In 2006, I had an experience that started to opened my eyes to the reality of Jesus return. As I began to study what God’s word says about that time frame, it became more than a fairy tale to me. In the days of Jesus’ first coming, God raised up a voice through John the Baptist to prepare the way and make ready a generation for Jesus’ appearing. In our day, God is raising up a voice like John the Baptist through a multitude of people, to prepare the way for His second coming. I desire to be a voice that prepares this generation to be victorious in the midst of the unique dynamics on the earth in the season of Jesus’ return. Wether we see it in our lifetime or not, we are called to be ready for that day and to empower the next generation to excel in understanding and readiness.
I was sitting in a prayer meeting. While we were worshiping, I saw in a vision, a multitudes of people in the midst of a great shaking. Many of these people were believers; they did not have understanding of what was happening and were filled with confusion. I fell to the floor travailing as I felt a deep cry erupting from within me. I had no grid for the end times besides the Left Behind series, but I knew that Jesus’ church is suppose to be full of light, clarity, and power. I knew from this experience that this was important to God’s heart, and I recognized the urgency of this subject. I began an amazing journey, that I am still on, of discovering the Bridegroom’s heart that yearns to return to the earth and marry His Bride. If you love Jesus, you can not avoid His desire to come back to possess what He died for. And indeed the Christian life is meaningless without the knowledge of His coming; the gospel is incomplete without it.
It is important that we search out what the Bible says about God’s action plan for transitioning this age into the age to come. There are over 150 chapters in the Bible that specifically describe that period of time. There are several misconceptions that have kept believers from seeking to understand these passages. Here are the two most common that I hear.
1. The end times are for too difficult to understand; it is for the scholars who don’t even agree on an interpretation. The Bible was written for everyone to understand transcending the differences of culture and education. There is much to be gained in studying with historical and cultural context, but we have also been given a great teacher to guide us as we devote time to understand.
But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him. -1 John 2:27
2. The end times are not relevant and it just is not my thing. Jesus and the early church Apostles commanded every disciple to be watchful and vigilant for the the day of His return. We are coheirs with Christ; called to be kings and priests. God has an action plan for establishing His kingdom on the earth, and as coheirs we have a responsibility to partner with Him.
(Matthew 24:42; 25:13; 26:41, Mark 13:33-37; 14:38, Luke 21:36; 22:40,46, 1 Corinthians 16:13, Ephesians 6:18, 1 Peter 4:7; 5:8, Revelation 16:15)
The Lord did not give us these 150 chapters just to provide a hobby for scholars. Here are a few reasons I believe it is important to study this subject.
1. Meditating upon His ways stirs up fascination and causes us to fall more in love with Him. His plan from beginning to end is perfect; full of love, mercy, and justice. The beauty of Jesus is put on display as we see Him lead His Church victoriously through the darkest hour of the earth.
2. We are equipped to be a victorious Church through understanding His Word and walking with the Holy Spirit. There is a story that began when God created the earth, and God alone holds the final pages. The world tries to give the narrative, but God alone is the narrator of humanity and knows the fate of all created order. We are confident and walking in agreement with God when we are connected with His narrative. There will be an increase of deception and confusion on the earth that will cause many to be filled with fear and offense. Many will fall away from the faith due to lack of understanding (Mt. 24:9-13; 2 Thes. 2:3; 1 Tim. 4:1-2; 2 Tim. 3:1-7; 4:3-5; 2 Pet. 2:1-3). God desires that His people to have clarity and hope in the midst of the chaos.
….. but the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits. And those of the people who understand shall instruct many; yet for many days they shall fall by sword and flame, by captivity and plundering. Now when they fall, they shall be aided with a little help; but many shall join with them by intrigue. And some of those of understanding shall fall, to refine them, purify them, and make them white, until the time of the end; because it is still for the appointed time…… Those who are wise shall shine Like the brightness of the firmament, And those who turn many to righteousness Like the stars forever and ever. -Daniel 11:32-35; 12:3
3. There are a significant amount of biblical prophesies that we are seeing escalate dramatically on global scale in our day. It would be foolish to not take Jesus at His word concerning the signs of the times. He rebuked the generation in His first coming for not recognizing the signs. And if Jesus does not return in my generation, we have a responsibility to empower the next generation to excel in understanding and readiness.
Zack Roberts — zackroberts.blog
Prayer Director at Ember