I read an e-mail from Jerry Jenkins today and afterwards I answered his survey. I don’t do that often, but today I felt I could spare some time.
Last night I got to listen to a video by Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron on how to share our faith in Jesus Christ. They touch my heart.
When I think that when I was a young adult computers weren’t even available, it’s amazing. Now to be able to talk to people all over the world with a few keystrokes, it’s hard to believe.
The internet opens possibilities I never dreamed of.
Do you ever think about the e-mails you get or the videos on YouTube or the instant communication on Myspace or Facebook or Skype or the blogosphere? Or do we as human beings stand in amazement at all the inventions and then begin to take them for granted?
I do. What I find incredible about the Bible is that a book penned about 2,000 years ago and well before that speaks to my issues today. It’s timeless and appropriate for today’s questions.
I listened to my husband preach out of the book of Mark about end times and the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem. In the New Testament, it tells us in the (ESV) in Mark 13:1 “And as he came out of the temple, one of his disciples said to him, ‘Look, Teacher, what wonderful stones and what wonderful buildings!’
Mark 13:2 And Jesus said to him, ‘Do you see these great buildings? There will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down.’ ”
This prophesy was fulfilled by the Romans in 70 A.D. There’s so much more about end times in this chapter.
Mark 13:3 And as he sat on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter and James and John and Andrew asked him privately,
Mark 13:4 “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign when all these things are about to be accomplished?”
Mark 13:5 And Jesus began to say to them, “See that no one leads you astray.
Mark 13:6 Many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am he!’ and they will lead many astray.
Mark 13:7 And when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. This must take place, but the end is not yet.
Mark 13:8 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places; there will be famines. These are but the beginning of the birth pains.
Mark 13:9 “But be on your guard. For they will deliver you over to councils, and you will be beaten in synagogues, and you will stand before governors and kings for my sake, to bear witness before them.
Mark 13:10 And the gospel must first be proclaimed to all nations.
Mark 13:11 And when they bring you to trial and deliver you over, do not be anxious beforehand what you are to say, but say whatever is given you in that hour, for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit.
Mark 13:12 And brother will deliver brother over to death, and the father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death.
Mark 13:13 And you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.
Mark 13:14 “But when you see the abomination of desolation standing where he ought not to be (let the reader understand), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.
Mark 13:15 Let the one who is on the housetop not go down, nor enter his house, to take anything out,
Mark 13:16 and let the one who is in the field not turn back to take his cloak.
Mark 13:17 And alas for women who are pregnant and for those who are nursing infants in those days!
Mark 13:18 Pray that it may not happen in winter.
Mark 13:19 For in those days there will be such tribulation as has not been from the beginning of the creation that God created until now, and never will be.
Mark 13:20 And if the Lord had not cut short the days, no human being would be saved. But for the sake of the elect, whom he chose, he shortened the days.
Mark 13:21 And then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘Look, there he is!’ do not believe it.
Mark 13:22 For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform signs and wonders, to lead astray, if possible, the elect.
Mark 13:23 But be on guard; I have told you all things beforehand.
Mark 13:24 “But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light,
Mark 13:25 and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.
Mark 13:26 And then they will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory.
Mark 13:27 And then he will send out the angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.
Mark 13:28 “From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near.
Mark 13:29 So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that he is near, at the very gates.
Mark 13:30 Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place.
Mark 13:31 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
Mark 13:32 “But concerning that day or that hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.
Mark 13:33 Be on guard, keep awake. For you do not know when the time will come.
Mark 13:34 It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his servants in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to stay awake.
Mark 13:35 Therefore stay awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or in the morning—
Mark 13:36 lest he come suddenly and find you asleep.
Mark 13:37 And what I say to you I say to all: Stay awake.”
Some of Jesus’ prophecies have already come to pass, some have not. When the gospel is preached to every people group or nation in the world then Jesus will come back. When Jesus speaks of false christs it’s because many religions speak of Him as a prophet only or a Teacher. The Jews knew He considered Himself God, they threw rocks at Him because He received worship as if He were God. They called Him a blasphemer. “Only God can forgive sins,” the scribes told Him. He answered, “Which is easier, to forgive sins or to say ‘stand up and walk?'”
Here it is in the (KJV) :Mar 2:5 And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”
Mar 2:6 Now some of the scribes were sitting there, questioning in their hearts,
Mar 2:7 “Why does this man speak like that? He is blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?”
Mar 2:8 And immediately Jesus, perceiving in his spirit that they thus questioned within themselves, said to them, “Why do you question these things in your hearts?
Mar 2:9 Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise, take up your bed and walk’?
Mar 2:10 But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he said to the paralytic—
Mar 2:11 “I say to you, rise, pick up your bed, and go home.”
Mar 2:12 And he rose and immediately picked up his bed and went out before them all, so that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, “We never saw anything like this!”
I hope and pray that I never take the Word of God and Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross for granted like I do earthly blessings, like the internet and having time to spare.