“Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved. And this gospel of the Kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come”. Matthew 24:4-14
Now, remember, the Lord God’s time isn’t like mankind’s time. He doesn't live in time as we do. The beginning of the end started the day the Lord Jesus was taken back to His Father. Take note of those last two scriptures: But he who endures to the end shall be saved. And this gospel of the Kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come. Yes! Hang in there until the end. This is one reason it is so important to embrace His Word. It guides us and directs us in the way we should go. It also shows us what is truth in every situation. When the Lord Jesus was being tempted by Satan in the wilderness, it was His Father’s Word He quoted, not His opinion. Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.”
But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’ ” Matthew 4:3-4 This is the scripture the Lord Jesus referenced: So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord. Deuteronomy 8:3
When He was tempted again by Satan, He quoted this passage of the Lord God’s Constitution to the evil one: Jesus said to him, “It is written again, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’ ” Matthew 4:7, referenced from Deuteronomy 6:16 “You shall not tempt the Lord your God as you tempted Him in Massah.”
Satan attempted to cause King Jesus to succumb to his temptations one last time and again He quoted His Father’s Constitution: Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’” Matthew 4:10, referenced from Deuteronomy 6:13-14 NLT You must fear the Lord your God and serve Him. When you take an oath, you must use only His name. You must not worship any of the gods of neighboring nations.”
Keep in mind that every time he confronted Satan’s temptations, King Jesus responded with the Lord God’s Word. He showed us we should always respond to the evil one with God's Word. In those times of temptation, we don’t have time to search out a scripture. We must have His Word on the tip of our tongue, loaded and ready to “shoot down” every temptation fired at us! No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. 1 Corinthians 10:13
Also keep in mind, regardless of all the right things you may have accomplished for the King, if you fail to last until your death or until He returns, it will all be for nothing, so we must endure and hold strong in our faith in His Word until He returns! But he who endures to the end shall be saved. Matthew 24:13 The question some may ask is “saved from what?” Saved from eternal punishment . . . hell.
The Lord Jesus made it very plain. “Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels: for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.’
“Then they also will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?’
Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” Matthew 25:41-46
The writer of Hebrews likens it to a runner who is in a race. Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:1-2
The only way we can endure is to stay focused on—and living by—the Lord God’s Constitution. His Word is everlasting life and the answer to every problem we have!
Remember, your faith and obedience in His Word is your greatest asset in the Kingdom.
All scriptures are NKJV unless noted
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