The Lord has given us a roadmap to recognize the times of the end. We’re not in the dark as the world is. Jesus has given us much information so that we will not be caught unaware.
“But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober.” 1 Thessalonians 5:4-6.
Don’t give in to the temptation to bury your head in denial or to put all your hopes in being rescued before things get worse. Prepare for the whatever comes but place your entire trust in the Lord each and every day, so that no matter what occurs you will be able to persevere and be protected until Jesus comes to take you home.
In Revelation 3:10-11 Jesus says to the Church of Laodicea, “Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth. Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown.“
What does that Bible say about the things that will happen in the days just prior to the return of Jesus Christ? Signs of the last days are all around us. Here are four:
- Betrayal: Jesus describes the signs, “…many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another.” Like never before – the godly are being hated for their beliefs. And people are turning on one another. Disunity and hatred are escalating at an alarming rate among political parties, races, nations, within families and more. The spirit of Antichrist is growing stronger… preparing the way for His arrival.
- False Prophets: Jesus taught that “…many false prophets will rise up and deceive many…” Isn’t it interesting that Jesus began by telling His disciples about false Christs and those who would teach error in His name. Jesus is now referring to those who would supposedly speak for God, and in doing so… they deceive many. This is happening within the organized church now like never before.
- Lawlessness will Abound: As we draw closer to the end of this age, the spirit of Antichrist will grow stronger and the world will continue to grow darker – more evil and violent. Jesus explained, “And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow But he who endures to the end shall be saved.”
- The Gospel will be Preached to the Whole World: The last sign here in Matthew 24:14 states, “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.” In all the midst of world chaos, the gospel is going out in greater measure than ever. As Christians, if we know God’s word, we cannot be surprised at the chaos that’s occurring. We are growing close to the end of this age and the beginning of Christ’s kingdom on earth. We are so very close to the beginnings of of birth pangs that Jesus described.
Jesus warned us in John 16:33 “…In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
Of course there ARE a few who are truly hearing from God and providing help and guidance for His people. Praise the Lord for that. But far too many leaders are doing whatever is needed to keep the congregation growing and the people giving instead of doing and saying only what God has instructed.
“But test all things carefully [so you can recognize what is good]. Hold firmly to that which is good.” 1 Thessalonians 5:21 AMP.
God is love… When His love in the Church grows cold, it results in His children pushing God off the throne and out of their lives. Isn’t it tragic that because of lawlessness, people will fall away from God. The two things that most often cause people to grow cold spiritually is:
1) persecution; and
2) too much comfort
God is looking for those who will persevere. This is a word that is often used in scripture regarding the end times. If it were not going to be necessary to persevere against resistance and persecution, Jesus would not have continued to urge the Church to be alert, prepared, and persevere. God is looking for a faithful people who will not waver in their trust of Him.
Even in these end times there is great hope. In Revelation 3:10 Jesus said, “Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.”
The above scripture does not say He will remove us from it. But that He will protect us through it. If indeed we are the final generation, we must be prepared to persevere through some difficulties in this world as we enter its final days. Jesus offers us a wonderful promise that goes with the character trait of perseverance… it is protection. Divine Protection! I’ve done due diligence on this subject, so as not to misunderstand God or His ways. Friends, God will protect those who are willing to persevere in their trust and dependence on Him.
Let’s remember 2 Corinthians 4:17-18. “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”
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Prayer: Father, I ask that in Your infinite love that You help each reader of this e-Newsletter today. Direct them to know You better. Help them to build their faith to overcome. Protect them in these end days, dearest Lord. Strengthen and Empower them and Guide them into all truth. In the mighty name of Jesus I pray. Amen.
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So remember, we’re not in the dark as the world is. “But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober.” 1 Thessalonians 5:4-6.
God has given us a roadmap to recognize the times of the end. Jesus has given us much information so that we will not be caught unaware. Keep your eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of your faith. Persevere in keeping your trust in Him and He will in turn protect those who trust in Him until He comes to take you home.
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