Tag Archives: Last days

The Lord Knows His Own

2 Timothy 2:16-19 King James Version (KJV)

16 But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.
17 And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus;
18 Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some.
19 Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.

It is so easy to get into a discussion or argument over doctrine or belief system. We argue over what is true and what is a lie. We discuss the facts of the day and come up with different conclusions. It is hard to know what is right and what is wrong anymore. The media doesn’t help us, the politicians make it worse, and our vain discussions get us nowhere.

A perfect example is the recent happenings in Minneapolis, where a man named George Floyd was murdered, yes murdered, by a police officer and it was caught on camera. There is absolutely no doubt about what happened and how it happened. No doubt of the officers guilt. No doubt the other three officers should have done something to stop this man from murdering someone in front of a crowd. They are guilty also. The result of this flagrant violation of a police officers power has been riots in the streets of cities across the nation. Crowds of people looting, destroying public and private property, attacking police and defying the rule of law. The chant Black Lives Matter and Defund the Police. More and more people have sympathy for their cause. Even governors and city councils are starting to bend under their reform cries. Their cause is trumpeted by the media.

But what do we here about the damage they have done? Hundreds of businesses across the nation have been completely destroyed, hundreds more damaged. Police officers have been shot, had concussions from bricks thrown at them, and been ignored in their plea for calm. The demonstrators demand justice, but they don’t want justice! If they truly wanted justice they would want all those who are damaging property to have justice also. They would want them in jail also. Justice cannot be for just one, it must be for all. Because of a few bad cops, they want to abolish all. The media has spun that to mean just take money, some money, from the police force and distribute it different. But there are many in this movement today who want to see the police gone. If that happened, anarchy would come. We are seeing that now, but not acknowledging it. We prefer not to think it can happen. But it is! Where is the reporting on this? What is the truth and what is vain babblings?

Then there is COVID-19. This flu-like disease has closed businesses all over the country, bringing an end to a strong economy. It has closed sports, leisure, travel, dining and all kinds of establishments. It has caused tens of thousands to go to unemployment status. The reporting kept spelling doom so we all believed it. People tested positive with no symptoms. They said it spread by contacting any saliva, even the smallest drops. Maybe a cough, a sneeze, wiping a runny nose left a bit here or there. As more investigation is done into this malady, I start top wonder if this has not always been around and just never tested for. I start to wonder if closing businesses was the best answer. The strange and vain babblings of the media and our politicians goes on and on about this disease, and we have done little to stop it. What are we to believe?

Paul here addresses a different babbling then this mess our media serves up to us, but it does give us pause to think about what is true and what is not. Paul is addressing one particular instance or heresy that he came across in the early church. We have to recognize that there were more errors being preached than these two guys. The Judaisers were around spreading false doctrine, others upended Pauls’ doctrine with their tales as well.. These two were telling people that the resurrection was past meaning there we not going to be a resurrection of our bodies. It was a spiritual resurrection only according to them. Of course the repercussions of that meant there was no life to look forward to after this one. This drove many away from God because if we have life in Christ in this life only, we are hopeless!

Paul then outs things straight and he says one of the most profound things we should all cling to. The Lord knows them that are His. Simple yet worthy of our utmost respect. I don’t know about you, but I am quite often guilty of passing judgment on others. It’s easy to decide who is going to heaven and who isn’t by their behavior and language. It’s also easy to take those vain babblings and spread gossip about someone just because I think it is true. I am like those reporters on the riots and COVID-19. I hear something and I run with it. I ignore what is good and what is bad and make judgment on what I want to talk about.. I get into heated arguments on all kinds of subjects, even on doctrine of the kingdom, and make judgments on those things. I wonder how they could possibly be right? How can all these violent protestors be right? How can they possibly be headed for heaven? How can a politician who looks out for his personal interests above the interests of the country be saved?

I can argue about these things all day, but in the end of the day all of it is vanity, vain babblings, The Lord knows those that are His! Why should I worry! Should I witness? Of course! But I must realize that I do not know the heart of a man. I would have been wrong in finding a King for Israel when Samuel chose David. I probably would not have chosen fishermen and tax collectors as followers if I was Jesus. I would look at the person but God looks at the heart of a man. God cares about the heart of a man. In these last days, men will become more judgmental, more prideful, more dishonest and more skeptical. They will continue to call good evil and evil good. It will become harder and harder to follow Christ and even the very elect will be turned away. Stay true to God and do not get into the fray of who is right and who is wrong. God knows those that are His. Just make sure you are one of His!

No Prisoners of War

I Timothy 6:13-16

I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession;
14 That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ:
15 Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;
16 Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.

Have I been keeping this commandment? The commandment to fight the good fight of faith is one that we all need to keep, especially in this day and hour. Paul sensed Jesus would be back any day and he lived his life as though Christ would be returning soon. In this day and age, we are surer than ever that Jesus will soon be seen riding in the clouds, ready to take His church home to heaven with Him. Am I living my life in a way that reflects that thought, or am I just waiting for Him to come and not doing anything different than usual? What should I be doing as the day approaches?

Jesus told us a few things we should be doing when the signs point to his coming. In Matthew 25:10-13 He tells a parable of 10 virgins. They set out to meet the bridegroom with their lamps. But five of them had no oil for their lamps and had to turn back to get oil. This made them late for the wedding and, when they finally arrived, said they should depart because he never knew them. The virgins who had oil in their lamps were welcomed into the wedding, Oil is a symbol of the Holy Spirit all the way back into the Old Testament. The oil was used to anoint the priests for service. Jesus left His Holy Spirit, the Comforter, with all those who accept Him as Lord and Savior. At the day of His coming we better be ready and full of His Spirit or He will tell us to depart as well. There will be no time to go and get filled up! This parable warns us to always be ready for His return.

In Matthew 25:31-46, Jesus tells us another story which begins with the words “When the Son of Man shall come in His glory…” He goes on to say that he shall separate the people like a shepherd separates sheep and goats. The sheep are the ones who have been ministering to Him by ministering to others. The goats are those who have not been ministering to others, the sheep are asked to join Him in heaven, the goats are sent to everlasting punishment. This story tells us that we must be doing good to those around us and not just sitting in our easy chair and relaxing now that we are saved. If we are doing good to others we will be accepted because we are following the commandments. If we are not, we will not see heaven.

In Matthew 24:36 Jesus says that even He does not know when He shall return, only the Father knows. In Matthew 24:42, Jesus says to watch for we know not the hour when the Son of Man will come. He then talks about the good man of the house who would have protected his house if he knew when the thief was going to come. He uses this analogy to let us know we do not know so we should always be ready for His coming. What if he came when we were in the middle of some sin? Maybe when we are telling a lie, or watching something we should not be, or with someone we should not be, or defrauding someone. We surely do not want to be caught doing anything he would not approve of when He comes. If we don’t know when he is coming how can we afford to do anything he would disapprove of.

Then there is Hebrews 10:25. This is one of the most neglected scriptures in all the church. Jesus tells us not to neglect getting together in fellowship and doing so even more as the day approaches. Yet we see so many Christians who say they are content with listening to that TV evangelist or listening on the radio. They don’t need the church. They can have a wonderful relationship with God all by themselves. There is nowhere in scripture that supports this. We need each other and others need us. We don’t go to church for ourselves, we go for everyone else. And what we get out of the service is a bonus! When I was going through cancer I could not go and I really missed the corporate worship. I could listen to preachers as much as I wanted, but nothing replaced the time of worship with others. IT was a holy time. A time when we could minister to one another, which is the call of Christ to each of us. Make sure you are not forsaking this vital ministry. It’s not for us – it’s for our brothers and sisters that we go to church and have fellowship.

The day is coming that He will return. The word says He will come like a thief in the night, in the blink of an eye, and all of us who are saved will be raised up to meet Him in the clouds. He will be glorious, full if splendor and wonder. It will be obvious to all that he is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. No one will escape His judgment. We will either rise to meet Him or face His wrath in the tribulation. Our duty to Christ is to take as many as we can with us when He comes. We have not been placed on the earth to merely make it to heaven ourselves but to make sure others come along. In these last days, let us make sure we are fulfilling that great commission. “Go unto all the world and preach the gospel.” Your world is your church, your friends, your neighbors, your family, your co-workers. Your world needs to know Jesus. You are there to tell them. That is a huge part of fighting the good fight! Don’t let the enemy take prisoners of war!