“Understanding the Times” Part II
1 Chronicles 12:32
understood – means to have insight and act with prudence and wisdom
-this is a skillful analysis of what is going on
-Saul, King of Israel, is dead
-the tribe of Benjamin had their own thoughts about who should be King
-the sons of Issachar wanted David to be King and took action
***in 2015, we must understand the times….
-what time is it…It is time for the second coming of Jesus Christ…….
-no one knows the day or the hour of the Lord’s return
-we know it is time because of the signs on planet earth
-sign – speaks of pointing to Jesus Christ
1. Luke 17:26 – Violence
-some video games, TV
2. Luke 17:28-30
-there will be an increase in homosexual – same sex influence in the world
3. Acts 2:17-21
-an outpouring of the Holy Spirit all across the globe
***As a believer…do not be shocked by what is taking place on earth. The Bible predicts all of this and more…
***Be proactive and nor reactive as believers…
The Sons of Issachar knew what Israel should do. What should the church be doing in 2015?
(1) PREACH THE FULL COUNSEL OF GOD – 1 Samuel 8:10 & Acts 20:27
-this speaks of preaching all of the Word
-preach on every subject
a. the Bible is absolute truth…this speaks of total and complete truth for society, govt, families, people, businesses
-relativism fights the Word – speaks of whatever anyone believes it is right and okay
b. the Bible was written by God – 2 Peter 1:20-21
-the Lord used people to write down His words, but they are His words
c. the Bible is a message of redemption – 1 Peter 1:18-20
-the blood of Jesus saves
-this is the gospel – 1 Cor 15:1-5
-it is what Paul preached – Gal 1:6-10
-we do not need a new message, but a new touch on those giving the message – Col 4:6
-be careful of the new message today that says God loves you, but with no call to repentance
Why read the Bible?
(1) Because the Bible answers Key Questions in life
-the definition of marriage…
-is there life after death?
-does God exist?
-why am I here?
-why is there evil?
(2) The Bible sets a standard of Moral Certainty and clarity —