to be saved. You have only to accept Him. Why not pray with me now?

Lord Jesus, I admit that I am a sinner. I acknowledge my sin before You. I recognize that my sin put You on that Cross where You died for me. I repent of my sin, and I ask You to forgive me. I invite You into my life now. I receive You now as my Savior and Lord. Thank You for saving me. Lead me to a good church with a good pastor who preaches Your Word without compromise. Make me what You created me to be, O God. Amen.

If you sincerely prayed this prayer, welcome to God’s family! Please write down today’s date. It is your spiritual birthday. And please write to me at drmaryann@maryanndiorio.com. I would like to send you a free PDF booklet, titled After You’re Born Again. This booklet will help you to get started in your walk with Jesus.

I also encourage you to get yourself a Bible and read it every single day. The Bible is God’s love letter to you, His manual for your life. In the Bible, God reveals Who He is, and He teaches you how to live.

Finally, ask the Lord to lead you to the church of His choice for you where you can learn about Him and have fellowship and encouragement with other Christ-Followers. It is critically important in these last days to fellowship with other believers who are mature in Christ and who can guide you as you grow in Him.

If you did not pray this prayer with me, please reconsider. Jesus Christ is coming back soon to remove from the world all those who follow Him. The rest of the world’s population will be left behind and will face the most horrific time in human history under the dictatorship of the AntiChrist. If you don’t believe me, do your own research. 

Thousands of years ago, the Bible predicted exactly what is happening in our world today. Everything is coming to pass exactly as the Bible predicted. The Bible has never been wrong. I have been following Jesus for 52 years, and He has never failed me. Nor will he ever fail you if you choose to follow Him. 

I urge you: Follow Jesus. Accept Him into your life. He is the only way to be saved.

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Until next time, remember that God loves you just as you are and just where you are, and that He will help you to keep on Winning with the Word!
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