Are we living in the ‘end times’? I don’t know. Yet if you just Google the words ‘end times,’ you’ll come up with over 500 million options! If you are asking then you’re good company since the early ‘team’ assembled by Jesus also had questions, namely three when they asked:
“And as he sat upon the Mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? And what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?” (Matt 24:3)
Notice the first thing Jesus said when He answered them:
“Be careful that no man deceives you. Or misleads you.” (Matt 23:4)
Why would He say that? Obviously, we can and probably are deceived! Keep in mind a deceived person doesn’t know they’re deceived because they are deceived! Remember they asked these questions prior to His death on a tree.
Look at what His disciples asked Him post-resurrection! Acts 1:6 records what was burning on their hearts 40 days after 3 days AND 3 nights in the grave:
“So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?”
So it seems this question is pretty important and has been prevalent throughout the ages. Many have set a date for the end, only to be wrong, obviously. Personally, setting dates are very dangerous and in and of themselves are fulfilling Scripture.
“That you let not your minds be hastily excited or troubled, neither by word, nor by prophecy of the spirit, nor by an epistle, supposedly from us, stating that ‘The Day of our LORD’ is at hand. ” (2 Thess 2:2)
According to Scripture there will be ‘a day of The LORD.’ When? I don’t know, but He does want us to be alert to the times and the seasons.
“But concerning the times and the seasons, brothers, you have no need that I should write to you.” (1 Thess 5:1)
“But you, brothers, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief.” (1 Thess 5:4)
Let’s not look at dates, then, can we look for ‘dots’? Dots are specified events we should be aware of, so that when we see them we’ll have an understanding of the times and know what we should do.
“And of the sons of Issachar, having understanding for the times, to know what Israel should do.” (1 Chron. 12:32)
May I proffer 2 ‘dots’? Before I do, I’d like to ask you to remember the small words you may see in your side mirrors on your car. ‘Caution: Objects may be closer than they appear’. I’d like to issue a word of caution, except put it on the windshield of life. Caution: These events may be closer than they appear!”
Dot# 1 ‘The Altar’
This is a pivotal focal event that ‘Jesus’ Himself that a generation should be aware of.
“Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’ spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place.” (Matt 24:15)
So what was He telling us to be looking for?
“…he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.” (Daniel 9:27)
Let’s “Think McFly, think.” In order for the sacrifices to stop they have to start! In order for them to start there has to be a ‘sanctified’/anointed/dedicated’ altar! In order for an Altar to be shut down, it has to be set up and go into operation!
Scripture is very specific on how to assemble and gather stones for His Altar. Doing it His Way. We may have been taught to look for the Temple to go up first, then the Altar. No it doesn’t have to be this way. Which is greater, the gift, the building or The Altar that sanctifies the gift?
Keep your eyes open and your Spiritual Antenna up for The Altar. What are you going to do and say if perhaps CNN starts to broadcast live the slaughtering of lambs on the Temple Mount? You might want to prayerfully study this issue, should this dot come to pass. Read the warnings of Malachi, especially Chapter 1.
Dot # 2: ‘Damascus will be a ruinous heap.’
“The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.” (Isaiah 17:1)
Sounds to me Damascus will be totally destroyed from being a city. When? Don’t know, just keep your eye on the potential event, then we’ll know the ‘sign of the times of the season’ we find ourselves in.
Question: How are things looking for that city in the past couple of years? Just sayin….
There are other symptoms of the signs of the end times, but these are specific events to be on the lookout for.
So what do we do in the meantime? Stock up on ballots, bullets and bunkers? That’s up to you?
What is The Messiah looking for? He’s looking for those who have a certain kind of faith. Read it for yourself in Luke 18 1-8.
If you have any specific ‘dots,’ please share. Let’s take of the 3-D glasses of Doctrine, Denomination and Dogma and look to The Word and believe what we read, not read what we believe. We could be in very exciting times, know this, that you and I were born for such a time as this. Let’s not lose heart and faint from fear.
If it doesn’t happen in our lifetime, then what are we to do? Don’t do as I did, and be part of a stubborn and rebellious generation that did not prepare its heart and whose spirit was not faithful to God. (Psalm 78:8)
Rather: Read Psalm 78 1-6 for the answer.
Finally, lest you think that’s Old Testament stuff that’s been done away with, I close with Paul’s admonition in 1 Corinthians 10:11:
“Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. ”
Bless you all….Be on the alert…the enemy is alive and well and we haven’t gotten to the end of the book yet.