In His Olivet discourse, as recorded in Matthew 24, Jesus prophesied of great tribulation to come followed by heavenly signs such as the darkening of the sun and moon; the stars falling from heaven; and the powers of the heavens being shaken. He declared that then the sign of the Son of man would appear in heaven; the tribes of earth would mourn; and the Son of man would be seen coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. Was the Savior speaking of the end of time and the judgment of the world? It seems to many that these are obvious references to such a cataclysmic event. In part 2 of our series “Signs of the Second Coming?”, we observe that such references were familiar phrases to Jesus’ hearers and did not refer to His personal coming at the end of time but to events that were to take place in their lifetimes in the first century.
Prompting His Olivet Discourse recorded in Matthew 24, Jesus was asked by His disciples: “What will be the sign of thy coming?” The question was in response to Jesus’ prophecy that the temple of Jerusalem would be destroyed. The Lord said several things would come to pass before this took place including political turmoil and natural disasters. Was Jesus referring to the end times or to events that took place during the lifetime of His disciples? In this broadcast of Let the Bible Speak, we look at the context of the prophecy to discern if Jesus was pointing to an event in AD 70 or was He speaking of His second coming at the end of time?
Do you feel overwhelmed by the prospect of faithfully living the Christian life? Many hesitate to begin because they don’t believe they can finish. The Apostle Peter not only says that you can make your salvation sure but he provides the keys to doing so. By adding certain characteristics to our lives, one upon another, we can claim victory over sin and receive an abundant entrance into the heavenly kingdom in the after-a-while. In this broadcast of Let the Bible Speak, the scriptures assure that You Can Live The Christian Life!
Saying “no” can be difficult especially if we must refuse one in authority. It is a vital word, however, in the Christian’s vocabulary. History is replete with the stories of courageous men and women who stood before dictators, despots, and tyrants and refused to compromise their convictions. None were ever so valiant as those we read of in holy writ, who risked their lives by refusing the orders of ungodly rulers and enemies of God. In this broadcast of Let the Bible Speak, we find inspiration in four men who had the courage to say “no” and altered the course of history.
The book of Joshua tells of the time when the Children of Israel came to the River Jordan to cross over and possess the Promised Land. How would they cross the flood-swollen waters and where would they go if and when they entered? Canaan was a strange and unfamiliar place filled with fortified cities and formidable foes. The people were instructed to follow behind the Ark of the Covenant and God would lead the way and protect them. As we stand at the threshold of a new year, we are, for better or for worse, preparing to leave behind the desert of the past with its failures, disappointments, and shortcomings and enter the future with its promises but also its uncertainties. As the Lord told the people long ago: “You have not passed this way before” and it would be foolish to brave this unknown territory without Jehovah as our guide. In this broadcast of Let the Bible Speak, we are reminded of some important resolutions that we should make as we “cross over.”