The End Times: Part VI

Thursday, June 9th, 2016
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Last week, our study of the Book of Revelation and the End Times overviewed what will happen to the church after the rapture—our physical appearance/capabilities and our judgment before Jesus Christ. This week, we will talk about the 2 beasts John sees in the last days, the abomination of desolation, and battle of Armageddon.

First Beast—The Antichrist

And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority (Revelation 13:1–2, KJV).

John describes the first beast in Revelation 13. The first beast is referencing the Antichrist as well as the government he will create. From this figurative language/imagery, we can discern the Antichrist will have power and authority, and will gather 10 nations together, leading to a one-world government.

The animal descriptions represents the nations that will be brought together under this governmental structure. Many theologians have tried to identify these nations, but regardless of the nation, we know these future nations will be under one rule of the Antichrist.

The Antichrist will lead people to worship Satan and will delude people into thinking they are not in a time of God’s wrath (Revelation 13:3–4). For the first half of tribulation, the Antichrist will be consolidating his power into a one-world government, but during the last half, he will be exercising his power. It is during this time, he will “make war with the saints” (Revelation 13:7–10).

Second Beast—The False Prophet

And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed (Revelation 13:11–12, KJV).

After the first beast (Antichrist) creates a one-world power, the false prophet will rise to create a religious system. He will be able to demonstrate supernatural powers and perpetuate the agenda of idol worship (Revelation 13:13–14). Continual miracles will be performed during this time to try to “explain away” the wrath of God (Revelation 13:15). Whether by economic drive or supernatural workings, people will be convinced to worship the devil.

It is this figure who will cause all to receive a mark in their right hand or their forehead. All who buy and sell will need to have this mark (Revelation 13:16–18). We don’t know what this mark is today, but we do know technology will play a huge part in bringing this to fruition.

Abomination of Desolation

During the first 3.5 years of the tribulation, the Antichrist will make a covenant with the Jews. After gaining their trust, he will set up the abomination of desolation in the temple; he will defy the temple the Jews use to worship God (Daniel 9:27). Jesus even warns us that we will see the abomination in the holy place (Matthew 24:15)—all that has been prophesied will happen.

However, during the second 3.5 years, the Antichrist will set himself up and the one-world government to destroy God’s chosen people. The one-world system will persecute the Jews (Revelation 17:4–6). Once the system has fulfilled its goal in global Satan-worship, the system will be destroyed (Revelation 17:17–18).

Battle of Armageddon

Revelation 18 marks events leading up to the battle of Armageddon. The world’s epicenter of economic activity and power will be torn down (Revelation 18:1–4), and such destruction will culmination in the last battle—the Antichrist, economic system, false prophet, religious system, etc. will all be destroyed.

Demonic spirits will gather all to the valley of Megiddo (Armageddon), a place strategically placed between mountain ranges, which will be the best place to fight Israel (Revelation 16:13–14). When the world comes against Israel, Jesus will return to the earth (Acts 1:11) and fight for His chosen Nation (Revelation 19:11–13). He will come back to the earth with His armies (Revelation 19:14, Jude 1:14)—with 10,000s of His saints!

The beast (Antichrist) and the false prophet will be thrown into the lake of fire and the rest will be slain with the sword (Revelation 19:20–21). The church needs to be ready for the rapture because in this last battle we need to fight with God, not against Him.

Adapted from Wednesday Night Bible Study on June 08, 2016

The End Times: Part V

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016
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Last week, our study of the Book of Revelation and the End Times revealed theories identifying the 2 witnesses in Revelation, their characteristics, and purpose. We also uncovered the symbolism of the woman and child—pointing to Israel (the church) and Jesus Christ—and ended with a discussion of the Marriage Supper. This week, we will continue our study on what we will experience after the rapture as well as the Judgment Seat of Christ.

How We Will Be After the Rapture

We learned last week the church will engage in the Marriage Supper of the Lamb (Revelation 19:7), which will be an experience unlike anything else on this earth. However, there is much question as to what will happen to each individual after the rapture occurs. Scripture gives us varying clues.

Changed

Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality (I Corinthians 15:51–53, KJV).

Not everyone will be asleep (dead) during the rapture, but everyone will be changed. Scripture tells us this change will happen quickly, and we will be changed to something immortal.

Like Jesus

John gives further insight into our future state:

Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is (I John 3:2, KJV).

John may be writing from the context of how He knew and recognized Jesus when He was alive during His 33.5 years on the earth, and/or during the 40 days after his resurrection from the dead (Acts 1:3). John saw Jesus “show” Himself to the disciples after the resurrection (John 20:19, 21:1), which theologians indicates a supernatural manifestation. On several accounts, Jesus appears in the middle of a room without entering through natural means.

Jesus was also a very tangible being; He encouraged Thomas to touch Him (John 20:27). Additionally, Scripture notes when Jesus had risen from the dead, He dined with His disciples (John 21:12–15; Acts 10:40–41).

Our immortal body will not have constraints of this life, but will be “glorified.” We don’t know if eating and drinking will be required nourishment, or if it will be something we will partake in only for fellowship purposes. And, we don’t know if we’ll be able to manifest ourselves in places like Jesus did to His disciples. All we know is we will be like Him—the rest is yet to be determined!

Judgment Seat of Christ

The Judgment Seat of Christ is not referring to the final judgment (White Throne Judgment). This is an event in itself where all caught away (raptured) believers will be held accountable for what they did or did not do in the kingdom (Revelation 14:13). Paul states:

For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences (II Corinthians 5:10–11, KJV).

Before we come to Christ, it’s about what He can do for us: salvation through baptism and remission of sins. But, after we’ve followed the plan of salvation (repentance, baptism in Jesus’ name, and the infilling of the Holy Ghost), we are to work hard to minister unto others about the judgment of God and how to escape His wrath.

The Judgment Seat of Christ will be to determine our responsibilities and rewards in Christ’s new kingdom in the Millennial reign (a time period where there will be a new heaven and new earth). We will be judged on our priorities, if we were faithful stewards of treasures God put in our hands, if we sought His kingdom, if we loved others, if our goal was to be like Him, if we put His kingdom before our own life, etc.

Scripture tells us every man’s work will be put through the fire and judged (I Corinthians 3:10–15). If our works in life were only wood, hay, and stubble, we’ll have made heaven, but our reward won’t be as great as those who build their foundation on solid materials.

Adapted from Wednesday Night Bible Study on June 01, 2016

The End Times: Part IV

Thursday, May 26th, 2016
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Last week, our End Times study covered the opening of the 7 seals, blowing of the 7 trumpets, and pouring out of the 7 vials. This week, we will discuss the 2 witnesses, the “woman,” and what will happen to the church.

Two Witnesses

Time on the Earth

After the rapture of the church, and during the tribulatory period, there will be 2 witnesses on the earth. They will preach and prophesy to the world for 3.5 years (Revelation 11:3) and have supernatural abilities—power to breathe fire and conquer their enemies (Revelation 11:5), as well as control over the elements and the ability to smite people with plagues (Revelation 11:6).

After the witnesses finish their testimony, the beast (antichrist) will kill them (Revelation 11:7). Their bodies will lie in the streets of Jerusalem and everyone around the world will see them lying in the streets for 3.5 days (Revelation 11:8–9). Due to the technological era we live in, the media will most likely cover the event and broadcast it to the entire world.

Unfortunately, the world will rejoice over the death of these two witnesses and in their joy will send gifts to each other—the world may declare a national holiday (Revelation 11:10). But, after 3.5 days, the Lord will breathe life into them (Revelation 11:11) and will call them up to Heaven (Revelation 11:12).

Identifying the Witnesses

There are many schools of thought as to who the 2 witness could be. Some scholars believe the 2 witnesses are Moses and Elijah, as these were the 2 individuals Jesus spoke to on the Mount of Transfiguration (Matthew 17:2). Others claim the 2 witnesses are Enoch and Elijah as neither individual actually died (Hebrews 9:27). Enoch was “taken” because he walked so closely with God (Genesis 5:24) and Elijah was caught up in a whirlwind (II Kings 2:11).

There are many other theories of who these could be; however, it’s important to note the witnesses will have power and there will be witnesses of their own resurrection (Revelation 11:11).

The Woman

Theologians speculate as to who the woman is mentioned in Revelation 12:1–7. Some believe this is the story of the Nation of Israel’s history from beginning to end. Similar typology of the sun, moon, and stars was used in reference to Joseph’s dream (Israel/Jacob’s son) (Genesis 37:9). However, in this setting of Scripture, much of the alliteration points back to God’s chosen covenant people—the Jewish nation.

On the whole, the woman is referring to the Nation of Israel and the man child referring to Jesus Christ. We can see history unfold as we read about the war in heaven (Revelation 12:7). Satan and his angels are cast out and they are left on the earth to torment the woman (Israel) and her child (Jesus) (Revelation 12:13). We are closing on the time when Satan and his demons have reign over the earth and evil being rampant in society.

The Church

Scripture tells us the church will be taken up to meet Jesus in the air (I Thessalonians 4:15–17)—this is known as the rapture. Those who are already dead who lived for Christ will rise first and then believers who are alive and remain on the earth will be “caught up.” It’s important to note, the rapture or “catching away” of the saints is not the second coming of Christ. Jesus doesn’t come down to the earth when He calls His church home—we will meet Him in the clouds (I Thessalonians 4:17). The second coming of Christ will be discussed in a future study.

After the rapture of the church, there will be the Marriage Supper of the Lamb (Revelation 19:7). This event will occur somewhere during the time of man’s wrath upon the earth (during the tribulatory period).

Those who have endured this life, kept the faith, and made themselves ready will participate in the Marriage Supper (Revelation 19:9). Scholars believe Jesus’s words in Mark 14:24–25 were in reference to the Marriage Supper—Jesus would drink the fruit of the vine with His disciples in the kingdom of God. However, during this time God’s people will praise Him in Heaven and will rejoice with Him. It will be the best moment with the Lord we’ve ever experienced as believers.

Adapted from Wednesday Night Bible Study on May 25, 2016

The End Times: Part III

Thursday, May 19th, 2016
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Last week, our study of the Book of Revelation and the End Times continued with examining the overarching themes, and introducing the breaking of the 7 seals. This week, we will reveal seals 2–7, trumpets, and vials.

Seven Seals

Second Seal: Red Horse

The second seal will be a rider on a red horse who will steal the illusion of peace from the earth. He will have a great sword and will simulate war (Revelation 6:3–4). The overarching reference to “earth” in this passage of Scripture denotes more of a global rather than national event.

Third Seal: Black Horse

The third seal will be a rider on a black horse with a balance in his hand. There will be famine in the land with his arrival (Revelation 6:5–6). There is speculation as to what will cause the famine and when it will begin (possibly with the arrival of the red horse). Poverty will result from this widespread famine.

Fourth Seal: Pale Horse

The fourth seal will be a pale horse called “death,” and hell will follow with him. (Revelation 6:7–8). The earth will see a fourth of the population killed at this time. However, even with widespread death and destruction, there will still be people who believe all has been caused by natural disasters (strong delusion) rather than by the hand of God.

Fifth Seal: Martyrs

There are many questions if there will be people saved after the rapture of the church. In this seal, souls will be revealed that have been slain for the Word of God (Revelation 6:9–11). We can assume there will be a type of salvation after the rapture, but the church should not plan on securing their salvation at this time—our goal should be to escape from tribulation and make the rapture.

There are two types of “tribulation saints” that we see in Scripture. There are those who are protected (Revelation 7:1–8), the 144,000 sealed saints, which possibly points to a remnant church of the Jewish nation. There are also persecuted saints (Revelation 7:9–14) who will be martyred for their beliefs.

Sixth Seal: Upheaval of the Heavens and the Earth

Much will occur during the unveiling of this seal—earthquakes, blackened sun, blood moon, and falling stars. The earth will be wrought with trembling and destruction, which again will be widespread instead of confined to a few areas of the globe (Revelation 6:12–17). Some people who are surviving during this time will be aware it is God’s wrath coming down upon the earth (Revelation 6:16).

Seventh Seal: Angels with Trumpets

John sees seven angels standing before God with seven trumpets in their hands. They prepared themselves to sound for what is yet to fall upon the earth (Revelation 8:1–6).

Seven Trumpets

First Trumpet: Plant Life

One third of the earth’s vegetation will be burned by fire which falls from heaven. We can foresee this destruction will cause an ecological disaster as trees are a vital source for producing oxygen. All of the green grass will be burned during this time as well (Revelation 8:7).

Second Trumpet: Seas

One third of the sea will become blood which will cause the death of a third of the sea creatures. The end result will be a third of all the seas destroyed upon the earth (Revelation 8:8–9). This will greatly affect the economy as various trade waterways will be eliminated.

Third Trumpet: Fresh Waters

After one third of the seas are destroyed, and their inhabitants, we will see one third of the fresh water sources destroyed. Additional people will die because of the bitter waters (Revelation 8:10–11).

Fourth Trumpet: Heavens Struck

One third of the sun, moon, and stars will be destroyed—there will be more darkness than ever before (Revelation 8:12–13).

Fifth Trumpet: Locusts

There will be a release of a terrible locust that will not attack the earth, but only mankind (excluding the protected saints). The locusts will be so terrible and torment humans for a span of 5 months; men will seek death and not be able to die (Revelation 9:1–12).

Sixth Trumpet: 4 Angels

Four angels will be loosed from the river Euphrates and they will bring with them armies to attack those who remain on the earth. From this slaughter, another third of mankind will be destroyed. After their work is complete, approximately half of the world’s population will have been destroyed at this point by the previous seals and trumpets. Even after all of this, mankind will still seek to serve devils and idols and not reverence God (Revelation 9:13–10:6).

Vials

The seven angels were also instructed to pour out their vials upon the earth. Some theologians have determined these to be additional woes upon the earth, and some have described the vials as more detailed descriptions as to what has happened on the earth during the opening of the deals and sounding of the trumpets.

First Vial: Sores

Those who have taken the mark of the best will receive a grievous sore (Revelation 16:2).

Second Vial: Seas

The rest of the seas will become as blood and everything (the remaining two-thirds) in the seas will die (Revelation 16:3).

Third Vial: Fresh Waters

An angel will pour out his vial and the rest of the fresh waters will become blood as well (Revelation 16:4–7).

Fourth Vial: Fire & Heat

The remaining portion of the sun (two-thirds) will be able to scorch men with fire and a great heat (Revelation 16:8–9).

Fifth Vial: Darkness

After blazing heat and a terrible sun, the world will be in darkness. Mankind will sit alone and writhe in their pain, but will still not repent for their actions (Revelation 16:10–11).

Sixth Vial: War Preparations

The river Euphrates will be dried up and events will start to begin to reign in the battle of Armageddon. Nations and people will be stirred up ready for war (Revelation 16:12–16).

Seventh Vial: Earthquake & Hail

There will be a great earthquake upon the earth, nations/cities will be divided. A great hail will fall out of heaven and men will continue to curse God (Revelation 16:17–21).

Seven Thunders

With the many woes that are poured out on the earth with the opening of the seals, the blowing of trumpets, and the pouring out of vials, there are still seven thunders to be witnessed. John the Revelator began to write what he had seen, but the Lord told Him not to record his vision (Revelation 10:4).

We will never know what is to come in the thunders, but the Lord has given His people more than enough insight as to the terrible things that are to befall mankind during the tribulation. The church needs to be ready for the rapture!

Adapted from Wednesday Night Bible Study on May 18, 2016

The End Times: Part II

Thursday, May 12th, 2016
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Theme of Revelation

The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John (Revelation 1:1, KJV).

The book of Revelation depicts real-life, human events. However, some of the text provides insight into what is to come—by way of types, shadows, and analogies. The writer, John (who was a Disciple of Jesus), knew Jesus as more than a Savior. He walked with Him in real life and saw Him as a tangible human being. But, what has been revealed in the dramatic pages of Scripture showed Jesus in a way John had never experienced (Revelation 1:13–16). John saw Jesus as the eternal God (Revelation 1:17–18).

Revelation begins with who Jesus is, shows what He has done, illustrates what is to come upon this earth, and how He will take His church home. But, the larger picture we can glean from this book is its main theme—beyond the excitement of the rapture of the church and fear of the tribulation. Revelation is about Jesus: who He is, and is, and is to come (Revelation 1:8).

Understanding Revelation

When we read the book of Revelation, we need to make considerations when attempting to analyze and comprehend Scripture for a complete understanding. It takes experience and the leading of the Holy Ghost to understand when Scripture moves from literal to figurative exhortations. And, we need to consider the Biblical and historical setting, as well as grammatical (literary style) of what we’re reading. There is a chronological sequence to the revelations (Revelation 1:19), which will help us further understand God’s plan. Scripture can’t be understood in a vacuum, per our own ideals and interpretations!

The Great Tribulation

Theologians have earmarked a focus of Revelation to be the “Great Tribulation.” This is a period of time when God will pour out judgment upon the world. There are varying opinions as to when the tribulation will be on the earth.

Tribulation Beliefs

Pre-tribulation is the belief God will rapture the church prior to the period of tribulation. Mid-tribulation believes God will allow the church to remain on the earth for half of the tribulatory period (3.5 years), and then will remove them. Post-tribulation is the belief God will allow the church to remain on the earth for the full tribulatory period.

Matthew references the “Great Tribulation” in Matthew 24:21 as well as John in Revelation 7:14. We are currently living in a dispensation of grace, experiencing God’s mercy. But, God will pour out His wrath upon the disobedient of this earth. The “Great Tribulation” will be 7 years of judgment, with 3.5 years of man’s wrath and 3.5 years of God’s wrath.

Revelation, and other corresponding verses in Scripture about the tribulation are warnings to God’s creation to live right and to get ready for His coming. The church has a hope (the Holy Ghost)—we will be removed from this life and onto our future reward (I Thessalonians 1:10, 5:9). If we live right, heed the signs, and follow Him, we will make our heaven our home!

Seven Seals

Revelation was sealed up in a book, but in John’s vision, the Lord allowed the seals to be opened and to reveal what was to come upon the earth (Revelation 5:1–14). John was given knowledge and understanding to explain the events of the tribulation and the blocks of time/events that would proceed in the future.

First Seal: White Horse

And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see. And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer (Revelation 6:1–2, KJV).

An Evil King

Theologians explain the white horse is a foreshadow of the antichrist. Daniel also foretells of his coming in Daniel 8:23–27. We understand in the latter times, the antichrist will come and he will bring a false peace with him. He will be a leader and will move into a position to control the world through a one-world government or alliance. The antichrist will work through manipulation and deception and utilize both technology and globalization to further his plight.

The Beast

Revelation continues to reveal details about the antichrist in Revelation 13:1–9. The antichrist will mimic the power that Jesus had. Therefore, he will have favor among the people, but also cause wars, and eliminate anyone who worships the Lord.

The Man of Sin

Paul warned the church about the “man of sin” (the antichrist) in II Thessalonians 2:1–12. We cannot read the insights of John the Revelator and not know these evil workings have been in place for a long time (II Thessalonians 2:7). The antichrist will deceive many with his lying wonders. All people who refuse to believe and worship the Lord will believe in a strong delusion and will experience the wrath of God (II Thessalonians 2:11–12).

Adapted from Wednesday Night Bible Study on May 11, 2016

The End Times: Part I

Thursday, May 5th, 2016
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And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? (Matthew 24:3, KJV).

The Last Days

We can look around at our world today and see that we are living in the last days—the last days before the coming of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Peter spoke to the believers on the day of Pentecost:

But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams (Acts 2:16–17, KJV).

The last days were spoken about 2,000 years ago and we are still living on those days today. God is still pouring out His Spirit upon all flesh in every country and in every nation.

Signs of His Coming

Even though Scripture gives signs of Jesus’ coming, it’s not wise to determine the date. Jesus told us of His coming so we could prepare our hearts and be ready. No one will ever know the hour the son of man will come back for His church (Mark 13:32). God doesn’t measure time the way we do (Psalms 90:4, II Peter 3:8). Our time is finite—His is infinite!

We know the coming of Jesus is soon because of the state of the world (II Timothy 3:1–5). If God ended previous dispensations of time in judgment due to the behavior of the people, how much more will He come to pour our judgment in this time when people have grown worse and worse!

False Christs, Wars, and Conflicts

And he said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them. But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things must first come to pass; but the end is not by and by. Then said he unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven (Luke 21:8–11, KJV).

We should never be afraid of these signs, but we should see them and prepare ourselves. As the church, we should see these signs and realize we are living in exciting times! God is getting ready to come back for His church, but more miracles will be poured out in this day than ever before.

Destruction and Rebuilding of Israel

And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled (Luke 21:24, KJV).

The Jewish nation ceased to exist for years and years. After World War II, almost all Jews perished under persecution. However, in 1948, Israel was acknowledged as a sovereign state. History even speaks to the coming our Lord!

Natural Warnings

And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken (Luke 21:25–26, KJV).

All aspects of nature will begin to move toward a state of upheaval—the normalcy of nature will change as we know it. We are already seeing devastating destruction from tsunamis, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions like never before. Disease is on the rise. Nature is telling us Jesus is coming soon.

Scoffers

Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation (II Peter 3:3–4, KJV).

Because we are now almost 2,000 years past the day of Pentecost, people have stopped believing and watching for the Lord to come. It’s only God’s longsuffering and grace that keeps Him from coming today. We cannot let our guards down and lose sight of His coming. We cannot be lulled to sleep by this world!

Living Without Regard to God

But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be (Matthew 24:37–39, KJV).

During the days of Noah, people didn’t believe it would rain until the flood came, despite all the warnings. Theologians believe Noah preached to the lost generation, warning them to get right so they could be saved. Today, we can’t get caught up in the day-to-day activities of this life. There should be a sense of excitement and earnest expectation the Lord will come soon!

Preparing for His Coming

We need to watch for these signs and know that when we see them, His coming is near (Matthew 24:32–35). We are instructed to watch! If we are looking for our Savior, we will keep our motives and our mission for living right in check. Jesus warned the church as time progressed on, the pleasures of this life would lull us asleep—the church would develop a numbness to sin (Luke 21:34–36). We cannot get used to this world.

We should look forward to the catching away of the church (I Thessalonians 4:14–17). This is our hope—we should pray for and seek this every day (Titus 2:13)!

Good News of His Coming

The church should never dread the coming of Jesus Christ. When He comes, we will be translated to a new place (John 14:2–3), receive a new body (I Corinthians 15:51–53, I John 3:2), and leave this old world to forever be with the Lord (I Thessalonians 4:17).

We are just passing through this world—we are looking for our true home. This is just our “holding place” until we’re received up into glory (I Peter 1:17). Let’s not make this world our home, but watch the signs of the end time, and look for the coming of our Savior.

Adapted from Wednesday Night Bible Study on May 04, 2016