There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea.How do we know that these signs will be celestial signs? They were when Jesus came to begin his earthly ministry! God is not inconsistent. Amos 3:7 is a true and faithful saying.
Surely the Sovereign LORD does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets.God has given us foreshadowings throughout history by which we can interpret the present and future. What He has done, he will do. OK? The way things were at the time of Jesus' first coming teach us about how they will be when he returns. Keep reading.
It's like a man going away: He leaves his house and puts his servants in charge, each with his assigned task, and tells the one at the door to keep watch. 35 "Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back--whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or at dawn. 36 If he comes suddenly, do not let him find you sleeping. 37 What I say to you, I say to everyone: 'Watch!"Now, I want you to really pay attention to what I'm going to say. Even though the news of what was happening had been broadcast by the shepherds throughout Bethlehem, we have no record of hordes of people making pilgrimage to see Jesus. Why? Because God wanted to deny them the joyous privilege? Come on! Its because most of the people just didn't really believe the announcement!
This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.Are there still "dark corner" areas of your life in which you prefer to keep the light turned off? Are there sins of your past which haunt you and taunt you? Is there a habit you have which would be a source of embarrassment if others found out about it? Is there anything you know about your lifestyle that is contrary to what you know deep down that the Lord wants for you? These are questions to help you be honest, so that you can allow the light of the Lord to expose the darkness.
Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts; 24 And see if there be any hurtful way in me, And lead me in the everlasting way.Any obstacle between you and the blessings the Lord would have for you is only that which you refuse to let go of. Do you really understand this? If you dare to repent of your sins - to ask the Lord's forgiveness and to follow his leadership in the way everlasting - I can tell you with full confidence that great reward will be yours. Allow the Lord to probe your heart. If you don't really want this to happen, don't ask him to do it, because --he will - and your life will be turned upside down when he does!!
1 John 1: That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched--this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. 2 The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. 3 We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. 4 We write this to make our joy complete. 5 This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. 6 If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. 8 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives.