Summary: Many things are happening around us today, showing the return of Our Lord Christ. Christians should remain strong Him and be ready for His coming
WHEN YOU SEE THESE THINGS- PART 1
MARK 13: 28-37
It is a great and wonderful thing,being in the presence of The Lord once again. It is a moment and a period of refreshment through the Word of God, by exhortation, correction and encouragement,as we see the day of The Lord drawing so near.
We sincerely thank God for his grace so far and,you, also being there for us. Really, we discovered that some people are longing for unadulterated word for their living and eternity. So, in as far as God provides support, we should continue to furnish you with the situation of the world today and,to interpret some of these prophetic agenda, as revealed by the word of God. The task is enormous but by His mercy, we should continue to advance.
At this point, let us pray
In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen
God of mercy and truth, we thank you for this hour of your revelation and impartation. Bless us with your word,and may it abide in us at all times. And may my listener always hold on to the Word when any other thing is falling apart. Thank you Lord, through Christ our Lord. Amen
Our topic today is from the words of our Master Jesus Christ in Mark chapter 13 verses 28 - 37
“Now from the fig tree learn her parable: when her branch is now become tender, and putteth forth its leaves, ye know that the summer is nigh; even so ye also, when ye see these things coming to pass, know ye that he is nigh, even at the doors. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, until all these things be accomplished. Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away. But of that day or that hour knoweth no one, not even the angels in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father. Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is. It is as when a man, sojourning in another country, having left his house, and given authority to his servants, to each one his work, commanded also the porter to watch.Watch therefore: for ye know not when the lord of the house cometh, whether at even, or at midnight, or at cockcrowing, or in the morning; lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch”
The subject is from verse 29 which is "WHEN YOU SEE THESE THINGS"
From the passage, Jesus tells a parable of the fig tree. When you see her tender branch and leaves, then you see that the summer is very very near. He used this parable to foretell one of the signs of His manifestation. I think we discussed extensively about the nature of this fig tree in our last episode, which is the symbol of the nation of Israel,which were scattered in many places but were restored to their original land. So, you should know that the first sign of the imminent return of the Lord,was the plans for the revival of the dry bones as prophesied by Ezekiel in chapter 37. Jesus said, when you see these things come to pass, you should know that He is at the door.
Here, the Master has given us what the lecturers call "area of concentration before an examination" or the popular language of some students which is " expo". So, the Lord has given us expo here, meaning, you should now be on the watch. He do not want you to be in dark or be destroyed at the end.
My friend, the beginning of the sign is that of the fig tree- the people of Israel becoming a nation and gathered. You should know that the beginning of this miracle was the declaration,which was issued by the British government on November 2nd, 1917 when a man by name, Lord Arthur James Balfour, the British foreign secretary then, declared that it was the intention of the British government to establish in Palestine- a national home for the Jewish people. In short, from the event of 1917, we know we are living on a borrowed time. Israel is God’s time piece. We see that in 1900, there were only 40 thousand Jews in Palestine, but by the end of World war 2, that number rose to 800 thousand.Today, there are more than 6 million Jews who had come from in all over the world. What a miracle!
So, the Jews got their independence in May 14th in the year of the Lord, 1948. It was unbelievable. Isaiah saw it in Isaiah 66 verses 7 & 8.
“Before she travailed, she brought forth; before her pain came, she was delivered of a man-child. Who hath heard such a thing? who hath seen such things? Shall a land be born in one day? shall a nation be brought forth at once? for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children”