Are you ready? Do you know what you would do? Do you know what you will do? Do you understand the signs and the warnings? Do you realize what you will need to do? Be prepared in advance!
The Awful Horror
(Matthew 24.15-28; Luke 21.20-24)
14“You will see ‘The Awful Horror’ standing in the place where he should not be.” (Note to the reader: understand what this means!) “Then those who are in Judea must run away to the hills. 15Someone who is on the roof of a house must not lose time by going down into the house to get anything to take along. 16Someone who is in the field must not go back to the house for a cloak. 17How terrible it will be in those days for women who are pregnant and for mothers with little babies! 18Pray to God that these things will not happen in the winter! 19For the trouble of those days will be far worse than any the world has ever known from the very beginning when God created the world until the present time. Nor will there ever be anything like it again.
20But the Lord has reduced the number of those days; if he had not, nobody would survive. For the sake of his chosen people, however, he has reduced those days. 21“Then, if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah!’ or, ‘Look, there he is!’—do not believe it. 22For false Messiahs and false prophets will appear. They will perform miracles and wonders in order to deceive even God’s chosen people, if possible. 23Be on your guard! I have told you everything ahead of time.
— from Mark 13:16-23
Remember what you have been told! Remember the signs! Remember the instructions! Be prepared! Don’t be fooled! Don’t be tricked! Be prepared! He will be coming back! Just not like a normal person! Remember so that you aren’t tricked!
The Coming of the Son of Man
(Matthew 24.29-31; Luke 21.25-28)
24“In the days after that time of trouble the sun will grow dark, the moon will no longer shine, 25the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers in space will be driven from their courses. 26 Then the Son of Man will appear, coming in the clouds with great power and glory. 27He will send the angels out to the four corners of the earth to gather God’s chosen people from one end of the world to the other.
— from Mark 13:24-27
He will be coming back like He left! He will be coming in the clouds with great power and glory! Be ready for His return! Remember the signs! Remember the lessons you have learned! Remember His instruction! Remember His message! Get ready! Be prepared when you spot the signs! Take a look around you…Are you getting ready?
The Lesson of the Fig Tree
(Matthew 24.32-35; Luke 21.29-33)
28“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. 29In the same way, when you see these things happening, you will know that the time is near, ready to begin. 30Remember that all these things will happen before the people now living have all died. 31Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.
— from Mark 13:28-31
There is a reason why my blog is called from 2005 to Eternity and it started back in 2005 when my devotionals were coming from the book of Revelation which was seeming pretty close. Every year when I get to that book in my readings, it feels even closer! Consider the signs! Consider the time! Consider your heart! Are you ready! Are you prepared?
How will you get ready? What will you tolerate? How will you respond? Are you serving? Are you positioning yourself?
Paul’s Sufferings as an Apostle
16I repeat: no one should think that I am a fool. But if you do, at least accept me as a fool, just so I will have a little to boast of. 17Of course what I am saying now is not what the Lord would have me say; in this matter of boasting I am really talking like a fool. 18But since there are so many who boast for merely human reasons, I will do the same. 19You yourselves are so wise, and so you gladly tolerate fools! 20You tolerate anyone who orders you around or takes advantage of you or traps you or looks down on you or slaps you in the face. 21I am ashamed to admit that we were too timid to do those things! But if anyone dares to boast about something—I am talking like a fool—I will be just as daring. 22Are they Hebrews? So am I. Are they Israelites? So am I. Are they Abraham’s descendants? So am I. 23Are they Christ’s servants? I sound like a madman—but I am a better servant than they are! I have worked much harder, I have been in prison more times, I have been whipped much more, and I have been near death more often. 24Five times I was given the thirty-nine lashes by the Jews; 25three times I was whipped by the Romans; and once I was stoned. I have been in three shipwrecks, and once I spent twenty-four hours in the water. 26In my many travels I have been in danger from floods and from robbers, in danger from my own people and from Gentiles; there have been dangers in the cities, dangers in the wilds, dangers on the high seas, and dangers from false friends. 27There has been work and toil; often I have gone without sleep; I have been hungry and thirsty; I have often been without enough food, shelter, or clothing. 28And not to mention other things, every day I am under the pressure of my concern for all the churches. 29When someone is weak, then I feel weak too; when someone is led into sin, I am filled with distress. 30If I must boast, I will boast about things that show how weak I am. 31The God and Father of the Lord Jesus—blessed be his name forever!—knows that I am not lying. 32When I was in Damascus, the governor under King Aretas placed guards at the city gates to arrest me. 33But I was let down in a basket through an opening in the wall and escaped from him.
— from 2 Corinthians 11:16-33
How will your story glorify God? How will the trials and the testing shine His love and His light into the world around you? What words of encouragement do you have to share? What wisdom have you to share? What help can you offer out of your weakness? How can God’s strength be revealed in and through it all?
Those that don’t remember the past are doomed to repeat it! Those who forget the past aren’t prepared! Those who forget where there hope comes from aren’t ready for what is yet to come! Don’t forget! Remember what you have been told and what you have learned so that you will be prepared!
24Then they rejected the pleasant land, because they did not believe God’s promise.
25They stayed in their tents and grumbled and would not listen to the Lord.
26So he have them a solemn warning that he would make them die in the desert
27and scatter their descendants among the heathen, letting them die in foreign countries.
28Then at Peor, God’s people joined in the worship of Baal and ate sacrifices offered to dead gods.
29They stirred up the Lord’s anger by their actions, and a terrible disease broke out among them.
30But Phinehas stood up and punished the guilty, and the plague was stopped.
31This has been remembered in his favor ever since and will be for all time to come.
32At the springs of Meribah the people made the Lord angry, and Moses was in trouble on their account.
33They made him so bitter that he spoke without stopping to think.
34They did not kill the heathen, as the Lord had commanded them to do,
35but they intermarried with them and adopted their pagan ways.
36God’s people worshiped idols, and this caused their destruction.
37They offered their own sons and daughters as sacrifices to the idols of Canaan.
38They killed those innocent children, and the land was defiled by those murders.
39They made themselves impure by their actions and were unfaithful to God.
40So the Lord was angry with his people; he was disgusted with them.
41He abandoned them to the power of the heathen, and their enemies ruled over them.
42They were oppressed by their enemies and were in complete subjection to them.
43Many times the Lord rescued his people, but they chose to rebel against him and sank deeper into sin.
44Yet the Lord heard them when they cried out, and he took notice of their distress.
45For their sake he remembered his covenant, and because of his great love he relented.
46He made all their oppressors feel sorry for them.
47Save us, O Lord our God, and bring us back from among the nations, so that we may be thankful and praise your holy name.
48Praise the Lord, the God of Israel; praise him now and forever! Let everyone say, “Amen!” Praise the Lord!
11 from Psalm 106:24-48