I for one
can’t imagine this world going on the way it has in the past. Signs that
point to the end time when Jesus will return aren’t just subtlety appearing
on the scene, they are exploding with a fierceness that’s unparalleled in mans history. We can
watch this explosion on our television sets, radios, internet, newspapers,
and from every other direction one can imagine. This was not the case even
ten years ago; the birth pangs have arrived.
what are our options as believers now that we are beginning to witness a
plethora of recurring signs which we are assured will occur just before
Jesus return? We have many options. They include such things as witnessing
fervently to our family and friends. Being in constant prayer is an
admonishment from the Apostle Paul, maintaining a close relationship with
our Church family. Create and maintain an atmosphere of love and support for
those who are shut-ins and especially provide for those who lack provisions.
last days all Christians should be intent on always keeping abreast of
whatever intrusions the enemy might devise against the brethren. In these
last days Satan is going to hit hard against anyone who promotes the name of
Jesus and diligently proclaims His message. The last thing any Christian
will want is to be caught alone and off guard when the evil comes down, and
it is coming. Solitude creates evil bedfellows. Continue in fellowship, the
breaking of bread together, encouraging one another.
None of us
know when Jesus is going to remove His Church from the wickedness this world
offers. It could be within the next few
even years. I know what you’re going to say, “Well, if we are seeing the
time of the signs as you’ve suggested could the Rapture of the Church still
be years away”? Yes, but everything is lining up perfectly (prophetically
speaking that is) and this gives us tremendous optimism that our remaining
days here on earth are indeed few.
rub. Believing the truth of the Rapture view and believing that the time for
the Rapture is near has led some to become complacent in their duty to
Christ. Believers should not ease up on witnessing. Complacency is of the
devil, he would love it if those who are born again would all just sit back
and relax and wait on the Rapture. In the meantime Satan will be hard at
work convincing the lost that they are in good shape and not to worry or
take seriously what those wacky Christians are promoting.
the Rapture will occur at some point in time, but similarly to believers he
hasn’t any idea of the exact moment when this will
happen. God has kept it a mystery. More intense persecution of Christians on
his part will become commonplacein
the near future, which will attest to very fact that the Rapture is close at
believers we must combat the lies put forth by Satan and those who follow
him. Jesus, at one point, speaking directly to the Apostle Peter said, “Get
thou art an offence unto me:
for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men”.
Matthew 16:23. Whenever we hear someone spouting off against
most importantly against our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, we can know
without a doubt that we are hearing Satan speak. I can tell you this,the
Holy Spirit has a louder voice and can drown out Satan at every turn if
Christians will only speak up.
Faithfulness is adhering to Jesus’ strict set of commandments in every
aspect of our lives. As believers we all have our own miniature world to
evangelize. You are a Christian and that means that no matter where you go
you are to spread the Gospel of Christ. If you are out on a business trip to
another state that doesn’t mean you leave your Christianity at home. When
you’re on vacation or you’re just out watering the lawn, remember your
Christianity. Our lives should reflect our faith in Christ. We never know
when God’s going to ask us to step out in faith and talk to someone about
feel you’re without sufficient resources or knowledge to speak to others
about your faith. If this is the case,you’ve
probably been neglecting a regular Bible study routine. Our boldness to
witness is provided by the Holy Spirit through prayer and study. You receive
more boldness as you become more familiar with God’s word. If you’re
willing, know this, the Holy Spirit will move you into position to confront
the next person that you encounter with the Gospel of Christ.If
you’re not willing then you’re not following Christ’s commandments.
“If ye love me, keep my commandments”. John 14:15.
Do you love Him or are you just play acting?
resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ was the most important event in
history, and now we are rapidly approaching the second most important event
in history, in the believer’s life, and that is the Rapture. Christians must
step out in faith to follow Jesus’ commandment to spread His Gospel to the
entire world. There is no doubt of the many extreme measures which will be
coming against His Church. I believe some huge obstacles will be thrust
directly into the lives of those Christians who are faithfully following
through with Christ’s commandments. Satan isn’t just going to sitidly
by whilst we take away his followers. Not at all, and you can take stock in
the fact that you will be battered and bruised by his minions of evil. Like
Paul, as he was being pummeled by the enemy over and over again, you too
will feel the heat of battle.
can be one of the most daunting tasks for believers especially now days when
it seems people are so repulsed by and demonstrate such violent tendencies
toward our Christian faith. Neverthelesswe
aren’t to shirk from our duty and keep silent. Paul was persecuted by a
“thorn in the flesh” but still continued evangelizing. He prayed for relief,
but didn’t let this “thorn” stop him. As you face the barriers that Satan
has in store for you, you too can be comforted by Jesus’ words, “My grace
is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness,”
2 Corinthians 12:9.
are blind to the truth, they aren’t able to understand the consequences
surrounding their decision to reject Jesus until those blinders come off.
You and I can help remove those blinders.
God will be
glorified by our witnessing efforts because He is certainly able to equip us
with all we need to complete our task. If we use the strength of Christ as
we confront the lost, the enemy won’t be much of a hindrance, but relying on
our own strength will be our Achilles heel.
If we allow
the current events we see going on around the world to affect our witness in
that we become silent,we
are allowing the enemy to get the upper hand. Can you just imagine what
would have been the outcome of the Apostle’s ministry if they had simply
gone about their pre-Jesus routine after the Lord had ascended into Heaven
instead of spreading the good news of His Gospel as they were commanded to
do? No Gospel proclaimed throughout the world, no Christian movement, and no
Christian Church, just a world of lost sinners vying for whatever scraps of
meaningless existence that could be grasped.
Christians are standing in the sandals of the disciples of yesterday. It’s
our responsibility to proclaim the Gospel of Christ to all nations. We must
not retreat from our assigned task. Think about this, someday we’ll stand
before Jesus Christ face to face. How can we possibly explain to our Savior
our apathy? “I was too sacred”, “I didn’t trust Youto
protect me”, “My faith was too small”, “I didn’t care about others just
myself”. Which of those excuses will you use?
the Rapture of the Church is nigh, and we rejoice in knowing that soon we
will be taken up to be forever with our Lord Jesus. We read and study our
Bibles and those commentaries posted on various
websites that all proclaim the end is in sight. Every day we grow more and
more assured of what we believe about the times of the signs because of what
we see happening around us. But if the majority of Christian believers
continue in their stubborn refusal to spread the Gospel of Christ many of
their family members and friends will be left behind to fend off the wiles
of the devil without the help of the restrainer which is the Holy Spirit.
When the Holy Spirit is removed hell will break lose on earth.
family is anything like mine, you have somerelatives
who, in their current state of mind, aren’t going to spend eternity with
Jesus. They remain in unbelief. You’re okay though, you’re doing just fine.
If that is your attitude you may very well be living in a false sense of
security. As Charles Spurgeon puts it “If you have no heart for the lost you
may not be saved yourself”, and you may find yourself spending eternity with
your unbelieving family members after all.
the ever nearing Rapture of the Church keep you from your assigned task. We
should be witnessing now more fervently then ever before. Christians are to
be salt and light to a lost world, but if that salt loses its saltiness then
it’s absolutely worthless. Are you absolutely worthless? Say NO!