“Understanding the Times” Part I
1 Chronicles 12:32
understood – means to have insight and act with prudence and wisdom. This is skillful analysis of what is going on…
-BACKGROUND: The King of Israel, Saul, has just died and the 12 tribes of Israel must replace him with a new King. The sons of Issachar know what is best for Israel and who to put in as King – David. The assess the situation and then act on it….
-every generation needs some sons of Issachar………….
In 2015, we must understand the times in which we live…….
*******IT IS TIME TO UNDERSTAND THAT THE RETURN OF THE LORD IS VERY VERY CLOSE……..
-He came the first time and is coming back again
-signs – the word sign points to Jesus Christ and reveals that Jesus is close to returning…
a. an explosion of technology – Daniel 12:4
b. a strong delusion – 2 Thess 2:11
-delusion places you in a fog where you wil believe anything . It is a spirit…
c. violence – Luke 17:26….Matt 24:9-12
-could lead to being a martyr
Since the Lord is returning soon, we see that 3 things are real:
1. EVIL IS REAL – John 3:20-21
-there is evil and there is good————–evil is demonic & God is good – James 1:17
*the definition of evil – something morally reprehensible, sinful or wicked
*the source of evil the flesh and the enemy
*not everything is demonic
-it is invisible, but manifests itself……….call it what it is – EVIL
2. JESUS IS REAL – Eph 4:32
-I know Jesus is real because of the changed lives of people……..and there are people who practice the Word of God…
-Since Jesus is Real, reconciliation is possible – Eph 2:11-18
reconcile – means to change thoroughly from one condition to another
vertical reconciliation – between God and man
Horizontal reconciliation – between man and man
3. DEATH IS REAL – Hebrews 9:27
*we are all going to die
*we do not know how we are going to die
*the most important thing about death is knowing you are born again in Christ