This morning’s reading triggered many questions. Even the name of my blog site is based on the precept of the end. Back in 2005 when I started to blog, my reading was in the book of Revelation. I was wondering what to name my blog, but my first day of reading made it clear. From 2005 to Eternity! It’s all about the journey from then until the end. The Bible speaks to the end times in a few different places, be it Daniel, be it Matthew, be it Revelation, or be it in another book, it’s a topic that raises questions about the end. The battles, the struggles, the trumpet call, the people being lifted up from the earth, the left behind, and so much more. And every time this topic comes up and I consider the signs, I feel like it keeps getting closer and closer. As I think about it, additional questions come up about the people who don’t know, won’t hear, hear but choose to go their own way, who are mislead, who are being lied to, who are being cheated. I consider the Left Behind series with Kirk Cameron and the fact that a new version of the first movie just came out. The fact that the books are a twelve part series and to hear a friend speak of how the movie ends with more questions than it started with. God gives us His Word as a lamp unto our feet and alight unto our path! I remember my Pastor preaching from the book of Revelation years back to provide some insight and wisdom to it. It’s a time where things will be hard. Consider what is taking place to Christians in the middle east these days. Consider how Christians are being challenged and persecuted around the world. Consider how the Christian way is being challenged and attacked. Consider how the world seems to be embracing everything except Christianity. It’s not new! It’s been written about many times throughout history. And it won’t change the future! Having read the end of the BOOK, I know that God wins! Having read Revelation, it reveals what is going to happen and what needs to happen prior to the end. So I won’t give up! I won’t lose faith! I won’t lose hope! I will trust in God with all my heart, mind, soul, and strength!
This is how my morning reading begins…
The Awful Horror(Mark 13.14-23; Luke 21.20-24)15 (Dn 9.27Dn 11.31Dn 12.11 1 Macc 1.54 1 Macc 6.7) “You will see ‘The Awful Horror’ of which the prophet Daniel spoke. It will be standing in the holy place.” (Note to the reader: understand what this means!) 16“Then those who are in Judea must run away to the hills. 17(Lk 17.31) Someone who is on the roof of a house must not take the time to go down and get any belongings from the house. 18Someone who is in the field must not go back to get a cloak. 19How terrible it will be in those days for women who are pregnant and for mothers with little babies! 20Pray to God that you will not have to run away during the winter or on a Sabbath! 21(Dn 12.1Rev 7.14) For the trouble at that time will be far more terrible than any there has ever been, from the beginning of the world to this very day. Nor will there ever be anything like it again. 22But God has already reduced the number of days; had he not done so, nobody would survive. For the sake of his chosen people, however, God will reduce the days.23“Then, if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah!’ or ‘There he is!’—do not believe it. 24For false Messiahs and false prophets will appear; they will perform great miracles and wonders in order to deceive even God’s chosen people, if possible. 25Listen! I have told you this ahead of time.26 (Lk 17.23-24) “Or, if people should tell you, ‘Look, he is out in the desert!’—don’t go there; or if they say, ‘Look, he is hiding here!’—don’t believe it. 27For the Son of Man will come like the lightning which flashes across the whole sky from the east to the west.28 (Lk 17.37) “Wherever there is a dead body, the vultures will gather.
The Coming of the Son of Man(Mark 13.24-27; Luke 21.25-28)
29 (Is 13.10Jl 2.1031Jl 3.15Rev 6.12 Is 13.10Ez 32.7Jl 2.10Jl 3.15 Is 34.4Rev 6.13) “Soon after the trouble of those days, the sun will grow dark, the moon will no longer shine, the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers in space will be driven from their courses. 30 (Dn 7.13Zec 12.10-14Rev 1.7) Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky; and all the peoples of earth will weep as they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31The great trumpet will sound, and he will send out his angels to the four corners of the earth, and they will gather his chosen people from one end of the world to the other.
The Lesson of the Fig Tree(Mark 13.28-31; Luke 21.29-33)
32“Let the fig tree teach you a lesson. When its branches become green and tender and it starts putting out leaves, you know that summer is near. 33In the same way, when you see all these things, you will know that the time is near, ready to begin. (24.33: the time is near, ready to begin; or he is near, ready to come.) 34Remember that all these things will happen before the people now living have all died. 35Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.
~ from Matthew 24 (GNT)
And reading ahead, tomorrow’s reading will continue and speak even more to those left behind. The hidden references from the webpage when I copy/paste I included today for those who would like to do more research.
Today is a new day, with new mercies. His grace is enough for me! He’s not done with me yet as I am still here to serve Him and to glorify Him. And if you are reading this, He’s not finished with you yet either! Greater things are yet to come!
So with this day we have, we need to grab onto the truth and press forward for the glory of God! We need to hold onto the truth and shine. Today’s reading continues in the book of Romans showing how the law reveals sin and how Jesus came that we can be forgiven. How our lives are transformed by the grace of God !
An Illustration from Marriage
1Certainly you will understand what I am about to say, my friends, because all of you know about law. The law rules over people only as long as they live. 2A married woman, for example, is bound by the law to her husband as long as he lives; but if he dies, then she is free from the law that bound her to him. 3So then, if she lives with another man while her husband is alive, she will be called an adulteress; but if her husband dies, she is legally a free woman and does not commit adultery if she marries another man. 4That is how it is with you, my friends. As far as the Law is concerned, you also have died because you are part of the body of Christ; and now you belong to him who was raised from death in order that we might be useful in the service of God. 5For when we lived according to our human nature, the sinful desires stirred up by the Law were at work in our bodies, and all we did ended in death. 6Now, however, we are free from the Law, because we died to that which once held us prisoners. No longer do we serve in the old way of a written law, but in the new way of the Spirit.
Law and Sin
7 Shall we say, then, that the Law itself is sinful? Of course not! But it was the Law that made me know what sin is. If the Law had not said, “Do not desire what belongs to someone else,” I would not have known such a desire. 8But by means of that commandment sin found its chance to stir up all kinds of selfish desires in me. Apart from law, sin is a dead thing. 9I myself was once alive apart from law; but when the commandment came, sin sprang to life, 10and I died. And the commandment which was meant to bring life, in my case brought death. 11Sin found its chance, and by means of the commandment it deceived me and killed me. 12So then, the Law itself is holy, and the commandment is holy, right, and good. 13But does this mean that what is good caused my death? By no means! It was sin that did it; by using what is good, sin brought death to me, in order that its true nature as sin might be revealed. And so, by means of the commandment sin is shown to be even more terribly sinful.
~ from Roman 7 (GNT)
So let’s live in the new life today! Let’s walk by faith and not by sight! Let’s walk by faith, the antidote to fear! Trusting in God rather than what we see or hear, because we know we need God to step up, step out, and accomplish God’s perfect plan. We don’t have to do it alone! He will never leave us nor abandon us! Lot’s turn to Him today!
A Prayer for Help
1Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful, because I come to you for safety. In the shadow of your wings I find protection until the raging storms are over. 2I call to God, the Most High, to God, who supplies my every need. 3He will answer from heaven and save me; he will defeat my oppressors. God will show me his constant love and faithfulness. 4I am surrounded by enemies, who are like lions hungry for human flesh. Their teeth are like spears and arrows; their tongues are like sharp swords. 5Show your greatness in the sky, O God, and your glory over all the earth. 6My enemies have spread a net to catch me; I am overcome with distress. They dug a pit in my path, but fell into it themselves. 7I have complete confidence, O God; I will sing and praise you! 8Wake up, my soul! Wake up, my harp and lyre! I will wake up the sun. 9I will thank you, O Lord, among the nations. I will praise you among the peoples. 10Your constant love reaches the heavens; your faithfulness touches the skies. 11Show your greatness in the sky, O God, and your glory over all the earth.