Archive for June 6th, 2017

Matthew 24

Matthew 24 has Jesus talking with His disciples about the last days of the end times.  The details are sketchy in many ways, but the teaching is direct.  “See that no one leads you astray”.  We have to pay attention to what is happening around us to be sure we don’t miss the signs that His return is coming.  The time leading up to that will not be pretty.  “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and  put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations for my name’s sake. And then many will fall away and betray one another and hate one another”.  When Jesus returns, it won’t be into a peaceful and loving world.

But He is coming again.  Before that happens though, His gospel must be proclaimed to all people everywhere.  “And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come”.  Every people group will hear the gospel before Jesus comes.  That message is being accelerated with the technology available today, but there is still much to be done.  The data says there are over 16,000 distinct people groups on the planet today.  Of those, over 6,000 are still unreached.  So almost half the world’s population is in those groups, and there is much to be done before Christ will return.  But the speed at which these groups are being reached is accelerating.  Christ’s return is coming!

As we await that day, Jesus warns us what to expect.  “For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect”.  There are some who will see this as an opportunity to grab power, position or possessions and turn it into a personal gain.  We have to remain diligent and make sure we don’t fall for these false teachings.  We’ll know whe Jesus returns.  “Then will appear in heaven the sign of the Son of Man, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory”.  It won’t be a quiet entry.  We’ll know when Christ returns.

His mission will be clear: “they will gather his elect” and move them all to eternal life with God.  This isn’t a theory.  Jesus tells us “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away”.  The Bible is true, not just about this topic, but about every Word it contains. It won’t pass away.  The data on the uniqueness of that book is staggering. No book in history compares.  We need to study and know what scripture teaches.  Jesus tells us to “stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming”.  We need to be ready and prepared.  That means studying His Word and walking with Christ day by day.  Are you ready for His return?  Will He know you when He comes?  Today is the day to prepare if you aren’t!

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