Friday, April 12, 2013

Luke 17:20-37

v. 20-37 The Pharisees asked Jesus when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, "The kingdom of God does not come with your careful observation, nor will people say, 'Here it is,' or 'There it is,' because the kingdom of God is within you."  Then He told the disciples "The time is coming when you will long to see one of the days of the Son of Man, but you will not see it.  Men will tell you, 'There He is!' or 'Here He is!'  Do not go running off after them.  For the Son of Man in His day will be like the lightning, which flashes and lights up the sky from one end to the other.  But first he must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation.  Just as it was in the days of Noah, so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man.  People were eating, drinking, marrying and being given in marriage up to the day Noah entered the ark.  Then the flood came and destroyed them all.  It was the same in the days of Lot.  People were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building.  But the day Lot left Sodom, fire and sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all.  It will be just like this on the day the Son of Man is revealed.  On that day no one who is on the roof of his house, with his goods inside, should go down to get them.  Remember Lot's wife!  Whoever tries to keep his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it.  I tell you, on that night two people will be in one bed; one will be taken and the other left.  Two women will be grinding grain together; one will be taken and the other left."  The disciples asked where.  Jesus said "Where there is a dead body, there the vultures will gather."

The Pharisees wanted to know when God's kingdom would come, they did not know that it was already here.  God's kingdom boundaries are not like our land boundaries.  His kingdom is visible when you can see people's hearts pouring out to help others.  The Kingdom had come which meant that with Jesus' death and resurrection we would have the Holy Spirit with us at all times.  Over the years many wait to see signs and sometimes they will never see them in their lifetime.  Many have claimed to be the Messiah and people blindly follow.  I tell you the devil is having a field day here misleading people.  When the anti-Christ comes the people will be deceived in large numbers.  Do not be fooled by anyone telling you that Jesus has come back.  Jesus gave warning that such things would happen in the future.  When Jesus returns all will know that something has changed, we will not have to tell anyone since it will be so amazing that there will be no doubt.  It is beautiful to watch lighting, yet when Jesus returns I believe it will be unlike any lightning show we have ever seen before.  Everyone around the world will see and that probably means that it will be a global show of His glory. 

Life will be going on just the same as any other day.  That is what happened during Noah & Lot's time.  No one knows when Jesus will return, we are to be ready at all times.  Jesus had to go through great agony for each of us and be rejected by His generation.  How many in each generation have rejected Him?  He will come swiftly and we are to prepared.  I am not going to get into Revelation stuff now, there are many different ideas for the end times.  There will be many in the same household that will be divided in their beliefs and this shows what will happen.  I will dive into Revelations later down the road.  I believe it is one of the most amazing books in the bible because it hasn't happened yet and the mental images are astounding for a visual person like me.  Although it can scare the heck out of you if you jump into it right after you start reading the bible.  If one vulture circles overhead it doesn't mean much, but if many gather there must be a carcass nearby.  Likewise, one sign of the end might not be that significant.  When many signs occur then the second coming is near.

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