|Posted by firstname.lastname@example.org on August 14, 2019 at 7:15 PM|
In Matthew 24, Jesus took the time to explain to His disciples what to look for in determining the general time frame when He would return, and time as we know it would come to an end. When we study the signs that He gave and measure them against today's current events, and unbiased person would conclude that there is nothing left that needs to be in place before Jesus' iminent return. He said, "Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in My name saying I am Christ, and shall deceive many. And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famine and pestilences and earthquakes in divers places All these are the BEGINNING of sorrows. Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for My name's sake. And then shall many be offended and shall betray one another and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall arise and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. BUT HE THAT SHALL ENDURE UNTIL THE END, THE SAME SHALL BE SAVED." (Matthew 24: 4-13)
It does not take much research into current events to see that all of these things are in progress as you are reading this blog. We hear on a daily basis of everything from genocide, to physical warfare, to trade wars and iminent wars that haven't happened yet. We know that many who pose as spiritual leaders are not preaching a true Christ-based gospel, but a gospel of prosperity and the here and now, with no mention ever of the eternal implications of the lives we now live. We see the extreme poverty in some countries while we take for granted the riches (at least in comparison) that we enjoy here, not to mention that small percentage that live like royalty while millions wonder where their next meal is coming from. We hear of the diseases old and new that come or resurface with each passing year, some affecting populations to epidemic proportions. And although we still enjoy the freedom to express our religious beliefs here with few repercussions, the are some of our brethren and sisters in other parts of the world who do endure great persecution for their faith, even down to the laying down of their lives (The Voice of the Martyrs provides an excellent resource for this particular discussion). However, being an American does NOT exempt us from the ostracism we can face from our family, society and so-called friends because of our Christian profession--and in a matter of time, it is bound to get worse. The comforting part of all of this is, that for those of us who can stand until all of this finishes its course, He promises us that salvation is ours--and all of the rewards that accompany it.
So if there was ever any doubt that the Bible is true, and that Jesus is soon to return, I would advise you to refer to the Scriptures and read the rest. Then, having done so, make the decision to surrender your life to Christ. Nothing and no one in this world is worth your neglecting to make this eternally critical decision. Time is running out, and the signs are all here! If you consider the estate of your eternal soul, and realize that you have not acknowledged Jesus in the pardon of your sins, then I refer you to our Contact Us page, where you can see how to pray a prayer of repentance and contact us to learn your next steps. And remember, if you want to reach the right destination, you must follow the signs! God bless you and keep you is my prayer!