Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect. Matthew 24:24
As the end draws near, the body of Christ seems unconcerned about what is about to take place on earth. Why do we seem so unprepared? We are almost apathetic to the horrors transpiring around the world, as our brothers and sisters in Christ suffer unheard of terrors and tribulation. We act as if these mean nothing. Do we speak about these in church? Do we pray for these brothers and sisters? Why ignore these horrendous events playing out in the Mideast?
Jesus warns us to be ready for the Son’s return. It will take place during an hour we do not expect. What does He mean by being ready? In this nation, we have fallen spiritually asleep. Peter also cautions us to prepare ourselves for the Lord’s return, and not let ourselves get caught up in worldliness.
Why have become so indifferent to the events in this world, and the way we live our lives today? Why have so many Christians fallen to sin, rather than stand in the last days? Why do we look away or seem apathetic toward the trials our brothers and sisters suffer in this world, for the name of Christ? I believe it has to do with our attitude toward the end times. We are not preparing for the end, as Peter warns us to do (2 Peter 3:11-12). We are not mentally ready for the demands this world will make on Christians, during the last days.
We are not seeking holiness, as Peter advises us to do, because we do not see ourselves suffering the trials of the tribulation. We have bought into the idea that our Lord will save us from such by rapturing us out of this world, before the Antichrist rises to his position as dictator over the entire world. Since we do not have to face such a time, why worry about it? Why prepare for something that God will not allow us to go through. Yet, we have to ask ourselves one question, why would He spare us such wrath and indignities, but allow the Christians in the Mideast suffer the way they do? What makes us think American Christians have this special bond where God will never let us suffer like the rest of the world?
SETTING THE STAGE FOR A GREAT FALLING AWAY
Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? 2 Peter 3:3
This verse haunts me. Is this a general statement from the lost, mocking us about our Lord’s return? Or did the Lord know we would fall to the idea that Jesus would remove before the tribulation, leaving ourselves open to ridicule because the Lord did not return when most believers expected Him too.
Instead of finding themselves removed from this earth, and the last day destruction spoken of in Revelation, they find themselves on the run, wondering why the Lord did not keep His promise to remove them before the lawless one comes into power.
Can you imagine what will happen to people’s faith, if the rapture does not happen, as expected? Believers, throughout this nation, our brothers, and sisters in Christ, would find themselves caught up in this great end time prophecy, something they never expected.
Shocked and dismayed, how will they react? How will they conduct themselves? I am guessing, true believers will wake up from their slumber, but those who have played the religious games will become so dismayed, they will fall away. They will turn from the God they never knew, and align with the god of this world. Yes, this may be one of the reasons for the great falling away spoken in 2 Thessalonians 2:3, just before the Satan reveals the lawless one to the world.
Peter writes, “Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion (great falling away) occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction” 2 (Thes. 2:3).
About The Author
Lynn E. Sheldon – President, GodFire Revival and Discipleship Outreach
GodFire is an international ministry that trains students to become teachers. Through GodFire’s CALL Schools, Berean LINK System, and its teacher training workshops, thousands of students are now teaching God’s Word to others.
Lynn has authored several books, including, Crucified with Him, No More Namby Pamby, Birthmark, Teach with a Purpose, Battle Plans, and Ambassadors. He has also written hundreds of articles, and has short books, on various subjects, available for download on his website.
Lynn is an ordained minister and teacher of God’s Word. He believes the church does not understand true discipleship and its historical purpose. What we call discipleship today, is Bible study or lifestyle training that creates great followers, but has little to do with discipleship. In addition, most churches see that being a disciple is a life-long service, but it’s not. Once the disciples became apostles, they became disciple makers. The Bible no longer referred to them as disciples, but apostles.
Lynn’s free “One Report” not only shares the historical basis for discipleship, the same system Jesus used, it also discusses how to create a discipleship program for your church, and why this is important for a church’s growth and influence in its community, nation, and the world.
Lynn is available for speaking, teacher workshop training, and development.