Summary: We are living in difficult times; we are living in prophetic times. All we have to do is examine the word of God and realize the signs are being given.
The truth is that nowadays we can’t watch television or listen to the radio without hearing mention of distant wars and disasters. We are living in difficult times; we are living in prophetic times. All we have to do is examine the word of God and realize the signs are being given. As I said, we can’t watch television or listen to the radio without hearing that Iraq biological weapons at their disposal, weapons that can cause the death of thousands of people with just one use. We also hear that North Korea, who has broken all the laws between nations, is now developing nuclear bombs, weapons that can also cause the death of thousands with just one use. The world doesn’t realize that we are on the verge of a third world war. I tell you this because when we examine the word of God and compare what it says to world events, you don’t have to be a genius to realize that the situation is grave. Why do I tell you this? Let us go to the word and we shall see if what I am telling you is true.
Matthew 24:3-12 – And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? 4And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. 5For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. 6And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. 8All these are the beginning of sorrows. 9Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake. 10And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. 11And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. 12And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
Before we proceed I want to make something very clear, the purpose of this preaching is not to scare or frighten anyone; nor do I claim to know the day or date that the inevitable will happen, that is to say when this evil world will end, when our Lord will return to do justice; this date is only known to God. This is something that is clearly stated by our Lord in Mark 13:32 when we read “But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.” Therefore, the purpose of this preaching is to call believers to repentance; the purpose of this preaching is to call believers into His service. The purpose of this preaching is to awaken those that have fallen asleep in the pews of their churches and are so comfortable that they don’t realize the Lord is at the door. Many think that we have time, many feel that there will be enough time tomorrow to ask for forgiveness of God, that tomorrow they can start a new life, but if this is your way of thinking I am here to tell you that tomorrow is not guaranteed to anyone, and that tomorrow may never come for you. This is something clearly stated in James 4:13-15 when we read “Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: 14Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. 15For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.” I know that many must be thinking, all of this is well and good, but how do we apply this warning that Jesus gave to our life today? To determine this, let us examine the key points of this warning a little closer.