Jesus first came to earth for two reasons that are really one reason: to destroy the works of the devil, and in doing so, make a way for mankind to be free from the bondage of sin and be reconnected to God the Father, the Source of complete and fruitful life (1 John 3:8; Romans 6:22; 8:2).
Christ came as a Child born to us, to be given as a Son. His death and resurrection disarmed the devil and his spiritual forces, triumphing over them in it (Colossians 2:15). After His ascension He declared to us—His disciples—that all authority had been given to Him in Heaven and on the earth.
This means that for every person who believes in Jesus Christ and His finished work on the cross, that same enemy is disarmed in each of our lives. It is up to us to walk in that reality for ourselves. We cannot force it on others, for God gave each person a will so that they could choose to love and be in a personal relationship with Him. Yet we can pray that their spiritual ears and eyes would be opened by the Spirit of God who is at work in the earth.
With Christ’s second coming at the 3rd Day, the Day of the Lord, that victory will be extended over all the earth as the Head and the Body are made complete at the rapture and we take our place as the immortal government. It is then that we have the privilege to pull down the evil spiritual hierarchy described in Ephesians 6:12 that now influences the earth through the god of this world.
The appointed time is very near, which is why the devil is giving this world everything he’s got. Jesus warned us that in this time we would see great darkness, persecution, and tribulation. The Church has existed in that tribulation for all its history. Yet we told to stand in the victory that each of us has until the appointed time for the heavenly reset and God’s restoration of His order over the earth.
We need not fear the darkness, for the Light of the World came into the world, and now shines through us, His lights, by the power of God’s Spirit in each believer. It’s time to let our lights shine so those around us can clearly see the lovely Child, the Son of Man, who died for us while we were yet sinners.
Matthew 24, Mark 13, and Luke 21 provide parallel accounts of what Jesus taught about the end times. Hebrews 6:1-2 lists the end times as an elementary or “first level,” basic principle of our faith—specifically, resurrection and judgment. The Bible refers to the rapture as our firstfruits resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:20-24).
In the last blog we saw that Jesus warned His disciples about allowing the Day of the Lord to come upon them unexpectedly (Luke 21:34). He adds to His warning in the next verse: “For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth” (verse 35). It’s not just a matter of being surprised by that Day. It’s a matter of being ensnared as well.
The Greek word for snare here is pagis (pag-ece’), and it means to be trapped, tricked, and snared in a temptation. It comes from a root word that means to be fixed to something with a peg, as in setting up a tent. When we are focused on the cares of this world, in a sense we have pitched our tent to our earthly circumstances. And that fixed position can trip us up and ensnare us.
Please understand that this does not mean that unexpecting believers who do not have the full view of the chronos times and the kairos signs will miss His coming and the rapture. But it does imply that a trap has been set by the spirit of the Antichrist (Satan) to fix our efforts on setting up camp on this earth rather than declaring a merciful warning as Noah did to the people of his time.
Our great commission has not changed for our appointed time: preach the Gospel—the good news of Jesus’ finished work—with signs and wonders following. For it is the goodness of God that draws people to repentance (Romans 2:4).
The truth is that God’s appointed time for the end of this age is within this decade. Time is running out. The grace of this message is that there is still time to accept Jesus as the Savior and be delivered from the wrath of that Day. Those who are His when He comes are delivered from that wrath in order to deliver God’s vengeance against evil at that appointed Day. We cannot do it before then. So lets focus on what we can do—leading others to the safety of the Ark.
Matthew 24, Mark 13, and Luke 21 provide parallel accounts of what Jesus taught about the end times—specifically, the chronos timing of the end of this age and the corresponding signs of His coming. In Luke 21:34 He warns us: “But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly.”
The Day Jesus refers to is the Day of the Lord. It has many titles in Scripture, including the Appointed Day, the Day of Redemption, the Last Day (of God’s great Week), the Day of Christ, and the Day of His coming.
What is the purpose of His warning? He doesn’t want that Day to come upon His disciples unexpectedly. He expects us to ‘be in the know’ concerning the timing of that Day and the signs leading up to that Day.
He tells us that this Day shall be like the time of Noah. Noah knew the timing of the Flood.
There are other Scriptures that confirm the timing of the Day of the Lord, and hence, our Lord’s return. Despite this, many in the Church quote one verse taken out of context to say we are not to know when Christ is returning. The unknown day and hour in question that Jesus refers to is the Perfect Day when God makes the new heavens and new earth—Eternity Future.
Why is it so important that we see this truth about the end times? Because He doesn’t want us weighed down by the darkness we see around us, or the cares of this world. If we’re convinced that we cannot know the time, then that Day will come upon us unexpectedly. We’ll be vulnerable to the uncertainty, and distracted from our assignment of bringing as many people as possible into the Ark of Jesus Christ.
Instead, He wants us to shine as lights in the darkness. When we know the chronos timing, we need not fear the growing darkness. After all, the darker it becomes, the more the light stands out. The difference becomes clearer for all to see.
Scripture affirms that God is not the author of confusion (1 Corinthians 14:13). So if it seems as if a cloud of confusion surrounds us, what do we need to do?
First and foremost, our life in Christ isn’t about doing more; it’s about seeing more. “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord” (2 Corinthians 3:18). That is why Jesus prayed that we would have eyes to see.
We need direct and specific revelation of God. We need to go to His written Word—His God-breathed revelation of Himself and His plan. That is why Jesus declares several times in Revelation, “I am the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.”
Everything we need to know about God’s loving and just nature is in His Word. Everything we need to know about salvation is in His Word. Everything we need to know about the end times is in His Word.
That is why Jesus also warned in Revelation 22:18-19, “For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.”
It’s time to go to the book and see for ourselves. This is where we’re headed in the next few blogs. Stay tuned!