Scripture warns of perilous times to come in the “last days” of this age (2 Timothy 3:1-5). We need to be prepared spiritually to meet the challenges we face in an age of increasing lawlessness and conflict (1 Peter 1:3-11).
We are warned by Jesus Christ not to let ourselves become spiritually lethargic, lukewarm, lacking in zeal (Revelation 3:14-19). While we do not know the precise time of the second coming of Christ, we should be able to discern the signs of the times we live in (Matthew 16:3). We cannot afford to allow complacency to cause us to stumble as the world becomes ever more hostile to and removed from genuine reverence toward God, and respect for his commandments.
In this message trends in the world are reviewed, and we consider encouragement and admonitions from the Bible to help us make our calling and election sure (cf 2 Peter 1:10).
Almost any worthwhile endeavor will involve failures, obstacles, setbacks, and problems of various kinds. Endurance doesn’t mean we’ll never stumble; doesn’t mean we’ll never fail or never sin. It does mean that despite our failures and setbacks, obstacles and problems we’ll keep striving to fulfill God’s will in our lives. We won’t give up – we won’t quit – we won’t turn away from God’s path.
Learn what the Bible says about enduring in the true faith, and how God provides encouragement and the help necessary to succeed to those who diligently seek him.
With the mighty blast of the “seventh trumpet,” Jesus Christ will return to the earth in power, to establish his throne in Jerusalem, ruling all mankind, and to put down his enemies, and reward the faithful. All this is pictured by a Biblical feast, the Feast of Trumpets, as explained in this message.
Can one become a party to the New Covenant merely by “confessing the name of Christ?” Does one have to be a member of this or that particular church organization or body to be party to the New Covenant? Is the Covenant individual or collective? How long is the Covenant to remain effective? Once entered into, can it be broken? These questions must be answered if we are to know where we stand before God and with relation to His Covenant.
When God entered into the Old Covenant with Israel at Mt. Sinai he told them that if they would obey his voice, his commandments, they would be to him “a kingdom of priests and a holy nation” (Exodus 19:6). They agreed to the terms of the covenant, saying “All that the Lord has spoken we will do” (Exodus 19:8). But the Old Covenant failed, and a new covenant was to be established to fulfill the plan of God for mankind. Why did the Old Covenant fail? What was missing? And how is what was missing in the Old Covenant accounted for in the New Covenant, so God’s purpose may be fulfilled?
And, does the replacing of the Old Covenant with the New free us, as many believe, from the obligation to obey God’s voice? His commandments?