OPEN HEAVEN 26 MARCH
2018 SIGNS OF THE END TIMES II
Memorise: But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that day
should overtake you as a thief. 1st
Read: 2nd Peter 3:10-14 (KJV)
10 But the day of the Lord will come
as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of
persons ought ye to be in all holy
conversation and godliness,
12 Looking for and hasting unto the
coming of the day of God, wherein the
heavens being on fire shall be
dissolved, and the elements shall melt
with fervent heat?
13 Nevertheless we, according to his
promise, look for new heavens and a
new earth, wherein dwelleth
14 Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.
Bible in one year: Deuteronomy 16-17,
Although the events that will herald the
second coming of Christ are disturbing and could even be frightening, our Lord did not forewarn of these events in order to frighten or terrify us. His purpose was to prepare and
empower us with the right attitude and mind- set.
Based on yesterday’s study, since it is obvious that we are now in end times, we will
be considering the instructions that the Lord gave to us on how we ought to live in these last days.
The Lord instructed us to watch out so that we are not deceived by anyone (Matthew 24:4) . This warning should be taken seriously
as it is increasingly becoming difficult to focus on the message of the gospel.
Some false prophets, hiding under the cloak of
possessing special revelations, are padding new doctrines that have no foundation in the
Bible. Many issues they are clearly stated in the Bible, such as those relating to salvation,
sexual orientation, abortion, divorce and remarriage, termination of life on request, tithing and the giving of first fruits are now
being presented in ways that are contrary to the word of God. Do not be deceived, but rather hold on to the true word of God in all
As we read about the signs and observe their
fulfilment, we should not be alarmed, because
they must happen. Having foreknowledge of
their occurrence should remove the element of surprise that may affect those who are
uninformed. We are to use our knowledge to our advantage by standing firm to the very end. Our knowledge should also motivate us to continue preaching the gospel throughout the world. Warning all men about the reality of the second coming of the Lord and the impending danger of ignoring this warning.
We must be well prepared for the persecution that may come in the form of government
laws and regulations, or as conditions to be met in order to have access to certain
benefits. Our duty is to watch continually for our Lord’s second coming. He repeatedly stressed that His coming, though certain, would happen when people least expect it to.
As His bride, we are to continually stir
ourselves up to be ready for His coming at any time. Frequently reflections on Christ’s beauty, love, mercy, glory and honour, in addition to a lifestyle of praise and worship
will help to cultivate a readiness to meet
Jesus in the air. Aggressive evangelism in our
families and communities will also help to increase our readiness for Christ’s coming.
We must actively strive against worldliness because a worldly mind-set is contrary to a
Finally, we must pray for the coming of the Lord according to Revelation 22:17 :
“And the Spirit and bride say, Come.
And let him that heareth say, Come.
And let him that is athirst come. And
whosoever will, let him take the water
of life freely.
Action Point – Open Heavens 26 March 2018
Access your readiness for the coming persecution of believers, and for the return of the Lord.
SING HYMN 9 – THE OLD RUGGED
On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross, The emblem of suffering and
And I love that old cross where the dearest and best
For a world of lost sinners was Slain.
So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross,
Till my trophies at last l lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
And exchange it someday for a crown
O that old rugged cross, so despised by the world,
Has a wondrous attraction for me;
For dear Lamb of God left his Glory above
To bear it to dark Calvary.
In that old rugged cross, stained
with blood so divine,
A wondrous beauty I see,
For ‘twas on that old cross Jesus
suffered and died
To pardon and sanctify me.
To that old rugged cross I will everbe true,Its shame and reproach gladlybear;Then he’ll call me some day to myhome far away,Where his glory forever I’ll share.