Mat 24:3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, tell us, when shall these things be, and what shall be the sign of your coming, and of the end of the world?
Mat 24:4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, take heed that no man deceive you.
Mat 24:5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
Mat 24:6 And you shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
Mat 24:7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
Mat 24:8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.
In the book of Matthew chapter 24, the disciples of Jesus Christ asked him a very profound question concerning the sign of his coming and the end of the world? Jesus then began to give them prophetic wisdom and knowledge of the signs of the times, and the end of the age in the last days.
He also said that no man knows the time or the hour according to Matt 24:36, but he gave us signs to look for as well.
Mat 24:36 ” But of that day and hour knows no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. “
In Matthew 24:4-5, the very first thing sign that Jesus told us was take heed, or make sure no one deceives you. So one of the signs of the times would be increased deception, where people would easily be deceived. This is why we need prophetic discernment! If it doesn’t line up with the Word of God, you should question it!
In Matthew 24:6, “Jesus said we would hear of wars and rumors of wars.” This has been going on for many years, which is a prophetic sign as well. In times to come we will see an increase in this as Christ nears his return.
In Matthew 24:7, “There will be nation rising against nation, kingdom against kingdom, famines, pestilences and earthquakes in various places.” Nation rising against nation has been going on for many years! We will continue to see an increase in this as well. We also see an increase with pestilences, famines and earthquakes in various places.
in Matthew 24:8, Christ then says, “All these things are the beginning of sorrows.”
Everything that we see now, and have seen over the years are signs. When you are traveling on a road to get to a destination, there are signs that tell you that you are almost there. It’s the same in the Bible. The things that we see are signs, which means it is near, although we may not be there yet! But as we see the signs traveling on a road, we stay focused until we get there.
Even on a journey while traveling, it sometimes takes a while to get to your destination, but then we see signs that indicate we are close or just about there. As it relates to endtime prophecy, this is where we are! We are just about there. Some would say that we are there, but only the Father in heaven knows the time or hour!
The prophetic wisdom in all of this is: Stay focused in this journey of life. You see the signs, you read the signs, and you hear about the signs, but stay focused in Jesus Christ! Psalm 121:1 says, “I will lift up my eyes to the hills—from where comes my help?”
Is Christ your help? Are you looking unto Jesus! Then do not fear! Despite everything going on around us with fear, uncertainty, evil, deception and sickness, Jesus gave us wisdom as to what we should be doing in Matt 24:42-46
Mat 24:42 Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming.
Mat 24:43 But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into.
Mat 24:44 Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.
Mat 24:45 “Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his master made ruler over his household, to give them food in due season?
Mat 24:46 Blessed is that servant whom his master, when he comes, will find so doing.
So we must stay focused and continue to be about the Fathers business, despite everything going on in the world around us. Jesus said to watch and pray, be watchful, be ready, be faithful, be wise and be about the Fathers business. I don’t read anywhere in the Bible where it says to be fearful, run, hide or stop coming to the house of the LORD.
Remember that we are the light of the world, and a city on a hill which cannot be hidden. Just as Moses told the Israelites to cover their houses with the blood, we are covered by the blood and should be covering our homes with the blood of Jesus Christ!
So what should we be do? The believers should be walking by faith, staying in faith and exercising their faith according to the Word of God. Jesus told the disciples in Luke 10:19, “Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.”
We should be exercising the power that we have as well! As we see and hear the fear all around us, stay in faith, be prayerful and remember the words of Jesus Christ who said in Mat 24:44, “Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”
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