"Watch and Be Alert"
“Watch and Be Alert”
Are you watching?
Are you on the alert?
The Lord commands us to do such.
We are to watch and be on the alert personally.
Note what Jesus says to his disciples when they inquired…
3 As He was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things happen, and what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?”
4 And Jesus answered and said to them, “See to it that no one misleads you.
5 For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will mislead many
6 You will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end.
7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and in various places there will be famines and earthquakes.
8 But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs.
See to it that no on misleads you.
You have a role.
You have responsibility.
How do we keep from being mislead/deceived. By the Word Himself…
The Word given in written form…
The Word given via the Holy Spirit…
The Word manifest as the Body of Christ…
By knowing The Word in this way we will not mislead.
In what form will deception occur?
“I am the Christ”
False “christ” is the primary understanding.
There is also the understanding that there will be those who will acknowledge with words that Jesus is the Christ, yet they will mislead many.
See to it that you be not frightened.
We have a role and responsibility to be not afraid...even when there are wars and rumors of wars.
By abiding in The Word...written, Spirit, Body, etc…. we can live without fear.
We are also to watch and be on the alert as to events that are occurring…
15 “Therefore when you see the ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand),
16 then those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains.
Jesus tells us that when we see that which Daniel had described, then those in Judea need to flee to the mountains.
We must watch and discern the times.
42 “Therefore be on the alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming.
43 But be sure of this, that if the head of the house had known at what time of the night the thief was coming, he would have been on the alert and would not have allowed his house to be broken into.
13 Be on the alert then, for you do not know the day nor the hour.
We are to be alert.
We are to pay attention.
We will not be caught by surprise…
1 Thessalonians 5
4 But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day would overtake you like a thief;
5 for you are all sons of light and sons of day. We are not of night nor of darkness;
6 so then let us not sleep as others do, but let us be alert and sober.