Countdown to the end . . . #8

Vol. 4, No. 22 – June 2, 2019

And I will grant authority to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for twelve hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth.  –Revelation 11:3

Did you know that God has a program to provide His message of redemption? It flows through the Scriptures; it is not even absent in the last days of the earth, before the end.

Seven Demonstrations of the Program of God for Redemption

1 – Through a family – Genesis 1-11

From Adam through Seth, God’s program of redemption is made clear. The fact of iniquity that separates man from God, God does not allow to stand (Isaiah 59:2). God provides what we cannot; because His love for His created, does not escape His heart.

2 – Through God’s called people – Numbers 2

God spoke to the Jews, intending them to spread the truth of One Almighty God to all the nations. God called Abram, a Gentile, who believed God; renamed him Abraham. He becomes grafted in as a Jew following his rebirth and union with God.

3 – Through a nation – Psalm 96:3

Through a nation and its prophets, God expects the nations to be evangelized, and brought to worship God. Relationship to God through Christ is not simply a personal thing, it is filled with God’s expectations; expectations to reach others with the Gospel. Abraham had two sons; Ishmael and Isaac. Isaac is the believer and he is blessed; Ishmael rejects faith in God and is rejected of God. Isaac has two sons; Esau and Jacob. The nation’s genealogy is Jewish, through Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (Romans 9:6-13; 4:3).

4 – Through the Church – 2 Corinthians 5:17-21

Every member of the body of Christ is an ambassador of Christ; commanded to occupy until He returns. The body of the church (body of Christ) is responsible for evangelism. Every redeemed person is commanded by Christ to share saving faith; every new creature has the ministry of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:17-21). There is no evidence of salvation by works in the Scriptures; however, the saved are expected to work, without exception.

5 – Through 144,00 sealed Jews – Revelation 7:4

These are the great evangelists during the period of the Great Tribulation. God’s heart never abandoned the Jews, and here we find them finally obeying the expectations of God pronounced in Psalm 96. Seems so long. However, wait, how long has it been since we have led an unbeliever to Christ?

6 – Through Moses and Elijah – Revelation 11:3

You are kidding, right? Two that come back to life and begin to prophecy in the streets. These are two great communicators of the Gospel in the Great Tribulation. Some of our cities have made preaching on the corners “illegal.” Wonder how they will react to the dead coming back to speak the truth about Almighty God!

7 – Through a “last call” by angels – Revelation 14

God does not stop! An angel, and another angel, and another angel . . .  God is a God of mercy and grace; He sends His angels to carry His Word; it is God’s last grace effort.

Have you heard God’s last grace effort? It requires your response.

The Scriptures are clear. These have been written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name (John 20:31).

Where is your relationship to Christ today?

Behold, Jesus is coming soon to take you home to Heaven; His words are faithful and true (Revelation 22:6).

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