Posts Tagged 'end times'

Snapshots from Mark: Watch Closely

Snapshots from Mark: Watch Closely Sermon Audio Here

Mark 13:14-23

Secretary Brunnell Declares Fake News About His People is Being Telegraphed Over the Country.
—Cincinnati Commercial Tribune (Concinnati, OH), 7 Jun. 1890

The definition of “fake news” is not new: it’s been around a lot longer than we think. So if we’re supposed to watch the signs of the times… how do we know which signs can be trusted?

For What Signs Are We Supposed To Watch?

Signs That Point Out Local Problems ~ Mark 13:14-18

  • 14 historical background on “abomination” (168 BC desecration of the Second Temple by the erection of a Zeus statue by Antiochus Epiphanes. Later, during the destruction of Jerusalem in AD 70, The Temple Mount was covered over with rubble and a pagan temple dedicated to Jupiter was built when Hadrian became Caesar. Hadrian installed on the mount two statues: one of Jupiter and another of himself; this was seen by the Jews as idolatry.)
  • VERSES 15-18 have BOTH historical warnings AND lessons we can implement in our Christian lives RIGHT NOW:
  • 15 move out IMMEDIATELY; don’t delay (If God is prompting you to do something, don’t wait: obey right away)
  • 16 don’t go backwards (our Spiritual Growth isn’t found in our past; it’s in our FUTURE. What does God expect NEXT?)
  • 17/18 notice some will be caught in a tough spot: HELP THEM

Signs That Present The Bigger Picture ~ Mark 13:19-23

  • 19 until now-and= transition verse: Jesus moves from talking about the fall of Jerusalem to the Day of the Lord: there will be similar events, but not the same thing (cf. Daniel 12:1)
  • 20 this is a prophetic ECHO: it has happened AND it will happen again; God has cut short the number of times it will happen again (those who ignore the past are doomed to repeat it)
  • 21/22 just like vs. 5-6, people will try to use false religion with a twisted idea of Jesus to lead people astray
  • 23 BE ON GUARD: if anyone claims to teach a Jesus that is NOT the same as the Biblical Jesus, who was Himself giving this warning, THEY ARE FALSE – DO NOT FOLLOW FAKE JESUS

We’re stuck in a paradox: we’re called to BE the Kingdom of God right here and right now; and yet, the fully realized Kingdom won’t happen until AFTER the Day of the Lord, and only God knows when that will end. BOTH ARE TRUE; Live for Christ TODAY & Every Day

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Advent: Preparing for the Last Day

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Romans 13:11-14

How do we prepare for the first day of school? How do we prepare for the LAST day of school? What’s the difference? The unknown experience!

How Will We Prepare For The Last Day?

Adjust to God’s Agenda ~ Isaiah 2:1-5

  • v2/3 God will teach us His ways
  • v4/5 God will judge & we will respond with peace ((if our world isn’t peaceful, we’ve got a ways to go))

Wake Up & Get Dressed ~ Romans 13:11-14

  • v11/12 wake up from the darkness
  • v13/14 get dressed for the Day

Matthew 24:36-44 leads us to ask: “When will it happen?” God only knows. SO – keep watch. Be ready. Remind each other as we wait that He will come.

Learning from Luke: What Should We Watch?

Learning from Luke: What Should We Watch? Sermon Audio Here

Luke 21:29-38

Are we preparing for Jesus’ second coming? How do we know when He’ll arrive? In Bible college (during the early 80’s), we were sure He would arrive just around 2000 AD. In 1992, I read a pamphlet that said He’d arrive during 2006. Harold Camping set up his whole ministry with the idea that Jesus would arrive on May 21, 2011 (and then again on October 21st when He didn’t show up in May). If we’re supposed to be aware of the signs of His coming, what should we watch?

Every Christian Concerned About The End Times Should

Prepare With A Parable
Luke 21:29-33

  • v29 fig trees are common; Jesus asks us to LOOK AROUND US
  • v30 we don’t need prophets or gurus to give us secret knowledge; SEE FOR YOURSELVES
  • v31 WHEN YOU SEE YOU KNOW God is at work; nothing like it!
  • v32 Promise 1: God’s people will not pass away
  • v33 Promise 2: Jesus’ words will not pass away (God’s people, based on God’s word, will endure forever)

Be Aware of the Warning
Luke 21:34-38

  • v34 BE CAREFUL; we are easily distracted
  • v35 remember: THAT DAY will come for everyone
  • v36 1) BE ON THE WATCH;
    • 2) PRAY TO ESCAPE (the trials that occurred in 70AD);
    • 3) PRAY TO STAND BEFORE CHRIST (Judgment Day)
  • v37 Jesus taught every day; He still does!

When do YOU set aside time to hear from Christ? If we are to Watch for God’s Kingdom, let’s listen to the Lord to bring it about in the meantime!

Devotionals Online: 06

The Day of the Lord
Verses to Read: 1 Thes. 5:1-11
There’s a wonderful song that’s a favorite of mine: People Get Ready by Margaret Becker. The concept in the song is that Christ could be coming back at any time, and we’ve got to be ready to go. What do you need to do to get ready to leave on vacation? Now how would that be different if you knew you were going to be leaving for good?
The Thessalonians were getting some pretty mixed up advice about how to prepare for the coming of the Lord. Paul sets them straight, and encourages them to be sober minded as they think about what they need to be doing in their lives.

This is great advice for me as well – to be sober minded as I think about what I need to get done. I have no idea how long I’ll be on the planet – so while I’m here, I want to be like Jesus, and be about “my Father’s business”.

Lord, make me aware of not only what I need to do, but who I’ll be working with, and for WHOM I am working (I’m serving You, not just the ideals that You laid out). Amen.

People, get ready… there’s a train a’comin…

Title of the Devotion:
Verses to Read:
Opening Thought / Illustrative Story – 1 paragraph:
What is the bible author saying to you in this verse? – 1 paragraph:

How can I apply this to my life? – 1 paragraph:

Closing Prayer:

Ending Thought – a short, one line thought to end the Devotional


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