Wed, 13 June 2007
AN END TIME KEY TODAY
AN END TIME KEY TODAY
“When you hear of wars and disturbances, don't be terrified, for these things must happen first, but the end won't come immediately. Then he said to them, Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be great earthquakes, famines, and plagues in various places. There will be fearful sights and great signs from heaven.? [Luke 21:11]
“But before all these things, they will lay their hands on you and will persecute you, delivering you up to synagogues and prisons, bringing you before kings and governors for my name's sake.? [Luke 21:12]
The original word for “fearful sights? in verse 11 above is from the Greek “phobetron,? [pronounced fob'-ay-tron] which means “terrors.? This rare word phobêthra is only used here in the N.T. It is from phobeô, to frighten, and occurs only in the plural as here.
To scope, or micro focus, on this segment (verses 11 and 12) of a larger range of scripture dealing with the end times [Luke 21] we can see clearly that BEFORE the “terrors? and “great signs from heaven? will come a period of time where many of God’s people will be arraigned, detained, or arrested to appear in either synagogues or prisons . . . even before presidents, kings, and rulers of nations for a testimony.
We can see that Christians [at least in the Western world] are NOT at the vertex of the end times yet because of what Jesus taught in verse 12.
What should speak to us TODAY, however, is that in the (probably) not too distant future, Jewish leaders and leaders of nations (maybe both Islamic and Western nations), will have Christians incarcerated.
Right now, in the Western world, governments are imposing fines and also imprisonment on pastors for speaking out against things such as alternative (or, sinful) life styles.
Now, let me give you some other things to think upon.
Go to the Archives and study these three (3) postings by Prince Handley:
When you read carefully the three teachings above, you will see that we are in the first stages of the Last Days. However, it is important to recognize “waymarks? along the pathway, and to be prepared.
Jesus, speaking to His disciples in verse 12 concerning their being brought before kings and leaders, was partly referring to the great persecutions they would experience by the Romans in the early church era; however, in the grand scope of end time prophecy He was giving instructions as to what would happen before He returns to establish His Kingdom. [See Luke 21:5-36]
What this microcosm of scripture shows us in verse 12 . . . “But BEFORE all these things? . . . is that we need to, as my mother used to say, “Make hay while the sun shines!? I admonish you as an elder brother in Messiah Jesus, do whatever the Holy Spirit is leading you to do.
Seize the day!
Get rid of the weights that are holding you back from doing God’s will.
Buy up the time. Take advantage of every IDEA, RESOURCE, and OPPORTUNITY you have to reach people, and the world, for Messiah!
Satan hates anointed MONEY, anointed PEOPLE, and anointed TIME. Do
NOT let people steal YOU, your MONEY, or your TIME. Spend time with God
in the Word and prayer . . . listen to what He is telling you. Make the
moves you need to on the chess board of life so that the Master may say
of you one day: “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.?
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