When crisis events happen that catch the attention of the whole world, many Christians often comment, “This must be the beginning of the End Times.” Truth is, we’re already in the End Times. We are all aware of the Syrian Refugee Crisis as they flood out of Syria. Christian Syrians are escaping certain death from the Isis State.
Other Syrian Christians have already met their death. They are already feasting in heaven with Jesus. For them, that was their End Times. For every person who died for their faith in a living Jesus as Lord, they did finish well. Their death was noted in heaven and has a certain value. They met their End Time by finishing well. Whether their photo made it to any journalistic media source or not, their life was not in vain. Whatever we do for the Lord lasts forever.
Their death creates a sound heard in heaven. Collectively the sound of the martyrs’ deaths increases in a cry that God hears. Our outrage on earth joins the world-wide cry to God. Our caring prayers create an echo. It’s not just a cry of grief for the loss. It’s a cry out for God to act on behalf of heaven and join in the supernatural battle with the heavenly armies. We serve a righteous God. He has a way to raise the righteous and the workers of iniquity are not able to rise.
Consider Psalm 36 as a prayer.
Psalm 36 New King James Version (NKJV)
Man’s Wickedness and God’s Perfections
An oracle within my heart concerning the transgression of the wicked:
There is no fear of God before his eyes.
2 For he flatters himself in his own eyes,
When he finds out his iniquity and when he hates.
3 The words of his mouth are wickedness and deceit;
He has ceased to be wise and to do good.
4 He devises wickedness on his bed;
He sets himself in a way that is not good;
He does not abhor evil.
5 Your mercy, O Lord, is in the heavens;
Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.
6 Your righteousness is like the great mountains;
Your judgments are a great deep;
O Lord, You preserve man and beast.
7 How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God!
Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of Your wings.
8 They are abundantly satisfied with the fullness of Your house,
And You give them drink from the river of Your pleasures.
9 For with You is the fountain of life;
In Your light we see light.
10 Oh, continue Your lovingkindness to those who know You,
And Your righteousness to the upright in heart.
11 Let not the foot of pride come against me,
And let not the hand of the wicked drive me away.
12 There the workers of iniquity have fallen;
They have been cast down and are not able to rise.