I think that I’ve just opened a huge can of worms. Since I laid down the idea of a ‘prophecy clock’, I think that I need to lay out what must happen while that clock winds down to zero. Unfortunately, trying to describe what happens – and when it happens – has been made difficult by so many theologians muddying the waters with their personal opinion. In fact, I’m more than a little appalled.
Have we all gone insane?
What’s wrong with everyone?
Doesn’t anyone read the Bible, anymore?
It really is disheartening to see the mess that people have made of those scriptures that discuss the time that we are living in right now. But, I’m going to hold off on that for today, and talk about something that I mentioned yesterday – but didn’t explain:
The key that Jesus gave us for surviving the terrible times that are coming.
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Prophecy Clock – Luke 21:36 – The Key to Survival
Normally, you would want to describe all the horrible things that are going to happen before talking about how to deal with it. But, it’s just so awful, that you’ll stop reading before we ever reach the end of this discussion, and that would be a shame.
So, let me throw out the Key to Survival (and a big ray of hope) as our Prophecy Clock continues to tick away. Here it is:
Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man. – Luke 21:36
Those were the words of Jesus in response to the shock and fear of His ominous words. It’s short, but it contains EVERYTHING that you need to prepare for the future:
Of course, there are a host of details in those two items that require some explanation.
When Jesus said WATCH, He did not mean that we read the newspaper and look out the window. He meant that we should act as if we are in hostile territory and be on the lookout for signs of the enemy. And, if we SEE signs of the enemy…
…well, are we supposed to just sit there?
No. You are expected to react. More importantly, you are expected to prepare to react – long before you are required to react.
Let me put it another way:
God gave you a brain. He requires you to use it.
So, as you see things happen, look at your situation and prepare the best that you can. But, that second part indicates that none of that preparation will be enough without a key ingredient:
When Jesus said, “pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass”, He was showing us quite a bit.
First – There WILL be those who escape.
Second – You won’t escape if you are not worthy of escape.
You MUST be worthy if you are to have ANY hope of escaping what is coming. And, you are required to pray always for that worthiness. It wasn’t a suggestion.
When I first stumbled across that verse many years ago, I realized that I had been neglecting a commandment of God. So, I printed Luke 21:36 in large letters and taped it to my wall, where I couldn’t miss it.
Because He said, “Pray always”, and I wasn’t.
Of course, you want to do more than escape what is coming, you also want to stand before the Son of Man in the Day of Judgment and hear that your life and service were acceptable to God.
By the way, there is a context to Luke 21:36. It wasn’t just stuck there to help buck up the flagging spirits of His poor disciples. It was a message of warning to us – the ones living through this prophecy:
And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. – Luke 21:34-35
When Jesus said ‘as a snare’, He meant that it will be a total surprise and shock. Everything will seem fine as you hop and skip down the trail of life, and then – like a massive trap – the devastation of the Last Days will close its jaws on you.
So, be careful. If you are caught up in the affairs of this life, you are in grave danger. Turn off the secular music. Stop watching the movies. Get rid of your TV. Cut back on your personal involvement in this life and read your Bible.
Oh… And, clear out the sin in your life – very, VERY important.
As you do that, ask God to make you worthy to escape what is coming and to stand before His Son in the Day of Judgment.
Do that every day.
Are you ready for this?
(That’s a link. Do more than just think about it.)
If you find a flaw in my reasoning, have a question, or wish to add your own viewpoint, leave a comment. Your input is truly welcome.
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