Help for Today — Hope for Tomorrow
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[Gary] Judy is lost, and hungry, and terrified. Her lips are parched and all she longs for is a sip of cool, refreshing water. At this moment, she has no hope for the future. Who is Judy and what does she have to do with you? I'm going to explain.And along the way, we'll help you find some spiritual refreshment in your spiritually exhausting and parched life.On Beyond Today, we're going to tell you about the prophesied “times of refreshing”—involving what Jesus Christ is going to do when He returns to the earth. And how you can experience spiritual refreshing in your life today.[Announcer] Join our host, Gary Petty and his guests, as they help you understand your future on Beyond Today ![Gary] I know you could use some spiritual refreshing. We all live in an emotionally, physically and spiritually parched and exhausting world. Well, don't despair! God has a plan for quenching your spiritual thirst.The apostle Peter summed up God's plan this way: “Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come…that He may send Jesus Christ…whom heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things” (Acts 3:19-21 19 Repent you therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord. 20 And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached to you: 21 Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began. ×).Peter said that these “times of refreshing” and “times of restoration” are descriptions of when God sends Jesus Christ back to this earth.Well today, we're going to look at the “times of refreshing” in a new and enlightening way.I think most Christians anticipate the time when Christ returns, but have you ever wondered what it will be like when Jesus actually stands on the Mount of Olives and takes charge of human affairs? What kind of world will He create?You know, to really understand the kind of world Christ is going to create, we must first visualize what it will be like when He returns.Now you've probably read or heard descriptions in the book of Revelation about the prophecies of mass destruction caused by war, diseases and natural disasters that precede Christ's return.Well let's take a minute here and bring these descriptions down to a personal level, by taking an imaginary flight in time with a family who experienced what the Bible calls the Tribulation.So, let's visualize a family of four—father, mother, two daughters. They can live anywhere—a farm in Iowa, U.S.A.; Sydney, Australia; a small town in Saskatchewan. It could be your family. Tom and Judy are educated; own a nice home; live close to a Walmart. Life is sort of hectic, but it's the price you pay for success, right?They weren't prepared for when times got hard. They began to notice the price of bread and vegetables going up, but they still could afford their smartphones and car payments. When Tom lost his job, it felt like he'd lost his legs and he started to slip into depression. Judy had to pull double shifts to keep it up. But in spite of the difficulties, their children still made it to soccer practice, and Tom and Judy still hoped the government would find ways to stop the economic slide.Well, they ignored the decaying morals of the society around them, and the distant conflicts that were now unraveling the rest of the world. As long as they had air conditioning, a supermarket filled with processed food, and could watch the latest “reality show,” things weren't really that bad.