The world has suddenly become a much less safe place, and the future is uncertain. Danes face the conflict that must seem dangerously close to their borders. Are these the last days? Is Jesus coming again soon? What call does that place on Christians? Hans-Ole Bækgaard, the leader of Denmark’s Inner Mission renewal movement, believes the many signs we’re seeing are a call to repent and believe in Jesus as the savior of the world, before it’s too late. Here’s what he said in a recent video blog, translated from the Danish:
“Are these the last days?” asked Bækgaard. “We have just experienced a world-shaking pandemic that has brought unrest to the entire world. And even before we are free of it, a major international conflict takes over.
“The Bible’s description of end time signs have again come close, with warnings of wars, natural disasters, falling away, seductions, and lawlessness. The last days began with Christ’s ascension and are a mission field that lasts until Christ suddenly returns.
“But we have been clearly told about the signs: ‘See to it that no one leads you astray.’ The signs are a call to repent and believe in Jesus as the Savior of the world, before it’s too late.
“We react differently to these situations, just as we have during the Corona crisis. Let’s talk with one another about it. Allow space for concern, one-on-one and in our fellowship. Let us embrace one another, and especially those to whom the war is nearest.
“As Christians we believe that world events are in the hands of God. Therefore we must pray to him—for peace, for his forbearance, for justice, that we would not lose hope, and that more people would turn to him.
“Christ is still the hope of the world,” he concluded, “and he is near to us! Pray for peace and justice.”
PRAY for the Danish church, as they face the prospect of welcoming refugees from the fighting. Pray for unity and a new hope, despite what’s happening in the world.
PRAY that many would turn to Christ during this trying time.
PRAY for peace.
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