May 07, 2018: SOAP #3077: 2Samuel 13, 14; Matthew 24 Scripture:  Matthew (NIV) 24:3 As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?”  4 Jesus […]

May 07, 2018: SOAP #3077: 2Samuel 13, 14; Matthew 24

Scripture:  Matthew (NIV) 24:3 As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?”  4 Jesus answered: “Watch out that no-one deceives you.   5 For many will come in my name, claiming, 'I am the Christ,' and will deceive many.   6 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. 7 Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of birth-pains.

Observation:    That people come claiming to be the anointed one is not the end of the age.   That there are wars and potential wars, that nations and kingdoms revolt against one another, that there is a shortage of food and earthquakes"these are not the end of the age.   These are just signs that the end is fast approaching.

When a woman's body gives indications that the baby is about to be born, there is no time to waste.   No one knows how long labor will last.   People with experience can sometimes give an educated guess, but when it happens, it happens.   Sometimes there is time for last minute preparations, sometimes there is no time at all.   People who are wise have already made preparations.

Application:    From the signs we see in the world around us, I must be ready.   I must remain ready.

Prayer:      Lord, you have warned us.   You have given us signs to watch for as we approach the end of the age.   The signs are present.   May I be as ready to meet you as you are ready to return!  Amen

Pastor Leon
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