Monday, January 26, 2009

The end...what are the signs?

Tomorrow evening we are starting a Bible study on "The end times: The Lutheran Difference." It promises to be interesting. Many people have shown interest in this subject and it is even more popular in our society.

So each week, I will kind of give a preview of what is to come. Our first night will focus on the signs of the end.

Matthew 24:3-14 gives us a glimpse of what is to come. There will be the following occur:
1) Individuals claiming to be Christ will be everywhere.
2)Wars and rumors of wars
3) Famines
4) Earthquakes
5) Gospel proclaimed to all ends of the earth

This will be Satan's little season before Christ returns. Although these things have been around since Jesus was with us, Scripture indicates that it will become even worse during this season and the faithful must stay strong.

Often this can bring fear to the hearts of us believers, however, the Lord comforts us by saying in v.35, "Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away." Also in chapter 7, "Do not be anxious for tomorrow, tomorrow will take care of itself." When looking at the end times, we must keep Christ and Him crucified at the center or else our hope will be on the tribulation and not on our salvation!

"Christ, Come quickly!"

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