Not Knowing the Time
Discerning the Times
Matthew 16:2 He answered and said unto them, When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red. 3 And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowring. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?
Jesus held the Jewish leaders and people accountable for not knowing the signs of the times. For not knowing their long promised Messiah had come , and was among them. He held them accountable for not knowing the prophecy in Daniel that predicted the exact day He would present Himself in the Temple as Messiah and King of Israel. In Daniel 9:24-26, the Lord gives us the entire future history of the nation of Israel. An angel tells Daniel that there are 70 “weeks of years” which equals 490 years, determined for Israel, for sin to be dealt with, and the Messiah to come and reign. (they turn out not to be continuous). The scripture says that from the going forth of the commandment to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem (they had been destroyed as a judgment by God) until the Messiah presents Himself, and then would be cut off (killed) would be 69 weeks of years. The commandment was given in 425 B.C. to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem (this is described in the book of Nehemiah). The prophecy was for 173,880 days into the future. On that exact day, Jesus presented Himself to Israel as their king and Messiah when He fulfilled a prophecy by riding into Jerusalem on the back of a little donkey (Zec 9:9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.) This day was April 6, 32 A.D. This was what we call Palm Sunday.
Note what precision the Lord shows us, He told us the exact day, over 173,880 days before it happened. Wow!
He warned us to watch for the signs of His second coming, for the believer, secretly in the Rapture, and also His second coming where “every eye shall see Him” at Armageddon.
The signs were Wars, Rumors of Wars, Plagues, Pestilences, Famines, Earthquakes, Religious Deception, which have been present throughout world History, but
They will all converge at one time,becoming very prominent and more and more powerful.
The Key to all future Prophecy, ISR AEL, which for 2000 years was spread throughout the world in judgment and punishment, but fulfilling Ezekiel ch. 37, becoming a New Nation again, in one day (May 14, 1948).
We are the generation that is witnessing all these things happen. Earthquakes are happening many times a day in diverse places. So are all the other signs. Ebola, Somalia famines, earthquakes are happening everywhere, wild weather phenomenon, Black Plague has reemerged to kill, wars are everywhere, and many rumors of wars. We see the push for the One World Government becoming very strong, (from which the Coming word dictator will rule). Nightly newscasts present mankinds sin in every form before us, in murder, rape and killings. We see The Lord seeming to put out Movies that force lost people to think about their souls, and the fact that there is a God of judgment, the Left Behind Movie, Noah, Exodus, etc
If these things are so, what should we do as Christians?:
Invest all your the time you can in evangelizing and warning those who will be Left Behind to suffer the horrors of the Coming Great Tribulation.
Rededicate yourself to prayer for the lost.
Make up your mind to be busy loving and doing God’s will all you can.
Realize that planning for the long term is not really an affective or realistic strategy.
Due to :
Economic instability, encroaching loss of civil rights, etc. Realize and try to not to focus on things that have very little or no eternal value.
Mt 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness;”
Now is not the time to sit back, withdraw and wait for the end, but to be serving and fervently warning the lost souls around us.
Evangelist Steve Morris