Summary: A sermon examining the signs of the times in light of the tsunami disaster that struck Japan.
What On Earth Is Going On?
Sunday, March 13, 2011
End-Times Series : Sermon One
TEXT: Matthew 24:3-14 ; 21-22 ; 27; 29-44
Luke 21:9-11; 25-33
In his book, "A Tale of Two Cities", Charles Dickens wrote...
"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..."
Does that not fit the world that we live in today?
"Best of times" when it comes to technological advancement and conveniences...
"Worst of times" when it comes to the moral and spiritual fabric of society...
Right now, we're living through some of the worst economics we've seen in our lifetime...and not just nationally, but internationally!
We continue to experience more and more natural disasters...increased frequency of events...AND increased devastation...
This tragedy in Japan follows on the heels of tragedies in New Zealand, Chile, and Haiti just over the last year...
Unexplained deaths to thousands of birds and fish recently...
More and more new diseases we've never known before, and a return of some old diseases we thought medicine had conquered!
So you ask..."WHAT ON EARTH IS GOING ON?"
Your Bible speaks about these times we're living in right now...and calls it "The end of the age"!
NOTE: You and I are living in the last days of human history!
Matthew 24:3-4a, "Now as [Jesus] sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately saying...'what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?' "...and Jesus began telling them how it would be...
Someone would say, 'Oh Pastor, we've seen times like these before...this too shall pass...no need to be alarmed!'
Well, as a child of God, you'd be partly right...no need to be alarmed, but we would do well to BE ALERT!
Luke 21:28, "Now when these things BEGIN to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near"(Jesus)
But on the other hand, there are things that have happened over the last century that in fact ARE different from times before!
"Assuredly I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place"(Jesus)
SO WHAT MAKES THE TIMES YOU AND I LIVE IN DIFFERENT?
That's what I want us to look at this morning!
The Sands in the Hour-Glass of the End-Times began on May 14, 1948!
[EXPOUND..."the fig tree" relates to the nation of Israel...]
Other Bible Verses related to the "Fig Tree"...
Judges 9:10 (Verses 7-15 is called 'The Parable of The Trees')
"Then the trees said to the fig tree, you come and reign over us!"
Proverbs 27:18, "Whoever keeps the fig tree will eat its fruit: so he who waits on his master will be honored"
Hosea 9:10, "I found Israel like grapes in the wilderness; I saw your fathers as the firstfruits of the fig tree in its first season..."
Joel 2:22, "...and the tree bears its fruit; the fig tree and the vine yield their strength"
These verses are speaking about more than just "agriculture"!
Hosea and Joel, both being prophets, were speaking prophetically!
Before May 14th, 1948, the nation of Israel had been non-existent for over 2,000 years...