Luke 21: 8-17
Lk 8. And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that ye be not deceived; for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near. Go ye not, therefore, after them.
Let no man deceive you with vain words; for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children (sons) of disobedience.
Be not ye, therefore, partakers with them. (Ephesians 5: 6-7)
The last day are upon us folks. We have seen the explosion of wickedness, sin, and evil so horrifying that unless we “Take Heed” , we ourselves should become desensitized and be at risk to fall away.
Let no man deceive you by any means; for the day shall not come, except there come the falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition,
Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshiped, so that he, as God, sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.
(2Thess. 2: 3-4 ) PERDITION= Eternal Damnation, same as Hell (Merriman-Webster).
Lk 9. But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions (rumors of wars), be not terrified; for these things must first come to pass, but the end is not at once (yet).
And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature (beast) say, “Come and See”. And there went out another horse that was red; and power was given him that sat on it to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another; and there was given unto him a great sword. (Revelation 6: 3-4 )
God sees the wickedness in the world today. He knows the thoughts of the heart are of evil and sin continually. Selfishness, greed, pride, perversion, vengeance, hurtfulness, self-centered, self-absorbed, dishonest, disobedient to parents, mean spirited, and just down right hateful. Not only toward their neighbor, but toward God as well.
And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. (Genesis 6: 5)
The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God; God is not in all his thoughts. (Psalms 10: 4)
They hate the very mention of His Glorious Name. In today’s society there is very little` dignity and morality among our young people anymore. Sexual immorality is the normal in society, and in our churches. Young people want to “fit in” with their peers, both in their schools, neighborhoods, and their churches. We have compromised the purity of our youth for acceptance. Oh Lord, what have we done!
And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them. (Romans 1: 28-32)
“But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of Man be”.
I believe this is describing these very days. Is not the media bombarded us every single day with rioting, lies, hatred, sexual immorality, fornication, evil and sick perversion? Images of people, (both dead and alive), are being made gods (and worshipped).
With the increase threat of nuclear war and violence blood shed in the Middle East? And now in the streets of America?
Our Governments have turned against its people for power and control of the world.
The increase of human pain and suffering tears my heart out daily. Imagine how God must feels when He sees innocent babies being murdered for convenience and profit.
I know thy works, that thou art neither cold or hot. I would thou wert cold or hot.
So, then, because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew thee out of my mouth. (Revelation 3: 15-16)
Take heed, people of God, that we don’t become so desensitized to the crimes committed against humanity, and our children, and even the brethern, that we become deaf to their cries. How sad it is when someone cries in loneliness and no one hears.
And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethern, ye have done unto me. (Matthew 25: 40 )
We must become the body of Christ and committed Christians once again. Together we must lift our hearts and pray for our leaders, setting aside our “religious differences” and come together to worship God, our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ, in the unity and power of the Holy Spirit.
Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem; they shall prosper who love thee. (Psalms 122:6)
Pray for the Peace in Israel. For as far as God is concerned Israel, (especially Jerusalem), is the center of the universe in that, all Biblical Prophecy describes the future events that will be taking place in the Middle East at the moment Jesus returns for His Church.
There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;
One Lord, one Faith, one Baptiam,
One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
The day draweth nigh Church, when Jesus Christ Himself will return for those who have been faithful and committed to live by the truth of God’s Living Word.
But until that day comes we still have a job to do. God has called, (and expects), us to live righteously and just. He IS Holy, and He sanctifies us by His Holiness. And we must also “choose” to sanctify ourselves with His Holiness.
For I am the LORD your God: ye shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and ye shall be holy; for I am holy: (Leviticus 11:44)
And again; Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be ye Holy: for I Am the LORD your God. (Leviticus 20:7)
Lk 10. Then said He unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom;
Lk 11. And great earthquakes shall be in different (divers) places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.
There have been, and continues to be, many signs from Heaven warning the world that judgments for evil and wickedness is upon us. And this judgment comes from the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords, the One True Living God, Righteous and Holy. Jesus Christ Himself, whom the world has rejected, will execute all judgment.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is come, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God; and they that hear shall live.
For as the Father hath life in Himself, so hath He given to the Son to have life in Himself;
And hath given Him authority to execute judgment also, because He is the Son of man.
Marvel not at this; for the hour is coming, in which all that are in the graves shall hear His voice,
And shall come forth: they that have done good, unto life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of the damnation. (John 5: 25-29 )
Folks it is vitally important to understand that this very Jesus, whom the world continues to reject, will be the very person to judge their evil and wicked sin.
How much more proof do you need to be convinced that the return of Christ is at hand?
Let’s continue with our studies.
Lk 12. But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, deliver you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my Name’s sake.
Lk 13. And it shall turn to you for a testimony.
Lk 14. Settle it, therefore, in your hearts, not to meditate before what you shall answer;
LK 15. For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist (contradict nor withstand).
What Jesus was saying is this; that if you are sincerely committed to Christ, you will suffer persecution, even from your family, friends and the religious leaders of today. And as you read this there are committed Christians being killed throughout the world for their faith in Christ.
This world is full of religious bigotry, hatred and violence. Murders, mass killing, torture, and prejudice, all in the name of their god or gods. They will hate you and call you a racist hater because of your faith in Jesus Christ.
Even your (thought to be) Christian friends will hate you and desert you because of your passion for righteousness and the depth of your commitment to Christ.
Lk16. And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethern, and kinsfolk, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death.
Lk 17. And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake.
If they hate you, know that they hated Christ before they hated you. Jesus said that he would never leave you or forsake you. Even in the midst of an evil and perverse society. You will be abandone by your family and friends because you refuse to compromise. Even your church brethren will avoid you. But be strong, for your strength is from the Lord.
”...And lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world (age)” (Matthew 28:20)
Jesus said ”But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but the Father only.
But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of Man be. (Matthew 24:36-37)
As the ark was a refuge for Noah and his wife, his sons Ham, Shem, Ja’pheth, and their wives (and our food supply) to save them from Gods judgment upon the earth.
So was the ark a “type” of Christ as the refuge for His people from the final judgment. (Genesis 6:14 notes)
But there shall not an hair of your head perish. In your patience possess ye your souls.
And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that it’s desolations (tribulation) is nigh (near) (Lk 21:18-20)
(Theologian notes: Two sieges of Jerusalem are in view in the Olivet Discourse, the one fulfilled in 70 AD, and the other yet to be fulfilled at the end of the age.).
How does our patience possesses our souls? What does that mean? Who can be patient while being persecuted? Especially by our own family and friends?
Seems to me that Jesus experienced that very thing. He was abandone by His friends. The religious leaders spit in His face. They slapped His face and mocked Him. They watch while He was being beaten ruthlessly.
Maybe they watched while His flesh was being tore off, yet kept silent.
They cursed Him as he carried our sins to Calvary. They laughed Him to scorn, as they screamed venomous words of hatred, yet He never uttered a word.
The Bible says He never spoke a word during the unimaginable torture He went through except to say… “Forgive them Father, for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:33).
And in John 19: 30 Jesus said.. ”It is finished”. So how does our patience possess our souls?
By the Wisdom and Understanding that comes from your uncompromising your love for our Holy and Righteous God. And His Glory will shine through you, in a world of sin and darkness.
We have to love God more than we hate our persecution for His LOVE to be complete in us. Does that make sense? It’s all about His Love for all mankind.
We know very well what John 3:16-17 “For God so loved the world, that He Gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believedth should not perish, but have everlasting life.
For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved”.
And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually....(Genesis 6: 5)
That was the reason for the flood. Man heart became evil and wicked in every imagination of filth, perversion, murder, rape, child molestation, child sacrifices, beatings, tortures, and even the likes that are much worse.
Today the evil and wickedness of man's heart seems to be much worse because of the technology that supports their lustful desire for sin. Page after page of the news papers are filled with stories that reflect such things.
But much worse things are happening behind closed doors, “in the closet” if you will. The wickedness of world leaders , rulers of darkness, men and women that appear to be “angels of light” are spreading their imaginations thoughout the world through political agenda.
Moreover, the law entered, that offense might abound. But where sin abounded, Grace did much more abound; That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might Grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ, our Lord (Romand 5: 20,21).
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. (Ephesians 6:12)
We don’t always understand someone’s spoken language to understand the thoughts and imaginations that are in their heart.
My parents used to tell me that “Actions speak louder than words”. I’ve heard it said that a picture paints a thousand words, or a picture tells a story.
But in the days of Noah, the whole earth spoke the same language.
Let’s look back again to Genesis. 10:32. The Bible say that Noah had three sons: Ham, Ja’pheth, and Shem, and …By these were the nations divided in the earth after the flood.
The flood wiped out all the sin and wickedness of the thoughts and imaginations of the earth. But for God’s Grace and Mercy, Noah and his sons, Shem, Ham and Ja’pheth survived but became sinful themselves.
As they populated the earth they divided into nations. But one thing they all had in common: they all spoke the same language.
“And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech. (Genesis 11: 1)
Meaning that they could verbally, and intentionally, communicated their evil ideas and sinful imaginations eachother, like what happening before the flood.
And they said, come let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven;….
And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded.
And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.
Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech.
So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city.
Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth. (Genesis 11: 4-9)
So what does this have to do with us, in the 21st century? Doesn’t the world still speak their own language that’s different than mine? How can we communicate our ideas, desires, and intentions with the world? COMPUTERS. Software is such that you can speak into the computer, and it will instantly translate into any laungage or dialect.
Computers have given the whole earth the ability to communicate, thus like in the days of Noah.
“And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do”.
“But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of Man be”.
As God sees it, what has changed? No really, how different are the wicked hearts of today from the day's of Noah? I will tell you….NOTHING!!!! Thechnology, as helpful for some, has made the availability of sin easier to commit, and more evil to practice.
How much trust in God has man retained in his heart? Especially when God continues to show His Grace and Mercy to a sinful world, over and over again?
For in those days shall be afflictions, such as was not from the beginning of the creation which God created unto this time, neither shall be.
And except the Lord had shortened those days, nor flesh should be saved; but for the elect’s sake, whom he hath chosen, he hath shortened the days. (Mark 13: 19-20 ) And the elect is YOU.
Genesis 11 begins with Shem, (Noah’s son), whose generations include Abram, (later called Abraham by God) and so our redemption begins. God’s promises to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (later called Israel by God). The generations continue until Jesus.
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, the whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. (John 3:16-17)
God’s Love has always been about you and me church. Everything He has ever done for us has been because of His great Mercy, Grace, and eternal Love. BUT God is also a HOLY and JUST God. His judgments have always been, (and always will be), Pure, Holy, and Righteous, and could never be compromised. God can, and will, judge the world and every human being by His Living Word; Christ Jesus the Righteous.
Be not deceived, God is not mocked, for whatever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
For he that soweth to the flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.
And let us not be weary in well doing; for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. (Galatians 6: 7-9)
The hearts of man have waxed cold. We have no more emotions for children that are murdered then we do when we toss out the trash. Out of sight, out of mind. How sad we’ve become as a people.
“And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall grow (wax) cold.
But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
And this Gospel of the Kingdome shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. (Matthew 24: 11-14)
My solemn prayer for everyone reading this, is that God will open your eyes and hearts to realize that “The time is at hand, and now is”, closer to the promised return of our Lord Jesus for His people.
These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended. (John 16:1)
Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. (Isaiah 55:7)
Who are you in Christ? And who is Christ in you? Who Christ is in you is determined by how much you love Him, and how deep your faith is in His ability to be God in you.
“Without faith, it is impossible to please Him; for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and a rewarded of them that diligently seek Him (Hebrews 11: 6)
It’s not meant to be confusing folks. The Holy Spirit guide you and teach you what it means to Love God, and to help you deepen your passion for His Righteousness and perfect will.
Is His Word woven in the very fabric of your life? Are you living as if He is the sole purpose for your existence? Do you acknowledge Him before others? Is your life style a witness to His Glory?
The Word of God is everlasting and to important to take lightly. One day we will all stand before the Lord. Life is short and eternity is awaits.
Behold, He cometh with clouds, and every eye shall see Him, and they also who pierced Him; and all kindred of the earth shall wail because of Him. Even so, Amen.
“I am Alpha and Omeg’a, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, who is, and who was, and who is to come, the ALMIGHTY. (Revelation 1: 7-8 )
As the Ark saved Noah and his family, so shall Jesus Christ save “HIS” faithful and committed children.
He who testifieth these things saith, “Surely, I come quickly”. Amen. Even so, come Lord Jesus.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen. (Revelation 22: 20-21)
We pray that God fills you with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding (Colossians 1:9)
(As It Was) In The Days of Noah
The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is
the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to
eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.
Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear:
though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.
One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may
in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of
the Lord, and to inquire in his temple.