Archive | June 2013

No One Knows the Day or the Hour

In my last blog, I talked about what will happen when Christ returns. He will judge the living and the dead calling those who trusted in Him as Savior into eternal glory and those who did not into everlasting destruction. When will He return? Many people claim to know, but no one knows the hour of Christ’s return, not even the angels. The important thing is to be ready!

 Matthew 24: 36-39, “but of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only. But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.”

 Doesn’t that sound like today, just going on with life, not concerned about Christ or His coming? We are told to be ready and on the lookout. Christ will come as a thief. You do not know when a thief is going to break in, so you stayed prepared.

I Thessalonians 5:1-11 says, “But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you. For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. For when they say, ‘Peace and safety!’ then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape. But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of the darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober.”

 Just as there are signs that a woman is ready to give birth, there are signs that the time of Christ’s coming is nearing. In Matthew 24 the disciples were asking Jesus what would be the sign of His coming and the end of the age. His response was in verses 6-12, “You will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nations will rise again nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these things are the beginning of sorrows. Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.”

 We can so see these things happening today…wars and rumors of wars, nations rising against nations, earthquakes, the weather being crazier than normal. I just don’t think people realize the seriousness of His coming. Jesus can come at any time, today or tomorrow, one year or one hundred. We just do not know. In Noah’s day, people saw Noah building the ark, they could have heeded his warnings; instead, they just went about life like the flood was not going to happen. The same holds true today. God may be allowing all these things to be taking place here in the States and the world around us to show us that His coming is near. People are just not paying attention and He will come when no one expects it. Then it will be too late. Like Noah, people probably think that we are crazy when we say Christ is going to return; but, as Christians, if we believe that He is coming, we must be faithful to warn people. What they do with that information is up to them.

There will be people who say, “Those signs have been happening for years and He hasn’t come yet!” Yes, this is true, but God in His mercy does not want any to perish.

II Peter 3:3-4 “knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to 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 creation.’  II Peter 3:8-9 “But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 9)The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.”

Even Christians get so busy with life that we forget about sharing the gospel. Often, we get caught up doing things that are not “bad,” but we are being lax, not sharing Christ with others so they can be saved from God’s wrath. When Christ comes back, we will never get a chance to witness again. There are people who do not really understand how to have a true personal relationship with God. They may love God, but do not realize that Jesus is the ONLY way to have that personal relationship with God.  How will people know if we don’t take the time and effort to share Christ?

Romans 10:14-15a “How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent?”

 We do not have to be a pastor of a church to preach the gospel. We just need to listen to that still small voice to whom God wants us to share His Word with. Those people are out there, ready to receive Christ into their hearts and lives.

 If you’ve never trusted Christ as your Savior, don’t wait until it’s too late. Trust Him now!

If you are a born-again Christian, are you active sharing the gospel with others or are you too busy with life? Start today; share with one person that Christ is the only way to Heaven. That person will be glad you did.

Life without Christ When We Leave This Earth

In my last blog, you saw that a life without Christ on earth can be very different. Some people may have all the world has to offer, while others live a life of drunkenness and poverty.  That is not the case when someone dies without Christ. When people leave this earth without having trusted Christ as their Savior, they will all live the same, in a lake of fire. Money, status, race, “religion,” or being a nice person does not conclude whether a person will go to heaven or hell. What will determine where a person will spend eternity is what he/she did with Christ while on this earth.

John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

The fact is, if you do not have a personal relationship with Christ, you will perish. Once you leave this earth, your destiny is already determined.

Revelation 20:10 The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.”

Revelation 20:14-15 Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.

In Matthew 25:31-46, the Bible tells us that Christ will come in His glory and all the holy angels with Him, and then He will sit on the throne of His glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. He will set the sheep on His right hand and the goats on His left. He will say to those on His right hand, “Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.” Those on his left He will say, “Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angles.”

It does not even matter if you did all kinds of things for Christ; if you don’t have a personal relationship with Him, you will perish. Matthew 7:21-23 says, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord,  have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!”

If you died today, do you know without a shadow of a doubt that you would go to Heaven? What you do with Christ is the most important decision you will ever make in your life. Trust Christ as Savior and live for Him on earth = Heaven. Reject God’s gift of salvation = lake of fire. If you have not trusted Christ as your Savior, now is the time.

It is as simple as A,B,C when it comes to accepting Christ as Savior.

A ~ Admit you are a sinner. Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

B ~ Believe that Christ died on the cross to take the punishment for your sins. Acts 16:31 …Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, …

C ~ Confess Christ as your Lord and Savior. Romans 10:9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.

Trusting Christ as your Savior is not something you want to put off. He can return at any moment (I will discuss this more in the next blog) or you can die at any age (we have seen this more in today’s time than ever before with shootings in schools and theaters). Tomorrow may never come.  Once you leave this earth your fate is sealed. Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment.

When you stand before the Judge one day, will your sins be covered by the blood of the Lamb which will allow you entrance into Heaven or will you pay the penalty yourself in an eternal lake of fire?