At our Tuesday night Bible study we were discussing the end times. What is sad, is that this is an issue that is a dividing line in the church. Some Christians will not associate with one another simply because they believe something different about the end time. I have had people ask me if I was pre, mid, or post tribulation, as I answered them they basically said then we cannot fellowship. This is not the heart of God. I tend to go by what Jesus said. Basically he said 4 things concerning the end times.
First He said TO BE READY: Jesus gave 3 parables about being ready. Remember in Matthew 25:1-13 the story is told of ten virgins getting ready for the wedding. The story calls five of them wise and 5 of them foolish. The ones he called wise were because they took extra oil to keep their lamps burning and the foolish ones did not. This story i basically talking about keeping our relationship with Jesus fresh and new everyday. Then Jesus gives the story of the talents in verses 14-30. This story tells us to use the gifts god as given us to the best of our ability. By using these gifts we stay sharp and ready. The third story is about the man of the house protecting the house if he knows a thief is coming. In Matthew 24:43-44 Jesus says, that the master of the house would protect his house if he knew the thief was coming. We have been warned that the thief in John 10:10 comes to steal, kill, and destroy so we need to stay ready for that.
Second He said TO KNOW THE SIGNS: He gave us the signs listed below and if we cannot see we are in those times, we must be blind.
1. Many will be deceived. Matt 24:4-5, 11, 23-24 Mark 13:5-6, 21-22 Luke 21:8
2. Wars and rumors of wars. Matt 24:6-7 Mark 13:7-8 Luke 21:9-10
3. Disasters. Matt 24:7 Mark 13:8 Luke 21:11
4. Christians will be hated. Matt. 24:9-10 Mark 13:9, 13 Luke 21:12-19
5. Iniquity will be great. Matt 24:12
6. Gospel will be preached to all nations. Matt 24:14 Mark 13:10
7. As the days of Noah. Matt. 37-39
Third He said NO ONE KNOWS WHEN IT WILL HAPPEN: If you read the warnings above he states that there will be those who come and say it is about to happen and he says flee from them. In Matthew 24:36 Jesus said, “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
Forth He said I AM PREPARING A PLACE FOR YOU: John 14:1-4 Jesus says I am going to make a place for you.
To sum this up, should I be worried every time I hear a preacher say this or that or who the players of the end time game will be? NO! Just know to stay ready, watch for the signs, don’t try to figure out when, and know that there is a place being prepared for you that is beyond belief.