Friday, August 14, 2015
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Slang words are sometimes difficult to understand. Not so much the words themselves, but their meaning. There are some pretty cool slang words out there. For instance, when I just used the word cool, I wasn't talking about the temperature. If a young person today looked at me and said 'Totes!' they're not talking about a tote that you carry things in.
And just because someone may have asked you, 'Do you know what time it is, man?' That doesn't mean they really want to know the time. I remember in a stretch of time there in New York City that people were basically saying, 'Man, you're out of it. You don't get it do you? You know what time it is? You don't know what's happening.' They're saying, 'You really don't have it all figured out yet, man.'
I'm Ron Hutchcraft and I want to have A Word With You today about 'Do You Know What Time It Is?'
Our word for today from the Word of God comes out of Matthew 24. The disciples wanted to know what time it was. They said to Jesus, 'Tell us when this will happen, and what will be the sign of Your coming at the end of the age?' And then Jesus began to give them some of the ways to be able to see what time it is on God's clock. 'Many will come in My name' he said, 'claiming 'I am the Christ' and will deceive many.'
Now, let me give you five ways that He kind of let us know that the time is here. First, Jesus said there will be lots of 'christs.' Now, it's pretty commonplace to believe that we are our own god, we're our own creator. There's plenty of spiritual options out there. And then Jesus said, 'You will hear of wars and rumors of wars.' So it is going to be a world full of war and combat and danger erupting all over the place. Sounds like the evening news.
Thirdly, we'll know that it's coming down to D-Day on God's clock because there's going to be a lot of natural disasters. He said, 'There'll be famines and earthquakes in various places.' In the book of Luke He adds the word pestilences. We've certainly seen our share of frightening diseases and immunity to antibiotics, so we've got whole new things that we can't fight. There's plenty of famines and earthquakes. Check the news.
The book of Revelation says a third of the human race will be killed by something that looks like fire and brimstone. How could early Christians have ever imagined that happening? What - spears, bows and arrow? We know fire and brimstone that could kill a third of the human race don't we? And then two more compound events to Jesus' coming. There has to be an Israel. There hasn't been one for very long, and today they are a nation.
Then it says, 'Every eye will see some of the events that take place.' Well, how in the world could every eye on earth see one event happen? Satellites? It's happening all the time. We see things going on all over the world.
It's amazing the kind of countdown time you and I are living in. I don't know when Jesus is coming back. I would certainly not even attempt to name a time. The Bible says not to do that. But I can say that the world looks more today like the world Jesus said He would come back to than it's probably ever looked before. It's kind of like that ball coming down on that building in Times Square on New Years Eve - 3, 2, 1. I don't know, maybe Jesus is almost here. And He says that at that time, people will in two groups.
The first group of people is the colder. The Bible says, '...because of the increase of wickedness the love of most will grow cold.' He's talking about His own people. They'll make sin everyday stuff, they'll fit in and they'll do nothing. You might be in that group.
The second group of people know what time it is, and they're going to become bolder. It says '...they're going to spread the Gospel of the kingdom as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.' These are the people who are going for broke. They see what time it is on the clock! They're going to clean the junk out of their lives. They're going to get other people ready for Jesus.
Lots of christs, lots of wars, lots of natural disasters, lots of disease, lots of mega weapons. Sounds like the world we're living in right now. It's later than it's ever been before on God's clock. I can tell you that. It's time to live boldly; to go public for Christ; to be 'all in', to attack the sin that we've been flirting with, because sometime soon our Lord may show up. Keep your eye on the clock. Do you know what time it is?