The Time To Prepare

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August 19, 2008

God is unveiling his end time plan to you in this series of books for a specific purpose. He wants you to be strengthened, to prepare for his return and be motivated into action. This is the Church’s greatest hour! Now is the time to prepare for the Rapture!

When you hear of wars, earthquakes, famines, and deadly diseases, Jesus said, “fear not”! When you suffer persecution for your commitment to God and your high moral standards, don’t be discouraged! Don’t be surprised when persecution comes for the sake of the gospel, expect it! Be ready for it! Some of you right now are facing persecution because of the gospel. Do not be discouraged or afraid. Rejoice because the power and anointing of God is upon you!

Whatever you do in these closing days of time, don’t retreat! Do not water down or compromise the message God has given you. Do not hold back in fear of what man will do or say to you. Do not (be) a man pleaser. Shout the gospel from the housetop, regardless of the opposition or danger you may face. It’s time for you to watch and pray!

Chapter 1 : It’s Time To Take Heed!

“Watch ye therefore and pray always that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass and to stand before the Son of Man.” – Luke 21:36

It’s time to take heed!

“And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting and drunkenness, and the cares of this life, and so that day came upon you unawares.” – Luke 21:34

It’s time to be diligent – be sure that your life is spotless and blameless before God!

“And saying, where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.” – 2 Peter 3:4

It’s time to persevere, to remain steadfast, immovable, unshakable, grounded in the Word!

“Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own steadfastness.” – 2 Peter 3:17

It’s time to grow in the knowledge of Christ.

“But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever, amen.” – 2 Peter 3:18

It’s time to look up and rejoice because your redemption is nigh!

“And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads for your redemption draweth nigh.” – Luke 21:28

It is my prayer that you will begin to sense the urgency of the hour in which we live knowing these things are coming to pass. You need to increase all your spiritual efforts, increase your worship, increase your intercession for the lost, increase your efforts in witnessing, expand your vision – reach out in new areas.

Remember what we are seeing come to pass in the world today is not the end. It is only the beginning of the end. The false christs are not the end. The wars and rumors of wars are not the end, the end will come when “this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations, and then the end will come.” – Matthew 24:14

Chapter 2 : The Signs of His Coming

Now is the time to prepare yourself for the Rapture. Get ready! Don’t lose hope! Strengthen your faith! Look up! Watch! Pray! And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.” – Revelations 22:17, 20

Although we know that Jesus will return prior to the Great Tribulation, no one knows the exact time. He said, “But of the day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.” – Matthew 24:36

God does want you to know the signs of his coming, however, one day, Christ’s disciples asked him, “Tell us when shall these things be? And what shall be the sign of thy coming and of the end of the world?” – Matthew 24:3. In his answer, Jesus reveals the major signs that will signal his second coming. His message is directed to the Jews and he speaks specifically to Israel in this passage. While these events point to the second coming, they also provide signs of an eminent Rapture. The first signs are called the “beginning of sorrows”. We are seeing the “beginning of sorrows” right now and there will be an increase in the intensity of these “sorrows” right up to and including the tribulation.

In Matthew 24, Mark 13, and Luke 21, Jesus outlines ten major things that will happen before his second coming. Since the Rapture occurs before his second coming to execute judgment upon the earth, these signs also let us know the Rapture is near.

1. False christs and false prophets will arise and there will be strong deception:
Matthew 24:5, 11, 24-26, Mark 13:5-6, 21-22, Luke 21:8-9

2. There will be wars and rumors of wars:
Matthew 24:6, Mark 13:7, Luke 21:9

3. There will be great famines, pestilences and earthquakes on earth:
Matthew 24:7, Mark 13:8, Luke 21:11

4. There will be persecution, offences and betrayals:
Matthew 24:9-10, Mark 13:9-11, Luke 21:12-14

5. There will be great signs in the Heavens:
Matthew 24:29, Mark 13:24-25, Luke 21:21-25

6. There will be a great, unprecedented tribulation:
Matthew 24:12

7. Iniquity will abound and the love of many will wax cold:
Matthew 24:12

8. Conditions similar to the day of Noah exist:
Matthew 24:37-39, Luke 17:28

9. There will be fearful sights and signs on earth. So great men will die from fear:
Luke 21:26

10. The gospel of the kingdom must be preached to all nations before the end will come:
Matthew 24:14, Mark 13:10

Chapter 3 : The Time Fulfillment

The time of fulfillment of all these things is during one generation at the end of this age. This is clear in the following passages:

It is clearly taught in Matthew 24:34, “Verily I say unto you, this generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.” Jesus said the end time would be like the days of Noah, this one generation only. – Matthew 24:37-39; – Genesis 7:1. The phrase “this generation” is used sixteen times in the New Testament and each time it is used has reference to one particular generation.

It is clearly taught in the parables of Matthew 24:

The Parable Of The Fig Tree: Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled. – Matthew 24:32-34

The fig tree is used in scripture as a symbol of the nation of Israel. In this prophetic parable, Jesus declares that when the fig tree buds, that generation shall not pass away before the end comes. Beloved, the Jewish people “budded” again in 1948, when they became the nation of Israel. We are living in that generation which will not pass away until these signs are fulfilled!

The Good Man Of The House: Watch therefore; for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. But know this, that if the good man of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. – Matthew 24:42-43

The Unfaithful Servant: Therefore be ye also ready; for in such an hour as ye think not, the Son of man cometh. Who then is a faithful and wise servant whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season? Blessed is that servant whom his lord, when he cometh, shall find so doing. Verily I say unto you that he shall make him ruler over all his goods, but, and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, my lord delayeth his coming, and shall begin to smite his fellow servants and to eat and drink with the drunken; the lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him and in an hour that he is not aware of and shall cut him asunder and appoint him his portion with the hypocrite; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. – Matthew 24:44-51

Thus we have three important parables that conclude the teaching in Matthew 24:

1. The parable of the fig tree illustrates the nearness of Christ’s return.

2. The parable of the good man of the house emphasizes the importance of being prepared for Christ’s return.

3. The parable of the slothful servant encourages us to be faithful in view of his imminent return

Glory to God.
Amen!

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