The Last Days

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Synopsis of The Last Days

We’re about to slice a piece of the bread of life, the Word of God. And today’s slice comes from: Matthew 24:14: “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come”.

The title of today’s message, “The last days” is a biblical term to identify the period of time that is the end of this age. Even though the term has the implication of finality, what is referred to in Scripture as “the last days,” it is not the end of the world but rather a new beginning. It will begin the restoration of the earth to the paradise it was originally created to be as stated in Isaiah 11 and other places. That’s why Jesus said … “and then the end will come”.

Gospel means “good news” ….not bad. So, this message will not be about doom, but rather about the greatest hope the world has ever heard—the King is now coming to restore all things

With the exception of the time when Jesus Himself walked the earth as a man “the last days” is the most important period in biblical prophecy. We are now in that period, and we must understand the prophecies that are unfolding.

Speaking of prophecy I wish to again say that I am not a prophet and do not claim to be. God named me “Shofar” or “A watchman on the wall.” In other words I am but a mouthpiece for today’s prophets. So let me say that today’s message I’m about to deliver comes primarily from two such prophets. Rick Joyner,the founder and executive director of MorningStar Ministries and Heritage International Ministries and is the senior pastor of MorningStar Fellowship. The other is, Jorge Parrot the President of Christ’s Mandate for Missions who joined forces with MorningStar Missions, which now has more than five hundred missionary leaders serving around the globe.

Both of these men of God admit even though we may have insight into some of the biblical prophecies about these times, we all see in part, know in part, and prophesy in part according to I Corinthians13. No one person is going to have the complete picture, and they will not presume to present such here, but believe that they have been given some insights that are important. We cannot afford to waste time preparing for things that are not going to happen, or in some cases, things that have already happened, that we have been ignorant of because of our ignorance of history.

Historically, it has been rare for biblical prophecy to be accurately understood before it came to pass. We may wonder what good is it, but there is great good that comes from it even if it is misunderstood before it happens. The clarity that comes with prophetic fulfillment can give a great deal of illumination about how we should respond to it and what we can then expect to unfold. Even so, most misunderstandings about biblical prophecy have been the result of men trying to carry to logical conclusions things that God has only revealed in part. There we go again, “carrying things to logical conclusions.”

Remember it was not Satan’s ploy to get Eve to eat of the “tree of knowledge” simply to get her to be disobedient, but…. to get her to seek her own knowledge and logic things out for herself.

Revelation 19:10 declares that “the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”

Applying this to eschatology… Whoa, eschatology? Here we go with ecclesiastical terms again. So, lets define it…. “any system of doctrines concerning things lasting, or final or concerning death.”

Now, back to the message to make a point. Applying this eschatology… the period at the end of this age is far more about Christ than the antichrist. Sure, there will be an ultimate manifestation of the antichrist spirit, and this will bring about some of the ultimate troubles at the end of the age, but this is a brief and very small part of all that is happening in these times. If we are going to understand the times, we must be far more devoted to both seeing and being a part of what Christ is doing rather than trying to figure out the antichrist.

The antichrist will be easy to discern for all true servants of Christ, and there will be far more power and authority in believers than in the antichrist. We do need to understand this, but we do not need to fear it. Recall that the Book of Revelation, chapter 1 and verse 1, was given as “a revelation of Jesus Christ” It is not a revelation of the antichrist, all though this evil is addressed in it and identified. To date, the majority of commentaries and books written on this revelation are about the antichrist.

Such a perception leads to a distortion in our vision and understanding, including our understanding of biblical prophecies of this period. Notice the omitting of getting ready for the antichrist because if we focus on Christ we will be ready, …not to hide or escape, but to take action. My main emphasis will be on the coming King and His kingdom and what we are called to do to prepare the way for Him.

It is now time for the gospel of His kingdom to be preached by his disciples…. that’s me and you. Gospel means “good news” and it does include His atonement and our salvation, but it is also much more than that. As the times get darker and more confusing, His message is going to be that much brighter. Bro. Dick, what makes you think so. Isaiah 60:1-5:

“Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.

“For behold, darkness will cover the earth, and deep darkness the peoples; but the Lord will  rise upon you, and His glory will appear upon you.

“And nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.

“Lift up your eyes round about, and see; they all gather together, they come to you.  Your sons will come from afar, and your daughters will be carried in the arms.

“Then you will see and be radiant, and your heart will thrill and rejoice; because the abundance of the sea will be turned to you, the wealth of the nations will come to you.”

Wait a minute…. what did he say? “… thee wealth of the nations will come to you.”

Stop, look and listen! I have stated this in past messages, but remember I said we are not to be a reservoir of these funds but we are only to be rivers to direct the flow of God’s provisions to his directions.

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