Beware! Be Ready!
Scripture reading for October 11th: Matthew 24-25
As they left the temple, Jesus remarked to His disciples about how not one stone would be left upon another. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many.” (Matthew 24:2-5)
Deception will be a mark of the last days before the return of Jesus Christ. The world we live in today is full of counterfeit religions and numerous cults that claim that they are the only way to God. Even in the church, there are numerous false teachers who are deceptive and seductive. In addition, Jesus pointed to wars and rumors of wars among the nations. There would also be famines and earthquakes in numerous places and great distress. Persecution of Christians would result in the death of the saints and betrayal and hatred toward God’s people would be common. Many would turn away from following Jesus and their love for God grow cold. (Matthew 24:6-13)
Jesus emphatically taught that no one would know the day or hour of His return. (Matthew 24:36) It would be like the days of Noah when the flood came suddenly and swept the world away. It would be like a thief coming suddenly at night. It would be like a master coming back to find his servant neglecting his duties and doing evil. Jesus would come back at a time when He was least expected!
To illustrate this point, Jesus told two parables. The first concerned ten virgins waiting for the bridegroom. Five were foolish and five others were wise. The foolish ones took their lamps, but did not take any oil for them. The wise took oil along for their lamps and were ready. The bridegroom was delayed and they all fell asleep. The midnight cry of the bridegroom woke them when he arrived. But only the wise were prepared and went with the bridegroom to the wedding feast. The foolish were late and missed the party! In fact, they were shut out in outer darkness!
Are you prepared? May the truth of this message cause faith to arise to prepare yourself and your family! The trumpet could sound at any time!