Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its branches become tender and sprout leaves, you know that summer is near. So also, when you see these things taking place, know that He is near, right at the door. Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have happened. Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will never pass away. -Mark 13:28-31 BSB
If you have ever shopped for Fruit, it can sometimes be a ‘roll of the dice’. Since we can’t see what is inside an avocado or a watermelon, we can’t know for sure when the fruit is ready to be eaten. We can press on the flesh, or pound on the hull to find SIGNS of ripeness, but we can’t know for sure until we cut it open. Many approach eschatology in a similar way. Eschatology is the study of the final events in the history of the world-of humankind – MAN. We don’t need to be surprised, or WORRIED, we only need to be WORDED: knowledgeable in what God’s WORD says about GODS PLAN.
Leader, we are NOT called to blind faith, we are called to BELIEVE- [cling to, no other hope]- in what God says, even when our flesh: our eyes, ears and feelings- tell us a different story. WE are called to know the WORD and BELIEVE the WORD, GOD calls that- FAITH. In Hebrews 11:1 The Bible says Faith is “being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” In other words; BELIEVE GOD, even when you and the world tell you differently! And the WORD TELLS US TO PAY ATTENTION! In Mark’s and Luke’s accounts of Jesus Christ’s prophecy, we see that Jesus connected watching with praying. There is much to pray about regarding the present and the future. Watching helps our praying and praying helps our watching. Mark records Jesus saying: “Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time of Christ’s coming is. It is like a man going to a far country, who left his house and gave authority to his servants, and to each his work, and commanded the doorkeeper to watch” (Mark 13:33-37)
Conduit, Christ was quite emphatic here in commanding us to do four things: 1-Take heed to what He had just said. 2- Watch for the signs He had outlined. 3-Pray regularly and earnestly so that we stay close to God. 4- Keep doing God’s work! Jesus tells us that “when you see these things happening, know that the kingdom of God is near” (Luke 21:31). Then He warns about not letting “that Day come on you unexpectedly” (Luke 21:34). Jesus concludes by saying, “Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man” (Luke 21:36). “All these things” refers to all that is recorded in this chapter, including the “great distress in the land and wrath upon this people” (Luke 21:23). Mark uses the term “tribulation” and Matthew says, “great tribulation” (Matthew 24:21). People get ready for the TRAIN IS COMING! Whatever you need to do today to KNOW the Lord of the BIBLE and to know the BIBLE of the LORD- the TIME IS NOW! For those that GOD KNOWS and who WORSHIP and ACKNOWLEDGE HIM- they will be rescued from the coming distress! Get yourself right with JESUS, so you are on the RIGHT side of GOD and are redeemed by the BLOOD OF THE LAMB! Surely you wouldn’t do such a thing, destroying the righteous along with the wicked. Why, you would be treating the righteous and the wicked exactly the same! Surely you wouldn’t do that! Should not the Judge of all the earth do what is right?” (Genesis 18:25)