Friday, April 13, 2012

End time warnings are sent to spark faith

On the Mount of Olives, Jesus sat with his disciples and answered their questions about the end of the age and the signs of His second coming. He answered in specific detail in Matthew 24 and 25, also Mark 13 and Luke 21. It is the longest answer He gave to any question the disciples asked.

The verses in Mt 24:3-6 read: " 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?” And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. 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."

Verse 6 begins with 'to hear'. I looked up the Greek word to hear, listen is from: akoúō – properly, to hear (listen); (figuratively) to hear God's voice which prompts Him to birth faith within

These signs are warnings to allow the Spirit to give birth to the faith within. A parallel reference to Matthew 24:6 is given as Romans 10:17: "So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ."

He speaks through His word (the bible) and He speaks through the creation.

Of those who won't listen and won't allow the birth of faith inside them by heeding the end times signs, I am reminded of Paul's warning in Romans 1:18, "The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness,'

They suppress the nascent flame of faith that the signs are meant to kindle!

Please listen to what Jesus is telling us in these days. He loves you and wants for your sins to be forgiven so He may embrace you as friend on Judgment Day (1 Timothy 2:4), and not cast you alive into the Lake of Fire as an enemy. The difference between friend and enemy is a personal recognition of our own sins, and asking Jesus to forgive them, making Him the Lord and Savior of your life- this life AND the next one.

3 comments:

  1. Yes!!! Amen!! Please dont harden your hearts! Lord help us.

    Also, we that are in Christ need to draw nearer to Him. Building our treasures in a world falling apart instead of in Heaven is becoming more and more absurd but its still easy to get distracted. Please mold us Lord to be living sacrifices and give us the courage and strength to share Your gospel and to truly be Christ to others while there is still time. In Jesus' name.

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  2. Also wanted to say that i think we need to pray against this mayan 2012 deception. I wish more preachers would talk about end times prophecy because the first thing people think of is mayan 2012 doomsday when anything related to global catastrophe comes up.

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    1. I agree Debbie, many preachers today simply don't preach on it or offer studies about it. I have read that is because they were not trained in it in seminary and either don't feel comfortable with the subject matter or are not aware of its importance. Therefore it becomes easier to be deceived when a Mayan deception kind of cultural phenomenon takes place, or even a Harold Camping.

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