8 things you ought to be doing to prepare for the end of the world.
We live in interesting days don’t we? Some are even saying that the days in which we live are the “last days”. There has been significant discussion even books printed concerning the total lunar eclipse that has happened 4 times in 2014 and 2015 producing a Red (Blood) Moon.
Many are intrigued some infatuated with the potential of earth shaking events taking place in the near future. There has been quite a conversation in the church world with regards to things that may take place even this Fall. (perhaps even this week) A few popular authors have inspired discussion amongst Christians revealing to them that we can know the signs and the seasons and perhaps even the day when the Lord Jesus will return. I’m not that good or that confident but I do read and have been reading an author who wrote under divine inspiration concerning these things. The one I’ve been reading is not a popular televangelist nor a prominent modern, Messianic Jew. I’ve been reading the Bible. Peter under divine inspiration deals end times matters very directly.
The book of I Peter is filled with admonitions for Christians of all times and all places on how to live READY for the coming of the Lord. It is a mistake for us as believers to think that we should change the way we live today because there is about to be a rare lunar eclipse… The Apostle Peter under divine inspiration did not see a difference between normal Christian living and last days Christian living. He believed that all Christians at all times should live READY for the coming of the Lord.
In his first letter, Peter helps us understand his INTERPRETATION of the LAST DAYS.
His analysis of the days in which they lived and we live are described in these verses
1:5 “Salvation is ready to be revealed in the last times”
1:13 “Prepare for the revelation of Jesus Christ”
4:5b “To him who is ready to judge the living and the dead”
4:7a “The end of all things is at hand”
4:17 “For it is time for judgment to begin”
5:4 “When the chief shepherd appears”
5:6 “So at the proper time”
5:10 “After you have suffered a little while”.
It sounds as though he was referring to his own days being the “last days”. Was he mistaken? Or did he know more than we know?
Note 3 things about these passages that are referenced from I Peter…
- Peter understood and believed that the “last days” in Biblical understanding was the times between the ascension and the second coming of our Lord Jesus. He and we are living in the “last days”… I John 2:18 Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.
- Some of these phrases from I Peter refer directly to the destruction of Jerusalem that took place in 70 AD (this being written in approx. 60-65) while others refer to the coming of the Lord. (Which we still await)
- Peter saw no difference between normal Christian living and last days Christian living…
What Peter does is give INSTRUCTIONS for LAST DAYS living.
The Book of I Peter is literally filled with admonitions and instructions on how all Christians should be living…Whether it is the destruction of Jerusalem that is coming or the judgment of the world that is near.
So, If you are wondering what you need to do in the perilous times here are 8 instructions from Peter to us for last days living
1. Be proven GENUINE in your Testing. 1:3-9
7 that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ,
The first thing we must do to ensure that we are ready is to make sure that we possess saving faith in Christ. Without genuine faith in Christ no one is ready for him to return. We need a baptism of genuine conversions in this day and age!
2. Be HOLY in your Living. 1:13-15
4 as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; 15 but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16 because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.”
This book is filled with the admonition to live according to the power provided by the Holy Spirit and therefore living a life of purity.
We are told that we have been ransomed from our old ways.. That we have been chosen as a holy people… We are told we are not at home in this world… but are sojourners… strangers here… therefore do not embrace the wicked lifestyle of the world. We are told to abstain from passions of the flesh… 2:11 Told to keep our conduct honorable among unbelievers…2:12 Told to die to sin and live to righteousness… Keep our tongue from evil and are lips from speaking deceit turn away from evil and do good. 2:11 Live according to the will of God by the Spirit. 4:2 Live in the Spirit the way God does… 4:6 Everything we do bring glory to God 4:11
3. Be SUBMISSIVE in our Serving. 2:13-17
Peter envisions that the believer who is living ready for the Lord’s return will be one who honors those who are placed in authority over them…
15 For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men.
God doesn’t need us to rise up and create his Kingdom on earth, he needs us to live right and holy in a dark and sinful world and earnestly await his appearing…
4. Be FOCUSED in our Praying. 4:7
7 But the end of all things is at hand; therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers.
The reality and sobriety of the coming destruction of Jerusalem led Peter to remind these believers that they should be sober and self controlled in order that prayer might be a regular and powerful part of our lives as we live ready!
5. Be INTENTIONAL in our Loving. 4:8-10
v.8 Above all keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sin. 9 Show hospitality to one another without grumbling.
He envisions that believers should love one another sincerely and graciously. He further admonishes us to regularly, freely and intentionally spend time encouraging one another.
6. Be PATIENT in your Suffering.
Peter tells us a few important things about suffering…
- We should Expect it… 4:12,19
- We should suffer because of Good not Evil. 4:15
- We should Rejoice in it. 4:13 Because Jesus suffered 2:21, Faith is purified through it, 1:6-7
- We should Realize we are not alone. 5:9
- We should Trust God to bring us through it. 4:19 entrust their souls to a faithful creator
7. Be ALERT in our Striving. 5:8-9
v.8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 9 Resist him, steadfast in the faith,
8. Be ENCOURAGED in your Waiting. 5:10-11
10 And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.
So what is going to happen this week in the world?
What is Iran going to do? Will there be another stock market crash?
Will we as Christians soon be persecuted?
I don’t know. It matters not, what does matter is that we live ready for the coming of the Lord!
Do not get caught up in the hype and panic of a moment… Satan wants us to be confused and in to live in fear. But if we will embrace Peter’s admonition we will be ready when the Lord returns.
In the meantime,
Do NOT be ANXIOUS
Do NOT be INVISIBLE
Do NOT be QUIET
Do NOT be AFRAID
Do NOT be DRAWN away by this world!