Do you see what is going on all around you? Are you able to tell what is coming? Are you seeing the signs going on all around? Do you see what is going on around the world? Do you see what is going on with the politics of the world? Do you see what is going on with the financial world? Do you see what is going on nationally and across the nations? Do you see where there is agreement? Do you see where there are disagreements?
What does that mean for you? What does it mean for your family? What does it mean for your neighborhood? What does it mean to your region? What does it mean to the world?
Are you noticing the signs of the times?
This morning we hear about some times that were being discussed by Jesus…
Jesus Speaks of the Destruction of Jerusalem
(Matthew 24.15-21; Mark 13.14-19)
20“When you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then you will know that it will soon be destroyed. 21Then those who are in Judea must run away to the hills; those who are in the city must leave, and those who are out in the country must not go into the city. 22 For those will be ‘The Days of Punishment,’ to make come true all that the Scriptures say. 23How terrible it will be in those days for women who are pregnant and for mothers with little babies! Terrible distress will come upon this land, and God’s punishment will fall on this people. 24Some will be killed by the sword, and others will be taken as prisoners to all countries; and the heathen will trample over Jerusalem until their time is up.
The Coming of the Son of Man
(Matthew 24.29-31; Mark 13.24-27)
25 “There will be strange things happening to the sun, the moon, and the stars. On earth whole countries will be in despair, afraid of the roar of the sea and the raging tides. 26People will faint from fear as they wait for what is coming over the whole earth, for the powers in space will be driven from their courses. 27 Then the Son of Man will appear, coming in a cloud with great power and glory. 28When these things begin to happen, stand up and raise your heads, because your salvation is near.” –from Luke 21
I remember when I started to blog back in 2005 and how it spoke to me how the time is getting closer as it started in the book or Revelation. Every year when I read through the Bible and get to the book of Revelation, it seems to continue to feel even closer than it did that first year. The signs of the time. Take a look around so that you won’t be surprised. Be prepared!
It may not be easy, but it will be worth it! In this world we will face trials and challenges, but that’s not a bad thing. Jesus told us in James 1 to consider it all joy when we face trials. Jesus also tells us in John 33 that in this world we will face challenges, but to not lose hope for He has overcome the world!
Today’s reading speaks to this in Hebrews 2
10It was only right that God, who creates and preserves all things, should make Jesus perfect through suffering, in order to bring many children to share his glory. For Jesus is the one who leads them to salvation. 11He purifies people from their sins, and both he and those who are made pure all have the same Father. That is why Jesus is not ashamed to call them his family. 12 He says to God, “I will tell my people what you have done; I will praise you in their meeting.” 13 He also says, “I will put my trust in God.” And he also says, “Here I am with the children that God has given me.” 14Since the children, as he calls them, are people of flesh and blood, Jesus himself became like them and shared their human nature. He did this so that through his death he might destroy the Devil, who has the power over death, 15and in this way set free those who were slaves all their lives because of their fear of death. 16 For it is clear that it is not the angels that he helps. Instead, he helps the descendants of Abraham. 17This means that he had to become like his people in every way, in order to be their faithful and merciful High Priest in his service to God, so that the people’s sins would be forgiven. 18And now he can help those who are tempted, because he himself was tempted and suffered. –from Hebrews 2
What will you do when you don’t know what to do? Do what you know to do! Where will you turn when you don’t know where to turn? Turn to God! Need wisdom? Seek it with all you are! Turn to God’s Word! Today’s reading continues into Proverbs…
1Drinking too much makes you loud and foolish. It’s stupid to get drunk. 2Fear an angry king as you would a growling lion; making him angry is suicide. 3Any fool can start arguments; the honorable thing is to stay out of them. 4A farmer too lazy to plow his fields at the right time will have nothing to harvest. 5A person’s thoughts are like water in a deep well, but someone with insight can draw them out. 6Everyone talks about how loyal and faithful he is, but just try to find someone who really is! 7Children are fortunate if they have a father who is honest and does what is right. 8The king sits in judgment and knows evil when he sees it. 9Can anyone really say that his conscience is clear, that he has gotten rid of his sin? 10The Lord hates people who use dishonest weights and measures. 11Even children show what they are by what they do; you can tell if they are honest and good. 12The Lord has given us eyes to see with and ears to listen with. 13If you spend your time sleeping, you will be poor. Keep busy and you will have plenty to eat. 14The customer always complains that the price is too high, but then he goes off and brags about the bargain he got. 15If you know what you are talking about, you have something more valuable than gold or jewels. –from Proverbs 20