Preparing for the Lord’s Return 8 /22/21

Preparing for the Lord’s Return 8 /22/21

grateful lord god um to have your word thank you lord i pray again that we would never take our time for granted lord we’ve gathered together in your name lord god because we are your people lord we desire to hear from you lord i pray you’d fill this place again with your presence lord remind us that you’re here this is your house your word says wherever two or more are gathered you are there in the midst and i pray we would get that this morning desiring again to hear from you that you would speak into our hearts lord god exactly what we need and and what i love so much about your word lord is it applies to us whether we are brand new baby christians or whether we’ve been christians for 50 years none of us have arrived there’s work to be done in every single one of our lives and so i pray that we would come this morning with that attitude lord speak to me let it be personal to my heart let me hear from you what you desire to tell me and i pray we would have the maturity to receive whatever it is god says bless our time we pray lord in jesus name amen all right guys good to see you guys this morning uh turn your bibles to luke 21 okay luke 21 we wrap up luke 21 this morning again it’s been such an incredible chapter it is the the prophetic chapter in the book of luke next week again as lord willing next sunday we cover the betrayal of jesus by judas and so again that’s what that’s next week but this morning again we wrap up uh chapter 21 we’ll begin in verse 29. if you want to hold your place there luke 21 29 and and as you begin this morning not sure how many of you know this but this december 7th marks the 80th anniversary of the attack on pearl harbor this december 7th okay it marks the 80th anniversary of the attack on pearl harbor now i’m sure most of us know what took place but in a nutshell it was a surprise key word military assault by the nation of japan upon the united states naval base in honolulu hawaii a surprise attack that resulted in the death of 2 403 american lives another 1 178 americans wounded not to mention again the destruction of our naval base ships planes battleships again i was googling and looking at all the details again incredible the the military loss that was suffered in that surprise now i’m sure most of us have maybe seen the movie pearl harbor or the newer movie midway and there’s so much that that again that you know took place with these events but the reason i bring up pearl harbor this morning is very interesting one of the biggest lessons that came out of pearl harbor was the timing of the attack okay not a lot of people understand this but it’s the timing that makes this attack so interesting history tells us that the japanese studied the lifestyle of americans how many of you know we’re creatures of habit they watched us they studied us okay planning and preparing for their attack they understood that americans love to enjoy their weekends and we can agree to that don’t we and so they purposely chose sunday morning before 8 am the attack hit pearl harbor at 7 48 a.m on sunday morning when they knew we would be sleeping in when they knew we would be taking it easy kicking back relaxing and enjoying our sunday morning right and you imagine the soldiers again with their cups of coffee or eating chow or whatever it was right so unprepared for what took place now reports again and you can google this stuff reports cite some of the comments that were made by those that survived the attack and i read stuff like this they said we never expected it they said we weren’t ready it was such a genius plan because they knew we wouldn’t be prepared these are all statements again from history now what’s amazing about this is understand there were signs everywhere okay world war ii was going on it’s not like there wasn’t a big war taking place our allies were being attacked our intelligence agencies even intercepted intercepted japanese transmissions indicating that they were planning something the signs were there but despite the signs that were there we were unprepared we were caught off guard we were caught by surprise now i think this is so interesting what a lesson and i bring this up because i want to ask you this morning have we learned our lesson have we learned our lesson to watch for the signs have we learned our lesson to pay attention and be careful about being so wrapped up in our everyday lives that we’re not paying attention to what’s happening all around us we haven’t learned guys we haven’t learned we haven’t learned the sad thing is because we haven’t learned one day soon the bible tells us not not my words god’s words that there are going to be millions if not billions of people they’re going to be caught off guard they’re going to be unprepared for what is to take place now god in his goodness has told us ahead of time what’s about to take place and if you’ve been with us over the last two weeks specifically that’s what we’ve been covering chapter 21 of the book of luke is all about the future it’s all about prophecy and specifically what we’ve studied is the tribulation period that’s next let me show you something again very important this is the biblical events timeline beginning with the new testament on until eternity hopefully we all understand this but let me just explain it in case we don’t right now we are living in the age of the church we call it the church age it began in the book of acts right chapter 2. the church age will end with the rapture of the church jesus returns in the clouds right he doesn’t return to the earth he returns in the clouds and catches up that’s what the word rapture means catches up the church with him takes us to heaven where we will be for seven years marriage supper of the lamb the beam of seed of christ where we will be given our rewards that’s what the bible speaks about while the church is in heaven the earth will experience a seven year tribulation okay it’s discussed in detail in revelation chapter 6 all the way to revelation chapter 19. the seven year tribulation period ends with jesus returning this time to the earth wipes out the antichrist the false prophet battle of armageddon wipes out all of the ungodly on the earth and then establishes his kingdom for how long thousand years it’s known as the millennial reign of christ okay and so this is our timeline and then we get into eternity so on and so forth this is important this is important because again jesus has been describing specifically the seven year tribulation what is going to take place and specifically this was important because it’s not the church that is going to be here during the tribulation it’s the jewish people right and jesus is talking again to his jewish disciples informing them again what was going to take place god’s judgment that was going to be poured out upon the nation of israel it’s sad but this is what is going to take place they’re going to suffer persecution under the reign of the antichrist for seven years now as i’ve been discussing this some of you after service have come up to tell me oh how excited you are about me studying the future right that’s great and i’m glad you’re excited but i want to remind you that the reason god has given us information about the future is not to get us excited that’s not what it’s for okay it’s not to satisfy our curiosities what’s next what’s next what’s next no no no the whole reason god has told us ahead of time is so that we would be prepared that’s what it’s about okay that’s what it’s about so that we would be prepared sadly how many people who thought they were prepared who thought because they said a prayer one day or because they were water baptized right that that made meant that they were prepared the best evidence that we have that we are prepared is that we are living a life serving jesus okay actions speak louder than what and this is so important guys because this is for all of us i it breaks my heart as a pastor how many people have come through these doors and this is just to be honest it’s just sharing my heart in every church people that think they’re saved people that think they’re ready just because they come to church but what we need to do is examine our hearts we need to make sure guys right we need to check ourselves before we wreck ourselves right seriously and that’s what this is all about that’s why we are given these scriptures again not for brother so and so not oh i wish that brother was there today that’s not what it’s for it’s for us to make sure we’re ready to go because if you read the book of revelation i guarantee you you don’t want to be here okay you don’t want to be here now let me back up again just talk about where we’ve been and i’ll pick up right where we left off in luke chapter 21 it is now tuesday okay it is the passion week we talk about palm sunday we talk about the cleansing of the temple on monday on tuesday jesus has been teaching he’s refuted the religious leaders he’s now left the temple and as he left the temple with his disciples he made his way towards the mount of olives okay on the way out of the temple complex one of his disciples turned to jesus and said jesus isn’t that this place so awesome and i’m putting it into my words the marble and the gold and the beauty and the grandeur of the massive temple complex he expected jesus to go yeah it’s awesome isn’t it but instead jesus told him something he wasn’t prepared to hear jesus said the days are coming when not one of these stones will be left upon another it’s all coming down everything is going to be so completely destroyed there’s not going to be one stone left upon another and just as jesus predicted precisely as jesus predicted less than 40 years after his death in the year 70 a.d rome invades jerusalem slaughters 1.1 million jewish people burns down the temple complex all the gold melts into the crevices of the stones so that the romans broke every single stone to get the gold out so that exactly as jesus said not one stone would be left standing upon another now the sad part is that this judgment on the jewish people was just the beginning how many of you have looked at the history of the jewish people and thought why have they been through so much they are facing the judgment of god for rejecting god’s only son and the worst part of all is it’s not over yet it’s not over yet the day is coming that tribulation period when the jews are going to suffer their greatest judgment of all we just covered this last week zechariah 13 two-thirds of the jewish population is going to be slaughtered today there’s 14 million jews on earth that’s 10 million there was only six in the holocaust that died only six this is what we’ve been talking about this is what we’ve been talking about now this statement that jesus made to this disciple about the destruction of the temple complex led his other disciples we read that peter james john and andrew when they got to the mount of olives asked jesus two questions question number one when will these things take place question number two what signs will take place before it happens and while they’re on the mount of olives jesus then answering the question gave his greatest prophetic sermon recorded in scripture scholars today refer to it as the olivet discourse because it took place on the mount of olives now the reason this is so important to us today is because as i’ve shared god works in routines what god does in the past always previews what he’s going to do in the future i’ve given you many examples right like abraham offering his son isaac on mount moriah foreshadowing god offering jesus his son on mount moriah same thing which means that what god does in the old he plans to do in the new so if you want to know what’s going to happen next you got to look back and know what happened first this is important because as jesus went on to describe to his disciples the judgment that was coming upon the jewish people during their generation he was also preparing a future generation of jewish people who were going to find themselves living during the tribulation and this is important why because if you’re not ready if you get left behind you are going to experience the same thing that the jews are going to experience during the tribulation now as we pick it up where we left off last week having described all the details again in the last two weeks we covered the whole tribulation jesus is going to wrap up his sermon and he wraps it up by warning his listeners both then and in the future to make sure they are ready for his return okay and that’s what we’re talking about this morning if you have a pen write down preparing for the lord’s return okay preparing for the lord’s return we’re gonna wrap up the chapter this morning luke 21 again picking it up in verse 29 we’re going to look at warnings to help make sure we are ready and this is for all of us guys warnings to help make sure we are ready and the first thing we look at is the analogy okay write this stuff down it’ll help you understand and remember what we’re covering verse 29 and he jesus told them a parable a story he said look at the fig tree and all the trees as soon as they come out in leaf you can see for yourselves and know that the summer is already near now always remember especially when we pick up where we left off you want to remember what he just covered so we understand context and so jesus if you were with us last week ended describing the end of the tribulation which ends with his second coming he had just said this in verse 25 through 27 there will be signs in the sun and in the moon and the stars and on the earth distress of nations in perplexity because of the roaring of the sea and the waves people feigning with fear he’s describing how terrible it’s going to be and with foreboding of what is coming on the world for the powers of the heavens will be shaken and when they see very important the son of man coming this is referring to himself in a cloud with power and great glory and so he is just described his second coming okay at the end of the tribulation now the reason he did this is according to matthew remember you have matthew recording what happened you have luke recording what happened you have mark recording what happened matthew said in matthew 24 3 that the disciples asked what will be the sign of your coming that’s what they wanted to know and of the end of the age when you we’re going to wrap all this up that’s what they wanted to know remember the disciples were focused on jesus building his kingdom that was their focus and so again they asked him when are you going to come back and establish your kingdom and so jesus answered the question by saying you’ll know by looking at the fig tree that’s what he said look back at the look back at the question or the answer he says look at the fig tree and all of the trees now i want to remind you that as jesus is teaching they are on the mount of olives right if you’ve been to israel we go on the mount of olives right at the bottom of the mount of olives is the garden of gethsemane okay so we make our way through the area just like today the mountain or the mount of olives is covered with trees and so imagine what jesus is saying he’s talking and he goes look at the trees right look at the trees now one other thing that one of the things that again i’m sure we can all understand with you know fig trees or any trees right is the way it works in the fall the leaves fall off the trees make sense the trees become bare and remain bare through the wintertime we get that in the springtime the trees begin to bud and grow leaves everyone understands this right now remember that this is the passover isn’t it passover is in march it’s in the springtime and so as jesus is teaching all they had to do is look around and see the trees budding and see the leaves coming out and when we begin to see the leaves budding and coming out we know we’re in the spring and we know summer is next or near make sense and so this is important because jesus says you’re going to know when i’m coming back when i’m returning because all you got to do is look at the signs just look at the signs they’re going to tell you they’re going to indicate that i’m on my way in other words open your eyes pay attention just look around you’re going to be able to know you’re going to be able to know that summer is near now what happens in summer it gets hotter doesn’t it and jesus was saying you’re going to see things heating up you’re going to see things heating up let me ask you as we look around are things beginning to heat up guys oh lord help us right seriously i mean not only the devastation in afghanistan you know that failure that’s taking place over there it’s terrible but if you’re following the news right now politicians and commentators are saying again that because the united states looks so weak right now that nations like russia and china are planning possibly multiple attacks knowing the united states won’t be there to defend our allies the latest news right now again being prayer guys they’re talking they’re they’re talking about a potential of china invading taiwan this is scary guys you’re talking about flare-ups breaking out throughout the world it’s so weird so sad you know so many people have asked how come we don’t see the united states right the greatest country on earth the most powerful country on earth in the book of revelation how many people have asked that question oh just look around that’s why this is why 29 trillion dollars in debt weaker than we’ve been in generations sad guys the writing’s on the wall the writing’s on the wall let’s move on second thing the application the application we talked about the analogy jesus now gives the personal application verse 31 so also when you see these things taking place you know that the kingdom of god is near jesus is explaining to them again watch the signs and when you see these things taking place you’re gonna know i’m i’m at the door right that’s what he’s talking about you’re gonna know i’m right there i’m re i’m here now the question is what things right that’s the question what things is he referring to well if you’ve been with us over the last two weeks he’s given all kinds of signs that we will see again that people will see leading up to the great tribulation you guys might remember verse 8 there will be an increase of false teachers and messiahs we see the increase of religion throughout the world false religion increase of wars and rumors of wars yeah that’s happening how about increase of earthquakes and famines yep persecution of god’s people do you guys know and people don’t even understand this they read the bible they read the old testament and think oh christians had it so difficult two thousand years ago do you know that there is more persecution today against christians than in any other time ever look it up yourself people don’t understand this there’s an increase of persecution that was in 12 through 19. the antichrist is going to come upon the earth right he’s going to come to power declare himself to be god demand to be worshipped again we read that in verse 20. the antichrist will persecute and behead all who refuse him verses 21-24 there will be signs in the heavens with chaos and fear on the earth now jesus had given these specific signs signs that are increasing now but they’re going to be in greatest fulfillment during the tribulation remember what jesus is saying pertains to the tribulation and so jesus talking again about the tribulation is telling people when you see these things taking place you will know that you’re living in the tribulation okay that’s what this is for again it’s preparing that generation he’s telling them now anyone again who has read about the tribulation in detail revelation 6 through 19 knows you don’t want to be here okay forget about the antichrist how about the trumpet judgments the sill judgments the bold judgments revelations declares two-thirds of the world’s population will be wiped out in those judgments alone the drying up of water famine again it’s it’s it’s horrible it’s terrible can you imagine and hopefully this is of course none of us here but can you imagine finding yourself living during the tribulation with everything going on being forced by the government to take the mark is that coming anyone who doesn’t again obey the government and the ruling leader the antichrist is going to not be able to buy any food right won’t be able to go the market won’t be able to travel won’t be able to do anything it’s going to be terrible can you imagine again this is so sad but i wonder how many people who did not take god’s word serious are going to take it serious now as they look for a bible and begin reading in their you know beginning at chapter 6 in revelation and think to myself think to theirself this is next and this is next and this is what’s coming i mean how how horrifying again it is going to be the only good news to these people trapped in the tribulation is when they see these signs taking place what does he say you know that the kingdom of god is near in other words the only good news these people living during this seven year period are going to have is that it’s only seven years and that at the end of those seven years what jesus is coming back and you imagine living during that time the one thing you are trying you are looking forward to right is jesus coming back to end this whole thing again to end this whole thing look at verse 32. truly i say to you this generation will not pass until all has taken place jesus is saying the generation that is living to see the antichrist to see all these signs is the same generation that’s going to see him return that’s the good news again it’s only seven years and jesus is telling them again it literally is meant to bring comfort to those who find themselves living during the time of the tribulation that despite how difficult it will be trying to survive when they see these signs they can know that jesus is at the door that he is on his way back let’s keep going third thing the axiom okay the axiom verse 33 heaven and earth will pass away did you guys know that heaven and earth will pass away but my words will not pass away now this is so important why because one of the sad things that exists i would say not only in the world obviously but sometimes even amongst those that claim to be christian is that they doubt the word of god it is so sad when i hear people say oh i believe that but i don’t believe that do you understand that either it’s all true or none of it’s true we don’t get to pick and choose what’s true and what’s not either god is truth or god is not and i love what jesus says he has just declared everything about the tribulation and what’s coming and what people are going to experience and how long it’s going to be he’s given all these details and then he says heaven and earth will pass away but my words will never pass away he is elevating his words above the universe in other words my words you can take to the bank because this universe will disappear before my word disappears now that’s powerful can any man say that no which means what jesus is more than a man isn’t he now what does the bible say isaiah 40 verse 8 the grass withers the flower fades but the word of our god will stand forever right god’s word stands forever and by jesus saying that his words stand forever what’s he doing he’s declaring himself to be god okay very very important declaring himself to be god it’s so beautiful right when god said something we can take it to the bank his word is sure we can rely on it it is going to come to pass right what do i say all the time it’s not a matter of if it’s simply a matter of when god has a plan he is working out his plan he says in our verse heaven and earth will pass away now that’s really interesting one of the things that we all know right we know the story of noah god destroyed the world with water didn’t he but god gave us a promise he gave us a promise he gave us the rainbow do you guys remember what the rainbow is the rainbow does not symbolize albe gtq on and on okay it doesn’t the rainbow symbolizes what god’s promise never again to destroy the world by water which is why rainbows come out after the rain okay it’s god’s reminder that even when we see rain again god would never do that again but interesting one day the bible declares god is going to destroy the world by fire did you guys know that peter talks about it second peter 3 verse 10 but the day of the lord will come as a thief in the night in which the heavens will pass away with the great noise and the elements will melt with fervent heat both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up therefore since all these things will be dissolved the heaven and earth what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness in other words if you understand that god’s going to burn everything up that all of this is going up in flames what kind of people should you be should you be wrapped up living in this for this world caught up in the things of this world it’s all going bye-bye guys right that’s what he’s saying verse 12 looking for and hastening the coming of the day of the lord because of which the heavens will be dissolved being on fire and the elements will melt with fervent heat nevertheless we god’s people believers christians according to his promise look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells this is what we are called to do not living for caught up in this world because it’s all going away how many people again their hopes and their dreams and their security is in their 401k or their mansion right or their fancy car their yacht or whatever the list goes on it’s all going up in flames guys all of it jesus said it in other words don’t put open it don’t find your security in it don’t live for it because it’s all going away now it’s so interesting again especially today if you follow what’s taking place again what’s the big issue that we keep hearing over and over again right from our politicians and our scientists and our you know ecologists right climate change we keep hearing that all over the place climate change if we don’t do what we need to do today the earth is going to you know be destroyed god already said it’s going to be destroyed okay duh right duh he already told us ahead of time and yet these people have the audacity to say that we can stop the world from being destroyed if we only you know save our you know don’t have plastic straws anymore or you know you know don’t eat cows anymore i mean it’s just dumb it’s dumb and it’s arrogant understand that if god says this world’s going bye-bye there’s nothing we can do to stop it okay there’s nothing we can do to stop it now don’t you know don’t please don’t send me a letter and get mad at me okay i am all for recycling okay i even do it at home okay i am all for uh you know conserving water i’m all for it i’m all for taking care of the environment right i don’t litter i pick up trash i mean again i do all these things but i also understand i can’t stop the world i can’t save the world okay it’s in god’s hands and god says i’m gonna destroy it right i’m gonna wipe it out i’m gonna burn it all up because i’m going to make a new heaven and a new earth that’s what he says now again if you’re interested in the new heaven and new earth we’re going to be talking about it in a few weeks on wednesday nights isaiah covers it in isaiah 65 and 66 and again it’s spoken about in revelation chapter 21 verse 1. this is what’s going to happen and this is important now let me ask you this question if god says it is it going to come to pass we know that one because we know god’s word never fails right but number two all we got to do is look back at god’s track record has god got a pretty good track record everything he says he’s going to do he does everything he said was already going to happen it already happened history proves again you know people today want to reject god’s word they don’t want to believe in jesus again but they have a problem they have been trying to disprove the bible for thousands of years and it’s still the number one sowling book in all history right according to guinness book of world records because it’s true because it’s true and so we better understand this because if what jesus said was going to happen happened then what he says is going to happen is going to happen and so again we have to be prepared now one of the things that happens when it comes to end times and prophecy in the future is that people get so excited right they get so focused on the end times that they’re all caught up in trying to figure out the date does that happen have we had a lot of people predict dates crazy great ridiculous that’s ridiculous why because jesus said in mark 13 32 but concerning the day or that hour what did you say no one knows no no that’s it period right he could have just said period he went on to say not even the angels right not even uh nor the son right at that point when he had emptied himself of his divine attributes right so that he can experience life on earth as a man he again he he forgave that knowledge during his time on earth but he said only the father does only father knows so don’t try to figure it out okay don’t think that you can add this verse plus that verse minus this verse equals you know a certain date because people have done that for centuries instead of trying to figure out the date how about you just make sure you’re ready that’s what he says how about you just make sure you’re ready and so to help make sure we’re ready we look at the admonition okay we look at the admonition verse 34. jesus says but watch yourself this is important but watch yourself instead of being caught up and wondering what day and is he coming back you know all this kind of stuff instead of being and you know being so focused watching for signs jesus says you better watch yourself you better watch yourself make sure that you’re ready make sure you are prepared that’s where our focus should be this refers to being mindful of the lives that we’re living again it’s so sad but i have to say it too many people think they are ready and they’re not ready they’re not just because they say they’re ready doesn’t mean they’re ready right their lives all they gotta do is look in a mirror what they do how they spend their time the things they involve themselves in reveal whether they’re truly living for god or still living for themselves it is so sad and frustrating when i hear christians blame the devil for everything okay the devil made me do it the devil made me do it no he didn’t the devil in the mirror made you do it that’s who made you do it okay and this is important why why because the devil can distract you yes he does a good job of that the world can tempt you life can overwhelm you right but it can’t force us to do anything we have the ability to respond we have the ability to say no i’m not going to do that i’m not going to get involved in that right i’m not going to sin against god it’s up to us and anyone who just wants to blame the devil right you are giving him too much credit okay he is not that powerful yes he’s good at distracting i’m with you he’s good at tempting but he can’t make you do nothing the decision is up to you and this is what this is all about you better watch yourself right you better check yourself that’s what this is check yourself stop paying attention to other people wondering what they’re doing or what they’re not doing look in the mirror and make sure you are ready for his return that’s what again that’s what he’s talking about now someone might say how do i do that pastor how about making sure you’re in the word every day is that a good idea spending time with jesus hearing from him remember every relationship is built on communication right couples when we read that’s god talking to us when we pray that’s us talking to god and when we read and pray and read and pray and read and pray what’s happening we are strengthening our relationship want to stay close to god again spend time with him every single day in prayer and in the word how about keeping ourselves busy in the things of god yes don’t miss okay don’t miss i will tell you when i was a brand new baby christian again 18 years old that came to faith when the church doors were open i was here when they had an event i was here okay i was i wanted to be involved i knew that if i was there i would keep myself out of trouble and that’s one of the biggest problems we are not busy in the things of god so we end up being busy in other things and we wonder why again we struggle in our relationship with god he says watch yourselves keep reading lest your heart be weighed down with dissipation interesting word and drunkenness and cares of this life and that day come upon you suddenly like a trap jesus says if you don’t watch yourself you’re going to get wrapped up in this world you’re going to get caught up in this world you’re going to get involved in sin and that sin is going to burden you down it’s going to weigh you down what a picture here right what a picture it’s going to weigh you down he says be careful be careful right that’s what he’s talking about guard your heart don’t get caught up in this world what does he say with dissipation and drunkenness now i think this is really interesting i want you to follow me jesus is specifically giving these warnings to those that will find themselves living in the tribulation right one of the things that people do especially when life is difficult when life is hard when life is overwhelming all of which will take place during the tribulation by the way right how many people self-medicate themselves you know what i’m saying look what he says this is what he points out how many people are going to be so weighed down in sin overwhelmed with the cares of this world what’s happening that they are filled with dissipation and drunkenness now we know what drunkenness is do you know what dissipation is it’s a hangover don’t act like you don’t know what a hangover is that’s what it means that’s what it means it literally is translated the nausea resulting from excess that’s what it’s translated as the nausea that is translated from excess and it describes again being so caught up in this world weighed down by the pressures of life the cares of this life weighed down by sin that they get so caught up in drinking and trying to again deal with the cares that they’re facing and then end up with a hangover sad but amazing again what jesus said we have to be careful we don’t allow this to happen to us what did paul tell us again very important romans 13 11. paul’s talking to the church in rome he says do this knowing the time that now it is high time to awake out of our sleep for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed is that all true the night is far spent the day is at hand it’s almost here we would say therefore let us cast off works of darkness let us put on the armor of light let us walk properly live right walk with jesus as in the day not in revelry or drunkenness not in lewdness and lust not in strife and envy but put on the lord jesus christ and make no provision for the flesh to fulfill its lust this is how we’re supposed to be living in preparation again knowing the lord is coming back look back at the verse look what he says those that get caught up in this world what’s the last part that the day come upon you suddenly like a trap think about how many people wrapped up in this world are going to be caught off guard when jesus comes that’s what he’s talking about verse 35 for it will come upon all everyone who dwells on the face of the whole earth the reason reason we know jesus was specifically talking about the future is because he’s talking about a worldwide tribulation that is coming now again knowing that it’s coming upon the world even if we are ready how many of us know people that are not ready do we care there’s a reason he told us this right he told us this is coming your kids that aren’t ready they will live through this your parents your bffs again who are not ready they will live through this unless you do all that you can to help him get ready and that’s what he’s talking about we can’t save anybody oh but we can be a good example can’t we we can be a light we can be a witness and we should be if we care verse 36 but stay awake in other words don’t fall asleep now i love that because how many people even right now have fallen asleep and falling away you and i both know again let’s be honest with you i know we have a good crowd this morning but prior to kova this place was packed where are these people at i know thankfully a lot of them are still tuning in online and we thank you and i’m so excited that you’re still listening that’s not everybody there’s a lot of people that have fallen asleep and falling away jesus said stay awake at all times praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place and to stand before the son of man you might remember what jesus said in matthew 24 13 the one who endures to the end well what be saved now again he’s specifically talking to those living during the tribulation and he’s telling them don’t take the mark right don’t fall asleep pay attention i’m coming back make sure you endure till the end it’s very important stay awake stay on alert keep saying pay attention now if you’re taking notes i don’t have time to get into this but matthew 25 31-46 describes what’s going to happen when jesus returns in the second coming he’s going to gather the sheep and the goats right all the goats are going to fall before him they are going to be slaughtered and the sheep having readied themselves right are going to stand before the lord and be welcomed into his kingdom and this is what he’s talking about again telling them stay awake be ready be in prayer that god would give you the strength to escape these things that are going to happen so that you can stand before the son of man now here’s how he closed this morning i’ve mentioned over and over again i wanted to make this clear that these words specifically apply to those that will live during the tribulation that is crystal clear some of you if you get left behind i hope not these words apply specifically to you but what’s important to understand here is god’s truth applies to all of us isn’t that right now remember what i showed you right now we’re living in the church age you guys with me right now we are waiting for the rapture isn’t that right in the same way that those jesus was speaking about will find themselves in the tribulation waiting for jesus’s second coming does that make sense both of us are waiting which means the words that jesus spoke apply to us as well we need to be watchful we need to be alert we need to be in prayer right we need to be doing all of these things why paul describes the rapture and it’s a verse i’m sure you know but i want to show it to you anyways in describing the rapture of the church paul writes first corinthians 15 50 i tell you this brethren its brothers and sisters flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of god nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable understand that our physical bodies were made for this world not the next one and so god is going to give us new bodies someone say amen right verse 51 behold paul says i tell you a mystery we shall not all sleep we’re not all going to die but we shall all be changed talking to the church in corinth in a moment in the twinkling of an eye at the last trumpet for the trumpet will sound the dead will be raised imperishable and we shall be changed for this perishable body must put on the imperishable and this moral body must put on immoral immortality now why do i show you this paul says that when the rapture happens it’s going to take place verse 52 in a moment you guys with me how fast is the moment in the twinkling of an eye do you know how fast the twinkling of an eye is scientists have measured the twinkle of the eye it is one one thousandth of a second is that pretty fast that’s how fast it’s going to happen okay now why do i bring this up i have talked to too many people who have said one day i’m gonna get right with god but not today still like smoking weed still you know like doing what i like doing i’ve heard all these excuses guys okay still want to do my own thing when i settle down and i’m done partying and whatever then i’m going to go to church i heard it all the time pastor you’ll see me there right and a lot of them have said because i tell them aren’t you afraid of missing the rapture having to live through the tribulation no no no no uh as soon as i know it’s time i’m gonna repent how are you going to cry out to god for his forgiveness in one one thousandth of a second is it gonna happen no and that’s important because it’s gonna happen like that there won’t be any time there won’t be second chances and so if you believe god’s word then you have to be ready now you have to be ready now now i close with these last two verses and we’re done advice given by the apostles second peter 3 14 peter says and so dear friends while you are waiting for these things to happen is that us make every effort to be found living peaceful lives that are pure and blameless in god’s sight if you’re waiting then you’ll be living in a way that shows you’re ready you’re going to live right you’re going to look pure you’re not gonna be living in sin last one john the apostle first john 2 28 and now little children and i love the little children he’s referring again to our you know newness in christ right he says abide in him what’s the word abide mean it means to live with that’s what it means live with him who’s he talking about with god with jesus be living with him serving him living for him do that why that when he appears because he’s coming we may have confidence and not be ashamed before him at his coming those that are going to have confidence to stand before him are those that are living with him living for him and those that are not are going to be ashamed when he returns oh lord help us amen let’s pray again father we thank you lord this morning for your word i know some of these things are direct i know again sometimes they’re hard to hear lord it it it’s convicting but lord you give us what we need not always what we want and so help us lord bring us to that place lord god help us to examine our hearts to make sure we’re ready to go as we look at the signs all around us lord you’re coming as soon there’s no doubt about it help us lord to be living lives that are pleasing in your sight so that when you return again we’ll have confidence we can have confidence today no regrets ready to go in jesus name the stand guys let’s stand
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Preparing for the Lord’s Return 8 /22/21

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