Mark 13:33 Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is. 34 For the Son of Man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch. 35 Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning: 36 Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. 37 And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.
The Lord is not asking you to do things you cannot do. He asks you to do things you can do. He does'nt ask you to use talents you don't have, he wants you to use the talent you do have. When the Lord shows up soon, would'nt it be nice to greet him at the door and say "I've been expecting you Lord?"
Things are going from bad to worse in this world, but we can still watch and we can still pray. There is an escape coming from ALL that's about to happen. That shoud encourage you. The true church is weak, Jesus knows that, re-read Rev 3:10. Because we have held onto Jesus' word and have not denied his name, we pray that we will be kept from the hour of trial that is coming on the whole word.
The world is in free fall and nobody can see a bottom to the fall. It's starting to really sink in that this time things might really really get bad. People are feeling completely helpless and out of control. Sometime soon, I expect a man with all the answers to show up. Just think about how a man would be treated if the only thing he could do is fix the world's economic problems. He would be hailed as a living god...do you doubt it? The bible tells us that this man is coming. He may already be here. The falling away has already happened. Christianity is in full apostasy, the only thing left for the day of the Lord to start is the revelation of who the anti-christ is.
The anti-christ shows up CONQUERING and to conquer (rev 6), not making peace deals. The escape and war are the next events to show up on the world timeline. Reading through the book of revelation, you can see how this transformation from the world as you knew it, to the world as its going to be pans out. It won't be long before this world is completely unrecognizable. From a purely earth/nature perspective, consider what the earth will look like:
1/3 of all the trees will be burned up and there will be NO MORE green grass..NONE. Let that sink in. Picture the earth with 1 out of every 3 trees burned up and no green grass. People think we have environmental problems now...
Rev 8:7 The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up. 8 And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood; 9 And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and the third part of the ships were destroyed.
And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died
1 out of every 3 sea creatures dies? Yep
Next, a third of the waters on earth are poisoned and many men die from that. Poisoned water, no grass, dead trees, no grass, sound like people are going to have a hard time living?
I bring these things up to encourage you to set your heart on the escape thats coming. An escape is promised from all thats about to happen. We should pray that we are found worthy of it. We should strive to be found spotless, blameless at his coming so we will not be ashamed. The right attitude to have is "I'm striving for perfection, attempting to please my master in every way. I want to be just like my Lord" NOT "I sin all the time like everyone else and you can take me in the rapture anyway..."
Many people will be unpleasantly surprised on the day of the escape. I pray that you and I will not be among the dissapointed.
grace and peace