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And Then the End Shall Come

October 12, 2017

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And Then the End Shall Come

This is a fast paced world.     Everybody’s in a hurry  to do this  and that,  go here  and there.     There just isn’t much time   to sit back and think  about where our life  is really headed.     Maybe,  we don’t even want  to think about that.     It might seem  sort of hopeless.

Maybe we don’t want  to think about the future  because we hear  about so many crimes,  disasters,  and terroristic acts  every day  on the news.     It seems better  to just keep busy,  busy,  busy,  so we don’t have to think  about where we’re headed spiritually.

But,  Jesus wants us  to realize  where we are headed.     Jesus wants us  to be aware  of what is happening  around us,  so that we will have the sensibility  to lean on Him  for all our needs  and let Him  be our guide.     It is only  as we live  in Christ  that we will be able  to endure  to the end  and gain eternal life.

We are not  to run away  and hide  when trouble comes  —  when we see  all sorts of false religions  popping up  —  when we see people  being mean  and heartless  all around us  —  when cheating seems  to be the way of life  for the majority.

Jesus told us  that when we see  all these things  happening more and more,  we are to buck up  and be sure  we remain strong  in His truths.     We need to realize  that these are all signs  that the end days  are coming.     Jesus said  in Matthew 24:11-14,

And many false prophets  will arise,  and will mislead many.     And because lawlessness is increased,  most people’s love  will grow cold.     But the one who endures  to the end,  it is he  who shall be saved.

And this gospel  of the kingdom  shall be preached  in the whole world  for a witness  to all the nations,  and then the end  shall come.

That is amazing!     The gospel will be preached  throughout the whole world  —  but yet,  the hearts of the people  will grow cold.     How can that be?     The gospel shows us  the love of God  and His salvation  for each and every one of us.     It’s all about the power  of God’s love.

How can the hearts  of the people grow cold,  when everyone will know  about the gospel?     Shouldn’t they have changed hearts  filled with joy?

There will be hearts  filled with joy  and faith.     But,  it is also a time  when Satan realizes  his time is short.     He will be fighting  with all his might  by sending out false prophets  to rob people  of a saving faith.     So,  many people will not be depending  on God’s given word  in the Bible.     They will be too lazy  to study God’s word,  so they will only listen  to false preachers,  because they won’t know any better.

And Satan will fill the world  with all sorts  of lawlessness,  just to cause people  to lose hope.     That will cause  most people’s love  to grow cold.     They will become tired  of caring  about anyone else,  as they think only  of themselves.

But,  in the midst  of Satan’s battle,  Jesus will always be near  to those who turn  to Him.     He has promised  to never leave us.     In John 14:18-21,  Jesus comforts His disciples  just before His suffering  and death,  saying,

I will not leave you  as orphans;  I will come  to you.

After a little while  the world will behold Me  no more;  but you will behold Me;  because I live,  you shall live also.     In that day  you shall know  that I am in My Father,  and you in Me,  and I in you.

He who has My commandments  and keeps them,  he it is  who loves Me;  and he who loves Me  shall be loved  by My Father,  and I will love him,  and will disclose Myself  to him.

So,  as we see lawlessness increase  and the hearts  of the people grow cold,  we can be assured  that Jesus will always be near  to strengthen us  and help us  to endure  to the end.     Then,  we can joyfully exclaim,  “Hallelujah!     Jesus,  You do all things  for us.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect,   but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that  for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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