Sunday, January 16, 2011

Love for God, Love for Truth, Love for People

Yesterday, I left you with the question to think about.  When will God bring about his ruler- ship to the world and how can you be a here to benefit as one of the subjects?  Well, let's start with the question Jesus followers asked him right before his death.  Matthew 24: 3- "Tell us, When will these things be, and what will be the sign of your presence and of the conclusion of the system of things?"
   Notice they asked for "the sign of your presence," so Jesus goes on to tell them in the rest of the chapter.  But, let's look at the verses that have meaning for our day.  Starting in verse 7 it talks of wars, earthquakes, food shortages all being the beginning of stress.  But, all is not lost in verse 13 he gives us hope, "But he that has endured to the end is the one that will be saved."
  Then he goes on to say in verse 14: "This good news of the kingdom will be preached in all the inhabited earth for a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come." So, we have a composite sign of Christ's presence as ruling in Kingdom power when you see these things start to occur.  There are people living today that can tell you that at the beginning of WWI is when Jesus started his ruler-ship. 
  What was the first thing he did as King?  Read Revelation chapter 12:7-12 It talks about a war that was in heaven with Jesus and Satan the Devil and his demons.  Jesus won hurling Satan and his demons down to the earth.  Was Satan happy about this, if you read the account it says "the heavens rejoice, but Woe! for the earth because the devil has come down with great anger knowing he has a short period of time left. 
  So, now you have the evidence that proves why the world is in the condition it is in, but we have the hope that soon Jesus will destroy all of the wickedness.  Why is this necessary?  Read verse 21 and 22: There is going to be a great tribulation that the world has never seen before, no nor will see again, those days will be cut short on account of the chosen ones or no flesh would be saved.
  Now, is the time to put love of God , his word of truth and love of people first in your life. 

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