Summary: THE SIGNS OF THE TIMES
“The Signs of the Times” Luke 12:54-59
In our passages today we’ll see that Jesus used two illustrations to impress on the crowds the importance of discernment and diligence in spiritual matters.
First, He talked about me weather, and then He talked about a lawsuit.
If we were as discerning about spiritual things as some folks are about me weather, we’d all be better off.
Have you ever noticed, especially the men folks, like maybe in a barber shop, just about the 1st thing they seem to start talking about is the weather, I suppose to start some sort of conversation.
The people here in our text could predict a storm, but they could not foresee the coming judgment. They seem to know when the temperature was about to change, but they could not interpret the “signs of the times.”
Have you ever realized that the Jews had the prophetic Scriptures for hundreds of years and should have been able to see what God was doing, but their religious leaders led them astray?
Listen as I read today’s text found in Luke 12:54-59
54And he said also to the people, When ye see a cloud rise out of the west, straightway ye say, There cometh a shower; and so it is. 55And when ye see the south wind blow, ye say, There will be heat; and it cometh to pass.
56Ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky and of the earth; but how is it that ye do not discern this time? 57Yea, and why even of yourselves judge ye not what is right?
58When thou goest with thine adversary to the magistrate, as thou art in the way, give diligence that thou mayest be delivered from him; lest he hale thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and the officer cast thee into prison. 59I tell thee, thou shalt not depart thence, till thou hast paid the very last mite.
--And of coarse vss 59 I tell thee, thou shalt not depart thence, till thou hast paid the very last mite. – Is telling us that if a person winds up in hell, he’ll never get out because there not a way for him to pay himself out.
How sad it is that men today can predict the movements of the heavenly bodies, can even split atoms, and even put men on me moon; but they are blind to what God is doing in the world. They know how to get to the stars, but they do not know how to get to heaven.
These are exciting times in which to live as a Christian. We have been privileged in our lifetimes to see things happen that had never happened before, man has even set foot on the moon, Israel became a recognized nation with a place on the world map in may 14, 1948, of coarse there’s much more territory that is still to come.
And also now there are medical surgeons that are performing heart transplants and many other operations that was unheard of not too many years ago.
I have been sitting in the top of a pine tree Deer hunting and called home on a cellular phone, its amazing what has happened in just the last few years.
We look on as every day our world gets closer to acceptance of a one-world currency, and eventually a one-world leader. –Who’ll be the Antichrist-
In these closing days of the church age, the people of true faith are called to understand the times in which we live.
Our educated world possesses a great deal of scientific knowledge but not much spiritual wisdom.
Again in Verses 58-59 When thou goest with thine adversary to the magistrate, as thou art in the way, give diligence that thou mayest be delivered from him; lest he hale thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and the officer cast thee into prison. 59I tell thee, thou shalt not depart thence, till thou hast paid the very last mite.
A person will do just about anything necessary to stay out of prison, but how many people will apply the same concern and diligence to stay out of hell?
The nation of Israel was on its way to judgment, and the Judge was Almighty God. Their debt was mounting up and they would pay the last mite.
Now a days people can be warned many times on the weather channel to start preparing for a severe storm that is on the way, we see them boarding up windows and the like getting ready
The word of God has been sent out the world over that the Lord Jesus is coming for His Church, for lost sinners to be saved, and yet it seem to go unheeded, but as sure as your listening to my voice it is certain to happen and we believe it can not be very for away, just any time now, there is not any thing left to take place that must take place to keep it from coming to pass.