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Have you seen the news lately? Have you been on social media?
Scary, isn’t it?
The Apostle Paul predicted today’s culture exactly in 2 Timothy 3: 1-5:
Paul was writing to his young apprentice, Timothy.
“You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly.”
And then he tells him, “Stay away from people like that!”
Easier said than done, right?
Over in Matthew 24: 1-8, Jesus and his disciples were leaving the Temple grounds in Jerusalem…
“…his disciples pointed out to him the various Temple buildings.
But he responded, “Do you see all these buildings? I tell you the truth, they will be completely demolished. Not one stone will be left on top of another!”
Jesus here was predicting the Roman invasion and destruction of the temple which happened in 70 AD.
“ Later, Jesus sat on the Mount of Olives. His disciples came to him privately and said, “Tell us, when will all this happen? What sign will signal your return and the end of the world?”
This is typical of humans. We want to know the future. We want to be prepared.
‘Jesus told them, “Don’t let anyone mislead you, for many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah.’ They will deceive many. And you will hear of wars and threats of wars, but don’t panic. Yes, these things must take place, but the end won’t follow immediately. Nation will go to war against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in many parts of the world. But all this is only the first of the birth pains, with more to come.’
Folks, the birth pains are getting stronger and more frequent. You can’t deny this.
In Mathew 25, Jesus tells the Parable of the 10 Bridesmaids or Virgins (depending on your Bible version)…
“The Kingdom of Heaven will be like ten bridesmaids who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. The five who were foolish didn’t take enough olive oil for their lamps, but the other five were wise enough to take along extra oil. When the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and fell asleep.
“At midnight they were roused by the shout, ‘Look, the bridegroom is coming! Come out and meet him!’
“All the bridesmaids got up and prepared their lamps. Then the five foolish ones asked the others, ‘Please give us some of your oil because our lamps are going out.’
“But the others replied, ‘We don’t have enough for all of us. Go to a shop and buy some for yourselves.’
“But while they were gone to buy oil, the bridegroom came. Then those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was locked.
Later, when the other five bridesmaids returned, they stood outside, calling, ‘Lord! Lord! Open the door for us!’
“But he called back, ‘Believe me, I don’t know you!’
“So you, too, must keep watch! For you do not know the day or hour of my return.”
Are you ready for Jesus’ return? No one knows the day or the hour, not even Jesus. Only God the Father knows. But the signs are here.
When I was growing up, my mom had a ceramic wall plaque depicting Jesus knocking at a door. The original painting is by English artist William Holman Hunt, called the “Light of the World” and painted circa 1850. It shows Jesus knocking at a door. The interesting thing is the door has no outer door knob. It illustrates the scripture passage Revelation 3:20 which reads…
“Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.”
You have to open the door to your heart and let Him in. But He’s knocking? Do you hear Him?
He then goes on to say…
“Those who are victorious will sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat with my Father on his throne. Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand what he is saying to the churches.”
I’ll go into the letters to the churches in Revelation in a future episode. Subscribe so you don’t miss it.
As for now, you need to ask yourself, do I REALLY KNOW JESUS?
It’s not too late. He’s still knocking.