Recently on this website, and from other sources, just talking with people, you can see a sense of impending doom on their minds. I am sure a lot of
factors have to play on this. The media is full of gloom-and-doom. The entertainment industry bombards audiences with a constant barrage of end of
the world disaster movies. Documentary channels on cable seem to always have some end of the world scenario they like to play up to spike views and
get people worrying. Is a meteor going to hit earth? Is another ice age coming? Are we going to annihilate ourselves by means of a nuclear holocaust.
Will some unseen plague wipe out humanity. The list of scenarios seems to go on and on.
Then you have fear-mongers who make it big business to spread fear every day and they get a large following. Such as Alex Jones. And conspiracy
websites like this where people like to work themselves up over either real or imagined conspiracies.
To top all of this off you have Biblical prophecy that speaks of an approaching great tribulation and a day of retribution in which all wicked mankind
will be destroyed. And the Biblical prophecies concerning that war known as Armageddon are quite graphic in their detail.
Many who have studied the Bible have come to the conclusion that we are living in what it terms the "last days." I too am convinced of this. I
believe that it is a lot nearer than many expect. And perhaps there is an intuition that some are picking up on that gives them this feeling of
impending doom. Of course there could be other reasons for it, perhaps paranoia, or other mental issues.
And dwelling on such topics is not good for a mentally ill mind.
So what does all of this have to do with the title of the OP. Well, I was reading through some threads and observing how certain ones have
premonitions, and fears about the future. So I wanted to share a thought with the reader of this, not of doom and gloom, but of encouragement.
The title comes from a verse in the Bible:
"And I will raise up over them shepherds who will really shepherd them. They will no longer be afraid or be terrified, and none will be missing,”
declares Jehovah."-Jeremiah 23:4.
This is a prophecy of comfort and hope. And it is also a message of peace.
The Bible tells us that God is looking for the good in us. It says that he is looking for hearts who are complete toward him:
"For the eyes of Jehovah are roving about through all the earth to show his strength in behalf of those whose heart is complete toward him."-2
The Bible also promises that God will gather all rightly disposed ones to him. Some who once served him may have strayed but he still remembers their
names and cares for them each one of them individually. And he promises to gather them all back to him. He is seeking for his lost sheep. Look at this
“The lost one I will search for, the stray I will bring back, the injured I will bandage, and the weak I will strengthen.”-Ezekiel 34:16.
Notice God does 3 things, he is actively looking for his lost sheep and will draw them back to him lovingly, gently. The injured ones he will then
bandage and take care of. And finally he will strengthen the weak sheep.
God is doing this work now. He is sending forth to search for all his lost sheep by means of his angels and his holy spirit and drawing them back to
What if you have never been in the sheepfold of Jehovah god, and under his care and direction? Well he is searching for you too! Notice this loving
assurance of God to the wicked:
“‘Do I take any pleasure at all in the death of a wicked person?’ declares the Sovereign Lord Jehovah. ‘Do I not prefer that he turn away
from his ways and keep living?’"-Ezekiel 18:23.
This is a plea to everyone who has ears to hear and eyes to see. God is sending out an invitation to everyone that will listen to it. Far from being
an aloof and unknowable God who does not care, he is personally interested in you as an individual.
Notice again another warm invitation from God:
"Draw close to God, and he will draw close to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you indecisive ones. 9 Give way to
misery and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned into mourning, and your joy into despair. Humble yourselves in the eyes of Jehovah, and he
will exalt you."-James 4:8-10.
Notice that if one will draw close to God, he will in turn draw close to that one. We draw close to God by praying to him, asking for his guidance,
reading his word, and then acting upon what he is telling us. Jehovah does indeed speak to us. He is very active in his dealings with mankind at this
late hour. We are given the command to cleanse our hands of sin, and purify our hearts if we are indecisive. To weep and mourn over the bad we have
done, and repent. Humble yourself in God's eyes and he will then exalt you.
God promised that a time was coming, and it is now that he would rock all the nations and the valuable things would come out of them:
“‘And I will shake all the nations, and the precious things of all the nations will come in; and I will fill this house with glory,’ says
Jehovah of armies."-Haggai 2:7
These valuable things are people. Honest-hearted people. Ones who look to God. I was reading through John's account of Jesus' ministry and really
like how he summed it up at the very end of his book, as to why he penned what he wrote:
"But these have been written down so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and because of believing, you may have life by
means of his name."-John 20:31.
I could have written about doom and gloom prophocies in the Bible that are soon to be fulfilled. And it is important to know them. But really, if one
draws close to God now there is no need to fear the future.
Here is another plea of God with humankind, with each one of us indivudally:
"Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean;
Remove your evil deeds from my sight;
Stop doing bad.
Learn to do good, seek justice,
Correct the oppressor,
Defend the rights of the fatherless child,
And plead the cause of the widow.”
Stop doing bad. The next statement is really encouraging:
“Come, now, and let us set matters straight between us,” says Jehovah.
“Though your sins are like scarlet,
They will be made as white as snow;
Though they are as red as crimson cloth,
They will become like wool."
God is making a plea, he says that even if your sins were like scarlet, as red as blood, they will be made as white as snow. He is willing and able to
wipe out all the bad we have done.
If one takes these steps he is on the road to a happier life now, knowing he is doing what is right, having a clean conscience before God and man. And
he has a firm hope for a sure future.
The verse there quoted in the title, it is a promise that when the end comes, not only will enough warning have been provided to mankind, but everyone
that is rightly disposed and loves Jehovah will not be missing. They will have all been gathered to him. When Armageddon arrives, not one of God's
sheep will be missing.
Are you one of his lost sheep? This is for you...
Jehovah Cares For His Sheep