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End Times Explosion

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Sermon shared by Jerry Shirley

February 2008
Summary: Bible reasons why a soon return of Christ is not just possible but PROBABLE - Compelling evidence that at any time now Christ could explode onto the scene, rupturing the sky and rapturing the saints! Link inc. to formatted text, audio & video, PowerPoint.
Denomination: Baptist
Audience: General adults
Sermon:
End Times Explosion
Matthew 24:32-44

http://gbcdecatur.org/sermons/Explosion.html

This week an errant spy satellite, usually capable of reading a newspaper on earth from space, was shot down in low earth orbit with a missile precise to the square foot where the actual fuel tank was located, and we were able to see it happen on video from the ground. Amazing indeed is all that “I can spy with my little eye” today!

Is it possible that Jesus will return in our lifetime? It’s not just possible...but probable. I’m not a date setter, and I’m not trying to make a prediction. But we need to recognize the signs of the times, and I’d like to share with you some more compelling evidence that at any time now Christ could explode onto the scene, rupturing the sky and rapturing the saints!

End times events that precede the rapture are being played out before our very eyes. The panorama for the second coming is spread out like a table for Sunday dinner. The stage is set, the key players have taken position, the cameras are rolling and the lights are beginning to dim. A hush is falling across the audience in heaven and all we need is for the Director to cry out, “Action!”

And if I die before the rapture, I want to give advanced instruction to put on my tombstone, “He died surprised”.

Joke—a hypochondriac always complained about the illnesses he felt that he had...but it was all imaginary. But he grew old and eventually died. He had instructed the engraver to put on his headstone, “I told you I was sick!”

Some say that every generation has believed Christ would return in their lifetime...that simply isn’t true. Every generation has hoped to see His return, but not all have expected it in their lifetime.

Ill.—Sir Isaac Newton was not only a great scientist, but also a theologian, especially late in his life. He concluded that his generation would not see the return of Christ. He did not see the signs of the end times coming just yet. He said, “About the time of the end, a body of men will be raised up who will turn their attention to the prophecies and insist upon their literal interpretation in the midst of much clamor and opposition.”

Ill.—C. H. Spurgeon, one of the greatest preachers of the 19th Century, asked, “Will Jesus appear in 1866 or 1867? I am inclined to think that He will not come at any such time. It seems to me that there are a great many prophecies which much be fulfilled before the coming of Christ. We shall go on many a day yet. We may have to wait for another century.”

Another century has come and gone, but my what has changed in that century. This leads to a powerful discussion of the fulfillment of one of the lesser known prophecies of the Old Testament.
Daniel 12:4
But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.
This verse makes us think of the transportation age, and the knowledge explosion of this past century. Think about it...

From the time God created Adam to this day, about 6,000 years have passed, and for all but the last 100 of those years man either walked, sailed, or rode horses. The 20th Century saw man come up with automobiles, planes, jets, and spacecraft.

For centuries Bible scholars interpreted ‘run to and fro’ as a coming increase in travel and in the speed
Comments and Shared Ideas
George Hoeppner
December 31, 2008
I appreciate these messages on the end times...Yes, He is coming again, and signs point to sooner than later...to be ready is the message we need to preach! All the predictions in the world by all the theologians will not change God''s timing...so keep preaching the Word and praying that God will open the ears and eyes of the readers and listeners! BE READY!
Arne Hansen
February 25, 2008
Pastor Shirley does a good job presenting more reasons Jesus will return soon. Be sure your congregation is watching and waiting and ready to go.

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