Day 24: End-Time Warnings
Read Matthew 24
When you listen to the news and see the tensions and troubles in today’s world, keep in mind the warnings that the Lord gave.
Do not be deceived (4, 11). People will make grandiose claims and promises and will deceive many. You have the Word of God to enlighten you (Isa. 8:20) and the Holy Spirit to teach you (John 16:13-15), so you should not go astray (1 John 2:18-29).
Do not be discouraged (6). Political and natural disturbances have always been a part of world history, so do not allow them to discourage you. They are “the beginning of sorrows” (v. 8). The word translated “sorrows” means “birth-pangs.” The world’s troubles are pregnant with possibilities! God is still on the throne!
Do not be defeated (13). This has to do with faithfulness under testing until the Lord returns. Do not let the lawlessness around you rob you of your fervor (v. 12). A lost world around you needs to hear the gospel (v. 14), so get busy.
Do not be doubtful (34-35). Religious leaders will come and go, stand and fall; but the Word will not change. Believe it, obey it, and hold to it-no matter what others may say or do. Your Bible is God’s light in this dark world (2 Pet. 1:19-21).
Do not be distracted (42). We “watch” when we stay alert and remind ourselves that our Lord may come at any time. When in your heart you delay His coming (v. 48), you start to lose your effectiveness and witness. Keep watching and working!
- O Lord help me not to fall into any form of deception or be distracted in these last days.
- O Lord, help me to fervently contend for my faith in Christ and that I may not conform to the pattern of this world despite every opposition. (Jude 1:3).
- Pray that you will not be defeated but will be faithful till the end.
For false messiahs and false prophets will rise up and perform great signs and wonders so as to deceive, if possible, even God’s chosen ones. See, I have warned you about this ahead of time – Lord Jesus Christ