All born-again Christians need to know and be well aware of two Scriptures which advise us of what must happen at the end of this age; must happen before the end of Satan’s Kingdom, can occur. Simply, we need to know what comprises Christian preparations for the end of the age.
The first is found in Matthew 24:14 as Jesus says:
“And this Gospel of the Kingdom shall be proclaimed in all the world as a witness to all nations. And then the end shall come.”
The Second is found in Romans 11:25-26 which says:
“For I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers, lest you should be wise within yourselves; that blindness in part has happened to Israel, until the fullness of the nations has comes in.
And so all Israel shall be saved; as it is written, “There shall come out of Zion the Deliverer, and He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob.””
We may well feel that the signs of the times which we see all around us and of which Jesus spoke in Matthew 24:4 onwards, are here and upon us now. Indeed, that may well be the case, but the two Scriptures above describe the final two signs, which we must know, recognise and understand.
The first, is the fundamental calling for all Christian; the Great Commission as it is known. This is the requirement for all of us to proclaim the Gospel of the Kingdom in all nations. Until that is done, the end cannot come. This very website is toward this end.
The second, is when the full number of gentiles (non-Jews) have come to Christ, and Israel has been reconciled to God. Then the end of this age, has arrived.
What does this mean for the born-again Christian today? It means that as we move forward to these dates, these goals, God’s enemy will become increasingly resistant and entrenched in its opposition to all Christians whose earthly works are furthering fulfilment of these two Scriptures. Satan will oppose them, with unbridled malice, cunning and deception. There are no limits: there will be no limits to his offense as he seeks to delay the inevitable.
On a cross at Calvary, Jesus won back the authority and rulership of this world from Satan and all authority now rests with Jesus Christ. However, while Satan was deposed as ruler, his power was not diminished. Though his power was not diminished, Christians have power over Satan and his henchmen through Jesus Christ for as Matthew 16:19 Jesus says:
“I will give the keys of the kingdom of Heaven to you. And whatever you may bind on earth shall occur, having been bound in Heaven, and whatever you may loose on earth shall occur, having been loosed in Heaven.”
And in Luke 10:19 Jesus said:
“I give to you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the authority of the enemy. And nothing shall by any means hurt you.”
There is nothing for us to fear, for we, as born-again Christian walk in the authority and power of the Lord Jesus Christ. However, we do well to recall words of Franklin D. Roosevelt in his 1932 First Inaugural Address as he said the “Only Thing We Have to Fear Is Fear Itself.” Be reminded that for Christians, fear is rebellion, for it means we are not trusting in God. It means we have taken our eyes off God and onto our own abilities and self. This is rebellion and is outside the will of God. Remember what Second Timothy 1:7 says “For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” and First John 4:18 where the Living God of Love tells us clearly “there is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear, because fear has torment. He who fears has not been perfected in love.” But the final verse, First John 4:4 should lay all fear to rest, for there we read “He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” Yes, God who lives within us, is greater than the deposed pretender.
However, Christians who are not fully focused on the two Scriptures above have nothing to fear from Satan, for they are not in opposition to him, but in opposition to God. Such “Christians,” cause Satan no threat.
Churches, perhaps even the greater majority of all Churches in operation today, also appear to fall into this category. They are engrossed in fruitless traditional religious ritual and their eyes and thoughts and intentions are far from the above Scriptures. Without doubt, Satan can happily coexist with most contemporary Church Christianity, for there are only two things he fears; the proclamation of the Gospel to the nations and the reconciliation of Israel with God. If these Scriptures are not preached, if these are no taught, if these are not on the minds of the congregation and they do not meditate on them day and night, then Satan has no fear of them.
This is why Israel struggles so much; why so many counties and individuals are aligned against it, even although they many have no clue of the underlying reasons. This is why Missionaries and Evangelists struggle so severely. This is why active Christians are persecuted throughout the whole world. This is why there are more than 100 million Christians are now undergoing imprisonment, physical and mental torture and persecution as you read this. The Vatican recently reported that 75 out of every 100 people killed for religious hatred are Christian.
My question to you: does your Church care? Do you care?
Before you answer, please read what Jesus said about us, you and I. The Scripture is from Matthew 25:31-46
“When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He shall sit on the throne of His glory.
And all nations shall be gathered before Him. And He shall separate them from one another, as a shepherd divides the sheep from the goats. And indeed He shall set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats off the left.
Then the King shall say to those on His right hand, Come, blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.
For I was hungry, and you gave me food; I was thirsty, and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger, and you took Me in; I was naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me. Then the righteous shall answer Him, saying, Lord, when did we see You hungry, and fed You? Or thirsty, and gave You drink?
When did we see You a stranger, and took You in? Or naked, and clothed You?
Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and came to You?
And the King shall answer and say to them, Truly I say to you, Inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brothers, you have done it to Me.
Then He also shall say to those on the left hand, Depart from Me, you cursed, into everlasting fire prepared for the Devil and his angels.
Then they will also answer Him, saying, Lord, when did we see You hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister to You?
Then He shall answer them, saying, Truly I say to you, Inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.
And these shall go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into everlasting life.”
If we have failed the Lord in these small things, how will it go for us if we fail the Lord in the great things?
I come before you as a self confessed sinner and freely acknowledge that I have not, to the best of my ability, or my time, or my resources, proclaimed Your Kingdom to those around me or to the Nations, as You have required of me. I repent of this Father, and with Your help, I pray that I will be able to change my direction and keep myself within You sovereign will. I ask You to empower me to proclaim Your Word, such that Your destiny for me is fulfilled as You have planned it. I humbly ask for Your forgiveness.
Please Lord, show me a new way to carry out Your Will, so I may be effective within my circumstances and giftings, for Your Kingdom. Give me a heart for Your peoples of Israel such that I can play a constructive part in the reconciliation of Your chosen people, with You.
In the name of Your Son Jesus Christ, I pray.
Amen and Amen and Amen.