In Matthew 24, Jesus gives a discourse of things to come before the end of the age.
Now as He sat on the mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying. “Tell us when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and the end of the age.” Matthew 24:3 (NKJ)
He continues with His prophetic discourse, saying there will be a progression of events, before the end of the age.
Down The Plughole
A few days ago, the Lord gave me a picture which has led me to write this article.
It was a picture of a plug that had come out of a bath, full of water, and the water was swirling around at a very fast rate, down the hole. Many people were caught up, in this water and they were being sucked down. Many were frail, others were younger, and going down as well at a fast pace.
The stronger ones were able to swim against the flow, and were trying to save the weaker ones, who were being sucked down by the swirling water.
Some were crying out for someone to put the plug back in to try and save them, but their cries were hopeless. The Holy Spirit showed me that if they cried out strong enough in desperation, God would have put the plug back in.
Their own efforts were useless, without His help, they were unable to save themselves.
It is very evident in these days, that society has turned it’s back on God.
And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. Matthew 24: 12
Not everyone will give in to fear, persecution, or lawlessness, What does Jesus promise for those who remain faithful?
“But he who endures to the end shall be saved.” Matthew 24:13
Thank God, we are saved now. But if we want to overcome, we have to endure. There is only one way to learn endurance, and that is enduring. Endurance, is God’s preparation for what lies ahead. We should not complain, as instructed in God’s Word.
My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of you faith, produces, patience, (endurance) But let patience have it’s perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. James 1:2-4
For us to be perfect and complete, we have to let our endurance be governed by the Holy Spirit. This is the key to surviving.
Waiting With Perseverance
When will our adoption be complete ?
And not only they, but we also who have the first fruits of the Holy Spirit, even we ourselves groan, within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body. Rom 8:23
In Jesus, we are already God’s children, we have the inner witness of the Holy Spirit crying out in us “Abba Father” but our adoption into God’s Family is still in process. We do not yet have our resurrected bodies free from sin, disease and death.
For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope, for why does one still hope for what he sees? Romans 8: 24
We don’t hope for what we already have, but what we don’t have.
But if we hope for what we do not yet see, then we eagerly wait for it with perseverance. Romans 8:25
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God. Revelation 2:7
And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God. Revelation 21: 3
The Future Glory of God’s People
The new Jerusalem is where God will dwell amongst His people for ever.
His bride will meet Him in the air, Jesus will return to earth and take His rightful place on the Mount of Olives, as King of All Kings, Lord of all Lords, and all nations will come and worship at His feet.
May the peace of God our heavenly Father, And the grace of Christ the risen Son, And the fellowship of God the Sprit Keep our hearts and minds within His love.