Many times we are so caught up in this fast pace world and have grown so accustomed to it that we do not want change, we don’t want the future to come. “Why can’t we just get them now and not have to wait?” We all know that is not how it is and so many people have so little patience (including myself). (Photo credit: Turn Back to God)
In this entry we are going to take a look at some of the things to look for in prophecy that will usher in the End Times. As I am sure you have been told, whether you are fifty or twenty, we all have heard that the end is near. You may have also been warned to be ready to meet the Lord. This was true in the time of the disciples and the apostles as well, and the promise of Jesus they thought was for them, “Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened.” (Mark 13:30)
The Thessalonians thought they had missed the Rapture altogether in the letter that Paul wrote to them having to let them be assured that they have not. Often, the aforementioned passage of Scripture is misquoted. When the context is looked it, Jesus was clearly not referring to their generation specifically, but the generation which would be alive during the Tribulation.
John and Paul always lived in expectation of the Second Coming, as did Peter. The Church believed it could occur at any moment, and indeed, it still will! These were just a few of the examples of people always expecting the end to be near. There are predictions in prophecy that are starting to come true in this generation including the reformation of the State of Israel in 1948 and the ever increasing amount of natural disasters in the world.
Even Jesus himself told us that these things must take place when the disciples asked him, “’…what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?’” Jesus had a rather long reply, but in Matthew 24:7 He conveyed, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places.”
When we truly realize the effect of these prophecies and the current rate of their fulfillment, things can be overwhelming and a little scary but if we take a look at Luke 21:28, “When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” I do believe we are coming to a crossroads in this world as these things have done been set in motion.
Now, I do not claim to be a prophet proclaiming that “He is going to come on this date or that date,” we are not supposed to know these things only our heavenly father does. (See Matthew 24:36) We can easily say that is the reason these things were written not to know when it was time for the rapture or the second coming for the fact that that the Lord wants us to live by Him and for Him all of our days – not just when it matters the most.
Do not misunderstand me – people die every day and before they die repent and do go to Heaven. This is a wonderful example of God’s characteristics: His ever-abounding mercy and grace. But there are some that do not have that luxury that die instantly as I have seen personally in my own life. Consider: Jesus taught about Hell twice as much as he talked about Heaven.
Not to scare people into being saved and following him but to tell them, “you know, I am trying to save you from these horrible things,” but just like today people will do it on their own time. Jesus did not sugar coat anything, He told the truth because He was the way, the truth and the life. (John 14:6) So many people get caught up with their own life in “what’s going on today and what I am doing tomorrow” to stop and look through the eyes of faith.
Whether you are a Christian or not we are only promised the time that you are living in at this moment not tomorrow or next week, or even the next month; when I personally see someone pass away, I do think about the mourning of the family but most important I think of how they lived their life and where I believe they went: Heaven or Hell, for we are only here for a short moment and Heaven or Hell is eternity.
Regardless of who reads this and who does not, we all sin. (Romans 3:23) Jesus is the only one who never sinned, and if a person claims to have never sinned, he just did – because he told a lie and though we live in this body, this is not are permanent home. I urge you if you do not know the Lord, it is not too late to accept the Lord as your one and true savior. If we confess with our mouth that Christ is Lord and repent of our sins, He is merciful and true to forgive us. (Romans 10:9, 1st John 1:9)
I know we got a little off course but the writing is on the wall. There has never been a better time than right now to accept Christ Jesus than today – even right now. If you have any questions (but please remain civil), feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or email the email@example.com, we will be more than happy to answer any question that you may have. You may also visit our facebook or visit our Ministry website. May god bless you in all you do. Aaron Taylor