“3 Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?”
4 And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. 6 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.
9 “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. 10 And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. 11 Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. 12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But he who endures to the end shall be saved. 14 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.”Matthew 24:3-14 NKJV
I saw a meme on the internet that asked “What verse in Revelations are we doing today?” Oh my friends, we haven’t made it to Revelations yet!! We are still in the first book of the New Testament. Time for us to learn to tell time!
This is not a post on the end time prophesies – I couldn’t do it justice in just one post. But just so we are clear, Jesus said he will return in the clouds for a rapture (taking his church with him off the Earth). This is NOT the second coming – when in the book of Revelations the final war of Armageddon happens. In the Rapture the Church will rise up to meet Him in the sky – so that really isn’t a second coming.
This passage above is what Jesus said to look for to know the end will come soon. They thought it was the end times when Jesus died and was resurrected. They thought it was the end times throughout the rest of the New Testament. They said it was the end time when the black plague swept through Europe. They thought it was the end when Americas were discovered. They thought it was the end when World War 1 happened and more so with World War 2! Will our ancestors look back on 2020 and say – they even thought that was the end.
How long will God tarry? How far must we stretch His grace and mercy?
” 25 “And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; 26 men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 27 Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.”Luke 21: 25-28 NKJV
No one knows when the rapture will happen. Some say it will happen before the tribulation period. Some say midway through the tribulation. I honestly don’t know and will not speculate. But all of the thing above have happened or are happening. So if Jesus comes before or during it makes no difference to me – I am looking up!
If he came right now – are you ready? Will you be taken up into the sky??
” 34 “But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly. 35 For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth. 36 Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.”Luke 21:34-37 NKJV
It is so easy, with our heavy hearts to get distracted. Going back to yesterday’s post – obedience to the will of God. If we are obedient, we most assuredly are going up. Jesus gives us a few more directions to obey – don’t let “your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life”. And “Watch and pray”.
The principality of Fear and hording (greed) came over the earth with the Coronavirus. Then came the spirit of War in the form of chaos, hatred, and selfishness (greed) – yes, like fear this is also here to stay. No worries, just like before with the fear we can pray through it. We can press it back, but only so much because “these things will come to pass”.
“4 But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. 5 You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. 6 Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober. 7 For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk are drunk at night. 8 But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation. 9 For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him. 11 Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing.”1 Thessalonians 5:4-11 NKJV
Did you notice this passage ends with telling us to be encouraged? This should encourage you. If you are feeling any fear about it – then pray for the Lord to reveal why it makes you fearful. Is it because of unrepentance? Is it disobedience? Is it the spirit of fear?
The end is our promise – our goal. This should encourage you! We may be here on this Earth for such a time as this – to pull in the final harvest and participate in the rapture! Glory!
So, let me circle back to the last verse in the first passage of this post:
“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.”Matthew 24:14 NKJV
This is stated as a fact – but it is our job right now. Every one of us should be preaching. Tell someone about your relationship with Jesus. Show them how Jesus is helping you get through this and can help them to.
“For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”Esther 4:14 NKJV
Maranatha ~ Come Lord Jesus!
~Grace be with you ~
~Thank you for reading ~ Be healthy and blessed ~
~ Watch and Pray ~