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Wake Up, The Lord Draws Nigh!

Luke 21:28 ESV- Now when these things begin to take place, straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.

Beloved friends, both here and listening abroad… I want to tell you how excited I am to have seen so much of the Scriptures being fulfilled in the last few weeks.

As I read the news in light of the Scriptures, I could not but be reminded of the passage in Matthew 13:37 which says:
For truly, I say to you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.

Its almost as if the Lord himself was screaming with his whole might, that it is time for us to Wake Up for our Lord draws nigh.

Well, how do we know this? We are sure that our Lord is drawing near because in the midst of many Biblical signs, SIX in particular are being fulfilled right as we speak.

The First Sign of the Times that I want to mention is the sign of the Nations gathering against Israel. I was shocked to have read that this Administration funneled hundreds of thousands of dollars in order to aid the campaign against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
When Prime Minister Netanyahu came to speak with our Congress regarding our intentions to have a nuclear deal with Iran, our President did not receive him- even though Israel is the only Middle Eastern Democracy that we can count on.
In spite of the anti-Netanyahu propaganda and all the odds against him, the Prime Minister had a miraculous, sliding victory.
Some claim that the reason for that is because the Prime Minister promised that under his Administration, there would be no Palestinian State.

So after Netanyahu won, our Administration did not rush to congratulate the Prime Minister, but rather it said that it would be calling him within the next few days… Not only that… our Administration also has announced that it is coIsraeli-flag-2013-09-13nsidering to lift its hedge of protection over Israel in the United Nations.

Do you know what that means? That means, that our country has not only descended into the filth of the immorality that destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, but that we would be surpassing Sodom and Gomorrah in their evil deeds, by setting up the Nation of Israel to the whimsical and diabolical intentions of Russia, China, and Iran.

But this is what the Bible says regarding the Nations that come up against Israel on the last day in Zechariah 14-
A day of the LORD is coming when your plunder will be divided among you. I will gather all the nations to Jerusalem to fight against it; the city will be captured, the houses ransacked, and the women raped. Half of the city will go into exile, but the rest of the people will not be taken from the city. Then the LORD will go out and fight against those nations, as he fights in the day of battle. On that day his feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem…

My dear friends, the Lord says in Luke 21:32 that the generation that sees these things coming to fruition, would not pass away until everything is fulfilled. So go ahead, tell your neighbor: “Wake up…the Lord draws nigh.”

The Second Sign of the Times that I want to mention, are the signs of the Sun and the Moon.
The Bible says in Genesis 1:14 that the Sun and the Moon are to serve as signs and seasons. When we hear the English word “season” we think of winter, spring, summer… but the Hebrew word that we translate in Genesis 1 as “season” is translated elsewhere as “appointed times” or “festivals.”

So Genesis chapter 1 says that the primary reason for the existence of the Sun and the Stars are in order to serve as Signs of Appointed Times. The Bible says in the book of the prophet Joel 2:31

The sun shall be turned to darkness, and the moon to blood, before the great and awesome day of the LORD comes.

The media and secular scientists are baffled with the signs that are happening right now with the Sun and the Moon.
First of all, we are in the middle of 4 Blood Moons, or what NASA calls- a Lunar Tetrad. Now, there have been other Blood Moons in the past, but what is special about these Blood Moons, is that they fall on Jewish Feasts: specifically on the feasts of Passover and Tabernacles.

And what is strange about these Four Blood Moons that fall on Passover and Tabernacles, is that every time this has happened, something of historical importance has occurred to the Jewish People. During the Blood Moons of 1492, Spain expelled the Jewish people and Christopher Columbus, who was of Jewish descent, discovered America.

Around the time of the Blood Moons of 1948, a nation that had been dead for 2000 years, Israel was raised from the dead and reborn into a Nation. During the Blood Moons of 1967, Israel won the sixth day war and recaptured Jerusalem.
And now that we’re in the middle of the same Blood Moons, we not only see anti-semitism rising and becoming trendy- we’re also seeing how the Nations are all too willing to arm a Nuclear Iran, a terrorist state, in order to leave Israel to the whim of those who seek its destruction.

Besides the Blood Moons, we also recently had a Total Eclipse of the Sun that coincided with the Spring Equinox on March 20th.

The great thing about that is that March the 20th was also the first day of the month of Nissan, which is the first month of the Religious Jewish Calendar. But those signs are not for the world… those signs are for the Jewish Nation and the Christian Nation- that our Messiah- the Sun of Righteousness is coming with healing in his wings. So go ahead, tell your neighbor: Wake up, the Lord draws nigh.

The Third Sign of the Times that I want to mention is the exponential rise of persecution.

Last Sunday, we all heard about how the Pakistani Taliban decided to send its Suicide Bombers…not to military bases or police stations… but to murder innocent men, women and children, that worshipped in two Christian Churches. 14 Worshippers died and 70 were injured. Christians there were so angry, that about 4,000 of them amassed in protest, chasing suspects and lynching two of them in broad daylight.

The Washington Post in a condescending way, commented about the event as one where: “turning the other cheek, was replaced by taking an eye for an eye.”

So you see- not only are Christians being bodily persecuted all around the world…we Christians in the West suffer the constant, belittling condescension of empty-headed cynics, who look for any reason in order to try to discredit the Character of my Church. The Church of Jesus Christ. But listen to what the Lord says in Luke 21:16-19

You will be delivered up even by parents and brothers and relatives and friends, and some of you they will put to death. You will be hated by the whole world for my name’s sake. But not a hair of your head will periGood Shepherdsh. By your endurance you will gain your lives.

My dear friends, what an honor the Lord has conferred to us- that he should consider us worthy of suffering for the sake of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. What a blessing that God would give us the grace to work out our Salvation in Fear and Trembling. That although we have been saved by Grace through Faith on the Cross, that God has counted us worthy of proving our desire to be saved by means of our fervent endurance… “By your endurance you will gain your lives.” So go ahead, do me a favor, and tell your neighbor: “Wake up…the Lord draws nigh.”

The Fourth Sign of the Times that I want to mention is the sign of increased immorality. Its not many times that I sit down to watch a movie…but my wife Liz convinced me to watch a movie with her called “The Song.” The movie captured my attention because all throughout the film, a narrator would quote a portion of the Song of Solomon.
I was so enraptured by the romance in the movie, that I became fidgety, wondering when they were going to ruin the movie with nudity or pre-marital relations. When the man and the woman arrived to their wedding blameless, I sighed of relief and raised my hands in exclamation Thanking Jesus! I was ecstatic because that was the first movie I’ve seen in a long time, where some level of decency was upheld.

When the Lord describes the Last Days, he says in Luke 17:27 and 28, that the days of his return would be just like the days of Noah before the flood, and Lot before he was led out of Sodom. And why did God destroy the ancient world by Water and Sodom by fire? God destroyed them because evil was continuously in their hearts; while pridefully and joyfully, they violated every conceivable moral law that proceeds from the mouth of the Creator.

Just as it is blatantly happening today, even in Macho-Man, Christian Puerto Rico, where just this last week, the government vowed to not defend the law that prohibits homosexual marriages.
Do me a favor…Go ahead and tell your neighbor: “Wake up! The Lord draws nigh.”

The Fifth Sign of the TimeScreen Shot 2015-03-21 at 10.22.05 PMs that I’d like to leave with you is the Sign of the Great Apostasy. In the Bible, the word Apostasy specifically refers to the act of replacing an Apostolic teaching, with a doctrine that stands in complete opposition to the Scriptures.

Just a few weeks ago, the Presbyterian Church was 7 votes away from allowing homosexual marriages to be performed in their churches. The fact that they were lacking 7 votes, was a divine sign, because 7 is the number of God. It was as if God himself was standing by the door between Apostolic Teaching and Apostasy. Now this last week, the Presbyterian Church received the amount of votes that it needed to revise the Biblical doctrine of Marriage.

The Bible says in 2 Thessalonians 2:3 that before the Antichrist is fully revealed, that there would be a great rebellion against God. In 2 Thessalonians 2:10, it says that these who resist God, will perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.

Listen to 2 Timothy 4:3-4, and tell me that this isn’t happening today-

For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.

So you see my friends, this is why we have no more time to waste. Jesus is at the door… It’s imperative, that those of us who call ourselves Christ’s Disciples, that we make the decision to live like Disciples… living lives of fervent prayer and Bible Study- so that there can be a true and Biblical distinction between the Apostate, spiritually dead, false Christians and the true, living Disciples of Jesus Christ.  So go ahead, turn to your neighbor and say: Wake up, the Lord draws nigh.”

My dear friend, today is the day of Salvation. Today you can save your soul from the righteous wrath of God when he comes to repay with judgment and destruction the wrongs committed against the righteous.
Dear friend, come and rush to the Cross- where the crimson blood of the Lamb will wash away yourScreen Shot 2015-02-13 at 12.22.48 PM sins, and give you not only the inner peace that you need so desperately, but also the assurance of peace with a God who is LOVE and MERCY.

And lastly, I want to leave a Sixth Sign of the times. The Bible says in Matthew 24:12-13,
“And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.”

Oh my dear friend… we’re living in times in which the great majority of us are lukewarm in our devotion to God.
We justify our sleepy, spiritual lives, not realizing that if we don’t build up our endurance in the Lord, that we will not make it in the end. The Bible says that the one who endures to the end shall be saved…The Lord says in Revelation 3:15-16 that he prefers for people to be either cold or hot- but the Lukewarm he will vomit out of his mouth.

My dear friend, I don’t want to be ejected from the body of Christ because of my lukewarmness. I know what it feels like to battle the flesh and to battle demons… But my friend if you have a little bit of love for Jesus, please know that that is not enough… The Lord demands all- and he wants to have a powerful-personal relationship with you.

The arms of Christ are open today- for all of us who find it difficult to love the Lord with all our heart, soul, and strength. And if we turn today to the Lord, and confess our lukewarmness- and ask the Lord to give us the grace to become fervent in the Faith, the Lord will answer our prayers. Now do me a favor- go ahead and tell your neighbor, “Wake up, the Lord is Nigh.” In the Name