Summary: In these days when it seems God’s people are losing, don’t despair. Instead, be confident in the victory that’s soon coming, and be ready when Jesus comes to give us that victory.
There is an old legend that describes Satan in a meeting with all his demons. He wanted to send one of them to earth to aid men and women in the ruination of their souls, and he asked for volunteers.
One creature came forward and said, “I will go.” Satan said, “If I send you, what will you tell the children of men?” He said, “I will tell the children of men that there is no heaven.” Satan said, “They will not believe you, for there is a bit of heaven in every human heart. In the end everyone knows that right and good must have the victory. You may not go.”
Then another came forward, darker and fouler than the first. Satan said, “If I send you, what will you tell the children of men?” He said, “I will tell them there is no hell.” Satan looked at him and said, “Oh, no; they will not believe you, for in every human heart there's a thing called conscience, an inner voice which testifies to the truth that not only will good be triumphant, but that evil will be defeated. You may not go.”
Then one last creature came forward, this one from the darkest place of all. Satan said to him, “And if I send you, what will you say to men and women to aid them in the destruction of their souls?” He said, “I will tell them there is no hurry.” Satan said, “Go!” (Bruce Thielemann, "Tide Riding," Preaching Today No. 30; www.PreachingToday.com)
You see, that’s the most insidious lie – there is no hurry – because it lulls us all into a sense of complacency. If we believe the lie that “There is plenty of time to commit your life to Christ”, or “There is plenty of time to tell your friends about Jesus,” then we will never get to it until it is eternally too late.
Well, I am here to tell you this morning, “There is NOT plenty of time!” “The stage is set for the end-time events exactly as described in biblical prophecy, and time is short!”
If you have your Bibles, I invite you to turn with me to Daniel 7, Daniel 7, where Daniel has an amazing vision about the future all the way down to the day Jesus comes, and the kingdoms of this world become the kingdoms of our Lord. Let me tell you, as we look at this prophecy, you are going to see that that day is very close.
Daniel 7:1-15 In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon, Daniel had a dream, and visions passed through his mind as he was lying on his bed. He wrote down the substance of his dream. Daniel said: “In my vision at night I looked, and there before me were the four winds of heaven churning up the great sea. Four great beasts, each different from the others, came up out of the sea. “The first was like a lion, and it had the wings of an eagle. I watched until its wings were torn off and it was lifted from the ground so that it stood on two feet like a man, and the heart of a man was given to it. “And there before me was a second beast, which looked like a bear. It was raised up on one of its sides, and it had three ribs in its mouth between its teeth. It was told, ‘Get up and eat your fill of flesh!’ “After that, I looked, and there before me was another beast, one that looked like a leopard. And on its back it had four wings like those of a bird. This beast had four heads, and it was given authority to rule. “After that, in my vision at night I looked, and there before me was a fourth beast—terrifying and frightening and very powerful. It had large iron teeth; it crushed and devoured its victims and trampled underfoot whatever was left. It was different from all the former beasts, and it had ten horns. “While I was thinking about the horns, there before me was another horn, a little one, which came up among them; and three of the first horns were uprooted before it. This horn had eyes like the eyes of a man and a mouth that spoke boastfully. “As I looked, “thrones were set in place, and the Ancient of Days took his seat. His clothing was as white as snow; the hair of his head was white like wool. His throne was flaming with fire, and its wheels were all ablaze. A river of fire was flowing, coming out from before him. Thousands upon thousands attended him; ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him. The court was seated, and the books were opened. “Then I continued to watch because of the boastful words the horn was speaking. I kept looking until the beast was slain and its body destroyed and thrown into the blazing fire. (The other beasts had been stripped of their authority, but were allowed to live for a period of time.) “In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence. He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all peoples, nations and men of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed. “I, Daniel, was troubled in spirit, and the visions that passed through my mind disturbed me. (NIV)