January 30

An End Time Church

The end of all things is near. Therefore, be clear minded and self-controlled so that you can pray. 1 Peter 4:7 

“Are we there yet? This has been a long journey!” Can you hear all the prophets, apostles and people of God in heaven echoing that refrain? Every generation since Jesus left has been anxiously expecting Him to return in their lifetime. And we are much closer than Peter was, so the odds are in our favor! How does that thought strike you? Eager anticipation? Fear and dread? Or ridiculous foolishness?

Few people today are in the eager-anticipation group. Many are in the fear-and-dread camp. And until recently, most thought it was ridiculous foolishness. What Peter is referring to in this statement is “the Great and Awesome Day of the Lord.” The Day that Jesus prophesied about, Old Testament prophets saw in visions and dreams, and the apostle John described in astonishing detail in the book of Revelation. 

John’s vision begins with Jesus addressing seven specific churches in Asia, that also serve as archetypes for what Christianity will be like in the end-times. He admonishes them to repent, telling each of them what they are doing right, what they are doing wrong and what their fate will be if they continue as they are.

Every Christian needs to study these letters in chapters 2 and 3 and do what Jesus commands. We should also study the entire book of Revelation because these are Jesus’ last words to His people with important promises, warnings and essential information about the end-times. Ask Him to open your spiritual eyes, ears, mind and heart to understand!

So, are we there yet? Are we the end-time Church? I believe we are. When one studies Biblical prophecies and gains understanding about what is really happening in the world today, the dots are all connecting. For those who follow Jesus, that’s good news because the Bible says these people will never taste death! But they may go through difficult times, as the battle between good and evil progresses. However, those who love and obey the Lord will be protected, as Psalm 91:9-13 promises: “Because you have made the LORD, who is my refuge, even the Most High, your dwelling place, no evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling; for He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways.” 

Jesus also promises the Philadelphia church in Revelation 3:10: “Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.” 

Prayer for today: Wonderful Lord Jesus, we love and trust You! Help us watch for Your return and prepare for the Wedding, that we may hear You say, “Well done, good and faithful servant…. Enter into the joy of your lord.”

Personal Prayer: “Lord, I want to please You! What do You want me to do to help make the dreams of our church come true?”