Ignore His Words and Keep Our Place In The World – Live His Words And Keep Our Place In Eternal Heaven!

January 30, 2010 – 4:12 pm

Luke 21:5-19Luke 21:5-19
English: King James Version (1611) - KJV

5 And as some spake of the temple, how it was adorned with goodly stones and gifts, he said, 6 As for these things which ye behold, the days will come, in the which there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down. 7 And they asked him, saying, Master, but when shall these things be? and what sign will there be when these things shall come to pass? 8 And he said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them. and the time: or, and, The time 9 But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things must first come to pass; but the end is not by and by. 10 Then said he unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: 11 And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven. 12 But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name's sake. 13 And it shall turn to you for a testimony. 14 Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer: 15 For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist. 16 And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death. 17 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake. 18 But there shall not an hair of your head perish. 19 In your patience possess ye your souls.  

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5) Then, as some spoke of the temple, how it was adorned with beautiful stone and donations, He said, 6) “These things which you see – the days will come in which not one stone shall be left upon another that shall not be thrown down.”  7) So they asked Him, saying, “Teacher, but when will these things be?  And what sign will there be when these things are about to take place?”  8 ) And He said: “Take heed that you not be deceived.  For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am He,’ and, ‘The time has drawn near.’  Therefore do not go after them.  9) “But when you hear of wars and commotions, do not be terrified; for these things must come to pass first, but the end will not come immediately.”  10) Then He said to them, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom”  And there will be great earthquakes in various places, and famines and pestilences; and there will be fearful sights and great signs from heaven.  12) “But before all these things, they lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons.  You will be brought before kings and rulers for My name’s sake.  13) “But it will turn out for you as an occasion for testimony.  14) “Therefore settle it in your heart not to meditate before hand on what you will answer; 15) “for I will give you a mouth and wisdom which your adversaries will not be able to contradict or resist.  16) “You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, relatives and friends; and they will put some of you to death. 17) “And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake.  18) “But not a hair of your head shall be lost.  19) “By your patience possess your souls.

Each of God’s children must interpret their spiritual reality within today’s world.  Most importantly, we must each understand the end result of traveling the world’s path rather than the path of our Lord Jesus Christ.  The following is merely “food” for spiritual thought.  Each of us must interpret today’s world and its events in light of scriptural directions and warnings for our lives and the lives of those who are important to each of us.  I pray each of you use examples relevant to you in deciding which path you are currently traveling.

 

Luke 21:5-19Luke 21:5-19
English: King James Version (1611) - KJV

5 And as some spake of the temple, how it was adorned with goodly stones and gifts, he said, 6 As for these things which ye behold, the days will come, in the which there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down. 7 And they asked him, saying, Master, but when shall these things be? and what sign will there be when these things shall come to pass? 8 And he said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them. and the time: or, and, The time 9 But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things must first come to pass; but the end is not by and by. 10 Then said he unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: 11 And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven. 12 But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name's sake. 13 And it shall turn to you for a testimony. 14 Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer: 15 For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist. 16 And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death. 17 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake. 18 But there shall not an hair of your head perish. 19 In your patience possess ye your souls.  

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5) Then, as some spoke of the temple, how it was adorned with beautiful stone (ornate places of worship that may well be spiritually vacant)and donations (often given more to inflate one’s ego rather than to help the needy), He said, 6) “These things which you see – the days will come in which not one stone shall be left upon another that shall not be thrown down (predicting the destruction of the Temple and, possibly later, the worldwide persecution of Christianity).”  7) So they asked Him, saying, “Teacher, but when will these things be?  And what sign will there be when these things are about to take place?”  8 ) And He said: “Take heed that you not be deceived (by satanic attempts to ignore the reality of Jesus’ Second Coming).  For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am He,’ and, ‘The time has drawn near.’ (not unlike people such as Jim Jones and David Koresh of the Branch Dividians) Therefore do not go after them.  9) “But when you hear of wars and commotions (more examples than I have the space to list such as internal strife as in the Philippines and Iran and outright war between Al-Qaeda and most Western Nations), do not be terrified (could be a prediction of present day terrorist); for these things must come to pass first, but the end will not come immediately.” (the Tribulation and End-Times)  10) Then He said to them, “Nation will rise against nation (Israeli occupation of Southern Lebanon and North and South Korea , just to mention two), and kingdom against kingdom. ( Angolan Civil War and Muslim Conflict in the Philippines just to mention two) 11) “And there will be great earthquakes in various places (Haiti and Kobe, Japan), and famines (many places in Africa such as Zambia) and pestilences (pestilence and infestation of disease is found world-wide, but especially in third-world nations); and there will be fearful sights (the butchering of all humans in every conflict around the world, not to mention poverty and disease throughout the third-world nations) and great signs from heaven (to my knowledge this is yet to occur).  12) “But before all these things, they lay their hands on you and persecute you (Christians in Middle Eastern countries, as well as, Christian persecution around the world and in the U.S.A. – as in defamation of Christianity through “political correctness”), delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons (recent conviction of professing Christian, Scott Roeder, regarding his admitted murder of Dr. George Tiller, a practicing late-term abortionist so as to save the lives of numerous, yet to be conceived, babies).  You will be brought before kings and rulers (numerous accounts of Christians brought before Middle-Eastern courts) for My name’s sake.  13) “But it will turn out for you as an occasion for testimony.  14) “Therefore settle it in your heart not to meditate before hand on what you will answer; 15) “for I will give you a mouth and wisdom which your adversaries will not be able to contradict or resist.  16) “You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, relatives and friends and they will put some of you to death. (a recent case in which a 17 year-old Ohio girl, raised in the Muslim Religion and who recently turned Christian, feared her father and/or members of his Mosque might harm or even kill her.  This according to her Florida attorney.); 17) “And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. (Atheism, as well as, other non-Christian Faiths often reject and/or defame Christ and His followers – you and I, among so many others) 18) “But not a hair of your head shall be lost.  19) “By your patience possess your souls.” (our Salvation is assured in this time of peril to Christians.  Our souls are Saved in Christ for all Eternity.)

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