TEXT: Luke 21:25-36
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;
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.
27 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.
29 And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees;
30 When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand.
31 So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand.
32 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled.
33 Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.
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.
35 For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth.
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.
We are in a series of messages titled “Praying Through the Bible: A Series on Every Passage and Verse Regarding Prayer in the Bible.” The purpose of this series is to encourage and motivate you to pray to the God of the Bible. We highlighted each of these over 500 verses and passages in the Prayer Motivator Devotional Bible. So far, we have completed 174 messages in this series.
This is message #175 titled, 2 Things You Should Do As You Prepare for the End of the World
Waiting is one of those things that most people don’t like, but that we all have to do. We all have known the feelings of anticipation and impatience as we waited for someone to arrive or for something to happen. Sitting in a hospital waiting room or waiting in a long line at the grocery store or bank bring these feelings of impatience to the surface.
Yet, waiting is a part of life. Christians today and for years past have been waiting for the return of Jesus Christ, and events that begin with the Rapture and conclude with the Second Coming. God told us about these events in His word at great length in both the Old Testament and the New Testament. They haven’t happened yet; we are still waiting for them.
One of the best ways to deal with the waiting periods of life is to have something else to do as we sit in anticipation. Today, our cell phones, tablets, and other handheld devices are of great convenience to us because, as we sit in a doctor’s office or wait in a grocery store line, we can use the time we spend waiting to be productive, to get informed, to be educated, or to be entertained.
In our passage for today, we find two things that Jesus wants us to do as we wait for His return. Jesus says, “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.” These words come at the end of a long discussion in which Jesus explains to His disciples some of the events that would occur as signs of the end times before His second appearing
Dr. John Walvoord and Dr. Roy Zuck provide the following summary of this discussion: “Jesus taught His followers what would happen immediately before His return to set up the kingdom. Being ready for the kingdom was the purpose of this teaching; thus the Rapture is not in view in this passage. As with all prophecy in Scripture, the teaching had immediate application to the hearers. They were to live righteous lives because of events which would occur in the future. First, Jesus said others would claim to be Messiah. Second, Jesus said that wars would occur. Third, Jesus added that tremendous earthquakes would occur, causing famines and pestilences. Fourth, Jesus taught that persecution of believers would be common and severe.” Ladies and gentlemen, when we look at the world today, are we not seeing these events all around us? Are we not seeing the signs of the end times?
Seeing these signs so consistently makes us wonder, When is Jesus coming back? It makes us wonder, Why is he taking so long? We don’t like the waiting period. But, Jesus has given us some things to do while we wait.
He says, first, “watch ye therefore.” The word “watch” means “to be vigilant in awareness of threatening peril, ‘to be alert, to keep watch over something, to be on guard.'” Are we afraid of the events that will occur in the end times? No, we are not. Why are we then to keep watch? We must keep watch lest we fall into sin and the day of the Lord come upon us and we are not ready. We must be on guard at all times and not allow anything that is displeasing to God to creep into our lives. We must remain vigilant against Satan’s attacks, as he seeks to devour us and destroy our testimony before Jesus returns.
Not only are we to watch, but we are to “pray always.” The word used here is the common Greek word for prayer with the added modifier of “always.” Thus we are to remain in a constant state of conversation with God — talking, listening, and watching. We must pray in order that we “may be accounted worthy to escape all these things.” If we pray and remain watchful, we will not be taken in by false Christs and we will avoid being caught up in many of the perils of war, natural disasters, and persecution. The word “escape” literally means to “flee from” all these things that Jesus said would happen in the end times.
However, there is an optimistic bent to Jesus’ words. We are not just told to watch and pray in order to avoid negative circumstances, rather, watching and praying will lead to a positive outcome providing we are already saved by the grace of God through the Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ (for watching and praying does not save us) If we do these two things consistently, however, we will be “counted worthy to stand before the Son of man.” The Greek phrase “counted worthy” means “to have the strength or capability to obtain an advantage, to be dominant, to prevail.” What Jesus is telling us is that, if we watch and pray, we can and will come out on top. If we watch and pray, we will come out on the winning side.
We must be steadfast in our watching and praying; we must do these two things constantly and deliberately. They are the keys to success in the Christian life. No matter how long we have to wait and no matter what the devil throws at us, if we watch and pray, we will stand victoriously before Jesus Christ in the end.
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Now, if you are with us today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour, your first prayer needs to be what we call the Sinner’s Prayer. First, please understand that you are a sinner, just as I am, and that you have broken God’s laws. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on trusting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. You have done the most important thing in life. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door, by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.