August 3, 2005
[Jesus said,] “But watch out for yourselves, for they will deliver you up to councils, and you will be beaten in the synagogues. You will be brought before rulers and kings for My sake, for a testimony to them. And the gospel must first be preached to all the nations. But when they arrest you and deliver you up, do not worry before hand, or premeditate what you will speak. But whatever is given you in that hour, speak that; for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit. Now brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death. And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end shall be saved…”
In the next part of Mark 13, Jesus spoke of tribulation miseries, both personal and national. Again, I truly believe that the
The early Christians went through severe persecution, and many were martyred for their faith. Jesus said to expect it through all the generations. Be prepared, because persecution will increase, there will be an increasingly adversarial position against the Christian faith, and every believer will be targeted. This is why it is so very important for us to strengthen our faith in these tough times, and stand for truth and righteousness regardless of the cost.
There will also be national miseries. In verses 14-23 of Mark 13, Christ talks about the desolation of the temple. The national miseries of
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What would you do if you were told to follow the world or die? What would you do if times got as tough as this? Would you be a lukewarm, half-hearted Christian? Or would you be sold-out to go as far as it took to uphold the Gospel of Christ? I can’t express enough the importance of being a true believer in Christ. Decide that you will stand for Christ all the time. Pray that He would keep you strong and in the race until the very end.
NO SIGN NEEDS TO BE FULFILLED TO KEEP CHRIST FROM COMING BACK TODAY, SO BE PREPARED TO GO WITH HIM WHEN HE COMES TO TAKE YOU AWAY!