Signs of the Times (1)
When the disciples came to Jesus and asked Him, ‘…what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?’, He told them things were going to get worse before they got better.
Then He added these words: ‘…see to it that you are not alarmed…’ (v 6 NIV). The word ‘alarmed’ is one Jesus used only on this occasion; it means ‘to wail, to cry aloud’. In essence, what He was saying is this: ‘Don’t fall apart when bad things happen.’
For the next few days let’s look at some of the signs Jesus said would herald His return.
Spiritual deception. ‘…Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, “I am the Messiah,” and will deceive many’ (vv 4-5 NIV). Notice, there’ll be many deceived, as well as many deceivers. Jesus also said they’ll come ‘in my name’, masquerading as ministers of God and claiming special status and superior spirituality. They’ll boast of insider information and adorn their teachings with phrases like ‘God told me,’ implying they have access to information the common people like you don’t have.
Don’t be misled. Jesus also warned, ‘…false Messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive… even the elect’ (v 24 NIV). Multitudes and miracles—when you see them, be careful. Satan can counterfeit both. Be doctrinally diligent.
Focus on one question: ‘Is this person pointing listeners to Jesus?’
There is only room for one name on the marquee—and that’s His!
‘…what will be the sign of Your coming?…’ Matthew 24:3 NKJV
ENCOURAGEMENT 4 TODAY
John 4:23; 6:63; 8:31-32; 14:23; Mal. 2:15; Jude 21
the hour is coming, & is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit & truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship Him! The words that I have spoken to you are spirit & life! If you abide in My word, you are truly my disciples, & you will know the truth, & the truth will set you free! If anyone loves Me, he will keep my word, & My Father will love Him, & we will come to Him & make our home with Him. What was the one God seeking? Godly offspring! So guard yourselves in your spirit! Keep yourself in the love of God!
God is seeking Godly offspring! Children who will truly worship Him! seek Him today & you will be amazed!