The End Times: The Return of the Lord Jesus Christ
What will the events be around the returning of the Lord Jesus Christ to the planet? From Allen Woodham.
OUR CHANGING WORLD & THE FUTURE
Perilous Times (End Times Apostasy)
I want to address briefly the theme of the PERILOUS TIMES ahead.
2 Timothy 3:1-7
(1) This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
(2) For men shall be lovers of their own selves…
(4) …lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God…
(7) Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
There’s an old time Sunday school song that says ‘The countdown’s getting lower every day’. I’m not sure how close to midnight we are. One thing’s for sure – we are getting closer, every day…
The Bible urges us to make good use of this finite resource that we have, called time, to use it wisely…
As Ephesians 5:16 says
“Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.”
The Bible foretells of Perilous Times to come.
What are some of the things that stand out in these times in which we live?
What of AUSTRALIA? The facts are that THE BIGGEST CAUSE OF DEATH IN AUSTRALIA IS ACTUALLY ABORTION – responsible for 41% of deaths. There are reportedly 2 aborted babies for every 5 born.
In Australia we kill about 100, 000 babies every single day. They call it ‘pro choice’, but one of the people involved doesn’t actually get a choice. They are killed before they get to take their first breath, often in such a way that physically tears them apart in the womb.
What of CHRISTIANITY? Much of Christianity these days is infected with dangerous doctrinal errors, and weakened and sold out to the Hillsong enterprise, which rakes in $55m Australian every year. We have much need of discernment in these days.
The Lord Jesus says, watch out for false prophets. We are witnessing an end time falling away. An apostasy.
Popular Christianity is being overtaken by the TOXIC TEACHINGS of the faith movement’s health wealth and prosperity gospel prevails as many churches have been hijacked and hood winked by satan.
We are witnessing an all-out DECEPTION being played out and promoted on many fronts. We are being told that LIGHT is DARKNESS and DARKNESS is LIGHT. EVIL is GOOD and GOOD is EVIL.
I read this quote a while back…
“Everything is backwards; everything is upside down.
It’s just like the Bible talk about…
Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
“Doctors destroy health, lawyers destroy justice, universities destroy knowledge, governments destroy freedom, the major media destroy information, religions destroy spirituality, and Bible publishers destroy God’s Word.”
The Lord Jesus says, TAKE HEED THAT YE BE NOT DECEIVED…
What of GOVERNMENT? Our nation’s leaders are ever more morally bankrupt as spiritual deception abounds. Wickedness is the new normal. True Christianity will be outlawed.
The days ahead are spoken of as a time where men’s hearts will be failing them for fear of what is coming on the earth…
Yet – despite all these fearful things WE CAN LOOK AT THE FUTURE WITH HOPE if we have faith in Christ…
I will hand straight over now to Allen for his exciting third and final session…
(Our Blessed Hope and the shortness of the hour)
We have heard of many things today. Fearful things. Frightening things.
Allow me to address the question:
What is the next big thing on the horizon?
Fasten your seatbelts. We face darkening days ahead. We look at our own nation…
- More than 10 percent of the working age population regularly smoke dope
- We have lost our moral compass as a people
- We see corruption in high places
- In the churches we are seeing a woeful mix of truth with error – truth with error equals error
- Forthright preaching is being called a hate crime
- Yet truthful preaching is the message that our lost and dying world most desperately needs to hear
- There’s an intensifying attack on Christians around the globe – every year 100 million Christians suffer persecution, imprisonment and even death. It’s been reckoned that 150,000 Christians are martyred every year in these present times.
- Our nation is sliding into godlessness as we have traded the absolute truth for lies
- Judgment is at the doors
Can you hear it?
There’s AN ALARM going off.
Will you press the snooze button and sleep on?
Or will you wake up and take action?
FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS there’s much need for SOBERNESS…
- We need revival
- We need to seek God’s face
- We need some ESTHERS for such a time as this. She boldly stood against the crowd and against the king for the truth, for God’s people
- We need some NEHEMIAHS for such a time as this. Nehemiah was a builder for God who restored what the enemy had broken down and God moved in great revival.
- We need some WATCHMEN who will understand the times and be able to stand strong – against the tide, and contend earnestly for the faith once delivered to the saints.
More than ever before it’s time for God’s people to rise up and take a stand.
The GOOD NEWS is that, for you who believe, the Lord promises
THE BLESSED HOPE…
This is what we will ultimately see… The Day of His returning…
(11) For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
(12) Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
(13) Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
(14) Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
What matters most is…
Are you READY?
PERSONALLY ready –
FOR WHAT LIES AHEAD?
Are you ready for the Lord’s return?
We have heard how we can be saved from the day of His wrath, by His awesome grace and mercy, by finding your sure shelter in Christ, and finding His saving, forgiving power that He offers us because of His love in dying and rising for us.
Are YOU ready? Is YOUR FAMILY READY?
There will be TURBULENT TIMES ahead, but if Christ is your captain he will steer you through those rough waters.
We have heard warnings and the call of Christ today. Warning signs.
Our duty is clear
The call is to you.
The alarm is going off.
Be ready for His returning by trusting Him today and walking in His ways…