Final Times
I Timothy 4:13 “Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of scripture, to exhortation and to teaching.”
Revelation 1:3 “Blessed is he who reads aloud the words of the prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written therein; for the time is near.”
Matthew 24:3-14 “As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. Tell us, they said, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of your coming/presence and of the conclusion of the age? Jesus answered: Watch out that no one should be deceiving you. For many will come in my name, claiming, 'I am the Christ,' and will be deceiving many. You will hear of wars and news from battle, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the consummation is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains. Then you will be handed over to be afflicted/persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of My name. At that time many shall be snared, and they will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will arise and deceive many people. Because of the increase in wickedness, the love of many will be chilled, but he who endures to the consummation will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the consummation will come.
Mark 13:11 “Wherever they may be leading you off, to hand you over, do not worry beforehand about what you are going to say -- do not even meditate upon it -- simply say the words you are given when the time comes. For it is not really you who will speak, but the Holy Spirit.”
Luke 21:12-16 “…handing you over to synagogue or prison, or bringing you before kings and governors, for my name's sake. These things will come to you for a witness of Me. So make up your minds not to think out your defense beforehand. I will give you such eloquence and wisdom that none of your opponents will be able to withstand or contradict it. But you will be betrayed, even by parents and brothers and kinsfolk and friends, and they shall be putting some of you to death.”
Luke 21:20 “When you see Jerusalem surrounded by army encampments, you will that know that her desolation is near.”
Matthew 24:21-25 “For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now -- and never to be equaled again. If those days had not been reduced, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be discounted. Then, if anyone says to you, Look, here is the Christ! or, There he is! do not believe it. For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and miracles to deceive, if possible, even the chosen. See, I have told you ahead of time.”
Matthew 24:26-27 “For as the lightning from the east flashes even to the west, so will be the coming/presence of the Son of Man.”
Isaiah 34:4 “All the stars of the heavens will be dissolved and the sky rolled up like a scroll; all the starry host will fall like withered leaves from the vine, like shriveled figs from the fig tree.”
Matthew 24:29-31 “Immediately after the distress/affliction of those days, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then, the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky/heaven, and all the nations of the earth will mourn/grieve. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky/heaven, with power and much/great glory. And He will send His angels/messengers with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather the elect/chosen from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.”
Luke 21:25-28 “There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, the pressure of nations in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and of the shaking. Men will faint/flush from terror, apprehensive of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. At that time they will be seeing the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and much/great glory. When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”
Matthew 24:32-51 “Now learn a lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. Even so, when you see all these things, you know that He is near, right at the door. I tell you the truth, this generation will not pass away until all these things should be occurring. Heaven and earth will be passing by/away, but my words will never be passing by/away. No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. As it was in the days of Noah, so shall be the coming/presence of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they did not know until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. Two men will be in the field; one will be taken along and one left. Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken along and one left. Therefore, keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. But understand this: If the householder had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would keep watch and would not have let his house be broken into. So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect Him. Who, consequently, is the faithful and wise/prudent servant whom the Master places on/over His household to give them their food in season? Blessed is that servant whose Master finds him doing so when He returns. I tell you the truth, He will put him in charge of all his possessions. But suppose that servant is wicked and says to himself, My master is delaying, and he then begins to beat his fellow servants and to eat and drink with drunkards. The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not hope for Him and at an hour he is not aware of. He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites. There will be weeping/lamentation and grinding of teeth.”
Luke 21:34-36 “Take heed to yourselves, that your minds are never clouded by dissipation or drunkenness or the worries of this life, or else that day may catch you like the springing of a trap -- for it will come/intrude upon every inhabitant of the whole earth. You must be vigilant at all times, praying that you may be strong enough to escape safely through all that is going to happen, and to stand in the presence of the Son of Man.”
Joel 2:28-32 “…I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days. I will show signs and wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and billows/columns of smoke. The sun will be turned to darkness and moon to blood before the coming of the great and dreadful/awesome day of the Lord. And it will come about that whoever calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved/delivered.”
I Thessalonians 4:16-18 “One word/shout of command, with the voice of the archangel, one blast from the trumpet of God and the Lord Himself will come down from Heaven! Those who have died in Christ will be the first to rise, and then we who are still living will be swept up with them into the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And after that we shall be with Him for ever and ever. Console one another with these words.”
I Thessalonians 5:1-6 “But as far as times and seasons go, my brothers, you don't need written instructions. You are keenly aware that the day of the Lord will come unexpectedly, like a thief in the night. When men are saying Peace and Security, catastrophe/extermination will be standing by them, even as birth-pangs to a pregnant woman, that they may not escape. But because you, my brothers, are not living in darkness the day cannot take you by surprise, like a burglar, for you are all sons of the light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. Let us not be drowsing off, like the rest of the world: let us keep awake, watching and sober.”
II Thessalonians 2:1-4 “Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to him, we ask you, brothers, not to become easily unsettled or alarmed by some prophecy, report or letter (whether from us or not), saying that the day of the Lord has already come. Don't let anyone deceive you by any method or means, for that day will not come until the rebellion/apostasy comes first and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction. He opposes and exalts himself above everything that is called God or is worshipped, and even sets himself up in God's temple, proclaiming/demonstrating himself to be God.”
II Thessalonians 2:5,9-12,15 Don't you remember that when I was with you I used to tell you these things? The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, and in every seduction of injustice among those who are perishing, in that they do not receive the love of the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them an operation of deception/delusion for them to believe the lie and so that all will be judged/condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness/injustice… So then brothers, stand firm and hold to the teachings/traditions we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by our letter.
I Corinthians 1:7-9
Hebrews 10:25 “May we be considering one another, to incite one another to love and ideal acts, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves, as some have come of the habit to do. Let us do all we can to help one another's faith, and this the more earnestly as we see the [final] day drawing nearer.”
I Peter 4:7-11 “The consummation of all things is near. Therefore be clear-minded and self-controlled so that you can pray. Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers a multitude of sins. Be hospitable to one another without grumbling/murmuring. Each one should use whatever spiritual/gracious gift he has received among yourselves, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words/oracles of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides/furnishes, so that in all things God may be praised through Christ Jesus. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.”
I John 2:28-3:3 “Yes, now, little children remember to live continually in Him, that if he were to now reveal Himself we would have confidence/boldness and not shrink away from His presence in shame. You If you recognize that He is just, you will know that everyone doing righteousness is born of Him." Consider the incredible love that the Father has shown us in allowing us to be called children of God -- and that is not just what we are called, but what we are. This explains why the world will no more recognize us than it will recognize Christ. Here and now, my dear friends, we are God's children. It is not yet manifest/clear what we shall become. We know that when He appears we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is! Everyone who has this expectation keeps himself pure, as He is pure.”
I Corinthians 15:51 “We shall not all die, but suddenly, in the twinkling of an eye, every one of us will be changed as the last trumpet sounds! For the trumpet will sound and the dead shall be raised beyond the reach of corruption, and we shall be changed.”
Revelation 11:15,18 "The seventh angel blew his trumpet… Now is the time for destroying/blighting those who destroy/blight the earth!”
Philippians 1:6,8-10 “I am confident of this: that He who has begun his good work in you will go on developing/performing it until the day of Jesus Christ… God knows how much I long, with the deep love and affection/compassion of Christ Jesus, for your companionship. My prayer for you is that you may have still more love -- a love that is full of knowledge and every wise insight, testing for what is of consequence. I want you to be able always to recognize the highest and best, and to live sincerely and blameless until the day of Christ.”
II Peter 3:1-14
Revelation 22:12-16,20 “Behold, I am coming soon/swiftly! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what his work is. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning/Origin and the Consummation/End. Blessed are those who wash/rinse their robes, that they may have the right/license to the tree/log of life and may go through the gates into the city. Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves/fabricates and practices/fondles falsehood. I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the ekklesias. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the Bright Morning Star." …"He who testifies to these things says, Yes, I am coming soon/swiftly. Amen, Come, Lord Jesus.”