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Summary: In all the hoopla over the endtimes and the rapture, Christians must focus on getting ready, realizing that we will KNOW when it happens when it happens, focusing on getting others ready, while understanding that its God whose going to win in the end.

“Endtimes and the Rapture”

2003 Hot Topics Series

I Thessalonians 4:16-18 (quickview) , Matthew 24:3-44 (quickview)  (read for congregation), I Corinthians 15:50-58 (quickview) 

August 31, 2003

Purpose: In all the hoopla over the end-times and the rapture, Christians must focus on getting ready, realizing that we will KNOW when it happens beyond all shadow of doubt, focusing on getting others ready, while understanding that its God whose going to win in the end.

Introduction –

Jamie and her countdown to pre-school…(My daughter Jamie has been counting down the days until she begins preschool. Each day she starts her morning by announcing to whoever will hear how many days she has left.)

All Christians in the midst of a countdown…we’re waiting until Jesus comes again.

In Matthew 24 (quickview) , the disciples were no different than any Christian. They wanted to know how it all was going to happen. Jesus gave them the answer, but not necessarily the one they were looking for.

I. The first point I see Jesus making is that “It’s Good to Be Ready”

We live in a time when there are wars and rumors of wars…

where nations have risen up against nations and kingdoms against kingdoms.

We live in a time where many “new age” false prophets have come and spout their version of

the truth…they claim to be their own Christ, their own the Messiah, their own Savior…

We live in a time where these false christs and false prophets rise and show great signs and

wonders in order to deceive…

We live in a time when a large majority the earth’s population is experiencing famine and

poverty…

We live in a time when pestilences and earthquakes and natural disasters are seen on our

televisions as regularly as sitcoms…and it’s often hard to differentiate reality from

Hollywood…

We live in a time when many are offended, where many are betrayed, where many hate one

another….

We live in a time where lawlessness is taken less seriously, where love has grown cold, where

it seems that since the beginning of the world it has never been any worse than this…

We live in the time that we’ve been warned about…

when we’ve been told to “take heed so that we are no deceived,”

when we’ve been told to “See that we are not troubled, for these things must come to

pass…”

when we’ve been told to “endure to the end” and “witness to all the nations” the gospel

of the kingdom.

We live in a time when eventually the end will come…

But here me when I say…

Our parents lived in times such as these…

Their parents lived in times such as these…

Their parents lived in times such as these…

And we can back to John sitting on the island of Patmos after writing the book of Revelation

saying, “Surely the Lord is coming soon…” because he believed he lived in times such as these.

For generations, people have stood up and proclaimed that the end is near…

I say whether its near or not makes no difference (Paul said for me to die is gain, but to live is Christ.)As Christians we need to ready as if it were to happen today.

Jesus said, “No one knows about that day or hour…therefore, keep watch because you do not

know on what day your Lord will come.”


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