WORTHY TO ESCAPE
Brothers, all that we need do is to look at the world around us in this day to know that Jesus' appearing is so very close. There has never been a time when such distress of nations has come upon the earth. Indeed men's hearts are failing them because of fear of all of these things which are happening on earth. Men worry more about obtaining, and keeping the things of this world than they do about the soon appearing of our Lord Jesus. You read in the newspapers, and hear on the evening news about this group or that group, or this event or that event. The Bible tells us that the world is blind and can not see, and is deft and can not hear. Look around at how very late that it is, and most are unaware. Even our fellow Christians go through this life unaware of the time in which we live.
Luke 21:25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;
Luke 21:26 Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.
Luke 21:27 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
Brothers, when we see the son of man coming in a cloud it is to late for those to escape the things which are coming, if they are not watching for His appearing.
Luke 21:28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.
We must be watching now, because we are the generation which are seeing these things come to pass. We are to be looking up, and lifting up our heads in prayer because our redemption is near.
Luke 21:29 And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees;
Luke 21:30 When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand.
Luke 21:31 So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand.
Luke 21:32 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled.
Brothers, you and I are the chosen generation that shall see the Lord Jesus appear in the cloud to catch away the Church, His body. All things will be fulfilled in our generation.
Luke 21:33 Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.
Luke 21:34 And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.
Luke 21:35 For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth.
Brothers, here we are plainly told that we are to be aware at all times least our hearts would be chasing the things of this life, rather than watching for Jesus' appearing. We are told here not to be going about this life in the drunkenness, and cares of this life. In other words do not be consumed in the fleshly pleasures of an earthly life, and then miss His appearing to catch us away that we may escape those terrible things that are coming upon this world.
Jesus tells us in verse 35 that the things of this life are a snare which shall come upon all who dwell on the earth. If you are not watching, then you will be snared by the world, and miss the catching away.
Luke 21:36 Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.
Please see in the above verse. We must be watching, and praying in order to be worthy to escape all of these things which shall come to pass.
We will not escape the terrible tribulation period unless we are watching for the appearing of Jesus Christ. We must be watching, and praying always. If we are not watching and praying then we are not worthy to escape these things.
We will be as 5 of the 10 virgins who had no oil, and were left out of the marriage chamber of the Lord. Do you see here that as many as half of the Church could be left behind. Not because they were not saved, but because they were not WATCHING AND PRAYING FOR HIS APPEARING.
Do you want to escape the tribulation of this world?
Then you must begin watching and praying for His soon appearing!
God Bless you my brothers, please WATCH and PRAY!
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