Pastor Tim Romero
Mark 13:5–7 (ESV): "5 And Jesus began to say to them, "See that no one leads you astray. 6 Many will come in my name, saying, 'I am he!' and they will lead many astray. 7 And when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. This must take place, but the end is not yet."
False prophets and teachers have always existed in this world. They use fear as a means for personal gain, particularly relating to end times. We must measure every word by the standard of Scripture. This will keep us free of fear, full of faith, and ready for Christ's return!
After leaving the Temple the disciples said to Jesus, "Look, Teacher, what wonderful stones and what wonderful buildings!" And Jesus said to him, "Do you see these great buildings? There will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down." Peter, James, John, and Andrew then came to Jesus privately and asked for clarification. Jesus told them to be aware of false teachers who would lead them astray about the end times. He goes on to say that there will be wars and rumors of wars, earthquakes, famines, and persecution of believers, but the end is not yet. These are but the beginning of birth pains so be on guard!
Jesus is calling all Christians to be ready at all times. The signs He gave have existed since the church began but they are intensifying just like a woman in labor. As we look around and see the pieces of the prophetic puzzle shifting into place we must not let fear overtake us. We must walk by faith and stay the course. Don't get distracted by the fear tactics of the enemy. Stay in the Word and be vigilant and ready. Jesus is coming soon, so put your hand to the plow like never before and walk by faith through the truth of God's Word, amen?
Father, keep us aware but not consumed by the signs of times. Use them as a catalyst to encourage us to work while it's still day for night is coming. Fill us with faith and help us to share the Good News with everyone we can, in Jesus' name, amen.