Taught on | Topic: War | Keywords: Famine, Pestilence, Earthquakes, tribulation,
War has always been a part of the regular life of humanity since our beginning. So what makes war a sign that Jesus' return is near? And more importantly, why can't people around the world get along? Why is it that strife, conflict, rivalry, and fighting have so marred God's highest creation? Where will it lead and how can we cope?
Message Summary War has always been a part of the regular life of humanity since our beginning. So what makes war a sign that Jesus' return is near? And more importantly, why can't people around the world get along? Why is it that strife, conflict, rivalry, and fighting have so marred God's highest creation? Where will it lead and how can we cope?
For 2,000 years the church has awaited the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. For 2,000 years men have tried to predict the exact moment of His return. Though no man knows the exact hour or even the day He will come back, there are signs to indicate His coming is near. In the teaching series Rumblings of War and the Prince of Peace, Skip Heitzig thoroughly expounds upon Matthew 24, explaining prophecy of what must take place and encouraging the church to always be ready.
I. The Coming of War (Vss. 6-8)
II. The Consequence of War
A. Shortage of Food: Famine
B. Sickness of Body: Pestilence
C. Seismic Activity: Earthquakes
III. The Cause of War (James 4)
IV. The Calm in War
The age old question…, why don't we get along? Wars and rumors of war, famines, earth quakes and fighting among nations and all because we don't know how to get along. But is that really true, well, history shows record that it is true.
Accidents are common place everyone has them and if they planed them they would not be accidents. But as we see on the news of the war going on, it is no accident, these events are planned.
Jesus never told of accidents but of the reality of the future of the world to come as Jesus told the disciples of the signs of the end times.
There will be a time when we will learn war no more but the time is not yet. You see the disciples wanted to know, as we would, what the world is coming to. For the disciples knew that the scriptures talk about the Messiah coming and setting up His Kingdom, so they asked what are the signs of this time. Jesus tells them plainly: And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. We must not be alarmed at the things we see today; as if these things could move us from our faith, no, we must embrace our salvation in light of the turbulence of the world. The book of Revelation tells of the end and what will happen in the days of the tribulation time. And in that time, the last 3 ½ years of this period, will be a war called the battle of Armageddon where the people of the earth and the kings gather to battle against Christ and the God of all, in a last attempt of Satan, to end God's kingdom. We must know that God is on the throne and is in control, nothing will get passed God and nothing will be able to faze God for He is all in all and all is His.
We will continue to hear rumors of wars as the scripture says; but let not your hearts be troubled, you believe in God believe also in me, for in my Fathers house are many mansion, if it were no so I would have told you, I go and if I go I will come again so that you will be with me for ever; for where I am you will be with me also. We should think about how much God loves us and how He put in place things that we can know that we are His and we are not forgotten. All these things; wars and rumors and famines, nations against nations, must come to pass but the end is not yet. This was said so we may know that we must continue to do the Lord's work even in the midst of these things. Only God knows the time and day of His coming and we must trust in our God for He is able to keep your soul that you have entrusted to Him.
Man continues to try and manipulate the events of the world and even toward trying up set the natural physics of the earth but God set these in motion and only God can and does control these things. War comes from the notion of control and man wants this control to do as he sees fit but God will only allow it to go so far. So, the battle for control is the reason for wars. Lucifer, Satan, wanted to have control of a power that did not belong to him but only for God alone. Man is always attempting to reach God with man made things but it will not work. Some of the people of the earth, in the town of Babel, built a tower to reach unto the heaven to exalt themselves before God so they could try to be in control but God saw different and caused their endeavors to cease by confounding their language so they could not understand one another. We are controlled by God, as we surrender our life to Him, in the things He sets in place.
As we see our own interest we will, by nature of the natural man, contend for those things, ideas and wants, and will do things that cause great harm and discord even with the best intention. These are the elements that cause wars and fighting's within the body of Christ. Oh yes, we have troubles in the church for the same reason the world has troubles. Religion in one of the main causes for wars for over the centuries we have seen, as we do now, many battles have occurred because people believe what they think is right and by acting upon that, without asking God or searching the scriptures often leads to bad decisions. We all must seek God for all things: remember; there is only one God and one savior Jesus Christ and in Him is the fullness of life and without Him is only pain and suffering here and in the life after.
Jesus by God's authority gives us a foretelling of the things to come because God wants us to understand that all things will come to an end but we need not be afraid for the God of our salvation is on the throne and in control.
People will be people but God is and always has been: the same yesterday and today.., God changes not. This is good news for we can rely and trust in Him for God is the one you can count on for He is everything anyone would ever want.
Think on these things:
1. Are you surprised to see so many conflicts going on around the world? When you hear of a new one, what kind of thoughts do you have? How quickly do you pray about them?
2. Do you recognize the same seeds for war and conflict within you as James says are there?
3. What tools has God given you to be at peace in the midst of trouble?
Message Summary When you hear of wars and rumors of war what do you think of? When you see TV news of images of the horrors of evil what do you think? Most of us turn to others for comfort and others turn to the bible for answers but the real question is do you believe in your heart that God is your Father? Matthew tells us of the concerns of the disciples as they heard of Jesus speaking of the end times. The disciples are much like you and I for they asked Jesus and He told them plainly but did they really believe? So are you hearing and believing or are you believing what you think you want to hear? Think about it.
Message Summary Do you believe signs when you see them? Do you know how to read signs when they are given to you? Jesus, in Matthew 24 tells of His return and the signs we are to look for. If we have a different understanding other than what the bible says then we may miss the greatest happening of all time and be left behind.., the return of Jesus. So, will you read the signs and seek to understand, or will you simply dismiss them and interpret your own signs.
Message Summary The Bible extols the benefits of faith. Faith justifies the sinner, appropriates God's promises for the believer and will bring us into eternal joy. But faith can also be fatal - there are consequences to believing! Faith in God brings us into direct opposition with Satan's worldly system and incurs the wrath and opposition of unbelievers and false believers. What will it be like for those who trust Christ just before His Second Coming?
Message Summary Whenever there's a mess, a messenger with a message is needed. God has always worked that way. In ancient Israel he sent prophets to herald truth to a recalcitrant nation. In church history God raised up evangelists to proclaim the gospel to sin-hardened and cynical generations. The future Tribulation will be the biggest mess ever, yet God will still have his message heard! Lets notice four human conditions that will prevail in the future of earth's most severe time.
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Message Summary For many Christians, a trip to the Holy Land is a once-in-a-lifetime dream. To see where Jesus walked, taught and spoke prophetically of is thrilling. But trouble is in store for Israel's future, in fact Scripture refers to it as "Jacob's Trouble" (Jer. 30:7). What will be Israel's future and what can we learn about the nature of God in adversity? Moreover, what should a believer's response to catastrophic events be?
Message Summary War is ugly but sometimes necessary. It's meant to defend the weak and punish deadly aggressors. Jesus' words here depict a time when God wages war on the human race and throws every conceivable judgment to the earth in the Tribulation. These two verses also highlight three prevailing conditions that exist between God and mankind. The first condition has existed since the Fall of Mankind, the second will be a temporary result of the first, and the third condition is rooted in the character of God and takes the edge off of the first two.
Message Summary Jesus said, "As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world."(John 9:5) and that His followers were to take up the same occupation: "You are the light of the world" (Matt 5:14). But what happens when the light has been extinguished? What happens when spiritual darkness overshadows everything, everywhere? There's an old saying, "It's always darkest just before the dawn." Jesus tells His followers here that just when the world plummets to its darkest moment, He will be returning!
Message Summary Children love to play games. One of those games is Hide and Seek where a child, after counting to ten, will call out to his friends, "Ready or not, here I come!" One day, after a time of intense distress, Jesus will return to the earth for the second time and many will not be ready for it. Those who survive and are ready will be gathered together with the rest of God's people to be ushered into God's eternal Kingdom. Are you ready or not?
Message Summary For years agrarians have consulted the venerable Farmer's Almanac for predictive signs on what this next season would bring, in terms of weather forecasts, threatening bugs and water table levels. It helps them know how to navigate through the growing year. Jesus gave a story to His disciples on how the future generation can tell when the season of judgment is upon them and how they should live during the last days on earth.
Message Summary Man's knowledge is impressive but it pales next to God's knowledge. The only things we know for certain are the things that God has revealed to us. Some things must be stored in our hearts in the imaginary file marked, "Wait for further information." As we wait for Jesus to come for us, let's consider what we know and what we don't know; in fact let's see what angels don't even know!
Message Summary When Noah built his ark, most people thought he was nuts. Only seven others listened to his warning and went with him. Jesus spoke about the fool who thought he was prepared for the future because of his wise investments. This man said to himself, "You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry." (Luke 12:19). Jesus also tells us that the world will largely adopt this attitude in the final days of history unaware of what's ahead.
Message Summary Every parent remembers walking into their child's room catching them in some act either good or bad. The youngster wasn't expecting you to be there and that child's look tells all, betraying innocence or guilt. The return of Jesus Christ will catch some people off guard while others will be diligently involved in the Master's work. Ever wonder what you'll be up to when Jesus returns: what activities, conversations and thoughts you'll be engaged in? Let's consider two possibilities.