Summary: Understanding God’s calling to preach the Gospel, as our time on Earth is running out.
Understanding Today’s Situation (Part II)
Matthew 24:4-8, 14
Recap of Part I from last week:
We began looking at the current situations in the world to understand where we are in relation to Jesus Christ making his triumphant return.
Go with me to Matthew, Chapter 24: 4-8, 14 - Pray
I mentioned last week that it is sad fact that some members in our churches today that call themselves Christians - will in fact spend their eternity in hell because they do not know Jesus as Lord and Savior – because they have allowed Satan to deceive them.
We have been given a time of warning on our lives.
Rumors of wars - Nation will rise against nation - Kingdom against kingdom
The “Roadmap for Peace” treaty signed in 2002 has three parts to it: Israel is to withdraw from Gaza (done), Israel to withdraw from the West Bank (working), and Israel to give a portion of Jerusalem to the Arabs for the new Palestinian state (discussed).
At this moment, Secretary of State Rice is pushing for this Roadmap of Peace to continue moving forward. Why? Even if all believers are involved in this why is it still happening? Because God has ordained these events before the creation of the world - There is no putting off His plans for His creation.
We also discussed the importance of God promises to Jerusalem in Psalm 48 (Zion)
Beginning of birth pains – recap of events unfolding in the Middle East
We discussed our calling – to preach the gospel to every nation (v14)
Three of the worst famines (food shortages) in history were the Great Famine of Bengal, India, that took place in 1769; the Great Irish Famine that began in 1845; and the Chinese famine of 1878. During the Great Famine of Bengal a total of 10,000,000 people died of starvation.
Famine is a lack of nourishment.
Even with this physical suffering (which continues today in some of the largest continents on the globe) - there is a spiritual famine plaguing our churches at this very moment. Christians have forgotten their first love – there is a lack of devotion to God across the entire scope of believers, and we are wrong for it.
I believe this is what God was telling us about in Rev 2:4 (church of Ephesus) – God was telling John to write to this church and tell them of the importance of loving God first – that your love for Him is what matters most.
lord’s prayer -- "... give us our daily bread"
Everything else third
1556, January 23 Senshi Province, China Over 830,000
1976, July 28 Tangshan, China Over 242,000
1920, December 16 Kansu, China Over 180,000
1923, September 1 Toyko-Yokihama, Japan Over 140,000
1290, September 27 Gulf of Chihli, China 100,000
1693 Catania, Sicily and Naples, Italy 60,000 and 93,000, respectively
1667, November Shemakha, Caucasia 80,000
1908, December Messina, Italy 75,000 to 80,000
1932, December 26 Kansu, China 70,000
1970, May 31 Northern Peru 50,000 to 70,000