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If you’re worried about what’s happening in the world – which you might well be (and I am too in one sense) – I have a hope in the Lord Jesus Christ whom nothing can separate me from.

And I know the end of the story. I know that we win. So, I’m going to hang on to Jesus and I hope you are too.

39 Bible verses about Worrying About The Future (knowing-jesus.com)

Those who don’t believe or search for answers in all the wrong places (2 Thessalonians 2 speaks about how they’re going to end up believing the lie) because they refuse the truth of the Gospel will, as they believe the lie, be open to what the Antichrist, the man of sin will proclaim and they will be open to him and will go his way.

TIME-LINE-OF-THE-ANTICHRIST (aftertherapture.faith)

Believe the Word of God, believe Jesus. Titus 2 verse 11 says:

11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, 12 teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, 13 looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Saviour Jesus Christ, 14 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.

Titus 2.11-14

Take that scripture and meditate on it.

It tells you why Jesus came, how He wants you to live, how He’s going to come again, and how it’s His blessed hope to believe in Him. And He also tells you that He is the great God and Saviour.

He’s not just a man, He’s not just a prophet, He is God, Emmanuel, and He’s able to sort out the mess which we can’t work out.

The second thing Jesus says is: don’t be weighed down with cares of this world or the pleasures of this world. It says:

But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly.

Luke 21.34

Sometimes people think that they’ve heard Jesus’ story before and it hasn’t happened, therefore, it’s not going to happen, that it doesn’t matter.

Sometimes we see that the Lord is delaying His coming because He wants people to be saved but, in the meantime, don’t just say ‘well, it’s not going to happen so, I’ll just live carelessly like everybody else’. He says: don’t go for the pleasures of this world the cares of this world because this world is passing away. People in the world put their trust in things of the world which are not going to last, they’re not going to be fulfilled.

Over the last month, we saw the tremendous excitement in this country about the football and England winning the cup and, before the final, everyone was psyched up with this great hope that we had to win the cup, and it was going to make lives so much better, and we were all going to be happy because we had won the European cup.

‘Heart breaking’ – England fans suffer Euro 2020 disappointment (msn.com)

Then, they lost on penalties and it all became a flat ‘nothing’. So, if you trust in things which are passing away, then they’re never going to give you satisfaction.

I notice that the thing which they’re getting most excited about with the end of lockdown is that they can go to discos and parties, and raves and things.

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Well, those things can give you a bit of pleasure for a while but there’s pleasure in sin for a season. It’s not lasting and it’s not going to last, and Jesus says all these things are passing away. What matters is what is eternal, what matters is our entrance into the Kingdom of God.

2 Corinthians chapter 4 verse 16 says:

16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. 17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, 18 while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.

2 Corinthians 4.16-18

I hope you’re trusting in the things which are eternal. Some people say to me: ‘if we could see God then we would believe in Him.'

Well, if you believe in Him you’ll see Him, that’s the way around that issue, and if you’ve put your trust in the Lord and trust in Him, then, trust in the unseen God who has made Himself known to us through Jesus, revealed Himself to us through His Word by His Spirit and trust in Him that He’s going to deliver on all His promises – which He will – to everyone who believes in Him.

The third thing which He says is to expect the coming of the Lord – coming at any time. He says that day will come upon you unexpectedly, it will come …

… as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth. 36 Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.

Luke 21.35-36

Expect the coming of the Lord. Do you expect Jesus to come at any time?

Now, that does raise another question which is about the timing of the Rapture, whether it’s before or at the end of the Tribulation.

If the Rapture is at the end of the Tribulation, then Jesus can’t come at any time. There must be certain things happening before, there has to be the rise of the Antichrist, there’s to be the ‘mark of the beast’, there have to be the armies gathering together at Armageddon, there has to be the darkness and then, the light of Jesus coming.

The Timing of the Rapture

Then, we’ll be caught up to meet the Lord at the Second Coming and come straight down back with Him.

That’s a view which many people have. I don’t say it’s an impossible view because it hasn’t happened yet, and we should actually have some concern that we might be here in the Tribulation, in which case, we may die.

Pre-, Mid- or a Post-Tribulation Rapture – The Herald of Hope

However, I believe that the more acceptable and consistent view of the Second Coming of Jesus does put the Rapture before the Tribulation.

One of the reasons is because of this element of unexpectedness, that it could happen at any time, that you could be just walking down the street, buying and selling and going about your normal life and, suddenly, one should be taken, one should be left and we’re going to be with the Lord.

The Coming of the Lord | Grace Communion International (gci.org)

If that’s the case, then Jesus could come at any time now which is why we should be ready to meet Him. We’re seeing the signs of the Second Coming but we’re not seeing the fulfilment of the Tribulation prophecies yet. Therefore, from the pre-Trib point of view, you should be ready now for the coming of the Lord.

It’s like when you go to a great mountain range, you get into the foothills first and you know that, if you carry on, you’ll get to the high mountains. Right now, you could say we’re in the foothills but we’re not yet in the high mountains.

When you come to a great city like London you get to the suburbs, but you don’t get to the centre of the city until you carry on.

The Timing of the Second Coming of Christ: Its Practical Implications: Matthew 24:32–51 – Israel My Glory

Right now, you could say we’re in the suburbs not in the centre of the city.

I believe that, at this time, Jesus could come to take us at any time and that’s why it says also it will come as a snare on the unbelievers, a trap. They’ll be left behind and they’ll be facing then the time of trouble of the Antichrist, and instead of the peace and safety which he may promise them, they’ll have war and trouble; instead of a saviour, they’ll find one who’ll be their captor and their destroyer.

The Bible does indicate that people will come to faith in this time of trouble but, for the most part, the cost of their faith will be martyrdom and it will come as a condition on the whole earth.

As Jesus says in Matthew in 24:

42 ¡Así que ustedes también deben estar alerta!, porque no saben qué día vendrá su Señor. 43 But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. 44 Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.

Matthew 24.42-44

Be ready for the coming of Jesus. If it is pre-Tribulation as I believe it is, it could come, He could come, at any time now. But He could be delayed by years, so I’m not saying He is coming right now, I’m just saying ‘be ready at all times’.

It’s also a word of encouragement to us to purify ourselves that we can be ready for the coming of the Lord.

He says:

that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.

Luke 21.36

As saved men and women, we know that our sins are forgiven and that we have no fear of judgment, that we have a future and a hope and an eternal life for Jesus.

I hope that everyone has that hope now because that’s the blessed hope of the coming of the Lord. If we don’t live to that time, we’re going to die. Then, we’ll also be caught up be with Him.

So, it doesn’t matter whether you live or die, you’ll be with the Lord and have that hope in Jesus.

In just one final scripture, the Rapture passage itself, in 1 Thessalonians 4 it says:

13 But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus. 15 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. 16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.

1 Thessalonians 4.13-18

That is going to happen friends; at which point we will be taken to be with the Lord and be with Him forever.

Therefore, comfort one another with these words and if you believe this, it says:

if you believe that Jesus died and rose from the dead. That’s the qualification: to have a genuine faith in the Lord Jesus, to have repented of sins and believe that Jesus died for you and rose from the dead; then you qualify to be one of those who will be taken in the Rapture of the Church.

We’re with Him forever and He’s going to come first for the church and then to return with the saints to the earth and set up his Millennial Kingdom and reign for a thousand years on the earth after which the earth will be burned up and there’ll be new heavens and a new earth in which we’ll dwell with Him forever in righteousness.

Millennium (biblehistory.com)

If you’re a Christian today, you can’t lose, you’re on the winning side, and you have a glorious future and hope.

If you’re not a Christian, then become one! Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ! And find Salvation in His Name. Because He’s the only one who’s going to save this world from the mess and He’s the one who is coming again in power and glory.

Let us also use the time that remains to get the message out, to tell people about Jesus.

Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and Thou Shalt Be Saved (topical-bible-studies.org)

We’ve just done another leaflet (of which I’ve got some copies of here), called Hope for the Future.

A good one to take home, just to give to your friends, put through the neighbours’ doors to tell them that there is a hope for the future, that there is a hope, that the hope is in Jesus Christ.