Proverbs 14:34 “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any nation”

Hebrews 12:17-18 “Everything that can be shaken will be shaken”

The bible is a book that looks forward to a new age

The Bible also looks forward to the future: a world where Jesus comes back to rule in this world

  • Phase 1: Rapture – Jesus appears, and those who walk right with LORD will be called up to be with Him
    • So churches need to preach the Second Coming for the people to be ready for it
    • To be spared the wrath of God that will be poured out on the Earth
  • Phase 2: Jesus comes back to the world
    • The Millennium (rule on earth for 1000 years), we will co-rule with Him
  • This life is meant to prepare us for when Jesus comes back, so be faithful, “invest” in your future
  • God does not want a one world government without Christ

Daniel 2:34-35 You continued looking until a stone was cut out without hands, and it struck the statue on its feet of iron and clay and crushed them… and the wind carried them away so that not a trace of them was found. But the stone that struck the statue became a great mountain and filled the whole earth.

  • The feet of iron and clay represents “the ten kings that are to rule during the last days”
  • Not a trace of them (the sinful kingdoms, injustice etc) would be found (during the millennium)
  • The stone (who is Jesus) became a great mountain and filled the whole earth (mountain = governments)

Why is the bible so eschatological?

  • Because God wants us to get on board with His agenda! Which is the Millennium
  • God wants us to look forward, forgetting those things that are behind
  • God wants us to manifest the Kingdom of God, today.
  • Hebrew 6:5 You have tasted the powers of the age that is to come

Admonishments from the lord

The story of the wise and foolish virgins (Matthew 25:1-13)

  • The foolish virgins are believers who are not prepared for the coming of Christ (Rapture)
  • Christ must be first in our lives, look forward to His coming, not cares of the world

Some signs of his coming

  • The Syrian civil war – a microcosm of what is going to happen to world
  • Geopolitical tensions
  • False doctrines – E.g. Rise of an apostate church, a false church, Universalism (there’s no hell)
  • Disturbing technological trends: E.g. Cashless society, Surveillance

In Summary

  1. Get ready for the return of Christ
  2. Look at things that are happening in the world today as a proof of the truth of the Bible
  3. Be prepared to be part of the end times harvest