There’s a saying around these parts that goes something like the following:
“If you need reminding about reminders, then you won’t remember.”
But, regardless of all that, FOUR reminders about the last days will now be offered in the hopes that someone will write a few of them down OR tie a string around their finger OR scribble some on a sticky note and put it where it will be seen–ANYTHING!–to help remember these reminders when the time comes.
And one NEVER knows when the time will come.
Could be tonight; could be fifty or a hundred years from now.
“But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.”
So, FOUR things for FOLLOWERS OF JESUS CHRIST to keep in mind (those who are NOT followers of Jesus Christ do NOT believe God’s Word–which is where these reminders came from) during the chaos and confusion of the last days.
1- Do NOT, under ANY circumstance, take the mark of the beast OR worship his image.
It does matter in the least if your local smiling wolf in the pulpit says to go ahead and repent later. God’s Word is CLEAR on the matter.
ALL who take the mark–for WHATEVER reason they may give–are bound to suffer eternal damnation.
“And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.”
2- Remember to have the ‘patience of the saints.’
God’s Word, more than once, offers what the patience of the saints during those trying last days will consist of.
“Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.”
Revelation 14:12 lays it all out for even the simple-minded to understand.
To keep the patience of the saints: 1- keep the commandments of God; and, 2- keep the faith of Jesus.
Revelation 13:10 provides a few examples of keeping the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus
“If any man have an ear, let him hear. He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.“
Revelation 12:11 is even MORE succinct.
“And they overcame him [the dragon and/or his beast] by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.”
Basically, one has to trust God, keep His commandments and put one’s faith in Jesus Christ to make all things right.
3- One must stay as calm and serene as possible–even when it appears events are dark and grim and will not improve.
IF one has the ‘patience and faith of the saints’ this will be a LOT easier than if one does not.
“And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.”
“And when ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars, be ye not troubled: for such things must needs be; but the end shall not be yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows.”
The account in Luke’s 21st chapter concurs.
“But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things must first come to pass; but the end is not by and by. Then said he unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.”
4- Lastly, the reader should ALWAYS remember to trust God and God’s Word.
Regardless of what the times may look like; regardless of what the authorities may claim; regardless of what everyone else appears to be doing: one must trust God to make all things right for His creation.
This is one of the reasons for the last days.
This last reminder is IMPORTANT: it should be remembered when reminders become easy to forget.
“The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe.”
DOES the reader think he will need such reminding when amidst the last days?
It is not YET too late: there is still time to change direction (repent), place your faith (hope) for the future entirely on Jesus Christ and enter the kingdom of heaven.
DOES the reader believe he is saved?
DOES the reader believe he is NOT saved?
THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST
“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
–1 Corinthians 15:1-8
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
[Portions of this piece appeared originally in End Times Prophecy Headlines: July 30-August 1, 2021.]
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