Summary: If you believe the end is near, then what are you doing about it?
September 1, 2013
Text: Isaiah 44:1-8
Title: Preparing for the End
You can’t go anywhere today where Christians are gathered without hearing someone talk about the imminent return of Christ. I can say without any doubt that the majority of us here today have thought about this topic probably in the past few weeks. But what makes us think that things are any different now than they were a hundred years ago? Every time an earthquake is reported, every news report of war and human atrocities around the world we think, “How long o Lord?” We read in the bible about what the end times church will be like… 1 Timothy 4:1-2, 1The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. 2Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron. 2 Timothy 3:1-5, 1But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God—5having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them. So wouldn’t you agree with me that according to these things it seems like Jesus could come back at any time? Now these all point to the second coming, but in those passages referring to the church it is about the falling away that comes in the end. Notice that the “church” is not exempt fro the great apostasy…
But what about the great revival that is coming? Where do we see that in the bible? Matthew 22:1-8, 1Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying: 2“The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son. 3He sent his servants to those who had been invited to the banquet to tell them to come, but they refused to come.
4“Then he sent some more servants and said, ‘Tell those who have been invited that I have prepared my dinner: My oxen and fattened cattle have been butchered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding banquet.’
5“But they paid no attention and went off—one to his field, another to his business. 6The rest seized his servants, mistreated them and killed them. 7The king was enraged. He sent his army and destroyed those murderers and burned their city.
8“Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come. 9Go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.’ 10So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, both good and bad, and the wedding hall was filled with guests.
Read Isaiah 44:1-8,
1 “But now listen, O Jacob, my servant,
Israel, whom I have chosen.
2 This is what the LORD says—