Tuesday, May 23, 2017

End Times - Get Ready

Sensationalism stirs up excitement, church attendance, and promotes the sale of books, but may not be honest. For instance, the RAPTURE, the sensational idea that Christians will be lifted out of this world leaving behind driverless cars and pilotless planes, is based on “one will be taken and the other left” (Matthew 24:36-42) which clearly speaks of Christ’s second coming. Believer and unbeliever appear alike.

One will be saved; the other damned. Another is THE GREAT TRIBULATION toward the end of the world, out of which believers will supposedly be raptured. This tribulation is here and now and Christians will receive the brunt of it. That is why the promise, “He who endures unto the end will be saved” (Mark 13:13). Another is the MILLENNIUM in which Christ will supposedly set up a kingdom on earth in which there will be perfect peace, based on Revelation 20:1-6. This is sign language (Rev. 1:1) of those who have been brought to life as believers in Christ and live and reign with Him.

Why not just stay with the message of Matthew 25:31-46, that Christ is coming in His glory and all the holy angels with Him, at which time all humanity will be gathered before Him, and He will divide believer and unbeliever as a shepherd divides his sheep and goats, the first to inherit the Kingdom prepared for them, the last to go away into everlasting punishment? This is sufficiently sensational to call every person to repentance and lead every believer to stay alert, not give up under duress, and continue in the Word of Christ (Matthew 24:42; 25:13; Mark 13:35-37; Luke 21:34-38; John 8:31; Rev.2:10.). Come to Peace Lutheran Church. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.