Matthew 13 : 8
“For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be earthquakes in various places, and there will be famines and troubles. These are the beginnings of sorrows.”

This morning, the RUACH instantly led me to this scripture as my spirit reacted in heaviness and sorrow. Why? It confirms the current crisis with Ukraine and Russia. This verse testifys to our history as mankind living on the earth and it should prompt in us to question the latter words : “these are the beginnings of sorrow”

What does this mean? Why are the words “beginning” and “sorrow” in plural form? What was CHRIST implying as He warned His people about the End-Time Prophetic Biblical future?
In verse 7, Christ warns us about “false messiahs, wars, famines and earthquakes and these have certainly happened, currently happening and will continue to occur til He says “It is time!”. All these natural and man-made occurrences are signs that indicate “the end of a specific time”, HOWEVER, to the believer it is our benchmark of what He calls “the beginnings of sorrows”.

This time is compared to birthing pangs of a woman who is about to give birth. She will have one hard labor pain and then it will subside, only to be followed by more and harder pains until the baby is born. “A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world” John 16:21

The time when that “baby is born” is a time that the BIBLE has named : Jacob’s Trouble. Jeremiah 30:7 says, “Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble; but he shall be saved out of it”. The Ukraine and Russia crisis is a birth pang, world events that have shaken the 7 mountains of influence and affecting our lives is a birth pang. So, there has been an accumulation of BIRTH PANGS leading to the BIRTH OF THE BABY! Your spiritual preparation is critically important, check your spiritual thermometer and refill your spirit man EVERY SINGLE DAY! Do not take ANY WORLDWIDE event for granted, it is the benchmark for you and I that CHRIST is on HIS WAY! Everyday, pay attention to your heart, repent, live holy, serve Yeshua and prepare your spirit! If you stay ready, you ain’t got to get ready!

In His Name,