“…make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with Him. …you have been forewarned, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of the lawless and fall from your secure position. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ…” (2 Pet. 3:14, 17, 18)
For the believer, the purpose of end-time prophecies is to alert him to make himself ready for the return of his King. It is not to come out on top as the one who most rightly deciphered the indicators. These signs are the every quickening, ever intensifying g reminders that the birth of the Kingdom of God is nearer now than when we first believed. Jesus’ command to His faithful in light of these signs are these,
Watch out that no one deceives you… do not let your love grow cold… stand firm to the end… preach the gospel… do not be concerned for personal possessions… pray… Don’t fall for false messiahs… be wary of false wonders… when you see all these things, you know that it is near, right at the door… keep watch… be ready… you will not know the day or hour… be ready… be a faithful and wise servant… (see Matt. 24)
Watch out that no one deceives you… be on your guard.. endure persecutions… be my faithful witness… do not worry what to say, the Holy Spirit will give you the words… stand firm to the end… flee dangers… do not treasure earthly possessions… pray… ignore all announcements of false prophets and their deceptive demonstrations of miracles… be on your guard… when you see signs in the heavens know the end id near… but no one will know the day and hour… keep watch… What I say to you, I say to everyone: ‘Watch!’ (see Mark 13)
Watch out that no one deceives you… do not believe the false prophets… be on your guard… when arrested and brought to trial, do not worry what to say, the Holy Spirit will speak through you… stand firm… do not be mindful of material possessions… pray… believe no claims that the Messiah has come… do not believe their tricks to deceive… be on your guard… end-time signs will indicate His soon return, but none will know the day nor hour… keep watch… I say to everyone: ‘Watch!’ (see Luke 21)
In none of these gospel records does Christ say to work out the details. His primary concern is that we make ourselves ready, that we seek His face, build our faith, grow our love, firm our stance.
Believer, how will you do this?
It is done by spending time in His Presence, opening to His Spirit, absorbing His Word, and receiving anointed ministry. It is done by being broken before Him, pliant under His Hands, a willing vessel.
I stated Sunday morning that indeed, we cannot schedule a revival, (It is a grace of God), but we can “Set our hearts to seek the Lord.” Join us in person or online these next three days as we make ourselves ready and seek His face together. [See below.]
To hear Elder Jim Longworth’s message this past Sunday, go to the Lincoln Baptist Church website and look under ‘Sermons Online’ for the Nov. 3 message.
This week at Lincoln Baptist Church you have a wonderful opportunity to seek the Lord. Join us for the Sermonindex Revival Conference — in person, or online. Go to the Lincoln Baptist Church website for details.