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1 Eschatology A Study Of Last Things Eschatology – Sermon 2

2 We Learned In Part 1: The persecution we suffer as Christians can be great at times. It was foretold to us by Jesus. He told us that we could expect suffering and persecution because he suffered and faced persecution. Those who persecute us are the same ones who persecuted him and they are the ones that hate us, hate Jesus, hate the Father that sent Jesus. But out of all this, we have comfort. The Holy Ghost is here to comfort us in these last days, and we have the comfort of knowing that all these persecutions are temporary. Once Jesus returns as he promised, we will no longer face suffering like this, but will have joy being with our Lord, Jesus Christ! Eschatology – Sermon 2

3 Introduction Jesus spent time speaking to his disciples about the kingdom of God. He spoke about those things that would happen before the kingdom would be established. Jesus, living as a man, was a Jew. He was there to save his own first, but also we Gentiles. But because he was a Jew, coming for the Jews, it was necessary that he establish the signs that would show when it was that his kingdom would be established. Before he could be placed in power as King, the sin problem had to be taken care of first. Eschatology – Sermon 2

4 Introduction Before we, Jew and Gentile, could be in the presence of God, our sin problem had to be taken care of. It was necessary that Jesus pay the acceptable price of sin. Romans 6:23 tells us, 23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Because we have all sinned, indeed were born in sin, we have earned death. Eschatology – Sermon 2

5 Introduction But fortunately for all of us, God is long suffering and merciful. John 3:16 tells us this, 16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. This love from a merciful God is established in him giving us the gift of salvation freely. We believe, we receive the gift of salvation. Eschatology – Sermon 2

6 The Necessity Of Signs Jesus being a Jew would establish signs to confirm those things that he spoke to his disciples concerning the kingdom of God. Paul reminds us of the fact that signs are for the Jews in 1 Corinthians 1:22, 22 For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: It is the Jews who require a sign, but we, who are not Jews seek after wisdom. It does not appear the two need to be mutually exclusive, though. Consider the following. Eschatology – Sermon 2

7 The Necessity Of Signs The statement that the Jews require a sign is an interesting one. If you study the Old Testament sections dealing with signs, the LORD, and the Jews, you will find many mentions of a reminder to Israel how God brought out his people from Egypt. Signs were provided, wonders were performed to bring the Israelites out of Egypt and during the 40 years they spent in the wilderness. Everything from the parting of the Red Sea, providing food for the Israelites in the form of manna and even quail, bringing about healing by looking on a serpent of brass upon a pole, and even the very shoes they had not wearing out. God showing His presence to the people with thunderings and smoke, the giving of the Law to Moses, the list just goes on and on! Eschatology – Sermon 2

8 Response To Signs So how did the Israelites respond to these signs and wonders? At the very first they responded with amazement. Very shortly thereafter they responded with murmuring and complaining! Even after seeing the presence of God on Mount Sinai within days began to make a golden calf, a false god, to worship! Once again, this was after seeing the mountain quake, seeing great smoke, thunder, lightning, loud trumpet and the voice of God! Today is no different. The only difference now is that people will flock to those performing these signs and wonders. As long as there are people putting on shows, the people will come. Eschatology – Sermon 2

9 Response To Signs These folks are missing the point of signs and wonders. Signs and wonders were for the Jews as confirmation that what was spoken by God was indeed true and would come to pass. They are not a show of entertainment as those who pervert the word of God do today. The birth of Jesus was announced to the shepherds with a sign. Gabriel told the shepherds about the birth of Jesus and that their finding him wrapped in swaddling clothes in a manger was a sign unto them. The sign confirmed the word from God to his people. Eschatology – Sermon 2

10 Signs To Come Jesus warned his disciples in Matthew 24:3 – 7 with the following, 3 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? 4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. 5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. 6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. Eschatology – Sermon 2

11 Signs To Come Interesting thing about these signs is they are all happening now. They have been happening in the past, also. Could the scoffers who were spoken of in 2 Peter 3:3 – 4 have been correct? Not according to the word of God they’re not. 3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, 4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. Eschatology – Sermon 2

12 Signs To Come Peter basically goes on to say these people are willing ignorant of the word of God. When we study Scripture, what we find must agree with Scripture. There cannot be any contradiction in the word of God because it is the word of God! Isn’t that simple?! God is not the author of confusion. Our enemy, the devil, however, will always take a portion of the truth and mix it with a lie. The things spoken of are all happening today and have been happening. They will continue to happen. However, this does not contradict God’s word as the scoffers would have us believe. Eschatology – Sermon 2

13 Signs To Come There have been, are and will be wars, rumors of wars. Nations will continue to rise against nations and kingdoms will continue to rise against kingdoms. We hear of famines and pestilence all around the world and it is nothing new to the world, and will not cease to happen for some time. Even earthquakes continue to happen in divers places. The following slide shows a comparison of world wide earthquake numbers between the present and over the last 40 years. Eschatology – Sermon 2

14 Eschatology – Sermon 2

15 Signs To Come You will notice that the number of earthquakes of varying strengths this year compared to those over the last 40 years show no difference at all. This is no accident! Let’s look at what Paul and Peter each speak of concerning the day of the Lord. Eschatology – Sermon 2

16 The Coming Of The Lord Paul says the following in 1 Thessalonians 5:2,
2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. Peter has this to say in 2 Peter 3:10, 10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Eschatology – Sermon 2

17 The Coming Of The Lord There is agreement here that the day of the Lord will come suddenly as a thief in the night, that is at an unknown time. We not only see agreement with Paul and Peter, but this agreement is based on the words of Jesus himself! Eschatology – Sermon 2

18 The Coming Of The Lord Jesus spoke these words in Luke 17:26 – 30,
26 And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. 27 They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. 28 Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; 29 But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. 30 Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed. Eschatology – Sermon 2

19 The Coming Of The Lord The world is living now as it was in the days of Noah and Lot. Evil has set in to the same extent of those days. Even a majority of the church is filled with this worldly wisdom. People living like tomorrow was promised to them. Not caring about what is to come, in fact, not having a clue of what is to come. They have all become willingly ignorant. There is blessing involved for those who do not fit this mold, however! Eschatology – Sermon 2

20 The Coming Of The Lord Jesus said in Luke 12:37 – 40,
37 Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them. 38 And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants. 39 And this know, that if the goodman of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken through. 40 Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not. Eschatology – Sermon 2

21 The Coming Of The Lord No one knows when the Son of man is going to come. Matthew 24:36 tells us, 36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. Mark 13:32 says, 32 But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father. Eschatology – Sermon 2

22 The Coming Of The Lord No one knows when the Son of man is going to come. No man, no angel in heaven, not even the Son! Only God the Father knows! He is the only one who knows the day and hour when the Son of man shall return! We who watch for that are blessed as Jesus told us. Eschatology – Sermon 2

23 The Blessing To Come While there will be scoffers who choose to be ignorant, there are those of us who choose wisely. We choose to believe on the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, all according to Scripture, as the basis of our salvation. We are counting on his righteousness, not our own, to save us. We choose to believe God’s Word for what it is, God’s Word and not the words of men. We are watchful of that time and will actually be saved from that day BEFORE it happens! Eschatology – Sermon 2

24 The Coming Of The Lord It is God’s Word that speaks about the times of Noah and Lot. It tells us of the destruction of those who were of the world. But, it also speaks of Noah and Lot! Noah was not destroyed, but saved from the destruction of the world by The Flood by being on the Ark along with his family. Lot was not destroyed, but saved by being told to leave with his family before the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. Christians will be saved from the day of the Lord, the coming of the Son of man. Eschatology – Sermon 2

25 The Coming Of The Lord In 1 Thessalonians 5:1 – 2, Paul spoke about the day of the Lord coming as a thief in the night. He continued in verses 3 through 5 with, 3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. 4 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. 5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Eschatology – Sermon 2

26 The Coming Of The Lord If you are saved because you have believed on the Gospel of Jesus Christ then you are a child of the light and will be spared. Have you believed and been saved, or have you believed in vain? Consider what Paul just told us and what he said in the previous chapter of 1 Thessalonians that led up to this. The next slide contains the verses speaking about our rapture! Eschatology – Sermon 2

27 The Coming Of The Lord 1 Thessalonians 4:15 – 18 is familiar to many of us, but well worth showing here. 15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. 16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words. Eschatology – Sermon 2

28 Are You Watching? This message and the previous one were meant as messages hope and exhortation. Hope to those who are saved. Exhortation to those who may not have believed on the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus as their only way of salvation. Salvation from what? Well, for one thing, salvation from the awful and awesome events of the day of the Lord. Eschatology – Sermon 2

29 Are You Watching? Paul’s first letter to the church of Corinth provides a wonderful explanation of the Gospel. This is what he says in 1 Corinthians 15:1 – 4, 1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; 2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. 3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: Eschatology – Sermon 2

30 Are You Watching? It is truly comforting to know that those who believe that Jesus died and rose again will be spared from the sudden destruction that will come on that day of the Lord. We serve a loving, merciful God who always does what He says He will do. Just as He saved Noah and Lot for examples, He will save us who have believed on the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. By believing on this, we are saved from this sudden destruction, we are saved from our own sins, we are promised eternal life with the Lord! Eschatology – Sermon 2

31 Are You Watching? Have you believed on Jesus' death, burial and resurrection as your only source of salvation? I urge you to do so. Do not be overcome by the sudden destruction that will come as a thief in the night. Do not allow yourself to be eternally damned to the Lake of Fire that was not originally created for you, but for those angels who left their first estate. Do not think that your own good works will be acceptable as payment for your sins. There is only one acceptable payment and that was completed by Jesus at Calvary on the Cross. A prayer will not save you, but believing on Jesus and his acceptable payment for your sins will save you. The key word being believe. Will you please believe and be saved? The choice is all yours.  Eschatology – Sermon 2

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