What Time is It? by Callin
Matthew 24:1-8 Then Jesus went out and departed from the temple, and His disciples came up to show Him the buildings of the temple. And Jesus said to them, “Do you not see all these things? Assuredly, I say to you, not one stone shall be left here upon another, that shall not be thrown down.” Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?” And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.
If you look at this passage in light of the events of the day, you see many of these prophecies are coming to pass. This is the beginning of sorrow, there are false christs and many are deceived. Callin spoke about how God convicted him of listening to worldly music that is edifying to our flesh, but not to our calling. How we get indoctrinated into the worldly things through TV, music, false teachings, etc. The media is rocking the world asleep and satan is gaining control through our negligence.
Callin shared with us from the Dake Bible the 16 marks of false ministries mentioned in 2 Corinthians 11. Callin gave us a few scriptures for some of these traits.
1. hold secret things of shame: 2 Corinthians 4:2 But we have renounced the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness nor handling the word of God deceitfully, but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.
Reading 1 and 2 Thessalonians gives us more of an understanding of the end times and false prophets. We need to be able to discern false from true prophets, so that we can fight the battle of faith successfully.If we receive a prophecy we need to discern if it is accurate, and also important:: the TIMING. To do something that is right at the wrong time will not be as successful.
Callin spoke about Elliott Spitzer who pretended to be righteous as he attacked people who committed sexual sins, but was caught in the same acts himself.
We are part of the Kingdom of God. So we need to honor the governing authorities, but we are not to be forced to do what is ungodly.
Romans 13:1-2 Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves.
Whomever we sit under as our spiritual leader we need to discern to make sure that they are teaching the truths of God as shown in the Word of God, that they are not speaking presumptuously, teaching error, act in ways that do not demonstrate righteousness, and that their teachings give light, not take the light of truth away. We cannot compromise the truth.
From the same Dake Bible there is a listing of 34 other marks of false ministers. This one gives Bible references. I am going to cite the reference and trust you will look them up if you need them.
We discussed some of these as examples came to mind in the group.
I hope these notes help you. Dake is a good reference Bible if you like lists (she says smiling).
Have a blessed day!
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