Watch & Pray!
Speaker: Tom Leonard, November 3, 2019
25And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; 26Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. 27And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh. 29And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees; 30When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand. 31So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand. 32Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled. 33Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away. 34And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. 35For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. 36Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man. 37And in the day time he was teaching in the temple; and at night he went out, and abode in the mount that is called the mount of Olives. 38And all the people came early in the morning to him in the temple, for to hear him. (KJV)
11And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. (KJV)
1 Peter 4:7
7But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer. (KJV)
1 Peter 4:17
17For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? (KJV)
Watch & Pray!
We are called to watch, be careful and pray as Christ’s return draws nearer, closer.
So many wait until it’s too late! (v.34) A snare line, a trap the enemy, Satan and his minions tries to get us to fall into this – be asleep in the light, lukewarm, apathetic…
1. - Christ’s return is imminent! Signs of the times are pointing to His soon return. (verses 29-31)
‘Kingdom of God is near’ – in its fullness, consummation.
There are more signs to come, but it can happen quickly.
It is certain. Heaven & earth will pass away but not Christ’s Word!
2. Be - Don’t be weighed down with carousing (pain in head = lightheaded, buzzed), drunkenness (drink), or the anxiety (cares that bring about anxiety) of life. (verse 34)
Many are caught up in this.
3. Be – Watch and pray that you and others will ready for His return. We are called to warn others! (verse 36)
-Escape all that is about to happen
-Stand before the Son of Man