“For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.” (Matthew 24:7-8)
If these are the beginning of sorrows, have you thought about what is yet to come? The signs are becoming more visible and the world is getting even more chaotic. However, there will be a point when the Rapture will occur and Jesus will take the Church, that is those who are living a life of obedience, shunning evil and striving to please Him. This is the justice of God. For this reason, we must fight every day to keep ourselves in the “faith bubble” and not be contaminated by the things of this deteriorating world. Think about it…If in a world with the Holy Spirit things are hard, now imagine living in this world without Him? It will be much harder to be saved. That’s why we can’t let anyone distract us. Rather than allowing people to pull us away from the presence of God, we have to be the ones to pull them into the Ark and influence them.
Nowadays, many are those who call themselves Christians but are not practicing the principles of the Word of God. It is not enough just to go to church and read the Bible. True servants of God are those who watch and sacrifice their will daily.
“Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish.” (Matthew 25:1-2) In view of this, we must be like the five wise virgins, who were vigilant until the Bridegroom came or we will suffer the unbearable pain of the Great Tribulation. (See Matthew 24:15-41)
Sometimes, we often think that we still have time, but this is not the case. The coming of our Lord Jesus is much closer than we realise and God doesn’t want us to be one of the foolish virgins who were not prudent. The reality is that the foolish virgins knew the truth, but they were relaxed spiritually. That’s why we have to be on our toes daily. We cannot allow our “spiritual eyelids” to be closed. It doesn’t matter how long we’ve been serving God, if we “sleep”, everything we’ve done before Him will count for nothing.
We have to be aware of the fact that one of the strategies of the devil to ensure that we are not saved is to make sure that we harbour iniquity inside of us. Iniquity has to do with something internal; envy, lustful desires, malicious thoughts, feelings, crooked intentions, judging others by appearance, etc. If we don’t strive to get rid of iniquity, the devil will use these thoughts to take us to hell with him. Therefore, we must search our hearts every day and be humble to recognise our true condition.
As Christians we also have to think about the Rapture every day. It cannot be a passing thought but we must analyse ourselves, invest in our relationship with God and see if we are truly in the faith. If we are not, we must abandon our sins, repent immediately and return to our Saviour. Jesus wants to take each one of us with Him, but when He comes, the question is: Will you be taken or will you be left behind?
“Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming.” (Matthew 24:42)