Daily Word

Matthew 24

Matthew 24 – Live ready. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength – and love your neighbor as yourself. (a reminder of the greatest and second greatest commands from Matthew 22:37-40) Tough times are ahead… truly, impossible times according to Jesus:

“In fact, unless that time of calamity is shortened, not a single person will survive. But it will be shortened for the sake of God’s chosen ones.” :22

Jesus is describing the events leading to tribulation and the actual tribulation years. There are scholars that believe in the pre-tribulation rapture of the church, others believe rapture happens mid-tribulation, and a third group believe in the post-tribulation rapture. If you don’t yet know your view, and most importantly WHY, set up an appointment with your pastor – please – speak to him prior to any internet searching on this subject.

According to the pre-tribulation view, the church is removed prior to :9, and the earth’s population is all non-believers who are left behind. Chaos ensues, and some will come to Salvation during this time. Hallelujah! They are the chosen ones Jesus is speaking of in verse :22.

We see many things today that fit the birth pain description, earthquakes, famines, war and rumors of war (:6-7). I am not saying we are in the birth pains, only that we could be, that is why the wise believer will always live ready.

“However, no one knows the day or hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself. Only the Father knows…. So you, too, must keep watch! For you don’t know what day your Lord is coming.” :36,42

Daily Word

Mark 13

Reflections on Mark 13 – Jesus speaks of end times events in our chapter.

Now, Jesus had just left the Temple where he tossed the tables and chased out the rotten eggs when one of the disciples said,  “Teacher, look at these magnificent buildings! Look at the impressive stones in the walls. ” Perhaps he was wanting to calm Jesus down after the excitement.

Jesus responds with news they could not have anticipated.   The Temple would be destroyed without a stone standing. 

Later, Peter, James, John and Andrew asked to know more. Jesus cautions them to not be deceived, many would come pretending to be Him. :6. There will be wars and rumors of war (:7), earthquakes and famines(8).  And yes, these things have always happened, but the frequency will increase like never before.  That won’t mean the end, but it will build like birth pains.

The biggest caution comes in verse :14, when we see the abomination that causes desolation, spoken of in the Old Testament prophecy of Daniel.   Jesus said then it’s time to run for the hills (:14). 

Beloved, I cannot comprehend how bad this will be. Verse: 20 tells us not a single person would survive unless the Lord shortened those days.  Most importantly, Jesus tells us to keep watch and be ready,  (:35-37).

This is a tough chapter; no one wants to consider hard times.  But being unaware is worse, like a doctor withholding a bad diagnosis to spare hurting your feelings.  One must be aware.  One must make preparations.  We are all accountable to the preparation of telling others.  We are all accountable to love the Lord with our whole hearts.  We all would be wise to not hold on to the things of this world too tightly because our time here is short. 

Beloved, may you be encouraged by this chapter to live more fully, to love others wholeheartedly, and seek to know Jesus more, both in knowledge (The Word) and love (your personal relationship with Him/prayer), each and every day.

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Luke 21

Read Luke 21 – It starts small. Be faithful no matter what your starting point is.

Though the widow was poor and the amount she gave was monitarily less than the other people, Jesus commended her. With the Lord, it’s all about the heart. She gave all that she had from her heart and that is priceless in God’s economy.

Next, Jesus speaks about the signs of his second coming. We are seeing things that could fit his indicators. Will he come today? In five years? In 10,000 years? Will that change anything for you?

Beloved, Jesus’s return is not an IF, but WHEN. And since WHEN could be now, live ready. When things get hard, trust Him with the words and the wisdom to endure(:15). Consider 2020 a training ground – Did you fall into some of the things verse :34 cautions about? May today be the day you look up for salvation is near(:28) .❣🙏👆👆👆🙏❣