“Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.”- Mark 13:33
“And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?” v3
In Matthew 24 Jesus himself warns us about the signs of the Last Days. These things must occur before he descends from heaven with his many angels. So as God has warned us, take heed, watch and pray. Satan is on a rampage throughout the world and he’s building all of his followers up to the point where their hearts will wax cold and they will soon persecute the righteous.
“And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.” v4
Deception is a trait and device of Satan. He had used it in heaven to fool his following angels to turn against God. That same spirit that he has, he will use on people. And that same spirit abiding in people will spread and be used amongst one another. That is why it is very hard to trust people these days like the government for example. It is this same device that the antichrist will use when he makes his final appearance before mankind.
“For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.” v5
Even Jesus warns us about false prophets and false christs who would rise to power and deceive even the elite. The only way we can identify this other device of Satan, we must seek God’s Holy Spirit, his Wisdom, his knowledge, and his strength to fight against temptations. This world is growing wickeder, but God still gets the victory at the end.
“And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.” v6
Today we are already hearing a lot about Isis and these nations with weapons of mass destruction. Jesus prophesied of these things occurring.
“For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.” v7
Throughout history nations have been stepping on each other’s toes. And famines and diseases such as the Ebola has risen scares across the world. Natural disasters too were prophesied and have been occuring in the strangest places. In 2011 an earthquake went through the East Coast from Virginia. I live in Baltimore, Maryland where I witnessed it first hand in my house. That was the first time ever Baltimore had an earthquake. Things are happening people, but they all are a wake up call, “Return to Jesus” don’t turn your back on him.
“All these are the beginning of sorrows.” v8
Just to think what’s happening now is the beginning of sorrows. So Jesus was warning us that this is only going to get worst. The only way we can be safe is in the name of Jesus Christ. It is okay to prepare for what’s to come, but there’s no better preparation than being in Jesus, studying the Word of God, Following Jesus and his examples, and spreading the gospel. The only way people will learn or know what is happening and that there’s a spiritual battle going on, is to tell people. There is no fear in Jesus Christ. There is no intimidation. So do not let this world back you in a corner because when it comes to God he has all power and will always make a way for his Word to spread.
“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.” v9
Recently, they had passed the same-sex bill which contrasts with the Word of God and his ownership of our creation. From the stories I’ve heard of businesses and churches being sued for not accommodating homosexuals, it is clear to see that the First Amendment rights have been compromised (which was something the government has been trying to avoid but failed). This is one way the government and the people will try and afflict the righteous by trying to force our hand. But there is no fear in Jesus Christ. No matter what, we must continue to follow Jesus and obey God’s laws because the Word says, the righteous will never be forsaken. Satan will try and turn people against the followers of Christ in different ways, the laws being one of those. But in God, we still get the victory!
“And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.” v10
Jesus prophesied, that during these Last Days, because of our rooting in Jesus Christ, even our families and friends will turn us in. Hatred will spread like disease, infesting in people’s hearts until there is no room for love or mercy. But God. We still get the victory. In our persecutions, we will rise holy and walk with Jesus.
“And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.” v11
We must watch and pray so we can be able to discern between the true and false prophets.
True Prophet must:
-Acknowledge Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit and preach only from the Word of God
-Acknowledge all Ten Commandments even the Sabbath Day (Seventh/Saturday)
-Have the Fruit of the Spirit
-Relate all of their prophecies back to Jesus Christ and God
-Preach that Jesus will return from descending from heaven.
-And importantly, all of their prophesies must come TRUE.
“And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.” v12
Love has waxed cold today. Love brings mercy which many people lack today. Instead, of seeking help in Jesus, people result in committing suicide, murder, kidnapping, etc. People today hate and condemn murder, but accept the Death Penalty. Many decisions made today lack love which brings contradictions in a person’s life. If you do not accept God then you are denying love because God is Love. As these Last Days unravel, Satan will attack love because love makes people think and hesitate. The power of love is strong. It plays a huge role in our decision making and problem solving. So that is the number 1 thing Satan will and has been attacking.
“But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.” v13
But God has the victory. It is not God gets the victory because he already has it. At the end of these trials, God promised those who stay focused and rooted in Jesus will have eternal life. Pray all the time and get closer to God because this world cannot last any longer. Time is winding down and it is up to the righteous to teach, to preach, and to warn people to get right with God.
“And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.” v14
AMEN! The world will know Jesus in some form or manner. With the aid of technology, preachers, and teachers the Word of God will be given across the world. If you are reading this now, then it is another opportunity for you to be saved in Jesus Christ. God has given everyone two choices: Jesus or Satan. Choose ye this day who you will serve. Choose wisely.
Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.
-Written by LCH