Wednesday, March 05, 2008

The KING

THE KING IS COMING

 

Jesus said, “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God,

believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions;

if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place

for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again

and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.”

(John 14:1-3 NKJV)

 

Have you ever considered why, after thousands of years of

snail-pace progress, this unprecedented explosion of information

and technology has burst upon our generation? Has this happened

by chance or could there be a specific purpose?

 

Many are convinced there is. For example, millions of Christians

believe the world is rapidly heading toward a cataclysmic end

and that today’s explosion of information and technology is but

one of several key signs the Bible says will mark the coming of

the end times. It is also to help us prepare for the end of the world

as we now know it.

 

Among the signs the Bible says will mark the end times are

the following:

 

Knowledge and travel. When Daniel was Governor of the then

powerful Babylonian empire, about 500 BC, God revealed to him

the following message: “And many of those whose bodies lie dead

and buried will rise up, some to everlasting life and some to shame

and everlasting contempt… But Daniel, keep this prophecy a secret;

seal it up UNTIL THE END TIMES, when travel and education

(knowledge) shall be vastly increased!”1

 

Travel has certainly increased vastly. And when it comes to

increased knowledge, somebody has said that if you took all the

world’s knowledge from the beginning of time until 1845 and put it

on a graph, it would measure about two inches high. From 1845

till 1945, it would measure three inches. And from 1945 until the

present day, it would be as tall as the Washington Monument.

 

The preaching of the Christian message is another sign Jesus said

would denote the end of the world. He said, “When the gospel

(Christian message) shall be preached in all the world for a witness

unto all nations, then shall the end come.2

 

There is hardly a place on earth where the Christian gospel

isn’t being proclaimed today. Missionaries and/or nationals

in almost every nation are spreading the Word of God.

Strategically-located powerful radio stations are beaming the

gospel message to every corner of the globe. Literature organizations

are distributing the gospel in over 150 countries. And now we have

e-mail and the Internet, one of the most revolutionary means

of world-wide communications ever.

 

Perilous times. The Apostle Paul wrote, “This know also, that in the

last days perilous times shall come.”3 And Jesus himself said about

the end of the world, “You will hear of wars and rumors of wars,

but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen,

but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and

kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes

in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains.”4

 

Jesus also said, “When these things begin to take place, stand up

and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”5

 

It has been said that all the signs the Bible said would precede

the coming of Christ and the end of the world, as we know it,

have been happening since Christ was on earth, but today they

are all standing up at once!

 

The exciting thing about the end of the world is that it will be

climaxed by the return to earth of Jesus Christ who is coming

to take his followers to be with him forever in Heaven. The many

“signs of the times” that are happening today could very well be

an indication that the day of Christ’s return could be getting

very close. The important issue is, are you ready? You can be

by confessing your sins to Jesus Christ, accepting his forgiveness,

and praying and inviting him into your heart and life as personal

Lord and Savior.

 

To see how click on: http://www.actsweb.org/htbs1.htm.

 

Suggested prayer: “Dear God, in these days of terrifying and

horrific acts of terrorism and violence, please, we beg of you

to rescue the perishing and to comfort the grieving. Help us

to know that you are in control and that the King (Jesus Christ)

is coming again. Forgive us for our sins and those who sin against us

for surely they know not what they do. And forgive us for our

neglect of you. Turn our hearts towards you and grant that as

individuals and nations, we will turn to you and prepare for the day

of your coming when you will wipe away all tears and there will be

no more sickness, sadness or dying. What a glorious day this will be.

Gratefully in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

 

1. Daniel 12:2,4 (Amplified).

2. Matthew 24:14 (Paraphrase).

3. 2 Timothy 3:1 (NIV).

4. Matthew 24:6-8 (NIV).

5. Luke 21:28 (NIV).

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