Finishing up what I was talking about in my last post, are these the last days? I'm sure you know that I don't know. I do know that Jesus informed His disciples what to look for, so we take those recorded words, look at the signs, and read the times. It is sort of a headline news story for future events. Jesus, in Luke 21, is saying that when the fig tree begins to bud, you know that summer is near. This is the way we see the end times based on prophetic scripture. I do know, and I'm sure you're aware, that there are many different sects that have various versions of the way we end, that is of no major importance itself. The signs pointing to that event are important. Wars, catastrophies, signs from outer space, pestilence, and famines, all of these happenings back-to-back with regularity.
These things, from a secular standpoint, are just recurring events throughout history, no big deal. But the other part of end time Christ's prophetic words, are the litmus test of the winding down of days. These are some of His words:
"But take heed to yourselves, lest your heart be weighed down with carousing, drunkeness, and the cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly. For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth." Luke 21:34-35
These words do not give us the awareness of end-times within themselves, these are the warnings to the believer that is waiting for their redemption, but life's cares, pleasures, busyness takes their minds off of what they should look for, regarding the end. Now combine all of prophetic passages, catastrophic events, and warnings of our conduct as followers of Christ, with the nature of people in 2 Tim 3, (my last post), you can see these are pointing toward the Day of days. You will not see this at all with your physical eyes, or your carnal mind. These facts are spiritually discerned, by those alive in Christ, with the Holy Presence living within their hearts.
In my last post I asked what you thought, whether or not these were the end of days, your opinion. Out of over a hundred and twenty people reading, there was one comment. I read dozens of blogs on various subjects, and always see many comments on most posts. My posts, however, I normally do not get many comments, and few likes, because I know people really like to read without the hassle of commenting, or even clicking the "like" button. I do wonder, are people really disconcerned about the times and possible end? Perhaps. My one comment, from my friend Robyn, she comments, "how can you look around and see what's happening in the world and not wonder, how much longer Lord?" Precisely.
Complacency, disbelief, apathy, and disinterest in the spiritual, seems to be the place we are as a community of believers and nation of people. That is not because you didn't comment...not at all. It is the fact that in conversation, the attitude from most is, it is what it is. The people seem to really care only who is elected, how their pay and benefits are affected, and what will I get. I believe that we should do at least two things regarding this topic. One, pray. Ask God to awaken you spiritually, and open your mind to how you can be ready, actively watching for His return. Two, read. Take a little time to review prophetic passages, mainly, Daniel, Ezekiel, Isaiah, etc, as well as Jesus' words, Paul's, and Peter, in the New Testament. Don't forget, Jesus said He was coming for those watching for Him.
Thanks for reading, God bless and keep you all. Keith