How do we know God won’t intentionally provide a period of calm and optimism before He returns? This time of calm, peace, and optimism is exactly when people will put their guard down, relaxing too much and getting comfortable. They’ll stop following Jesus’ commandments and start partying and pleasing their senses, like the faithless servants from Luke 12.
Hello Readers, hope all’s well. Time for another End Times post.
In the previous End Times post, I wrote about the 2020 U.S. presidential election. Since that post went live, it seems a winner has been declared: Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. (Actually, the winner was declared even before Part 54 went live on Monday.) So that’s great. Congratulations, U.S.A.
Does this change much of anything? For Christians I would say that no, it doesn’t.
To start with, let’s remember that Jesus Christ is coming back soon no matter what. The result of the election is irrelevant to that. This is what Part 54 was all about. Believers all around the world are having dreams of the Rapture. Signs and warnings from Revelation, the Epistles, and the Prophets can be seen all around us in the world. Natural disasters are happening everywhere, with worse frequency and more severe intensity. Yes, so many Christians know in our heart that the LORD Jesus is coming back soon. It’s for real, He’s really about to appear. I know it in my heart too. Do you, Reader?
(Now I know from a personal dream I had that this world will last until at least 2022. This would imply that Jesus doesn’t return before 2022. But we will never know the day or the hour, and the LORD will return when no one’s expecting it. My dream doesn’t tell us anything more than this world won’t be destroyed before 2022, which isn’t saying much. That leaves the possibilities for the date of His return wide open. We can never know, so we must be ready all the time.)
So we know that Jesus Christ is coming back soon. What does that tell us? It tells us we need to stay ready, and not let ourselves get comfortable now.
Don’t Let Your Guard down now
Since Biden and Harris were declared the winners, people in the U.S. took to the streets in large celebrations. It’s good to celebrate your candidate winning a race. And no president has ever created such a strong negative reaction against them as President Trump did. Masses of people are genuinely relieved and happy that he’s gone.
I’m glad to see people celebrating and enjoying themselves at the end of this difficult year. But I also hope they don’t think the end of Trump is an end to their problems. For most people, the problems they’re facing won’t go away with a different president. And the problems facing every country in this world aren’t going away either. But it’s understandable that people in the U.S. now feel full of hope, like things are going to get better soon. And that’s because of who Trump is and how he governed. He did things in such a way that it seemed like he was dismantling the country, wielding tyrannical power with no one to stop him. This struck fear, anxiety, and anger into the hearts of those targeted by his policies.
These emotional responses create feelings of existential despair, leading many to feel that the world is ending because everything they thought about how the world or their country is has been turned upside-down. Now that Trump is on his way out, will these feelings of fear, anxiety, and anger disappear? There are many people in the U.S. who will no longer feel so targeted (with good reason). If they no longer feel so targeted, will they continue feeling that the world is ending? Will they stop feeling this, because Biden and Harris won? It’s this feeling, the feeling that the world is ending, that I want to talk about.
As I often write on my blog: THE WORLD IS ENDING. Jesus Christ is at the door, these are truly the final days. We are in the End of the End Times, and I wish more people would understand that. Because I’m sure there are many people who will let their guard down and relax now that Trump is leaving. Such people felt under threat every day Trump was in office. This made them hyper alert and hyper aware. Extra vigilant, and ready to take action. Now that the threat is taken care of, they won’t be so alert. They’ll grow less interested in what’s going on, less motivated. Less alert. Less ready.
They’re going to let their guard down, thinking the threat is over and they’re safe now.
It’s good that any person no longer has to feel the terror that Trump inspired. It doesn’t please God to see people living in fear like that. But what’s not good is for anyone to relax too much and lose their heightened awareness. That’s the bad thing we want to avoid: It’s not good for anyone to let their guard down now because Trump is gone. The world is still ending, with or without him! So we need to be ready.
Are you a Christian who’s happy about Biden and Harris winning? That’s fine, no problem there. But, are you also a Christian who feels like the situation is less dire now because of the change in leadership? That’s the problem. You need to correct that idea, that attitude. We are all in dire straits now, everyone in the world. We must never forget that, or else we’re going to grow complacent. Comfortable.
This is not the time to feel comfortable; this is the End. And if we lose sight of that, we start slacking off. We’ll grow lazy and unwilling to do the tough, inner work we need to do to be fully Rapture ready. And what kind of things am I talking about? Let’s think about that now.
Don’t Start the Party; Be Ready!
Fearing a threat that makes us feel the world is ending is horrible. It’s horrible, but it also motivates us to turn to Christ, get Spiritual, REPENT! of our sins, and become better Christians. To get into God’s Word every day, and seek the LORD more than ever before. These are all good things that we should be doing all the time, no matter who is president. And we should be doing them with the same intensity as we do when we fear the end of the world.
It’s not fearmongering to talk about the coming return of Jesus Christ. It’s smart. Remember that Wisdom begins with the fear of the LORD (Proverbs 9:10). We should all fear the LORD’s Judgment, and do what God’s Word tells us to do to avoid being damned when Jesus returns.
(10) The beginning of wisdom is the fear of the LORD;Proverbs 9:10 (CEB)
the knowledge of the holy one is understanding.
And what we need to do is be ready for His return at all times. Being ready means obeying His commandments and teachings. And to do that, we must love God, and love our neighbor and our “enemy” as we love ourselves. On top of that, we must battle our own sins too.
I wrote about this all the way back in Part 6, much earlier this year. This teaching is found in Luke 12, verses 35 through 48. This is when Jesus tells the parable of the partying servants who weren’t ready for His return. The partying servants in this parable are those who, feeling comfortable that the Master (Jesus) would not return anytime soon, quit following His commandments and started living how they wanted. They started having fun, they had a party.
Yeah, it’s true, when you don’t live as a Christian, life is all a big party. It’s not easy to follow Jesus’ teachings, especially His commandment that we must love even our “enemies” as we love ourselves. We must turn the other cheek, and be quick to forgive, even with those who hurt us the most. This is one of the hardest things we could ever do, staying committed to following Jesus’ commandments in this sinful world. But if we don’t do it, we’ll get caught unawares when Jesus returns. Then we’ll be cut into pieces (Luke 12:46)! If we aren’t ready when He returns, we’ll be judged faithless.
Yes, Luke 12 gives a serious warning against getting comfortable and slacking off with our Spiritual duties. Luke 12 warns us against the exact situation I fear many Christians could fall into over the next few years. Without that visible threat, people get comfortable and let their guard down. We can’t do that. Now is not the time. This is the End, and there’s no more time for that at all.
Well, let’s look at this passage from Luke 12:35-48.
(35) “Be dressed for service and keep your lamps lit. (36) Be like people waiting for their master to come home from a wedding celebration, who can immediately open the door for him when he arrives and knocks on the door. (37) Happy are those servants whom the master finds waiting up when he arrives. I assure you that, when he arrives, he will dress himself to serve, seat them at the table as honored guests, and wait on them. (38) Happy are those whom he finds alert, even if he comes at midnight or just before dawn. (39) But know this, if the homeowner had known what time the thief was coming, he wouldn’t have allowed his home to be broken into. (40) You also must be ready, because the Human One is coming at a time when you don’t expect him.”Luke 12:35-48 (CEB)
(41) Peter said, “Lord, are you telling this parable for us or for everyone?”
(42) The Lord replied, “Who are the faithful and wise managers whom the master will put in charge of his household servants, to give them their food at the proper time? (43) Happy are the servants whom the master finds fulfilling their responsibilities when he comes. (44) I assure you that the master will put them in charge of all his possessions. (45) “But suppose that these servants should say to themselves, My master is taking his time about coming. And suppose they began to beat the servants, both men and women, and to eat, drink, and get drunk. (46) The master of those servants would come on a day when they weren’t expecting him, at a time they couldn’t predict. The master will cut them into pieces and assign them a place with the unfaithful. (47) That servant who knew his master’s will but didn’t prepare for it or act on it will be beaten severely. (48) The one who didn’t know the master’s will but who did things deserving punishment will be beaten only a little. Much will be demanded from everyone who has been given much, and from the one who has been entrusted with much, even more will be asked.
Besides what I already mentioned, verses 47 and 48 hold special importance. They tell us that the servant who knows Jesus’ Will but doesn’t prepare for it or act on it will be beaten severely. And it also says that much will be demanded from those who were given much.
If we’re Christians who read the Word, then we know what Jesus’ Will is. We must love God, love our neighbor, love our “enemy.” We must not play into the agenda of division, not play along with hatred. We must obey the commandments of the LORD Most High to the utmost of our human ability. We must fight our own sins, we must ask Jesus for help and battle all our sins—especially sins in the mind. We have to turn to Jesus and do our best. Perfection isn’t possible, and everyone sins (Romans 3:23), but we have to try our very best. We can’t just say “no one’s perfect” and throw in the towel, giving up in our fight against sin and not trying to become better. I’ll be talking about this more in Monday’s post.
So we know what Jesus’ Will is. And if we’re Christians, we’re also “those who have been given much.” We’ve been taught the Truth, and we’ve been shown the Way. We aren’t wandering aimlessly in the Spiritual chaos causing so much trouble now, at the End of this fallen world. We know which way to go, we know who to turn to. We know Who the true power is, and we have His teachings. So we’ve been given very much indeed.
Since we’ve been given all this, since we’ve been given the Truth, we’re expected to do something with it. We have to love God and obey His commandments. Our lives and our actions must show that we’re trying to do just that. Our actions must be ones of love, toward everyone. Including those we like the least. We must always be peaceful, never violent. We must always be compassionate and merciful, we must always be generous.
We must always be trying our absolute human best to live the Gospel. We must always be trying our absolute human best to fight our sins and obey God’s commandments.
We must always be ready for Jesus’ return! And this means keeping His commandments.
This never changes, we must always be doing these things. And we must always be doing it with the full force of all our effort, as if we expected Jesus to return tomorrow—because He could. We must always fully devote ourselves to living as Good Christians trying to grow in Holiness. And who the president is never changes this.
I recommend everyone to read Luke 12. The full chapter. And read it again, and again. Understand what Jesus is saying in that chapter, and always keep it in mind.
Don’t Let Optimism Blind You
Christians of the first century, the earliest Christians of history, lived life with the expectation that Jesus was about to return soon. We would do well to copy their constant readiness and devoutness.
Now that Trump is leaving, many Christians in the U.S. and elsewhere are breathing a big sigh of relief—and many are doing the exact opposite. Today’s post is aimed at those breathing a big sigh of relief. The message is simple:
Don’t get comfortable!!
Jesus will return when we’re least expecting it. How do we know God won’t intentionally provide a period of calm and optimism before He returns? This time of calm, peace, and optimism is exactly when people will put their guard down, relaxing too much and getting comfortable. They’ll stop following Jesus’ commandments and start partying and pleasing their senses, like the faithless servants from Luke 12.
It’s good to be optimistic. If you’re feeling optimistic right now, give thanks to God. But don’t let your optimism blind you to the fact that Jesus is coming back soon. Don’t let your happiness make you let your guard down and start partying. Don’t let your relief make you turn away from the LORD, and give up on the path of Spiritual growth in Christ.
Don’t get comfortable! The LORD will return at a time we can never predict. And when He does, those who aren’t obeying His commandments—those who don’t love God, love their neighbor, and love their “enemy”—will be beaten severely and cut to pieces!
Stop the party! This is no time to get comfortable, this is the End. And we’d all better act like it. If we don’t, the severe consequences will be our own fault.
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