Somethin’ comin’ somethings coming!

Do you know what? Do you know when? Do you know how? Do you know where? Do you know who? Do you know why?

Today’s reading continues in Matthew and the truth about the timing! God’s timing is perfect! He is rarely early, never late, but always on time!

No One Knows the Day and Hour

(Mark 13.32-37; Luke 17.26-30, 34-36)

36“No one knows, however, when that day and hour will come—neither the angels in heaven nor the Son; the Father alone knows. 37The coming of the Son of Man will be like what happened in the time of Noah. 38In the days before the flood people ate and drank, men and women married, up to the very day Noah went into the boat; 39yet they did not realize what was happening until the flood came and swept them all away. That is how it will be when the Son of Man comes. 40At that time two men will be working in a field: one will be taken away, the other will be left behind. 41Two women will be at a mill grinding meal: one will be taken away, the other will be left behind. 42Watch out, then, because you do not know what day your Lord will come. 43If the owner of a house knew the time when the thief would come, you can be sure that he would stay awake and not let the thief break into his house. 44So then, you also must always be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you are not expecting him.

~ from Matthew 24 (GNT)

Nobody knows the exact moment in time when Jesus will be coming back, however, we need to live everyday ready for His return! I thought it was interesting that the new Left Behind movie came out recently and that God’s Word today talks to this point to help me reinforce the importance of being ready! The importance that we are prepared at all times! Living like Jesus could come back at any moment rather than living like I have time before I need to be ready. Consider going on a trip, an important trip to an incredible destination…how would you prepare? What if you knew that when the time came if you weren’t ready, you couldn’t go? What if it was like a suitcase dance where your name gets pulled but you thought you could run home and get your bags, but discovered you couldn’t and lost out on a trip of a lifetime? You knew it was a suitcase dance. You knew the rules were that you would be swept from the restaurant to the airport where your private jet would take you away. What if you weren’t prepared! What would you expect? What would you feel like? What if they ended up having to give it away to someone else? Today’s reading is for bigger things! Missing out means being left behind! Being left behind means having to deal with suffering, distress, trouble, misery. Missing out means dealing with the loss of so many and so much. So will you be ready so that you won’t miss out?

How about if you knew you would get another chance if you missed it? You just have to press through the trials, the suffering, the distress, the trouble, the misery and that you would get one last chance! What would you do then? How about if it didn’t happen yet, but now you know?

Everyday we are faced with choices! So choose wisely! It has great implications on what can and will be, on what could or should be! Let’s not be surprised! Let’s no live a way that we will have regrets! Let’s grab a hold of the plans God has for us and live it out to the full!

The Faithful or the Unfaithful Servant

(Luke 12.41-48)
45“Who, then, is a faithful and wise servant? It is the one that his master has placed in charge of the other servants to give them their food at the proper time. 46How happy that servant is if his master finds him doing this when he comes home! 47Indeed, I tell you, the master will put that servant in charge of all his property. 48But if he is a bad servant, he will tell himself that his master will not come back for a long time, 49and he will begin to beat his fellow servants and to eat and drink with drunkards. 50Then that servant’s master will come back one day when the servant does not expect him and at a time he does not know. 51The master will cut him in pieces and make him share the fate of the hypocrites. There he will cry and gnash his teeth.
~ from Matthew 24 (GNT)

Don’t lose hope! There is a way! this is a hope! And it is Jesus! Today’s reading continues into Romans with this wisdom:

The Conflict in Us

14We know that the Law is spiritual; but I am a mortal, sold as a slave to sin. 15I do not understand what I do; for I don’t do what I would like to do, but instead I do what I hate. 16Since what I do is what I don’t want to do, this shows that I agree that the Law is right. 17So I am not really the one who does this thing; rather it is the sin that lives in me. 18I know that good does not live in me—that is, in my human nature. For even though the desire to do good is in me, I am not able to do it. 19I don’t do the good I want to do; instead, I do the evil that I do not want to do. 20If I do what I don’t want to do, this means that I am no longer the one who does it; instead, it is the sin that lives in me. 21So I find that this law is at work: when I want to do what is good, what is evil is the only choice I have. 22My inner being delights in the law of God. 23But I see a different law at work in my body—a law that fights against the law which my mind approves of. It makes me a prisoner to the law of sin which is at work in my body. 24What an unhappy man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is taking me to death? 25Thanks be to God, who does this through our Lord Jesus Christ!This, then, is my condition: on my own I can serve God’s law only with my mind, while my human nature serves the law of sin.

~ from Romans 7 (GNT)

We are saved by grace through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ! Not by works so that nobody can boast! For God so loved the World that He gave His one and only Son, not to condemn the world, but that through Him they might be saved!

So there still is hope! It’s a matter of choice! Whom shall you serve?

What end will you choose? What end will you see? What end will you experience?

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.

Will it last?

What are you working on? What are you investing in? Where are you spending your time and energy? Is it temporary? Will it last?

As we start this day what’s more important? A temporary high or something that will last forever? A momentary glimmer of hope or hope for eternity? Is it about a quick win or about an eternal win?

How will you spend your time today? What impact and influence will you make on the lives of others? What message will you provide? Will you work in the trenches and help? Will put yourself on a pedestal because you are too good to get your hands dirty?

Do you have kids? Do you realize what a gift they are? Do you realize they are the only thing you have that will last? What legacy will you prepare and leave for them? What difference are you going to make in their lives?

Do you have friends? Are you filling their lives with hope and love, truth and wisdom? Are you investing in their temporary feelings or in their eternal life? What type of an impact are you trying to make in the lives of the people around you? What type of a legacy are you wanting to leave behind?

Will it last? Will it be a temporary thing? How will you choose to live today?

What if you learned that everything that people valued would be destroyed? All that stuff! Would you be able to point them to something of eternal value that will never end?

What if you could learn that the end was coming? Everyone who chooses right will be saved and not have to deal with the pain and suffering that is coming. How would you live? Would you share with those around you? Would you warn them that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life and that nobody goes to the Father, except through Him? Would you share your faith in Jesus with them and share your life, your testimonies, your stories of God’s working in your life with them? How would be define you when it comes to your legacy? Where does it point them? To idolize you or towards God?

This morning’s reading is interesting as the disciples approach Jesus to learn when…

1Jesus left and was going away from the Temple when his disciples came to him to call his attention to its buildings. 2“Yes,” he said, “you may well look at all these. I tell you this: not a single stone here will be left in its place; every one of them will be thrown down.”

Troubles and Persecutions

3As Jesus sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him in private. “Tell us when all this will be,” they asked, “and what will happen to show that it is the time for your coming and the end of the age.” 4Jesus answered, “Watch out, and do not let anyone fool you. 5Many men, claiming to speak for me, will come and say, ‘I am the Messiah!’ and they will fool many people. 6You are going to hear the noise of battles close by and the news of battles far away; but do not be troubled. Such things must happen, but they do not mean that the end has come. 7Countries will fight each other; kingdoms will attack one another. There will be famines and earthquakes everywhere. 8All these things are like the first pains of childbirth. 9“Then you will be arrested and handed over to be punished and be put to death. Everyone will hate you because of me. 10Many will give up their faith at that time; they will betray one another and hate one another. 11Then many false prophets will appear and fool many people. 12Such will be the spread of evil that many people’s love will grow cold. 13But whoever holds out to the end will be saved. 14And this Good News about the Kingdom will be preached through all the world for a witness to all people; and then the end will come. ~ from Matthew 24 (GNT)

Have you heard of anyone claiming to be Jesus? Did he arrive from the sky like he left? Don’t be fooled.

Have you been hearing news of battles near and far? Have you heard of countries fighting each other? Have you heard of great famines and earthquakes? They are but precursors!

Have you heard and seen Christians being persecuted, jailed, punished, put to death? Don’t lose hope and don’t give up! It’s because of our hope and trust in Jesus that they are persecuting us! It may be a fiery furnace moment where we are saved or it may be a Stephan moment where heaven will open to us to bring us home! Don’t lose hope and don’t give up! Stand firm! Put your hope and trust in Jesus! Put on the full armor of God and don’t turn your back on God!

Heard any stories of a different Jesus? One where He isn’t the Son of God? One where He wasn’t born of a virgin? One where He isn’t fully God? One where the Bible isn’t the only source? One where people weren’t created with free will? One where it is by works rather than by faith that we are saved? One where Jesus isn’t sitting at the right hand of the Father, interceding for you and me? One where there is more than one God? One where God is not spirit?

Don’t let LOVE grow cold! Hold onto the promises of Jesus! Trust Him with your eternal life! Live that you will have eternal life with God rather than eternity apart from God! Share the love of God, the Good News about the Kingdom so that everyone in the world has the opportunity to hear and choose!

So we need to choose who will we follow! Our choice has eternal implications! Both choices have an outcome!

Slaves of Righteousness

15What, then? Shall we sin, because we are not under law but under God’s grace? By no means! 16Surely you know that when you surrender yourselves as slaves to obey someone, you are in fact the slaves of the master you obey—either of sin, which results in death, or of obedience, which results in being put right with God. 17But thanks be to God! For though at one time you were slaves to sin, you have obeyed with all your heart the truths found in the teaching you received. 18You were set free from sin and became the slaves of righteousness. 19(I use everyday language because of the weakness of your natural selves.) At one time you surrendered yourselves entirely as slaves to impurity and wickedness for wicked purposes. In the same way you must now surrender yourselves entirely as slaves of righteousness for holy purposes. 20When you were the slaves of sin, you were free from righteousness. 21What did you gain from doing the things that you are now ashamed of? The result of those things is death! 22But now you have been set free from sin and are the slaves of God. Your gain is a life fully dedicated to him, and the result is eternal life. 23For sin pays its wage—death; but God’s free gift is eternal life in union with Christ Jesus our Lord. ~from Romans 6 (GNT)


A Prayer of Trust in God

1Be merciful to me, O God, because I am under attack; my enemies persecute me all the time. 2All day long my opponents attack me. There are so many who fight against me. 3When I am afraid, O Lord Almighty, I put my trust in you. 4I trust in God and am not afraid; I praise him for what he has promised. What can a mere human being do to me? 5My enemies make trouble for me all day long; they are always thinking up some way to hurt me! 6They gather in hiding places and watch everything I do, hoping to kill me. 7Punish them, O God, for their evil; defeat those people in your anger! 8You know how troubled I am; you have kept a record of my tears. Aren’t they listed in your book? 9The day I call to you, my enemies will be turned back. I know this: God is on my side—10the Lord, whose promises I praise. 11In him I trust, and I will not be afraid. What can a mere human being do to me? 12O God, I will offer you what I have promised; I will give you my offering of thanksgiving, 13because you have rescued me from death and kept me from defeat. And so I walk in the presence of God, in the light that shines on the living.