Sermon Notes

The Beginning of Sorrows | Pt. 5 (Sunday 3.29.20)

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“And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple. And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down. And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.”
Matthew 24:1-8

 Successful people know how to adapt to seasons. Ecc 9:13 reminds us that a wise man knows how to make a judgement call based on the season that he is in.

 We can get so caught up in routines that we won’t break that routine. If we’re not careful, we expect tomorrow to look like today and next Sunday to look like this Sunday. We have to be sensitive to seasons, there is nothing that is certain when it comes to tomorrow. We are to take no thought for tomorrow.

 A sorrow is a birth pain. It comes from the Hebrew word, “Odin” which is a pang or throe, especially of childbirth–pain, sorrow, travail. These “birth pains” are leading us up to the end of time. The closer we get to the end of the world, the closer together and more intense these signs will become.

 What is happening right now (coronavirus) Jesus already spoke on and warned us about.

 Its our job to continue to be who God called us to be in every season. Will we come out of this better, wiser, and more determined than we went in?

 

“But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night. But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation. For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.”
Thessalonians 5:1-10

 The end of time comes like birth pains on a woman with child leading up to the delivery of that child (the return of Jesus).

 For those who have been born again, Jesus’ return will not overtake us like a thief in the night because he has told us in his word what to look for. It will overtake unbelievers like a thief in the night.

 

“The Pharisees also with the Sadducees came, and tempting desired him that he would shew them a sign from heaven. He answered and said unto them, When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red. And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowring. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?”
Matthew 16:1-3

 Jesus said that we should be able to tell the times and what is going to happen by the signs in the earth.

Reading the word of God is like reading tomorrow’s newspaper today.

 

“But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased. And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things? And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end. Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.”
Daniel 12:4,8-10

 Man will run to and fro and knowledge will be shared and increased! Some things will not be understood until knowledge is increased. Our ability to share knowledge instantaneously across the globe is a fulfillment of prophesy in itself.

 The word will test you to see if you really believe what you say you believe. Isaiah 53:1 says whose report will you believe?

 As much as you would store up bread in times of famine, we need to store up the word in our hearts in times of famine.

“Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: Of sin, because they believe not on me; Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged. I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.”
John 16:7-13

 The first role of the Holy Spirit is to convince us to believe, the second is to convince us to righteousness, the third is of judgement.

 The Holy Spirit is God’s prophetic voice. We should not be surprised or unprepared about any of this. Nothing should overtake us in our ignorance.

 God is who He says he is. Only a God who stands outside of time could predict the end from the begining.

 There is going to be a harvest. These days are a prelude to revival!

SUNDAY, March 29, 2020 – Online Service