All of have been reprimanded by the Holy Spirit when we refuse the opportunity to share Christ. We all get that “nudge” when we ignore His leading.
It’s hits us right in the gut that we’ve turned down that opportunity, but if we’re sincere about it, we vow to never miss another opportunity. We pledge to do better. When we get the invitation to preach INSIDE a local church, we smile and we beam with pride when we get the attention.
We buy the best looking suit or dress, get our hair cut, or done. Or wear our best robe to look preachy.
To look the part.
We even look forward to going out to dinner after service.
People walk up to you and tell you how great a “preacher” you are.
They tell you that you’ve touched them in a “special way.” You gave them a “word” that they wanted to hear. After all, you spent the entire week pondering what to say. You write it down so you won’t forget it. They will tell you how “deep” you are with the Word.
That you have a “special anointing.”
You come prepared by doing extra praying, and some fasting because you want to make sure you’re specially “anointed”. You even practice your well rehearsed lines that you know will “knock ’em dead.”
But we walk by sinners in need of salvation.
It’s funny how we have a prophetic word for saints but no word for the sinner.
Yet, the Holy Spirit. The One that we say we need when we preach inside church buildings, is prompting us to share the message of repentance from dead works and faith towards God to sinners.
At the end of each day, 150K persons will die and most of them will arrive in hell, the place of fiery torment and eternal pain.
Many of them without repentance from dead works and faith towards God. Some of them may have been the ones that we’ve walked by and never shared the gospel.
Jesus said in Matthew 7:13-14 (NKJV) “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.”
You kind of figure that with Covid, it would be the greatest opportunity to do evangelism. Whether it’s one on one, open air preaching, passing a tract. But no.
We look for a return to normal. Where we go back to business as usual.
But it’s not just Covid that’s happening in the world. Man’s hearts are being prepared for the final hour.
Things are happening faster in the Middle East than we could record.
Luke 21:20 (NKJV) “But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation is near.”
At this time, we see major movement from Iran, Russia, Syria, Hamas (PLO), to the south.
Eventually, they will surround Jerusalem. Iran is months away from possessing a nuclear weapon. Remember, Iran is a part of Ezekiel 38 and 39.
But also remember, that a Temple MUST be built (see 2 Thessalonians 2:1-4).
This is the missing piece of the puzzle.
As long as a Temple isn’t built, there’s still time. Once Israel proceeds with building a Temple, it’s game over.
Since AD 70, there’s never been a Jewish Temple for the correct Biblical worship of God to be done by the Jews. The Sanhedrin is already formed and rehearsals and training for the Levitical priests is in full swing.
Jews have been settling for praying at the Western Wall. Recently, they’ve been permitted to pray on the TEMPLE MOUNT. They will get to the point where the Temple must be built.
Now there’s a lot of speculation about another location for the Temple, but it can’t be anywhere EXCEPT the Temple Mount. Solomon’s Temple and Herod’s Temple (Second Temple) is the only location where God manifested Himself.
After the Dome of the Rock was built, there’s confirmed books by Arabs that confirmed that the Temple was there BEFORE the Dome of the Rock. So if anyone attempt to mislead you, they’re liars.
And we can expect that God didn’t change His mind.
Some of you will remember this saying but look at the point when this will happen.
Luke 21:25-28 (NKJV)
“And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.
Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.”
We quote this all of the time, but this is NOT the church.
This is Israel.
This isn’t the rapture.
This is the end of the great tribulation period.
The Son of Man coming in power and great glory is the Second Coming of Christ.
Revelation 19:11-16 (NKJV)
“Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns.
He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses.
Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written:
KING OF KINGS AND
LORD OF LORDS.“
This coincides with……
Zechariah 14:1-4 (NKJV)
“Behold, the day of the LORD is coming,
And your spoil will be divided in your midst.
For I will gather all the nations to battle against Jerusalem;
The city shall be taken,
The houses rifled,
And the women ravished.
Half of the city shall go into captivity,
But the remnant of the people shall not be cut off from the city.
Then the LORD will go forth
And fight against those nations,
As He fights in the day of battle.
And in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives,
Which faces Jerusalem on the east.
And the Mount of Olives shall be split in two,
From east to west,
Making a very large valley;
Half of the mountain shall move toward the north
And half of it toward the south.“
This is what Jesus spoke of in Matthew 24:29-31 (NKJV)
“Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.
Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.”
So there’s a lot that has to happen before the rapture of the church as recorded in 1 Corinthians 15:50-57, Thessalonians 4:13-18, and 5:1-11.
What we should be doing is what we’ve been told to do.
Preach Christ to sinners, disciple the saints, and be ready.
It takes a while to set the table, but the table is almost set.