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2015, The End of the World, and You

Chris Buttery
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  • January 3, 2015
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For millennia people from different countries cultures and backgrounds have found direction and encouragement in the inspired pages of the Bible in his day. Jesus directed listeners to search the prophecies of Scripture to find him. The only way of salvation two thousand years later as we stand on the brink of eternity. We know less need the purpose and hope God's Word provides Sacramento central church brings you receiving the word timely Bible messages presented by pastors Chris buttery and Mike Thompson amazing revelations await viewing God's Holy Word the Bible the title of my message the Smalling as we enter into a brand new year is two thousand and fifteen the end of the world. And you someone. Quipped that I had hoped that the end of the world will come in two thousand and fifteen that way I would not be held accountable for the New Year's resolutions. But you know as well as I do. You can have a new start in Jesus any time you don't have to wait for a new year to come along. It was during the early morning of April fifteenth of the previous two thousand and fourteen the first of four lunar eclipses of the moon occurred. And there were visible in the Americas astronomers cold this Luna tetra and define it as four successive total lunar eclipses with no possible lunar eclipses in between each of which is separated from the other by six lunar months or six full months when the Earth falls directly between the sun and the moon the light from the sun possible through this atmosphere and it creates a coppery red here on the sun on the moon. What is interested some prophecy teaches about this astronomical phenomena is not. Just the number of the lunar eclipses but the timing of them in two thousand and fourteen a full lunar eclipse occurred on the day of pots. And the first day of Cicotte the Feast of Tabernacles and it's supposed to happen again this year in April and in September. In addition to the condition to the two lunar eclipses of two thousand and fifteen to solar eclipses are supposed to take place as well similar to the lunar eclipse back in the back to back to years have happened seven times since the time of Jesus and some of those have occurred in years that are significant to Jewish history. Such as nineteen forty eight when Israel. Granted statehood and then in one thousand nine hundred sixty seven when the Six Day War was fought now because the Bible refers to the moon turning to the color of blood in several places one in the Book of Joel another in Revelation Chapter six and these are referenced with the mention in reference to the second coming of Jesus and because that these things occur all fall at the time of certain Jewish feasts. The Luna tetrad of two thousand and fourteen and fifteen has high significance among some Bible teaches for one popular Christian Ride-A it was so significant that he declared in two thousand and eight that Jesus was going to come in the fall of two thousand and fifteen the end of the world would come when certain things he predicted leading up to the end of the world didn't happen. Happened as he had predicted. He pulled the statement from his website but he and another prominent minister still teach that the four blood moons have significant implications for our world and we should see some expect to see some. Shaking events that take place over in the land of Israel now think just recently about some failed predictions that going nearly universal attention may twenty one two thousand and eleven according to the president of Family Radio Judgment Day and the rapture was supposed to take place then December two thousand and twelve was according to the Mayan calendar supposed to be the end of the world setting a date for the return of Jesus Christ has never gotten anyone anywhere but we are still interested in knowing what the future holds as a matter of fact in the scriptures the disciples of Jesus will also interested in knowing what the future held to him with me to Matthew chapter twenty four and you'll notice a question that they asked the Lord. Matthew twenty fourth and will reverse three the disciples were interested in knowing how the end was going to come about and they're also interested in knowing when it was going to happen. Matthew Chapter twenty four and will reverse three they came to him now as I said upon the mount of Olives the disciples came to him that is Jesus privately saying Tell us when will these things be and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the they were interested in knowing when the end of all things would be how soon. Lord until the end of the world and what will be the signs of your coming in the end of the world and what did the lord of creation the one who knows the end from the beginning tell them what did he say first of all in verse four he warned them do not be wild to see. Don't be deceived in other words deception is going to be rampant in the last days the enemy of souls isn't going to walk around and hand out his business card telling you he's a mosque to deceive him No Christian will be deceived by an open. Oppose us so we come secretly and quietly and stealthily specifically though Christ warned about being. Sieved in four areas pertaining to his return his second coming and those areas are the man of his coming number one number two the timing of his coming. Number three the Christians attitude toward his coming and the number for the Christians responsibility while waiting for his coming with respect to the manna of his coming Jesus plainly tells told his disciples and he tells you and I that when he appears he's going to appear personally. He's going to appear visibly he's going to appear all the bully. He's going to appear powerfully not secretly as the promoters of the blood red moon theory proport not going to happen with regard to the timing the promoters of the blood red moon theory suggests that there will be a seven year tribulation Jesus will come secretly to rapture out his people ahead of time and in the middle of those seven years the end of Christ is going to appear or something like that and then all of these things written in Matthew chapter twenty four and Revelation chapter four and on would will take place during the tribulation that's what's taught but talking about the signs of Jesus' return notice what Jesus said in verse thirty two and thirty three says something very important for us to understand. Jesus said now learn this parable from the fig tree when its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves you know that some A is WAY need in verse thirty three. So you also know when you shall see all these things. What things all these things he mentioned before the ever increasing earthquakes and and natural disasters and the love of many waxing cold in iniquity abounding when you see all of these things take place knowing that it is was not me is not that it is. Hiya. But that is near. Promoters of the seven year tribulation theory suggests that Jesus has already come and then all of these things mention in Matthew twenty four will take place but Jesus said no no no no that they are not here but that they are that it was not that I am here but that it is me and my coming is media. You see. Even at the door. As for two thousand and fifteen we don't know whether this will be the last year for in verse thirty six Jesus said but of that Dialla no one knows not even the angels of heaven but my father only now with regard to attitude with regard to attitude many times the end of the world is viewed with dread in Hora something to be completely avoided if you look at most of the Christian world today there is a as I mentioned is a secret rapture before the tribulation Christians want to get out of here as well that don't want to be around for what's what's coming. Jesus however directly counted this thinking when he said in verse thirteen notice he said but he who was in Jew as to the end shall be what saves you not going to be raptured out of here. But if you and Jewett till the end if you trust in my grace if you know that my angels are there to protect you and guide you and lead you and I'll be right by your side you can be saved if you and Jewett to the end you can be said Look at verse twenty two he said and unless those days were short no flesh would be saved but for the elect sake those days will be shortened Jesus has promised that he will shorten those days now not that we should be looking forward to what's coming with a kind of bring it on kind of attitude either. For the last yes it will be a day of horrific sure but the end of the world Christ's coming provides incredible hope for humanity. Look at verse thirty look at what Jesus said then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn those that. Lost and they they shall see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory and notice verse thirty one and he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet and they will do what gather together his elect the saved from the four winds the four corners from all over the world from one end of heaven to the other for the Christian the coming of Jesus is not a doom and gloom message. It is a hopeful message. Jesus is coming back why he's coming back in power and great glory. He's bringing all his angels with him. Why to gather the saved together the elect this is a time of rejoicing happiness and joy and hope for God's people the saved will be rescued when Jesus comes in Luke's rendition in Luke Chapter twenty one verse twenty seven twenty eight. Jesus said then they will see the Son of Man coming in clouds in a cloud with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to happen. Look up lift up your head not hang your face down. Don't let your chin drag on the ground to lift up your heads. Why because your redemption draws nine. Jesus is coming to rescue and redeem his people. That's good news for God's people I meant sure wonderful news a Jesus is coming back we're not to be biting our nails panicking hopelessly fearful during these last days but hopeful because if we have made Jesus Christ our lord and now savior not just twenty years ago not just ten years ago not just five years ago but if you've made him Lord and Savior today. Then you can and you must have hope because he will save you when he comes back wonderful news wonderful news. So with regard to Jesus says don't be deceived with regard to the manner in which I'm coming. The timing in which I come your attitude with regard to my coming but don't be deceived either with regard to your responsibility your duty with regard to. Coming. And to illustrate that Jesus told four stories that express the attitude and activity of the saints just prior to the return of Jesus. Now among the identifying characteristics of those that are looking full of the appearing of Jesus in will put that up on the screen. Jesus mentions those who will do want number one in due or until the end that we witness is number two of his the power of the Gospel in their lives and they'll also be faithful and wise knowing how to give bread in juices and I want you to take a look at verse forty five let's read that together. You still in Matthew twenty four and verse forty five it says Who then is a faithful and wise servant whom his musta made rule over his household to give them food in season. So these particular stories this these identifying characteristics of God's people in the last day Illustrated illustrated in four stories the parable of the wise and faithful servant in Matthew twenty four they illustrated in the ten bridesmaids of Matthew twenty five the business of business men distributing his responsibilities to his employees and the parable of the sheep and the goats and the common thread in all of these parables of the one question in Matthew chapter twenty four verse twelve forty five who is a faithful and wise servant who is ready to distribute bread food in juice season and it teaches us that readiness for Jesus' coming is not a matter of a last minute preparation like we've been warned an earthquake is coming or tornadoes about to hit or it's not about seriously cramming lika for a final exam. While emergency is certainly a part of the committed Christians life reading this Jesus coming is more a matter of steadily growing in the grace of our Lord Jesus and being ready for his appearing every. That's what these stories teach us when you look at the why's and the and the faithful bridesmaids in Matthew twenty five. They're the ones who are allowing the truths of God's Word to change them to make them recipients of God's grace that shows in good works that shines like the noonday sun they have a personal joyful trusting obedient relationship with Jesus and they stand in stark contrast to the deceived the deceived to think that I'm in knowledge of the truth of God's word faithful church attendance impeccable type of paying name on the church books countless missionary activities all by the way of which are good and necessary but without the Spirit of God will entitle them to heaven. That's what they think somewhere. The deceived us still saying no to God somewhere in their hearts and in their lives when we look at the story of the wise in the faithful employees intrusted with their employer's goods they are the ones who have learned that the law of self development is their first duty to God and to man and in that book that I quoted from a couple of weeks ago. God at risk they realize that daily cold to serve others is the test of their fitness to live forever in other words they truly love and these faithful wise employees stand in stark contrast to the deceived who think that self-preservation is the lore of life they are holding back from God and humanity their abilities that he's given the making them the center of their own universe and refusing to take any advantage of the many opportunities to grow in usefulness and in Christ likeness. What about the wise in the faithful the sheep. Basically the genuine Christians genuinely Christian they realize that Christianity is primarily in the world of being far more than just knowing or even doing good. But being a Christian I know that righteousness is not granted as a diploma. After years of hard study or after a post after you've baptized a number of individuals into the into the church as necessary by be and is and yes and commendable as these things are these individual stand in stark contrast to the deceived who believe that the entrance into the kingdom of heaven is for those who kept the rules only maintain the standards and oncet all theological questions correctly just that C. but I don't realize that the wide and glorious welcome will be extended to those that have loved others freely. What about the wise and faithful of Matthew twenty four the story Matthew twenty four. They're the what they're once the wise and faithful of those who are living like Jesus will come any time they winning the favorable attention of those who may be a thirsting for peace of mind during the turbulence of these in times. They words are compelling because their lifestyle is compelling they stand in stark contrast to the deceived who are comforting themselves with the false notion that Jesus is delaying his campaign coming and not realizing that that very attitude is contributing to the delay because the faithful know in whom they believe they work for the uplifting of humanity the restoration of their neighbors physical mental social and spiritual needs no pushing themselves on others but tactfully lovingly persevered. Preparing people to stand in the great day when Jesus comes back again. I know as Jesus said that the night is coming when no man can work they realize that the last day remnant lost a prophet to the remnant has warned in the fifth volume of the testimonies page four sixty three that the work which the church has failed to do in a time of peace and prosperity. She will have to do in a terrible. Crisis under the most discouraging forbidding circumstances. God's last day people. The wise in the faithful are workers for the master the not motivated by feel Nonono they're motivated by love love for Christ and love for others and then also motivated by from knowing the times in which they live they realize there's not a lot of time left they realize there's not going to be a more favorable time like the present to win people to Jesus Christ to Jesus side. These are the individuals in Matthew chapter twenty four and verse forty five where it says Who who is the faithful and wise servant whom his master made rule over his household to give them food in juice season is it time to give the food of the Gospel the Word of God to those that are hungry to those that need to know the truth of the last day so they too can be ready for the return of Christ we the foot wise and faithful who know that it is time and high time to share the love of Christ with others because Jesus is coming back soon and we want to see them. Family friends neighbors saving God's kingdom at last we the wise and the faithful giving bread in juice season. You see God's people sympathize with Jesus when he told his disciples in John four thirty five and you know the story pretty well the story was when the woman had come to that well and Jesus had met her there and told her bring me up some water. She was curious about a Jewish man talking to her a Samaritan bringing up water and so she started in on a conversation with Jesus and then she got a little distracted and sidetracked and wanted to deviate from what where Jesus was going and finally it dawned on her that the man that she was talking to was none other than the awaited long awaited Messiah the Son of God and you member what she did. You know what she did she went back to her village they went back to a village in Saigon they they respond and she told them come see a man that's told me everything that I've ever done. Come see a man who's ever tell is told me everything I've ever done and what did Jesus say when she was gone she told His disciples in John four Verse thirty five. He said that the the fields are already white for harvest the harvest is ripe people are ready to be gathered in as a matter of fact in one place he said the harvest is a great time with your Bibles to Luke Chapter ten and verse to Luke Chapter ten and verse two. God's people sympathize with Jesus when he told his disciples that the fields are wide already for harvest and also that the harvest is great look at Luke Chapter ten in verse two Jesus is about to send out the seventy seventy of his disciples his followers that he's about to send him on missionary endeavor and notice verse two he said to them the harvest truly is what friends great the harvest truly is great but the labors a few therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest God's last day people get it they understand with Jesus that the harvest the fields already why for harvest the harvest. Is great you see what did Jesus mean when he said the harvest is truly great. What did Jesus mean and what Jesus was saying to his disciples and the God's last day people will sympathize with is that we need a new perspective on the way we see our world. That's what Jesus was saying in Luke ten votes to Jesus once for us to have a new perspective on the way we see things around us. What did Jesus mean when he said the harvest the harvest is great. Now he's not referring of course to the harvest at the end of the world when the saints will be gathered in the wicked judged. Well known he's using simply a metaphor of a harvest to refer to the missionary endeavors that is missionary is leading men and women leading men and women boys and girls to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ Christ and gathering them into His kingdom. That's what he's referring to the harvest is great the harvest of mission the missionary endeavors people running to and sharing the gospel message with others gathering people into his kingdom you see in Luke Chapter ten Jesus is not sending his angels out together the harvest in Luke Chapter ten. He's sending out his the seventy. You can read that in verse one. And these things the Lord appointed seventy others also and sent them two by two before his face into every city going way he himself was about to go Jesus wasn't sending out his angels together them for the great final harvest when he comes back. He was sending out his disciples his followers. To the harvest sending them out to buy and did you notice that the harvest is not just a regular harvest but what type of harvest is it. Now if you're if you're a farmer. I mean if you've planted even just some vegetables and your backyard and you and you've got those big juicy tomatoes hanging from your tomato vinyl or bananas from you've been on a Palm. Whatever it is you've got growing in your backyard peaches from a peach tree whatever it is it's an exciting day when you go out there and you realise that very very soon you're going to have all those green fruits and vegetables are going to be ripe. It's an exciting day when you go out there and they are ripe you can imagine how God feels as he's looking at the earth and he's saying when the harvest is great the fields already white for harvest ready ready to be gathered. This is an exciting time a great and exciting time to be alive you can imagine how the great harvest of God himself looks at planet Earth with excitement and with him to suppose. The harvest is great and what did he mean simply this that men and women many men and women many boys and girls ready and waiting to be gathered into Christ's kingdom. That's what Jesus was saying many many are waiting to be gathered in they only need to hear the good news and receive the invitation and we can work with that in mind with anticipation with joy with hopefulness with expectancy because the Holy Spirit is working in powerful ways in people's lives because God's ends time people have a perspective on the world. They will not only proclaim the gospel. Not only will we will we because we have this perspective about the harvest being great not only will we proclaim the gospel but by God's grace will be living the Gospel Jesus said in Matthew twenty four fourteen the gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world for a witness to all nations and then the end will come. That means you and I will be following polls advice that was read during our scripture reading when to put it up on the screen for you Philippians chapter one verses nine and ten abounding in was love God's people in the last days are going to be a bounding in love not growing cold in style but a bounding in love not a pseudo love this wrapped up with pure simple pure emotion but a love that is sacrificing a love that puts a person out. You put you go out of your way to do something for somebody else's salvation. It also means that we'll be proving those things you see that day and more knowledge and all what friends discernment that you may prove the things that are excellent God's people will be approving things proving those things that excellent sifting through in these last days the myriad of stuff that. Seeks to consume our time out talents and outrageous from investing them in building up the kingdom of heaven all of this friends because we see the world through new eyes. We see the world through a new perspective we see that the harvest is truly great we see through the eyes of Jesus. What is Jesus really saying as I close. What is he saying be aware of the times in which we live. Yes Live as if you know what it truly is gaining his perspective on things that the harvest is truly ripe truly ripe. That means will be a little more kind of human means that will be a little more patient. Amen means it will be more determined to be honest and true in our walk with God That might mean that you need to become a little more faithful and your type may mean that you need to need to need to up a little bit with regard to Sabbath. Observance. Maybe it has to do with church ministering getting involved to build up the work of God so that your witness won't be undermined it will mean all of these things if we gain Jesus' perspective a life will have can grow and see and what a witness a life will be in closing I want to just put up a little sign on the screen I share this with you a few weeks back and I'm going to share with you the next few weeks. This is a series we're going to be sharing together on Luke Chapter ten the harvest truly is great but I want to keep this in mind as we talk about serving the Lord and working for him putting the truly the the horse before the cot. It says I cannot work my soul to cite for that the Lord has done but I will work like any slave for the love of God's. We're so glad you decided to tune into today's receiving the word program. To discover more about the Bible. We'd like to invite you to enroll in our free online bible studies by visiting S.A.I.C. 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