To my readers — especially those of you who attend Southside — the next few days on this blog will be focused on what I believe is coming soon. These words come from sermons I have preached over the last several weeks based on my studies of the Bible for a lot of years. Please feel free to share this information and to ask me any questions you may have.
Imagine running for your life to get away from a lion. You run fast and hard, dodging boulders, jumping ditches. Just when you have escaped the lion and he is nowhere to be seen, you meet a bear — an angry, ravenous bear who immediately gives chase. But finally you make it to your house, exhausted, breathing heavily. You slam the door and give out a chuckle because you have just faced death twice and won. You lean against the wall, trying to relax and suddenly a snake bites you and you die. Now folks, understand, that’s a bad day. But that’s what God said He would bring upon the nation of Israel and the rest of the world at the Great and Terrible Day of the Lord. The final judgment of God on sinful mankind, the worst hour on Planet Earth. It is the promised Great Tribulation that concludes with the Battle of Armageddon.
Many pastors, preachers and Bible teachers have said that the rapture of the church, the Great Tribulation, the Second Coming of Christ — these are not topics for the 21st century pulpit. It’s too irrelevant for modern day audiences with their modern day problems. But in Luke 12:56, Jesus rebuked people for not knowing about the future. Listen. One of the ways that you know something is important in the Bible is the number of times it is mentioned. Considering the fact that writing material was expensive, and the task was not easy, wordiness was avoided and brevity was valued. But the truth is that in 17 Old Testament books there are 1,845 references to the last days. In fact, for every one time the first coming of Messiah is mentioned in the Old Testament, there are 8 mentions of the Second Coming. In the 216 chapters of the New Testament, there are 318 references to the last days. It’s mentioned in 23 of the 27 New Testament books. So how could anyone say that a topic that is mentioned in 1 out of every 37 verses in the Bible is irrelevant? Dr. David Jeremiah once commented, they may think it’s irrelevant now, but one minute after the Rapture of the church takes place, the subject won’t be irrelevant at all.
With that in mind, let me give you a brief summary of the end times. A timeline for the events leading up to the last days. A Preview of the Future, so to speak. Next on God’s prophetic timeline is the: