Lessons Of A Lifetime

Business As Usual
Or
Taken By Surprise
Sunday March 13, 2022

Scripture To Consider:
“Now when Jesus was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said, ‘The kingdom of God does not come with observation; nor will they say, “See here!” or “See there?” For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.’

“Then Jesus said to His disciples, ‘The days will come when you will desire to see one of the days of the Son of Man, and you will not see it. And they will say to you, “Look here!” or “Look there!” Do not go after them or follow them. For as the lightning that flashes out of one part under heaven shines to the other part under heaven, so also the Son of Man will be in His day. But first He must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation. And as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man: they ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all.’

“Likewise, as it was in the days of Lot: they ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built; but on the day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. Even so will it be on the day when the Son of Man is revealed. In that day, he who is on the housetop, and his goods are in the house, let him not come down to take them away. And likewise the one who is in the field, let him not turn back. Remember Lot’s wife.”

“Whoever seeks to save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it. I tell you, in that night there will be two men in one bed: the one will be taken and the other will be left. Two women will be grinding together: the one will be taken and the other left. Two men will be in the field: the one will be taken and the other left.” And they answered and said to Him, ‘Where, Lord?’ So Jesus said to them, ‘Wherever the body is, there the eagles will be gathered together.’ Luke 17.20-37

Something To Consider:
The coming or return of Jesus Christ is a future end time event. And yet, it is a certain event! It is an end time event that will take billions of unsuspecting people completely by surprise. It was business as usual in the day of Noah and the flood. It was business as usual when God rained down fire and brimstone upon Sodom in the day of Lot.

Though the world’s population has been warned in advance, the majority prefer to think of the second coming of Christ as if a fairy tale. But, in that terrifying moment for most, they will be taken totally by surprise. How sad to even consider the unpreparedness for end time events of so many people even within the church.

And when the Antichrist is revealed, he will appear as another charismatic leader who has risen through the ranks of the New World Order that has been planned by Satan from the beginning. Will we recognize him for what he is? Will we understand that he will attempt to overthrow the faith of many and will be able to accomplish his evil agenda due to the lack of biblical knowledge and true understanding of Scripture? If we are not praying for God’s discernment, we most likely will be deceived!

Something Else To Consider:
Jesus, in our Scripture to consider, is declaring that the flood waters of the end time tribulation will disrupt the business as usual dominating attitude of planet earth and its present occupants! The opening of the end time flood gate of tribulation will create a massive offending to many so-called Christians who have wrongfully believed the lie of a pre-tribulation rapture.

But, what will they do when they realize they have been lied to by 20th and 21st century false prophets? They will have two distinctly different choices. They can cry out to God for His forgiveness to their blind obedience to false doctrines of demons. Or, they can align themselves with the Antichrist in a surely to be seen as a failed attempt to make end time events easier and more acceptable.

Make no further mistake about aligning oneself with the Antichrist by the taking of the mark of the beast willingly. If that is your decision and strategy for enduring the end times, you will have sealed your eternal fate in opposition to God and all that is godly. Make the necessary end time arrangements now. Decide now to endure to the end of whatever we are to face and thereby be saved as according to Jesus. It is the right choice to make sure of so as not to get caught up in the business as usual destructive attitude!

Something More To Consider:
Likewise in the days of Lot, people ate and drank, they bought and sold, they planted and built. For those living in the sinful and seductive society of Sodom and Gomorrah, it was commercial, political, economic, and so-called religious business as usual.

The inflamed heartbeat of society today is not different than it was in the days of Noah or Lot. Therefore, when Jesus returns, will we be among the many that will be taken by surprise? God forbid! Or will we open our eyes and ears to the biblical message and believe the truth concerning end time events as warned of in advance by Jesus and other biblical authors?

Will we choose to endure to the end of the coming tribulation and hardship that will follow the end time lawlessness we are experiencing even now? Or will we worship the Antichrist and willingly receive his mark in order to feed our families because we were taken totally by surprise? The wise choice is to endure to the end even if death is our final fate for following Christ.

Jesus declared in Matthew 10.24; “A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master.” And in verse 28 Jesus warned in advance, “And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him [God] who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”

A Few Final Words:
There is much at stake here, and our choices are for all eternity. Will we continue from this 13th day of March, 2022, to allow the business as usual of everyday life to cloud our judgment? Or will we begin to study to show ourselves approved unto God, as workers of righteousness who need not to be ashamed at the biblical truth revealed concerning the second coming of Jesus Christ?

The second coming of Jesus will find many, if not most, heavily engaged in earthly business as usual, thereby, rendering many, if not most, completely taken by surprise. And according to Jesus, “For as the lightning that flashes out of one part under heaven shines to the other part under heaven, so also the Son of Man will be in His day.”

The second coming of Jesus Christ will not be a secret or partial coming of Christ as proposed as recent as the mid 1800’s. The biblical record is precise, and yet it is being twisted and distorted by false teachers who will meet their judgment sooner than later. Do not be found receiving the same punishment for their lying and deception!

Prayer:
Our Father in heaven, keep us busy about Your business. Keep us from being taken by surprise by Your Son Jesus’ second coming. Help us to heed His many end time warnings. In Him Always, Amen!

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