Light for the Last Days

SHORT TALK

Let’s just have a word of prayer as we come to the Word of God. Lord, we thank you that we can meet in the name of Jesus; we thank you that you’ve given us your Word which is truth and pray that you will bless the reading and the preaching of your Word now. In the name of the Lord Jesus, amen. Amen.

I’m going to read from Matthew Chapter 7, the last section of The Sermon on the Mount. So, if you have your Bibles, it’s chapter 7 Matthew starting at verse 7, Matthew 7 and verse 7:

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? 11 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him! 12 Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.

13 “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. 14 Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.

15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. 16 You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? 17 Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Therefore by their fruits you will know them.

21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’

24 “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: 25 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.

26 “But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: 27 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.”

28 And so it was, when Jesus had ended these sayings, that the people were astonished at His teaching, 29 for He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.

Matthew 7.7-29

Praise the Lord!

As some of you know, I do a monthly prophecy talk every last Sunday in the month. The last one is on the website at this present time, and it has a lot of information about what’s going on right now. I also do this magazine Light for the Last Days which I’m working on for the next edition right now.

I’m interested in current affairs. I think a lot of people are interested in them. We get quite a lot of response. And, also, sometimes, it can be a little bit depressing because when you’re looking at things happening in the world in the light of prophecy you see that there a lot of bad stuff happening, and not very much good to be honest.

When you look at situations like what we’ve seen in Israel, in Gaza, these terrible situations of first the massacre of the Jewish people and then, the results of Israel going into Gaza and the sufferings of people on both sides, particularly those who’ve had their homes destroyed and who have been removed from where they live.

We see all sorts of things happening in the world which are bringing suffering and causing also great deal of anti-Semitism rising in the world. We’ve made a bit of a stand on that in the church here and have had some good results. But people round about us in Golders Green and in Jewish areas are very frightened by the levels of anti-Semitism which are rising and which are manifesting themselves in many different ways, not just here but also in America and around the world.

And we see also that there’s a rising anti-Christian spirit which is coming. If you look at some of the anti-Semitism, it fits in with anti-Christian stuff as well, because a lot of is motivated by the hatred of Israel and the hatred of the God the Bible, hatred of Jesus Christ.

We see that we’re living in perilous times indeed. If I highlight this in what I write and in my talks, some people say, ‘well, it’s a bit depressing, and it’s a bit sort of miserable looking at all this stuff which is happening’.

So, how are we going to handle it? There’s an interesting passage in Ecclesiastes chapter 4 where Solomon, looking at some of the troubles in the world, made

Then I returned and considered all the oppression that is done under the sun: And look! The tears of the oppressed, But they have no comforter— On the side of their oppressors there is power, But they have no comforter.
Therefore I praised the dead who were already dead, More than the living who are still alive. Yet, better than both is he who has never existed, Who has not seen the evil work that is done under the sun.

Ecclesiastes 4

Not a very inspiring scripture. And you might think well: ‘what’s that doing in the Bible?

It’s a reminder that you don’t take every verse from the Bible as a doctrine. Solomon is expressing his feelings about what he’s seen on the earth.

I’m reading through the Book of Job at the moment, and you don’t take everything which is said there as a doctrine. It’s what people have said, but it’s a natural response when you look at what’s happening in the world.

You might think, ‘well, where does all this oppression come from? What can we do about it? Perhaps it’s even better not to have ever been born than seeing all this stuff that is going on and going through it.’ Sometimes people can say, ‘well, Tony Pearce, you shouldn’t be highlighting all this stuff because it depresses people.

In fact, one of my critics sent me a response to my last prophecy talk and said,

“I do not dwell on what I’ve been saved out of. I prefer to meditate on the goodness of God and the glorious future to which I have been saved into. We pay too much attention to the world which will shortly disappear in flames and we concentrate far too little on the glorious eternal Kingdom that will replace it.”

Comment on LftLD’s website

In other words, don’t look at the negative stuff in the world but look at the glorious future which we have in heaven.

We should look at the glorious future we have in heaven. It’s a good antidote to the negativity around us.

You can look in the world and see that things are happening which could cause you to feel, as I said, some kind of depression or despair, and then, we look at the glories of heaven we will inherit for eternity and that should lift us up. We can know that that’s where we’re heading for if we believe in Jesus. It’s a great comfort and a great hope.

19 This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil, 20 where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.

Hebrews 6.19-20

But, meanwhile, we are here on the earth, and we’ll have all eternity to think about the glories of heaven. Yet, while we’re here on Earth, we have a short time in which God wants to use us in some way to bring something of the Kingdom of God, the Kingdom of Heaven to the earth and to be a reflection of the glory of God and of the light of Jesus Christ in our lives as we live for him and hopefully win others for the Kingdom of God.

Oh, sing to the Lord a new song!
For He has done marvelous things;
His right hand and His holy arm have gained Him the victory.
The Lord has made known His salvation;
His righteousness He has revealed in the sight of the nations.
He has remembered His mercy and His faithfulness to the house of Israel;
All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.

Psalm 98

47 For so the Lord has commanded us:

‘I have set you as a light to the Gentiles,
That you should be for salvation to the ends of the earth.’ ”

Acts 13:47

But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

Acts 1:8

Part of my motivation for looking at world events in the light of Bible prophecy is that it does give a view which in the end is hopeful. It tells you that this world is not going to end in total destruction, it’s going to end with the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. He’s going to reign on the earth for a thousand years and bring peace and justice to the world.

And, if you’re a believer, you’ve got a part in that glorious future which is coming and it gives us a motivation also for the right way in which God wants us to live.

Paul writing to Titus in Chapter 2 of Titus verse 11 said,

For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Saviour Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works. Speak these things, exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no one despise you.

Titus 2.11-15

In other words, if you’re looking for Jesus Christ to return, you should have a motivation to do good works, to put your life right with God, to be ready for his coming and have this hope in you which purifies you as He Himself is pure as it says in the Book of John.

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

Ephesians 2.8-10

And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.

1 John 3:3

Tony Pearce

Add comment