ENTERING INTO THE BEGINNING OF THE END
By: Gary L. Rodgers
Phenomenal disasters and unusual sightings of 2012.
IT’S 11:00; DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOUR CHILDREN ARE?
The second coming of Christ is inevitable. Any day now we could hear the trumpet of the Lord and the voice of the archangel telling us the same thing that was told to the Apostle John while he was on the Isle of Patmos to “come up hither!” (Revelation 4:1, also see 1 Thessalonians 4:16) The snatching away or Rapture of the church (1 Corinthians 15:50 – 55) is an exciting event that will happen prior to the ushering in of the man of sin (the antichrist). We should all be walking around with great anticipation that today could be that day. The reason why the church is Raptured away is so that those that have trusted in Christ would be removed prior to God’s wrath being poured out onto the earth. God’s wrath is not meant to be experienced by His children and His wrath is about to fall on this world and we need to be sure of our salvation if we are going to escape it. (Job 21:20, 30 and Romans 2:5, Acts 4:12) If you are saved then endure unto the end; do the work of an evangelist and look forward to the return of Christ. We read these words in 2 Timothy 4:8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. If you are looking and praying, “even come Lord Jesus come” then God has a special reward for you in Heaven; a crown of righteousness. No doubt the entire world is going through some changes and hard times, but all of these things must come to pass.
THE APOSTATE CHURCH
We are entering the arena of the last days, I truly believe that we are that close! More and more people are falling away from sound doctrine and chasing after fables because their ears are itching to hear something new, something different. They gather to themselves these new and strange teachers that lead them away into a false hope that will bring their end to destruction.
You hear these ridiculous stories that have no truth in them that Jesus was married and had several children, and claims from people saying that they are one of His descendents. How ridiculous to even imagine such a thing. Satan has always tried to tear down the virgin birth and the holiness of our Lord and this is another one of Satan’s fabrications. Yet people will chase after these lies and promote them in their ignorance. (Read John 8:44, 1 John 2:22) Satan is the father of all lies! That should be plain enough for anyone to understand. Yet people fall to these false teachings of his all of the time.
But all of this must happen according to scripture. This falling away from sound doctrine will be the event leading up to the “man of sin, the son of perdition”. He will enter into the Temple of God (The new temple that will be built after the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem has been removed) and he will cause all to worship him as God and those that witness for Christ and refuse to worship him will be beheaded. (Revelation 20:4)
This falling away that is mentioned in verse 3 is talking about the apostate church, the church that will not endure the sound doctrine that is found in the Word of God. Look all around us and tell me what you see! Many, many people today do not have that fear and reverence toward God and His Word that they had back sixty years ago and longer. And shamefully many who call themselves Christians are just as guilty as the unsaved crowd. Many spend little time in prayer and bible study and are anxious to run out the door as soon as the Pastor gives his final amen! I don’t know who you might be reading this booklet but I want you to know that there are still Christians left in this world that do love you and believe it or not they pray to God for you and ask that somehow their paths would cross with yours so that they can share the most important message that you will ever hear in your life, and that is that Jesus went to a cruel rugged cross for you and for me. He didn’t do it because He had no choice in the matter, he did it because we didn’t have any choice; it was either we pay the full penalty for our sins or that a God sent sinless sacrifice perfect in all ways would go to Calvary and pay the full penalty for us.
THINK ABOUT CALVARY
Think about it for a moment; Jesus came to do the will of Him that sent Him. (John 6:38) God loved us so much that he sent His Son to pay the full penalty for our sins (John 3:16) because we couldn’t do it for ourselves. Why? I like the way that my youngest son explained it when he was talking to me about debt payment. When you borrow money what do you use to pay back that debt? You use money, correct? The payment for our sin was paid for with the shed, perfect and innocent blood of Jesus Christ. We are born into this world with a sin tainted blood. God requires that our sin debt be paid for with the sinless blood of Christ. So how do we get that perfect sinless blood of Christ to pay this debt?
In the Old Testament an innocent victim an animal would be sacrificed for the guilty sinner, the person who brought the animal to the priest to be slain. This was a foreshadowing of things to come when someday Jesus the innocent victim would be brought before the Priests, condemned and His blood would be shed for us the guilty. The difference between the Old Testament animal sacrifice and Jesus the perfect sacrifice is this. The blood of the innocent animal only covered mans sin and this sacrifice had to be repeated over and over again. The blood of Christ washes away sin once and forever, it does not need to be repeated again.
Revelation 1:5 c “Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,”
So how do we pay our debt? It comes through faith in Jesus Christ and accepting Him as the sacrificial lamb that was used to pay our debt once and for all.
It takes our faith in believing and accepting the truth that Jesus went to the cross, shed His innocent blood for us, died on the cross, paid the debt that we owed, was buried in a tomb, and resurrected from the dead for us to be saved. So the key to it all is through our faith, and because we believe we accept what Jesus did for us as the sacrificial Lamb of God. Just like faithful Abraham we too are justified by our faith. James 2:23And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.
THE INIQUITY OF US ALL WERE LAID ON HIM
The Father laid on His Son the iniquity of us all. (Isaiah 53:6) God saw His Son being beaten and nailed to a cross. He saw it when His Son was spat upon and mocked and laughed at and scourged for you and for me. But as Jesus hung there on the cross looking down the corridors of eternity he looked right into your eyes and He saw the pain and anguish that you would suffer for eternity and the sight of your suffering caused Him to stand in the breach between you and the Father and say “Father forgive them for they know not what they do”. (Luke 23:34) We are the ones that put Him on the cross because we are the guilty ones that have committed the sin. When Jesus hung there on that cross, a great battle was taking place between Him and Satan that we could not see with our eyes, a terrible battle for your very existence for all of eternity. I can just picture that all the demons and all of the angels of Heaven had their gaze fixed on that cross as the battle for our souls swung in the balance. Satan was having his great day, he was telling himself that he was about to win, he was about to destroy the Son of God and put an end to this Holy Trinity. He was about to destroy everyone that put their faith in God. He was jumping up and down with joy because he just knew that his day of victory was at hand.
Imagine the suffering that Christ went through for each of us! He felt that whip across His back with those sharp pieces of metal ripping deep into His flesh and tearing out chunks with each stripe. He felt the pain of his beard being ripped out and His being punched in His face by His tormentors. He felt all the humiliation and ridicule of the people. But He felt something more terrible and fearful than all of that. He felt for the first time and the only time what it would be like to be forsaken of God the Father! He felt that horrifying fear as though it were the fear that you and I would feel as part of our eternal punishment. When He cried out to God He was screaming in terror “My God, my God why hast thou forsaken me”? (Psalms 22:1a and Matthew 27:46)
Jesus was always able to behold the face of His Father, but this time and because the Father is so Holy that He cannot behold sin (Habakkuk 1:13 and Isaiah 59:2) the Father forsook (abandoned) His own Son after He took the sins of the world upon himself. That alone is probably the most fearsome horror that people who have totally rejected Christ will face as part of their punishment in an eternal hell. Imagine being in a place of torment and never seeing or hearing another person! All alone forever, forsaken of God in total abandonment and forgotten by all!
IT IS FINISHED
The most beautiful words that Christ said on the cross were those words of hope for you and for me when He cried out “It is finished!” (John 19:30) The battle for the souls of men was over! God’s requirement for your salvation and mine was covered and stamped paid in full with the shed blood of Jesus Christ. Satan does not have control over hell, nor does he have control over death. Christ holds that power!
Picture it with me that on the third day after He died, there suddenly came a scraping, crunching and rolling sound early in the morning of some huge weight being moved, a sound that shook the demons of hell to the very core of their existence. I can just imagine the fear and the dread that came over those ungodly beings as they watched the huge stone which covered the entrance to Jesus’ tomb begin to move. I can just see them all rushing to keep it from being rolled back, and the more that it moved the brighter that the light of His glory lit up that early morning sky. And as the Lord stepped forward from His tomb Lucifer and his fallen angels all trembled in disbelief. O what a beautiful picture in my mind of what was going on that morning; I can just imagine that all of Heaven must have been shouting with great joy that Jesus has completed His work for the redemption of mans soul. What a glorious morning that must have been!
THE LOVE OF CHRIST
I never have had anyone love me so much that they suffered for me and gave their life for me in such a manner. And not only that; but I never before had anyone who had the power to raise themselves from the grave to give me victory over the penalty of death that I owed. Where are we today? I believe that we are at the eleventh hour, that final hour before midnight when the clock will strike out a message that a new day will dawn! And all those that have accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior will be taken away from the day of God’s wrath that is about to be poured out onto the world. (1 Thessalonians 1:10) The whole world can be thankful that God is longsuffering toward us. He has been far more patient with us than we are with each other. But you know what? There comes a time when a Holy God’s patience has come to an end and I believe that time is now. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of a living God (Hebrews 10:31) and the world is about to find out very soon just what that means. It’s eleven o’clock do you know where your children are in their relationship with Christ? Run! Find them! Bring them to the cross and tell them that they don’t need to spend an eternity in Hell. They can go to Heaven! And the choice is theirs alone!
My dear friend, If I could, I wish that I were able to make you see that there is a day coming where we will all give an account for our lives and it is upon us even now. Today we all have a choice to either accept the free gift of eternal life (Romans 6:23) that Jesus offers each of us or to reject it. If you decide to put it off until tomorrow then you have already made a decision. The big question is do you have another tomorrow? We all like to think that we have plenty of tomorrows but what guarantee do we have of that. I have family and friends that are now gone who thought that they had lots of tomorrows. Some were infants and teens, some were in their twenties and some older. Ignoring all of this doesn’t erase the fact that God loves you so much that He sent His only Son to die and pay your penalty for you. Sin carries with it a heavy price, eternal death in the Lake of Fire. But if you were to trust the Lord Jesus Christ to save you and wash away all of your sin with His shed blood then you will spend an eternity in Heaven with Him.
If you are ready to trust in the Lord, then I ask that you follow along in prayer and repeat after me. Dear Jesus, I know what sin is, and I know that I am a sinner. I ask that you would please forgive me and wash away all of my sin with the blood that you shed for me. Please send the Holy Spirit to come too live in my heart to teach me and guide me in righteousness. I know that you personally died for me, and that you were buried in a tomb and rose from the dead for me. I believe that you are now seated at the right hand of the Father in Heaven. I put my complete trust in you alone as my Lord and Savior and I am trusting in you only to get me to Heaven and I accept your free gift of eternal life. In your Holy and Precious Name I pray. Amen!
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Read Matthew Chapter 24, Luke Chapters 13 and 21
53 The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.
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