Hear! There is one way which you can be saved from this mess. In many ways, the world is like a sinking ship, and they’re going to try and sort it out. But it’s got so many holes in it that nobody can sort it out. It’s going to sink whatever they do. The only thing you can do if you’re on a sinking ship is to get off the sinking ship onto the lifeboat. The Lifeboat is Jesus Christ. He’s the one who can take you from death to life, from being under the condemnation of God to being in a relationship with God and being saved from the wrath to come. And indeed, there is a wrath to come.
The things I’ve talked about tonight, they’re shaping up for the time of wrath and judgment which is coming on the Earth, because of human sin and rebellion and our rejection of Jesus Christ.
Being religious can’t save you. You can only be saved through repentance and faith in Jesus. Jesus can save you. He is the only way. So, be ready.
15 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. 16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.1 Thessalonians 4.15-18
People have disagreements about when this happens, but, if you believe the Bible, you have to believe it is going to happen. There’ll become a time when Jesus will come and all those who are believers in Him will be supernaturally taken out of this world to be with Him.
We’ll have new bodies and will be with Him forever. All those who’ve died will also be resurrected and will all be united in the coming of the Lord. It’s a glorious future!
It also says,
Therefore comfort one another with these words.
This should be a comfort and a help. Comfort means to strengthen you, to strengthen you in your faith because, if you believe this, you’ve got a glorious future and a glorious hope.
Paul goes on to say,
But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you. 2 For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. 3 For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labour pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape. 4 But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief.1 Thessalonians 5.1-4
Hopefully, you are not in the dark. You aren’t? No.
Now is the day to believe in Jesus. If you believe in Jesus, you come out of the dark and will listen to the light.
People will be saying ‘peace and safety’, they will be looking for peace in all sorts of ways, but it won’t come except through Jesus Christ.
Yet, the day of the Lord will come as the thief in the night, unexpectedly. Those who are taken what could be taken to be with the Lord. It will come as labour pains upon a pregnant woman. That is destruction.
I have already spoken about the pains a pregnant woman suffers. It’s already happening.
They only get more and more intense as we get nearer to the Second Coming of Jesus. All these things mean that we should believe on the Lord Jesus Christ.
So, don’t be troubled, believe in God, believe also in Jesus. He’s the one who can save you.
I’ve told you some pretty negative things tonight, I would like to be able to tell you that the world is in a wonderful state and we’ve got some great leaders who are going to sort it all out. But I can’t because it’s not true.
I would like to be able to tell you that the world is in a wonderful state and we’ve got some great leaders who are going to sort it all out.
But I can’t because it’s not true.
Unfortunately, the world is in a terrible state, and it’s going from bad to worse because most of our leaders, whether they’re left-wing or right-wing, whether they’re in the West or in the East, or whether they’re Muslims or nominal Christians or whatever else they may be, they’re all making the wrong decisions.
Their decisions are not based on faith in Jesus. If they believe in God and repent, they can make some good decisions. If not, they’ll continue to make bad decisions and unfortunately, the evidence is that in the last days they’re going to be leaders are going to go from bad to worse.
So, don’t have expectation that the UN or the world government, or the even the Pope or the church are going to sort it out.
The only one who can sort it out is Jesus, and He will.
Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved saved from the wrath to come and be brought into His eternal Kingdom, amen.
Let’s have a word of Prayer:
Lord, we would thank You that we have a hope in You. We thank You that Your Word is being fulfilled even as we speak tonight. We’re seeing things happening in the world which point us to the Second Coming of Jesus and we pray Lord that You wake up the people of the Earth, most of whom are sound asleep and trusting in all sorts of things which won’t save them. Help them Lord to recognize that they need to repent and believe the Gospel and have eternal salvation.
We pray for the multitude of peoples who are in darkness. We think particularly of the Middle East, of Jewish and Muslim people who are looking for answers in their god and yet can’t find them unless they turn to Jesus/Yeshua the Messiah.
And we pray that many people in these last days will accept You. We pray for the people in Russia and Ukraine, people who are suffering because of the war, Lord, that you’ll turn the hearts of these people to Yourself, that You awaken them to the truth of the Gospel and that many people will turn to You in these last days.
We pray for the people who are suffering because of the earthquake in Turkey and Syria, Lord, that you bring comfort and help to them and that, even in their trouble, many will find faith and help in You.
We pray for the peoples of Africa who are suffering because of starvation and lack of food. We bring before you our brother Frazer in Malawi, and pray that You’ll help him and his congregation and meet their needs.
And we pray for the multitudes of people who go to bed tonight with no food and without knowing where their food is going to come from. We just pray that You’ll help them and that You’ll supply what they need, and that You’ll bring people to faith in Jesus Christ all over the world. In Jesus’ Name.