“But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!” (2 Tim 3:1-5)
St. Paul wrote these words 2,000 years ago, but they are an accurate portrait of our life today in America. My children, I have never been given to sensationalism, it is not my style. But this I believe: We are living in the last days.
Check it out for yourself. Read 2 Timothy 3; Mark 13. In your concordance, check out Last Days and Day of the Lord, and see for yourself.
What does this mean for us Christians? Is it a time for terror, fire and brimstone? Well, maybe. If you are an unbeliever, this is really bad news. For Christians, it is good news because it means the return of our almighty God and savior, Jesus Christ.
Yes, he is coming back to put an end to the evil that is spreading around the earth. He will stand on the Mount of Olives and say: ‘ENOUGH. Stop it. Thus far and no farther.” Satan knows his time is short, very short. That’s why he is spreading his lies and evil deeds. And Jesus, in power and glory with all his legions of angels, will stand upon the earth and say for all to hear: “Behold, I make all things new.”
JESUS is the alpha and the omega, the Beginning and the End and he says: “I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts. “He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be my son (my daughter). But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” (Rev 21:8).
There is a sort of lethargy which settles on the church and us Christians. Go to church, go to lunch, take a nap, watch the ball game. Put your Bible and your faith away for another week. That’s dangerous. We know the road to heaven, the path to salvation, the highway to eternal life. There is only one way.Through God the Son. Through his eternal Gospel.
Many of us have had years of training and preparation for the Last Days. We know scripture, we are people who pray. We know how to present the life-saving Gospel to anyone anywhere. Now listen carefully to this: We have not had all this training simply to sit in the pews. Are you ready for Jesus to send you into a dark and evil world? A world where you will be hated and despised, persecuted and maybe even killed? Are you ready? Well, you should be.
Some of us say,“Lord, you know I love you and want to follow you, but I have some things to do first…” The Gospel says that when God calls you, you may not even have time to go back home for another suit of clothes, or to pack your bags. Whenever you leave home, there are several things you should always have with you: Your Bible. Pocket Gospels of John. Pocket plan of salvation, such as, Do You Know For Sure?
You can always read or give this little pamphlet and a Gospel of John to anyone, anywhere. Here’s why this is so important: If you leave your house prepared, God will use you. It is like saying, “God, I am scared but I am ready to be used by you. Please use my feeble efforts to bring lost souls into your Kingdom.”
There a song that says, “Little is much if God is in it.” It is God who will speak through you. It is God who will do the work. But you have to be willing.
Remember when Jesus walked upon the water in the midst of the storm. The disciples were afraid and thought he was a ghost. But Peter, good old Peter, you have to love that boy. He is so much like you and me. Ol’ Pete said, “Jesus, if that is REALLY YOU, call me to walk on the water and come to you.” Jesus said, “COME!” PETER GOT OUT OF THE BOAT AND WALKED ON THE WATER.
Never mind that Pete got scared when he looked down at the stormy waves. He looked at the circumstances of the wind and the waves and got scared. Because, in the natural, Peter knew he could never walk on water. When he took his eyes off Jesus and looked at his circumstances, he began to sink.
But listen, Jesus grabbed him by the hand and took him to safety.
Don’t look at his failure. Look at his faith.
He got out of the boat in faith and walked on the water. He was walking to Jesus, to his beloved Jesus. He saw his face and knew who he was. Jesus Christ is the Great I AM. That name above all names.
Are you ready? Then GET OUT OF THE BOAT!
Dr. Harold Hammond