We see the signs of the times, we see the world is in turmoil, but don’t be discouraged. As we are seeing scripture and prophesy come to life right before our eyes, Jentezen Franklin teaches us in this message that Satan is not the only one with a plan! Do not let your heart be disturbed. God is with us and we need to stay connected to God’s people—to His church—for comfort and encouragement, for His Word says, “you who are troubled rest with us.”
“since it is a righteous thing with God to repay with tribulation those who trouble you, and to give you who are troubled rest with us when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels…” II Thessalonians 1:6-7
We see the signs of the times. We see the world is in turmoil. But don’t be discouraged. It’s like we are seeing scripture and prophesy come to life right before our eyes. Do not let your heart be disturbed. God is with us and we need to stay connected to God’s people, to His church, for comfort and encouragement.
Three End Times Truths
1. Don’t be disturbed—have faith. God is in control, even when it seems like everything is out of control. God wants you to have peace in the middle of the turmoil. Don’t allow your heart to be anxious, worried or fearful. He will defend you and shelter you.
a. Stay connected to the church and His people
b. Rest in the knowledge that Jesus has us in the palm of His mighty hand
Three categories of Christians today:
Those who are afraid
Those who don’t know enough to be afraid
Those who know their Bible and know our hope is in Jesus, not in the world
2. Do not be deceived. Satan is the master deceiver. He will come as the father of lies. He will use deception, and many will be deceived, even those in the church, which is why we have to spend time in God’s Word. There will be a man of sin called the anti-Christ. He is the lawless one.
a. We see lawlessness today all over the world
b. Satan is anti-Christ, anti-church, anti-Israel, and he is anti-Bible
c. There will be a great falling away
d. He will cause many to fall away from the Lord and from church
e. The anti-CHRIST may very well be alive on earth today
f. We are seeing the spirit and the mystery of iniquity.
There is a spirit of wickedness and there is a devilish conspiracy; we are up against tireless spirits
g. Good news: There is a Restrainer!!! The Holy Spirit is the Restrainer
The Holy Spirit lives in us. He restrains through us as believers. The Holy Spirit helps the saints and hinders Satan
3. Don’t be disappointed. You will not be disappointed. The deceiver will be destroyed. 666 will be taken over by 777. God will consume the deceiver with one breath. We won’t be disappointed when He splits the eastern sky and returns to take us home
a. Everything He has promised in scripture is coming together in astonishing ways
b. There is a demon assigned to the nation of China and God’s people are in chains there.
We must pray for the persecuted church
More evidence that the end times are at our front door.
These are difficult times, but do not be disturbed, do not be deceived, and do not be disappointed. Jesus is our Savior and our great Hope. Pray for your loved ones. Lead others to Christ. Comfort one another. Keep faith, hope, and love alive. Have faith and do not be afraid. God is on His throne and in the end—we win!