Matthew 24:4- 9 “And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ and shall deceive many. And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see hat ye be not troubled for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name sake”
As we know what happened in Orlando some days ago was tragic! Please pray for those who are in the hospital, for their well-being but most importantly for their salvation and for God to strengthen their families and for the families of those who lost their loved ones that they will come to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and savior. Please pray to God that they will be comforted through this time of sadness and heartbreak.
This event and many others throughout the world is only the beginning of sorrows. The reason why I choose these scriptures was because I have the urgent need to warn those who do not know that they are in the last days. We have been in the last day for some time but we are in the VERY LAST days which is widely referred to as the END TIMES. I will not put a date to anything. I do not openly endorse pre-tribulation, mid-tribulation or post-tribulation. I do not believe that the church of God should be arguing about these “dates” or WHEN the Lord will return.
Just know that he is returning for his children, regardless of when , whether it is before, during or after tribulation. Everyone that knows this should be prepared to go through persecution either way because the word does say that those who are his will go through persecution because they are HIS children and are not of the world but of God. John 15 :19 “If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.”
Though we only see such persecution in the Middle East and in Africa, it will travel to the west for sure, as it already has, and slowly but surely coming to past.
The Lord did warn us beforehand in his word about when these events do come about that you would not be caught unawares. That you will not be afraid because if you are indeed a practicing Christian, you will not fear because God did not give us the spirit of fear but of power, of love, and of a sound mind: 2 Timothy 1:7 “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”
If you do fear persecution then read upon the scriptures such as Matthew 16: 24 “Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.” and Matthew 16:25 “For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.” and Matthew 10:37 “He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.” and Matthew 24:45-46 “Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season? Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.”
The Lord’s will is for everyone to know him, to come to repentance 2 Peter 3:9 “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” This is the Lord’s will that all should know him but the workers are few. Luke 10: 2 “Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.” The Lord said PRAY! This should be on our tongue, that God will build up an army which he is already doing because there are people already speaking out against Satan and the world but many more need to come and speak about the goodness of the Lord and what is to come. About how Jesus died for our sins and rose again on the third day! That if you do not repent and make the loving and living Lord as your savior, you will go to hell: John 3:3 “Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
I know hell is not an easy topic to discuss but it is a real place. Those who do not know the Lord will go there, including those who claim to know God but live in hypocrisy, doing the very things (sin) God hates and not repenting of those sins. Please, take heed that the world is not going to stop doing evil and accepting evil. All the world does is tell lies to the masses of those are have itchy ears and hardened hearts. Those who do not want to hear the truth are the very ones who hears it and become convicted but turn away quickly. There is nothing wrong with conviction because that is how one knows that they are living in sin because they feel in their hearts and know in their minds that what they are doing or have done is against God. God is knocking on the hearts of man. And if one feels that conviction, one must REPENT of their sins. There are many who will become offended of the truth because that is what the bible said, there will be scoffers and mockers: 2 Peter 3:3 “Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,” and Matthew 24:10 “And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.”
But you don’t have to be afraid because they cannot judge you, for God is the only judge and he has all power. Yes, we will become accountable for all things and as God’s children we are to share the Good News to as many as possible but those who are his are not subject to God’s wrath but the world is. Now, I don’t know how the events are going to play about but know what 1 John 4:4 said “You are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.” Who is he? GOD, the Holy Ghost! Pray daily, repent and do not return to your sins. God loves you dearly and all he asks of us is to love him with all our heart, mind, soul and strength and to love others as we love ourselves but also to live holy for he, The Lord, is HOLY: 1 Peter 1:16 “Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.”
God bless you brothers and sisters in Christ! Stay ready and prepared for our redemption draweth nigh.