Saturday, July 23, 2016

Be watchful....for what?

Scripture and Jesus himself admonished – commanded - us to watch! 
But what exactly are we to watch?

There are three basic types of signs to be attentive to while waiting
for “the Lord to descend with a shout.” (1 Thess. 4:16-17)
  1. Celestial Signs
  2. Biblical Markers
  3. World Markers

At Jesus’ first coming there were signs in the sky as noted by the magi and prophecies that were foretold.  It is the same for his return in these last days!  
We are watching and preparing for Jesus’ return to gather his people before the tribulation. (Matt. 25:6, 13)

Scripture referring to “watching”:
Matt. 24:42-43; 25:13 – “Watch…you know not what hour your Lord comes.”
Matt. 26:41 – “Watch and pray…”
Mark 13:37 - "And what I say to you, I say to everyone: Keep watch!"
Luke 12:37 – “Blessed are those…the lord …shall find watching”
Luke 12:40 – “be ready…come at an hour when ye think not.”
Luke 21:36 – “watch…and pray”
Heb. 10:24-25 – “as you see the day approaching”

Also, be alert, awake, and sober - be aware:
Eph. 2:2 – “the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience”
Eph. 6:18 – be watchful and persevere
1 Thess. 5:6 – “let us not sleep – let us watch and be sober”
1 Peter 5:8 – “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour”

1. Celestial Signs for 2015-16 (Gen. 1:14, Luke 21:25-28)
- Visible signs throughout the entire earth
  • Two “Star of Bethlehem” sightings (not witnessed in 2,000 years)
  • Jupiter remained in the circuit of the constellation Leo the lion (rare) 
    •    (Gen. 49:10; 3:15) (above constellation Hydra the serpent)
  • Blood Moons
  • Solar Eclipse
  • Meteor showers
  • Planetary alignments 

2. Biblical Markers
  • The nation of Israel's replanting (1948)
  • The last generation timeframe (Matt. 24:34, Mark 13:30, Luke 21:32)
  • The perilous times checklist (2 Tim. 3)
  • Prophecies:  Gen. 1:14, Matt. 24, Luke 17: 26-32, Rev. 6

3. World Markers
  • Increase in wickedness (2 Tim. 3) 
  • Iniquity (lawlessness, sin) shall abound (Matt. 24:12) 
  • Increase in wars, famine, pestilences, and earthquakes (Matt. 24)

This is a brief summary of signs to watch.
One can study and find many more scriptures and world events.

Blessed are those servants whom the master 
finds on watch when he returns
Truly I tell you, he will dress himself to serve 
and will have them recline at the table, 
and he himself will come and wait on them.
Luke 12:37 Berean Study Bible

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