Keep the Faith

Be on the lookout for possible deceptions (24:11-14) Jesus tells us that during the Great Tribulation we will witness how Matthew 24:11~…many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. (ESV) Again we find the teaching of Jesus on the Mt of Olives corresponding with Revelation. This time Revelation 17:1~One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the punishment of the great prostitute, who sits by many waters. (NIV) This indicates that it will be a worldwide event. 

Jesus says another sign of the end of the age is: Matthew 24:12~And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold (ψύχω psychō). (ESV) (ψύχω psychō) to wax cold means to blow out a flame, or that the flame is extinguished, and in this case, it is the loss of love or the flame for human life which has gone out. The games that many people play today or the movies that many people watch suggest the desensitizing of human life has already begun. To this Jesus says endure in the faith.

Matthew 24:13~ But the one who endures (ὑπομένω hypomenō) to the end will be saved. (ESV) (ὑπομένω hypomenō) or endurance does not produce salvation, rather salvation produces endurance. For the true believer, we cannot be enticed to defect. There is nothing as valuable as our salvation. Mark 8:37~For what can a man give in return for his soul? (ESV) Listen as Jesus speaks about the Gospel. Matthew 24:14 ~And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. (ESV)

This will happen near the end of the Great Tribulation because Revelation 14:6~Then I saw another angel flying directly overhead, with an eternal gospel to proclaim to those who dwell on earth, to every nation and tribe and language and people. (ESV) Saints we are to cultivate an Everlasting Watchfulness in our lives.

Today, why not survey your life, take time to ask God to reveal any places that you may have fallen prey to deceptions that have crept in. Keep in mind that God is holy and He desires us to be a holy people who serve Him with our whole hearts. Then make the needed adjustments that He asks of you and I bet you will be filled with a renewed sense of Joy.

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