What we have called the “End-Times” message is actually the message of the entire Bible. We have a vivid preview of coming attractions laid out for us in the Old Testament. Then Jesus continued the message through His identity, message and predictions. The question that remains is, how did the early church respond to this? Looking at the apostolic response is what this message is all about.
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The message of the end times did not begin with Jesus Christ. God has been declaring His intentions for His creation right from the beginning. In the First Testament, we have a brilliant preview of coming attractions, frequently in vivid detail. But then there is Jesus. How does He fit into all of this? By looking at His identity, His message, and His predictions, we see that He carries on the message begun in the Old Testament. I hope you find the message enlightening.
The various reactions you get when you announce that you are going to talk about the end times is nothing short of interesting. It can be anything from absolute terror to passive indifference.
I’m not sure which one is worse.
We get these varied reactions for a couple of reasons. For one, a lot of what we have been taught about the end of days is either misguided or flat-out wrong. For another, we have failed to see that the end times message is the story of God from the beginning right through to the end of the Book. God has never kept it a secret as to what He has been aiming for since He created the earth and man to inhabit it. We also find that the First Testament is a full-on preview of coming attractions that not only points to Christ’s first coming, but also to His second.
In this message, we go on a whirlwind tour that hits the highlights of what the Old Testament has to say about the end of days. I hope you enjoy it.
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There is also a study sheet available to help you follow along.
Understanding the end times message is truly critical to anyone intent on living in the Reign.
In forty some years of preaching and teaching ministry, I don’t believe I have ever preached a message directly from the book of Ruth. I think Ruth is kind of a mystery to some people. While it is a beautiful feel-good Hallmark story, there doesn’t seem to be any real reason for it to be in the Bible (except maybe for the fact that it give some insight to the lineage of King David and the Lord Jesus Christ). However, there is something in the exchange between Boaz and Ruth in chapter three that gives us a wonderful insight into our relationship with the Lord. It helps us see what it really means to live under God’s wings.
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There is also a study sheet available if that would help you follow along.
This message has meant so much to me. It has helped me enter into a whole new place of security in my walk with the Lord. That sense of security belongs to all of God’s kids who are living in the Reign.