Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Jerusalem: keep eyes on Jerusalem!
Jesus says: “When ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judæa flee to the mountains” (Mark 13:14).
“And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh” (Luke 21:20).
The Apsotle Paul, said:“Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God” (2 Thessalonians 2:3–4).
In John’s vison, he wrote saying: “AND there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein. But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months” (Revelation 11:1-2).
Jesus says: “Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame” (Revelation 16:15).
“But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.
But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation. [FOR GOD HATH NOT APPOINTED US TO WRATH], but to obtain [SALVATION BY OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST], Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him” (1 Thessalonians 5:4-10).
“And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light” (Romans 13:11-12).
How we maneuver through the traffic in this lifetime will determine where we end up on the Last Day.
Jesus says: “‘If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me’” (Matthew 16:24).
We are to stay focused in the right direction. We are not to let the busy traffic of this lifetime turn us in the wrong direction toward the lusts, pleasures, and cares of this life.
“For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning” (2 Peter 2:20).
Jesus says: “He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the Last Day” (John 12:48).
“THE transgression of the wicked saith within my heart, that there is no fear of God before his eyes” (Psalm 36:1).
“What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days, that he may see good? Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile. Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it. The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry. The face of the LORD is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth” (Psalm 34:12-16).
“The LORD redeemeth the soul of his servants: and none of them that trust in him shall be desolate” (Psalm 34:22).
For those of us alive when this time of sorrows begins, life as it was will be turned completely upside down, and as a result, some people may lose hope and believe that life is over. Many people will long for the days when life was normal. But, “say not thou, ‘What is the cause that the former days were better than these?’ For thou dost not inquire wisely concerning this” (Ecclesiastes 7:10). Jesus made it very clear and said, “These things must come to pass” (Luke 21:9) before time comes to an end.
“Many sorrows shall be to the wicked: but he that trusteth in the LORD, mercy shall compass him about. Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart” (Psalm 32:10–11).
“Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory” (Matthew 24:29-30).
“Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come” (Matthew 24:42). “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only” (Matthew 24:36).
Let it be known, let is be preached throughout the world and let it daily be remined that JESUS is the most powerful man alive! He is the only begotten Son of God (John 3:16-18).
He is the Commander over ALL flesh! This is the word of God: “Behold, I have given him for a witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people” (Isaiah 55:4).
JESUS is the only one God has given power to give humans eternal life!
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God” (John 3:16-18).
“These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee. [AS THOU HAST GIVEN HIM POWER OVER ALL FLESH, THAT HE SHOULD GIVE ETERNAL LIFE TO AS MANY AS THOU HAST GIVEN HIM]. And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent” (John 17:1-3).
“Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God” (Psalm 90:2).
“O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! Who hast set thy glory above the heavens. When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; what is man, that thou art mindful of him? For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour. For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him” (Psalms 8:1-9, 103: 11).
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth forever” (Psalm 111:10).
We must live with a fearless confidence and faithfulness knowing that we follow Jesus Christ who is the only begotten Son of God (John 3:16).
Also, let us be reminded Jesus says: “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth” (Matthew 28:18); “I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death” (Revelation 1:18).
The Apostle Paul confidently said: “Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens; let us hold fast our profession” (Hebrews 4:14, 8:1).
“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16).
There is: “One Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ” (Ephesians 4:5-7).
“For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus: who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time” (1 Timothy 2:5–6).
Now, therefore, as the only way to get the things that are eternal is through Jesus Christ who died for us; for this purpose then we should live unto him and not unto ourselves (Luke 20:38) (2 Corinthians 5:15).
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us” (Romans 8:35-37).
Let these words resonate in our daily lives spoken by the Apostle Paul: “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us” (Romans 8:18).